People have often complained that wind turbines are an eyesore and a nuisance, citing the sound they create and the disturbances they make on the horizon. As a result, people have tried to come up with more appeasing designs to help with this grievance, so ultimately people can tap into the fine source of green energy. The “Strawscraper,” a vertical windfarm that has been compared to a ginormous loofah sponge, by Swedish firm Belatchew Arkitekter, is just that. The “exoskeleton,” or exterior of the wind turbine, would encase the Söder Torn, a residential tower built in the 1990s that never reached its planned height. The key component would be thousands of energy-generating follicles, similar to lots of tiny hairs that, with very slight wind movements, could generate energy, which the architects refer to as “piezoelectric technology.” Read More