Portable Charging Pavilion Receives Top 25 Inventions of 2013

Portable Charging Pavilion Receives Top 25 Inventions of 2013

USC Professor Alvin Huang and his architecture firm Synthesis Design + Architecture recently had their Pure Tension structure named one of Time Magazine's "25 Best Inventions of 2013". Here are a few excerpts covering this nomination and their project. 


[Time Magazine] "When Volvo challenged designers to create a showcase for its new V60 hybrid, the winning entry, by the firm Synthesis Design & Architecture, was a spectacular flexible solar panel that charges the car and folds up to fit in the trunk. It’s not for sale yet, but testing is ongoing.


Read more: Volvo’s Solar Pavilion | The 25 Best Inventions of the Year 2013 | TIME.com http://techland.time.com/2013/11/14/the-25-best-inventions-of-the-year-2013/slide/volvos-solar-pavilion/#ixzz2l2ADmDlA"


[KCRW] "Alvin Huang is principal and founder of Synthesis Design + Architecture, an up-and-coming Los Angeles firm known for pushing the boundaries of digital design and fabrication. He and his team have inadvertently advanced the conversation about how to fuel electric cars, with their design for  a portable tensile membrane structure with a PV skin. Named Pure Tension, it has just been selected as one of Time’s “25 Best Inventions of 2013.”


Volvo Italy and The Plan Magazine launched a competition that asked for a portable yet iconic pavilion to showcase the V60 on a press trip through Italy. SDA won by adding two novel elements: one was the lightweight fabric and aluminum structure that could be collapsed into the trunk of the vehicle. The second element was a photovoltaic skin that could charge the new plug-in hybrid V60.


Read more: LA Designer: Alvin Huang, SDA and their Portable EV Charging Structure | blogs.kcrw.com http://blogs.kcrw.com/dna/la-designer-alvin-huang-sda-and-their-portable-ev-charging-structure"


[Dezeen] "The design was the winning entry to a competition seeking an iconic and portable pavilion, and the architects have described it as "essentially the first-of-its-kind portable charging station for a hybrid car.


'We wanted to challenge the notion of solar power as something that is an additive piece of engineering infrastructure,' said Synthesis founder and principal, Alvin Huang. 'The solar panels became a design feature and design driver, rather than something applied after the fact.'


Read more: Volvo Pure Tension Pavilion that charges an electric car by Synthesis Design + Architecture | Dezeen.com http://www.dezeen.com/2013/11/14/volvo-pure-tension-pavilion-charges-an-electric-car-by-synthesis-design-architecture/"