How can you use solar energy to power one of Scotland's greatest cities and make an old river look futuristic? Scottish architecture firm ZM Architecture designed giant lily pads for the River Clyde that collect solar energy and energize the city's grid. Want to see a cool aerial view?

From a distance, they look like paw prints from a giant robotic animal. This idea won first place at the International Design Awards, and officials in the city of Glasgow are planning a pilot project soon.

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ZM Architecture main page via Inhabitat