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Outstanding eco-friendly resort in China is made with recycled and locally-sourced materials
The four pavilions of the Gallery resort in China were built using a combination of locally available natural and recycled waste materials. Xiaohui Designer Studio designed the complex as an eco-friendly space that “includes 75 of sustainable and renewable materials, 75 recyclable materials, and 75 of work by local craftsmen.”
Urban Farming Is the Future of Agriculture
The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. As urban populations grow, more people find themselves in food deserts, areas with “[l]imited access to supermarkets, supercenters, grocery stores, or other sources of healthy and affordable food,” according to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tiny homes made of concrete pipes could be the next big thing in micro housing
The micro-housing trend has really taken off over the last decade, and a new age of tiny urban homes is now upon us. Created by James Law Cybertecture, the Opod Tube House is made from a repurposed concrete pipe and designed as an affordable home for young people who struggle with housing costs in the world’s major cities.
Carbon Pricing Takes Off
Limiting the increase in global average temperature to within 2° Celsius of preindustrial levels requires dramatic cuts in carbon dioxide emissions. One of the best ways to do that is to shift the social and economic costs of greenhouse gases from the public to the polluter.
Renewable energy could face tax problems in Republican compromise
Renewable energy could face tax problems in Republican compromise Renewable energy advocates initially breathed a sigh of relief when the Republican tax bill reworked a provision that could have disrupted the industry’s $12 billion tax-equity market, Bloomberg reported.
Shanghai flying car tower to clean the air with a 50,000-plant vertical forest
Flying cars seem to be moving from the realm of science fiction to reality – and Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D) helmed by architect Richard Moreta Castillo has already designed a net-zero tower pioneering drone car infrastructure. The Smart Power Long tower, a condominium building planned for Shanghai, features landing pads for flying cars.
Local Roots shipping container farms achieve cost parity with traditional farming
4,000 heads of lettuce every 10 days: Local Roots‘ shipping container farms achieve that while using 99 percent less water. Today the LA-based company announced that it has reached cost parity with traditional farming – and they plan to deploy over 100 farms in 2018. Inhabitat checked out their mobile TerraFarm in New York City and met with CEO Eric Ellestad and COO Matt Vail to learn more.
The Hidden Wealth of Cities
As the world becomes more urbanized, better budgeting has become a key concern for city leaders everywhere. Unlocking the public value of poorly utilized real estate, for example, or monetizing transportation and utility assets, could and should become core urban strategies.
Planning Better Cities
Cities have long been portrayed as the best way to organize human life. But to capitalize on urban areas potential to drive economic growth and ensure that prosperity is sustainable, governments must introduce a user-centered approach to how cities are designed and managed.
Microsoft is razing its Redmond campus to build a sustainable mini city
If you thought Microsoft’s awesome treehouse offices were the ultimate step in the tech giant’s efforts to make its employees a top priority, think again.
Natural Solutions to Climate Change
At the United Nations climate change meeting that just concluded in Bonn, Germany, global leaders reaffirmed that the world cannot respond adequately to rising temperatures if governments continue to ignore how forests, farms, and coasts are managed. Now that there is a firm consensus, governments must act on it.
Knowing citizens’ demand is the basis for creating cultural and social infrastructures
In a public meeting with district 12 citizens, Dr. Asghar Nasiri said that issuing development document for districts is Karaj urban management number one priorities.
Karaj problems will be diminished
By performing a plan called “City Maintenance and Improvement”, Karaj major problems will be identified and tackled.
Urban constructions can boost tourism
Urban constructions can have both constructive and debilitative structures. Moreover, they can have a tremendous effect on city beauties and inspire new ideas.
This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof
As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating agriculture into cities.
New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down
Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down – something that happened in Florida after Hurricane Irma.
Karaj municipality is looking for methods to curb traffic
Speed bumps are traffic control features which are used to curb the flow of traffic. They can be helpful to control the speed of cars and behavior of drivers.
5 Urban Technology Trends Impacting City Planning
The world’s population is rapidly growing, particularly in urban areas. According to the UN, by 2050 69 of the world’s population (or 6.3 billion people) will live in urban areas (as compared to 50 or 3 billion today).
New smart grid solution heals itself amid central grid outages
Renewable energy may offer emissions-free electricity, but it isn’t always easy for electrical grids to integrate that energy.
73 million trees to be planted in largest reforestation project ever
Conservation International aims to plant 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon in the largest reforestation project ever.
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