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Green Innovation: First Bio-building Powered by Algae Opens in Hamburg

Green Innovation: First Bio-building Powered by Algae Opens in Hamburg | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

The world's first algae-powered building is being piloted in Hamburg.

Designed by multinational firm Arup, features panel glass bioreactors on a facade containing microalgae that generate biomass and heat, serving as a renewable energy source.

 

The systems provide insulation for the building- 129 bioreactors have been fitted to the southwest and southeast faces of the building. They are controlled by an energy management center in which solar thermal heat and algae are harvested and stored to be used to create hot water.

 

Jan Wurm, Arup’s Europe Research Leader, said: 'Using bio-chemical processes in the facade of a building to create shade and energy is a really innovative concept. 

'It might well become a sustainable solution for energy production in urban areas, so it is great to see it being tested in a real-life scenario.'

 

The news comes after Arup announced their vision for the future of skyscrapers which suggested that buildings would be 'living' buildings powered by algae that respond automatically to the weather and the changing needs of inhabitants...


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I am interested to follow this story and to learn more details about the specific sources for the algae and a bit more of the science behind it.

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sahram tariq's comment, April 11, 2013 10:43 AM
Indeed! Algae is helpful.
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Thanks so much for your thoughts.....
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welcome:)
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A city's design can help foster racial equality, say eight experts

A city's design can help foster racial equality, say eight experts | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
A diverse lineup of architects and planners provides ideas for repairing segregated cities, from engendering a more inclusive design culture to increasing the number of public swimming pools.
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The Compact Wooden City: A Life-Cycle Analysis of How Timber Could Help Combat Climate Change

The Compact Wooden City: A Life-Cycle Analysis of How Timber Could Help Combat Climate Change | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Nowadays the main building materials used in the construction industry are concrete, steel and timber. From the point of view of ecological sustainability, there are four important differences between these three materials: first, timber is the only material of the three that is renewable; second, timber needs only a small amount of energy to be extracted and recycled compared to steel and concrete (but the implementation of its potential is not as developed yet); third, timber does not produce waste by the end of its life since it can be reused many times in several products before decomposing or being used as fuel and; and fourth, timber traps huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere – a tree can contain a ton of CO2 [1] – and the carbon absorbed remains embedded as long as the wood is in use.

Considering the fact that 36 percent of total carbon emissions in Europe during the last decade came from the building industry,[2] as well as 39 percent of total carbon emissions in the United States,[3] the materiality of construction should be a priority for governments’ regulations in the future as measurements against global warming. The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and the level of carbon emissions of the big economies across the globe are big issues that need to be solved with urgency in order to avoid larger, more frequent climate catastrophes in the future. The current regulation in several countries of the EU, which is incentivizing the use of renewable materials in buildings, is showing the direction the building industry in many other parts of the world should follow. And if these measures are adopted across the EU and beyond – if other countries start to follow this tendency as well – there will be significantly more wood in cities.

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4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities | World Resources Institute

4 Surprising Ways Energy-Efficient Buildings Benefit Cities | World Resources Institute | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
New WRI analysis examines the vital role building efficiency can play in shaping sustainable cities of the future. When done right, energy-efficient buildings can generate several social, environmental and economic benefits.
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56 Startups Making Cities Smarter Across Traffic, Waste, Energy, Water Usage, And More

56 Startups Making Cities Smarter Across Traffic, Waste, Energy, Water Usage, And More | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is helping cities improve everything from traffic data, weather, and parking to water usage and waste management.
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Mapping 15 of Los Angeles's Most Glorious Remaining Googies

Mapping 15 of Los Angeles's Most Glorious Remaining Googies | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Googie is the architectural equivalent of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's definition of obscenity—you may not know how to define it, but you know it when you see it. The Norms on L
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I am offering up this colorful story and map of Los Angeles's Googies.....read and learn!

"Googie architecture got its name from architect John Lautner's 1949 design of Googies, a coffee shop formerly located at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights in West Hollywood. Googies was demolished in 1989, but the style it inspired lives on. Bold and eye-catching" Douglas Haskell
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These Are The Cities Creating Prosperous--And Inclusive--Economies

These Are The Cities Creating Prosperous--And Inclusive--Economies | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Making more money is great, but it's better when that growth is spread among different races and classes and not all concentrated at the top.

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The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Social impact bonds encourage skeptical investors.

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what is a smart city

what is a smart city | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
What is a smart city? According to “The 2015 World Smart City Awards” recently held in Barcelona, Peterborough is just that.

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clearly written and informative....

"For a City to be smart, that City needs to know what its needs are, where they are not smart, and where they can become smart."

 

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A Before-and-After Photo Archive of the World's Best Street Designs

A Before-and-After Photo Archive of the World's Best Street Designs | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
It’s a walkable feast.

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#psychological #practical #pedestrians #bicycle #greenspace

Awesome improvement ....

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NYC Skycrapers and Monuments Light Up For Paris As Multiple Attacks Hit the City

NYC Skycrapers and Monuments Light Up For Paris As Multiple Attacks Hit the City | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Here at Untapped Cities, we have strong ties to both New York City and Paris. As the founder of Untapped Cities, I was born in New York but lived in Paris in 2010, and my husband Augustin Pasquet, who manages partnerships and advertising for Untapped Cities, moved to New York City from Paris in 2012. Many of our contributors live in Paris and for many years we ran a subsite, Untapped Paris as well. This year, part of our team spent all of April and May living and working in Paris, and a large portion of August.

 

There is a kinship between New York City and Paris – so different physically, even culturally, but similar in spirit. When I was married, I thought long and hard about whether to change my last name. In the end, I kept both, and I’m glad because today I also feel French. It is with sadness that I see what people are willing to do to the places that so many call home, places that have such rich history and culture, whether New York City or Paris, or elsewhere. But we cannot succumb to fear. Cities like New York City and Paris must continue to be melting pots, to welcome the world to its doorsteps and to invite them in – porte ouverte.


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our thoughts and prayers for Paris .....

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Urban discovery and exploration. Untapped Cities is a community of over 500 contributors uncovering the best of urban life from cities around the globe.

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Famed Street Artist Shepard Fairey Paints His Widest Mural In Jersey City - The Roosevelts

Famed Street Artist Shepard Fairey Paints His Widest Mural In Jersey City - The Roosevelts | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
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WE really like everything Shepard Fairey does, from his creation of OBEY (fantastic fashion) to his famous murals and street art and now his work with prisoners.

 

Fairey’s latest Philadelphia works are part of Mural Arts’ Open Source exhibition, and he’s trying to broaden Philadelphia’s perspectives to a greater extent by focusing on mass incarceration and prison reform. One mural features the portrait of James Anderson, a reformed Los Angeles gang member who now works to keep others out of prison. Another is of Amira Mohamed. She’s a once-incarcerated Philly resident who now studies architecture and works for Mural Arts.  

“My goal with these pieces was to shed some light on the issue, destigmatize incarceration by finding people who are doing really great things,” Fairey said, “but were formerly incarcerated.”

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Large City Parks and Green Spaces Promote Well-Being | Psychology Today

Large City Parks and Green Spaces Promote Well-Being | Psychology Today | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
A new study confirms the importance of both large city parks and smaller green spaces for maintaining the well-being of both urban residents and a city's ecosystem.
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Central Park Is "The Lung of the City"

Large city parks along with random “green spaces” and smaller parks appears to be the optimal combination for the health of both city dwellers and urban ecosystems.blue spaces" close to water is beneficial for the health, happiness, and fitness of city residents.

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A Bridge That Celebrates Pedestrians Opens In Copenhagen

A Bridge That Celebrates Pedestrians Opens In Copenhagen | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

 

Designed by Studio Olafur Eliasson, and built by the non-profit charitable foundation Nordea-fonden, Cirkelbroen bridge is a gift to the city of Copenhagen to promote good living in in Denmark.

'Cirkelbroen celebrates pedestrians. It reflects the daily life and intimacy that you find around the canal in the Christianshavn neighbourhood, its houseboats and sailing boats, the unique life on the ramparts. Copenhagen’s harbour was once a centre of maritime activity, and Cirkelbroen is a testimony to that history.'


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a beautiful gift...

"Cirkelbroen bridge is a gift to the city of Copenhagen to promote good living in in Denmark"

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Will Europe beat the U.S. in smart city innovation?

Will Europe beat the U.S. in smart city innovation? | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Despite turbulence, Europe is poised to steal the innovation crown from a US that offers dimmer prospects for its entrepreneurial hubs.

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5 smart IoT cyber security best practices to create the safest cities in the world

5 smart IoT cyber security best practices to create the safest cities in the world | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
List: Cyber security in modern cities has become a priority for governments and businesses. CBR lays down 5 critical tools that will make any metropol
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Cities that steal smart ideas from plants and animals

Cities that steal smart ideas from plants and animals | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Architects, designers and urban planners are borrowing from natural phenomena as diverse as termite mounds and resilient grapefruits to design smart, sustainable cities
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In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used MUD and REEDS To Build This Community Center in Mexico

In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used MUD and REEDS To Build This Community Center in Mexico | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Developed by architects from Colectivo bma in Barranca de Huentitán, Guadalajara, Mexico, this new building for the Mexican Institute for Community Development (IMDEC) was built in just four days with the help of 100 volunteers.

The new facility includes both housing and meeting space, and was constructed using local building techniques and materials. Built with a concrete base, the walls were made using bahareque (reed frames and mud) and woven reed lattices that cover most of the building’s exterior. 

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Cash for cycling: polluted Milan might pay commuters to bike to work

Cash for cycling: polluted Milan might pay commuters to bike to work | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
With its serious pollution problem and notorious driving styles, Milan is hardly renowned as a cycle-friendly city – but a radical new scheme aims to change that

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Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures

Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Vacant lots, city squares, a former highway, and even regular city streets are going to be filled up with trees and plantseverywhere you look.
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"The improvements presented are practical and effective and can be undertaken across the city in many locations," says Armour. "They are buffer, localized solutions aimed to adapt the city to the different effects of climate change scenarios to build resilience."

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Gentle Genius / GG-loop

Gentle Genius / GG-loop | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

“The design process for my family’s house started following an intuition, that developed over time taking the form we can see now. During the evolution of the project a transformation, like the renewal of the king, has occurred in me. One of the major catalysts has been the album “In the Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, inhabiting my subconsciousness unraveling itself through catharsis in this project.

 

At the beginning I imagined to restore the building giving it a coherent fortress-like look again. Whilst the tower took shape in my imagination, a castle emerged in which the King had trapped himself, overwhelmed by his fears, his dark side, prone to decay and death, the Nigredo. The court where tension, resignation and sacrifice evolved into hope, rebirth, the project itself. ”


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This story has heart and soul and gives a pretty compelling point of view....

"The city and its various parts can be seen as a music score, the edifices acting as notes played by different instruments simultaneously"

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INTRIGUING Ghost Town in China

INTRIGUING Ghost Town in China | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Ordos, Inner Mongolia, is known as the largest Chinese “ghost town”. Curious to see these surreal cityscapes, photographer Raphael Olivier went there in order to capture images of its eeriness, empty streets, abandoned buildings and very clean atmosphere. A symbol of the Chinese dream, contrasting with a less flamboyant reality, to discover.

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Financing for downtown Cincinnati micro-apartment project comes together - Cincinnati Business Courier

Financing for downtown Cincinnati micro-apartment project comes together - Cincinnati Business Courier | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

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Micro apartments are a market driven solution to affordable housing. Glad to see it in Cincinnati.  It would be perfect in many more expensive cities like San Diego.

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Micro apartments are a market driven solution to affordable housing.  Glad to see it in Cincinnati.  It would be perfect in many more expensive cities like San Diego.

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The connected street light: an agent for change

The connected street light: an agent for change | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Public urban lighting does more than illuminate the streets—much more. Ensuring basic visibility and safety for pedestrians and drivers at night is only one of an expansive sweep of capabilities that...

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31 Coffeeshops And Cafés You Wish You Lived In...Creating Culture

31 Coffeeshops And Cafés You Wish You Lived In...Creating Culture | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it

Don't just get your fix. Get your home decor inspiration, too...

The cozy, woodsy nook at La Esquina in Copenhagen
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Coffee shops are everywhere, they can anchor a neighborhood,  set a tone, or become a regular meeting place.

Travel with us around the world to see some unique and charming shops! In Detroit their is amazing chalkboard art at Astro Coffee, the living room furniture of Stan & Co in Utrecht, the cool lighting at Tapped and Packed in London.

 

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Halbert Named 2015/16 AIR - charlestonchronicle.net

Halbert Named 2015/16 AIR - charlestonchronicle.net | Giving Some Love to the City | Scoop.it
Local painter, Daryle Halbert, to fill role for 2015/2016
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Daryle Halbert brings his talent and impressive resume to encourage and inspire the residents of North Charleston.


"Since moving to Charleston, Halbert has become very interested in the rich African American history and culture of the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry. His most recent paintings depict scenes of Lowcountry cuisine, agriculture, music, and folklore. He views his work as a means to educate and inform and is passionate about inspiring others to develop their artistic talents."

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