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An eclectic mix of articles about our world and the universe we live in, with some political commentary
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World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy

World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution. This not only improves the quality of living spaces, but gives way to dramatic energy savings year round.

Each apartment in the building will have a balcony planted with trees that are able to respond to the city’s weather — shade will be provided within the summer, while also filtering city pollution; and in the winter the bare trees will allow sunlight to permeate through the spaces. Plant irrigation will be supported through the filtering and reuse of the greywater produced by the building. Additionally, Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will further promote the tower’s self-sufficiency.

The design of the Bosco Verticale is a response to both urban sprawl and the disappearance of nature from our lives and on the landscape. The architect notes that if the units were to be constructed unstacked as stand-alone units across a single surface, the project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland. Bosco Verticale is the first offer in his proposed BioMilano, which envisions a green belt created around the city to incorporate 60 abandoned farms on the outskirts of the city to be revitalized for community use.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:

I greatly appreciate the efforts of so many architects to examine ways that we can make our cities more ecologically sound. Plus, so often, the proposed solutions offer greater natural beauty to previously sterile cityscapes.

 

I can't help wondering, though, how the plants on the many scattered balconies on these apartment buildings will be maintained and cared for. I'm sure that however well-meaning the various occupants of the apartments might be, that few of them will be entirely up to the task.

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Sieg Holle's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:43 AM

excellent use of space   for  new vitality -renewal

Eco Installer's curator insight, November 7, 2013 3:42 AM

A perfect way to live in a forest! 

Chris Vilcsak's curator insight, March 29, 2014 9:49 PM

Now THAT's a green building...

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New wind harvesting invention to bring cities to life (ScienceAlert)

New wind harvesting invention to bring cities to life (ScienceAlert) | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
A new wind turbine has been developed that could sit on skyscrapers and convert wind into electricity - will it be part of the city of the future?
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:

I love seeing innovative technologies that can help us to reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels. I also imagine a residential application in which the sides of a cooling tower are the site for the wind harvesting modules.

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Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists

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For thousands of years, Judean date palm trees were one of the most recognizable and welcome sights for people living in the Middle East -- widely cultivated throughout the region for their sweet fruit, and for the cool shade they offered from the blazing desert sun.

 

From its founding some 3,000 years ago, to the dawn of the Common Era, the trees became a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, even garnering several shout-outs in the Old Testament. Judean palm trees would come to serve as one of the kingdom's chief symbols of good fortune; King David named his daughter, Tamar, after the plant's name in Hebrew.

 

By the time the Roman Empire sought to usurp control of the kingdom in 70 AD, broad forests of these trees flourished as a staple crop to the Judean economy -- a fact that made them a prime resource for the invading army to destroy. Sadly, around the year 500 AD, the once plentiful palm had been completely wiped out, driven to extinction for the sake of conquest.

 

In the centuries that followed, first-hand knowledge of the tree slipped from memory to legend. Up until recently, that is.

 

During excavations at the site of Herod the Great's palace in Israel in the early 1960's, archeologists unearthed a small stockpile of seeds stowed in a clay jar dating back 2,000 years. For the next four decades, the ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv's Bar-Ilan University. But then, in 2005, botanical researcher Elaine Solowey decided to plant one and see what, if anything, would sprout.

 

"I assumed the food in the seed would be no good after all that time. How could it be?" said Solowey. She was soon proven wrong.

Amazingly, the multi-millennial seed did indeed sprout -- producing a sapling no one had seen in centuries, becoming the oldest known tree seed to germinate.

 

Today, the living archeological treasure continues to grow and thrive; In 2011, it even produced its first flower -- a heartening sign that the ancient survivor was eager to reproduce. It has been proposed that the tree be cross-bred with closely related palm types, but it would likely take years for it to begin producing any of its famed fruits. Meanwhile, Solowey is working to revive other age-old trees from their long dormancy.


Via Jim Manske
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Jose Reyes's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:33 AM

i found this article intresting because an ancient tree that was suppposed to be extinct for many years came back to life and could lead to cultivating more of these trees and not be exctinct