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Green Artistry: Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates

Green Artistry: Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates | Greener World | Scoop.it
Spread across 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore's waterfront, a horticultural feast awaits visitors at the World Architecture Festival 2012.

Landscape architects, Grant Associates, designed three distinct garden bays including 18 supertrees, which range from 25 to 50m, at iconic points in the master plan. Two cooled conservatories designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and a stretch of horticultural gardens, which include animals sculpted from shrubbery, are also highlights in this green showcase.
‘At one level, Gardens by the Bay is a dramatic 3D garden experience,' says Keith French, project director. 'At another it is a sophisticated example of integrated environmental design.'
Mixing nature, technology and environmental notes, the orchid-inspired master plan facilitates the growth of endangered species and plants from Mediterranean and tropical regions in the two giant biodomes. Over an entire hectare of different flower species are hosted within the Flower Dome, and the Cloud Forest Dome contains 0.8 hectares of tropical plants.
The design encourages the public to interact with the project through a suspended, spiraling bridge which is attached to the supertrees for support. Visitors are encouraged to view the giant garden from many levels.
At night, the canopies glow with colours and projected media, offering an active landscape for visitors. Sustainable energy and water technologies are integrated into the supertrees and cooling conservatories...


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9 Groundbreaking New Materials On Display at 100% Design

9 Groundbreaking New Materials On Display at 100% Design | Greener World | Scoop.it
Take a look at the best green designs of 100% Design at the 2014 London Design Festival!
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Home and construction materials that are 100% biodegradable. If all our construction and manufacturing firms adopt these foams and plastics will be no more.

 

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Sydney to get world's tallest 'living' façade

Sydney to get world's tallest 'living' façade | Greener World | Scoop.it
The One Central Park Tower development consists of two, 380-foot-tall towers covered in a series of living walls and vertical gardens that will extend the full height of the buildings.
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This is how our buildings should be constructed.

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Bringing New Light to School

When a middle school in Kentucky opens in the fall, green products and design techniques intend to revolutionize the new environment for the expected 610 new students.
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Students see green.

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Fido strikes gold with Britain’s most noxious biofuel: dog excrement

Fido strikes gold with Britain’s most noxious biofuel: dog excrement | Greener World | Scoop.it
Dog mess: to most of the population, it is a bio-hazard about as welcome and useful as syphilis. Even those required to collect it approach it with a plastic bag and a grimace.
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Who would have thought dogs will save the day?LOL

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Stanford researchers develop nanophotonic panel that reflects sun's heat out of the atmosphere

Stanford researchers develop nanophotonic panel that reflects sun's heat out of the atmosphere | Greener World | Scoop.it
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a nanophotonic material that not only reflects sunlight, but actually beams the thermal energy out of the earth's atmosphere.
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That could mean a lot less surface heat...and a cooler Earth maybe?

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Group of West Coast civil engineers developing building standards for tsunamis

Group of West Coast civil engineers developing building standards for tsunamis | Greener World | Scoop.it
A group of civil engineers from around the western U.S. is developing additions to the building code to address the threat of a tsunami.
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About time. Hope it works.It could save a lot of lives.

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Hot in the City: Reducing Heat from Urban Waste

Hot in the City: Reducing Heat from Urban Waste | Greener World | Scoop.it

Cities are hotbeds of sustainability, right? From urban agriculture to social enterprise, you’ll find lots of innovative approaches in urban centers, particularly those on the US coasts. Put a lot of people together in one place, and you generate a lot of ideas.


You also generate a lot of heat, it turns out: a new study in Nature Climate Change argues that urban centers (particularly on coasts) generate a lot of waste heat… and that heat is contributing to the weird weather patterns we’ve been seeing lately. This isn’t climate change (in the way we’ve conventionally considered it), nor is it the “urban heat island” effect. Rather, according to the research team that authored the study...


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About time something should be done on exhausts coming from cities. 

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Path to Zero: Tips for building net-zero energy homes

Path to Zero: Tips for building net-zero energy homes | Greener World | Scoop.it
Building scientists and leading home builders offer tips and techniques for designing and building 'market-rate' net-zero energy homes.
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Pamela Mayer's comment, December 28, 2012 9:43 PM
I am not going to be shoved into a small space that is considered net-zero energy homes. I will keep the great outdoors for fresh air, and wait for better methods of energy.
Gerry B's comment, February 11, 2013 12:55 AM
Quite right Pamela but you may also utilize the rooftop for open space.
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UK 'at risk of electricity blackouts by 2015' due to EU's green laws and power station closures

UK 'at risk of electricity blackouts by 2015' due to EU's green laws and power station closures | Greener World | Scoop.it
Rigid European Union environmental laws and the closure of oil and coal power stations are cutting off supplies and slashing spare capacity in the UK power system, the energy watchdog said.
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A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul

A Man-Made, Net-Zero Energy Island Off the Coast of Istanbul | Greener World | Scoop.it
A proposal imagines 300,000 housing units built into six hyper-energy efficient domes.

This year Istanbul Design Week goes back to the future with a very ambitious project: HavvAda, a cutting-edge net-positive-energy residential island conceptualized by New York-based Studio Dror.

HavvAda, will be built off the shore of Istanbul using excavated soil from a new massive canal planned between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

 

For the design, Dror has drawn on spatial geometry, as well as Buckminster Fuller’s legacy in structural engineering and Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City. Six months of intensive dialog with a team of experts have allowed Dror to realize an ambitious concept that offers a high quality of life and helps the environment.

The island is envisioned as a landscape of six residential hills, surrounding a circular valley dedicated to parks and recreation, supported by a mega-dome structure, allowing for a “three-dimensional grid” that aims to maximize energy and structural efficiency.

 

Read the complete post to learn more about the process and design of the integrated renewable energy system, water recycling, as well as efficient heating and cooling (which allow the community to produce more energy than it consumes).

Also, read further to find additional images and diagrams of how these systems and concepts function in the context of this innovative and ambitious project.


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Beautifying New York With Dumpster Gardens...

Beautifying New York With Dumpster Gardens... | Greener World | Scoop.it
Rubbish-bin gardens for the concrete jungle that is New York.

Most folks would not be happy if they walked outside one morning and found a dumpster full of dirt and vegetal matter in front of their home. But then again, most folks don't live in the concrete desert of New York, where any spot of green is a welcome sight.

Michael Bernstein's been pushing for New Yorkers to adopt these rubbish-bin gardens for more than a decade, after having exhibited a prototype in 2001 at Long Island City's Sculpture Center. He developed the idea while living in Dumbo, where he operated a rooftop garden and a sidewalk vegetable stand amid a colorless thicket of buildings and overpasses.

"I was struck by how there are no trees down there," Bernstein says. "I liked the idea that this could be a portable green space that's transported place to place. If you live in an urban place with no trees, you can get one of these delivered to your house. It's like a portable forest."

The designer named his invention the Ten Yards project in reference to the payload capacity of the dumpsters...


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Liam Muller's curator insight, February 18, 2013 3:57 PM

1011 rotue 1 and new jersey turnpike elizabeth nj at 1011 rotue 1 and new jersey turnpike elizabeth nj dumpster at City of Jersey

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Green Artistry: Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates

Green Artistry: Gardens By The Bay by Grant Associates | Greener World | Scoop.it
Spread across 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore's waterfront, a horticultural feast awaits visitors at the World Architecture Festival 2012.

Landscape architects, Grant Associates, designed three distinct garden bays including 18 supertrees, which range from 25 to 50m, at iconic points in the master plan. Two cooled conservatories designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and a stretch of horticultural gardens, which include animals sculpted from shrubbery, are also highlights in this green showcase.
‘At one level, Gardens by the Bay is a dramatic 3D garden experience,' says Keith French, project director. 'At another it is a sophisticated example of integrated environmental design.'
Mixing nature, technology and environmental notes, the orchid-inspired master plan facilitates the growth of endangered species and plants from Mediterranean and tropical regions in the two giant biodomes. Over an entire hectare of different flower species are hosted within the Flower Dome, and the Cloud Forest Dome contains 0.8 hectares of tropical plants.
The design encourages the public to interact with the project through a suspended, spiraling bridge which is attached to the supertrees for support. Visitors are encouraged to view the giant garden from many levels.
At night, the canopies glow with colours and projected media, offering an active landscape for visitors. Sustainable energy and water technologies are integrated into the supertrees and cooling conservatories...


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Chicago Lakeside shortlisted for the Sustainia Award | Building Design + Construction

Chicago Lakeside shortlisted for the Sustainia Award | Building Design + Construction | Greener World | Scoop.it
The McCaffery Interests and U.S. Steel Corp.’s master plan for Chicago Lakeside, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), has been named one of 10 finalists for the first Sustainia Award.
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Massive Ocean discovered towards the Earths Core!

Massive Ocean discovered towards the Earths Core! | Greener World | Scoop.it
A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth's surface. The finding may explain where Earth's seas came from, and lend some interesting evidence to the Hollow Earth Theory. The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in…
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“We should be grateful for this deep reservoir,” says Jacobsen. “If it wasn’t there, it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountain tops would be the only land poking out.” - what a chilly statement, surely we can't all fit on mountain tops, lol.

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Building Homes That Make More Power Than They Take | TIME.com

Building Homes That Make More Power Than They Take | TIME.com | Greener World | Scoop.it
These "zero-net energy" homes will feature thick walls, solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling systems, meaning families should be able to generate more energy over a year than they consume.
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We need more homes like this.

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Must see: Building façade made of massive concrete drain pipes

Must see: Building façade made of massive concrete drain pipes | Greener World | Scoop.it
Looking to create a unique atmosphere using natural materials for the Prahran Hotel pub near Melbourne, local architect Techné Architects cleverly incorporated a series of concrete drain pipes into the building's main façade.
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Top 10 green building projects for 2013 [slideshow]

Top 10 green building projects for 2013 [slideshow] | Greener World | Scoop.it
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.
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Standby Mode Turns Appliances Into Money Suckers

Standby Mode Turns Appliances Into Money Suckers | Greener World | Scoop.it
This is a guest article by Willfrid, a fellow financial blogger that likes to find new frugal ideas. Check out his blog Your Finish Rich Plan, a blog that puts
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How many of us realize that computers, TV's and even cell phone chargers left on the socket all help pump up your electricity bills?

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Colourful 'solar glass' means entire buildings can generate clean power

Colourful 'solar glass' means entire buildings can generate clean power | Greener World | Scoop.it
British firm develops colourful, transparent solar cells that will add just 10% to glass buildings' cost
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With this in every building there'll be no shortage of electricity anymore.

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Europe's Big Bet on EVs and Hybrids | NYT

Europe's Big Bet on EVs and Hybrids | NYT | Greener World | Scoop.it

That’s the bet behind an ambitious plan to boost the number of electric vehicles and hybrids plying European roads by making electric charging stations nearly as common as gas stations.

 

The European Union wants to build a half million charging stations by 2020.


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Daphne Consigliere's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:05 PM

So close, yet so far away. We are getting there. All we need is...

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Taming the Social Media Monster: 6 Tips

Taming the Social Media Monster: 6 Tips | Greener World | Scoop.it
Social media has this in common with trick-or-treaters: Anyone could be on the other side of that door. Sometimes, you need to turn off the lights and keep the door closed.
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EPA rates Mitsubishi "i" electric at 62 miles of range and 112 mpg equivalent

EPA rates Mitsubishi "i" electric at 62 miles of range and 112 mpg equivalent | Greener World | Scoop.it
Mitsubishi has announced that the range for its upcoming all-electric car “i”, formerly known as the MieV, will be EPA-rated at 62 miles in average driving, or 98 miles in the city. The company had originally announced the “i” would...
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The National Self Build & Renovation Centre - By BuildStore

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre - By BuildStore | Greener World | Scoop.it
The UK's first National Self Build & Renovation Centre opened its doors to the public in February 2007.
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Wall-to-wall greenery: Stunning vertical garden brings the countryside to the city

Wall-to-wall greenery: Stunning vertical garden brings the countryside to the city | Greener World | Scoop.it
The huge wall garden at the shopping centre in Rozzano, Milan, which has a total of 44,000 plants covering a surface of 1263 square metres, is the largest vertical garden in the world.

The finished result at The Fiordaliso commercial complex was certified by Guinness Wold Records as being the largest vertical garden in the world in 2010.

The project was designed by architect Francesco Bollani, who led a creative team that included an architecture studio from Montpellier. France. Bollani said: 'It took us a year to grow the plants in a greenhouse and 90 days to build the facade.'

The garden serves in helping to regulate the temperature in the shopping centre in Rozzano. It also absorbs carbon dioxide and reduces ambient noise, creating a sustainable architecture that combines beauty with energy savings, and a respect for the environment...


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Diana Rivera's curator insight, March 3, 2013 2:34 PM

This beautiful design was created to bring life and color to the city where greens have been forgotten.

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How can cities be designed for sustainable living?

How can cities be designed for sustainable living? | Greener World | Scoop.it
How can cities be designed for sustainable living?

 

A new interactive exhibition from the Guardian, 'Our Urban Future', explores the importance of cities in making the world a more sustainable place. The exhibition at The Crystal in London's Docklands seeks to challenge and reinvent the way we think about cities and gives visitors the chance to learn how they can make a contribution to sustainable living.

Scroll through the gallery showcasing snippets from the exhibition, and read responses on how cities can be designed for sustainable living and share what you think urban environments will look like in future...

 

Visit the link for a slideshow of exhibition highlights, including:

The immersive Forces of Change theatre: a global view of the challenges and opportunities that climate change, demographic change and urbanisation raise. The Creating Cities game: exploring issues around city management and urban planning. The Go Electric Zone: the challenges and solutions to balancing energy supply, demand and storage. The Water is Life Zone: harvested rainwater is used to shed light on desalination, purity and resources. The ‘Future Life’ film gallery: how London, New York and Copenhagen look forward to 2050, and envisioning how our cities could develop if sustainable solutions are embraced.
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