TED Talks Bjarke Ingels' architecture is luxurious, sustainable and community-driven. In this talk, he shows us his playful designs, from a factory chimney that blows smoke rings to a ski slope built atop a waste processing plant.
As someone who commutes to work on the Metro, I'm a big fan of public transportation. The other day, as I was persusing the sports section of the Washington Post, I came across a great story about a super fan.
Kansas City goes pervious! This photo shows workers in Kansas City's Manheim Park neighborhood using this sustainable strategy on roads and sidewalks. Pervious concrete helps reduce pollutants in our water and keeps streets from flooding during storms. (Photo: Green Impact Zone)
Pervious concrete is a special type of concrete with a high porosity used for concrete flatwork applications that allows water from precipitation and other sources to pass directly through, thereby reducing the runoff from a site and allowing groundwater recharge. (Wikipedia)
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is tough if you don't know exactly where those gases are coming from. Scientists at Arizona State University have invented a new way to pinpoint those sources — down to individual buildings and highways.
The government promised that the public would get parks where citizens could exercise and stay strong – shared open spaces that would be theirs forever, places that would inspire and invigorate. But one park became a Las Vegas hotel.
"From the United States to Poland to South Korea, living roofs have taken off. They provide natural insulation, help control with runoff, and pack a slew of cool features—it's no wonder these building canopies have gained in popularity. We've gathered some of the most interesting and unexpected green roofs planted with everything from sod to succulents here for your viewing pleasure."
"This is low-income housing superior to anything Philadelphia has done in half a century. Not only are the rowhouses stylish and modern both inside and out, they are among the most energy-efficient ever built in the United States. Produced by Onion Flats, the quirky firm that designs, builds, develops, and sometimes markets its own residential projects, the homes are the first in Pennsylvania to be certified by the demanding International Passive House Institute, based in Germany. Nationally, there are about 30 projects that qualify as "passive" because their energy consumption is near zero, and several more without certification.
Stuffed with insulation and topped with rooftop solar panels, the Logan houses are designed to produce almost as much energy as the owners use. That's important because they will be occupied by the poorest of the poor, families who are trying to escape the nomadic life of homeless shelters and temporary quarters, and put down roots. With annual incomes of less than $25,000, the last thing residents need is high energy bills."
"This handbook provides mayors, governors, councillors and other local government leaders with a generic framework for risk reduction and points to good practices and tools that are already being applied in different cities for that purpose. It discusses why building disaster resilience is beneficial; what kind of strategies and actions are required; and how to go about the task. It offers practical guidance to understand and take action on the 'Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient' as set out in the global campaign 'Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!'. "
In the current peak-oil situation, building sustainable cities has become a necessity. While the world wakes up to this fact, Hyderabad's cyber city area continues to grow in an unplanned manner. Cities bring to mind squalor, ...
Climate change may not have been on the official Rio+20 agenda, but that didn’t stop mayors from megacities around the world from making major headway on the issue. At the Rio+20 conference on Tuesday, the network of C40 city leaders announced a huge new commitment to address global climate change through local action: They will reduce 1.3 billion metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030.
"Little green dots are popping up in Seoul’s predominantly grey skyline, as an increasing number of roofs are being turned into gardens, farms and tiny ecological parks. With little vacant space left and land prices soaring high, Seoul is looking at the roofs of its numerous concrete structures as an untapped frontier for public green space....Seoul City is actively promoting this rooftop revolution, offering incentives of as much as 70 percent of the installation costs. Its green roof project, which started in 2002, resulted in about 243,000 square meters of green space atop some 550 commercial, public-purpose and residential buildings. Nearly 40 billion won have been spent in incentives so far."
"In anticipation of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio June 20-22, the glamorous host city is trying to further sexify itself by laying to rest its infamous Jardim Gramacho garbage dump."