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A Gorgeous Exploration Of The New Visual Language Of Sustainability

A Gorgeous Exploration Of The New Visual Language Of Sustainability | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

For all its good intentions, the environmental movement has historically been plagued by aesthetic ineptitude.

AN : As the TED Talks exhibit on the integration of Technology, Entertainmernt and Design, the overlap of design principles to technology goes a long way to communicating the message, importance, implications and impact of the technology. Great thought provoking short piece from the FastCoExist publication which Sustain Our Earth scooped on their site.

 

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680671/a-gorgeous-exploration-of-the-new-visual-language-of-sustainability#1

 


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Environmentalism

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"I believe that environmentalism is not so much defined by what we are against as by what we are for, and neither fear nor guilt are prerequisites." - Larry Bell

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Simple actions like shutting off lights and computers, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a huge difference in your building's energy use.
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Biophilia

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Biophilic cities: Going beyond green
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“Everything in nature contains all the power of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

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David Week's curator insight, October 7, 7:24 PM

Jaime Lerner's book… a must read, no matter WHAT it's about! (PS: I think acupuncture is a terrible metaphor. I want to see Urban GP!)

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MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT may have found a way to produce “greener” cement that produces more than half the CO2 emissions.
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Coming Soon: The World’s Largest Tidal Power Plant Will Generate Electricity for 175,000 Homes

Coming Soon: The World’s Largest Tidal Power Plant Will Generate Electricity for 175,000 Homes | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
This technology needs to be used all over the world.
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Perhaps the Earth Can Teach Us ... to Be Alive

Perhaps the Earth Can Teach Us ... to Be Alive | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
"KEEPING QUIET" BY PABLO NERUDA Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth, let's not speak in any language; let's stop for one second, and not move o...
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"Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment." -- Buckiminster Fuller

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Colourful City Clock Diagram Depicts The Pulse Of The City

Colourful City Clock Diagram Depicts The Pulse Of The City | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The folks over at Spacing Vancouver have compiled this multi-layered diagram which depicts the operating hours of every business within 200m from the Broadway-City Hall station on Cambie Street. The purpose of this time diagram is to show how "this continuous flow orchestrates the city's metabolism." Check out the complete story from Spacing Vancouver over here.


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London's largest Living Wall will "combat flooding"

London's largest Living Wall will "combat flooding" | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Ten thousand plants make up London's largest living wall, which has been placed on the side of a hotel in London, designed to reduce urban flooding.
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New NASA Base Shapes the Future of Green Building Technology

New NASA Base Shapes the Future of Green Building Technology | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The new NASA Sustainability Base was designed by William McDonough + Partners to embody the spirit of NASA while fostering collaboration, supporting health and well-being, and exceed the requirements of LEED® Platinum with systems that will...
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Less Is More: Rogue Economists Champion Prosperity without Growth - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Less Is More: Rogue Economists Champion Prosperity without Growth - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
For years, economists have posited that prosperity requires growth, with environmental damage as the regrettable but unavoidable consequence.
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New Plasma Device Considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of Energy Generation and Storage | Pure Energy Blog by PES Network

New Plasma Device Considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of Energy Generation and Storage | Pure Energy Blog by PES Network | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Tracking the best exotic free energy technology news from around the world, as well as breakthrough clean energy technology developments.
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IBM solar collector will concentrate the power of 2,000 suns, keep its cool

IBM solar collector will concentrate the power of 2,000 suns, keep its cool | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Modern solar collectors can concentrate only so much energy for safety's sake: too much in one place and they risk cooking themselves. An IBM-led group
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Land Art Generator Initiative :: Renewable Energy Can Be Beautiful

Land Art Generator Initiative :: Renewable Energy Can Be Beautiful | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is a landmark initiative that has brought together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, and engineers in a first of its kind collaboration. The goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative is to design and construct a series of public art installations that uniquely combine aesthetics with clean energy generation. The works will serve to inspire and educate while they provide renewable power to thousands of homes around the world. The Land Art Generator Initiative was founded by Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry.
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"The Land Art Generator Initiative has put together this free 73-page Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies."

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Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Ohio State University scientists have invented the world's first rechargeable solar battery. It's also more efficient and cheaper than current designs.
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A Potentially Cheap Way to Store Solar | MIT Technology Review

A Potentially Cheap Way to Store Solar | MIT Technology Review | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
A simple, cheap device turns sunlight into hydrogen fuel.

If solar power is to become a primary source of electricity around the world, we’ll need cheap ways to store energy from the sun when it isn’t shining. A paper published in the journal Science this week reports a major step toward such a system. Researchers have developed a device that cheaply and efficiently converts the energy in sunlight into hydrogen, which can be used as a fuel and is easily stored.


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Philip Smith-Lawrence - EnegrySaver's curator insight, October 1, 3:32 AM

♯wetheatingadditive ♯centralheatingadditive ♯energysaver

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Solar could be world's top electricity source by 2050 – IEA

Solar could be world's top electricity source by 2050 – IEA | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Solar power may become the dominant source of electricity by 2050 as generation equipment becomes cheaper, according to a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
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Zero energy buildings at zero cost - a radical Dutch approach

Zero energy buildings at zero cost - a radical Dutch approach | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The Netherlands has found a way to refurbish existing buildings to net zero energy, within a week, with a 30-year builders’ guarantee and no subsidies.
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Every SolarCity Customer Will Get Battery Backup Within 5-10 Years

Every SolarCity Customer Will Get Battery Backup Within 5-10 Years | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Planetsave.

At a private shindig in little town called New York City last week, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive and Chairman Elon Musk (Lyndon’s cousin and also the CEO, Chief Product Architect, and Chairman of Tesla Motors) made a few casual but potentially world-changing announcements, as is practically a habit with Elon.

Most notably, they stated that SolarCity
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How A City Changes The Evolution Of All The Nature Around It

How A City Changes The Evolution Of All The Nature Around It | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
Plop down millions of people and a ton of infrastructure and it alters the surrounding ecosystem. What's crazy is that it alters it in the same way...
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Within 10 years, every SolarCity system will come with batteries from Tesla's Gigafactory

Within 10 years, every SolarCity system will come with batteries from Tesla's Gigafactory | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
The Musk Industrial Complex apparently never sleeps.
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Rebrick :: Reusing bricks

Watch the REBRICK film, introducing our way to turning waste into a resource.
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Reuse of bricks is our solution to turning waste into a resource.
Everytime you reuse a brick, you save the environment 500 grams of CO2. That equals 1 tonne of CO2 per 2000 bricks.
Through the EU project REBRICK, we are about to expand our technololy to the European market.

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NL architects: super market sanya lake park

NL architects: super market sanya lake park | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
a super market proposal for a residential master plan in southern china introduces a new typology for commercial food spaces under a stepped contoured green roof.

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One giant leap for mankind: £13bn Iter project makes breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion, a solution to climate change and an age of clean, cheap energy

One giant leap for mankind: £13bn Iter project makes breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion, a solution to climate change and an age of clean, cheap energy | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it
An idyllic hilltop setting in the Cadarache forest of Provence in the south of France has become the site of an ambitious attempt to harness the nuclear power of the sun and stars.
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Patch Dynamics: Urban Design and Ecology as MosaicCollective

Patch Dynamics: Urban Design and Ecology as MosaicCollective | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

The urban ecology framework of Patch Dynamics has been key in watching how city models such as the megalopolis and the megacity interact and generate urban ecosystem change.


Urban Design practices have always been created in response to emerging and overlapping city models and the disciplinary contexts designers find themselves in. The urban ecology framework of Patch Dynamics has been key in allowing me to see how city models such as the megalopolis and the megacity interact and generate urban ecosystem change. One's first thought about a patch may be that of a shape that changes. However, the concept of a patch in this case describes a set of patches or a mosaic that changes over time. This search is not to find or create the best patch mosaics, or those that function in the most resilient ways.

Instead, it is a project of creating urban design practices and strategies for a diversity of urban actors to engage their patches and democratize the resilience cycle in their own ways.


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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | Sustainable Thinking | Scoop.it

A new breed of high-rise architecture is in the process of being born, thanks to the collaborative efforts of modern design pioneers. Envisioned as the best sustainable option for meeting world housing demands and decreasing global carbon emissions, wooden mega-structures are now one step closer to becoming a reality.


“Big Wood,” a conceptual project to the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, builds on the premise that wood, when harvested responsibly, is one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthy communities. Aspiring to become one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, Big Wood challenges the way we build our cities and promotes timber as a reliable platform to support tomorrow’s office and residential towers...


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:47 PM

Whoa..Chicago!

Geovanni's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:32 AM

Fascinating place. Must of been a lot of wood to be created.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, May 13, 2013 11:44 AM
It takes around 30 years for a seedling to grow into the kind of wood that can be used in construction. A little maintenance is required during that period. Meanwhile it's soaking up CO2 and making oxygen. The only industrial processes required are to cut it down and cut it into boards and 2 x 4s. If you stagger your planting you have an endless supply.