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Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture

Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

While the practice of building green roofs is centuries old, it has experienced a renaissance as the structural philosophy of the future. A living green roof reduces the costs of heating and cooling, encourages the local wildlife and naturally filters the rain water it receives. Here, we celebrate the work of some of today’s most talented, most progressive architects, who have adopted green roof design techniques to yield beautiful, sustainable works of architecture.


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50 Laboratories of Opportunity

50 Laboratories of Opportunity | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
One thing that the Chinese do quite well — and that the U.S. could learn from — is to test policy proposals before rolling them out nationally.

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Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built...

Urban Sustainability: The cities of the future will be grown, not built... | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it

The cities of the future will have waste-to-energy plants, not shopping malls or churches, at their center, according to urban designer Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE.

At DLD Cities in London, he said "cities have centers that celebrate previous centuries -- in Europe, the cities celebrated spirituality, with cathedrals. After some time, the cathedrals became downtown cores- and celebrations of capitalism and commercialism".

The cities of the future will celebrate "the belief of what keeps us alive" - or elements of the city that make our lives better.

 

Terreform ONE, a green design company in Brooklyn, explores biohacks for the ecological issues facing modern cities. For instance, the waste New York City produces every hour weighs as much as the Statue of Liberty - in the future that waste could be recompacted into building blocks, or recycled "bales". Looking beyond recycling, though, it would be even better to create a city which didn't produce waste in the first place...

That means growing thousands of homes -- building a new suburb could involve twisting, pruning and manipulating large trees into the frames of buildings. "There would be no difference between the home and nature -- it would be something that would be a positive addition to the ecology," explained Joachim.

 

For more information on these innovative concepts, including biomimicry and new green technology proposals for future cities, stop by to read the complete article and visit referenced links on urban sustainability...


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7 bold urban projects to watch in 2012 | SmartPlanet

7 bold urban projects to watch in 2012 | SmartPlanet | Vertical Farm - Food Factory | Scoop.it
Cities struggled financially in 2011, but that doesn’t mean big urban projects aren’t on the way.

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