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In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale

In China, the true cost of Britain's clean, green wind power experiment: Pollution on a disastrous scale | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
This toxic lake poisons Chinese farmers, their children and their land. It is what's left behind after making the magnets for Britain's latest wind turbines...

The reality is that, as Britain flaunts its environmental credentials by speckling its coastlines and unspoiled moors and mountains with thousands of wind turbines, it is contributing to a vast man-made lake of poison in northern China. This is the deadly and sinister side of the massively profitable rare-earths industry that the ‘green’ companies profiting from the demand for wind turbines would prefer you knew nothing about.


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Water powered fridge technology firm the Sure Chill Company boosted by further investment by chairman Peter Saunders

Water powered fridge technology firm the Sure Chill Company boosted by further investment by chairman Peter Saunders | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Angel investor Peter Saunders has made another investment into Tywyn-based Sure Chill.

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UtilityTree's curator insight, June 26, 2013 1:41 PM

In the past twelve months some 500 fridges with a value of over $1m ordered by UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies for use in health clinics in remote places around the world.

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The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms

The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Architecture + Urban Design + Sustainability = Getting back to the roots · Home ...

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Researchers Develop RecycleBot to Recycle Plastic Using 3D Printers

Researchers Develop RecycleBot to Recycle Plastic Using 3D Printers | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Suppose you could replace "Made in China" with "Made in my garage." Suppose also that every time you polished off a jug of two percent, you would be stocking up on raw material to make anything from a cell phone case and golf tees to a toy castle...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 2, 2013 12:52 PM

Awesome, isn't :-)

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:57 PM

How's this for innovating?

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BBC Radio 4 - The Living World, Oil Beetles

BBC Radio 4 - The Living World, Oil Beetles | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Devon hosts four oil beetle species, one of which has only recently been rediscovered.

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Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea - KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN/HEALTHY

Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea - KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN/HEALTHY | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Jan 29, 2013 SCIENCE DAILY

Two new research articles demonstrate how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean.

Sea life studies aid researchers in several ways, including the development of new medications and biofuels. Because many of these ocean animal species have existed in harmony with their bacteria for millions of years, these benign bacteria have devised molecules that can affect body function without side effects and therefore better fight disease.... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130129130949.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fearth_climate+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Earth+%26+Climate+News%29

 

VIDEO:  SEAFLOOR CARNAGE - THE TRUTH ABOUT BOTTOM TRAWLING http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/946040909/seafloor-carnage-the-truth-about-bottom-trawling

 

CHILE BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY TO PROTECT ALL VULNERABLE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS FROM BOTTOM TRAWLING http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/3995055732/chile-becomes-first-country-to-protect-all-all-vulnerable-marine-ecosystems-from-bottom-trawling

 

KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN:

 

DUMPING PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE IN THE DEEP SEA Deep Sea News http://deepseanews.com/2008/04/dumping-pharmaceutical-waste-in-the-deep-sea/

 

HOW DOES LARGE AMOUNTS OF SEWAGE DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN KILL FISH http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_does_large_amounts_of_sewage_dumped_into_the_ocean_kill_fish

 

MARINE POLLUTION - CENTURIES OF ABUSE HAVE TAKEN A HEAVY TOLL - National Geographic http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-marine-pollution/

 

WATER POLLUTION - CANADA TAKES CRAP FOR FLUSHING RAW SEWAGE INTO THE OCEAN -  According to Macleans, Canada’s leading news magazine, the sewage is a mixture of water, human waste, microorganisms, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, EXCRETED PHARMACEUTICALS and, potentially, pathogens such as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis B.  http://environment.about.com/od/waterpollution/a/canadasewage.htm

 

HOW MUCH GARBAGE IS PUT INTO THE OCEAN EACH YEAR - APPROXIMATELY 14 BILLION POUNDS  http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_garbage_is_put_into_the_ocean_each_year

 

OCEAN AWASH IN PLASTIC

http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us?q=plastic

 

 

 


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New Low Energy Water Treatment Purifies, Desalinates and Makes Hydrogen, Too

New Low Energy Water Treatment Purifies, Desalinates and Makes Hydrogen, Too | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

In an amazing sustainability quadruple play, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver are working on a fuel cell that can desalinate water, treat wastewater and generate electricity in a single process, while producing hydrogen gas that is re-used to make the treatment process run efficiently. What’s amazing about it is that the operation is run by microscopic living organisms that exist all around us and even inside of us, otherwise known as microbes – yes, microbes


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Electric Car's curator insight, January 19, 2013 1:26 PM
The New Super-Duper Desalinating Microbial Fuel Cell

The Colorado researchers have stepped up the microbial fuel cell – wastewater connection to include a desalination capability, and that’s where it gets interesting. They were stumped for a while on how to get the whole operation to run efficiently, until they investigated the potential for storing the hydrogen waste gas from the process. Building on research conducted at Penn State University, the team produced a study demonstrating that the process results in enough hydrogen to run the desalination component. Not only that, it creates excess hydrogen that can be put to other uses.

The U.S. Navy and Microbial Fuel Cells

The Office of Naval Research is behind the Colorado study, which should come as no surprise.  For obvious reasons, the U.S. Navy has a long term interest in developing high efficiency desalination processes, and now it foresees a future in which entire ships are powered by microbial fuel cells which can scavenge energy on-the-go from seawater. Bio-based fuel cells and batteries are also of great interest to other branches of the armed services, so it’s a safe bet that microbial fuel cells will cross over into mainstream civilian use…especially if the incoming Congress continues funding for new energy research.

 

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interesting info

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A 27-Story Vertical Forest Grows in Milan | Object Lessons | ARTINFO.com

A 27-Story Vertical Forest Grows in Milan | Object Lessons | ARTINFO.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
OBJECT LESSONS Architecture & Design News.
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Shipping container building eliminates line between indoor and outdoor spaces

Shipping container building eliminates line between indoor and outdoor spaces | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Discarded or used shipping containers with their unique configuration offer a great scope for designers to let loose their creativity and produce some innovative structures, which not only presents unique formation to meet individual needs but also...

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Submarine Methane Raises the Stakes - Truthdig

Submarine Methane Raises the Stakes - Truthdig | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Japan has succeeded in pioneering the exploitation of vast reserves of undersea methane. It could be good news for a resource-hungry country and bad for an overheating planet.
- 2013/03/16

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Capturing Carbon Dioxide with a “Solar Sponge”

Capturing Carbon Dioxide with a “Solar Sponge” | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy.

A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy. - See more at: http://blog.cleantechies.com/2013/02/26/capturing-carbon-dioxide-with-a-solar-sponge/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cleantechies+%28CleanTechies+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader#sthash.JO5scbcM.dpuf
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The next revolution in Net Zero buildings: Occupants

The next revolution in Net Zero buildings: Occupants | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Next-generation buildings will target occupants and the amount of energy consumed by plug-in devices, experts say.

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Diedert Debusscher's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:27 AM

In a Net-Zero energy building, the remaining (low) energy consumption is dominated not by heating and colling, but plug loads. So occupant behavior change should be the next focus. Confirmed by this 100 engineers and architects from the design and build community.

Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:37 AM

Occupants in Net-Zero energy buildings are usually measured as a plug load.  Monitoring & limiting plug loads are methods of managing energy use in a building.

SAGE's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:17 AM

We've made tremendous strides in conserving energy in buildings using new technologies like dynamic glass and advanced insulation materials. But there is still far to go. 

 

Greenbiz.com reports on panel of engineers, architects and other experts in Net Zero buildings who say the next front on energy efficiency will be changing the behavior of occupants. 

 

To these panelists, paying more attention to the occupant means paying attention to plug loads. That's the amount of energy consumed by devices plugged into electrical sockets.

 

"Occupant behavior change plus creative ideas equals Net Zero," says Humphrey of DPR Construction.

 

Read the story here: 

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Solar power has record year despite bankruptcies

Solar power has record year despite bankruptcies | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Solar power has record year in 2012, with total U.S. capacity surging 40%, despite persisting bankruptcies.

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:18 AM

The price of solar panels has declined 60% since the beginning of 2011, according to SEIA. Lower prices for silicon -- a main ingredient in the panels -- and massive investments in manufacturing capacity, especially by the Chinese, have helped push down prices.

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Soot 'has bigger role in warming' (worse than methane?)

Soot 'has bigger role in warming' (worse than methane?) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
New research says that black carbon, or soot, is making a much larger contribution to global warming than previously recognised.

This new study concludes the dark particles are having a warming effect approximately two thirds that of carbon dioxide, and greater than methane.

"The large conclusion is that forcing due to black carbon in the atmosphere is larger," lead author Sarah Doherty told BBC News. ....

The researchers say black carbon emissions in Europe and North America have been declining due to restrictions on emissions from diesel engines. But they have been growing steadily in the developing world. However as these type of particles don't last very long in the atmosphere, cutting their number would have an immediate impact on temperatures.

Cutting emissions from diesel engines could have a big effect

"Reducing emissions from diesel engines and domestic wood and coal fires is a no-brainer as there are tandem health and climate benefits," said Professor Piers Forster from the University of Leeds.


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Aquaponics: Urban, Local, Sustainable, But How Does It Work Exactly?

Aquaponics: Urban, Local, Sustainable, But How Does It Work Exactly? | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
GOOD is a global community of people and organizations working towards individual and collective progress. (#good #AAAW Aquaponics: Urban, Local, Sustainable, But How Does It Work Exactly?

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The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm

The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Our society needs a new story to belong to. The old story of empire and dominion over the earth has to be looked at in the full light of day - all of our ambient cultural stories and values that we take for granted and which remain invisible must become visible.

But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing.

And all of this knowledge and introspection, dreaming, questioning, and discovery is essential for a cultural transformation that addresses root causes... http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/films_for_action_presents_the_top_100_documentaries_inspiring_the_shift_to_a_sustainable_paradigm/


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Marc Gobé's curator insight, February 27, 2013 9:00 AM

Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public space like never before. Can we reverse this visual pollution? This Space Available looks at diverse activists from the worlds of advertising, street art, and politics. http://thisspaceavailablefilm.com/

Steven McGreevy's curator insight, February 28, 2013 7:02 PM

Gonna take a look at this...

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The Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat

The Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Aquaponics uses fish to create soil-less farms that can fit into cities much easier.

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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, March 6, 2013 2:34 PM

A beautifully written summary of how and why Aquaponics is changing the face of both farming and food in our cities, from The Atlantic Cities and TED Books

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5 Clever Product Packages That Dissolve After Use

5 Clever Product Packages That Dissolve After Use | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
These days, any designer worth his or her salt is grappling with ideas of waste and sustainability, trying to come up with ways to do more with less.

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, January 30, 2013 12:46 PM

These days, any designer worth his or her salt is grappling with ideas of waste and sustainability, trying to come up with ways to do more with less. This is especially pressing in the realm of product packaging: According to the EPA, Americans alone throw away some 70 million tons of boxes, bags, containers, and inserts each year. It’s a staggering statistic, and any place where we can cut back will help stem the tide. But Aaron Mickelsonhas a more radical idea. Why not get rid of packaging completely?

That lofty ambition served as the basis for Mickelson’s thesis project at Pratt Institute last semester, where the designer earned his masters in package design. The project, which Mickelson dubs "The Disappearing Package," shows zero-waste solutions for five different products, from trash bags to shower soap. And the craziest part of it all is that the designs really aren’t that crazy.

Most of the solutions stem from streamlining the packages of products that are, in some way, packages themselves--or are products that already include many individually packaged parts. Tide Pods, for example, are single-use detergent pouches typically sold in a plastic jug or stand-up bag. Mickelson’s proposal is a simple one: Arrange the pods in a single, perforated sheet; print on them directly with soap-soluble ink; and roll them up into a tight cylinder for grocery store shelves. At home, customers would simply tear off one pod at a time, as needed, until the last one was used, taking the last traces of the product to the washing machine along with it. Mickelson’s idea for tea bags is similarly elegant--instead of putting all the individual, wax-sealed packets in a tin or cardboard box, simply attach them together accordion-style and let the customer tear off one at a time.

The designer’s proposal for Glad trash bags seems even more feasible--and perhaps even a bit more clever. The idea is to roll up the bags into a self-contained tube, with the product information printed directly on the outside bag. But the best part is that customers draw bags not from the outside of the roll but from the inside, Kleenex-style, which dispenses one bag at a time while keeping the rest in one tidy unit. Not only does the design eliminate the need for the superfluous cardboard box but it also adds a bit of quick-grab usability as well. Reducing waste is worthwhile enough; the added utility is just a victory lap.


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Heat from North American cities causing warmer winters, study finds

Heat from North American cities causing warmer winters, study finds | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers say extra heat generated by huge cities explains additional warming not explained by existing climate models

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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, September 29, 5:15 PM

Very interesting reading this. It seems quite true since the past winter didn't seem as cold as most winters here in Rhode Island. If the big cities cause the winter to be less cool then in the future, would winter even be cold? Lets hope and say this problem will never happen.

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About the WINDHUNTER Hydrogen Generation System

About the WINDHUNTER Hydrogen Generation System | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

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UtilityTree's curator insight, January 24, 2013 9:43 PM

The WINDHUNTER SYSTEM concept is an offshore, floating system that uses several wind turbines for power output to produce hydrogen by electrolyzing water. This continuously manned, safe and stable system will be easily maintained on-board while relocating to the best wind conditions for the wind turbines. The produced hydrogen gas may be compressed and stored as gas or liquefied and placed in insulated tanks. The compressed or liquefied hydrogen may be transferred by helicopter, surface ships or by other means.

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UTEC - Potable Water Generator

The first billboard that produces potable water from the air. Mayo DraftFCB for The University of Engineering and Technology http://www.facebook.com/MayoPeru

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How Microbes Around Plants Translate Into Energy Savings

How Microbes Around Plants Translate Into Energy Savings | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Some air purifying technology originally developed by NASA could eventually purify the air in buildings so much that it would drastically reduce the need to

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:13 AM

Martin Mittelmark, CEO of Phytofilter Technologies, explained that NASA was researching how plants purify air because of its interest in long-term habitat in outer space. The scientists found that carbon-eating microbes around a plant’s root system digest impurities in air. If they grew plants in porous soil and put an induction fan below the filter, they could get 100 times more polluted air down to the microbes.

 

By leveraging the microbes around the plant, “they (NASA) found these plant purifiers were taking just about every contaminant out of the air,” said Mittelmark. The soil around the plant acts as a filter bed through which indoor air passes and pollutants are trapped, and the filter never needs replacing.

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Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power & Helium to Hover Above Beijing

Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power & Helium to Hover Above Beijing | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Light Park is a skyscraper that hovers over the streets of Beijing like a giant airship. Architects Ting Xu and Yiming Chen have conceived the future of high-rises to be a conglomerate of mega-structures that make up for the shortage of urban open spaces on the ground by lifting them up in the air.


The Light Park skyscraper is lifted off the ground with a helium-filled balloon, and it uses solar energy for propulsion, enabling it to function as a non-polluting transportation deck as well as a floating urban park. The technology is based on existing helium balloon designs, using solar-powered propellers, airbags and atmospheric pressure for takeoff and cruise flight. Solar power is utilized to power the uses below, with translucent solar panels located on the top of the aircraft. In order to avoid additional weight and decrease wind resistance, the skyscraper uses a cable-suspended structure to attach the slabs to the mushroom-like cap. The planting slabs are irrigated with rainwater collected on the large cap surface and are distributed in a way which allows maximum exposure to sunlight on each level...



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Amber Qureshi's curator insight, April 8, 2013 1:19 PM

Daaamnnn :O 

Noor Fatima's comment, April 9, 2013 10:01 AM
incredibleeeee
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Ikr :D
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Japan's Quiet Skyscraper-Demolition Technique Generates Energy

Japan's Quiet Skyscraper-Demolition Technique Generates Energy | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Taisei Corporation is using its Ecological Reproduction System (Tecorep) to gradually lower the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, and bemused passersby have already witnessed the 140m-high (about 460 feet) tower quietly shrink to 110m (about 360 feet). It’s a far more elegant method when compared with the much-unchanged tack of getting something big and heavy and smashing it into a building, or the presumably fun but incredibly messy process of blowing it up. Buildings are of course dismantled using cranes already, but only from the exterior and for towers under 100m — and they’re far from green. Having investigated new methods since 2008, Taisei is suggesting that for buildings over 100m we need to adopt a new approach.


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"Barefoot" Solar Energy Engineers

"Barefoot" Solar Energy Engineers | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
The Barefoot College in western India is training illiterate or semi-literate women from all over the world to be solar engineers, making renewable energy technology and knowledge accessible.

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Agora Tower, Taipei: A Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens

Agora Tower, Taipei: A Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Taipei just broke ground on a twisting skyscraper that is wrapped with a jungle of vertical gardens...

Designed by Vincent Callebaut Architecture, the 455,000-square-foot Agora Tower will have an orchard, a vegetable garden, space for aromatic and medicinal plants, and a compost and rainwater capture system.

Designed to mimic two encircling hands and the helical structure of DNA, the towers are organized a central core that allows for a “hyper-abundance of suspended gardens.” These will spill over with edible and decorative plants, enabling residents of 40 luxury apartments to harvest a great deal of their own food (except for protein.) Plus, the rainwater capture system alleviates pressure on the municipal water supply and gives the complex even greater independence.

Each 540 square meter apartment will have an interior green wall as well, ensuring optimum air quality and a great green aesthetics. A circular light funnel will push daylighting right down to the basement of the building, a solar roof will provide energy, and low E glass will mitigate excess solar gain and prevent thermal loss.

Complete with nanotechnology and a host of other high-tech features, this one-of-a-kind tower may well be the greenest of its kind when it is completed circa 2016....


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Pagina Uno's curator insight, March 10, 2013 6:10 AM

Progettato per imitare la struttura elicoidale del DNA, le torri sono organizzate intorno ad un nucleo centrale che ha permesso la realizzare un "iper-abbondanza di giardini sospesi." Questi traboccano di piante commestibili e decorative, che consentono ai residenti dei 40 appartamenti di lusso di raccogliere una grande quantità di cibo. Inoltre, un sistema di raccolta delle acque piovane allevia il peso sulla rete idrica comunale e dà indipendenza al complesso.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, March 10, 2013 1:30 PM
This is a real fad now, skyscrapers that twist toward the sky like that, isn't it? I can't help but wonder about the legacy. Are we entering a new era where the species is losing its self consciousness, or have these architects simply not heard the old limerick about the heartbreak when the man who was threaded one way fell in love with the woman who was threaded the other way?
Backbone's curator insight, September 13, 7:54 AM

more constructions like this expected in near future !