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Cities and Sustainable Development — Jeffrey Sachs

Cities and Sustainable Development — Jeffrey Sachs | Sustainable Environment | Scoop.it
NEW YORK – Tacloban in the Philippines has now joined the growing list of cities – including New Orleans, Bangkok, Moscow, New York, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and Port-au-Prince, to name just a few – pummeled in recent ...
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Submarino rice: A farmer's flood-resistant crop

Submarino rice: A farmer's flood-resistant crop | Sustainable Environment | Scoop.it

Rice farmers are being encouraged to grow Submarino rice, which can resist up to two weeks of being submerged in floods.

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Ithaca Ecovillage Leads Path to More Sustainable Living

Ithaca Ecovillage Leads Path to More Sustainable Living | Sustainable Environment | Scoop.it
“We swim and play in the pond for hours... Much to the discontent of some of the neighbours!,” said Malia Becker, 13, in between laughs.
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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 | Sustainable Environment | 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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