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World’s coolest futuristic buildings

World’s coolest futuristic buildings | Sustainable tourism | Scoop.it
With space-conscious designs and environmentally friendly initiatives, innovative architecture is not the only thing that sets these forward-thinking structures apart.

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BBC TRAVEL: WORLD'S COOLEST FUTURISTIC BUILDINGS Milan's Garibaldi-Repubblica with its eco-friendlyPalazzo Lombardia completed in 2011. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, the 160m-high curvilinear office tower connects light-filled office space with outdoor areas. The largest of the public spaces, Piazza Città di Lombardia (pictured), is covered by a roof composed of transparent “pillows” made from ETFE film, a fluorine-based plastic. (Fernando Guerra)

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A 'global transformation of values has already begun'

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Good news from Germany: A ‘global transformation of values has already begun’. It’s proving tough to leverage changing attitudes into sustainable behaviour — but a transition to a more sustainable society ‘would be welcomed by a significant part of world society’.

In a 400-page report called World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability, the German Advisory Council on Climate Change (WGBU), the heavyweight scientific body that advises the German Federal Government on ‘Earth System Megatrends’, reviewed a wide-range of values surveys. A significant majority of the German population, it found, views growth and capitalism with scepticism and ‘does not believe in the resilience of market-driven economic systems’.

This post-materialist thinking is not limited to the well­-off and educated. In South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, India, and China, the report also found, a significant majority supports ambitious climate protection measures, and ‘would welcome a new economic system’ to achieve that.


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Singapore | Green with Data and Design

Singapore | Green with Data and Design | Sustainable tourism | Scoop.it

It is not simply a matter of city planning in the traditional sense. The very rhythm of Singapore is based on a marvelously efficient data collection process, which feeds the continuous refinement of urban planning. The Singaporean approach to analytical design contains important lessons, as statistics from the United Nations suggest 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This kind of growth will put immense pressure on urban infrastructures, many of which are already archaic and crumbling.

 

The cultures of the Southeast Asian region have historically fueled many of the world’s innovations. Many of these advances are the result of the complex interactions between cultures and technology. As we move more deeply into the 21st century, the technology law of accelerating returns is more evident in Asia than in Europe or America. The rate of change in the way people live is increasing at an exponential rate each year in Asia.

 

Against this backdrop of continuous change driven by data collection technology, Singapore has implemented restoration of green space with astounding results.


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70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This kind of growth will put immense pressure on urban infrastructures, many of which are already archaic and crumbling.

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Three Drivers are Pushing Sustainability into an Investment Megatrend.

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Three Drivers are Pushing Sustainability into an Investment Megatrend in 2013. Driver #1: Financial investigation. Driver #2: Sustainability is now a C-suite area of focus Driver. #3: Consumers are demanding smarter, healthier and greener solutions.


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