• Eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’ on the rise

    Ever since the 10-story Home Insurance Building in Chicago was called the first “skyscraper” in 1885, architects have been striving to create ever-taller buildings. Ten stories quickly became 20, 20 became 50, and on and on. In 2009 the Burj Khalifa in Dubai became the world’s tallest building, with its 154 floors towering above ground […]

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  • Garbage From Irma Will Fuel Florida’s Power Grid

    When it comes to garbage, geography is destiny. Look at Texas and Florida, recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Homeowners and businesses not incapacitated by the storm have begun the arduous and emotional work of separating destroyed possessions and materials by type and placing them curbside. Cities have begun the intimidating logistics of picking it up and transporting […]

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  • Citi Makes 100% Renewable Energy Commitment

    Citigroup Inc. has announced plans to source renewable power for 100% of its global energy needs by 2020. The bank says it will consider on-site power generation, power purchase agreements for energy-intensive properties such as data centers and the appropriate use of renewable energy credits. It will also continue to focus on energy efficiency as […]

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  • America’s largest urban farm to be planted in Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh, once a site of heavy industry, could soon be home to the biggest urban farm in the United States. The 23-acre Hilltop Urban Farm will be located in the city’s Southside, an area underserved by supermarkets, where it could help supply nutritious, fresh produce to those who otherwise would have little access. Coal, steel, and manufacturing once boomed in […]

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  • UNStudio completes sustainable all-in-one urban hub in Hangzhou

    UNStudio has completed a stunning new LEED Gold-certified project in China that we hope will be a model for mixed-use development for years to come. Described by the Dutch studio as “a sustainable urban hub for living, working, and leisure,” the enormous complex in Hangzhou is the latest Raffles City to be erected in China. Located in […]

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  • The world’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge is almost complete

    Eindhoven University of Technology has a massive 3D printer capable of printing immense objects – and it’s currently creating the world’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge will be installed this month in the small Dutch town of Gemert, and it will be the first of its kind thanks to an innovative printing technique that reduces waste. […]

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  • Green homes for Indonesia’s migrant farmers

    Indonesia’s cities are the fastest growing in Asia, but for some of the millions that moved into the expanding metropolises from the countryside, dreams of a better life have turned sour. Indonesia’s urban land grew by 2,100 square kilometres – three times the size of Singapore – from 2000 to 2010, according to the World Bank. […]

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  • Haitian Solar PV Weathers Hurricane Irma

    With the complete toll of Hurricane Irma beginning to reveal itself, renewable energy stakeholders take stock of lessons learned. Haiti-based micro-utility start-up Sigora Haiti is one such group. Holding a concession from the government of Haiti to be sole power provider to some 200,000 in the northwest of the country, Sigora currently supplies power to some 8,000 […]

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  • De Blasio Vows to Cut Emissions in New York’s Larger Buildings

    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said that he wants to force landlords to retrofit old buildings — including apartment houses, office buildings and warehouses, with more than 25,000 square feet of space — to make them more energy efficient. The plan, which could affect as many as 23,000 buildings in New York City, called […]

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  • Meet the E-dumper, the world’s largest electric vehicle

    A Swiss consortium of companies is constructing the largest electric vehicle in the world – in record time. The prototype is not intended as a dainty little exhibition piece for trade fairs, but rather for hard labor in the quarry. Experts from Empa are in charge of its operational safety. It will be the largest […]

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