• ‘World’s most sustainable’ shopping center to feature rooftop farm

    Property manager and developer Frasers Property Australia says a 2,000-square-meter urban farm and greenhouse atop a proposed shopping mall in suburban Melbourne, Australia, could be the world’s most sustainable shopping center. The complex will be part of a mixed-use development that will include a range of residential buildings on a 20.5-hectare site at the former Burwood Brickworks […]

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  • Dutch bridge embraces flooding in a thought-provoking way

    Modern bridges are typically built at least a foot higher than the expected 50-year flood, but that’s not so for this unusual bridge built on the floodplains in the flood-prone Dutch city of Nijmegen. NEXT Architects and H+N+S Landscape Architects designed the Zalige Bridge, a footbridge that becomes partly submerged when the water levels rise, forcing people to use the exposed […]

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  • Living wall blooms on Bloomington parking garage

    The new Monroe County Parking Garage in Bloomington, Ind. features a unique LiveWall®installation. LiveWall, the green industry’s most sustainable, durable and low-maintenance living wall system, fills five of the parking structure’s window openings with a variety of plants that bloom in shades of yellow, red, pink, purple, and green. “The idea was to break up the […]

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  • NYC to D.C. in under 30 minutes – Elon Musk Gets Approval for Hyperloop Construction

    Last year, tech mogul and super villain cosplayer Elon Musk tweeted that he had received “verbal govt approval” to construct a Hyperloop train tunnel to provide high-speed transportation service between New York and Washington, D.C. in less than 30 minutes. The tweet was widely criticized, as many noted that verbal approval means little to nothing when it comes […]

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  • Large photovoltaic “wings” help eliminate emissions from this Italian headquarters building

    Arval, a long-term car rental company based in Italy, has recently received a new zero impact headquarters building on the outskirts of Florence. The Pierattelli Architetture-designed building, dubbed the “Photovoltaic Bolt” thanks to its arrow-like shape and large photovoltaic “wings,” is a Climate House Class A building without emissions and is self-sufficient thanks to geothermal […]

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  • Roadway Technologies Could Help Heal Transportation Infrastructure Woes

      Innovative roadway technologies could help address more than $800 billion worth of upkeep and repairs needed to maintain America’s transportation infrastructure. Transportation infrastructure and its upkeep is one of the country’s greatest ongoing needs. But, help — in the form of several roadway technologies that extend road life — are in development, according to a […]

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  • Platio unveils next-gen solar sidewalk that can charge electric vehicles

    The sidewalks of the future could be paved with solar panels – and the clean energy they generate could power electric cars. Hungarian startup Platio recently installed a 50-square-foot solar sidewalk made of recycled plastic at an EV charging station in Budapest. Platio installed a 720 watt peak capacity (Wp) system on a sidewalk at one of the facilities of the logistics real estate company Prologis. Platio co-founder […]

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  • JFK terminal grabs LEED gold

    Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport has become the first air terminal in the United States to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance gold certification, according to the terminal’s operator. Terminal 4 received the certification with help of CodeGreen, which provided energy and sustainability consulting through the […]

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  • German cities to trial free public transport to cut pollution

    “Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a keystone of German […]

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  • Circular hotel will be world’s first energy positive hotel concept above the Arctic Circle

    Snøhetta, in collaboration with Arctic Adventure of Norway and the Powerhouse Collaboration*, is creating the first building in a northern climate to be built according to the energy positive Powerhouse standard. The building, a circular hotel dubbed “Svart,” will reduce its yearly energy consumption by approximately 85% compared to a traditional hotel and will also produce […]

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