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Sustainability Lighting The Way

Sustainability Lighting The Way

More cities are making the switch to smarter lighting solutions for their streets. Solar powered lighting, internet connected LED lighting and remote monitoring/controlling are just some of the latest features that can go into street lighting. But cities are not upgrading because of the novelty factor, these technologies have an important number of benefits that...
Forget Floating Farms or Farm Skyscrapers...

Forget Floating Farms or Farm Skyscrapers…

The dilemma caused by the combination of a growing population and the need to feed it from limited farming land has caused alternative agricultural growing methods to become an area of exploration for scientific and agricultural communities. The US city of Louisville, Kentucky, is set to become home to a major vertical farm from company FarmedHere, who...
Cycle Solar Power

Cycle Solar Power

It’s been one year since an innovative solar-paneled bike path was laid in Krommenie, Netherlands, and the results have even surprised the designers. Over the past year the path has generated 70 kilowatt-hours per square meter – enough to power about three houses. The people behind SolaRoad – a pioneering innovation in the field of...
Are We Underutilising Our Rooftops?

Are We Underutilising Our Rooftops?

As our cities increase in density, new thoughts are emerging regarding how we configure our urban spaces and the best way to capitalise on our best resource for space – our rooftops. With the increasing density of our cities, Australians are starting to rethink how our urban space is configured. With space at such a...
Are Floating Farms the Answer?

Are Floating Farms the Answer?

Available arable land and agricultural space is on the decrease, while demand for food is higher than ever before. With worldwide populations expected to soar to 9.6 billion by 2050, food production will have to increase by 70% worldwide and by 100% in developing countries to keep up. The question is how can we solve this...
The First Living Building in Texas?

The First Living Building in Texas?

The Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion, one of Texas’ most eco-friendly structures, is nestled in an unassuming native prairie landscape near Decatur. The self-sufficient 502m2 open-air pavilion is 100 percent powered by solar, uses zero air conditioning, harvests rainwater and treats all wastewater on-site. San Antonio-based firm Lake|Flato Architects designed the award-winning pavilion to meet the standards of...
Blue is the New Green

Blue is the New Green

The green roof is becoming a more common occurrence in Australian development. But is there a better option? In simple terms, a green roof is partially or fully covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproof membrane. They provide a number of benefits, including thermal and sound insulation, amenity space, biodiversity, reduced water runoff...
Seamless Green Roof Conceals Community Arts Centre

Seamless Green Roof Conceals Community Arts Centre

Discretely nestled beneath the backdrop of the French Alps lies an eco-friendly, youth orientated community arts centre. Built into the earth and concealed by a seamless green roof design, the building sinks into the landscape and serves to preserve the breathtaking views of the Saint Egrève mountain-scape. Bordering both l’Aiguille de Quaix and col de...
Floating Green Path

Floating Green Path

Rather than the addition of a traditional balcony, a suspended green pathway has been suggested by a Polish architecture company for the third floor of an office building. Three floors above the regular courtyard, this whimsical green pathway will have the illusion of floating in the air, inviting the building’s inhabitants to momentarily leave their...
Life Inside a Dutch Windmill

Life Inside a Dutch Windmill

Designs have been released for a Dutch silent and motionless wind turbine that doubles as a spherical apartment building for the port side city of Rotterdam. Surrounded by wetlands and built on an underground foundation will give the building an illustrious floating effect. Harvesting energy from the wind and providing 72 new residential apartments within...
2015's Most Sustainable City

2015′s Most Sustainable City

The planet’s most sustainable city in 2015 has been announced, and followed closely by London and Copenhagen respectively; Germany’s Frankfurt comes out on top. For the fifth largest city in Germany, it’s quite inspiring to see that such a large city can still accomplish such feats. On the home front, Sydney was placed 11th overall,...
Cycling through London’s City Centre

Cycling through London’s City Centre

London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has just awarded an enthusiastic thumbs-up to the amended plans for the addition of a cycle path to run from east to west through central London. Officially London’s longest ever cycle path, it will stretch along the Victoria Embankment roadway reaching from Tower Hill to Paddington. Controversial for a number of...