Design:

This ingenious hack turns anti-terror bollards into furniture

In the last few years, vehicle-aided terrorism has become a horrible reality for many cities. To protect pedestrians, cities have expanded efforts to install street bollards, peppering the urban landscape with these three-foot-high metal barriers.

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  • Date:11/12/2018

Riding your bike in this city gets you free beer and ice cream

If you’ve ever felt that your green credentials have gone unrewarded, it might be worth considering a move to the Italian city of Bologna.  For six months a year, an initiative called Bella Mossa (“Good Job”) operates within the city, which rewards users of sustainable forms of transport with free beer, ice cream or film tickets.

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  • Date:11/12/2018

These beautiful energy-efficient homes were built in a factory

A company in Quebec has introduced a factory-built house to the market that runs entirely on solar power. Even though the house takes only five days to assemble, the look and feel of the home is that of a chic, modern living space. What’s more, the home costs no more than $147 per square meter and uses almost 17 times less power than the average energy consumption of a standard home in Quebec.

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  • CTV News Montreal
  • Date:11/05/2018

Buildings could soon be constructed using concrete solar panels

One ton of CO2 is generated by making one ton of cement, which is made from limestone and a few other things heated to an extremely high temperature. But what if concrete could generate its own energy? It seems we’re getting very close to that reality after the world’s largest cement maker debuted photovoltaic concrete panels that can be used for construction while simultaneously producing energy. The company says that a typical 10-story commercial building covered in 60 percent of these panels would generate about 30 percent of its annual energy requirement.

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  • Quartz
  • Date:11/05/2018

Bionic leaf is 10 times better at photosynthesis than real plants

Plants take in carbon dioxide, water, and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Now researchers have done the same, but even better.

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  • Date:11/05/2018

In Norway, an ambitious new standard for green building is catching on

In Drøbak, Norway, there’s a little school that’s one of the most unique — and possibly the greenest — in the world. On top, solar panels face the sun at a 33-degree angle, and beneath, energy wells tap geothermal energy.

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  • Date:11/05/2018

The rural Brazilian school that enraptured the architecture world

The young architects behind a school in rural Brazil didn't expect international recognition for their work. Their goal was simply to serve disadvantaged students in the remote community of Formoso do Araguaia, a municipality around 500 kilometers (311 miles) northwest of the country's capital, Brasilia.

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  • Date:11/01/2018

This Indian city is using the newest technology to reinvent the modern city

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh plans to revolutionize the concept of what the modern city will look like. The local government is completely redesigning its capital to include large shaded walkways to encourage people to walk more, plentiful green spaces, widespread use of renewable energy, and a well-functioning transport infrastructure. The project is estimated to be finished within 25 years and represents a promising effort in dealing with the growing problem of rapid urbanization.

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  • World Economic Forum
  • Date:10/29/2018

Could termites teach us how to save the world?

After being neck deep in oil for nearly a decade, it made perfect sense that the writer Lisa Margonelli would become obsessed with termites. Termites offered an escape from the depressing and seemingly intractable politics that stop us from breaking our addiction to oil.

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  • Date:10/24/2018

Dandelion seeds fly using ‘impossible’ method never before seen in nature

Dandelion seeds fly using a method that researchers thought couldn’t work in the real world, according to a study published in Nature. When some animals, aeroplanes or seeds fly, rings of circulating air called vortices form in contact with their wings or wing-like surfaces.

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  • Date:10/19/2018
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