Bill Gates buys a huge chunk of land in Arizona to create a ‘smart city’

November 13, 2017 by  
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Bill Gates  is purchasing 25,000 acres of land in the West Valley area of Arizona, 45 minutes west of Phoenix, with the intent of building a high-tech “smart city” named Belmont. “Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,” said Belmont Partners, the real estate firm involved in the purchase, in a press statement. The purchase, made by an investment firm run by Gates, cost $80 million and will be developed along the proposed freeway I-11, which would connect Belmont to Las Vegas and other major hubs of the region. Although Gates has given the project a new boost of funding and publicity, the planned community of Belmont, Arizona has been in the works since the 1990s. Although the housing crash put a damper on the city’s development, the regional real estate market has since recovered. The city also is banking on the parallel development of I-11, a proposed interstate highway that would run through Belmont to Las Vegas. The first section of I-11, near Boulder City, Arizona, was opened in August 2017. Related: Bill Gates launches $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change 3,800 acres of the proposed community will be used for office, retail and commercial space while an additional 470 acres will be set aside for public schools . The remaining space is enough land for 80,000 residential units. “Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model,” said Belmont Properties in a statement. When completed, Belmont will join Arcosanti , an ecologically-inspired experimental town to the north of Phoenix, as one of the region’s most high-profile planned communities. Via Popular Mechanics and The Republic Images via Gisela Giardino/Flickr and  Depositphotos

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Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

August 13, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , belmont , eco design , eco home , eco house , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green home , green house , green renovation , high performance house , home renovation , kumar residence , mid-century ranch house , San Francisco , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , zeitgeist design , zinc cladding        

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VIDEO: Voice Tunnel Illuminates Inside of NYC’s Park Avenue Tunnel with Interactive Light Show

August 13, 2013 by  
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While it may look like the inside of a 90s nightclub, the stroberiffic scene you see above is actually the inside of New York City’s Park Avenue Tunnel . This Saturday, the 17th, will be the final time that the tunnel will be closed off to cars so that people can stroll through and experience the interactive sound and light show . Read on to see how you can participate in this historic event. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art new york , art nyc , eco-art , nyc events , nyc tunnels , Park Avenue Tunnel , Rafael Lozano-Hemmer , summer streets , summer streets 2013 , summer streets nyc , tunnel night club , Voice Tunnel , walk in park ave tunnel        

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Reading Your Weeds: What’s Your Soil Telling You?

August 13, 2013 by  
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So, it’s August, which means that September is a few short weeks away, and most gardeners will be reaping the rewards of their labors right about now. Tomatoes will be ripening on the vine, squashes will be plumping up nicely, and apples at the height of their flavor and freshness are just around the corner. If your garden hasn’t thrived as well as you might have liked, there could be a number of contributing factors, including the possibility that the plants chosen weren’t ideal for the soil that you have, and reading the “weeds” that spring up in your space can give you a solid idea of what your soil is like, and what it might need. Read the rest of Reading Your Weeds: What’s Your Soil Telling You? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acidic soil , amendments , clover , crabgrass , dandelion , dry soil , earth , garden , mullein , pH , plantago , plantain , soil , soil amendments , sorrel , weed , weeds , wood sorrel , yarrow        

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