China plans its first "Forest City" to fight air pollution

February 22, 2017 by  
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Just weeks after Stefano Boeri announced plans for China’s first vertical forest, the Italian architect unveiled an even more ambitious vision: Forest Cities. Scaling up from his tree-clad Bosco Verticale skyscraper, Boeri created a blueprint for new cities in China that will be blanketed in greenery to fight air pollution. The first implementation of the nature-filled city will start in the city of Liuzhou, with construction expected to begin later this year. Stefano Boeri’s Forest City masterplans are envisioned as models of sustainable growth in China , a country choked with smog and undergoing rapid urbanization as millions of farmers migrate to cities every year. “We have been asked to design an entire city where you don’t only have one tall building but you have 100 or 200 buildings of different sizes, all with trees and plants on the facades,” Boeri told the Guardian . “We are working very seriously on designing all the different buildings. I think they will start to build at the end of this year. By 2020 we could imagine having the first forest city in China.” The Forest City was created as a scalable development following a petal formation. Each petal, which caters to a population of 20,000, can be scaled to include five petals in a single region, forming a flower-like formation centered on communal green space . All buildings would be covered in trees and greenery to help suck tons of carbon out of the atmosphere, pump oxygen into the air, and provide soothing habitat to both humans and native fauna. Related: China’s first vertical forest is rising in Nanjing The first Forest City settlement is planned for Liuzhou, home to around 1.5 million residents in the southern province of Guangxi. Boeri has high hopes to build the second Forest City in Shijiazhuang, a northern city in Hebei province that ranks among China’s worst for air quality . + Stefano Boeri Via The Guardian Images via Stefano Boeri

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6 brilliant smog-eating designs ridding cities of air pollution

April 14, 2016 by  
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Top 6 Architecture Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 26, 2013 by  
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2013 has been an amazing year for architecture but our most popular posts among readers definitely seem to be those that defy the status quo. We’ve seen a lot of stories about people moving into unconventional spaces that cost less than new buildings, like the Brooklyn couple who moved into a stacked shipping container in Williamsburg and the couple who left their jobs to move into a recycled windows love nest . Steve Areen built his own magical dome house in Thailand in six weeks for just $8,000 and received hundreds of emails from fans after the story was published on our site. Check out these and some of our other top architecture posts of 2013 and vote for your favorite! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 15th century church renovated as a modern library , Bosco Verticale , brooklyn couple moves into stacked shipping container , chamfer house , DIY , dome house , magical dome house in thailand , netherlands church library , off grid homes , popular architecture stories , Recycled Materials , round house in thailand , shipping container , Sustainable Materials , tiny homes , top 2013 stories , top 6 architecture posts from 2013 , top 6 stories from 2013 , world’s first vertical forest        

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DIY: How to Turn Two Plastic Hangers Into a Cheap and Easy Way to Store Holiday Lights

December 26, 2013 by  
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For years, I’ve been looking for the cheapest and easiest way to take down and store holiday lights. I’ve tried everything from wrapping them on cardboard strips to using those store-bought reels. However, I think I’ve finally hit on a great alternative that reuses common items. All you need is two heavy plastic clothes hangers and two zip ties. Align the two hangers opposite to one another and zip-tie them together at the hooks. By twisting the handles in your hands as you go, it rolls up the lights quickly and easily. It’s simple, easy, and cheap. The bundle of lights seen here has 10 100-light strands on it—just the right weight for the hangers! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: holiday cleanup tips , holiday storage tips , how to store Christmas lights , storing christmas lights , storing holiday lights        

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Bosco Verticale in Milan Will Be the World’s First Vertical Forest

October 11, 2011 by  
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China’s Coal-Powered Grid Negates the Green Benefits of Electric Vehicles

October 11, 2011 by  
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If any other country in the world was to announce plans to get 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, it would be a massive environmental victory — except in China. Despite the Chinese government’s major EV drive (no pun intended), it is expected to barely make a dent in the nation’s CO2 emissions due to the fact that China’s grid is largely powered by coal burning plants. China is infamous for the smog that surrounds many of its major cities, and while it is hoped that the electric cars (and use of bicycles) will reduce it over time, the country’s reliance on fossil fuels is likely to cancel out any impact. Read the rest of China’s Coal-Powered Grid Negates the Green Benefits of Electric Vehicles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , china 2015 electric car initiative , china coal electric vehicles , china electric car intiative , china electric vehicles , Climate Change , CO2 , coal , coal power china , electric car , Electricity , ev , ev china , global warming , green transportation , greenhouse gases , Lucia Green-Weiskel , your dot

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Acoustic Alarm Clock Strums a Sweet Tune to Get You Out of Bed

October 11, 2011 by  
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No one likes being startled awake by an alarm clock that sounds like a goose being strangled – if you’re looking for a more serene way to start your day then check out the Acoustic Alarm by Jamie McMahon . Made from birch plywood, walnut, stainless steel and finished with natural wax, this alarm awakens you from your slumber with a softer, natural tone generated by a rotational pick that plucks guitar strings. Read the rest of Acoustic Alarm Clock Strums a Sweet Tune to Get You Out of Bed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acoustic alarm , alarm clocks , green alarm clocks , jamie mcmachon , sleep timers , soft alarm , timers

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