Closing plenary: uncovering nature’s secrets to reinvent cities

November 6, 2018 by  
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The idea of buildings as a regenerative force sounds like an environmentalist’s pipe dream, but the concept is starting to be realized in offices, factories and other facilities. It requires vision and new design thinking, but also an understanding of how “the genius of biome” can make the built environment a positive contributor to cities around the world.

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These Australian tiny cabins are designed to help us disconnect

September 10, 2018 by  
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We all need a little digital detox once in a while, and these beautiful off-grid cabins are the ideal answer to getting away from it all. Scattered around South Australia’s most breathtaking landscapes, the CABN s are completely self-sustainable and eco-friendly tiny cabins that are designed to offer a serenity-focused retreat. The first CABN, named “Jude” after the founder’s mother, is located in a remote area in Adelaide Hills , just under an hour drive from Adelaide. Surrounded by 180 acres of sprawling natural grassland, guests will be just steps away from walking trails, creeks, dams and stunning scenery. Related: This off-grid, lunar lander-inspired tiny home is out of this world The tiny cabins are designed to offer guests a place where they can truly reconnect with nature. Although the cabins are completely off-grid, they don’t sacrifice comfort. Inspired by Scandinavian design, the compact structures are made out of natural timber . Inside, the minimalist interiors are geared toward relaxation. The tiny retreats’ front walls are almost entirely glazed, flooding the living space with natural light. Jude sleeps two guests in a king-sized bed, and the bathroom comes with an indoor shower and composting toilet . Guests will enjoy a kitchen equipped with all of the basic necessities. To completely relax, the CABN rules strictly forbid ironing of any sort. According to CABN creator Michael Lamprell, the inspiration for the retreat came from a personal experience while he was studying both minimalism and tiny home design . “For someone that has lived and worked within the excesses of consumerism, the concept of minimalism was a revelation,” Lamprell said. “I was at a point where stress and anxiety were affecting all areas of my life — something had to change. At the same time, I was introduced to the concept of tiny homes, and the opportunity to create stunning cabins in unique locations, allowing you to switch off your mobile phone and truly relax. Set in isolated spots, the aim is to help the terminally busy disconnect and recharge.” + CABN Via ArchDaily Images via CABN

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Episode 131: Talking circular strategy with HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise

July 12, 2018 by  
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Plus, is it time to redefine the concept of Triple Bottom Line management? Discover why it’s a matter for debate.

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Episode 131: Talking circular strategy with HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Plus, is it time to redefine the concept of Triple Bottom Line management? Discover why it’s a matter for debate.

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Honda’s tiny urban EV could be available to order next year

March 12, 2018 by  
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Honda recently announced that the Urban EV Concept they unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show could be ready to order by 2019. The Verge described this little vehicle with a retro feel as a “Japanese plush toy made real.” The Urban EV “previews Honda’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle sold in Europe,” according to the company. At a 2018 Geneva Motor Show press conference, Honda Motor Europe senior vice president Philip Ross confirmed the company anticipates opening order banks for the car early next year, with a production version coming to Europe later in 2019. Related: Uniti officially unveils its electric city car — and it will sell for under $18K The Honda Urban EV’s retro vibe is accompanied by utterly modern features like a wrap-around panoramic screen. Four people can go for a spin in the car, sitting on two bench seats. The design is intended to call to mind the “ambiance of a lounge,” according to Honda. The dashboard display offers vehicle information, with the screens on the doors acting as side mirrors via digital camera displays. The Verge said there aren’t many switches or buttons in the car, although they pointed out such minimalism isn’t rare in concept car design. Another futuristic feature is the Honda Automated Network Assistant, which “learns from the driver by detecting emotions behind their judgments” to offer recommendations. Honda has not yet divulged the range of the Urban EV. When they debuted the vehicle in 2017, they mentioned their Electric Vision strategy launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show; development of “a dedicated electric vehicle platform, featuring fully-electric powertrain technology” is part of that vision. The automaker said, “Key parts of that powertrain development will include a high-density, lightweight battery pack, integrated heat management and the evolution of energy transfer functions — both to and from the vehicle.” + Honda Urban EV Concept Order Books + Honda 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show Via The Verge Images via Honda

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Pros and Cons of All-in-One Waste Collection Programs

August 31, 2017 by  
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With more and more cities setting lofty recycling goals or striving for “zero-waste” status, one idea always seems to get passed around to hit the magic numbers: the mixed waste processing facility. This concept goes by several names,…

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Why coal country must be part of the clean economy

March 8, 2017 by  
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One of the most remarkable developments in recent years has been the relatively drama-free embrace in many corners of the private sector of the concept of environmental externalities. Arguments over the indirect costs of fossil fuel combustion — climate change, mercury contamination, ground level ozone and the like — have been a form of hand-to-hand combat in utility rate cases and other regulatory actions for years.

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VW’s new electric car goes further and costs less than the Tesla 3 or Chevy Bolt

September 28, 2016 by  
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Volkswagen is still recovering from the diesel scandal that has tarnished its “green” credibility, but the automaker hopes to move past its woes with a new range of electric cars that set to hit the streets in 2020. VW has just previewed one of those first electric cars with the debut of the new I.D. electric concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show  and it has a longer range and lower price tag than its direct competiors. About the same size as the current Golf, the I.D. will be the first of VW’s new electric cars. Based on the automaker’s new dedicated electric platform, called MEB, the I.D. concept features a 167-hp electric motor and a driving range between 250 and 373 miles on a single charge. Thanks to DC fast-charging it should also only take around 15 minutes to recharge the battery up to 80 percent. It should cost under 30k, which is less than the Tesla 3. VW has committed to releasing around 30 electric cars by 2025, with at least five of these planned for the VW brand. This includes the production version of the I.D. concept, a sedan, sports car, SUV and a production version of the Budd-e concept that we saw earlier this year. VW also plans to integrate fully automated driving technology in its new electric cars, which will arrive by 2025. Lastly VW has set a lofty goal of selling 1 million electric cars a year by 2025. Related: Volkswagen announces plans to produce BUDD-e electric van by 2020 As of right now VW is saying that the production version of the I.D. concept will be its first dedicated electric car, but there are other reports that claim that the production version of the Budd-e concept will come to market first. + Volkswagen All images @ Volkswagen

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8 companies to watch in the circular economy

August 10, 2016 by  
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The circular economy is anything but theoretical — startups and big companies alike already are experimenting with the concept to forge new business models and buttress existing ones. Here are eight of the most notable.

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Why sustainable development is a matter of (coherent) policy

July 25, 2016 by  
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Economic and social concerns are essential to becoming sustainable, prosperous societies, and at the center of this goal is the concept of policy coherence.

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