Foster + Partners masterplans the new Indian state capital Amaravati

May 11, 2018 by  
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Foster + Partners has moved one step closer to bringing to life the new Indian state capital of Amaravati—a city that’s projected to be “one of the most sustainable in the world.” The city will form the new administrative capital of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which transferred its former capital of Hyderabad to the state of Telangana when state boundaries were redrawn in 2014. The acclaimed British architecture firm won an international competition to design the 83-square-mile city as well as key administrative buildings. Now in the design development phase, the Amaravati masterplan builds on Foster + Partners’ decades-long research on sustainable cities . The new city is located on the banks of the River Krishna and will be organized along a clearly defined green spine and a strong urban grid. The 550-hectare government complex will occupy the heart of the city and will feature two key buildings—the Legislature Assembly and High Court Complex—also designed by Foster + Partners. Related: Foster + Partners’ DJI HQ will be a “creative community in the sky” According to a project statement, the city will be designed to “the highest standards of sustainability, including the widespread use of solar energy.” At least 60-percent of the masterplan will be occupied by greenery or water in a pedestrian-friendly layout that encourages people to walk through the city. A comprehensive transportation plan will also include electric vehicles, water taxis, and dedicated cycling paths. A mixed-use quarter south of the riverbank will be organized around 13 urban plazas in a nod to the 13 state districts in Andhra Pradesh. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels

February 6, 2015 by  
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Architecture firm Gensler has received the London Planning Award for Best Conceptual Project for the “London Underline,” a proposal to turn the city’s disused Underground rail tunnels into a network of bike and pedestrian paths. Not only would the project address the problems of over-crowded commuter paths and disused infrastructure, but the Underline would harness the kinetic energy of everyone’s footsteps so as to be completely carbon neutral. Read the rest of Gensler proposes electricity-generating bike paths for London Underground’s disused tunnels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike path , cycle path , Gensler , kinestic energy , London , pedestrian , public transit , tube , under line , underground , underground park , underline

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Ethereal timber horse grooming retreat rises above a barley field in Spain

February 6, 2015 by  
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Illinois holds on to first place in USGBC’s top 10 states for LEED green building

February 6, 2015 by  
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Illinois is leading the pack once again this year on the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) top 10 states for LEED green building. Now in its fifth year, the list is based on 2010 census data and includes commercial and industrial projects certified through 2014. Illinois led the way for the second year in a row, with 174 LEED certifications covering 3.31 square-feet of LEED certified space per resident. Read the rest of Illinois holds on to first place in USGBC’s top 10 states for LEED green building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Green Building , green structures , leed building certification , LEED Buildings , leed certification , leed certification list , leed finland embassy , LEED gold , leed per capita list , LEED platinum , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , usgbc list

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Cricket flour could bring bug-eating into the mainstream

February 6, 2015 by  
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While it might sound like something out of the Survivor reality show, two University of Oregon students have found a way to increase the world’s intake of protein without clearing another acre of forest. Cricket Flour is not a trendy name; it’s an actual description of what Charles Wilson and Omar Ellis are bringing to market—and it’s tastier than you might think. Read the rest of Cricket flour could bring bug-eating into the mainstream Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative food , bug flour , charles wilson , cricket , cricket flour , cricket protein , cricket protein flour , crickets , crickets flour , eating bugs , eating crickets , eating insects , Eugene Oregon , flour from crickets , insect flour , omar ellis , oregon company , protein sources

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7N Architects Unveil Designs for Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Masterplan

July 28, 2014 by  
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7N Architects Unveil Designs for Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Masterplan

July 28, 2014 by  
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California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

July 28, 2014 by  
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Long gone are the days of latent suburban battles over who has the nicest lawn. Now folks in California are facing fines for letting their lawn go brown to conserve water as the state endures the worst drought in recorded history. The Weather Network reports that Laura Whitney and Michael Korte of Glendora, California are facing a fine of up to $500 after they stopped watering their lawn to save water. The fine notice from the City of Glendora came on the same day as mandatory water restrictions came into place and told the couple they have 60 days to get their lawn back into shape or else they would have to pay the fine. Read the rest of California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abandoned , CA fine for not watering , California , California lawn couple , conflicted water issues , couple , Drought , emergency , fine , glendora , lawn , restriction , water issues

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Wowhaus Transforms 4 Lane Highway into Moscow’s First Year-Round Urban Park

January 15, 2014 by  
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