BMW gears up for electric buses with Proterra investment

June 13, 2017 by  
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The North American company has sold at least 400 buses to Seattle, Dallas, Nashville and several dozen other U.S. cities.

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Uber inks deal to demonstrate on-demand flying taxis at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai

April 26, 2017 by  
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Getting from point A to point B in a car traveling on the ground is so 2017. Instead, Uber is working on a future where people will zip across cities in the sky. The company plans to test their on-demand flying car service, called Uber Elevate, in Dallas and Dubai by 2020. Uber wants customers to be able to press a button and summon a high-speed flying vehicle to transport them around a city through a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) network. They claim their zero-emissions vehicles will be electric and quiet, taking off and landing vertically – like a helicopter . Uber is developing the vehicles with five partners , including aviation companies like Bell Helicopter and Embraer . Related: Uber is working on flying electric cars to disrupt transportation again And they’ve already got a few cities on board. Uber has an agreement with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, including a joint study into pricing, routes, and people movement. Uber aims to launch an Uber Elevate Network demonstration at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. They also aim to initiate a pilot program in Dallas the same year before full-scale operations in Texas in 2023. Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said, “What started as a simple question: ‘Why can’t I push a button and get a ride?’ has turned, for Uber, into a passionate pursuit of the pinnacle of urban mobility – the reduction of congestion and pollution from transportation, giving people their time back, freeing up real estate dedicated to parking and providing access to mobility in all corners of a city.” The BBC noted the technology isn’t proven yet, but Uber thinks their flying car service could cost around the same as their car transportation system. Regulation and safety are two other major hurdles Uber must leap before their technology can take to the skies. Via the BBC and Phys.org Images via Uber ( 1 , 2 )

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The 10 most viral Inhabitat stories of the year

January 1, 2017 by  
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Why do some online articles go viral and reach millions of readers around the world? Emotional engagement has a lot to do with it. Some tug on the heart, like this devastating photo of an emaciated polar bear that swept over social media in the past few months. Others inspire us to dream of a brighter future, like Dallas’ plans to create one of the largest urban nature parks in America . And others are just plain crazy – like Norway’s proposal for the world’s first floating underwater traffic tunnels and China’s smog-sucking vacuum tower (which may actually be working)! Here were the most viral Inhabitat stories of 2016 – vote for your favorite: [poll id=114]

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Dallas is building America’s biggest urban nature park

November 28, 2016 by  
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Dallas , Texas is about to become one of the greenest cities in America – by building the country’s largest urban nature park. Dallas’ new “Nature District” will comprise a staggering 10,000 acres , including 7,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest. The Trinity River Park designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates could revitalize a Dallas floodplain into a lush green recreation space. The Trinity River Park will provide visitors with access to playgrounds, lawns, and riverside trails. The design aims to enhance the natural beauty of the area while minimizing flooding damage in Dallas. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates said they worked with government engineers to ensure the infrastructural soundness of the floodplain so that the park transforms flooding “from a natural disaster into a breathtaking spectacle.” Related: Atlanta’s elevated Buckhead Park will connect a city separated by highways 1,000 additional acres of the Great Trinity Forest have already been developed into a golf club, the Texas Horse Park , and the Trinity River Audubon Center , which boasts a nature center for kids and event spaces. The Trinity River Park will be part of the Nature District as well. Another ambitious green project in Dallas is the Trinity Strand Trail , which will connect 73 miles of trails. The first two and a half trail miles opened last year, and plans are in the works to add more miles and connect the existing Katy Trail with the Trinity River. A $50 million donation gave the Trinity River Park project a boost in late October, and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the park will “redefine Dallas for the 21st century.” + Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Via Dallas News Images via Trinity River Dallas Facebook and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

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Fierce public backlash erupts over Japanese skating rink full of frozen fish

November 28, 2016 by  
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Officials at Space World , a Japanese theme park, issued a plea for forgiveness over the weekend, after public backlash forced them to close a skating rink that featured all sorts of sea creatures frozen into the ice . Some 5,000 fish, crabs, and other sea creatures were frozen into the skating rink as part of an attraction dubbed “Freezing Port,” but the public was quick to respond with disgust. Park officials said in their public apology that they were “shocked” by the public’s reaction, and the rink was closed by Sunday evening after a two-week run. Space World manager Toshimi Takeda talked to CNN about the so-called “world first” skating rink attraction. “We were shocked to hear the reaction as the ice skate rink was very popular since it opened two weeks ago, we had an unprecedented number of visitors,” Takeda said. “(But) we had endless opinions about the project, we were shocked … We are sorry for the project and decided to close the rink on that night.” Related: Japanese paper artist replicates amazing wild animals using intricately bound newspaper The fish and other marine creatures frozen into the skating rink were reportedly already dead before being installed in the rink, according to Takeda, who told CNN they were purchased from a local fish market. Now, theme park workers are tasked with removing the fish from the ice, holding an “appropriate religious service” and then reusing the carcasses as fertilizer. Although “Freezing Port” had been open for two weeks, it took news of the macabre attraction hitting social media on Saturday to ignite the public backlash that eventually closed the morbid skating rink. Users of Facebook and Twitter bashed the theme park for the move, and Space World officials were quick to reach a decision to close the attraction on Sunday. Swiftly following that announcement, theme park officials deleted all mentions and photos of the gruesome ice show from its Facebook page. Via CNN Images via Space World

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First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in the United States

October 1, 2014 by  
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For the first time, a patient has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Although patients have been treated in the U.S. before, they had been diagnosed outside of the country and brought to America for treatment. But a Dallas hospital announced today that one patient, who had been traveling abroad, was confirmed with the disease while residing in the country. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in the United States Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ebola , Ebola Americans , Ebola in America , Ebola in Dallas , Ebola in Texas , Ebola in the US , Ebola outbreak , Ebola prevention , Ebola spread , Ebola treatment , Liberia Ebola , traveler Ebola , US Ebola diagnosis

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Texas Central Railway Plans 200 MPH Bullet Train From Houston to Dallas

August 4, 2014 by  
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Texas Central Railway is developing a blazing fast 200 mph bullet train that will run from Houston to Dallas. Richard Lawless, the company’s CEO, said he was inspired by the time he spent living in Tokyo during the 1980s, where the Shinkansen bullet train travels at 100 mph between Tokyo and Oaska. Read the rest of Texas Central Railway Plans 200 MPH Bullet Train From Houston to Dallas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bullet train , Dallas , Houston , Houston Dallas bullet train , Richard Lawless , Shinkansen bullet train , Texas Central Railway , Tokyo bullet train

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Dallas Among First U.S. Cities to Mandate Green Building Standards

October 25, 2013 by  
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Dallas has become one of the first cities in the United States to implement mandatory green building standards . As of October 1, 2013, all residential and commercial projects must meet the Dallas Green Construction Code’s minimum requirements or be certifiable under the LEED, Green Built Texas , or other green building standards. Read the rest of Dallas Among First U.S. Cities to Mandate Green Building Standards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dallas architecture , Dallas energy code requirements , Dallas Green Building , Dallas Green Construction Code , Green Built Texas , leed certified , LEED certified buildings , LEED certified buildings Dallas , U.S. Green Building Council        

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Cricket Silent Bike Alarm Alerts Your iPhone to Prevent Theft

October 25, 2013 by  
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A new silent alarm could make bicycle theft a thing of the past. The Cricket works in a similar way to standard security alarms, except it is combined with a free iPhone app. If anyone touches or moves your bike, the alarm is activated and a notification pops up on your phone. If the worst happens and your bike is actually stolen, Cricket can hunt down the bike using Bluetooth technology to ensure a swift recovery. Read the rest of Cricket Silent Bike Alarm Alerts Your iPhone to Prevent Theft Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle alarms , bicycle technology , bike theft , community , Cricket anti-bike theft alarm , cricket bike alarm , Cricket iPhone App , green apps , green design , iphone apps , social responsibility , sustainable design        

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Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin

October 25, 2013 by  
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Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus just unveiled plans for a spectacular figure 8-shaped residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at Alexanderplatz, Green8 is a “vertical garden city” that is designed to provide healthy food and a community environment. In essence, they are proposing to construct not only a building, but a sustainable urban environment for the 21st century city dweller. Read the rest of Spiraling Green8 Skyscraper is a ‘Vertical Garden City’ for Berlin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agnieskza preibisz , berlin , cooperatively owned residential tower , figure 8 skyscraper berlin , financial insecurity , food sourcing , green8 , living in community , master plan for easter quarter of Berlin , multigenerational housing , peter sandhaus , social interaction in residential tower , urban garden in skyscraper , vertical garden city        

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