Amidst a rising sea-level crisis, staying resilient in New Orleans

September 18, 2018 by  
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Five lessons from the Big Easy.

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Sunsetting solar panels: U.S. photovoltaic cell recycling incentives are beginning

September 18, 2018 by  
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State governments are stepping in to create an infrastructure to recover the useful materials from the panels.

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Solar suburbs: The future is now

October 6, 2015 by  
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A solar panel on every roof, an electric vehicle in every garage, ultra-efficient home batteries to store excess energy, and the easy transfer of electricity among house, car, and grid. But will the technological pieces fall in place to make this dream a reality?

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This resiliency plan makes New Orleans look like Amsterdam

September 17, 2013 by  
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Imagine getting around New Orleans by canal. In this vision, floating streets and 'water plazas' help to flood-proof the Big Easy.

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Elegant Tree Building is Half Learning, Half Play

August 28, 2011 by  
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[ By Delana in Art & Design & Nature & Ecosystems & Technology & Gadgets . ] Watching trees meet untimely ends in the name of construction is heart-wrenching. But Japanese architectural firm Tezuka Architects figured out an elegant solution to the problem of a tree standing on the desired building site: they simply built around it. The Ring Around a Tree project surrounds and embraces a beautiful mature tree, encouraging interaction with the living architectural element. (all images via: DesignBoom ) Built as an additional space for Fuji Kindergarten in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan, this stunning building blends indoors and outdoors, natural and constructed, learning space and play space. The structure was built to be used as English language classrooms and a waiting space for students who are riding buses home. Half of the building is enclosed in glass while the other half features many levels of small platforms in an open-air configuration. The platforms in the play space offer some very intriguing spaces for crawling children to romp and hide. There aren’t many barriers in this unusual space, but there is plenty of soft padding on the floors to cushion the unavoidable falls. Two classrooms, each taking up one level of the building, use this unconventional space to create a liberating and stimulating learning environment. Although the auxiliary learning space is just a stone’s throw away from the main school building, having English language classes in this removed space allows students to enjoy the unique setting. The classrooms may even allow a greater chance for real-world experience-based lessons. The centerpiece of the new structure is, of course, the mature tree in the very center. Its limbs and leaves were left intact as the beautiful building went up and remain untouched today. Children are encouraged to play around the tree, but for safety’s sake are not allowed to climb on the branches. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Out on a Limb at the Morris Arboretum Tree Adventure Philadelphia’s eco-friendly Out on a Limb treehouse/boardwalk at the Morris Arboretum Tree Adventure gives visitors a chance to experience the forest canopy. 2 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Breathe Easy: Building Concept Cleanses Dirty City Air Could this concept help NYC clean up its air? Plant-filled bubbles would form an air-purifying wall enclosing a dynamic public space. Click Here to Read More »» A Constructive Concept: Growing Germs to Wire the Desert A specific type of soil bacteria could be used in conjunction with 3D printers to create inexpensive, low-waste materials with which to build electric towers. Click Here to Read More »» [ By Delana in Art & Design & Nature & Ecosystems & Technology & Gadgets . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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Stunning St. Petersburg Zoo Inspired by Pangaea

April 29, 2011 by  
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