Episode 69: An inconvenient podcast; Bechtel engineers green infrastructure

March 24, 2017 by  
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On this week’s podcast: Inside Al Gore’s Climate Reality training, and a digest of our World Water Day stories.

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9 VR videos that dive deep into water issues

March 24, 2017 by  
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Immersive experiences bring people face-to-face with our impact on marine ecosystems.

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Report: Cities need $375 billion in green investment

December 2, 2016 by  
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The C40 Climate Leadership Group calls for an urgent increase in low-carbon investment before 2020.

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Petal-shaped stations and rapid transport pods are an elegant green mobility solution for Dubai

December 2, 2016 by  
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The Metrino rapid transport in  Dubai is a lightweight, sustainable mobility solution based on a system of state-of-the-art pods that would connect city destinations in a 6-mile radius. Brazilian architecture firm Fernandes Arquitetos Associados designed the project as an interactive system that integrates various means of transportation into a single, efficient network. Each pod – housed under an elegant petal-like station – holds four passengers and can provide everything from views of Dubai’s beautiful scenery to efficient transport between the water, parking areas and shopping destinations. Metrino would connect thousands of people across an area over 6 miles in radius, providing easy access to Dubai’s waterfront , subway, parking lots and Dubai Mall. Transparent and interactive , the pods would accommodate up to 4 passengers and transport them through a system of light guide beams. Related: Ortega Submersible’s electric submarine lets three divers jet through the seven seas Each pod has an interactive control panel that concentrates all the functions, destination, system map, information about the city and its sights, music, alerts and advertising. The beam system, supported at every 82 feet, lead to beautifully designed stations and distribution points sheltered under petal-shaped canopies . + Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

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Why PepsiCo aims to repair watersheds in Latin American cities

November 15, 2016 by  
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The beverage and food giant aims to restore 600,000 cubic meters of aquifer lands with the help of the Nature Conservancy.

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To build the future, change these ‘stone wheels on a Tesla’

October 12, 2016 by  
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Old-school cost-benefit analysis can’t create the infrastructure we need. Here’s a real-time adjustment, says Autodesk’s head of sustainability.

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Minding the gap between insurance and flood risk

October 12, 2016 by  
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3 reasons why insurance won’t be able to pay for climate change disasters.

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The Denny Substation in Seattle is unlike any boring electrical substation you’ve ever seen

July 27, 2016 by  
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The 110.000-square-foot facility will generate, transform and distribute electricity in the rapidly developing South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle , and will support the Bill & Mellinda Gates Foundation, UW Medicine, Amazon, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Facebook, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Google, and global health organization PATH. Related: CAST Architecture Unveils Solar Powered Pocket Parks for Seattle A fully accessible looped walkway rises 16 feet above ground level above the substation and provides views of Seattle’s skyline, the landscaped terrace and a public park below. Various sound, light and kinetic art installations line the walkway and provide useful information about sustainable energy to the public. The glass envelope emits a warm glow at night, with the lights helping people navigate the walkway. A permanent exhibition space with interactive visits on the history and future of energy innovation is located on the street level of Denny Substation. It is meant to function as a meeting space where people can exchange ideas and enjoy views of the bustling Denny Way traffic. The facility aims for the Living Building Challenge ‘s Petal certification, thanks to its green features such as net positive energy exhibition and meeting spaces, use of solar energy, natural ventilation, daylight optimizing strategies and reliance on renewable energy sources. + NBBJ

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Daan Roosegaarde is going to pour light into a historic 32km-long dike in the Netherlands

July 14, 2016 by  
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Daan Roosegaarde is at it again with a new public art project that is bound to dazzles onlookers. The Dutch artist will create a layer of light and interaction for the 32-kilometer long dike, which is slated for renovation in The Netherlands . The project, called ICOON AFSLUITDIJK, is designed to enhance the connection between humans and nature, and take drivers on a journey from the past into the future. https://vimeo.com/171561989 The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment invited Roosegaarde to take part in the renovation of the century-old dike that protects the country against flooding . The project will be executed in three phases over a period of more than two years, and include both temporary and permanent elements revealed gradually to the users. The program will kick off its first chapter in the late summer of 2016 with festive activities. Related: Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands Roosegaarde’s project aims to reinforce the iconic status of the dike and celebrate the relationship between Dutch residents and their landscape. A special part of the project will be “Afsluitdijk Open” , for which the officials will close one causeway for cars and allow pedestrians to experience the dike bathed in the light of the rising sun. + Studio Roosegaarde Images via Studio Roosegaarde

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4 megatrends transforming the construction industry

July 5, 2016 by  
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Facing greater challenges such as natural disasters and market volatility, the sector is looking to reshape itself.

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