The 2020 Ray of Hope Prize

September 9, 2020 by  
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The 2020 Ray of Hope Prize How can biomimicry drive innovation, and which team will win the 2020 Ray of Hope Prize? Biomimicry, the design and production of materials, structures and systems that are modeled on biological strategies and processes, can accelerate the breakthroughs we need to achieve a circular economy. Created in honor of Ray C. Anderson, the founder of Interface and a sustainability pioneer, the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize sparks the next generation of businesses that seek to lead us to a circular and regenerative future. Nearly 200 startups from 42 countries around the world entered the 2020 competition with the hope of being selected as this year’s top up-and-coming business applying lessons learned from nature to solve for climate change and sustainability challenges. Nine startup teams ultimately competed for this year’s prestigious prize, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Join us at Circularity 20 as we announce the winner of the 2020 Ray of Hope Prize and learn about the startup’s approach to creating a more regenerative and circular world. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation also will award a $25,000 Runner-Up Prize and $25,000 in additional prizes, along with programmatic support provided by the Biomimicry Institute.  Speakers Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute John Anderson Lanier, Executive Director, Ray C. Anderson Foundation Holly Secon Tue, 09/08/2020 – 22:33 Featured Off

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5 things we learned about urban transformation

June 11, 2019 by  
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The participants in the WRI Ross Prize for Cities showed how innovative new visions for cities’ futures can be.

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5 things we learned about urban transformation

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The participants in the WRI Ross Prize for Cities showed how innovative new visions for cities’ futures can be.

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Elegant arts factory and innovation center replace an crumbling factory in China

November 11, 2016 by  
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The design has won the Silver Award in the Mixed-Use Category at the annual AAP American Architecture Prize. It attempts to find a common language between a variety of uses. Simple, industrial building materials such as exposed concrete frames and concrete bricks create a neutral backdrop for the production and exhibition spaces , as well as a boutique hotel.   Related: Abandoned factory in China becomes a giant floating field of fish and algae The form of a typical three-nave warehouse was reinterpreted as a continuous, undulating roofscape that has elements which remind of traditional Sichuan-style roofs. As another nod to traditional Chinese architecture , the four courtyards all serve different functions and have individual characters. The biggest courtyard can be used for open-air shows and performances, screenings and host events. It also acts as a buffer zone between the production facilities and the hotel, absorbing dust and noise. Bamboo screens line all four courtyards which resemble the layout of ancient Chinese palaces. + Urbanlogic Via v2com

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3 Inventors of world’s tiniest machines to share Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 5, 2016 by  
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This week, the international team that invented the world’s tiniest machines won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Three scientists will share the prize in an even split: Jean-Pierre Sauvage (France), Sir Fraser Stoddart (Great Britain), and Bernard “Ben” Feringa (Netherlands). Over the course of 16 years beginning in 1983, these three invented and developed molecular machines that could some day lead to breakthroughs in new materials and energy storage devices. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfB4NHDI83Q The molecular machines (also known as nanomachines ) invented and developed by this international trio are 1,000 times smaller than a single strand of hair. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences , which awards the Chemistry prize, describes the potential of the team’s innovation. “They have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added,” the academy said in a statement. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry (in addition to global fame) pays out $931,000 (8 million Swedish Krona). Stoddart, Sauvage, and Feringa will split the prize three ways. Related: Tiny nano motors could scrub our oceans clean of CO2 pollution In 1983, Sauvage successfully linked two ring-shaped molecules, creating a chain—the first breakthrough leading to the development of the tiny machines. In 1991, Stoddart developed a molecule called rotaxane, which involves a dumbbell-shaped molecule with a ring around its middle. Feringa, in 1999, became the first person to create a molecular motor, completing the machine. He has used molecular motors to rotate a glass cylinder 10,000 times bigger than the motor, hinting at the scientific potential of these incredibly minuscule machines. “The molecular motor is at the same stage as the electric motor was in the 1830s, when scientists displayed various spinning cranks and wheels, unaware that they would lead to electric trains, washing machines, fans and food processors,” the jury said when announcing the winners. Via DailyMail Images via Lard Bucket and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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German architect Werner Sobek wants to create an emissions-free city in five years

October 12, 2015 by  
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Imagine an emissions-free electric city, in which homes generate more than enough power for their needs and are built to share their excess with neighbours, cars, and the surrounding grid. It sounds like a wonderful fairy tale, but German architect Werner Sobek says it can be accomplished in just five years. The architect, who was recently awarded the prestigious Fritz-Leonhardt Prize , used his award acceptance as a platform to discuss the “electric city”. Read the rest of German architect Werner Sobek wants to create an emissions-free city in five years

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Frei Otto named 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate just one day after his death

March 10, 2015 by  
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Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

October 10, 2014 by  
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17-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate , sharing the prize with Kailash Satyarthi for their work supporting the “struggle against the suppression of children and young people.” Yousafazai, a Pakistani teen who addressed the UN on her 16th birthday , is particularly well known for her advocacy of the rights of all children to an education, after she was shot in the head by the Taliban while on her way to school in 2012. Satyarthi, a 60-year-old Indian activist, works in the tradition of Mahatma Ghandi to lead peaceful protests that focus “on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.” Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: child labor , children's rights , education , Hindu , India , islam , kailash satyarthi , Malala Yousafzai , nobel , nobel peace prize , Pakistan , taliban , UN , United Nations

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Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

October 10, 2014 by  
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Analog Watch Co. have designed a gorgeous set of minimalist watches made from the offcuts of lumber. Unlike other wooden watch manufacturers, this Philadelphia-based company is the first to fit each watch with a flexible wooden and leather strap, rather than clunky wooden links. The sturdy unisex watches are 80% biodegradable and are presented in recyclable packaging. The company will plant a tree for every watch sold through a nonprofit partner. + Analog Watch Co. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Analog Watch Co. , biodegradable watches , reader submitted content , reclaimed timber , reclaimed wood , recycled wood , watches , wooden watches

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Wooden Discovery Centre Blends in With the Forests of Québec

October 10, 2014 by  
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