14,000 forced from homes by flooding in San Jose

February 23, 2017 by  
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A series of heavy rainstorms has caused severe flooding near San Jose, California, forcing a mandatory evacuation of at least 14,000 residents overnight . About 250 of those people had to be rescued via boat by emergency crews. The flooding affected Coyote Creek and the spillway of the Anderson Reservoir, which was filled to capacity by the recent rain. An additional 22,000 have not been ordered to evacuate yet, but have been encouraged to leave their homes. Some of those affected have complained that they received no advance notice that they needed to evacuate until firefighters showed up, delivering notifications door-to-door, leaving them little time to prepare. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo has pledged to investigate the issue. Floodwaters have begun to recede, however, the danger may not have passed. Further rain is forecast for this weekend, but the break in the rain should allow authorities time to assess the current damage. Water levels in Coyote Creek are already at a 100 year peak, so any additional rain could be dangerous. Related: California storms could herald the end of punishing historic drought After a lengthy drought, heavy storms have pummeled much of California this year, causing mudslides and flooding. Earlier in the month, nearly 200,000 people were evacuated near the Oroville dam due to fears it might overflow. Via NPR Images via AJ+

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5 steps to move toward inclusive cities

December 8, 2016 by  
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With rapidly growing urbanization, how can cities ensure that all of their residents are thriving?

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Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond

July 14, 2014 by  
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It’s no secret that the American shopping mall is going the way of the dodo as big box stores and online shopping take over. But what to do with the abandoned buildings? Perhaps we should learn from a group of people in Thailand who recently turned an old mall into a giant fish pond. The Bangkok Post reports that the abandoned Bang Lamphu shopping mall in Thailand’s capital city had no roof and got filled with water, creating a 1,640 square foot pond that was a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To rid themselves of both the danger and annoyance, local residents took matters into their own hands by bringing in fish of various species to fill the pond and eat the bugs. Read the rest of Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abandoned , Bangkok , department , fish , mall , new , Pond , store , Structure , Thailand , world

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Oregon Counties Ban Genetically Modified Crops

May 23, 2014 by  
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Residents of southern Oregon’s agriculture-heavy Rogue Valley have voted to ban genetically modified crops from the area, setting up the next stage of a fight that has gained widespread attention. Companies that…

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Carnival to Cut Pollution From More Cruise Ships

May 23, 2014 by  
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Carnival said Thursday it was spending about $400 million to clean up the air pollution from the massive diesel engines it uses to power more than 70 cruise ships. The company said it had decided to invest more…

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Standing up to Goliath: March Against Monsanto

May 23, 2014 by  
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So, if you are keeping score: it’s Justin: 1, Monsanto: 0. A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article where I not only compared the mega-corporation to Nazis, but I also called them evil geniuses who: “took a break from counting their money to poison…

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Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City

April 4, 2014 by  
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A travel company sent bags of fresh air to Zhengzhou, one of the 10 most polluted cities in China . The Henan-based travel agency shipped 20 bright blue bags containing air from Laojun Mountain to the city where they were used as a promotional stunt that draws attention to the issue of poor air quality. Read the rest of Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , bags of fresh air , Beijing air pollution , Canned Air , China air pollution , china smog , Chinese tycoon air stunt , city air quality , environmental destruction , smog problems , travel air stunt , Zhengzhou air pollution , Zhengzhou canned air        

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FPM GAP Academy design features a network of clean energy harvesting systems

August 23, 2011 by  
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Asmita Prasad: FPM GAP Academy Designed by I|K Studio Aiming at designing a distributed energy-network enabled campus on the outskirts of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, architecture house ik-Studio looks to set a benchmark for the creation of green and sustainable architectural example in the earthquake ravaged nation. The FPM GAP Academy campus would provide connected yet individual areas that would cater to various needs of the residents including academic facilities as well as more self-sustainable facilities like farms, low-cost housing for students and faculty, business areas for the public as well as medical facilities that can be used by anyone. The design team that created the master plan consists of designers Valmik Vyas, Michael Wetmore, Ben Brady, Hanna Tulis, Shulei Weng Qiyao Li, Teresa McWalters, Ying Xu and Cara Liberatore. The basic aim of the design is to create a facility that is not only completely self-sufficient but also completely independent from the grid. FPM GAP Academy Designed by I|K Studio The site for the academy itself sits at an elevation of 90m from the Bay and covers around 50 hectare of rural land. The network of sustainable power used in the campus will be comprised of wind and water harvesting, and will feature the use of photovoltaics as well as a network of strategically placed water features and biofuel producing orchards to create clean power. FPM GAP Academy Designed by I|K Studio By freeing an important social facility like a university or an academy from relying on power generated via coal or other means, the concept could provide a worthy, planet-friendly and cost-effective model for the future of other public developments. Via: Arch Daily

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Sustainable design helps AECOM win competition to build Rio 2016 Olympic park

August 23, 2011 by  
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Amit Singh: Rio 2016 Olympic Park Designed by AECOM A British firm, AECOM has been chosen to design the master plan for Rio 2016 Olympic Game Park. Bill Hanway, the chief architect and Daniel Gusmao, a Brazilian project author will be at the helm of the project. The announcement was made in a grand ceremony at Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, situated right in the middle of the sports complex, which will also serve as the central hub of 2016 Olympic Games. The official reason cited for the firm winning the project is its innovative operational concept, different access for audience and the athletes, plus its emphasis on environmental preservation and the commitment to maintain and preserve the lagoon. Picture Gallery Rio 2016 Olympic Park Rio 2016 Olympic Park by AECOM The ceremony was attended by all the senior officials including the sports minister and mayor of Rio de Janeiro. The announcement included three winning projects and three honorable mentions, showcasing the international nature of the contest. Among the honorable mentions were a Portuguese, Brazilian and an Australian firm. In the winning projects category, the third place went to Tomas Fernandez, a Portuguese architect; the second winner was Ron turner from an American firm, while the first prize obviously went to AECOM. The project encompasses two equally viable scenarios. First one is the Olympics games mode, which includes creating favorable conditions for optimum performance in various sporting competitions. The second one is the legacy mode; under which new and sustainable installation will be made throughout the city in the post Olympic scenario. The Olympic park will be the host to fifteen Olympic and eleven Paralympics sports contests. The project also talks about the construction of temporary and permanent equipment facilities. Temporary facilities include the hockey center, sponsor villa and tennis courts. Permanent equipment includes science and sports laboratory, media center, athletic track, commercial and leisure enterprises. In the official statement, the winner added that their main aim is to find the right balance between staging a global sporting event and creating long lasting urban infrastructure, while keeping environment friendly operational practices at the center of the games. Via: Arch Daily

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UrbanTiles uses the sun to illuminate skyscrapers at night

August 23, 2011 by  
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Akshika Chawla: UrbanTiles Solar powered OLED Tiles The future of architecture is definitely green and while some architects are working to develop next-gen structures that are in harmony with nature, some are planning materials that can be incorporated in existing structures to turn them green. Designer Meidad Marzan has come up with such a product, which can help buildings flaunt their green style using nothing more than the power of the sun. The designer’s creation, dubbed UrbanTiles, is included with photovoltaic panels that harvest energy during daytime to light up OLEDs after dark. UrbanTiles Solar powered OLED Tiles The two sides of a tile used in the design has photovoltaic panel on one side and OLED (Organic Light emitting Diode) on the other side. The tiles have been designed to be able to rotate and expose one particular side to the outside at a time acting as ‘Window blinds’. During the day, the photovoltaic panel containing side is exposed to the sunlight. This panel, with the help of sunlight, gets charged and stores energy which will be useful during the night to light up the OLED side. Similarly, the tiles expose their illuminated OLED sides during night. Scientifically, a single OLED consists of a layer of organic material situated between two electrodes: one anode and the other cathode. It is believed the future costs of employing OLEDs will get lowered. Their light weight, ease of fabrication onto plastic substrates, improved brightness and power efficiency make them an apt choice for use. UrbanTiles Solar powered OLED Tiles UrbanTiles change the scenery of the city as the entire structure looks glamorous during night. The city and its building structures become epic light objects in the urban space. Adding more to the beauty of the structure, the tiles even follow a certain pattern of illumination creating a canvas of images. In a certain pattern the tiles may flip-flop and form a text visibly shown at the building’s facade and in another the tiles may form circles, squares, smileys, stars and other similar shapes making the view of a building’s facade adorable. Via: Planet Custodian

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