Posts tagged sustainability
Posts tagged sustainability
A ‘Vertical Greenhouse’ Could Make a Swedish City Self-Sufficient
The future of urban farming is under construction in Sweden as agricultural design firm Plantagon works to bring a 12-year-old vision to life: The city of Linköping will soon be home to a 17-story “vertical greenhouse.”
Vincent Callebaut Architecte designs for the future, a future that requires sustainability to address the consequences of a changing climate. Their project Hydrogenase was created to meet the need for a sustainable transport system. To accomplish this they have designed airships powered by seaweed.
Vincent Callebaut Architecte describes their project:
HYDROGENASE, ALGAE FARM TO RECYCLE CO2 FOR BIO-HYDROGEN AIRSHIP
Between engineering and biology, Hydrogenase is one of the first projects of bio-mimicry which draws its inspiration from the beauty and the shapes of the nature, but also and especially from the qualities of its materials and its self-manufacturing processes. The new green revolution is really in progress and enables us to design the air mobility of the foil after shock, 100% self-sufficient in energy and zero carbon emission! This inhabitated vertical aircraft inaugures a clean and ethic mobility to meet the needs of the population en distress touched by the natural and sanitary catastrophes, and all that without any runway! Its architecture is subversive and fundamentally critic towards the ways of living of our contemporary society that we have to reinvent totally! Let’s take off thanks to biofuels and let’s propel to the eco-responsible transport of the future!
Hard Plastic Bottles, Reborn as a Bridge
The town of York, Me., is putting up what could be a bridge to a better future, not because of it where it goes but because of what it is made of: plastic.
Plastic bottles have been the bane of landfills for decades because they do not degrade. To find other uses for these strong and persistent materials, some manufacturers have melted them into boards for beach house decks or spun them into clothing materials.
But while plastics recycling has become more common since the 1980s, far more could be done, environmental policy makers say. The nation recycles only 27.5 percent of its hard plastic bottle waste, versus 71 percent of its newspapers and 67 percent of its steel cans, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 figures.
Now comes Axion International, a New Jersey-based company founded in 2007 that has developed a process to make a building material that is strong enough to supplant steel and concrete but is made out of discarded laundry detergent containers and milk cartons.
Such plastic building material also could be fabricated into railroad ties, sound barriers along highways, and I-beams, among other uses. In most cases, “the product costs a little less than steel and concrete.”
On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Nevada Museum of Art, this Museum of ideas is releasing « Altered Landscape : Photographs of a Changing Environment », featuring a selection of the museum’s permanent collection. Since its inception in 1990, this photographic collection has grown to include more than 900 prints by leading photographers including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Edward Burtynsky, Amy Stein, Terry Evans, David Maisel, Olivo Barbieri and Fandra Chang.