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Incredible rooftop farm takes over Israel’s oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables

An amazing farm has sprouted in an unlikely place—the rooftop of Israel’s oldest mall in the heart of Tel Aviv. Hidden between high-rises, “Green in …

New recycled plastic sidewalk harvests energy from the sun

Imagine a colorful modular paving system that snaps together “like LEGO bricks” replacing dull pavements currently populating today’s concrete …

Disused farm buildings are transformed into a sustainable farming and cooking school

You don’t need to be a foodie or a locavore to fall head over heels for the UK’s River Cottage Headquarters. Created to promote organic cooking and …

Architecture

Revolutionary graphene filter could solve water crisis

A new type of graphene-based filter could be the key to managing the global water crisis, a study has revealed. The new graphene filter, which has …

Glorious green office in Tokyo a showpiece for urban agriculture

The Pasona Group’s blooming headquarters doubles as a promotional tool for farming<p>Tokyo’s streetscape typically leans towards the modern and mechanized, crowded with bright signs, busy neon lights, and new office towers. But a few blocks from the city’s main train station, the nine-story office of …

Urban Agriculture

Urban farming in a freight container

Boston agritech startup FreightFarms buys old shipping containers and turns them into hydroponic farms. It's a nifty way to grow fresh greens right …

This Movable Village Of Shipping Container Houses Instantly Creates A New Neighborhood

Often cities have extra land but not the cash or wherewithal to create new developments. Now they can create extra housing, with very little fuss.<p>As in most big cities, it’s hard to find an apartment to rent in Copenhagen—and even harder to find one that’s affordable. But the city also has a lot of …

Urban Planning

Farm run by robots will churn out 30,000 heads of lettuce a day

"Robot-obsessed Japan" is how Phys.org describes a country bent on automation, and its latest agricultural efforts seem to back that claim up. The world's first robot-run farm will be up and running by mid-2017, Kyoto-based Spread has announced, and it plans to churn out 30,000 heads of lettuce a …

Just adding pollinators could boost small-farm yields

Just sending more pollinators into action on small farms around the world could significantly boost crop yields, says a massive new study.<p>Coaxing …

There is something extraordinary happening in the world

Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening.<p>A few months ago I freed myself from standard-procedure society, I broke …

Ancient Civilization

Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K

The architecture students at Auburn University's Rural Studio prove that well-designed homes can still be affordable, thanks to their initiative called the 20K Project. The undergraduate program advocates for social justice through architecture, and to demonstrate this, students have created …

We Need To Get Ready To Feed 2 Billion More People: 2015 In Food

Here’s the bottom line: It’s almost certainly going to involve giving up meat–and eating bugs.<p>By 2050, farming will have to change if the world is going to keep feeding itself. We’ve already passed peak chicken and peak milk. At the same time climate change keeps making it harder to grow food, two …

Revolutionary steel treatment paves the way for radically lighter, stronger, cheaper cars

Darren Quick did a good job explaining exactly how Flash Bainite is produced in our original story, but in basic terms, you take regular, …

A Weapon Against Climate Change May Be Right Under Our Feet

Healthy soil may play a huge role in mitigating global warming and helping us adapt to it.<p>Scientists battling to slow climate change and cope with its effects are harnessing an overlooked, yet potentially powerful partner -- one that happens to be right beneath our feet.<p>Soil, they say, is critical …

Vincent Callebaut Designs Sustainable Mixed-Use Complex for Cairo

French firm <b>Vincent Callebaut Architectures</b> (VCA) has unveiled a new multi-use complex for Nasr City in Cairo. Designed to obtain LEED Gold Plus …

Connecting buildings helps fight climate change

<i>“We are not all weak in the same spots, and so we supplement and complete one another, each one making up in himself for the lack in another.”</i><br>— …

Japan is building a “Robot Taxi” service, with thousands planned for the 2020 Olympics

Tokyo<p>Japan is planning to use the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as an opportunity to show the world it’s still a tech leader. One of those efforts—if the technology and regulatory clearances shape out—could be an autonomous, self-driving taxi service, currently in development.<p>Tokyo-based Robot Taxi (link in …

Elon Musk and tech heavies invest $1 billion in artificial intelligence

Elon Musk is sinking large amounts of money into something that scares him: artificial intelligence.<p>The Tesla and Space X founder is a noted artificial intelligence critic. Now he's one of a number of big name technology investors behind a new non-profit artificial intelligence research …

Gorgeous solar-powered prefab can be picked up and moved almost anywhere

PAD studio has unveiled a home that can literally be picked up by crane and moved almost anywhere you please. Constructed off-site in Yorkshire as a …

Stockholm on Track to be Fossil Fuel Free

We have set the ambitious goal for the City of Stockholm to be -- not just climate neutral -- but fossil fuel free by 2040. We are fully aware that the city must excel in all aspects to reach our goal. Stockholm is already an acknowledged global climate leader, where energy efficiency and local …

Spaghetti with Anchovy Carbonara

<b>Chef Way</b> Chris Cosentino adds briny flavor to his pasta with cured tuna heart. He shaves it on right before serving. <b>Easy Way</b> This recipe calls for …

Energy storage megashift ahead, battery costs set to fall 60% by 2020

The key role energy storage will play in the electricity grids of the future – and the vital importance of investing in and testing the various …

Elon Musk Powers Up: Inside Tesla’s $5 Billion Gigafactory

Elon Musk is venturing headfirst into the battery business. Here’s why it might be his boldest bet yet.<p>Elon Musk walks briskly onto the stage as hard rock blasts in the background. The guitar riff, which sounds like entrance music suitable for a professional wrestler or a minor-league cleanup …

Freevolt generates power from thin air

What you see above may look like an unremarkable slice of electronics, but it can theoretically power a low-energy device forever, and for free. If that sounds like a big deal, well... that's because it is. Drayson Technologies today announced Freevolt, a system that harvests energy from radio …

This Floating Solar Farm May One Day Grow 8,000 Tons Of Veggies Every Year

One architecture firm has an innovative idea to stave off a possible food security crisis — grow fresh vegetables at sea.<p>Designers at Barcelona-based …

Articles about 8 super sustainable homes canada on Dwell.com - Dwell

Spatial efficiency meets energy efficiency in this Bay Area home designed by an architect for his parents.<p>In this series, Sebastian Mariscal designs a home in Venice, California, that brings the outside in. We track the project...<p>A couple’s retirement home on a nature preserve in Carmel, …

Honeywell's Home Wind Turbine Goes on Sale Today!

1/6<p>Honeywell Wind Turbine Goes on Sale Today, Perfect for at Home Wind Power<p>The Honeywell wind turbine, a small lightweight gearless system built …

Amazon announces pilot program to test Tesla stackable battery units

This week Tesla made a big announcement with a new Tesla Energy arm that aims to produce batteries that can be used in homes to store power. While …