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This Brazilian city is an example of how small changes can make a world of difference

Curitiba, the eighth largest metropolis in Brazil and the capital of the state of Paraná, has been called the “best-planned city in the world.” Much of the credit goes to Jaime Lerner, a charismatic architect, urban planner and a former mayor of Curitiba.<p>Now in his eighth decade and retired from …

Five countries moving ahead of the pack on circular economy legislation

Last month, the European Commission adopted a zero-waste programme, establishing a legal framework for an EU-wide circular economy. According to the Commission, the framework will boost recycling and prevent the loss of valuable materials; create jobs, economic growth and new business models; and …

City of the future sinks into the ocean

Japanese firm devises plan for an Ocean Spiral community that descends nine miles to the seabed<p>With dry land increasingly at a premium, a Japanese construction company has come up with a plan to sink a spiralling city into the depths of our oceans.<p>Each Ocean Spiral will be home to about 5,000 …

Rare Earth

This Revolutionary New Reactor Could Change Civilization As We Know It

<b>The news:</b> For years, nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of alternative energy: Unlike fission, which splits atoms to create energy, fusion is the …

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar …

Tall order

For a quarter of a century now, architects and engineers have known that it is practically possible to build a self-contained vertical city – or to …

Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work

Many of the urban farm concepts featured in Gizmag are large outlandish blue-sky ideas. Some, however, are more realistically employable, like the …

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6 Imaginative Redesigns For The World’s Fastest-Growing And Most Unequal Cities

By Adele Peters3 minute Read<p>By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, and most will be poor. Our cities–designed in a time …

6 Places Every Photographer Should Visit At Least Once In Their Lifetime

Photography and travel seem like they go hand in hand. There are so many gorgeous locations in the world, it's hard not to want to photograph them …

Ropeless Elevator Can Move Up, Down, And Sideways

An elevator that could move horizontally opens up all kinds of architectural possibilities.<p>Last week German conglomerate and elevator-maker ThyssenKrupp unveiled the 21st-century equivalent of Roald Dahl’s the Great Glass Elevator. MULTI doesn’t quite blast into space, but the cable-less elevator …