Joel Marchand

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Utopian off-grid Regen Village produces all of its own food and energy

James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages, commissioned Danish architectural firm EFFEKT to envision a future where self-sustaining communities could …

Sustainability

The story of cities, part 1: how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

The secret to Alexandria, if classical historians are to be believed, lies in a golden casket. Studded with jewels and small enough to hold in one’s hands, the casket was a war trophy found in the lodgings of vanquished Persian king Darius III more than 2,300 years ago. The man who defeated Darius, …

Ancient History

Got Denmark envy? Wait until you hear about its energy policies.

Bernie Sanders's unexpectedly strong presidential campaign has drawn a great deal of attention to the small Northern European nation of Denmark (population 5.6 million), which Sanders and many other liberals cite as a social democratic success story.<p>In response to this clamor, Vox has produced a …

Dreaming big with biomimetics: could future buildings be made with bone and eggshells?

As the world grapples with climate change, we urgently need to find ways of reducing our CO₂ emissions. Sectors which rely heavily on fossil fuels, …

The Jesuit Priest Who Believed in God and the Singularity

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s ideas may have been ahead of his time.<p>In 1915, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was serving on the front lines of World War I. Somewhere in the blood, sweat, and death of never-ending trench warfare, Teilhard glimpsed something that would haunt him: the vast …

World’s first farm to grow food and fuel in the desert opens in Abu Dhabi

The world’s first research facility to grow both food and fuel just opened in the United Arab Emirates. Located on a 2-hectare site in Abu Dhabi, the …

Biofuel

The urban revolution: We're in for a 'Streetfight'

<i>From "STREETFIGHT: Handbook for an Urban Revolution" by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow, to be published March 8 by Viking, an imprint of</i> …

Tiny, Artificial Trees Could Form The Next Generation of Windmills

Wind power inspired by nature.<p>Researchers in the US have proposed a new form of wind power: small, artificial, mechanical trees capable of producing …

Paris is leading the world in progressive urbanism – here's how

At a time when cities are under pressure from growing populations, global warming and worsening inequality, we need to be making the most of our …

The BBC visits a stunning permaculture forest garden

Lloyd surprised us the other day by noting that major media outlets are getting interested in car-free cities. But that's not the only object of …

Permaculture

84 Lumber launches gorgeous tiny homes that you can buy or build yourself

Heads up DIY fans - 84 Lumber is offering plans and materials to build your own 200 sq ft tiny home! The building materials supplier just announced …

Portable

How To DIY A Greenhouse: 9 Projects For Your Homestead

Today’s article is as green as it gets, because it’s about DIY-ing greenhouses. How do you build a greenhouse, you ask? The easy answer is: you build …

Gardening

Power plants needn't be ugly – let's make them green and beautiful

Energy suppliers often refer to their industry as being caught in a “trilemma”, as people demand electricity that is both secure and cheap, while …

You Can’t Kill This Countertop Tomato Plant Because It Waters Itself

Low tech, at-home gardening without all that responsibility and commitment.<p>If you have trouble keeping an indoor vegetable garden alive, it’s possible to drop $200 on a sensor-filled indoor greenhouse that will do the watering for you. Now there’s a low-tech version of the same thing: A new …

Home Depot

This Wall Can Heat And Cool A Building Without Electricity

Indoor heating and cooling accounts for half of Egypt’s energy consumption. And they’re not alone. In 2011, the provision of hot water, space heating and cooling were estimated to account for roughly half of global energy consumption in buildings, and they produce a large fraction of greenhouse gas …

Prefab Homes

Self-Driving Cars And The Kobayashi Maru

Andrew Heikkila Contributor<p>Andrew Heikkila is a tech enthusiast and writer from Boise, Idaho.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Technology, happiness on demand and the absurd human condition<br>• Defining our relationship with early AI<p>In 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s <i>Star Trek</i> would boldly go where no man had gone …