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Inside Songdo, The City Designed From Scratch To Be Sustainable

It’s one of several ways that the area–a massive new development about the size of downtown Boston, built from scratch over the last several …

4 Parks That Are Making Their Cities More Beautiful–And Sustainable

When the landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz designs urban parks, it looks at two things: cultural history and natural ecological systems. By blending the two, the firm creates public spaces that are deeply rooted in a specific place and that help cities become more environmentally …

This Swedish Scientist’s Transparent Wood Could Transform Architecture

A new material design innovation has made wood practically invisible. Just watch for splinters.<p>You don’t have to shop at Ikea to see that Sweden is obsessed with wood. Over 57% of the country is covered in upwards of 51 billion trees, and lumber and paper products are one of the country’s biggest …

High-Soaring Balloons Could Be The Future Of Solar Energy

They may solve a big problem by getting uninterrupted access to sunlight.<p>When it comes to solar energy, we've long known that solar panels must be placed in areas with as much access to sunlight as possible for optimal power output. But even then, clouds or bad weather can interrupt energy …

The state of our mental health system is one of the great scandals of our time

As Bootham Park Psychiatric Hospital is forced to close suddenly, Bryony Gordon wonders why Britain has such a Dickensian mental health system<p>If you are one of the 200,000 or so people who live in York, and you find yourself this week feeling suicidal, or on the verge of a breakdown, or suffering …

The World’s Congested Human Migration Routes in 5 Maps

Data Points<p>Europe is not the only part of the world facing a refugee crisis.<p>NG STAFFSOURCES: Missing Migrants Project, International Organization for Migration; UNHCR; i-Map; Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat<p>The desperate men, women, and children flooding into Europe from the Middle East and …

Could floating houses solve London's property crisis?

A London-based architect firm has revealed a game-changing plan to help solve the city's housing crisis. Baca Architects has developed a design for a …

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Can you afford to be a commoner in Downton Abbey and buy a house in the village?

House prices in the Cotswolds village of Bampton - home of Downton Abbey - have been "distorted" by the show.<p>As the autumnal nights draw in, there is one weekend comfort guaranteed to give a warm glow. Tonight, millions of households across Britain will draw the curtains and dim the lights for the …

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Climate change could undermine the last 50 years of health advances

Without major reforms climate change could trigger a discontinuity in the long-term progression of humanity, academics warn in The Lancet<p>Climate change threatens to undermine the last 50 years of advances in medical health, scientists have warned as they published a major report outlining the …

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