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Watch this angry knight hurl a spear at a drone with pinpoint accuracy

Looking like a scene out of <i>Monty Python</i>, a guy in Russia dressed in medieval garb knocked a drone out of the sky with a spear.<p>The impressive feat was …

Monty Python

Lessons In Green Building From Africa’s First LEED-Certified Hospital

“We’re able to prove that sustainability doesn’t take high-tech solutions,” says architect Pat Bosch.<p>When Ghana commissioned a new hospital for its capital city Accra, the West African nation hoped to earn LEED certification, a prestigious rating of environmentally minded buildings. But “they …

Green Living

National Grid slashes forecasts for big new power plants

National Grid has slashed its forecasts for the number of big new power plants expected to be built in coming years, while admitting its estimates for the growth of solar farms and other small-scale generators were almost 50 times too low.<p>Just four years ago the company expected up to 33 gigawatts …

Electrical Grid

Hyperloop's Tech Is Coming To Germany Inside 'Innovation Train'

Not the real thing. Not yet. But a test-bed for technologies being developed for Elon Musk’s futuristic means of transportation, the Hyperloop.<p>One of the startups trying to turn this concept into reality, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced yesterday a collaboration with German …

High-speed Rail

Can Urban Highways Solve Problems Instead Of Causing Them?

A vision of transportation infrastructure that adds to a city instead of filling it with noise and pollution.<p>Los Angeles is known for its freeways, and that’s not a good thing. But while some cities are starting to tear sections of highway down–reconnecting neighborhoods and rebuilding pedestrian …

New York City Approves The Lowline, The World’s First Underground Park

It once seemed like a crazy dream, but now–with the government’s blessing–its designers can try to make it a reality.<p>The forecast for the planet’s future isn’t so great lately, so it might be time to start thinking about relocating underground. To help us lead happy lives below grade, we’re …

Urban Design

Sweden opens world's first "electric road"

A 2-kilometer stretch of the E16 freeway near Gävle, Sweden, nicknamed the e-way might be the world's most advanced stretch of pavement.<p>Electric …

Stepney Green College / S333 Architecture + Urbanism

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> In the final days of the BSF program and with a vastly reduced budget, this project brings …

Outdoor Spaces

Plastic roads: India’s radical plan to bury its garbage beneath the streets

In India, roads made from shredded plastic are proving a popular solution to tackling waste and extreme weather<p>Jambulingam Street, Chennai, is a local legend. The tar road in the bustling Nungambakkam area has weathered a major flood, several monsoons, recurring heat waves and a steady stream of …

Pollution

Solar Roadways are coming to historic Route 66

Solar Roadways are finally gaining traction in the United States. Scott and Julie Brusaw have been developing their energy-generating roads for the …

The New Landscape Declaration: Visions For The Next 50 Years

<i>India's water crisis / National Geographic</i><p>Over the next 50 years, landscape architects must coordinate their actions globally to fight climate change, help communities adapt to a changing world, bring artful and sustainable parks and open spaces to every community rich or poor, preserve cultural …

Ecology

Philly's Beautiful Plan to Fight Crime with Neon Murals

Just the presence of streetlights can deter criminal behavior. A South Philadelphia neighborhood is trying something a little more innovative than …

Scientists want to make buildings from bone

A cityscape made of bone and eggshell might sound like the set for the final act of some big-budget fantasy epic, but the idea could help support ever-growing populations in our cities -- and reduce carbon emissions in the process. According the University of Cambridge, typical materials like …

Are Garden Cities Sustainable?

The Garden City concept has a long and honorable pedigree within urban planning. Analysis of Sterling Ranch, a master-planned community outside of …

Sustainability

One Simple, Cheap Trick To Make Cities Better: Plant More Trees

Trees are one of the best dollar-for-dollar investments a city can make.<p>When cities plant trees, they do more than make the place look nice. They also help cut energy use (by reducing the need for air conditioning), store carbon dioxide, trap airborne pollutants, and intercept rainfall. Oh, and …

Inward-facing Iranian home lets light filter in through a facade of wooden slats

Timber slats cover the walls and the windows of this house in Isfahan, Iran, allowing light to filter in without compromising the privacy of its …

Living Rooms

The Price of Happiness in Cities

Recent research suggests that urban dwellers are significantly less likely to be happy than their suburban or rural counterparts.<p>Where we choose to live is arguably the most important decision we’ll ever make. But current research is conflicted as to what makes us happier: urban or suburban life. A …

This City Is Home to 820 Urban Farms and Quickly Becoming America's Urban Ag Capital

Who knew that the Windy City has become so green? As Co.Exist reported, Chicago is quietly becoming the country's urban agriculture capital with 821 …

How Toronto built the CN Tower

The CN Tower is one of the most important buildings ever constructed in Canada.Like it or loathe it, the absurd, 553-metre concrete tower, which …

Toronto

Sweden phases out fossil fuels in attempt to run completely off renewable energy

Renewables account for over half of Sweden's energy, while the UK has one of the lowest renewable energy shares in Europe.<p>In 2015, Sweden's prime …

Renewable Energy

RIBA International Prize: Nominees unveiled - CNN Style

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Cookies

An Urban Gondola unveiled for the Chicago Skyline boosting Chicago’s tourism

<b>Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners and Marks Barfield Architects have unveiled new aerial cable car network for the Chicago skyline.</b> The …

Zaha Hadid Architects regenerates Praque’s urban site adjacent to Masaryk Railway Station

<b>Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has revealed its new plans for urban site in Praque, Czech Republic adjacent to Masaryk Railway Station.</b> Zaha Hadid …

5 Eco-Friendly Prefab Homes You Can Order Right Now

Modern green living<p>One of the major benefits of prefab homes is efficiency. This starts with the basic premise of on-site assembly with precise factory-made elements, which is often completed in a matter of days and eliminates lots of potential for waste. And then there are sexier sustainability …

Mithun Architects' Vertical Farm for Seattle

This evidently won "Best of Show" in the Cascadia Region Green Building Council's Living Building Challenge. It is a "Center for Urban Agriculture," …

Jane Jacobs Was Right About What Makes A Great City And Mobile Phone Data Proves It

Mixed use neighborhoods with dense streets create the “sidewalk ballet” that the famous urban theorist envisioned 100 years ago.<p>In her 1961 book <i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i>, the urban theorist and author Jane Jacobs wrote about what makes cities dynamic, safe, and humane. Responding …

Story of cities #36: how Copenhagen rejected 1960s modernist 'utopia'

While concrete was being poured across Europe’s cities, Denmark’s capital found itself at a crossroads: would it follow the car-centric vision of grand boulevards and streets in the sky – or keep its citizen-focused design?<p>Read more articles in the series here<p>“In the 60s and 70s, we thought that if …

Urbanism

Five contemporary Chinese science and engineering projects

<b>World's largest radio telescope</b><p>China is constructing the world's largest radio telescope, the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST. The …

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Tesla Powerwalls for Home Energy Storage Hit U.S. Market

To Steve Yates, the best thing about his new Tesla Powerwall is that he doesn’t have to worry anymore about the lights going out during a storm. Or …

Tesla

This elevator could shape the cities of the future

Elevators are in a rut.<p>They go up and they go down. They take people from one floor of a building to the exact same spot on another floor.<p>A new technology has the potential to break elevators free from their vertical prisons, allowing them to move side to side, at an angle, even go outside into a …

Engineering