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The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Circular Economy

We are entering an exciting time in the evolution of technology: <i>The Fourth Industrial Revolution.</i> This revolution will fundamentally change the way …

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Two new waterfront designs, but which one works best? The port wants your opinion

Two new options for revamping Bellingham’s waterfront district are on the table and officials want to know what the public thinks about them.<p>The two …

How the Twin Cities can use innovative planning to develop its vanishing industrial land

Peter CallaghanThe city of Minneapolis recently examined its inventory of industrial land. It found such areas make up just 4 percent of the city’s …

Urban Design

Should You Hire a Landscaper, Landscape Architect or Landscape Designer?

Landscaper<p>This is the easy one. These professionals can plant new trees and shrubbery; remove, modify and replace existing plants and materials, such …

Landscaping

Water & Sanitation

Clean Water Systems<p>When tens of thousands of refugees returned to El Salvador in the early 1990s after ten years of exile, many former highland …

Making Nashville a More Livable and Sustainable City for All

Download the PDF here.<p>Nashville, Tennessee, Mayor Megan Barry wants to give Music City a new title: “[G]reenest city in the Southeast.”1 In February, …

Urban Design

The AIA announces the recipients of the 2017 Young Architects Award

Every year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards a roster of emerging architects the prestigious Young Architects Award, recognizing …

Architecture

The 10 best US states — and why they are great places to live

Do you ever fantasize about a big move? Do you dream of a new city or state, a more exciting (or less stressful) new job and a beautiful new house or …

Demographics

Builders Rank the Most, Least Popular Green Practices

Filed in Business Management, Codes and Regulations, Environmental by NAHB Now on March 13, 2017 • 19 Comments<p>You can hype a new home’s hardwood …

Engineers give America's infrastructure a near failing grade

America's infrastructure is close to failing.<p>That's the assessment of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which released its 2017 …

Donald Trump

Could algae solve Iowa towns' clean water woes? 2 ISU scientists say, 'Yes'

Two Iowa State University scientists believe algae can help cut costs for hundreds of small Iowa towns that face up to $1 billion to upgrade their …

Iowa is on the road to a greener future.

Iowa is on the road to a greener future.<p>Iowa continues to build on an impressive renewable energy portfolio that leads the nation in ethanol and …

Reclaimed Water Reduces Stress on Freshwater Supplies

Courtesy: Veolia Water Technologies<p><i>Power generation need not be another source of strain on diminishing freshwater resources. Well-established water</i> …

This Speedy Robot Scans Tunnels for Cracks Far Better Than Humans Can

A European consortium has developed a robot that can scan tunnel walls for tell-tale signs of impending trouble.<p>Called Robinspect (a bit of a …

World’s Highest Bridge Now Open For Business

Civil engineering's latest world wonder.<p>Visual China Group/Getty<p>Max PrinceView Max Prince's Articles<p>twitter.com/@themaxprince<p>The Beipanjiang Bridge …

Engineering

Walking Path Completed with 20,000 Square Feet of Porous Pave XL Permeable Pavement

When office workers at the Wellesley Office Park on Williams Street in Wellesley, MA want to get outside, they can enjoy attractive outdoor areas …

The Business Case for Sustainability - Ray Anderson, InterfaceFLOR

Why Going Green Can Bring in the Green $$$

The compelling business case for sustainabilityAt times it can be difficult to have a common-sense discussion about the relationship between business …

Common Sense

Chemists improve batteries for renewable energy storage

Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, …

Clean Energy

Eerie wind turbine prototype flaps its wings like hummingbirds

Is this the creepiest turbine design ever?<p>It’s turbine time. Last month, New York gave the green light to what will become the country’s largest offshore wind farm. Then, Denmark’s ginormous turbine design broke energy-production records. Now, designer Anis Aouini at Tunisian company Saphon Energy …

Ten Principles on Identification for Sustainable Development

<i>The global identification gap is a significant challenge for sustainable development. We hope the new Principles on Identification are an important</i> …

World Economy

Getting smart about affordable housing: trending concepts worth a look

Liz Enbysk, editor of the Compassionate Cities initiative for the Smart Cities Council describes the smart and creative approaches to affordable …

Housing

Building smarter cities

Smart cities occur where new data technologies intersect with old urban challengesSmart cities occur where new data technologies intersect with old …

Smart Cities

Make Liveable Cities, Not Smart Cities

Former mayors of Adelaide and Barcelona share their expertise on how to make a smart city; Urban development secretary talks about raising civil …

Smart Cities

How A Smart University Design Can Help Revitalize A City

Monterrey Tec’s plan to reintegrate with its surrounding neighborhood is bringing over $1 billion in investments to a previously neglected area.<p>When the Tecnológico de Monterrey was built in 1943, all that surrounded it were wide-open fields. Slowly, Monterrey Tec grew into a multi-campus …

New Park, Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza, Will Commemorate Literary Legacy of NYC’s Little Syria

Last week, descendants of the historic downtown neighborhood known as Little Syria, as well as writers, historians, artists, and preservationists, …

New York City

Walkable communities are making a comeback

It is a controversial issue: are walkable cities more desirable among young people? Or are they heading to the suburbs like their boomer parents did? …

A new urban park in Dallas will be 11 times larger than New York’s Central Park

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and now that includes the green spaces. Dallas is building a 10,000-acre park along the Trinity River roughly 11 times larger than New York City’s Central Park.<p>Landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (also responsible for New York’s …

Urbanism