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One Stock To Buy To Play India And China's Growing Economies

Investors who pegged water heater maker <b>A.O. Smith (AOS)</b> as an indirect play on a U.S. housing recovery have tripled their money in two years, raking in bigger returns through Smith’s niche products than most shareholders got from the more obvious homebuilding sector.<p>While that domestic housing …

India Is Becoming A High-Cost Economy

India's biggest cities face a worsening shortage of migrant manual laborers like 26-year-old Charan, who goes by only one name. While India has long suffered from a dearth of workers with vocational skills like plumbers and electricians, efforts to alleviate poverty in poor, rural areas have helped …

Many Americans See China as Dominant Economic Power

Can China kickstart its circular economy and kick its smog?

<i>This feature is part of a series of articles on the circular economy published by the Dialogue business journal.</i><p>From dried-up rivers to smog-filled cities, China is contending with the negative environmental effects of its super-fast industrialisation of recent decades.<p>As of January, air pollution …

Weakness in Asian economies seen persisting in 2014, China weighs | Reuters

BANGALORE (Reuters) - Emerging Asian economies will contribute less to global growth in 2014 than earlier expected even as their major trading partners in the West show signs of recovery, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.<p>Vendors sell vegetables at a wholesale vegetable market in the old quarters of …

'India could not have economic growth without quality universal education'

Global development professionals network,Policy and advocacy,Leadership,Professional development,Global development,Education,Universal primary education,Literacy,India,World news,Poverty<p>We speak to Madhav Chavan, CEO of Indian NGO Pratham, about moving policy from school attendance to quality of …

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

When it comes to cool eco architecture, some people feel like the higher up you build, the better. But don't forget to look down once in a while! …

Man Proposes Using Old San Francisco Bay Bridge Parts To Build Eco-Friendly House

Amidst the excitement and controversy over the opening of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, plans for the old span's parts have been slightly less enthusiastic.<p>But when one Bay Area man heard that most of the scrap parts would be sent to China, he began rallying support …

Forgo Rent and Build an Eco-Friendly Micro Hut for $11K

In the honorable name of downsizing, going green, and—here's the big one—never having to have to pay rent or the mortgage again, Idaho-based architect <b>Macy Miller</b> decided to build herself one very petite, smartly designed dream home. Appropriately nicknamed <b>Tiny House,</b> the Boise, Idaho digs measure …

How Online Education Strengthens the Learning Experience at Boston Architectural College Landscape Design

<i>Image: The rooftop of the California Academy of Sciences Building designed by Renzo Piano</i><p>Teaching studio-based design courses online has numerous …

Education Technology

Thorncrest House by Altius Architecture

Altius Architecture have designed the Thorncrest House in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.<p>From the architects<p>This new modern residence accommodates a …

Pollution-Harvesting Tower Looks To Be Covered in Cobwebs

Look out DOM (e) residence and 18.36.54 House, there's a new conceptual bit of architecture in town, and this one not only boasts the requisite avant garde punctuation, but also the ability to clean urban air and look every bit like a tower coated in mechanized cobwebs. <b>Chang-Yeob Lee,</b> a graduate of …

LEGO's New Architecture Studio Design Toolkit Brings Out Your Inner Builder—and Inner Child

LEGO just unveiled its new LEGO Architecture Studio design toolkit which could help bring out the Le Corbusier or Frank Lloyd Wright in you. The …

This Messi-Inspired Mansion Looks Like a Giant Soccer Ball

In what will either prove to be a successful sale or a very awkward, unwanted gift, Spanish architect <b>Luis de Garrido</b>—who has previously designed homes for stars like Naomi Campbell—has released designs of a massive soccer-inspired mansion made for FC Barcelona star <b>Lionel Messi</b>. While Messi's …

How a Sense of Cultural Superiority and Insecurity Create Economic Advantage

Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld have a forthcoming book (<i>The Triple Package</i>) on why some cultural groups flourish in the U.S. and others do not. Their …

The fog of culture wars is obscuring the facts ... but that's the point

The fog of the culture wars is getting so thick it’s obscuring the facts. Which is, of course, the point.<p>Christopher Pyne is the latest to thunder in, surprising no one with the announcement that Dr Kevin Donnelly will be one of two experts to conduct a review of the national curriculum.<p>Pyne’s …

SheerWind's INVELOX Wind Turbine Can Generate 600% More Energy Than Conventional Turbines

US-based wind energy company SheerWind just unveiled the INVELOX – a tunnel-based wind turbine that can produce up to 600% more power than …

David Baker's Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

AIA Homes Tour veteran architect David Baker opened his Shotwell Residence again this year as part of the annual Architecture and the City …

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for …

Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Imagine windows powering homes, office buildings, and even airplanes. That fantasy might not be far from reality thanks to the latest breakthroughs …

Clean Energy

UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

A new government report by the UK’s Department of Energy And Climate Change shows that the country has reached a record high in the amount of energy …

Geoengineering plan could have 'unintended' side effect

<b>Attempts to reverse the impacts of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere could make matters worse, say researchers.</b><p>A new study suggests the idea, seen as a last-ditch way to deal with runaway climate change, could cut rainfall in the tropics by 30%.<p>This would have …

Al Gore says use of geo-engineering to head off climate disaster is insane

Al Gore said on Wednesday it would be "insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme" to turn to geo-engineering projects to avoid a climate catastrophe.<p>The UN climate panel, in the next edition of its blockbuster reports, will warn that governments might have to extract vast amounts of …

Should we start de-extincting species that have died out?

Futurist Stewart Brand, founder of The Long Now Foundation, has a new mission in life. He wants to bring extinct species back from the dead. Some …

5 Visions of What Transportation Will Look Like In 2030

In the megacities of the future, we are going to find new ways to move everyone around–from underground highways to roads where pedestrians and cars share the same space.<p>The United Nations predicts that roughly 60% of the world’s population will live in cities by the year 2030. Hopefully, the 5.1 …

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Room 11 – An Office Building Made Of Shipping Containers

Shipping containers have become very popular now that architects have found new and innovative ways in which to use them. We have seen many houses …

Architecture

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …