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Can mushrooms replace plastic?

A company in New York uses mushrooms to turn agricultural biowaste into packaging. Will its market mushroom, too?<p>Mushrooms, as any cook knows, are versatile: they enhance soups, stews, pasta, salads and omelettes, and they can be stuffed, baked, fried or sautéed.<p>As it turns out, they are equally …

Sustainability

8 radical solutions to protect cyclists

<b>There's been intense debate after a spate of cyclist deaths in the UK in the past two weeks. Here are eight of the most radical solutions suggested to improve safety.</b><p>Bicycle licences and even number plates<p>The idea that cyclists should sign up to a national register - and display something …

Cycling

How town planning can help to eradicate poverty

Planning has played a transformational role in improving the quality of life of all of our communities and has a critical responsibility to tackle poverty. It has the potential to enhance our wellbeing by giving people access to services, amenities and economic opportunities – and gives communities …

Denmark surpasses 100 percent wind power

On November 3, wind power production in Denmark exceeded the level of power consumption. Craig Morris says the event was not even especially …

Concrete is trending…

Love it or hate it, concrete in the built environment is certainly here to stay and, if anything, its inclusion in projects is currently undergoing …

Architecture

Most of the world’s solar panels are facing the wrong direction

You’d think it would be easy: the sun is “up,” and, like leaves and basking reptiles, solar panels should face in that general direction. But most installers of solar panels, especially the ones for homes, follow conventional wisdom handed down from architects, which holds that in the northern …

Solar Power

Honey bees can be trained to detect cancer "in ten minutes" says designer

<b>Dutch Design Week 2013:</b> Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees ( …

The Ultimate Guide to Evernote for Architects: 7 Steps To Get Started Now

The <i>following is a guest post written by my friend David Doucette. When I invited Andrew Hawkins to write a guest post back in September, David</i> …

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UK Aims for 100 'Sustainable Food Cities' in Three Years: First Six Announced | Smart Cities Dive

The UK has launched a network of pioneering "sustainable food cities" which aims to get public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to …

Urban Agriculture

LEED and BREEAM: pushing designers

Resources / LEED and BREEAM: pushing designers<p>20 November 2013 / 6 comment(s) / Mel Allwood<p>It is fashionable these days – in the UK at least – to …

Sustainability

100 Ideas For Cities, From A Department Of Listening To Pay-Per-Honk Cars

How to make cities better? Why not ask the people who live in them? The Participatory Cities Project asked people how to make their urban homes better, and came up with this extensive list of improvements.<p>When thinking about the ideas and trends that will shape the future of cities, there’s no …

Urbanism

Bad at Reading Maps? Maybe Your Brain Just Needs Better Maps

Chances are you know someone who's terrible with maps. Maybe it's your sibling who can't be trusted to ride shotgun and navigate to Grandma's house …

Street furniture | Marshalls

Marshalls’ street furniture collection can meet the requirements of any public space project. Key pieces can fit into any landscape, with an …

Furniture

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Cycling Safely in Central London: The Tips We All Should Know | Smart Cities Dive

Six cyclists being killed on London roads in a fortnight should be concern for us all. Each death is shocking and has led to a furore of debate, …

Cycling

Britain's damp, leaky homes among Europe's most costly to heat

UK homes are some of the most expensive to heat in Europe because of poor maintenance and insulation, according to new figures from the EU compiled for the Guardian.<p>The analysis of official EU data also found that the UK has the highest levels of fuel poverty of a dozen comparable EU nations, as …

St Jude storm may have killed around 10 million trees

Around 10 million trees are estimated to have died as a result of the St Jude storm that swept across England last month, according to Forestry Commission figures released on Friday.<p>More than half (64%) of the 109,000 woodlands across southern England are likely to have been affected by the storm …

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials?

Learning to surf in California's frigid breakers, Todd Copeland, a design guru at the Patagonia clothing company, concluded that wet suits weren't cutting it. Sure, a traditional Neoprene suit could keep him warm, but the suit's material could be synthesised only from non-renewable, …

Sustainability

Energy firm RWE npower axes £4bn UK windfarm amid political uncertainty

Britain's green ambitions have been dealt a blow as a big six energy company has pulled the plug on one of the world's largest offshore windfarms, with the political storm enveloping the industry threatening the multibillion-pound investments needed to meet emissions targets and head off a looming …

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ECCI becomes UK’s first BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ refurbishment project : December 2013 : News : Architecture in profile the building environment in Scotland

<i>December 2 2013</i><p>The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation has become the first listed building in the UK to earn a ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ award at …

Built Environment

bird's-eye view Hovenring Eindhoven (the Netherlands) designed by ipv Delft

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Landscaping

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Tackling climate change: Copenhagen's sustainable city design

Visualise the world in 2050: convex streets that collect water from superstorms and pocket parks that absorb heat and can be turned into reservoirs. Welcome to Copenhagen, where planners are preparing the city for the effects of climate change several generations from now.<p>"We've looked at how …

Urbanism

Sucking Smog: Electronic Vacuum Cleaner Clears City Skies

It sounds so preposterous and yet is sufficiently plausible that its designer is now talking to the mayor of Beijing about how to develop for urban …