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The new boiler that generates electricity for the National Grid

After five years with Flow Energy, you will be able to share in the government’s feed-in tariffs<p>A new generation of combined heat and power boilers that produce their own electricity – earning households up to £500 a year – are to be launched at the end of this month, backed by insurance giant …

Carbon Emissions

With HomeKit on horizon, home automation is about to get real

“The first platform to deliver a true ‘killer app’ will be the winner.”<p>Nest is ‘actively looking into’ HomeKit

How To Pack A Backpack

Don't be this guy. Carrying a backpack so large that it extends over your head and outside the width of your back makes for a long, arduous day on …

Welcome To The Maker-Industrial Revolution

How General Electric, Local Motors, and an army of DIY inventors are rebuilding American manufacturing<p>This past February, in a nondescript industrial building near downtown Louisville, Kentucky, a few executives from GE Appliances set out to stage the division’s first hackathon. Louisville is home …

Deloitte's Amsterdam HQ becomes world's most sustainable office building

BREEAM (short for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is an approach for assessing and rating the sustainability of …

Arts head: Mark Champkins, inventor-in-residence, the Science Museum

<b>Can you tell more about your role as inventor-in-residence?</b><p>My role at the Science Museum is to create products that draw on the museum’s collection as well as some of the more intriguing scientific phenomena on show. The hope is that these products spark an interest in science, design and …

Solar bike lane produces enough power for three homes

The world’s first solar bike lane has been installed in The Netherlands and it is capable of producing an impressive amount of power. In fact, the …

What Critics Get Wrong About Creative Cities

Forget schools and parks, Canadians increasingly want to live near transit: report

Being close to good schools, parks and shopping have long been key to home buyers choosing a neighbourhood.<p>And now access to commuter trains, light rail or subways is quickly moving up the list when people choose a place to live, according to a new report on the Canadian real estate market.<p>Clogged …

Canadian Real Estate

The secrets of the world's happiest cities

What makes a city a great place to live – your commute, property prices or good conversation?<p>Check out theguardian.com/cities: a new website devoted to the future of cities all over the world<p>Two bodyguards trotted behind Enrique Peñalosa, their pistols jostling in holsters. There was nothing …

Shipping Containers and the Pop-Up City

This post is also available in: Chinese (Traditional), Italian, Portuguese, German<p>One of the major problems faced by temporary projects in cities is …

Mapping Silicon Valley’s Gentrification Problem Through Corporate Shuttle Routes

Author: Eric Rodenbeck. Eric Rodenbeck<p>Date of Publication: 09.06.13.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p><i>Where’s the densest place in the Bay Area,</i> …

8 More Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

Caferad

Das Caféhaus gehört zu Wien wie der Wein oder das Raunzen. In den letzten Jahren raunzte ich, an besonders schönen Orten an denen mich nach einen …

Habitat for Humanity built D.C.’s first “energy neutral” home

Its name is “Empowerhouse,” and it uses 90 percent less energy than regular houses<p>The Department of Energy's biannual "Solar Decathlon" is a bit of an exercise in fantasy: Teams of engineering and architecture compete to build state-of-the-art, energy-efficient homes that usually end up looking the …

6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!

Passivhaus designs are among the most energy efficient buildings on earth, and that's why we are so excited to bring you a roundup of 6 of our …

Z-Box by Dan Hisel

Reminiscent of Jade NYC’s pods, the Z-Box by Dan Hisel is a freestanding room that is great for open spaces such as lofts.<p><i>Thanks, Jenny!</i>

Milk

Urbanism Without Effort (Island Press E-ssentials) Kindle Edition

"A plea for a renewed commitment to authentic urbanism and an invitation to learn from history as our cities enter a future of unprecedented …

We are wasting money trying to fight climate change instead of adapting to it

<b>Comment</b><p>How on Earth are we going to fight this apparently new scourge? Rainstorms bring floods in Toronto that cause electricity system blackouts, …

4D printing: buildings that can change over time

What if buildings could adapt their shape and form – without any other input from us? Architect Skylar Tibbits says 4D printing could make materials that build themselves.<p>The way we build our structures has become more and more sophisticated. But the materials we build them from are static, waiting …

3D Printing

Architizer Journal: The Official Architizer Blog

A glimpse into the process behind DRAW Architecture's impeccable work.<p>Submit your very best architectural works for a chance to be published internationally by Phaidon.<p>Submit your best work today: The extended entry deadline is May 25th!<p>Exploring Cedar Construction in Contemporary Design<p>The phrase …

Architecture

Boarded-up shops next to J Mayer H's overblown and underused Metropol Parasol in Seville: http://t.co/ZtbJLbh9b8

100 Reasons We Love the 100K House

Birch Plywood<p>Concrete<p>Radiant Heat (so much better than forced air)<p><$100 per month utility bills<p>Heating water with the sun (Solar thermal)<p>Natural …

The One About the Parking-Pinched Merchant…

You ever hear the one about the Main Street merchant who went out of business because he lost all his parking? No? Are you sure? But, it's common …