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These “Farmscrapers” Are Entire Cities In Crazy, Wobbly Looking Towers

These incredible looking buildings are designed by a Belgian architect named Vincent Callebaut. Called “Asian Cairns,” after the rock stacks left on mountainsides, the “farmscrapers” are pebble-like pods stacked on top of each other.<p>The design incorporates housing, office, and leisure spaces, as …

Solar Power

Water sensitive design: integrating water with urban planning

For too long we have been designing water out of our cities when we should have been designing it in<p>In March this year, the Mayor of London and RoDMA announced a tender to create the UK's largest floating village in London's Royal Docks, on an area one and a half times the size of Green Park. …

What Does Your Brand Stand For?

Image credit: The Terrace<p>Related:<p>As a marketer, your goal is to win fans and keep them. You do that by making a difference. And by showing what moves …

12 Industry Leaders Unveil Methodology for Assessing Social Impacts of Products

Related:<p>A group of companies united in the Roundtable for Product Social Metrics today announces the publication of the Handbook for Product Social …

Creating partnerships for sustainability

Companies are increasingly expected to join with other organizations—both public and private—to address social and environmental problems. Here are …

Watch Out Google Glass, Smart Shoes Are On The Way

In India, you’ll be able to wear technology somewhere completely different: On your feet. Lechal is the world’s first interactive haptic feedback …

Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results

Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and …

Sustainability

Floating Ocean Greenhouses Bring Fresh Food Closer To Megacities

While living in Tokyo, Philipp Hutfless, an industrial designer from Germany, saw how much food the Japanese import from abroad. The industrialized nation just doesn’t have a lot of room for agriculture, neither in rural areas nor in cities.<p>His response was to develop Vereos, an idea for coastal …

Urban Agriculture

Moving beyond marketing

Article<p>Moving beyond marketing Generating social business value across the enterprise<p>July 15, 2014<p>The 2014 MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte …

Japan's new Cruise Train is a luxury hotel on rails

Japan is already a global leader in train technology, so it would only follow that they'd be lapping the rest of the world in train design, too. Already, the country has produced gorgeous fleets of luxury trains with chic, retro stylings.<p>Now, Japan's JR East railway company has commissioned a new …

Text your friends even when you don't have service

Ever needed to send a message to a friend from the boonies? A company called goTenna has just launched a device that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and turns it into a low-frequency radio with a range of several miles (up to 50 miles). Using an iOS or Android app, that'll let you text or …

Organic foods are more nutritious, according to review of 343 studies

Most everyone who has ever selected their fruits and vegetables from the "organic" section while grocery shopping probably thought they were doing something good for their bodies and the environment.<p>Yet the question of whether organic foods are in fact more nutritious than their conventionally …

Organic Products

Unep: corporates and investors should join forces for sustainable business

Economy<p>Will Self-Driving Cars Be Better for the Environment?<p>Published<p>1 month ago<p>on<p>December 15, 2017<p>By<p>Larry Alton<p>Shutterstock Licensed Photo - By …

Nest and Samsung launch Thread, a wireless mesh standard for the smart home

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home. Dubbed …

Normal Makes Headphones 3D Printed To Your Ear

Hello, world. Meet Normal, the customized, high-end earphone manufacturer that’s looking to bring 3D printing to the mass market. From its offices and manufacturing facility in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, Normal is looking to sell $199 customized ear buds made to the shape of an individual’s …

New MIT finger device reads to blind in real time

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.<p>The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like …

LED-lit indoor farm produces 10,000 lettuces a day

A newly opened indoor farm in Japan has been built with LEDs that emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth.<p>It's the work of plant …

The Future Television Will Be Paper Thin and Rollable, LG Says

Perhaps in a few years we'll see people carrying around their rolled-up televisions the way they used to carry newspapers.<p>LG Display unveiled a paper …

Televisions

Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large Scale Change

What Will It Take to Stop the Genital Cutting of Three Million Women and Girls This Year?<p>A Decade of Stories of Change: How a Partnership With …

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …

Bitcoin is having its moment but there are better sustainable currencies

The crypto currency's liberating features are undone by its susceptibility to fraud. With other options out there, Bitcoin may not be the best bet<p>For something entirely virtual, Bitcoin has caused a very real ruckus. Everyone from central bankers to anarchist cypherpunks has queued up to give their …

Algae instead of Oil

According to an article posted on ecochamber.com,<p>California-based company Cereplast has revealed that it is developing breakthrough technology to …

Look to Vodafone for the future of sustainability reporting

In the 20-page law-enforcement disclosure section of Vodafone’s new sustainability report, the company describes how it responds to demands from …

This Tree-Shaped Farm-On-A-Skyscraper Could Bring Acres Of Crops Into The City

Designed like a giant tree, the Urban Skyfarm is covered in leaf-like decks that provide space for real trees to grow.<p>So far, most existing vertical farms look like big greenhouses or plant factories–all of the action happens on the inside. Warehouses in Chicago, Kyoto, Singapore, and a handful of …

Architecture

Every Time You Shower, This Gadget Makes Energy From The Extra Heat

An engineer’s eureka moment while in the shower is aimed at improving the shower itself.<p>A few years ago, an engineer was taking a shower and started looking at the water going down the drain and wondering how much energy was going with it. The answer, it turned out, was pretty large: after heating …

Clean Energy

New European Standard on Accessibility Requirements for Procurement of ICT Products and Services

• Published: 2014-03-08 (Revised/Updated 2016-06-13) : ETSI (www.etsi.org).<p>Synopsis: European Standardization Organizations announce publication of new …

How a Life Cycle-Driven Business Model Can Increase Sustainable Impact

Interface began using LCA several years ago to evaluate its existing product portfolio, but the company says its use of LCA has evolved to a more …