Sustainable Design

Digital Computer Arts

"For me it's all about how humans interact with these strange surfaces". Calculation and timing is important he says, "it's like a science; it …

UX Design

Systems Thinking - A Process For Problem Solving in SDLC

<b>“94% of problems in business are systems driven and only 6% are people driven.” ~ William Edwards Deming</b><p>WHAT IS A SYSTEM?<p>System.<p>We hear and use the …

Design Thinking

Stop cutting down trees. Cities need birds to eat gross bugs that transmit disease.

ideeone/Getty<p><i>This story was originally published by</i> CityLab <i>and appears here as part of the</i> Climate Desk <i>collaboration</i>.<p>A grove of five or six mature …

Liberal View

Citizen science: how ordinary people can guard Cape Town's biodiversity

Right now, you might be harbouring a killer: one so small it’s hidden in the sole of your hiking shoes. These tiny murderers won’t harm you in the …

Ecology

MIT researchers develop a system that can store thermal energy for hours

Canned Heat<p>Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have produced a battery-like system capable of storing thermal energy and …

Clean Energy

Zoöpolis

<i>In</i> Animal Geographies: Place, Politics, and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands<i>, published by Verso in 1998, editors Jody Emel and Jennifer</i> …

Urban Ecology

Meet Zero Mass Water, Whose Solar Panels Pull Drinking Water From The Air

It’s often said you can’t make something out of nothing. Cody Friesen may have come as close to succeeding as anyone.<p>To show me his technological sleight of hand, Friesen invites me to a hillside house in Berkeley, California on a sunny afternoon. There, in a shaded courtyard, we each sample a cup …

Design Thinking

An Argument For Sustainable Design: Scientists Warn Humanity of Catastrophic Fate

In 2013, American generated about 251 million tons of trash. Of the total, nearly 34.5% of it was recycled or composted. We’re getting better at …

Sustainability

A Japanese home with green building principles

More high-end consumers, including the expatriate community in Jakarta and surrounding areas, are increasingly aware about the benefits of living in …

Construction

Urban Trees Grow Differently Than Rural Trees

If you’re familiar with the urban heat island effect, chances are you’re not a fan. It’s that oppressive quality to the air in the Target parking lot …

Environment

Millions of city trees at risk from rising temperatures

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland from the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL) have found that 24 …

Climate Change

#Blog4Dev: Creating jobs and renewable energy at the same time

The dramatic decrease in the cost of renewable energy technologies seen in recent years presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve our access …

International Development

ZEMCH 2018 International Conference

Zero Energy Mass Custom Home Network<p>Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH) aims to tackle issues arising in the delivery of socially, economically and …

University of Melbourne

How do we turn a drain into valued green space? First, ask the residents

<i>This article is based on a paper being presented at the State of Australian Cities Conference in Adelaide, November 28-30.</i><p>The green infrastructure of …

Cities

Why Community Forests are Key to Solving Challenges of Urban Living

The president of the Arbor Day Foundation explains all the functional benefits and savings trees provide in an urban environment such as stormwater …

Sustainability

Urbanization Is Now One of the Most Dominant Forces of Evolution

When humans settled into larger villages and towns some 12,000 years ago along with the advance of agriculture, wildlife took advantage. Those …

Environment

HOW Design Live Taps Industry Change

<i>Call for Entries: The HOW Logo Design Awards</i>In 1998, the United States War College coined an acronym that seems to ideally describe our world today: …

Graphic Design

What are the realities of energy transition from coal to renewables?

by Dr Jason Byrne and Dr Tony Matthews<p>As Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk formally announced the 2017 State election, an anti-Adani protester …

Renewable Energy

The clean energy revolution tipping point is inevitable—but the sooner, the better

As global leaders gather for the UN’s annual COP meetings on mitigating the impacts of climate change, an energy revolution is underway with enormous implications, not least for the world’s poor. Renewable energy adoption will be a crucial component of meeting the Paris Climate Agreement to hold a …

Big Ideas

Learning the meaning of Ubuntu in Rhini

Mpho Tutu, who spent much of her childhood in Grahamstown, was a guest speaker at ‘Botho/Ubuntu: A Dialogue on Spirituality, Science and Humanity, A …

Dalai Lama

Green building uptake seen in SA and rest of Africa

Cape Town - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative attributed 30% of annual carbon emissions to …

Business (South Africa)

9 projects that reimagine old buildings, from factories to firehouses

What’s old is new again<p>Adaptive reuse can mean a lot of different things, from reinventing an old school building to repurposing shipping containers as homes. At its core, the concept is about repurposing an old building into something new.<p>But adaptive reuse differs from renovation in one important …

Green Buildings

Cities are driving evolution — and may spawn new species, scientists say

Urban environments change some birds' beaks and have produced a new underground mosquito<p>Our cities are reshaping the animals and plants that live in …

Evolution

Urban-Based Evolution: Species Are Rapidly Adapting to City Habitats

Cities around the globe are fueling evolution among microbes, plants, and animals, driving physical mutations and altering gene flow, according to a …

Yale

Designing cities to keep us healthy and out of hospital

Latest research on urban greening and its health benefits presented at forum<p>As the health and social benefits of green space become clearer – and as …

Australian Universities

Dallas Design District's Craighead Green Gallery perfects three-is-better-than-one approach

The Craighead Green Gallery in the Dallas Design District gets it when it comes to triple-headers. Its philosophy is, three artists are always better …

The Arts

Rock the botanical design trend at home

Emerald, avocado, apple, olive, lime, forest — all shades of green are in the spotlight thanks to the growing botanical design trend.<p>To master the …

Canadian News

Decentralization Is the Cheapest Way to Expand Energy Access in India, Says IEA

India stands out as “one of the largest electrification success stories in history,” accounting for two or every five people newly electrified since …

Renewable Energy

These 10 cities are the most prepared for the future

In 2017, being a "smart city" isn't just about having fast internet.<p>Officials around the world are gathering all types of data — on traffic, …

Cities

Steffen Knöll and Antonia Terhedebrügge utilise chaos in identity for Architekturnovember

Architecture in Stuttgart is a pretty big deal. “There are more architectural firms in the city and its surrounding areas than they are architects in …

Graphic Design