eco-city

The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

Algae has many different qualities that we can draw upon, from edible varieties that make their way onto our dinner plates, to those whose bioluminescence can be harnessed for glow-in-the-dark

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Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

Turkey exported 6,800 tons of pistachio nuts last year, and now the country is floating plans to build a city powered by the leftover shells. The idea came from Burgeap, a French environmental

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart

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BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

Bjarke Ingels Group competed in an international design competition against the likes of Valode & Pistre, Snøhetta and Manual Gautrand to win the award for Europa City. The project began with the

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Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar, an area that covers 2,217 square kilometers at the southern tip of Malaysia, is the center of its country’s sustainable development strategy as an ultra-green and socially integrated city of

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MVRDV Chosen to Create Green Garden Paradise in the Netherlands for Floriade 2022 Horticultural Expo

MVRDV Chosen to Create Green Garden Paradise in the Netherlands for Floriade 2022 Horticultural Expo

As the current Floriade 2012 expo wraps up in Venlo, Almere and MVRDV are excited to begin with their plans for the next expo site, which will be the greenest event yet. Almere, which is a suburb of

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Green Tech ‘Ghost Town’ Hunting For New Home in New Mexico

Green Tech ‘Ghost Town’ Hunting For New Home in New Mexico

Pegasus Holdings just announced that its $1 billion dollar green tech ghost town has been put on hold due to a lack of land. The Center for Testing, Evaluation and Innovation -- a city with no

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MVRDV Unveils Plans to Transform Almere, the Netherlands Into the Greenest City Ever Built

MVRDV Unveils Plans to Transform Almere, the Netherlands Into the Greenest City Ever Built

Floriade is a national horticulture expo held every decade in The Netherlands - and Almere wants to be the next host in 2022. To woo the judges they've hired MVRDV to create the master plan for their expo

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INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

While we write a lot about a sustainable built environment, we often overlook the contribution of engineers. We recently talked at length with Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems,

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SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City Along High Speed Rail Line

SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City Along High Speed Rail Line

“Beijing Bohai Innovation City establishes a new model of transit-oriented development at an unprecedented scale,” said project chief designer Thomas Hussey of SOM’s Chicago urban planning studio in

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Imagining The City 2.0 Wins the 2012 TED Prize!

Imagining The City 2.0 Wins the 2012 TED Prize!

The TED Prize has just announced its 2012 winner, and it turns out to be not a person, but an idea. Cities 2.0 will be the recipient of the annual $100,000 prize, in an unusual move on TED's part to

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Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town UPDATE: New Photos of What Homes in this Advanced Eco City May Look Like

Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town UPDATE: New Photos of What Homes in this Advanced Eco City May Look Like

As you might remember from our original post, Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is expected to be one of the most advanced eco cities in the world. Located on the site of an old Panasonic plant, in

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Newest US City to Be Built Just for Testing Green Technologies

Newest US City to Be Built Just for Testing Green Technologies

Up to 20 square miles of virgin desert in New Mexico will soon be home to the nation’s newest town, only with a twist — no one will live there. Developer Pegasus Global Holdings (a communication,

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Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

Fujisawa Smart Town Planned for Japan to Be Most Advanced Eco City in the World

By 2014, Japan may be home to the most advanced eco town in the world. A group of 9 companies announced that they will partner in the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, a breakthrough development of 1000

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SOM Unveils Golden Hills Eco Village for Danang, Vietnam

SOM Unveils Golden Hills Eco Village for Danang, Vietnam

SOM was just awarded the master plan commission for Golden Hills, a major new sustainable city that dovetails with their recently revealed FTP City in Danang, Vietnam. The green development is set to

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PHOTOS: A First Look Inside Masdar: Foster + Partner’s Carbon-Neutral Eco City

PHOTOS: A First Look Inside Masdar: Foster + Partner’s Carbon-Neutral Eco City

The Market @ Masdar kicked off at 10am on Friday. After parking their lowly fossil-fueled vehicles in the entrance parking lot, visitors rode driverless pod cars through a rather dull (but prefabricated

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Mentougou: Eriksson Architects Unveils Geodesic Gemstone Eco Valley for China

Mentougou: Eriksson Architects Unveils Geodesic Gemstone Eco Valley for China

The 100 sq km development will include space for 9 environmental research institutes and companies and a city center and smaller residential villages with enough housing for 50,000 people. Public

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Nanjing, China Master Plan Could Be Largest Green Development In the World

Nanjing, China Master Plan Could Be Largest Green Development In the World

The new city is set to be built on a combination of greenfields and existing industrial low lands. It has been planned to respect the history and culture of Nanjing while also projecting a modern and

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Kevin Kennon Architects’ Tian Fang Tower is a Sustainable Skyscraper for Tianjin

Kevin Kennon Architects’ Tian Fang Tower is a Sustainable Skyscraper for Tianjin

Kevin Kennon Architects is designing a new landmark building for Tianjin Eco-City in China. This 120,000 square meter, 44 floor office tower and luxury shopping center, developed by Tianjin Real Estate

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HOK and Woods Bagot’s Langfang Eco-Smart City Master Plan Wins AIA Urban Design Award

HOK and Woods Bagot’s Langfang Eco-Smart City Master Plan Wins AIA Urban Design Award

The Langfang Eco-Smart City Master Plan was recently honored with the only 2010 Merit Award for Urban Design by the AIA Hong Kong chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The urban plan for

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SOM to Create Amazing Green Tech City for Hanoi, Vietnam

SOM to Create Amazing Green Tech City for Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam awarded the commission for its own Green Tech City to SOM, Inc. The winning design integrates two existing villages to create a sustainable city for 20,000 people that will reduce carbon

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Tianjin Eco City is a Futuristic Green Landscape for 350,000 Residents

Tianjin Eco City is a Futuristic Green Landscape for 350,000 Residents

Eco-City will make use of the latest sustainable technologies such as solar power, wind power, rainwater recycling, and wastewater treatment/desalination of sea water. In order to reduce the city's carbon

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Foster + Partners Inaugurate Solar-Powered Masdar Institute!

Foster + Partners Inaugurate Solar-Powered Masdar Institute!

Today Foster + Partners officially inaugurated the solar-powered Masdar Institute, the first phase of their ambitious carbon-neutral Masdar City. The net energy-positive institute represents Abu Dhabi’s

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Wuhan’s Lily-Shaped Zero Carbon Energy Center Set to Bloom in China

Wuhan’s Lily-Shaped Zero Carbon Energy Center Set to Bloom in China

A new Calla lily-shaped research center for Wuhan University is set to bloom in China as one of the most sustainable buildings the world. Netherlands-based firm Grontmij, in collaboration with Soeters

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Sub Biosphere 2: A Self-Sustaining Underwater City

Sub Biosphere 2: A Self-Sustaining Underwater City

Biosphere 2 never lasted too long, but there were certainly many lessons to be learned about living self-sufficiently, and even sustainably. UK-based designer Phil Pauley envisions another biosphere set

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Crazy Mushroom Inspired Enoki Eco City

Crazy Mushroom Inspired Enoki Eco City

Spotted over at designboom, OFL Architecture's Enoki Eco City is a fantastical, sustainable model for Rome. Possibly inspired by fungi sprouting up from the ground, the city is a series of

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Eco Towers for Hamburg by Greeen! Architects

Eco Towers for Hamburg by Greeen! Architects

With a focus on connecting workers and visitors to nature and providing a green ambiance, this proposal for an office building in Hamburg talks the talk and walks the walk. Designed by Düsseldorf-based

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Songdo IBD: South Korea’s New Eco-City

Songdo IBD: South Korea’s New Eco-City

Every country needs their own master-planned eco city. Germany will have aptly named ECO CITY Hamburg, the UK has Hanham Hall, Sweden has Super Sustainable City in Gothenburg, Spain has Logroño

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Foster + Partners Unveil Sustainable Super City for South Korea

Foster + Partners Unveil Sustainable Super City for South Korea

South Korea recently announced plans to construct a sustainable super-city that stands to eclipse the size of Masdar in the UAE. Designed by Foster + Partners together with PHA and Mobility in Chain, the

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