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Seattle to embarrass and fine residents who don’t compost

Seattle to embarrass and fine residents who don’t compost

In Seattle, there is now a big difference between trash and food. A new city law makes it illegal to toss out your leftovers and food scraps with the rest of your garbage. Effective this July, city

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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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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Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells

Dubai’s Sustainable City Will be Powered by 600,000 Square Feet of Solar Cells

The construction of Dubai Sustainable City is planned over 4 phases. According to Diamond Developers, the first batch of 100 villas and townhouses at the Dubai Sustainable City will be delivered by the

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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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Free City is a Sustainable Ecotopia for the 21st Century

Free City is a Sustainable Ecotopia for the 21st Century

Free City is a conceptual prototype for a 21st century city, conceived by FREE (Fernando Romero EnterprisE) in response to global issues brought forth by population growth and urban transition in the

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Design Capital Helsinki Sets Green Example With Public Transportation and Alternative Energy Initiatives

Design Capital Helsinki Sets Green Example With Public Transportation and Alternative Energy Initiatives

Named World Design Capital of 2012, Helsinki rocks the design world - and the Finnish capital also scores high on the sustainable development scale as well. The city is setting a great green example for

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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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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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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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Samsung to Invest $7 Billion in South Korean Eco-Town

Samsung to Invest $7 Billion in South Korean Eco-Town

Electronics company Samsung has made a $7.04 billion commitment to the government to construct a massive eco-friendly production facility in South Korea. The reclaimed wetland area of Saemangeum has been

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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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Projecto Kombi: People-Powered Cardboard Flintstone Van Hits the Streets of São Paulo

Projecto Kombi: People-Powered Cardboard Flintstone Van Hits the Streets of São Paulo

The cardboard structure can hold four passengers who, with the amusing charm of the Flintstones, take to their feet and run along the concrete roads. Attracting attention across the city, the combi causes

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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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Shimizu Corporation’s Carbon-Negative Artificial Islands

Shimizu Corporation’s Carbon-Negative Artificial Islands

Shimizu Corporation is researching the construction of artificial islands in the equatorial ocean that would essentially be self-sufficient, carbon-negative cities with zero waste. Measuring one kilometer

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Garden City K66 is a Pixelated Modular City Filled with Terraces

Garden City K66 is a Pixelated Modular City Filled with Terraces

Garden City K66 is divided into two layered volumes - a base which will house public programs and offices and upper floors that will be residential apartments. The stepped design of the upper floors

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Death Star Lunar Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan

Death Star Lunar Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan

Why wonder if we’ll ever live on the moon when it’s being built right here on Earth? Heerim Architects are planning to bring Star Wars chic to the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, defining the look with

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