urban heat island effect

Bosco Verticale: World’s First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

Bosco Verticale: World’s First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

The Bosco Verticale mixed-use towers were constructed with a $2.5 billion public-private investment as part of the redevelopment of Milan's Porta Nuova district. The towers, measuring 260 feet and 367

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Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Like in many of Hanoi's older homes, shutters and security bars closed off the original house from natural light and wind, giving rise to dark and moldy conditions. To open the house back up to daylight

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PHOTOS: Europe’s Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

PHOTOS: Europe’s Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

Photo via Shutterstock Much like green roofs, these swaths of green provide a host of benefits to any urban area, like reducing urban heat island effect, providing a permeable surface for storm water

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US Army Corps of Engineers Unveils New LEED Gold Headquarters in Seattle

US Army Corps of Engineers Unveils New LEED Gold Headquarters in Seattle

Already on its way to achieving an Energy Star Score of 100, the Federal Center South Building will use one-fifth of the energy used by other air-conditioned buildings in the region. This is partly due to

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European Environment Agency Says Climate Change is Already Evident on the Continent

European Environment Agency Says Climate Change is Already Evident on the Continent

Alvaro German Vilela / Shutterstock.com A new report from the European Environment Agency states that the effects of climate change are already evident in Europe - and the situation is only going to

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European Environment Agency (EEA) Releases Interactive Maps Showing Heatwave Risk On The Continent

European Environment Agency (EEA) Releases Interactive Maps Showing Heatwave Risk On The Continent

Europe is a big place and as such, climate change will affect the continent's cities in different ways. For example, if sea levels rise, there is a good chance that Venice will be underwater, but what

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Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Outdoor living and recreation spaces are popular for a number of reasons: they provide more urban green space, they promote better human health, and they offer cost savings. Yes, that's right, you can

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Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

Part-Thenon is a Funky California Shed Made Entirely Out of Salvaged Car Parts

According to Karl, who did all of the construction work, this shed is surprisingly sturdy and water tight. It receives all of its support from the car parts and he even pre-tensioned the roof so that it

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World’s Largest Chunk of Manmade Ice to Cool Mongolia’s Capital City!

World’s Largest Chunk of Manmade Ice to Cool Mongolia’s Capital City!

Image: "L.A. Ice" by Victor Hadjikyriacou, produced for Unit 11 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, part of last year's Landscape Futures Super-Workshop via BLDGBLOG Mongolia seems like the last

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Intexure Architects Transform Parking Garage Into a Rooftop Zen Garden

Intexure Architects Transform Parking Garage Into a Rooftop Zen Garden

The 6,000 sf garden is divided into textural zones, with each serving as a distinct open or enclosed space for group meetings and quiet contemplation. A white tensile structure in the center gives way to

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“Cool Water, Hot Island” Winning Design for Times Square Makeover

“Cool Water, Hot Island” Winning Design for Times Square Makeover

With Times Square now officially a pedestrian-only zone, the NYC Department of Transportation is looking to implement a massive overhaul to the area. But before that can happen in 2012, they wanted a

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