water issues

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Richard Rogers’ New Antwerp Law Courts Feature Unique Rainwater-Recycling Rooftops

Located in the south of the Flemish city, on Bolivarplaats, The New Law Courts was erected by Richard Rogers in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio. It houses 8 distinct civil and criminal

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Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue - so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to providing access to basic sanitation.

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Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

For the community of Makoko of Lagos, Nigeria life on the water is nothing new. Prone to flooding, residents have dealt with encroaching waters for generations by building houses on stilts and using

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Casa del Agua in Mexico City Serves Local Filtered Rainwater

Casa del Agua in Mexico City Serves Local Filtered Rainwater

Casa del Agua is a new artisan bar concept in Mexico City where you can go for a drink of rainwater! The water is served in specially-designed and reusable glass bottles, and it's harvested and filtered

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Melbourne Water Encourages Australian Citizens to Build 10,000 Rain Gardens

Melbourne Water Encourages Australian Citizens to Build 10,000 Rain Gardens

Melbourne Water, a water supply company owned by the Victorian State Government, is encouraging Australian residents to create 10,000 rain gardens - and they're already up to 7,804! A rain garden is a

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LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

LA River Restoration Moves Forward With Opening of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

The LA River begins in the San Fernando Valley and moves east and then south through LA county. Flooding in the early part of the 19th century led to the river being walled up in a concrete canal to

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Myanmar’s Inle Lake Shows Bridge to Ancient Hydroponic Farming Systems

Myanmar’s Inle Lake Shows Bridge to Ancient Hydroponic Farming Systems

In today's world, where a shift from large scale agribusiness to smaller scale, localized growing can be seen, ideas such as hydroponics and aquaponics have begun to take hold in the urban environment.

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Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

Silt Lake City: Floating ‘Hydropolis’ Could Ride the Tide of the Nile River in Egypt

Silt Lake City is a student architecture project by Margaux Leycuras, Marion Ottmann and Anne-Hina Mallette that won a prize in a competition organized by the Foundation Jacques Rougerie. Before the

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New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to cleaning up radioactive materials after a spill, scientists need to get pretty creative. From robots to bacteria, anything that will remove dangerous radiation

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Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Vegetables photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) recently found that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced - or up to two billion tons - is thrown

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Aiming to be the World Capital of CO2 by reducing fifty per cent its carbon emissions, Rotterdam has ambitious plans to adapt to rising sea levels. The idea is to build a community of floating homes,

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China’s Snow World Festival Opens With Amazing Displays of Ice Architecture

China’s Snow World Festival Opens With Amazing Displays of Ice Architecture

Jilin Province's annual ice festival just opened with a flourish of frosty sculptures in all shapes and sizes. One standout of ephemeral architecture is a detailed fairy castle with a hint of the Chinese

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Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

First place was awarded to Alexander Laing & Francesco Matteo Belfiore from London, who envisioned the transformation of the wreck by exploring the dichotomy between removal and storage. They proposed

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Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming than the challenges of developing nations. After witnessing children in India

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Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

Elise Morin’s Water Carrier Installation Draws Attention to Water Resources in Slovakia

You may remember Morin's last installation, WasteLandscape, where she used used 65,000 reclaimed CD's to create artificial dunes in a warehouse in Paris. Her new installation uses 5,000 reclaimed test

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Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

There is water in the air around us at every moment. While this may not seem very significant if you live in a water-rich area, this untapped resource could benefit everyone from athletes on the go to

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday that the

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Cozy and Eco-Conscious Wonderwater Café Pops-Up at the London Design Festival

Cozy and Eco-Conscious Wonderwater Café Pops-Up at the London Design Festival

The Wonderwater Café at Leila's East-London Shop is a pop-up space designed to raise awareness around the water-footprint of what we eat and drink. Opened for this year's London Design Festival, this

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Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Earlier in the year, Google Maps and the Catlin Seaview Survey began their project to document some of the world's most beautiful reefs. The goal of the project was two-fold; first to give everyone the

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Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House Co. Ltd., a Japanese electronics firm, has developed a new "power-generation LED lamp" called GH-LED10WBW that runs on salty water. Requiring no batteries, the lantern runs for eight hours for

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Formafantasma’s Stunning Glass Containers Use Charcoal to Purify Tap Water

Formafantasma’s Stunning Glass Containers Use Charcoal to Purify Tap Water

Charcoal has been widely used and misused since ancient times. It was first used as a water and air filter by the Egyptians, but in the 19th century it was banned for causing bast deforestation and CO2

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Badboot: The World’s Largest Floating Swimming Pool Opens Today in Antwerp!

Badboot: The World’s Largest Floating Swimming Pool Opens Today in Antwerp!

The idea for Badboot originated only a year ago. In that short span of time a dedicated group of investors received support from the city, obtained an old ferry boat, were able to construct their pool,

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Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Amsterdam’s Modern Maritime Museum is a Restoration Revival

Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Amsterdam’s Modern Maritime Museum is a Restoration Revival

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (which is only a 15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station) was modernized by Dok Architecten, who enhanced the clean geometry of the courtyard building's plan and in the

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Sweden’s Treehotel Now Selling Stunning Mirrorcube Treehouses!

Sweden’s Treehotel Now Selling Stunning Mirrorcube Treehouses!

The Mirrorcube can be delivered as a kit to just about any location in the world in about four months. If you're lacking in DIY carpentry skills then you're in luck - the Treehotel offers options for

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Kids Ocean Day to Create Giant Aerial Art Formation on California Beach

Kids Ocean Day to Create Giant Aerial Art Formation on California Beach

Around 6,000 kids, teachers and volunteers are expected to participate in the creation of a giant aerial art formation for this year's Kids Ocean Day on Dockweiler Beach in California. As part of a

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Dave Hakkens’ Games Use a Single Drop of H2O To Highlight Water Scarcity

Dave Hakkens’ Games Use a Single Drop of H2O To Highlight Water Scarcity

We all know that water is an essential part of our lives — we are about 70% water and we would die without it in a couple of days - but sometimes we just take it for granted. To highlight the importance

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Badboot: Massive Floating Eco Swimming Pool Coming to Antwerp This Summer

Badboot: Massive Floating Eco Swimming Pool Coming to Antwerp This Summer

Badboot arose from the city's need to provide more amenities and offer another outdoor public swimming pool. Sculp(IT) came up with the concept for the floating swimming pool built from a reclaimed ferry

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999Bottles Reusable Water Bottle Keeps Track of the Disposable Bottles You Don’t Buy

999Bottles Reusable Water Bottle Keeps Track of the Disposable Bottles You Don’t Buy

999 Bottles is not just another water bottle - it's a beautifully designed system that helps you track and visualize the positive impact you can have on the environment by drinking from reusable bottles

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Realities:United Receive Bronze Holcim Award for Regenerative River Swimming Pool in Berlin

Realities:United Receive Bronze Holcim Award for Regenerative River Swimming Pool in Berlin

The Spree River splits in two in the heart of Berlin and flows around the touristy museum island. A movement is underway to transform the unused canal into a multi-recreational tourist attraction for

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