UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990 | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

A United Nations report has found that the number of megacities in the world has increased almost three-fold in the past 24 years. A megacity is defined as an urban area with over 10 million inhabitants—New York City formed the world’s first in the 1950s—and as of 1990, ten such cities had grown up around the globe. But as of this year, there are now a staggering 28 megacities. And while dense urban environments may provide certain environmental benefits, they also create significant hazards.   Read more: UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990 | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco … Continue reading UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990 | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Innovation / EAFIT and Argos will build an innovation megacenter – Universidad EAFIT

In 2014, the Argos Center for Innovation will be installed on campus, an initiative from both institutions that strengthens the University-Corporate relationship. • 23,700 million pesos in total will be invested in building this 4,807 square meter space.  The agreement was signed on Tuesday, November 26. Innovation / EAFIT and Argos will build an innovation megacenter – Universidad EAFIT. Continue reading Innovation / EAFIT and Argos will build an innovation megacenter – Universidad EAFIT

Glass-encased Maintenance-Free House is built to last

Danish developers Realdania BYG and Arkitema Architects, working with the Danish Technological Institute, have designed and constructed an experimental prefabricated home that’s made primarily from plywood. Despite this, the Maintenance-Free House shouldn’t need any significant maintenance for at least 50 years, thanks to a glass “shield” that keeps it safe from the elements. The overall lifetime of the home is also expected to be at least 150 years.   Glass-encased Maintenance-Free House is built to last. Continue reading Glass-encased Maintenance-Free House is built to last

The Chinese hotel made from an old concrete pipe | Mail Online

An enterprising hotelier in Henan – a province in east-central China – has created an unusual retreat where guests go to sleep in a reused slice of industrial tubing. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2666886/The-Chinese-hotel-old-concrete-pipe.html#ixzz3AbUovEjE Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook   The Chinese hotel made from an old concrete pipe | Mail Online. Continue reading The Chinese hotel made from an old concrete pipe | Mail Online

The Moon Could Meet the World's Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Mining the moon to meet our energy needs may sound like the plot from a sci-fi movie, but China is considering doing exactly that. Helium 3 is an extremely valuable isotope that could be used in clean fusion plants to generate energy – and it’s available in vast quantities on the moon. Some scientists say that the moon is so rich in Helium 3 that it could solve the world’s energy problems for at least 10,000 years. Read more: The Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building    The … Continue reading The Moon Could Meet the World's Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Technology4Change : Dutch building gets world's first bio-based facade

This transition into a bio-based economy inspired Studio Marco Vermeulen to examine the possibilities for building materials. With NPSP, the firm has developed a bioresin and hemp fibre wall panel for the gas receiving station. The panels show in relief the chemical composition of natural gas in the correct ratio of hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen. Technology4Change : Dutch building gets world’s first bio-based facade. Continue reading Technology4Change : Dutch building gets world's first bio-based facade

Technology4Change : Researchers create tough ultra-light foam

Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, have invented a chemical process which has been used to create tough, ultra-light foam of atom-thick sheets that can be made to any size and shape. The foam could find use in structural components, as electrodes in supercapacitors and batteries and for gas absorption, among other applications, say the researchers.   Technology4Change : Researchers create tough ultra-light foam. Continue reading Technology4Change : Researchers create tough ultra-light foam

Technology4Change : Designers build a better brick using 3-D printing

Sabin Design Lab developed the PolyBrick in collaboration with Cornell University and Jenny Sabin Studio. “PolyBrick is the first mortarless, 3-D printed wall assembly,” said assistant professor of architecture at Cornell, Jenny Sabin. “It will allow for the production of ceramic wall assemblies that are robust and high strength and are also simply and economically produced. 3-D printing allows us to build and design like nature does, where every part is different, but there is coherence to the overall form.”   Technology4Change : Designers build a better brick using 3-D printing. Continue reading Technology4Change : Designers build a better brick using 3-D printing