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Uber-Designed Kindergarten Provides Beautiful Environment, but not a Sustainable Environment

A beautiful, uber-designed kindergarten was recently completed in Ramat Hasharon, a suburb of Tel Aviv in Israel.  A collaboration of Sarit Shani Hay (who makes unique toys, children’s furnishings, and textiles) and Lev-Gargir architects, the design philosophy for the space was that “the environment children grow up in strongly reflects how their sensibilities develop and […]

Ecological Housing Coming Soon to Tel Aviv!

The Green Building in Manchester’s Macintosh Village.  An Israeli version, coming soon? Last month, the Tel Aviv municipality implemented some creative solutions to help solve Israel’s ongoing water crisis.  It appears they are not stopping there in their efforts to green the City That Never Stops. Soon, construction will begin on Tel Aviv’s first ecological […]

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Plantware's Eco-Architecture To "Grow Your Own" Homes

A bus stop that grows its own foliage as shade? A children’s playground, made entirely from trees? A shelter made from living tree roots that could provide natural protection against earthquakes in California? “Eco-architecture” may sound like a Buck Rogers vision of an ecologically-sustainable future, but that future is now thanks to the guidance of […]

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A Green Survey of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates

Stay tuned for our future eco-tour of Dubai, but in the meantime let’s take a look at some green goings-on in Dubai.  Because we’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover that very interesting things are happening over there. For starters, the Dubai government recently issued a requirement that all buildings in the emirate be constructed with […]

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Water Planning, Problems and Propositions For Palestinians

Last week, I visited the town of Umm El Fahem with staff members from Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME). FoEME is a trilateral Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian environmental organization that brings environmentalists together to work on issues of shared regional concern. As the Summer 2008 FoEME intern, I am assisting with the Pro-Aquifer […]

BBC Middle East Reports on Dubai's Construction Waste

Seventy-six thousand tonnes of waste pour out of Dubai’s construction sites every single day. Just one side effect of the massive building boom there/here. But the Emirate is now running out of space to put it as existing landfill sites reach capacity. So it’s building new plants to recycle more of that waste, and as […]

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City Tree: A Green Oasis in the Middle of Tel Aviv

You wouldn’t generally think of Tel Aviv as a green oasis. A nightlife oasis, yes. A beachy oasis, yes. A trendy oasis, yeah, you could call it that too. But when you’re walking on busy Allenby Street or Dizengoff – the natural environment is probably the furthest thing from your urban experience. But tucked away […]

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Gil Peled Creates Israel’s First Green Apartment Building

Designs for new technologies to green homes, or even building new ‘eco-friendly’ neighbourhoods from scratch like in Kfar Saba (Green Building or Greenwashing?), are coming in thick-and-fast in Israel. But what about the millions of people living in buildings that have been standing for decades? One man who has come up with the answer is […]