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Underwater City Alternative to Floating Islands?

An underground underwater city and water complex idea an alternative to floating islands? Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, so much that the president of the Maldives wants to locate his island nation. Some parts of the world are preparing themselves for this new reality, while urban planners look for new solutions to […]

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Urban Open Spaces: Good or Bad for the Environment?

What is a friendlier urban environment – dense constructed areas dotted with large, open public areas, or a slightly less dense urban environment infused with nature? Living in a city is better for the environment than living in the suburbs.  Denser living allows for a lower carbon footprint since people can walk (or bike commute) […]

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Tel-O-Fun (Finally) Brings Bike Sharing to Tel Aviv

Thanks to Tel-O-Fun, now Tel Aviv urbanites with the tiniest of apartments can bike around without the storage hassle. Despite widespread announcements that it would open its city-wide bike sharing service in April, Tel Aviv’s Tel-O-Fun finally got kick started in May (but, to its credit, in a bigger way than originally intended).  150 stations […]

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Major Turkish Cities Fail Sustainability Survey

Eskişehir, a center of industrial production in Turkey, is the country’s most sustainable city, according to a recent survey. When businesspeople from 29 different cities in Turkey were asked to rank their country’s provinces and cities in terms of sustainability, quality of life, social opportunities, and economic environment, the biggest cities in Turkey — Istanbul, […]

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Seven Steps Required To Make Middle Eastern Cities Sustainable

Middle East city planners take note: These seven steps to creating more efficient cities could literally save the world. Cities account for 80% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), 30% of which are generated in Canada and the United States. Both countries have massive sprawling cities, where the super-highway model reigns supreme. But […]

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Holon Design Museum Hosts Conference About Sustainable Cities

“The city is not the problem, but the solution,” says architect Jaime Lerner. Throughout history, philosophers have been dreaming about the utopian city.  The current age is faced with environmental challenges, and so many of today’s thinkers are dreaming of the sustainable utopian city.  Mayors, visionaries, academics, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers and architects will all gather […]

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Jan Eric Visser Experiments with Post Fossil Fuel Design

Exhibition in Israel brings together sustainable “contemporary cavemen” (and designers). Post Fossil, a current exhibition at the Design Museum in Holon, Israel, asks the question: how to create in a post-fossil-fueled world? As the exhibition description states, “Time has come for extreme change.  Society is ready to break away from last century for good.  To […]

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Architectural Design To Memorialize Assault On Free Speech In Turkey

Although they only received 2nd place in Turkey’s national design competition, 1/1 Architecture combines “green” with culture in this stunning design True green architecture is rarely an end in itself. Many architects creating ecologically sensitive designs with a view toward sustainability have either a political underpinning, like Omar Yousef’s work, or a social motive, like […]

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Studied Impact's Power Plant Fit For Living

Sun, wind and solar updraft, could this skyscraper be the world’s first dual power plant and residential building? It’s not easy to shine in Dubai, where architecture and design have captured all the world’s firsts:  the tallest skyscraper, the largest collection of artificial islands – so large they are said to be seen from space. […]

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Bank Hapoalim Presents an Exhibition of 22 Futuristic Green Houses and 2 Green Mortgages

An Israeli bank tries to sell “green mortgages” with installation exhibit on busy boulevard. As part of their campaign to sell “green mortgages” (in other words, mortgages for homes built with environmentally friendly construction or for financing the installation of solar home energy systems), Bank Hapoalim has sponsored an exhibition of futuristic green homes along […]

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Tel Aviv Requests Public's Help in Boardwalk Redesign

A rendering of Tel Aviv’s new central promenade: stairs leading down to the beach, a paved lower level, shade-providing structures and new sidewalk and beach furniture. (image courtesy of Tel Aviv Municipality) Two years ago, Tel Aviv presented a plan to redesign its central promenade. The plan – vague, unclear and buried inside another policy […]

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Naomi Tsur Is Sustaining Jerusalem From the Inside Out

Naomi Tsur The city of Jerusalem is steeped in history, stretching back to before the Bible’s King David ruled the city. Today it is a major center for the three major monotheistic religions — Judaism, Islam and Christianity, who all hold Jerusalem near and dear. But whether you are on a spiritual quest, pilgrimage, or […]