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Ziggurat: Self-Sufficient City of the Future

When it comes to sustainability, there may be lessons to be learned from ancient Mesopotamania. An environmental design company called Timelinks (based in the surprisingly environmentally innovative Dubai) has come up with an idea for a city complex that rivals the pyramids.

The ancient ziggurats were towers of fastest delivery viagra receding stories with a temple at the top (better for the priests, apparently, to escape rising flood waters). Timelinks envisions its Ziggurat to cialis in canada be a carbon-neutral city of as many as a million people living in 2.3 square kilometres where cars aren’t allowed. Much like a pyramid-shaped Masdar. The prototype will be exhibited at Cityscape Dubai, a business real estate convention in October.

The Ziggurat will be almost totally self-sufficient energy wise, according to Ridas Matonis, the managing director of Timelinks. Powering the city will be through steam power and generic form of cialis wind turbine technology. Part of what makes Ziggurat so sustainable is piling people on top of each other means using less space. The developers believe that whole cities can be accommodated in less than 10% of the original land surface.

Traveling around the Zigurrat would be done through 360 degree integrated networks, kind of like elevators or subway cars that go sideways and up and down. It’s a neat concept, but how viable is it?

In an interview with World Architecture News, Martijn Kramer, managing director of The International Institute for the Urban Environment says that the general reaction is the Ziggurat is viable from a technical point of view. “However, reflecting from a more sustainable holistic approach, we do wonder if the food supply and waste system are taken care for, as the concept seems rather based upon carbon neutrality and energy saving,” Kramer says.

The company has applied to the EU for a grant to look at developing the purchase cialis cheap project further.

Via Dvice, World Architecture News


Structures Made from Trees, without the Cutting-Down Part

Using trees to make stuff isn’t a new idea…in fact it is one of usefull link cialis attorneys the oldest. Also not new is the idea of shaping trees into objects. But there is cialis daily prices a project underway that puts a whole new twist, literally, on the idea of making structures from trees.

The novelty of it is that the trees will be grown in the shape desired – like the ultimate topiary, only useful. Researchers from Tel Aviv University and the company Plantware are partnering up to grow structures from trees on a commercial scale – structures including bus shelters, playgrounds, and even houses.

There are already aeroponics pilot projects happening in the US, Australia and Israel, through which trees are grown in the air so that they have shapeable “soft roots.” The project hopes to take the technology to soft tab cialis bigger-than-a-bread-box levels, creating sustainable, eco-friendly structures.

It’ll take awhile to see the new technology in action, since trees take awhile to grow, but we will indeed start seeing a few structures like park benches, gates, streetlamps and so forth grown out of trees.

Via physorg; photo via Plantware


Forbes Park Gets New Life with Sustainable Restorations

Forbes Park in Chelsea, MA is an historic remnant of the industrial revolution. But, as we know, the industrial revolution is thankfully slowly being replaced with the cialis in india green revolution, and Forbes Park is being brought into that movement, and the 21st century, with a green restoration plan.


Urban Design & Development is restoring the building and the land around it with their “hybrid homes” design, turning the building into fancy, energy-saving lofts. First off, a 240 foot tall wind turbine provides the bulk of the electricity needed for the complex to power all the energy star appliances, and their shared fleet of EVs. Should the power start to be used up, there will be “Forbes Orbes” letting the residents know that they need to cut back a little on energy use. I want a Forbes Orb in my neighborhood!

Rainwater will be harvested, and will go towards both the cheapest viagra prescription complex’s water needs, and to restoring the costal grasslands and marshes that are native to the area. The interior set up will be done in such a way as to viagra professional no prescription eliminate the need for air conditioning, thanks to lots of get pharmacy breezeways. And any demoed materials will be reused, with less than 20% going to the dump.

This project is extra cool because it underscores that green building is not all that difficult when people stop to plan it out. Unfortunately it also underscores that green living on this level is still for the well-off. Prices for lofts start around $205,000, which in this market is canadian drug purchases cialis pretty pricey. I’m really interested to know how the prices on these places will alter, if at all, as they become more commonplace. With Colorado, Victoria, and other communities world-wide greening up housing, we should have plenty of fodder for analysis soon.

Via Inhabitat


Colorado Creating US’s First Fossil Fuel-Free Community

The latest trend in the green movement – other than EVs – seems to be greenhousing communities. Considering everyone needs a place to live, this is a perfect focus for injecting green technology into daily living. Arvada, Colorado is all over this concept, going farther than solar roofing, or LEED certification goals. They’re setting up a community that will completely eliminate the use of fossil fuels.

Called Geos, the 25-acre area will have 250 homes from smaller 850 square feet to mansion-sized 3,500+ square feet placed in four neighborhoods. While that’s a whole lot of houses, they’ll be keeping a whopping 40% of the area as green space.

Using active and passive solar energy for daytime heating and electricity, the homes will be placed and constructed to maximize sun exposure, with rooftops housing PV panels. Excess power is stored in the grid. For un-sunny days, winter heating, and summer cooling, geothermal energy will be used.

Each home will be hooked up to a very cool energy monitoring system (not sure what model…) so the homeowner can keep an eye, and leash, on energy consumption.

The community is breaking ground this fall, and homes will be flying up – the first will be available during Spring of 2009. My only question now is how green they’ll be in terms of building process and materials...hopefully, very.

Via Inhabitat


Paving for Air Purification

Here’s something that, if it works, would be great to use to line the streets of smoggy cities. The University of Twente has possibly figured out a way to get paving stones to scrub the air, turning nitrogen oxide into a harmless nitrate that can wash away with rain.

The secret is in the sauce, so to speak – titanium dioxide is mixed with the concrete which catalyzes chemical reactions with light exposure. So when sun hits the bricks, the nitrogen oxide (mainly from car exhaust) is turned into nitrates. And then when the price of levitra rain comes down, the nitrates are washed away with the dust. The university claims the nitrates are harmless, so we wouldn’t run the risk of having just another form of toxin like we do with nitrates from heavy fertilization.

Testing will be going on this year with some preliminary results by next year that will show the effectiveness of the paving stones. Should the stones pull the trick, this could be a pretty cool breakthrough in green construction materials. Especially if cleaner methods of concrete manufacturing is used, since concrete is pretty CO2 intensive to create. Perhaps we’ll even see them in more green housing communities.

Via cnet, photo via University of levitra blood thinner Twente

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