Salt Water Powered Lamp

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In developed parts of the world, lighting is something we take for granted, but there are many who still live without this luxury. Aisa Mijeno, an engineering professor and Greenpeace volunteer recently came up with a simple design for a lamp, which is capable of running for eight hours on a single glass of salt water.

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Passive Home That is Just Perfect

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The so-called Right-Sized Oak Park Home, designed by architect Tom Bassett-Dilley is a great example of how a passive and sustainable house does not need to be about giving up comfort and other modern conveniences. It boasts of a number of sustainable features and certifications, yet still fits right in with the other houses in Chicago’s Oak Park neighborhood, which is famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright house.

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Decent Accommodation for the Homeless

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The organization Homes for the Homeless has proposed an innovative way to alleviate the problem of homelessness. They propose a series of small, cost-effective pods that could be attached to buildings and provide a decent place for the homeless to live, away from the dangers of sleeping on the streets. The pods were designed by architect James Furzer of London, UK.

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When are We Going to See Greener Hospitals ?

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When considering building and development sustainability, hospitals are a primary candidate. They consume approximately twice as much energy as the traditional office building and produce much more waste. Additionally, promising studies are under way linking improved patient health to more environmentally friendly buildings. Read more »

Rebuilding Efforts in Nepal to Employ Repurposed Brick Rubble

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Earlier this year, the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban announced he intends to participate in the efforts to rebuild following the devastating earthquake in Nepal. He also plans to use the brick and other rubble in these rebuilding efforts, which will kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. New housing will be provided faster, while clearing away the debris at the same time.

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Solar Cell and Battery in One

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In October 2014, a team of scientists from Ohio State University revealed their design for a dye-sensitized solar cell that is able to store its own power. Now, they have reached a new milestone in that they have created a device, which fits a battery and solar cell into one. Read more »

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