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Are Mega-Buildings the Future of Our Cities?

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Cities of the future will almost certainly need to be both larger and much more sustainable than they currently are. Due to this assumption, the logical solution is huge mega-skyscrapers, which are capable of producing their own power and handling their own waste. One such design was recently put forth by Urban Future Organization in partnership with CR-Design in the form of the Cloud Citizen building complex which is to be built in Shenzhen, China. Their idea is actually a whole sprawling complex of interconnected buildings, which includes great spaces and comes with a number of sustainable features.
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Scientists Combine Solar Cell and Battery into a Single Highly Efficient Package

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A team of researchers at the Ohio State University (OSU) successfully produced a dye-sensitized solar cell, which can store power by using air to decompose and re-form lithium peroxide. This device combines a solar cell and battery into one, and it is the first device of its kind. The adoption of this technology could also considerably lower the costs of solar cells.

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A Great Tiny House Goes up in Washington DC

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Living tiny is all about sacrificing the non-essentials and learning how to make do with less space. But just because a home is small does not have to mean that it’s also cramped. The Matchbox, which was recently built in Washington DC by Jay Austin, is a great example of just how cozy and functional a tiny home can be.

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Sustainable Modular Homes by Modscape

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At first glance, the Tintaldra House developed by modular homebuilder Modscape, looks a lot like an example of shipping container architecture. But the home, located on the southern banks of the Murray River in Tintaldra, Australia, is actually a highly sustainable modular home that uses no shipping containers in its construction. It could though, given its shape and floor plan.
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MIT’s New Concrete Formula Could Cut Carbon Emissions by Half

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Being one of the most common construction materials, concrete makes up a large percentage of the world’s carbon emissions. In a time when all must be done to cut these emissions, it is imperative that this percentage is brought down. Simple solutions might be best, and once such solution could be the new formula for making cement, which a team of scientists at MIT have recently come up with and which could cut these emissions in half.
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Who Wants to Live in a Maintenance Free House?

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Next to mortgage payments and building costs, maintenance costs are another expensive aspect of owning a home. Even if your home is as sustainable as possible, these costs still apply and get worse with age. Enter the Maintenance-Free House, designed by developers Realdania BYG and Arkitema Architects of Denmark, in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute.
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