Architecture

Goats Are Not Crazy Animals! Think Again!

September 7, 2008 / 2 Comments

We'll start with the fainting goats. No it's not the name of a rock band or anything like that. It really refers to the animal we all know, the goat. Thanks to my good friends at WebEcoist, I found out that on planet Earth, there are special goats that faint. And they do so at the slightest scare. They freeze and ...

Growing Food in the Sahara Desert

September 4, 2008 / 3 Comments

Among other things known about Sahara Desert, we can easily add another one. It's probably the weirdest place in the world, to grow food mainly because there's a lot of ... umm, desert, because there's no freshwater but only seawater and because plants don't usually like excessive heat. And yes, Sahara is the hottest of all deserts. But what do I ...

Solar Plane Breaks Record: 83-hours of Flight

September 1, 2008 / No Comments

As much as we'd like to see solar powered planes, flying above our cities, that's just not a viable solution at the moment. However, British scientists (others, too, of course) are researching ways of building the sustainable plane and came up with a solar powered spy plane that managed to set an unofficial record - longest duration unmanned flight ...

Eco Luxury Songjiang Hotel Built in a Quarry

August 21, 2008 / 3 Comments

We always salute those that build something thinking about the way it affects the environment we live in. However, the big surprise is that the Chinese are doing it close to Shanghai. In a 100-meter deep quarry the guys at Atkins designed the eco-luxury Songjiang Hotel that will use geothermal technology to generate electricity and hot water. The great advantage is that ...

Counting Chicks Before They Do Not Hatch

August 14, 2008 / No Comments

Tokyo is sending two zoo employees to Norway to learn how to breed ptarmigans before it's too late for the endangered birds and the do NOT hatch. The idea - "Being prepared for a species' future is an important role for a zoo." Norway knows what to do and Japan has good imitators. Ptarmigans are a rare ...

Beijing Olympic Village Gets LEED Gold Award

August 14, 2008 / No Comments

One of the fun parts about writing GP is that I learn, too. I had never heard of the LEED award. It stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is presented by the U.S. Green Building Council. This year the award went to BOCOG - Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games for the Beijing Olympic Village. China's ...

Sanyo Sees 2GW Solar Module Plant

August 6, 2008 / No Comments

Sanyo Electric is, no doubt, a leader in the solar cell industry. The company just opened a new production base in Shiga, Japan. Annual capacity is expected to reach 40MW by March of 2009. Adding in its Tokyo plant, Nishikinohama plant, Hungary plant and Mexico plant, total production will reach 340MW. It's not enough. Sanyo wants production to reach 600MW by ...

Sky Aquarium

July 22, 2008 / 1 Comment

Who's Looking at Whom?   Those guys down there look like bottom feeders.   Can you find Nemo? Sky aquarium. Those are two words you might not find in the same sentence, much less right next to one another. There's a skyscraper in Tokyo, Roppongi Hills that has an aquarium on the 52nd floor. The giant high-living fish tank has over 20,000 fish and 500 ...

ACROS Fukuoka – That’s What We Call a Green Roof

July 22, 2008 / 2 Comments

Built on the last remaining green space in the city center, ACROS Fukuoka (Asian Crossroads Over the Sea) is an amazing building in Fukuoka City, Japan. It got our attention because it preserves the green space as much as possible, thanks to its stunning design. On one side it has glass walls and looks just like a conventional office building that ...

Chicago’s Green Bridge – 7 Facts About It

July 12, 2008 / No Comments

Chicago is reputed to be one of the top 10 greenest cities in the United States. The windy city, not famous for wind power, does have another idea ... a green bridge. So here's what we know about it. The bridge: has a price tag of $1 billion will be used as a breakwater will use wind turbines to line the bridge and create ...