Architecture

Tokyo Sky Tree

July 1, 2008 / No Comments

Dubai has a Wind-Powered Rotating Skyscraper.  Tokyo is building a Sky Tree. The two are tall. The similarities stop there though Tokyo definitely sounds like it is doing something earth friendly. The Tokyo Sky Tree is expected to be a major tourist draw at 610 meters when it is completed in 2012. Tokyo hopes 5.4 million people will take a ...

Tony Blair Gives PM Shinzo Abe “Globe Award”

June 27, 2008 / No Comments

I'm a Tony Blair Fan. The man has scruples, faith. He is no dummy for sure. If former PM Blair thinks highly of someone, that person is likely to get my vote as well. Tony Blair gave another former PM, Shinzo Abe of Japan the "Globe Award" for showing international leadership in global environmental issues. The award was presented at a ...

A Train for Mall Shoppers

June 26, 2008 / 1 Comment

I was pretty sure that shop-till-you-droppers couldn't hurt the environment or themselves as long as the hoofed it everywhere they went. Of course, retailers have to keep the lights on, heat and cool facilities at all ungodly hours so that shoppers could get the 'unique shopping experience.' Until now. Shoppers don't even have to do the walk, get exercise, kick ...

Houses made of bamboo, stand up to earthquakes

June 3, 2008 / 2 Comments

Although bamboo is not a modern material for structures, often considered to be poor man's timber, it is one of the most flexible and light materials to build houses. Though there are sophisticated materials available on the market, bamboo isby far the best that would be able to withstand an earthquake. Around 70-percent of the people in Bangladesh live in bamboo ...

Feeding Pigeons in Venice, Banned! Is it a Real Problem?

May 14, 2008 / 1 Comment

With just a hand full of birdseed every Venice tourist in the historic St. Mark's Square is able to gather around an avalanche of pigeons. photo by Dimitry B Vendors in the area used to sell corn to visitors which enjoyed what seemed to be the most entertaining activities in the plaza. They are now out of jobs, because a municipal ordinance ...

Green Vertical Garden (wall) in Madrid

March 17, 2008 / 8 Comments

photo by juanpg The newest museum in Madrid, CaixaForum, got a vertical garden on one of the exterior walls. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & Meuron, there are 15,000 plants from more than 250 different species that are now covering a 1899 converted former power station. They managed to get a "very unusual encounter between the rough and the natural" with a ...

Eco-friendly swimming pool in Madrid, man-made ecosystem

March 11, 2008 / 1 Comment

The new Municipal Pool Cover Soto del Real in Madrid is not just a pool.It's actually a fully green structure built on about 8,000 sqm in Soto del Real, that uses more than 6,000 million tons of organic waste the area produces each year as energy source. In fact this is why they built the pool, to neutralize all these ...