Filed under Sustainability

Germany tops the sustainability awards again

Germany tops the sustainability awards again

Arkadien Widdenden is an ambitious industrial regeneration project outside Stuttgart in Germany. Awarded the most sustainable neighbourhood by GreenDotAwards it still retains a village like atmosphere whilst maximising occupancy . Schools are within a ten minute walk and town centre is only a five minute walk away. Recycled products were used extensively alongside non-toxic, environmentally … Continue reading

India’s Solar Powered Future

India’s Solar Powered Future

As India’s economy has been growing exponentially, I have been waiting for them to catch on to the possibility of their greatest resource, sunshine! Now photovoltaic units have substantially decreased in cost due to China’s manufacturing, and with their investment, they could soon become the world’s leaders in this field. With only approximately 1,000 megawatts … Continue reading

Europa – A Green City for the Future

Europa – A Green City for the Future

Winners of international design competition, Manuelle Gautrand Architects have put forth an amazing vision for the future for France’s latest city which could turn Paris into a metropolis. The site for Europa lies north of Paris near Charles de Gaulle Airport and some 20+ kilometers from Versailles. Conceived as a destination in itself, with an … Continue reading

What the Frack!

What the Frack!

We’re all well aware by now that the end of the world is nigh (well, maybe) and folks seem to be taking their places for the big showdown. Short-sighted governments and corporations would rather make a quick buck than seriously invest in alternative, sustainable energy solutions such as was  posited by Nikola Tesla a hundred … Continue reading

Sustainability = Common Sense

Sustainability = Common Sense

Having attended a construction industry breakfast meeting , yesterday, I was delighted to be confronted and challenged with the rather pessimistic perspective of Carbon Free Group Director, Jae Mather who delivered an inspiring lecture on the importance of changing the way we live and work. Unfortunately, unless we’re given the truth in no uncertain terms … Continue reading

UK Disincentives Onshore Wind Farms

UK Disincentives Onshore Wind Farms

The Liberal Democrats had a small but significant victory over the Tories this week in getting them to retract their proposals to slash the funding for onshore windfarms. The Treasury, originally planned a 25% decrease in the £400 million per year of state subsides, yet,  in the face on increasing opposition, Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, Ed … Continue reading

Steampunk Sculpture Park

Steampunk Sculpture Park

I’m always on the lookout for that special something to add intrigue and value to a landscape design, and I have been absolutely bowled over by these amazing steampunk sculptures by Dr. Evermor aka Tom Every. Created at a scrap metal yard in Wisconsin from the 1980’s, it houses one of the world’s largest ever … Continue reading

Terra Preta – Agriculture’s Saviour

Terra Preta – Agriculture’s Saviour

Terra preta or black earth found in the Amazonian basin has been mystifying scientists for the last hundred years. Originally thought to have occurred naturally from volcanic deposits this has been dismissed in favour of an anthropogenic source. Patches of this immensely rich soil up to two metres deep and up to several hundred hectares … Continue reading

Get More From Your Water

Get More From Your Water

OK, so we’re advised to drink 8 cups or glasses of water a day, and I’m sure that size does matter! Apparently two when waking jump starts your internal organs and one before bedtime helps to detoxify whilst sleeping, added to one 30 minutes before every meal to assist in digestion, but what if you … Continue reading

Good News for the Gluten Intolerant

Good News for the Gluten Intolerant

As the agriculture industry falls over itself in the mass production of industrialised crops, an alternative is being posited by going back to our roots and investigating what we used to eat. In a simpler age of less diabetes, allergies and obesity what was different about our diets? One of the main differences points to … Continue reading