San Jose city council approves tiny home village for homeless

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San Jose has been struggling with homelessness, and now think they have an answer: tiny homes. The City Council recently voted nine to two approving a pilot program to construct a 40-unit tiny house village. Architecture firm Gensler unveiled two conceptual designs created pro-bono for the city earlier this month, with houses designed to be both aesthetically attractive and efficient. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Uniti officially unveils its electric city car – and it will sell for under $18K

A new startup in Sweden, named Uniti has unveiled its first electric car, the Uniti One. Uniti unveiled its new electric city car, at an event in Sweden, where it also announced that the Uniti One will be priced as low as €14,900 ($17,532 US) when it goes on sale in 2019.

Even with its low price tag, the Uniti One can drive up to 186 miles with a small 22 kWh battery. Uniti also plans to offer a line of two, four and five-seat vehicle models, with the most expensive versions listing for €19,900… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Microsoft is razing its Redmond campus to build a sustainable mini city

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The Monade Capsule is a private hideaway that hangs from city rooftops

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Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth

Two of Antarctica’s glaciers are both among the continent’s biggest and fastest-melting, and both are holding our civilization hostage, according to meteorologist Eric Holthaus. He wrote a piece on Pine Island and Thwaites, that together hold back ice that could result in 11 feet of sea level rise. If these two glaciers collapse, every coastal city on our planet could flood.

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company asks LA to start digging a tunnel within city limits

Will The Boring Company get the green light from Los Angeles to start dig traffic-killing tunnels? Elon Musk’s venture recently filed an application with officials for approval to commence digging within city limits. A Boring Company spokesperson said the tunnel could stretch from Hawthorne – where Musk’s other company SpaceX is located – “along the 405 to Westwood, with a number of stops along the way.”

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Stefano Boeri Architects envisions a Vertical Forest City on Mars

What will Shanghai look like 100 years from now? Some with grim outlooks say the Chinese metropolis will be submerged under water and engulfed by rising sea levels. In response, Stefano Boeri Architects—the designers behind the vertical forests and China’s planned forest cities—teamed up with the Chinese Space Agency and Tongji University’s Future City Lab to conceptualize a Shanghai colony on the planet Mars. Envisioned as a Vertical Forest City, this “New Shanghai” would use “eco-systemic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

UAE unveils plans for massive city simulating human settlement on Mars

Before humans move to Mars, there’s much research to be done, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is getting in on the effort on a large scale with a 1.9 million square foot city. The Mars Scientific City will simulate conditions for life on Mars. The research city could be a step on the path towards the UAE’s goal of a city on the red planet itself in 2117.

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South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, an area of 300,000 feddans (non-metric unit) in Egypt will be transformed into an integrated agriculture city by South Korea. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.
 
Arab Finance reports that the protocol was signed by the General Authority for Reconstruction Projects and Agricultural Development, an affiliate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Honolulu is the first US city to ban using your phone while crossing the street

Though people may claim they can walk and text, statistics prove otherwise. Between 2015 and 2016, for instance, there was a 10 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities in the United States. It’s because of this that Honolulu, Hawaii, recently passed legislation which will target texters and other “smartphone zombies” as they step off the curb.

On Thursday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the “Distracted Walking Law” which is the first law of its type to be passed in the U.S. Reuters… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building