France moves to reshape infrastructure and promote bicycle transportation

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France plans to launch a major endeavor in order to triple the amount of cyclists on its streets within the next five years. The action will include building better bike lanes, providing financial incentives for commuters to switch to bicycle transportation, and cracking down on bike theft. The plan was announced by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe at a speech in Nantes, revealing that cycling accounts for only 3% of transportation in the European nation.

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France plans to make recycled plastic bottles less expensive

France has announced that it will intensify regulations on plastics use according to its Environmental Ministry. The movement includes making bottles manufactured using recycled plastic less expensive with the aim of deterring companies from introducing new plastics to the market. The government is also in the works of negotiating increased taxes on landfill while reducing those to value-added recycling activities.

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Worlds largest single-domed tropical greenhouse unveiled for France

A lush paradise of waterfalls and tropical plants has been unveiled in Coldefy & Associates’ designs for Tropicalia, the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof. Proposed for Pas-de-Calais, France, the 215,000-square-foot greenhouse will be sheathed beneath a double-insulated dome and designed for energy efficiency and include heat recycling. The $62 million project will feature a variety of tropical landscapes filled with flora and fauna and linked by a one-kilometer walking path.

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Boris Johnson proposes 22-mile bridge to connect UK and France

Would a 22-mile bridge crossing the English Channel help connect the United Kingdom and France? Foreign secretary Boris Johnson proposed the infrastructure some have called the Boris Bridge, and spoke about the idea of a second link with France’s president Emmanuel Macron.

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Barrel-shaped wooden pod retreat in France inspired by real life ‘bird charmer’

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Modular Cylinder House weaves its way through a forest in France

The unique Cylinder House in Lyon, France, takes modular architecture to the next level. Cyril Lancelin, French architect and founder of creative studio Town and Concrete, imagined the house as a large cluster of glass tubes that utilize height differences to create an undulating roof surface and create a space that can grow without disrupting its wooded surroundings.

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Adorable owl cabins let you camp inside for free and off the grid in France

A giant trio of adorable timber owls has popped up in rural France—and you can sleep inside them for free! Perfect for summer camping in Bourdeaux, these beautiful cabins are the work of Bruit du Frigo partner Zebra3/Buy-Sellf and built as part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters) in the Bordeaux region. Named “Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers), this sixth unique cabin of the series is located off the grid along the edge of the city and is designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

France aims to roll out world’s first autonomous high-speed trains within 7 years

High-speed trains in France could soon be driverless, if the country’s national railway operator SNCF has anything to say about it. They aim to test what they call drone trains in 2019, with the hope all the country’s high-speed TGV trains could run autonomously around four years after that. SNCF President Guillaume Pepy said if the project is successful, they will be the world’s first operator to run a high-speed autonomous train.

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Stunning Tournesol swimming pool in France opens up like a futuristic flower

This dome-shaped swimming pool located near Strasbourg, France, has received several extensions of the years, but the latest one by design studio Urbane Kultur and manufacturer Hi-Macs makes the most of its interior space. The team has refurbished and extended the facility while preserving the simplicity of the original design.

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