Zaha Hadid Architects weaves energy-saving tech into an otherworldly UAE landscape

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Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designs for the Central Hub, a new leisure and entertainment destination for the United Arab Emirates that looks positively out of this world. Marked by swirling pathways and pod-like buildings, the futuristic Central Hub will serve as the focal point for the US $6.5 billion Ajada development in Sharjah, the UAE’s third most populous city. Spanning an area greater than 25 football fields, the 1.9 million-square-feet Central Hub will be entirely car free and integrate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Google and BIG unveil plans for green-roofed tech campus in Sunnyvale

Google and BIG have teamed up for yet another massive and spectacular Google campus—this time in Sunnyvle’s Moffet Park. Google recently unveiled plans for a new BIG-designed campus last month, following the acclaimed architecture firm’s work on Google’s Mountain View and London campuses. Located on Caribbean Drive, the 1.04-million-square-foot project could accommodate 4,500 employees and feature eye-catching terraced buildings topped with accessible green roofs.

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18-year-old invents cheaper CO2 capture tech to fight climate change

Even with quick-paced developments in renewable energy, the world still sources a vast majority of our power from fossil fuels: over 80 percent. 18-year-old Ethan Novek is working on an answer: technology that will allow us to burn fossil fuels without climate change-inducing emissions, giving us time to install more renewable energy. His carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology stands out from others because it might be able to capture CO2 at around $10 per metric ton – 85 percent less than the industry… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dropping costs in renewable tech spurs rapid shift to clean energy

Not even Donald Trump can stop the clean energy revolution. A new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveals plunging costs in renewable technology have generated a whole new world of power. Unsubsidized renewables in many countries are now the cheapest form of energy. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Masdar Institute tests new tech that uses sand to store solar heat

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When it hands you an abundance of dry, grainy sand, it’s a good idea to make the most of that as well. That’s exactly what a research group in Abu Dhabi is trying to do, with a project that uses sand collected right there in the United Arab Emirates to store solar energy and increase the efficiency of solar power plants. The new technology, created by scientists at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, is called Sandstock and, after several… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building