World’s first 3D-printed bridge opens in the Netherlands

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History has been made in The Netherlands, where the world’s first 3D-printed bridge is finally in commission. On Tuesday, Dutch officials celebrated the opening of the innovative bridge, which is 8 meters (26 ft) long and located near the town of Gemert. By using reinforced, pre-stressed concrete and 3D-printing techniques, the bridge (which is primarily intended for cyclists) can safely bear the weight of 40 trucks. In total, the structure took just three months to build.
 

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Worlds first negative emissions power plant opens in Iceland

Go, Iceland! On Wednesday, the nation flipped the switch on the world’s first power plant that eliminates more CO2 than it produces. The pilot program, which is operated by Climeworks, can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air each year. The gases aren’t just contained; rather, they are turned into limestone where they will remain for at least one million years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s first electric dump truck stores as much energy as 8 Tesla Model S cars

Even the construction industry can “go green.” A collection of Swiss companies is proving this to be true by developing the world’s largest electric vehicle and in record time. The E-Dumper weighs in at a whopping 45 tons and has 700 kWh of storage capacity. That’s as much as eight Tesla Model S vehicles! To ensure it is as environmentally-friendly as possible, the E-Dumper’s base is a used Komatsu HD 605-7 dumper truck. The original has had its diesel engine removed, however; in its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s longest hiking trail is officially open

The Great Trail in Canada is aptly named – it’s now the longest hiking trail in the world at 14,864 miles. It was built over around 25 years, and snakes through 13 provinces and territories. The trail, which is comprised of over 400 individual trails, just officially opened the end of August.

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This brilliant floating farm actually heals the world’s oceans

The state of our oceans is increasingly dire as efforts to reverse the effects of overfishing are slow going. However, one innovative ocean farming system, GreenWave, is out to take the challenge head on. The vertical farming system is a revolutionary setup that cultivates an underwater ecosystem of seaweeds and shellfish that not only is sustainable food production system.

an ocean farmer and fisherman-run organization dedicated to building a new blue-green economy that creates jobs, mitigates… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kenya introduces world’s harshest law on plastic bags

Kenya has been a major plastic bag exporter to the nearby region. But now the country is cracking down on the polluting bags with the toughest law of its kind in the world. Kenyans selling, producing, or just using plastic bags could face a $40,000 fine or imprisonment for four years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Worlds largest bookstore opens in Tehran, Iran

Book enthusiasts, we’ve found your dream destination. In Tehran, Iran, the world’s largest bookstore, called the Book Garden, opened on Wednesday. The giant academic complex is roughly 65,000 square meters (approximately 700,000 square feet) and features millions of books. Several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms a prayer room and even a restaurant can be found on the premise, as well.

The Book Garden aims to encourage Iranian children to be “active and creative through… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New images show progress on the next world’s tallest building

New images of the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower have emerged, showing the footprint of what is expected to become the world’s next tallest building. Developer Emaar Properties released construction site photos and video of the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, with which they intend to eclipse the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure since 2010.

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings joined together to build the new complex in Dubai, with a 3,045-foot tower designed by Calatrava… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The worlds largest bike parking garage opens in the Netherlands

Good news for avid cyclist in the Netherlands — which, to be honest, is pretty much everyone. To ensure the eco-friendly way of commuting is as convenient and safe as possible, the country just opened the first phase of what will be the world’s largest bike parking garage. By the end of 2018, the 184,000-square-foot space beneath Utrecht’s central train station will be able to hold 12,500 parked bikes.

For years, bicycle enthusiasts have been urging the government to update its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first all-electric sport utility truck is finally here – and it looks incredible

Electric vehicle buyers are spoiled for choice these days – there’s electric sports cars sedans, SUVs, minivans, and motorcycles. So where’s the electric pickup truck? New York-based Bollinger Motors just answered that question with the B1 – the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive sport utility truck. It’s remarkably refined with a strong, stealthy profile – and it’s rough and rugged enough to haul heavy loads and tackle challenging terrain. The B1 has better horsepower, torque, and ground… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building