China built the ‘World’s biggest air purifier’ – and it’s actually working

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What has been called the world’s largest air purifier by its operators is now up and running in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, China. The 100-meter (328 feet) tall tower has already improved the local air quality, according to Cao Junji, the scientist in charge of the project, and could prove to be a valuable tool in China’s fight against urban air pollution. Greenhouses covering the size of half a soccer field surround the base of the tower, into which polluted air is pulled. The smog… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The world’s first vertical forest for low-income housing is coming to the Netherlands

“The high-rise building of Eindhoven confirms that it is possible to combine the great challenges of climate change with those of housing shortages. Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers”, said Stefano Boeri. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

‘Worlds Largest Picture Frame’ opens in Dubai

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Artists are turning the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the worlds longest peace-themed mural

As the Trump administration pushes towards building a new border wall, American and Mexican artists are working to turn the old border fence into an over a mile-long gorgeous mural. Mexican-born, American-educated artist Enrique Chiu is leading a binational effort to turn the fence into a work of art which spreads a message of peace to people crossing the border.

Last December, Chiu launched The Mural of Brotherhood, enlisting over than 2,600 volunteers to paint uplifting messages on the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first vending machine for the homeless is 100% free

Homeless people in the United Kingdom can now obtain food or items like socks or toothbrushes at no cost any time of day with a recently installed vending machine. New charity Action Hunger aims to work alongside existing charities tackling the issue of homelessness with the vending machines that can offer necessities at hours when charities may not be operating. The charity has plans to expand across the UK and to New York City in early 2018.

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The world’s first vending machine for the homeless just launched – and it’s totally free

Homeless people in the United Kingdom can now obtain food or items like socks or toothbrushes at no cost any time of day with a recently installed vending machine. New charity Action Hunger aims to work alongside existing charities tackling the issue of homelessness with the vending machines that can offer necessities at hours when charities may not be operating. The charity has plans to expand across the UK and to New York City in early 2018.

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INTERVIEW: How one man is fighting to save the world’s last living root bridges

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What piqued your interest in botanical architecture?

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a strong interest in historical architecture. I love old forts, palaces, and ruins. Then, after travelling to Northeast India as part of a university study abroad in 2009, I became fascinated with the tribal cultures of that region. The root bridges at the time seemed like a sort of intersection of these two interests.

But, frankly, before I visited the Khasi Hills, in the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first 100% solar-powered train launches in Australia

A train entirely powered by solar energy is now rolling down tracks in Byron Bay, Australia. The Byron Bay Railroad Company refurbished a three-kilometer, or almost two-mile, stretch of tracks and restored a heritage train, outfitting it with a 6.5 kilowatt solar array with flexible solar panels. A limited service launched over the weekend, with full service commencing in January.

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Retractable solar sails to help power “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship”

Peace Boat has been sailing the world since 1983, laboring to build a culture of peace through education and environmentally responsible travel. They recently unveiled their new Ecoship, designed by Oliver Design, that could take to the seas in 2020. A closed-loop water system, whale-inspired hydrodynamic hull, and retractable solar sails are among the features that make this ship, according to Oliver Design, the “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship.”

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The world’s first “Biological House” opens in Denmark

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