I recently heard from a novel idea from Richard Moreta before he flew to Haiti. I thought his rebuilding efforts were well worth reporting. The need for speedy provision of housing in case of emergencies was reiterated after the disastrous earthquake in Haiti. To address this issue, an international team of designers, headed by Richard Moreta, … Continue reading Abandoned Transport Containers: A Possible Answer to Build Haitian Habitats.
REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND Through much of its recent turmoils, Iceland is emerging as a novel giant. Capitalizing on the energy source of the (not so distant) future, it sets the example of what is possible for other fossil-fuel ridden economies. It looks much like any other filling station: Shell-branded gasoline pumps lined up before a … Continue reading Iceland Strides Toward a Hydrogen Economy
In 1944 British aircraft flattened more than 80% of Freiburg in the south of Germany. Walk around the city today and you see an astonishing transformation. Not only have many historic buildings been restored but Freiburg has become a beacon of sustainability. From its railway station to football stadium, this city of 200,000 people has … Continue reading Freiburg, Germany Super Solar City – and More…
Old Coal Mines Adapted to Generate Geothermal Energy Via Inhabitat Recently the town of Heerlen in the Netherlands repurposed an old abandoned coal mine into a brilliant source of geothermal energy. The project takes advantage of flooded underground mine shafts, using their thermal energy to power a large-scale district heating system. Dubbed the Minewater Project, the new … Continue reading Rehab A Coal-Mine.