16 year old Makes Bioplastic from Banana Peels & Wins $50,000 Science Award Elif Bilgin, a 16 year old from Turkey, won the 2013 Science in Action Award at the Google Science Fair for her invention of a bioplastic made from banana peels that could be used to replace petroleum-based plastics. Thomas Edison, who was just age 14 when he began work that led to the invention of the electric light bulb, once said: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” No doubt then, Edison would have approved of 16 year old Elif Bilgin from Turkey – winner of the 2013 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair. Bilgin won for her project – ‘Going Bananas’ – that uses banana peels in the production of bio-plastic as a replacement for traditional petroleum-based plastic. The award honors a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. “The banana peel is something we throw away everyday but little do we know all those peels may be put to use”, she said.
Building The Bionic City: The Ultimate Smart City EmailShare 109EmailShare ‘Ocean City’ concept by Arup Biomimetics in Australia // Source: inhabitat.com Albert Einstein once said, “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” We will never know how much more advanced our society would be today had the greater majority of da Vinci’s prolific body of scientific observations and inventions been preserved and distributed for the benefit of humankind. Documented in the Codex Atlanticus, which atlas-like in breadth collates da Vinci’s inventions from the period 1478 to 1519, one such idea is that of a city that embeds the principles of a natural ecosystem. However, while an increasing number of architects are looking to nature for answers to some of our toughest built environment problems, the sustainability movement as a whole has not acknowledged the fact that, to once again quote Einstein, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”. Source: dswei.com How might The Bionic City look?
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Feed Your City: Architecture + Farming Brooklyn Grange by Bromley Caldari Architects Architizer is hosting the world’s definitive architectural awards program, with 50+ categories and 200+ jurors. As part of an ongoing series, we’re spotlighting projects that fit into “Plus” categories, including “Farming,” that tap into topical and culturally relevant themes. To see a full list of categories and learn more about the awards, visit architizerawards.com. It may sound gluttonous, but we just can’t stop thinking about food! As these cities grow, it is important that we continue to find new and innovative ways to provide for the populace. Stand-Alone Industrial Vertical Greenhouse Designed by Plantagon Plantagon’s geodesic Stand-Alone Industrial Vertical Greenhouse is a building solely dedicated to the industrial production of food, integrated within a city’s infrastructure, creating a new urban environment. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Bright Dawn Farm Designed by Freecell Levittown, New York New York, New York
World’s largest sustainable city developed in China The world's largest sustainable city, extending about 30 square kilometers, with urban living conditions has been developed in South Asian country of China. Rising from wastelands in China, the globe's biggest eco-city of Tianjin is located 150 kilometres (93 miles) southeast from Beijing that means less than an hour on the new high-speed train line. The city, designed to be around half the size of Manhattan Island in the United States, is slated to be enriched by the hottest energy-saving technologies. Designed by Surbana Urban Planning Group, the city is planned to have an advanced light rail transit system and varied eco-landscapes ranging from a sun-powered solarscape to a greenery-clad earthscape for its estimated 350,000 residents. A sustainable city or eco-city is a preplanned city to produce their own energy, food and water in a way that does not cause detriment to the world in forms such as waste, water pollution or damage to the air.
Retrofitting our Skyscrapers For Food and Power Nicolai Ouroussoff writes about all the new glass towers architects are designing in New York these days; they are lovely things, but what will power them or feed their occupants in years to come? Green roofs won't do it, they are too small. Daekwon Park has a great idea, seen in the 2008 Evolo skyscraper competition: a way to reunite the isolated city blocks and insert a multi-layer network of public space, green space and nodes for the city. Clipping onto the exterior of existing buildings, a series of prefabricated modules serving different functions would be stacked on top of each other, adding a layer of green space for gardening, wind turbines or social uses to make new green façades and infrastructures. There are modules for vertical gardens and connections to other buildings through a network of skywalks; Wind turbine units and program units that could serve many public functions.
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PART 2 - How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres By Andy Whiteley Co-Founder of Wake Up World I recently posted an article, How 1 MILLION Pounds Of Organic Food Can Be Produced On 3 Acres, which featured the work of farmer Will Allen, the Urban Farmer. Will has figured out a self-sustaining agricultural system that can grow 1 million pounds of food every year, on just 3 acres of land using the symbiotic cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a re-circulating system. And you can do it too! The response we received from our previous story was amazing, and we received countless questions from readers who wanted to know more about this simple but ground-breaking concept. If you missed our first article, you’ll find an introduction to self-sufficient Aquaponics farming here. If you want to jump straight in with step-by-step instructions on setting this system up in your home, you’ll find details at www.aquaponics.wakeup-world.com. Growing Power Growing Power began with a farmer, a plot of land, and a core group of dedicated young people.
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