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The Lowline

The Lowline is a plan to use innovative solar technology to illuminate an historic trolley terminal on the Lower East Side of New York City. Our vision is a stunning underground park, providing a beautiful respite and a cultural attraction in one of the world’s most dense, exciting urban environments.

The Technology

Designed by James Ramsey of Raad Studio, the proposed solar technology involves the creation of a “remote skylight.” In this approach, sunlight passes through a glass shield above the parabolic collector, and is reflected and gathered at one focal point, and directed underground. Sunlight is transmitted onto a reflective surface on the distributor dish underground, transmitting that sunlight into the space. This technology would transmit the necessary wavelengths of light to support photosynthesis, enabling plants and trees to grow. During periods of sunlight, electricity would not be necessary to light the space. In September 2012, the Lowline team built a full scale prototype of the technology in an abandoned warehouse in the Lower East Side, for the “Imagining the Lowline” exhibit. The exhibit attracted thousands of visitors, was heavily covered by the press and ultimately served as a proof of concept.

http://www.thelowline.org

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Dancing droplets!

A puzzling observation, pursued through hundreds of experiments, has led Stanford researchers to a simple yet profound discovery: Under certain circumstances, droplets of fluid will move like performers in a dance choreographed by molecular physics. Read the story:http://stanford.io/1A9EcAE

Nice Logo by the way:

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Sustainable Passion

Sustainable Passion

Sustainable Passion is a portrait of Anne Feenstra, architect and recepient of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. In his work with local people, governments and NGOs in Afghanistan, Nepal and India Anne Feenstra is committed to the development of sustainable architectural and construction projects that bring lasting value to these local communities.

 

Forget sustainable, productive architecture is the next big thing: Dong-Ping Wong at TEDxDumbo

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SUSTAINABLE

SUSTAINABLE

Protagonists: Sebastian Copeland, Alexander Rossner, Daniela Quilitzsch, Guido Schmidt, Dr. Christa Müller, Florian Kohler

 

Your roof and the environment – why green is the new black:

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#WorldWebForum15 – Sustainability @swisscom

Anlässlich des WorldWebForums wurden die folgenden Fragen von der Medienstelle der Swisscom beantwortet.

Smartphones und Nachhaltigkeit

“Nachhaltigkeit hat bei Swisscom einen hohen Stellenwert.”

Solche Statements liest man bei praktisch allen Firmen, die Ihre Shareholder glücklich machen wollen. Ist es nicht ein Widerspruch nachhaltig und wirtschaftlich erfolgreich zu sein? 

Wirtschaftliches Wachstum und ökologische Belastung kann in unserer Branche entkoppelt werden. Obwohl z.B: die  Menge der übertragenen Daten sich alle paar Monate verdoppelt, ist es uns gelungen, den Stromverbrauch von Swisscom stabil zu halten und den CO2-Ausstoss sogar zu halbieren.

 

Kann die Swisscom in diesem globalen Geschäft überhaupt Einfluss auf die Zulieferer der Zulieferer nehmen? ( STICHWORT Coltan Mining )

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Flowerpower

“I created this video simply because I love nature.”

Thomas Blanchard always found the flower’s timelapses fabulous, but most of the time they are made with a black background. Then I told myself to make a beautiful flower’s timelapse with coloured and vintage backgrounds. To me, the 60’s / 70’s is the most representative period for the flowers. This is a way to pay tribute to them.

Here is the list of flowers that have been part of the video.

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Energizing Our World: Why this feel good film about sustainability is making the film festival circuit

Originally posted on Human2Human:

Photo courtesy of jnbholdingfilms.com Photo courtesy of jnbholdingfilms.com

There is a reason, Energizing Our World, a 55-minute documentary on sustainability, was the closing selection at Denton’s annual Thin Line Film Festival last month.

Perhaps it’s the way viewers are instantly drawn into the lush landscapes of Costa Rica and California and striking cityscapes of Spain and The Netherlands.

Maybe it’s because the business leaders and educators in the film make a complex concept like sustainability easy to understand.

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Could it be the soulful voice of its celebrity narrator, Academy Award nominee, Edward James Olmos?

Or perhaps it’s seeing for ourselves that using renewable energy (solar and wind power), and recycling waste (like sludge from oil refineries being turned into deisel fuel and CO2 being used in place of water to dye fabrics) might keep us from running out of natural resources.

One thing that’s certain: it is under the watchful eye of Executive Producer, Joni Bounds (JNB Holding Company) that both her teams (in front of…

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