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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 16:19
Student designer Alexander Vittouris won a design award for his bicycle made out of bamboo. What's so special about that? Vittouris shaped the frame as it grew so it needed no assembly. Vittouris calls it a "grown vehicle". From the project description: "The foundation of the 'Ajiro' concept is to provide wholly sustainable personal mobility by reassessing production methods; considering the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:24
A city that looks like a cramped row of shiny, tall matchboxes in places, Mumbai is finally going to get some respite. The civic body has accepted a set of guidelines that make it mandatory for developers to build safer, better, airier high-rises. The norms, which were formulated by a state-appointed committee under the chairmanship of retired Justice Shafi Parkar demand that at least 20m space... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:12
The cards dealt to the energy storage industry are looking better now than in the past. Here are three of them, all played because of the growing presence of Smart Grid technologies that enable solutions and policies that encourage energy storage markets. 1. A recent UN report titled “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011” highlighted $211 Billion spent worldwide in renewable energy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 11:02
Singapore and the World Bank are helping the Vietnamese city of Danang plan its urban transport system. The Temasek Foundation, the World Bank and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise signed an agreement Tuesday enabling Danang government officials to learn from Singapore's experience. The Temasek Foundation will provide a grant of close to S$1 million towards the project. The collaboration is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 10:46
While much has been made about the challenges that arise with large-scale power plants attempting to connect to the U.S. power grid through transmission and substations, relatively little has been said when it comes to smaller-scale renewable energy projects, such as community wind projects, trying to do the same. Community wind projects, developments owned by co-ops or by local communities that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 10:29
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a five-year, $18.5 million grant to fund a new Engineering Research Center (ERC) to re-invent the country’s urban water infrastructure, which is seeing increasing challenges from age, population growth and the effects of climate change. The new center, called the NSF ERC for Re-inventing America’s Urban Water Infrastructure, will be led by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:48
Cab advance booking is now available round-the-clock in Sharjah for 2,700 vehicles, representing 65 per cent of the targeted taxis in Sharjah city, according to a senior official. Mohammed Alburaimi, Manager of Cab Booking Dispatch System, said the automatic booking gadgets, known as Internal Vehicle Devices (IVD), would be fitted in 4,000 of the 5,614 vehicles of the five franchise companies... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 10:54
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) on Sunday, 24th july 2011, unveiled the Baniyas and South Wathba Revitalisation Master Plan to accommodate 50,000 people, most of them Emiratis, in both regions in two decades. Baniyas and South Wathba are located south-west of Abu Dhabi Island around 20km off the city. The overall planning area in both regions consists of an approximately 7,000 hectares... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:43
China has been boosting financial support for affordable housing and has a good foundation to deliver on its pledge to start building 10 million low-cost homes this year, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks posted on the government website. Li also repeated government statements that affordable housing is a key feature of the nation's social safety net. "In the first half of the year we... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 11:04
In the Philippines, "eco-entrepreneur" Ilac Diaz is spreading an idea from MIT using 2-liter soda bottles and bleach to bring a 60 watt light bulb's worth of light into building below. The technology is as simple as it could be. Each bottle contains water and bleach. When placed snugly in a purpose-built hole in a roof, the home-made bulb refracts and spreads sunlight, illuminating the room... Read more

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