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Urban Farming Is Growing a Green Future

With seven billion mouths to feed, human agriculture exerts a tremendous toll on the planet, from water draws to pollution, and from energy use to habitat loss. But there is also a growing set of solutions, from organic agriculture to integrated pest management.

More people around the world are taking a look at urban farming, which offers to make our food as “local” as possible. By growing what we need near where we live, we decrease the “food miles” associated with long-distance transportation. We also get the freshest produce money can buy, and we are encouraged to eat in season.

Another benefit of urban farming is that it can add greenery to cities, reducing harmful runoff, increasing shading, and countering the unpleasant heat island effect. Garden plots can help people reconnect with the Earth, and gain a greater appreciation for where our food comes from (hint: not from plastic packages).

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Tech entrepreneurs Julie and Scott Brusaw work out a plan and gather funds via both government and crowdfunding service Indiegogo to lead the installation of solar panel roadways in Idaho, equipped with heating systems melting snow/ice, multi-colored LED lights, and stormwater collection piping. Contribute to their ambitious campaign here:

White House Launches Website App to Visualize Climate Change

It’s mindblowing to think that such a high percentage of people in developed nations, including many of our own government officials, believe that climate change is either a hoax or just simply not true. (Or the more likely: willful political refusal of acknowledgement.) This new development from the White House website might turn some heads.

This National Geographic article poses the most pressing questions in the most relevant of times. Be sure to check out the proposed ideas at the bottom, contribute one of your own if you wish, and read the referenced article (hyperlink) “Powering Our Urban Future: Spotlight on Turkey.”



For the 8th Chinese Flower Expo in Wujin, China, Lab Architecture Studio designed two pavilions to honor the event, the Art Exhibition Pavilion and the Science Exhibition Pavilion. This winning design explores the relationship between the water and the petal and expressing the tension found between the Natural landscape and the iconic culture body. The ecological building design draws upon the natural geographical features and also promotes sustainability and the natural ecology.

via arch2o

Absolutely breathtaking. Wow!