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African cities – the future of technology?

Big cities in Africa foster an enormous technological potential. The continent currently has over 300 tech hubs in 93 cities, across 42 of its countries. Startups that accelerate Africa’s technological evolution, such as Andela, provide funding and support for a multitude of initiatives that might end up writing the future of technology. According to Jeremy …

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Opportunity in empty spaces – Oberhausen, Germany

The old central railway station in Oberhausen was designed in the Bauhaus style, with clean lines and a boxy clock tower.  Once the center of a busy industrial district fostering an enormous steel factory, Oberhausen represented the heart of Germany’s industrial might. Today, the factory is gone, many of the surrounding buildings are largely unused, and …

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Ten Fold and the mobile house of the future

Have you ever wanted to move house…literally? Ten Fold Engineering offers you a portable house, ready to unfold and ready to use in just ten minutes. Tired of your new surroundings? You can relocate again, and again…and again. Prices start from £100,000 and the future housing potential of such a system is unlimited in such …

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Paraguay is taking up renewable energy

Apart from Argentina which has been on the right track regarding its development of renewable energy, also declaring 2017 “Renewable Energy Year”, other South American countries are starting to take this alternative innovative approach more seriously. Paraguay will issue its first legislation for renewable energy this year, focusing on solar and wind power. The Chilean …

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India is finally tackling its waste problem

As almost half of the country’s population will be living in urban areas by the middle of the century, the volume of waste specifically around cities will grow by 5% every year. This might not sound that bad, but the reality is actually bleak – India in drowning in waste and its cities are surrounded …

Copenhagen did it again – the two-wheel takeover

Copenhagen has definitely hit a remarkable milestone recently, when bikes outnumbered cars for the first time in the modern history of the city. As traffic congestion is a major issue in cities across the globe, the Danish capital managed to demonstrate the viability of bikes as a solution. Will other cities follow this model? 2015 saw …

Forest Cities for China’s Air Pollution Plague

It is well-known that China has been struggling with remarkably high levels of air pollution lately. There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel – forest cities, blanketed in greenery, designed to absorb carbon dioxide and fight pollution. Stefano Boeri is hardly a new name in green architecture, oriented towards sustainable growth. He …

Transforming Abandoned Buildings into Viable Housing Options

Every country’s landscape is haunted by industrial ruins, abandoned factories, old mines, mills or warehouses. However, some architects see opportunity in ruins and that is precisely the story of how Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill transformed, from scratch, an abandoned cement factory in Barcelona into a remarkable fairy-tale home. It is truly unique and inspiring to …

“Future” Cities? Bangkok is sinking… literally

The Capital of Thailand is sinking, and it has been sinking for quite a while now. Sources argue that, despite authorities and people in charge being completely aware of the problem and despite more and more serious warnings from researchers, little to no action has been taken so far. The time frame for the risk …

The Port of Oakland drastically reduces diesel emissions

It has been a decade since the port managed to cut their diesel emissions by an impressive 76%. Replacing old cargo trucks, using more electric power and cleaner burning fuel are among the means used to reach this remarkable result. Truck emission went down 98%, while ship emissions dropped 75%. The process started back in …