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Link NYC – 1GB Public Free Wi-Fi for New Yorkers

After the design competition Reinvent Payphones launched to give a new purpose to the 7500 out-dated payphones in New York, fresh and great ideas came into place. Now, that project is coming into shape. The first Link stations can already be seeing in some spots of New York with the ‘beta’ tag. These stations come with …

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The Uruguay case with renewables

Climate Summit in Paris has been an intense encounter to define the roadmap in the coming years regarding environmental strategies, which will be the medium term to mark the future of the planet in this area. Amid the proposals, objections and negotiations there are inspiring cases. Like Uruguay. The country has had its prominence these …

Highest sustainable building

The highest sustainable skyscraper in the world will be in Bilbao, Spain. The Bolueta building, which began its construction last July at the Bilbao district of the same name, will surpass the first one in just 5 meters. In total, it will have 88 meters height. Designed by the architectural firm Varquitectos, Bolueta is part of a complex of …

Ghost Cell

French director Antoine Delach had the curious idea of filming scenes of everyday life in Paris, but seen through 3D scanner similar to that devices like Kinect use. The result is one of the most bizarre and hypnotic videos I’ve seen lately. Using 3D stereoscopic cameras, the City of Light seems an organism under an electron microscope. Everything …

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Home Automation

A new transformation in homes is changing the way we use resources. Internet has increased in speed, number of users, digital content and types of devices. The proliferation of mobile devices has changed the way we access it, and now, objects around us may be connected to the Internet as well, to gather information, process it and share it. Internet connects …

Smartflower POP

Smartflower is the name of the company of Austrian origin that has recently introduced its new product known as Smartflower POP. This system offers several advantages including the fact that its installation is greatly simplified, since the device can be placed through a simple assembly and not have more than a quick configuration which can …

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Smog Free Tower

Rotterdam has place a new tower. But it’s not a new apartment building, measuring only seven meters height, and neither is any communication antenna or street furniture. It is an infrastructure designed to purify the air of the city, more specifically in the park where it is installed. The Smog Free Tower is a vertical structure that rises …

Placemaking

Public spaces in cities should be designed and made by and for its people. This is the principle of placemaking. Its promoters recall the cases of unused squares or streets  taken by road traffic, because its creation has not benefited citizens. When people take the center stage and enjoy their environment, cities become more livable and sustainable. …

The 13 most innovative clean technologies

Energy saving devices in homes, flexible solar panels, low-cost systems for consumers to earn money by recycling, microalgae to produce better biofuels … Clean technologies are a good deal to help improve the environment, economy and the lives of consumers, and its potential for the coming years is enormous. This article highlights the most innovative …

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Arcology

The cities are getting bigger. Some, like Tokyo or Mexico City, exceed ten million people. And they are still growing. In 2050 it is estimated that the planet could reach nine billion inhabitants. Urban sprawl replaces natural environments by new metropolitan areas. Against this, the “arcology” advocates for huge skyscrapers occupying the smallest possible territory …

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Apartments-Catamaran Hotel

The project, developed by Salt & Water in order to promote tourism in inland waters, won the prize Millenium Yatch Design Award 2015 on Dream Boats section. The floating hotel would be a perfect solution for tourism without violating the natural harmony of a place. It consists of two parts: a main building attached to the mainland and a series …

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SLAM!

SLAM! (Without the exclamation mark), which comes from Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, it is a computational technique that builds or updates a 3D environment from a robot sensor. Key aspects are the interpretation of data and representation of the environment. The biggest problem of this technology is to build a map while the robot locates …

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Transparent Solar Cells

In August 2014, researchers from the University of Michigan created the first fully transparent solar concentrator, which can turn any window or glass slide (like the one on your phone) in a photovoltaic solar cell. Unlike previous “transparent” cells, these are truly transparent, as seen in the photos. According to, Richard Lunt, que dirigió la investigación, who …

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WaterNest 100

Designed by the italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, WaterNest 100 is a floating and ecological housing. The 100 sq meters residential units are made by 98% by recycled materials. The hull consists of 8 aluminum modules attached, each of them with several cavities and openings that allow to pass all the necessary systems for the operation of the …