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This Week in Tech: Otis Flips the On Switch for Its First Solar Farm

Plus, Elon Musk’s Boring Co. gets the green light to start digging in D.C., ARCHITECT’s 12th Annual R+D Awards is now open for submissions, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu Yesterday, the Otis Elevator Co. announced the opening of a new...
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Dazed and … Constructed? How Hemp Could Alter Material Selections in Architecture

Blaine Brownell explores uses of the plant-based alternative in concrete, textiles, varnish, and other building products. By Blaine Brownell As more states approve the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, the building industry is taking note. A strain of the Cannabis...
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U.S. cities can save billions with green, resilient design, says report

A financial case for green roofs, solar panels, and permeable pavement By Patrick Sisson Sustainability has become a buzzword for urban designers and environmental advocates. A new report released yesterday stresses that making it a de facto policy for U.S. cities would be a...
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This Week in Tech: Dubai to Construct the World’s Largest Waste-to-Power Plant

Plus, a smart highway in Italy, VR gloves that allow you to touch what you see, and more design-tech news from this week. By ARCHITECT Staff The government of Dubai announced the launch of a new waste-to-energy plant that it is calling the world’s largest single-site plant....
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Trump solar tariffs will hurt solar industry, cost thousands of jobs

Experts: 30 percent levy on imported solar cells will cost thousands of installation jobs, slow solar adoption By Patrick Sisson President Trump announced a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels yesterday, an “America First” move meant to curb price-dumping and illegal trade...
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This Week in Tech: CES 2018 Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Plus, realistic ambient sounds for Google Street View, Panasonic helps plan a connected facility for the U.S. Olympic Museum, and more design-tech news from this week. By ARCHITECT Staff The 51st annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicked off at the Las Vegas Convention Center...
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Agency’s Super Levee Urban Farm from 2010 looks at the role of infrastructure in light of future climate change. As sea levels are expected to rise, their design proposes a series of levees around Manhattan.

Infrastructure and Climate Change: Swords Into Plowshares

The military is signaling the alarm about climate change. Government spending should reflect that concern. By Ned Cramer On Dec. 12, Donald Trump signed the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 into law. Buried among the purchase approval for 13...
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Man made island in the North Sea could help Europe meet renewable energy targets

A man-made modular island surrounded by wind farms in the middle of the North Sea could help bring large-scale renewable energy to Europe by 2050. by India Block Dutch energy company TenneT claims its plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub has the potential to supply 70 to 100...
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This Week in Tech: Rethinking Housing for the Homeless

Plus, potato starch paint and varnishes, the world’s largest wind farm, and more design-tech news from this week. By ARCHITECT Staff Oslo, Norway– and New York–based creative agency Framlab has proposed a design concept for the production of steel hexagonal pods and clad in...
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Green design in 2017: More solar, wind, and algae

All the top news and trends By Jenny Xie In 2017, sustainability is often the thread that connects many of the topics we cover here at Curbed, from architecture and product design to transportation and infrastructure. Browse our “Green Design” group and you’ll find that this year...
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