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San Francisco in 2108 is Going to be AWESOME

Taking home the History Channel's $10,000 prize for designing the "City of no prescription the the best choice discount cialis cialis Future" we have IwamotoScott's vision of San Francisco in 2108. Sometimes we talk about technologies a few years down the road, but we like to keep stuff grounded here at EcoGeek. Looking more than 30 years into the future has always turned out to be craptastically inaccurate.

But that doesn't necessarily mean that this kind of vision is useless. While some elements (giant carbon nanotube algae towers and visit web site levitra testimonial underground hovercar highways) are fairly insane, thinking of the survival of our cities in the face of another century's continued growth is pretty important.

I say hovercars are crazy because I don't really think they'll ever provide an advantage over cars (especially not underground.) And if we're going to have giant algae plants, I assume we'll build them outside of the city where land is cheap generic viagra india exponentially we don't have to build giant carbon nanotube towers to house them. Call me crazy.

Nonetheless, the elements of the plan that make sense make great sense. Pulling energy from the sun and storing it in algae on a large scale? Excellent. Powering the city of San Francisco with local underground geothermal power? Fantastic. Taking the load off the follow link canadian pharmacy online rivers and ocean with moisture collectors a la Tatooine? Absolutely fabulous.

Indeed, I think it deserves the $10,000 grand prize, even if I don't think humanity is ever going to graduate to the hovercar...(O Future! Please prove me wrong!)

Tons of pictures after the jump.

Via Inhabitat


Europe's Tallest (and Greenest) Tower from a Gas Company?

Russia's oil and gas industry has taken on new life in the last decade. Consolidation and capitalism have increased production and profits to new heights. And so we should start expecting to see these companies to start doing outlandish things with their profits.

First to the plate is state-run Gazprom, Russia's largest company and, by some measures, the third-largest corporation in the world. St. Petersburg has bent over backward to get Gazprom to best generic cialis 5mg prices build their headquarters there, actually offering to pay for 49% of the project (in exchange for 20B roubles [800M USD] a year in taxes) and most oddly for Europe's tallest tower, it's being built in a city that, before this, allowed NO BUILDINGS higher than 50 meters tall.

That century-old provision has now been waived, and the Okhta tower is a go! In addition to being 400 meters high and lording its superiority over its 50 M tall great grand parents, it will also be (according to the architects) "one of the most environmentally sustainable high rise buildings in the world."

The one obvious reason for this is that it will have to be super insulated in order to stay warm during the 30-degrees-below-zero Russian winter. The super-insulating double-pained glass is likened to a fur coat in their press release. Though, they should probably stay away from the fur metaphor amongst American environmentalists.

Other environmental innovations are apparently going to continue to leak out of RMJM, the British firm that designed the tower. As for now, we're just going to have to take their word for it.

Photo Gallery after the jump.

Via Inhabitat and Entre Rayas


Smog-Reducing Solar Building for Paris

Paris is well known for its rich traditions of arts and culture. Now the it's cool levitra 20mg city is viagra 50 mg store in canada looking to continue this legacy in the coming century by supporting a new project that perfectly blends a refined sense of style with innovative environmentally conscious designs.


The project is the brainchild of renowned architect Vincent Callebaut. It is located over an abandoned historic canal in the 19th Parisian district. Callebaut looks to freshen this elderly setting by building a curvaceous pair of buildings, one an egg like shape, the other a spiraling tower. The buildings will collectively provide truly unique public galleries, meeting rooms, and gathering spaces.

The somewhat egg-shaped ellipse is the first of the pair and is dubbed “Solar Drop." It rests serenely on abandoned railroad tracks. The exterior is a mixture of 250 square meters of solar panels and titanium dioxide. The photo-voltaic solar panels produce all of the building’s electricity, while the titanium dioxide reacts with organics and reduces airborne pollutants and contaminants when exposed to the UV radiation present in sunlight.

Callebaut says his objective with the structure is to “absorb and recycle by photo-catalytic effect the cloud of harmful gases (Smog) from the intense traffic near Paris." The building's spacious interior provides a public meeting space replete with a central courtyard and i use it best way to use levitra natural lagoon. The building also features strips of green plant cover on the rooftop. These strips collect rainwater for use in the lagoon and elsewhere in the building.

The companion of the “Solar Drop” is the elegant “Wind Tower." Rising up out of the water, the tower sport a helical façade, which alternates vegetation and Vertical Axis Wind Turbines. These turbines capture prevailing urban winds sweeping along the canal. The interior features a winding gallery. At the pinnacle visitors are treated to an attractive rooftop garden and views of the Paris city that is sure to take travelers’ breath away.

Via Inhabitat


The Greenest Bank?

Your ratty old blue jeans may be stuffing the discount viagra online walls of a new banking center in Manhattan - and Bank of America anticipates receiving the highest certification for Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) for new construction because of it.

Last year, Bank of America announced its intentions to obtain Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) certification for all new offices and banking centers – and allotted $1.4 billion dollars to do it. As a result of this planning, the new Bank of America tower in Manhattan is projected to be the recipient of a Platinum LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Bank of America’s new tower, designed by the consulting firm Gensler, features 64 photovoltaic solar panels that generate 18 kilowatts of power, and are expected to provide 60% of the building’s energy needs. Construction materials consisted of 20% recycled materials, including old blue jeans for insulation and countertops made of wheat kernels and chaff (byproducts of processing.) High efficiency windows and canada pharmacy cooling systems, as well as reduced water usage features inside and out, round out the package.

The new tower in Manhattan opened last month, and Bank of America is scheduled to open another banking center, this one aiming for a Gold LEED certification, in Los Angeles this summer.

Via BoA Press Release


Germany Requiring Renewable Energy for Every Building

Buildings are responsible for about one-third of global energy use. But there are many ways to change that equation; strengthening building codes is one clear arena. In my community, for example, 20 years ago, the ceiling "R" (insulation level) requirement was R-13, today it is R-38 (though expert guidance is "at least R-45" and most of us who care about energy strive for above R-50). That sort of change leads to significant reductions in energy use.

Well, the German government has just announced new building codes that will change the landscape when it comes to distributed renewable power: Starting 1 January 2009, all new homes built in German will have to meet 14 percent of total energy consumption for heating and domestic hot water with renewable power.

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