Can a Bubble Protect Beijing?

There was a silly movie called Bubble Boy that was released in 2001. It was about a boy who did not have an immune system so he lived his life in a bubble. Can places adapt this same bubble-like existence to create a safe, sterile environment? What does this have to do with today’s world? Is this a fantasy future where a city is enclosed? Can this really solve the problems of the environment that our society has created? Well…

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More than 100 New High-Voltage Direct Current Electricity Transmission Lines will be Constructed Worldwide From 2013 to 2020 — Navigant Research Forecast

More than 330 GW of new capacity will be added in the next six years, report concludes Although alternating current (AC) lines have been the dominant form of electricity transmission for decades, the adoption of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission is growing worldwide. Up to twice as efficient as AC transmission, HVDC allows interconnection of regional systems that operate asynchronously, helping to mitigate instability issues that otherwise cause outages in AC transmission. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from Navigant…

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Solar Power: Idea to Reality to the Future

Thanks to David Glenn for providing this thoughtful article on solar power. Energy is expensive. Thanks to the laws of thermodynamics, it’s just not possible to get more energy out of a system than you put in. Thus, when it comes to generating power, you’ll always be stuck with a bad investment. However, there is a bit of a work around to this problem. See, if you can get someone or something else to supply the initial energy for you,…

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History Preserved in Architectural Forms

When people question the need for preservation or restoration, there are a million examples of why these two processes produce exceptional results. One big example is Rome, where every layer of earth produces a new layer of the past and every new structure must have a historical preservationist on the team to become a static part of the ever-changing ‘Eternal City.’ The historical significance of Rome, of all of Italy, cannot be summed up in a single paragraph but the…

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Vertical Glass House

Architecture, like all art forms, has its lovers and its critics. If a new structure did not draw attention of both, then there would be nothing new to celebrate or berate. A new residential structure built for West Bund in China is one dwelling that is causing a stir. The building is the Vertical Glass House and was designed by architecture firm, Atelier FCJZ. It was originally designed by Principal Architect, Yung Ho Chang as an entry into the Shinkenchiku…

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Attending to the Land: Smart Building Management

Attending to the land should be a builder’s first step. Too often a structure is designed and built without giving adequate consideration to the relationship the final product will have with the landscape on which it has been erected. The time-consuming task of excavation must first take place so an adequate foundation can be built.  This I no small task and generally demands high-end machinery to properly accomplish the work at hand. Unfortunately, this same set of heavy-duty tools can be…

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University of Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Phase 2 Renovation Completed

Phase 2 of the renovation of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory (MMPL) – originally built in 1955 as a living memorial to honor the men and women of the University of Michigan community who lost their lives in World War II service – is now complete. In addition to a renovation of the existing building’s second level as research laboratories, Phase 2 also included the design and construction of a new building addition that houses the University of Michigan Energy Institute…

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Water Systems from SolarWorld, Rotary, Water Missions International Aid 35,000 People in Peru, Haiti and Malawi

My desk gets flooded with all kinds of press releases – stories about companies people, products, and promotions whiz over the Internet like a blur. Some stand out like beacons. This particular beacon of light, featuring Water Missions International, Rotary International, and Solar World is about helping provide clean water to people who had little or none available. HILLSBORO, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A partnership among SolarWorld, the largest solar manufacturer in the United States and Europe, and nonprofit partners Rotary International and…

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