TAG: Urban

Intricate Gardens Indoors

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You needn’t settle for potted plants to add lush to interior spaces. Even in limited expanses you can, with a little ingenuity, create green havens with canopies of foliage and exposed earth. The following are prime displays of indoor gardens that retain their primitive nature despite their urban enclosures. Office Garden The Cuningham Hayden Group Place didn’t simply install a garden in their office, architects built the office around it. Such is evident in the organic layout of the garden, unobstructed by abrupt run-ins with choppy walls. Beyond use as a spot for relaxation, the garden filters the air that… read more

The Lungs Of A City

The Lungs Of A City

Great pillars of the Earth, running in thickets along riverbanks and spotting the backs of mountains, trees offer sylvan beauty and life – in the form of the oxygen they provide, as well as the creatures that flock to them for protection. Of course, they can also be found in cities amassed with concrete where pavement makes way for them to take root. And in this setting they provide more than friendly tree-lined streets. Trees have many qualities whose value is unique to urban and suburban environments. Areas with concentrated population density produce a heat-island effect, which accounts for higher temperatures, more greenhouse emissions, and… read more

Urban Efficiency

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In our search to be closer to nature, we may actually be killing it. When we think of green living, we may think of solar paneled houses with compost bins nestled in vast, pastoral landscapes where one lives isolated from their neighbors, but this image is flawed. While such areas may allow you to live closer to nature, their distance from urban necessities – along with the creation of expressways to accommodate such distance – makes rural areas more damaging to the environment. On the contrary, urban areas that provoke images of pollution, crime, and over-population are actually more environmentally friendly. This is no accident, many factors that define… read more

Urban Bee Keeping

Urban bee keeping

The Opera House in Paris has kept bees for quite some time. The Boston Sea Port Hotel houses hundreds of thousands of bees on its rooftop which help pollinate hundreds of local gardens. Urban bee keeping is a necessity and can help with lower cost of a healthier diet with rooftop gardens. The issue with urban bee keeping is the fear that bees can be a nuisance. Bees actually help to pollinate and in turn create honey. This helps the environment especially in urban cities where metal rooftops grace the open skies. Rather than ugly rooftops we can replace them… read more

Zipcar for scooters

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A startup called Scoot Networks has launched a Zipcar-style sharing network for electric scooters. The company is a graduate of the Greenstart accelerator program which is focused on incubating startups in the intersection of green and IT. Scoot Networks is building a fleet of smart-phone-enabled, 30 MPH (50 km/h), electric, Vespa-style scooters offered in a convenient, bicycle sharing-type system. They will be available on-demand throughout major cities and priced competitively with taxis and public transit. Shared electric motor-scooters have the optimal combination of speed, cost, convenience, and sustainability for the BILLIONS of intra-urban trips that take place every day in… read more