- Producer29/07/2017Will you be able to retire? Short answer No!We are moving to a time when most workers will not retire, according to a report in Canadian Dimensions by Peter Fleming. Peter Fleming’s new book The Death of Homo Economicus (Pluto Press) will be published later this year Whether we like it or...
Comments30/07/2017 #5 Chas ✌️ WyattDidn't believe in the concept of "retirement" forced down the throat through "socio-economics" when I was 20; don't believe in it now. I probably have more in common with the generation that @Donna Wood View moreDidn't believe in the concept of "retirement" forced down the throat through "socio-economics" when I was 20; don't believe in it now. I probably have more in common with the generation that @Donna Wood speaks of in this aspect, than my own. Close30/07/2017 #4 Donna Wood#3 First this: "In the US we need to do something to make college affordable (without huge debt)". I think that the world needs to do something about making college affordable (without huge debt). Wouldn't it be interesting if we had education without borders?
The forty and even fifty somethings are already planning for "retirement" by retiring from their corporate and government jobs to become entrepreneurs in control of their own destiny. They are downsizing their homes and possessions to live a simpler lifestyle without a lot of debt and doing what they love. This has largely gone unnoticed in the shadow of the Baby Boomer exodus from the workforce and the onslaught of the millennials entering the workforce.29/07/2017 #3 Alan Culler@Royce Shook an excellent post, Royce.
I am one of those approaching 70 who could afford to retire, but actually enjoys work -though my days of 100 hour weeks are long past. I don't have a defined benefit pension from a large corporation, didn't start out with money or get an inheritance, and Social Security isn't enough to live on, but I've been fortunate in that over the last 37 years in consulting I had some clients and income and saved some - It wouldn't be a wealthy retirement, but I could do it - if I don't get sick or outlive my savings -I may yet give it a try.
I am a rarity - very few of my colleagues are as blessed - I see very little similar opportunity for my children and grandchildren.
In the US we need to do something to make college affordable (without huge debt), create a bigger tax break for retirement savings, and proceed to educate people about building a second career in retirement -maybe with passive income.
Thanks for raising such an important issue.29/07/2017 #2 Don Philpott☘️"The perception is that they’ve pulled the ladder up on the millennials who are struggling in low-paid jobs, will never own a house and are laden with awful student debts – and even reports that they’re better off than workers. The disgruntlement is understandable. But it also plays into the hands of those trying to end retirement, a divide and conquers tactic that has been remarkably effective in allowing some draconian policies to flourish." - Nicely Said.29/07/2017 #1 Numo QuestThe shift, I learned that over 45 yrs ago at economics, by far has passed that the pension system wont last and there must come a return from that. Here in the Netherlands, with the most wealthiest pension reserves, know for years that this system isn't sustainable anymore. The age for retirement has been risen to 67.5 and even that show not to be sustainable. The only one now can think of is a tax reduction for workers so they are able to save that tax reduction as to be their pension in future. Having said that it's the governments and EU Brussels tax greed preventing such chance. Good publication Royce, thanks.
- Producer26/07/2017Structure & SpaceBuzz Submitted by : Dr. Ali Anani Buzz: Habits Are Spontaneous Reactions Quotes Harvey Lloyd saying "I have always sensed that opportunity is created by leaders that seek a landscape of...
Comments31/07/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#15 Think about what disagree is, it is entropic state, but so is agreement, so in agreement and disagreement we are focused on state change. I accept the largely entropic nature of existence. The opposite of entropy is negentropy, so even in the discussion of syntropy the traditional view of syntropy is through the lens of entropy or negentropy or "negative entropy".
I shared the following link last week but I share it here again because it represents a syntropic view - and this is a piece by Devdutt Pattanaik http://devdutt.com/articles/applied-mythology/society/agree-disagree-argue.html In vi-vaad, everybody seeks a voice. In sam-vaad, everyone finds an ear. Whether it is a Pulitzer Prize winner or a simple comment online, life is an opinion - but opinion is a voice, and the first ear of our voice is ourselves.
That does not end conversations, it simply replaces the process of following with the spirit of exploring. When we have entropy running through our mind, spirit and body it may energize or deplete our inner sense of being, but when we have syntropy flowing within, we may be whatever nature that flow is, but our syntropy is with humanity as a flow within. We will still wrestle with entropy because the bubble life holds us in is an economic prison, but syntropy is us breaching the very walls of that prison, we will not be free of it because that is not how our society is configured, but we can take a step outside the walls of it.
Even if we escape the economic effects of entropy we do not escape it's final effect which is death, but we are still life. Life is now.30/07/2017 #15 Sara Jacobovici#14 I can't say I disagree because first of all, as you say, this is your space and structure. The other reason I can't disagree is because what you describe does take place. The place where I think we may be parting ways is that what I am suggesting is the tension that is a dynamic of who we are, of human nature. How we are, where we are, is of our own choosing. There is no one or nothing to blame, but ourselves.30/07/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#13 There is healthy tension and mindful tension and there is the tension that keep the urban masses from falling into a state of anarchy. The highest level of economic dependency exists in the urban community even though farmer suicides in India reveal that economic dependency has also enveloped the farmer, a group one would think could be independent of an urban system.
Learned helplessness has entropic roots and our dependency on the power grid and a very finely tuned system of logistics means that the resilience of our society always depends on a few large scale systems that includes water supply. Yet we can redesign our cities to be more syntropic - and a couple of architects are good examples, these being Bjarke Ingels and Jan Gehl. Ingels is an exciting young artchitect whose book "Yes is More" typifies a more human and affirmative design mind.
Jan Gehl is even more synctropic with his "liveable cities" approach and human scale design mind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxywJRJVzJs Forget the millennials and boomer distinctions for these emanate from entropic professions such as traditional marketing and human resources. I am focused on the the past which is full of an entropic generation and a future which has an emerging syntropic generation. These generations are not age related, they are mind-spirit-being related. That is what I am focused on, that is my structure and space.
This world is largely filled with expertise in how to deal with entropic consequence but it is a small group of people who are engaged in creating syntropic consequence - we are moving here from a world of unintended consequence to smart consequence, or at least that is the world fertilizing in my own mind - this is my structure and space.30/07/2017 #13 Sara JacoboviciI have read your buzz, and the discussion that you have inspired, once through @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. It is a buzz that I need to reread a few more times to take in the layers of concepts that you have laid down for your readers. My "off the top of my head" response is that we exist in a process of tension and resolution; we can be in the chaos as long as it brings about order. We experience the tension of the energy that drives us towards homeostasis. We need the novel to allow for the familiar. It is when one of these states kind of go askew and we end up in one or the other; we get stuck. In this way, we begin to rationalize what we're doing and literally lose sight of the need to do things differently. As long as we take part in discussion like this one Manjit, there is hope for us to see again. I look forward to incorporating the discussion of spontaneity in my future buzz. Thank you to @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for bringing this buzz to my attention.29/07/2017 #12 Cyndi wilkins"The chief reason we are not focused on syntropy is that so much more of efforts to make a living are based on an economic system which rewards entropy."
Trauma sells...illness make Big Pharma rich...A cure for cancer?? It's out there...but being suppressed by those who stand to lose billions in revenue by feeding on the desperation of the sick...Corporate America targets older workers for dismissal because they become a liability to keep on the payroll...Oh yes, they want their expertise...so they are hired back as 'consultants' to a younger and much cheaper version of themselves.. a mortgage hanging over their heads and perhaps kids headed for college, again those who fall to the demands of Corporate interests feed on the desperate...because they themselves are the ones who created the conditions of the desperate in the first place...
Our government operates in the same way. Scare tactics have been used on a global scale for decades...Extremism paves the way for fear to run rampant.Throw in a few wars and asteroids cutting it too close.The extreme fear that could be created by the fabrication of an 'other-worldly' intelligence posing a threat to our existence...Oh yes, don't fool yourself into thinking the so called leaders of today won't use any means necessary to increase government spending for the development of space-based weapons...We here in the states are the 'Nation of Concern.'
Unfortunately, the 'bullies' are at the helm. What can we do? Pray...Nothing is more powerful for creating peace than prayer. If we all began to exercise of brains in such a way as to shift the frequencies we are emitting to that of peaceful exchanges rather than fearful of the consequences of 'not doing the right thing', we serve to initiate the very much needed change crucial to the success of our future generations...The only enemy to fear is the dysfunctional state of our own minds.29/07/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#10 Harvey your view reminds me of the 30 second bit about the "first one through the wall" in Moneyball
What unfortunately gets lost because it is not priced into the value of action is the selfless patience to help people through a difficulty and this is not priced into quality of life because so much care-giving is under the radar, it is invisible, people making a difference without any thought that they are making a difference - other than who it is they are caring for or tending.
What you have described is an entropic system and in that system who can blame anyone who succumbs on occasion That is the same system I hear @Lisa Vanderburg talking about, and @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee addressing and the kind that people like @Cyndi wilkins tries to address in her work practice, and she has also lived through as a caregiver.
Many simply have no clue. Even if the clueless got clued, there needs to be the strength of character to be able to absorb and appreciate this reality. If people shut people down for the most mundane of reasons, how can they appreciate the significant?
Instead of appreciating those that persevere in the face of adversity or develop resilience, the fallback is out of sight is out of mind or the very dichotomy you speak of where right and wrong mindset is the easy way out.29/07/2017 #10 Harvey Lloyd#9 The blessings are key. Through this window we can find a narrative that is larger than our own consciousness.
This comes at a price, once we cross the divide from our environmental narrative and see the greater blessing, it is easy to allow apathy to set within. I succumb to this on occasion. Hence my catalyst comment.
We work with educational professionals who in large part are very intelligent and masters/PHD level leaders. WIthin this we can see the environmental narratives play out with great effort and expense. Ultimately they are sacrificing the true nature of the goal, educating students with disabilities.
Our team spends a great amount of energy just overcoming the environmental narrative to bring services and perspective to students who need to break the cycle of generational poverty. I say this to bring some perspective to my view.
One of the greatest hurdles is our team. Many will succumb to the natural narrative of right and wrong instead of "syntropic" design in serving our students.
Thanks for the dialogue and thoughts, its nice to know that outside of my world others are battling for the blessing and not the power.29/07/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#8 The key is the break from the narrative more so than the reality that only a few break from the narrative. In the context of today you and me Harvey represent the few in our particular context and time. That you see the future in my being and I see the future in your being, this is the blessing. The curses may distract or even educate us, but it is the blessing that brings the reality that transforms our senses - where we transform as sensory beings. For sure there are people who in trying to protect their financial or egotistical scraps in this world want us to be made senseless or insensitive. As you said in #8 only we can give our power away to these people. Fear then is a rear-window concept even when it is a fear of the future, which is what the bully fears.29/07/2017 #8 Harvey Lloyd#5 I have to agree at some level. The catalyst concept is a path that we can get focused on creating a self fulfilling prophecy.
I subscribe to be your best where you find yourself in your service to others, under a win win strategy. For me this has proven fruitful.
We used a book, "Generational Poverty" as a study in our school to help us better understand the generational narrative of the students we serve. My general thoughts were, we all form a belief system of right and wrong based on our environment. A few can break from this narrative and step back and see the generational issues that have been handed down and self evaluate. So goes the world.
Right and wrong have become powerful motivators. This dichotomy has become the belief system of the masses. When in reality there is only objective choice with the information we have, within the moment.
Once we observe that what was thought to be objective is now subjective, there is forgiveness and a new choice.
Mans quest for power is playing out in the Middle East. Eventually they will learn the power of forgiveness when the natural resources are gone. I dont see this as much different than our own Wall Street.
My grander hope is that man will find power is fleeting, forgiveness and choice are the only power that allows all to live in joy.26/07/2017 #7 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#6 Energy creates energy- your mother is exceptional @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. You reminded me of an article in Scientific America "Fact or Fiction?: Energy Can Neither Be Created Nor Destroyed
Is energy always conserved, even in the case of the expanding universe?
In particular, the last paragraph of this article:
It turns out that in Einstein’s theory of general relativity, regions of space with positive energy actually push space outward. As space expands, it releases stored up gravitational potential energy, which converts into the intrinsic energy that fills the newly created volume. So even the expansion of the universe is controlled by the law of energy conservation.
Was your mother creating energy or more was she expanding her space and turning her energy to fill the new expansion?
This buzz increases the space of my thinking and I am channelling some of my energy to fill that space.26/07/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#4 This is why I love the Life in Syntropy video because the energy needed comes from a shift in thinking that serves to accelerate abundance mentality and in this case it is people who have seen the symbiotic relationship between agriculture practice and forests. They have also made connections between pruning and natural fertilization of the soil.
My own mother preaches one central practice which has enriched our own famliy, which is the idea that energy creates energy. I did not think of this as syntropic mindset but now I am aware of syntropy I can see it clearly.
My uncle had an entropic mindset and while he loved his older sister (my mother) he used to dig in his heels and continue to live life his way, and though what he thought he was engaged in was "freedom", it was entropic freedom and today he is no more but he cried much realizing that his choices created chaos and destruction - though that was never his intent, yet though his death was a horrid illness the irony is that he wanted to die and yet saw too late the unintended consequences.
For sure my mother lost a brother she deeply loved and she definitely does not want to be proven right - what goes wrong goes wrong, but we as a society have become experts in entropy, but I do not think we have in comparison become anywhere close to becoming experts in syntropy.26/07/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 Dear @Harvey Lloyd we share the same common core and for some time I did think that only a cataclysmic event will shift the polarity of the human condition, but if that was true then as I look at pictures today of bombed out cities in Syria and northern Iraq, I don't see the birthing from that destruction, I see weapons, engineering and construction companies benefit from entropy.
Such is the magnitude of that destruction that America has seemingly been more prone to elect Presidents & VP's whose families benefit from strategic entropy.
Look at the video marked "Life in Syntropy" - that is happening right now, it is proof positive that there are few people in this world who are walking with the flow rather than against the flow. It is true that our education system has taught us to step in lock, stock and barrel conditioned formation but if that is the prevailing condition, how does that explain the existence of the kind of people who will relate to this buzz?
Relating here is not the same thing as responding. We can also respond in entropic fashion. It is not as if this truth has not been depicted. In the 60's Patrick McGoohan wrote and acted in the Prisoner series and in our century the movie The Matrix was released by the Wachoswski brothers (though their core motivation was that they were game makers who happened to make a movie). The key is that there is awareness about awareness.
The cataclysmic scenario however does feed into beliefs about the apocalypse, which is the most extreme form of entropic belief human beings have - the ultimate doomsday scenario. We may be that stupid as a human race but we can are be smart.26/07/2017 #4 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeDear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- I am believer that as for every action there is an equal action so I believe in that there exists an opposite for other systems. The opposite of entropy is syntropy. Why then we talk much more about entropy than syntropy? For a simple reason. Let me explain by example. If we take an ice cube then it is highly ordered, but it has one alternative to stay as ice. Once we melt the ice the running water molecules have many alternative paths and these alternatives expand greatly if water turns into gas. This means that if we consider probabilities than for a system to turn into ice we have to work against many alternatives. Syntropy is order and to have order we must keep feeding the system with energy; else it shall become disorderly.
I therefore salute your syntropy idea.
AS @Harvey Lloyd pointed out in his remarkable comment a win:win situation is an orderly one. It has very low probability to happen on its own. We need creative minds to help the system to shift the balance from disorderly to orderly.
Thank you Manjit for giving me the space to think and think to put my mind in an orderly state.26/07/2017 #3 Harvey LloydSyntropy or the word i grew up with synergy has many barriers. Most of these barriers exist between humans.
Is success finite or infinite?
How you answer this question within your deepest thoughts will determine your path of action. Fight for scraps or choose the path of win/win.
When our communications were very local and word of mouth, synergy was a natural aspect of outcomes. Careers, two earner incomes, and media have brought us to the highest level of independent thinking.
Barriers to interdependance are set at a young age these days. Knowledge is big business, a machine that is self defending and costly. Somewhere along the way as a nation we decided that knowledge was the key to success. The competition began. Establishing a competitive environment where success was finite.
The wisdom of self awareness, personal goals and the understanding of others existance in the same way, and knowledge, can create success through synergy.
This is a generational issue. The larger question of how do we swing three generations of people into a synergistic existance of grace and understanding, is imposing. From my perspective a catalyst on the order of the Great Depression will need to happen.
Your grand thoughts of this post are points we should all be considering when we think about our children's future.
- Producer16/06/2017Check your ethics at the office doorI don’t buy certain brands. I avoid specific products. And I will not contribute to candidates who tolerate third-party campaigns that attack their opponents. I am probably not normal. I could say that I’m principled or set a high standard,...
Comments17/07/2017 #16 Peter Altschuler#11 I've harped for years, @Todd Jones, about "the Walmart Effect": year after year, Walmart insisted that suppliers reduce their costs until, after implementing every ISO 9000 efficiency program on earth, there was no further way for suppliers to reduce their overhead... except to move the work overseas.
The unemployed workers then went to Walmart and complained about being unemployed and needing lower prices. So Walmart went to the next domestic manufacturer and the next until those suppliers, too, were forced to lay off their workers and send the work to Asia. And the cycle repeated.
Now, with domestic manufacturing decimated, many of those workers are left with few options (unless they learn to ask all those tourists, "Want fries with that?"... in Chinese).21/06/2017 #11 Todd JonesAnother great post, Peter. I refuse to shop at Walmart based strictly on principle. In my mind, their predatory business practices and sub-poverty level wages have fueled our country's race toward third world status.
However, I know that that I am extremely lucky. I enjoy an income that allows me the option of avoiding their stores. Although I am not rich, I am also not poor. It is much easier to be principled when you are not poor. This is not the case for most folks who find themselves as members of the working class impoverished. They are forced to patronize and hence support the very institution that engineered their financial hardship. It is a vicious circle indeed.
I believe it was Aristotle, who some 2000 years ago noted, "When there is no middle class, and the poor exceed in numbers, trouble results and the state soon comes to an end."16/06/2017 #9 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#7 You should watch the movie "Spotlight." It runs you through all the obstacles and shenanigans they had to go through to get the priest thing down pat. When I saw that movie, I finally understood why they could not get themselves involved in another whole big can of worms. They did remarkable work and truly made an impact. Having done a stint in journalism myself, I can see where they were coming from when they declined.16/06/2017 #8 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee#7 I absolutely contacted "Spotlight." They were so focused on the priest thing, they didn't have room to follow this case; although, it had connections to the Boston Archdiocese. I was hoping with their resources they could do more research than I had access to at the time. I just think they did not want to spread themselves too thin. I can appreciate that. We were on TV and radio, but for me, it was always a learning process. It took time for me to put all these dots in a row. A seasoned journalist with a fresh eye could have done it quicker. That's what I was hoping for.16/06/2017 #7 Peter Altschuler#4 Your experience doesn't surprise me, but you didn't engage the one group that might have helped -- journalists. The story of the Boston Globe's pursuit of predatory priests, as recounted in the Oscar-winning "Spotlight," is as good an example as any. Investigative units are still an important part of newspapers' work (and the source of multiple Pulitzer Prizes). Whether the editors were driven by ethics or the potential to sell a lot more papers, well... that might qualify as doing well by doing good.
The same isn't true, as I mentioned, for broadcast news. Even PBS grew reluctant to delve into stories that might jeopardize their funding; in the '70s, with significant underwriting from Mobil, the network was referred to as the Petroleum Broadcasting Service and shied away from critical stories about the oil business.
I did an exposé in 1979 for ABC's "20/20" on the questionably illegal smuggling of the statue known as The Getty Bronze. It was detailed, pointed fingers at everyone from the fisherman who pulled it out of the Adriatic, the owner of the cement factory who bought it, Christie's auction house because of their likely involvement, and even Baron Lambert of Banque Lambert, a backer of the art-as-investment group that took possession of the bronze and tried to peddle it worldwide.
Yet, because none of the players in that escapade were television advertisers, nothing was off limits. Decades later, that news story was cited by Italy in its successful bid to have the statue returned. That outcome, though, shows how long it can take to achieve satisfaction... even when no one's afraid to speak up.16/06/2017 #6 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassadorwell waking up on world's reality cannot be a bad thing. It is not the time to be alarmist or negative. We are on beBee with a sharing philosophy. Maybe it is time to dream for a well distributed wealth creation and live in peace. That would be the start of the era for the world's dream. Worth trying don't you think?16/06/2017 #3 Peter Altschuler#1 Everything comes down to individual choice, @Joyce Bowen, but those choices make a difference in the aggregate. It's how new people win and incumbents lose elections. It's how companies decide they have to change their operations, whether it's using less water to make denim, improving working conditions at footwear factories in Asia, or recycling components in computers. It's also how popular products disappear from the shelves as consumers' expectations evolve.
The belief that "I'm only one person and can't make a difference" ignores that every influential group is made of hundreds or thousands or millions of "one person"s.16/06/2017 #1 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBeeProfit over people is an enormous problem. I, too, used to refuse to support such practices because of ethics, but find I am outnumbered. I no longer always refuse these things because it seems as if I am biting my nose off to spite my face.
- Producer01/06/2017Why Co-Living Will Change The Way We Live Forever Have you noticed how the streets are busy but nobody’s talking? There is an epidemic that has been sweeping through the US for years now. It’s contagious and often causes depression in those affected. Loneliness and isolation are sweeping through an...
- 09/05/2017David Pollock’s radical project to remove income-earning livestock from his historic property, Wooleen, shocked his neighbours. And it might have failed but for the unexpected arrival of Frances Jones, a young woman on a gap year from Melbourne.
Together, David and Frances concentrated on creating a tourist ecology haven and finding a non-destructive way to run cattle. #Sustainable #DesignAustralian Storywww.abc.net.au
- 12/04/2017MAD and Stefano Boeri propose crinkled towers and vertical forests for Milan's disused railway yardswww.dezeen.com MAD, Stefano Boeri Architetti, Mecanoo are among five architecture studios to unveil proposals to completely transform unused railways across...
- 02/04/2017The best parts of design have yet to come... :-)A Circular Runway Could Be The Obvious Answer To More Efficient Airports | Fast Companywww.fastcompany.com According to research it could revolutionize air...
- 16/03/2017Mesmerizing Blue Light Makes Tasmanian Waters Glow
Bioluminescent plankton are responsible for the beautiful but troubling bloom.
A blue glow lighting up the waters off the shores of Tasmania has captivated photographers and onlookers ― but it’s also a troubling example of how rising ocean temperatures have disrupted marine ecosystems.
A mass of Noctiluca scintillans, a type of plankton, produced the bioluminescent glow known as “sea sparkle” this week on the north coast of the island.
- 08/03/2017Hammond ignores solar tax hike concerns in spring budget, Ross Hoareinsights.hyperionsearch.co.uk Incredibly disappointing that the Government have stuck to their guns on massive tax hikes on companies and school who have installed...
- 05/03/2017Arup | Publications | Deadline 2020: How cities will get the job donepublications.arup.com Deadline 2020: How cities will get the job done provides an analysis of the contribution that the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) cities need to make to deliver the Paris Agreement’s objective of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5...
- 27/02/2017Trump to sign executive orders rolling back Obama’s climate protection policies
The environment could be the next victim of President Donald Trump’s executive orders. The Washington Post reported that according to individuals briefed on the measure, Trump is seeking to curtail some of President Barack Obama’s policies on water pollution, coal and the environment through upcoming executive orders. Signing such orders would signal the Trump administration will work to champion the fossil fuel industry, regardless of the economic growth the country could see through renewable energy.
- 21/02/2017Straw Bale Buildings Are Carbon Neutral
A study by the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland finds that straw bale buildings are carbon neutral. Engineer Adrien Chaussinand conducted extensive testing of ECO-46, a straw bale building that houses the Department of Parks and Gardens in Lausanne.
People often mistake straw bales for hay bales. The two are not the same. Straw bales used in construction require a powerful baler that applies even compression. The bales are very dense and weigh about 20 lbs per cubic foot. They behave like wood and do not catch fire easily. The tallest straw bale building is located in France, where straw bales are permitted for construction of public buildings. The oldest straw bale building is 112 years old and is located in Nebraska.
Thanks to the study, we now have conclusive proof that a straw bale building is one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly structures available.
- 16/02/2017This smog-fighting music academy will have an air purifier as effective as 33,000 trees. The Polish city of Krakow has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In hopes of improving the city’s air quality, FAAB Architektura proposed a smog-fighting music academy fitted with a German air purification system that they say works effectively as 33,000 city trees. The music academy was designed as part of a larger “Krakow Music City” masterplan that envisions a largely car-free and environmentally friendly development atop a former military base.
Located between Krakow and the Vistula River, the proposed masterplan is designed to blend into the natural landscape with its vernacular wooden lap panel cladding and use of energy-efficient technologies. Around 1,300 square meters of a Green City Solutions-developed air purification product would be embedded in the music academy’s moss-covered rooftops. The special moss culture converts air pollutants into biomass.
- 01/02/2017The end of air conditioning? Asia architects use green solutions to cool buildings.
Spend five minutes in humid Ho Chi Minh City and you'll probably be running for cover into the nearest air-conditioned refuge.
In the Vietnamese city -- and many developing subtropical countries across Asia, such as Indonesia and the Philippines -- air conditioning (AC) is increasingly being considered a necessity.
But one architecture firm is advocating a different way to keep cool.
T3 Architecture Asia, which has offices in Vietnam and France, specializes in back-to-basics "bioclimatic architecture", which it says could make energy-guzzling AC units redundant.
By harnessing the local topography, climate, and vegetation, as well as cleverly manipulating a building's orientation, the firm can naturally create a comfortable indoor climate.
"It is crucial for all new building designs in cities to encompass bioclimatic architectural features," Myles McCarthy, director of implementation at the Carbon Trust consultancy and research firm, tells CNN.
"As demands in Asian cities for buildings -- both domestic and commercial -- increases, and the need for higher density living continues to climb with urban populations, it will be crucial to ensure this growth does not drive energy and water consumptions higher."
- 01/02/20178 surprising uses for hemp that could make the world a greener place -
Hemp isn’t just for hackin’ the sack at Phish shows or making rope. This amazing plant, a non-psychoactive variety of cannabis grown specifically for industrial purposes, has a vast number of applications for a greener planet. Cultivated hemp grows quickly in a wide variety of climates and does not degrade the soil in which it is grown.
Comments01/02/2017 #7 Chas ✌️ Wyatt#5 Yes, @Claire L Cardwell, it is ironic that in the U.S. farmers in the mid-west were encouraged to grow hemp to help with the war effort during WWII. (rope, cloth, cordage, etc.). The U.S. Dept. of agriculture even put out a film titled "Hemp for Victory". That is why in states such as Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, it has become naturalized and grows on its own accord. Competing industries such as cotton (clothing), timber and oil (oil from hemp is a great lubricant) demonized it to put it out of business and make it illegal.01/02/2017 #5 Claire L Cardwell@Chas ✌️ Wyatt It's incredible how many uses that Hemp has, you can make plastic, houses, electrical wires, bio fuel and even an aeroplane has been built! I can only imagine that it's been banned because of the competition with big business and the fact that it belongs to the Cannabis family. I read once that you would have to smoke nearly a ton of hemp in ten minutes to feel a very slight effect....01/02/2017 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt@Claire L Cardwell, thank you. There is a company in Canada which produces fiberboard from hemp that is more durable than fiberboard that is produced from woodchips. Also, I seen a hundred-year-old bible that was printed on paper made from hemp pulp and the pages were still white, unlike paper made from wood pulp which yellows and deteriorates after a short period of time.
- 31/01/2017RENEWABLE ENERGY PROVIDES 99% OF ALL NEW U.S. ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY IN OCTOBER 2013 - Renewable sources now account for nearly 16% of total installed U.S. operating generating capacity: water – 8.30%, wind – 5.21%, biomass – 1.32%, solar – 0.59%, and geothermal steam – 0.33%. * This is more than nuclear (9.22%) and oil (4.06%) combined.RENEWABLE ENERGY PROVIDES 99% OF ALL NEW U.S. ELECTRICAL GENERATING CAPACITY IN OCTOBER 2013 - Green Building Elementsgreenbuildingelements.com solar, biomass, and wind "units" provided 694 MW of new electrical generating capacity last month or 99.3% of all new...
- 30/01/2017At blinged-out Trump hotels, 'green' isn't part of the brand.
The website for President Trump's 52-story Manhattan luxury hotel boasts the best rooms money can buy.
The five-star, five-diamond hotel, where room prices start at $400 a night, offers nanny services and provides each guest with a personal Trump attache. Guests can relax at the Trump spa or dine at Jean Georges, a Michelin 3-star "sophisticated New French eatery."
But while Trump's showcase hotel checks every box in terms of luxury, it's a laggard in one area — how efficiently it uses energy. The 397,000-square-foot building on the southwestern corner of Central Park scored an 8 on a scale of 1 to 100, according to the city of New York's most recent energy benchmarking data.
- 30/01/2017Speaker explores ways to develop a more sustainable community. Building green represents a “mindset” that does not necessarily come with a premium, says a leading expert in the field.
Thomas Mueller, founding director, president and chief executive officer of the Canada Green Building Council, made these comments last week, as he was preparing to speak during the second edition of Saanich Talks organized by the District of Saanich.
Titled “A liveable urban future” and held at Uptown shopping centre, the event explored ideas to develop a sustainable community.
As head of the Canada Green Building Council responsible for programs and standards such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Mueller spoke about the role of green buildings in transitioning to more sustainable communities, bringing real-life examples from other communities.
- 29/01/2017Trump forces environment agency to delete all climate change references from its websitewww.independent.co.uk The Trump administration is forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to delete all of its pages on climate change. The move comes as part of a much broader crackdown on postings by all agencies who track the effects of global warming on the...
- 28/01/2017Futuristic green city design runs like a real rainforest in Malaysia. If money were no object, what would the ideal city of the future look like? Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) answered that question with a spectacular design for the Forest City, a proposed masterplan for a new city in Malaysia. This 20-square-kilometer green smart city would be built around a central rainforest and mimic the forest’s ecosystem by adopting a closed loop system that reuses all its resources and controls out-flow.
Winner of the second place prize in an international design competition, the Forest City was created for a 24-hectare site and judged on its efficiency of land use, sensitivity to the environment, and inclusion of a landmark building that embodied the notion of a forest city. “Skylines across the world look the same—usually a couple of iconic towers in the center surrounded by lots of lesser quality buildings, which all resemble each other,” said Chris Bosse, director of LAVA. “Here we have designed an inverse city skyline where the icon of the city is a public space, not an object/building. Our central space is a Rainforest Valley and demonstrates the equation: PEOPLE = CITY. From an object to a place.”
The proposed city for 700,000 people would be located on reclaimed land between Malaysia and Singapore and include office towers, residential areas, parks, hotels, shopping malls, and an international school. The city is organized around a central public space, the Rainforest Valley, which is surrounded by a waterfall and serves as a visual reminder of the city as a three-dimensional ecosystem. The valley extends like fingers in five directions to represent the five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—as well as the five pillars of sustainability.
- Producer27/01/2017Green Building and Sustainability by Jack LakenOur climate is changing. A shift in the number of wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, droughts, and heavy rainfalls has been attributed to climate change. These changes have had an impact on agriculture and wildlife, including the introduction of new...
Comments27/01/2017 #1 Claire L CardwellHow Green Buildings Could Save Our Cities. As we become a more urban society, the number of buildings will rise. Here's why that may be a good thing. As the world’s urban population expands, architects and planners are mapping out ways to make cities more sustainable. Cities produce a vast amount of emissions and waste, putting a strain on both human and ecological health. But our buildings themselves may hold a solution. High-density urban areas—especially those built using green methods in design and construction—can be more energy efficient and pollute less. New research is also revealing that green buildings can actually be good for our health too. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/urban-expeditions/green-buildings/benefits-of-green-buildings-human-health-economics-environment/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_tw20170125env-UEX&utm_campaign=Content&sf52499851=1
- 26/01/2017More than 400 Architecture Firms address Donald Trump on Climate Change in an Open Letter - Right before Donald Trump’s inauguration last Friday, more than four hundred American architecture firms—such as Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Lake Flato, and ZGF Architects LLP—signed an open letter addressed to the incoming president regarding climate change, writes Allison Meier of Hyperallergic. The campaign was organized by the Chicago-based organization Architects Advocate, which formed in September.
The letter asks that Trump, who has denied that climate change exists, commit himself to finding more sources of renewable energy, providing funding for renewable energy technologies, and honoring the Paris Climate Agreement. Right before leaving office, Barack Obama transferred $500 million to the Green Climate Fund. This subsidy goes toward the $3 billion Obama promised on behalf of the agreement—the US currently owes $2 billion more, according to The Guardian. It is now up to Trump as to whether or not the full agreement will be met.
In the letter, the architects state that they “are dedicated to creating healthy, productive, and safe communities for all” in a “way that is economically viable, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable.” Trump nominated Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has spoken out against the government regulating water and air pollution
- 24/01/2017Colorado man builds state’s most energy efficient house - Passive House is a globally-recognized building design technique that promises huge cuts in energy use for any kind of building in any climate. In a nutshell, the Passive House Design strategy relies on airtight buildings, super insulation, fresh air exchange and precise energy modeling. To read more go to:- http://inhabitat.com/colorado-man-single-handedly-builds-states-most-energy-efficient-house/
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Sustainable design (also called environmental design, environmentally sustainable design, environmentally conscious design, etc.) is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability.