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Researchers warn ‘Treeless’ Suburbs Put People’s Health at Risk

Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: GREEN, Urban Planning | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Researchers warn ‘Treeless’ Suburbs Put People’s Health at Risk

Researchers warn 'Treeless' Suburbs Put People's Health at Risk

Urban planners and researchers warn increasing housing density in Australian cities must not be at the expense of tree cover and its cooling benefits.

A pilot study done by a team from the University of Melbourne warned “treeless” outer suburbs were a risk to health and wellbeing :: Read the full article »»»»


Omer Haciomeroglu’s Clean Concrete Recycling Robot

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Brilliant Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Omer Haciomeroglu’s Clean Concrete Recycling Robot

Omer Haciomeroglu's Clean Concrete Recycling RobotConcrete has been used in construction for almost 3,000 years, it is THE most versatile building material on the planet, it’s also the least green. Our use of concrete in building is beyond extensive, by weight you’d need every other building material combined, then doubled to get even close to our reliance on this versatile composite.

The next most-used substance on the planet is water, of which concrete also consumes an unhealthy amount of.

The main component of concrete is cement, the manufacture of which is one of the major contributors of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Cutting back on our use of cement and concrete is a hardship, the stuff is tough and relatively cheap compared with alternatives.

Recycling concrete is becoming much more common, in of itself however, it’s not such a green practice. Concrete demolition usually ends up with as much discarded landfill as recyclables, once concrete reaches the recycling yard it’s reprocessing takes almost as much energy as making the stuff from scratch.

Imagine a machine, a robot that could recycle concrete structures without all the heavy machinery, a single deconstruction  process. World meet Omer Haciomeroglu’s ERO Concrete De-construction Robot :: Read the full article »»»»