Environmental Fable Set in Sci-Fi Landscapes Wins 2017 Fairy Tales Competition: “The winning entries in this year’s competition include oblique references to current events, mundane daily activities and human emotions that we all easily relate to—they make visible how we shape space, and in turn, how space shapes us. The images and narratives are so wildly outlandish, and yet, so grounded that it seems like we could mistakenly stumble into any of them.”

Germany unveils zero-emissions train that only emits steam: “Germany is set to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen.The Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere, and provides an alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains.”

A City Is Not a Computer: ““What should a city optimize for?” Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that’s a hard question to take seriously. The question was posed last summer by Y Combinator — the formidable tech accelerator that has hatched a thousand startups, from AirBnB and Dropbox to robotic greenhouses and wine-by-the-glass delivery — as the entrepreneurs announced a new research agenda: building cities from scratch.”

Japanese Garden at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant: “Whether daydreaming of an escape to a Far East Zen paradise or enrolling at Starfleet Academy, a stroll through this traditional Japanese Garden, part of a not-so-glamorous water reclamation plant in the San Fernando Valley, will instantly transport you in either direction.”

The American suburbs are the next fertile ground for architectural and urban experimentation: “The American suburbs are the next fertile ground for architectural and urban experimentation. Seen here: One Connecticut town swaps a derelict mall for a 14.4-acre, community-centered green space. Click on the link “environmentally” in the sixth paragraph below to learn more.”


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