Konrad Wójcik thinks a little urban sprawl could be a good thing. The Denmark-based architecture student has reimagined how people might live outside cities–away from noise and pollution, but without any of the environmental impacts of typical suburbia. His solution: Tree-shaped houses packed with every conceivable sustainable design element, located in the middle of a forest, but within biking distance from a city. advertisement advertisement “Looking at humans and their frequent lack of respect towards the natural environment, as an architect, I wanted to create something fresh, something that could provide not only shelter but also all necessary needs of present-day society,” Wójcik says. Trees served as inspiration for the project in part because they’re already optimized as self-sufficient shelters for other animals. They run on renewable energy, fertilize soil, clean the air, and provide visibility, shade, and ventilation. … [Read more...] about These Zero-Impact Tree-Inspired Houses Will Blend Right Into The Forest
What’s the most environmentally friendly way to grow an apple? For most people, organic farming sounds like the ideal. But biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak thinks a better answer is permaculture, which models food production on natural systems so it’s essentially self-sustaining. He’s on a mission to prove that permaculture orchards can work at commercial scale. advertisement advertisement Sobkowiak runs Miracle Farms, a 12-acre apple orchard near Montreal. Unlike a typical organic orchard, which might grow just a few varieties of apples, he’s built up some true diversity: 100 cultivars of fruit trees grow with herbs and vegetables, and are fertilized and pollinated by local birds and bees. He’s been working on the farm for the last 20 years, after converting it from organic production. “Permaculture is applied common sense,” Sobkowiak says. “It’s using design to avoid having to solve problems afterwards. Organic … [Read more...] about Forget Organic: This Farmer Has 100 Types Of Fruit Trees In His Permaculture Orchard
Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) sold equities worth Rs 22,500 crore in the Indian market in the September quarter, as concerns over weak macroeconomic environment and uncertainty around the US-China trade talks and Brexit kept the risk appetite low.There was a shift in the preferences of stocks and sectors as well.According to a Kotak Institutional Equities report, Lemon Tree Hotels, Varun Beverages and Shriram Transport saw the highest increase in the stake by FPIs, while Mindtree, Yes Bank and LIC Housing Finance saw the biggest drop in stake.Close Diversified financials, IT services and oil, gas and consumable fuels sectors witnessed FPI selling. FPI ownership in the BSE-200 Index declined to 23.8 percent in the September quarter from 24.1 percent in the previous quarter. related news These 26 stocks saw EPS downgrades in 4 quarters: time to book out? CSB Bank IPO opens today; should you subscribe? Market Headstart | Nifty … [Read more...] about These stocks were FPI favourites in Q2; do you have any?
Imagine you and a million other people were all at one point in a city, say the World Trade Center in New York, and everyone started traveling out in every possible direction all at once. One hour later, where would everyone be located? advertisement advertisement That’s the question applied physicist Alberto Hernando de Castro, a researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, asked as he generated beautiful animations that illustrate the patterns in road networks of 10 different countries. Each isochrone–places on the map with the same color at the same time–show all the points that can be arrived at simultaneously from the starting location. Hernando de Castro, whose work involves creating mathematical models that describe urban behaviors, was looking to find the equations that describe “human diffusion,” as constrained by road infrastructure. “If you see a person in a particular place, what is the probability of … [Read more...] about The World’s Road Networks, Visualized As Beautiful Flowing Fractals
When it comes to building online communities, Caterina Fake has a few big name successes under her belt, including Flickr and Hunch (which were sold to Yahoo and eBay, respectively). She is now building a new platform that focuses on location-based storytelling. Findery (formerly called Pinwheel) lets people leave notes with historical information, among other content, on an interactive map. For example, do a search for Austin, Texas, and you’ll find a number of stories ranging from one user writing about a popular nature trail called Turkey Creek that is “a slice of peaceful serenity” to another user touting the best BBQ joint (of course) to one sharing a secret swimming hole. As Fake shares during our Skype video chat, her affinity for travel inspired Findery. While on a camping trip with her daughter to the Sequoias in California, she wanted a way to leave their memories on a map. “It struck me very strongly that this would be a very beautiful way of … [Read more...] about From Flickr To Findery: Caterina Fake On Building Online Communities