An Aerial View Of London

Aerial View Of London

Though The Clash can hear London calling to this day, the foggy city has been called many other names in its history. At the time of the Roman Invasion, it was called Londinium. In Saxon times, it became known as Lundenwic. And during the kingdom of Alfred the Great, the city was known as Lundenburg.

What We Love This Week, Volume VII

David Oliete’s Coverage Of Tarragona, Spain’s Human Towers For over 200 years, thousands of Catalonians have taken to Tarragona’s Concurs de Castello, an annual testament to “strength, balance, courage and common sense”,…

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Today’s Best Green Design Trends

Best Green Design Trends Cool Office

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These days, environmentalists aren’t only interested in saving the earth. They’re also consumed with finding ways to make green living affordable, stylish, and fun. From moss bathmats to re-imagined architecture, eco-friendly designs now rival traditional design schools of thought in appearance and functionality. Below, we explore some of today’s best green design trends:

Green Design Trends: Incredible Roofs

Green roofing has been around in some communities for decades, but only recently has it caught on as a worldwide trend. These eco-friendly roofs are visually pleasing, but also incredibly kind to the earth. They can reduce a phenomenon known as the urban heat island, a troubling trend where urban areas measure higher temperatures than surrounding rural areas, and the roofs can also reduce the building’s energy consumption.

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The Sizzling Chicago Skyline

Chicago Skyline Photo

While Chicago is already home to three of America’s five tallest buildings, its third wave of super tall building construction happening right now may dramatically realign the Windy City’s skyline. Currently, Trump Tower soars as high as its namesake’s ego, making the Chicago skyscraper the second tallest building in the States and the ninth largest in the world.

Shanghai’s Innovative Pedestrian Bridge

Circular Pedestrian Bridge Shanghai

Constructed some time in 2011, the circular pedestrian bridge in Lujiazui, Pudong District of Shanghai blends an aesthetically pleasing design with environmental necessity. Essentially saving many Shanghaians the toil of traffic and turnabouts, the infrastructure literally bridges the gap between work and play, as it connects users easily with office buildings, cafes and restaurants. This design comes as part of China’s latest wave of environmentally-charged innovation, market-based adaptation and CO2 emission reduction, some of which has been rewarded by the World Wildlife Federation as some of the best efforts to combat climate change.

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