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Added 14 August, 2017

Solar sidewalks open the door for smarter road surfaces that could change the number of lanes by literally moving the white lines or display dynamic road-based signage that changes with driving conditions detected by integrated sensors, such as black ice.
This solar surface is the scaffold for all those future applications. The 1,200-...

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Added 11 August, 2017

The ultra-low energy trend has finally expanded from new building construction to envelop retrofits for commercial buildings. Ultra-low energy buildings are defined as ones that produce as much energy as they use, on average, through the adoption of a renewable energy system. Cost is still an issue for ultra-low energy building retrofits,...

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Added 2 August, 2017

U.S. homeownership rates have declined among most major demographic subgroups -- including by household income and region -- except among older Americans, whose homeownership rates have held steady. Overall, homeownership is down eight percentage points, from 71% to 63%. These findings are based on data from Gallup's annual Economy and Personal...

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Added 31 July, 2017

Real estate’s illiquidity and centralization present significant inefficiencies for investors, especially those purchasing properties abroad. There are currently no international standards or comprehensive technologies for electronic property rights transfers. Legacy registry systems were created to handle local investors, but are ill-equipped...

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Added 20 July, 2017

China has hired the Italian architect Stefano Boeri to build a forest city in the mountain area of Guangxi in the southern part of the country. Titled Liuzhou Forest City, the development in China will be a fully functioning city, complete with offices, houses able to home 30,000 people, hotels, hospitals and schools. Every building, street and...

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Added 16 July, 2017

Technology company Pavegen has unveiled the world’s first “Smart Street” in London’s West End that utilizes the company’s unique kinetic paving slabs to generate energy from pedestrians’ footsteps. But unlike earlier Pavegen installations deployed in cities like Washington DC and Rio de Janeiro (which uses the panels as the foundation for a...

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Added 15 July, 2017

With the federal government deadlocked in intractable partisan debate, mayors across the U.S. are stepping up to drive progress by cultivating their innovation economies. A growing number are developing innovation districts to elevate their cities' brands. U.S. are investing significant resources to develop what the Brookings Institution calls...

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Added 14 May, 2015

Virtual reality (VR) will be one of the biggest stories of 2016, what with the public launch of the Oculus Rift headset and avalanche of software that is sure to follow. Gaming is leading the technology, offering immersive experiences for shoot-em-ups and other virtual world experiences. But the real way that VR will change our world will be in...

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Added 7 May, 2015

Revivals in downtown urban living, tighter budgetary constraints – especially for Millennials – and a growth in green thinking have all neatly led up to one quirky, funny, cute and, perhaps, sad trend: Microdwellings. This growing breed of tiny house or apartment is cleverly designed for a single person and includes things like toilets tucked...

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Added 15 April, 2015

Creative, often technologically advanced, pieces of interactive public art seem to be popping up everywhere these days. The trend reflects a willingness and desire to utilize public space in playful, innovative ways that people find fun and inviting. One particularly exciting example is an interactive art piece in Granary Square in London...