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Lead Article

Artificial intelligence can support architects but lacks empathy and ethics
by Farzam Sepanta, PhD Candidate, Building Engineering, Carleton University

Article 01

Stephen Fry describing our future with artificial intelligence and robots
by Wondere Wereld

The Future Now Show

Artificial Intelligence
with Hardy Schloer, Harish Shah, Mario de Vries & Miss Metaverse

Article 02

Heat Wave: Cooling Our Cities Without Air Conditioning
by Bloomberg Originals

News about the Future

> Floating Future
> Trina Solar

Article 03

The Futurists (1967) | Scientists Predict The 21st Century
by Reelblack One

Recommended Book

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark, Rob Shapiro

Article 04

Agrivoltaics
by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Climate Change Success Story

Green Architecture

South America
Mexico
Africa
Scandinavia
China
USA
Spain
India
Australia
Indonesia

Futurist Portrait

Karen Sands
GeroFuturist


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Artificial Intelligence, Green Architecture, South America,
Mexico, Africa, Scandinavia, China, USA, Spain, India, Australia,
Indonesia, QRI technology, CQ: the communication code, Cooling, Fish,
Agrivoltaics















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Max Tegmark: “Your synapses store all your knowledge and skills as roughly 100 terabytes’ worth of information, while your DNA stores merely about a gigabyte, barely enough to store a single movie download.”

Hardy Schloer: “This integration of resources is the premise for the planetary wisdom we so deeply need in order to transform the present global crisis into an opportunity for further human development.”

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Lead Article:

Artificial intelligence can support architects but lacks empathy and ethics
by Farzam Sepanta, PhD Candidate, Building Engineering, Carleton University

 

Farzam Sepanta

 



Artificial intelligence is changing how different disciplines are practiced and taught, including architecture. (Shutterstock)
Farzam Sepanta,
Carleton University

Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized many different industries in recent years. It gained a lot of attention and popularity with the launch of ChatGPT, a tool capable of writing poems, solving equations and producing articles on different topics.

With the fast-paced implementation of AI in different fields, will it take the place of architects and architecture schools soon? To answer this question, we need to understand the capabilities of AI and the role of architects and architecture schools.

Architectural education

While the topics and research surrounding AI are rapidly evolving, AI lacks certain qualities and characteristics that architects gain by completing architecture school. At its core, architects learn how to use different skills to combine technical knowledge, arts, esthetics, emotions and other attributes.

Architecture schools train their students so that they can respond to certain design problems with solutions based on their personal experiences, design styles and other factors.

students sitting around a blueprint


Architecture curricula still needs to incorporate traditional design skills.
(Shutterstock)

Creativity and innovative solutions are a result of combining different skill sets, personal experiences and technical knowledge that future architects develop in architecture schools.

The same process exists when it comes to AI. AI is trained on different datasets to come up with solutions. In some cases, like ChatGPT, it uses this dataset to generate new and innovative solutions.

But AI is limited by its datasets, especially when there isnít enough data, or gathering it is too resource-intensive. This is the main difference between humans and AI comes. Humans can draw on their experiences, skills and other attributes to come up with innovative solutions without being limited to specific datasets.

Improved efficiency

AI has different capabilities that can significantly help many different industries, including architecture and construction. For instance, AI can help architects with architectural programming and creating layouts in buildings. It can provide renders and other types of visualizations.

In general, AI can make many different processes, such as schematic design and renders, more efficient. Architects can develop customized platforms based on their guiding principles, visions, design styles and other values.

However, assistive tools that result in a final product might interrupt the learning process at schools. Students are supposed to learn skills by exploring different design solutions, ideas and philosophies. But architecture students might not fully engage with learning if they use assistive tools that conceal or eliminate the process.

Therefore, architecture schools should carefully study how AI can be integrated with their syllabi to improve the learning process for architecture students.

a 3D model of a green building with rolled up design plans next to it


Architecture schools should teach students how to use AI technologies, but ensure that they still acquire needed skills.
(Shutterstock)

Absence of true empathy

Beyond architecture schools, understanding the importance of the shared values, heritage and cultural qualities of a community, or even a person, is essential for architects in coming up with design solutions.

While AI is capable of analyzing such information, it cannot truly empathize with and understand these different considerations.

At the same time, decisions made by architects carry responsibilities and liabilities. Students learn about sustainability issues, long-term impacts of designs, ecological footprints and other similar topics.

Although AI can be provided with decision-making capabilities, it cannot replace architects' roles in ethical decision-making process.

In addition, architecture involves collaborations among different stakeholders, from clients to interior designers, civil engineers and other experts. Although AI can engage in dialogue, it lacks the ability to engage in dynamic interactions and truly understand the intentions and experiences of different stakeholders.

Human indispensability

AI is still in its early stages and may certainly improve significantly in the coming years. However, at the moment, it seems unlikely to replace the indispensable role of architecture schools and architects because it cannot fully grasp cultural values and heritage.

In addition, AI cannot draw on personal experiences, emotions and perceptions of different concepts and designs. In its current state, AI cannot engage in meaningful collaborations where it can truly understand the need of different stakeholders. Furthermore, the ethical issues, responsibilities and liabilities involved need to be addressed before progressing to more advanced stages that can give AI more freedom in the design process.

Although AI can significantly improve the efficiency of the design process and improve the learning experience, it' s too early to consider it - even as a semi-independent entity - during the architectural design process. The Conversation

 

 

 


This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.




CONTENT

Article 01

Stephen Fry describing our future with artificial intelligence and robots
by Wondere Wereld


In a beautiful monologue of 6 minutes Stephen Fry takes us all the way back to ancient Greek Mythology (Prometheus, Pandora) and then via the world wide web towards a future in which we (the new gods) give life to a new species. Robots will enter our world, but will we give them, or deny them their "fire"?

 

 

 

 

Stephen John Fry is an English actor, broadcaster, comedian, director, audiobook narrator and writer. He first came to prominence as one half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, alongside Hugh Laurie, with the two starring in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. - Wikipedia

 

CONTENT

The Future Now Show

Artificial Intelligence
with Hardy Schloer, Harish Shah, Mario de Vries & Miss Metaverse



Hardy Schloer talks about revolutionizing data processing with QRI technology - enabling unbiased, evidence-based decision-making. Harish Shah talks about the need for Human evolution in tandem with the technological evolution that AI represents. He also calls for a moderate approach to receiving technology, where not to expect too much from it while also making the most of its true benefits. Mario de Vries is a legal advisor with a specialization in intellectual property. He elaborates on the impact of AI in copyright cases. Mario developed a system to measure someone’s communication quotient. He is a strong promoter of the missing factor in all current AI developments; being language technology.



 

 

 

 


Moderator



 

Resources

10-step program for a sick planet by Hardy F. Schloer, Owner, Schloer Consulting Group – SCG, Advisory Board of the Club of Amsterdam

 

 

Quantum Relations Applied

QRI, Self Governance, and Consensus in the age of the Intelligent Machines
The technological roadmap to a sustainable, peaceful and collaborative future

by Hardy F. Schloer, Mihai Spariosu, Anwar Ul Haque

ISSN soon available

 

Afterword

By most reliable accounts, we are at a significant crossroads in our development as a species. We stand on the brink of knowledge-transfer acceleration, which allows us to realize the economies of scale of all we have learned throughout our evolution. We have this knowledge in our possession in various data forms, but this knowledge is like looking into the night's dark sky and seeing billions of unconnected stars. If only we could connect these stars, we would be able to reveal solutions to the myriad of problems that confront our overstressed world. At the same time, we do not seem to be on the best of paths toward achieving this connectivity any time soon. Our future is riddled with considerable uncertainty and conflict. We are dangerously polarized, not just nation to nation, but across various spectrums, including demographic, political, geographic, ideological, social, and religious fronts.

Furthermore, the velocity and effectiveness of contemporary communication technologies and public media allow our local and global leaders little time to catch their breath and carefully consider their actions. Momentous decisions must be made almost instantaneously, in real-time, and in extreme opacity, often resulting in unforeseen and devastating consequences for humanity. This escalation in speed and volume of flawed political, economic, and environmental decision-making has produced an avalanche of global instability and random change, which has led, in turn, to more turmoil and confusion at all levels and across all geographies.

Given this situation, we can continue with what most of us have been thinking, feeling, and doing in the past few thousand years and foolishly expect to obtain different outcomes. At this momentous crossroads for humanity, however, it is high time to consider other ontoepistemic paradigms and modes of thinking, feeling, and action that would yield much better results. Our main argument has been that we need to turn from a power-oriented to an irenic mindset and build human relationships, institutions, and advanced technologies to support this radical turn or inner revolution in human mentality.

Regarding the instruments needed to support this irenic turn, we have proposed the Quantum Relations Principle and its technological applications, such as the Quantum Relations Machine and the Global Intelligence Unit. These two technologies, which mutually and continuously feed and enhance each other, are at the core of the other QR-based applications and render obsolete the current Google and Yahoo/Microsoft search and transaction technologies obsolete. Indeed, when fully developed, they will revolutionize the management of intelligent, interactive, real-time information and content. In this regard, the significant problems in Artificial Intelligence that we have addressed and solved are:

- Big Data, yes, but all the solutions currently available are still limiting the scope of the data and the connected information space: we never know what essential data or context we miss
- Subjective Problem Definition: a very subjective and filtered approach to the nearrandom selection of data, tools, and processes
- Biased Result Expectations: the preferred, pleasing, or expected answer wins over the correct answer - every time. This is dangerous and unsustainable in all fields of human activity.

The systemic architecture of the Quantum Relations Machine, in tandem with the Global Intelligence Unit, has made a significant step in preventing these major flaws in how humans and machines analyze complex problems. We have implemented a systemic approach that allows only answers once all spaces are connected, and all data has been fully considered. Our solution is to build a Big-Data, problem-solving ecosystem rather than individual
problem-solving applications. Thus, the correct and acceptable answer must emerge within our problem-solving environment, even before we ask questions. In other words, our system must know the problem space so well that any connection of any dynamic agent within the space is pre-identified without any bias.The system functions consistently with the rich evaluation capabilities of the human brain. Still, it takes additional advantage of the machine's seemingly endless parallel processing capabilities, together with near-unlimited possibilities in memory and storage, thus addressing the cardinal limitations of human evaluation and analysis capabilities. We have created shared machine thinking capabilities by strictly generalizing all data and all process tools throughout the system.

The potential implications of our QR technology for humanity are vast, leading to considerable reductions in time and effort in almost all conceivable research and other human activities.reducing to practically real-time the significant lags between acquiring and implementing evidence-based knowledge. In terms of governance, the Quantum Relations Machine, in tandem with the Global Intelligence Unit, would enable decisionmakers to reach effective, informed decisions within seconds/minutes/hours, compared to what is presently weeks, months, or even years. QRM could also instantly detect and make it possible to expose and disregard false or misleading political statements/claims ("fake news"), indifferent of their ideological source or bias. Its end users would be groups across the public and private sectors whose activities and behaviors significantly influence these sectors: economists, financiers, policymakers, heads of state, government ministries, politicians, decision-makers in multinational corporations, NGOs, international security and diplomatic agencies, all of whom influence the future of our collective livelihoods and wellbeing on this planet.

At the same time, however, its end user would be every citizen who would be provided with the Quantum Personalized Agent/Adviser Link or Q-PAL, which would go a long way toward offering educated choices both in peoplefs personal and in their professional lives, as well as toward reaching consensual collective decisions on which the future of humanity and the entire planet depends. This is where we see our most important contribution: By making the Quantum Relations Machine, the Global Intelligence Unit, and other advanced tools accessible to everyone, not just the people who shape our world at various levels, we aim to ensure that both those people and the ones whom they serve become better equipped to understand, negotiate, and resolve complex issues and potential conflicts, as well as to develop and roll out beneficial political, sociological, ecological and technological programs. Thus, through its Q-PAL, the Quantum Relations Machine can offer everyone the possibility of making wise and timely choices/decisions based on the consensus that results in better outcomes for all.

In sum, the Quantum Relations Machine, the Global Intelligence Unit, and the other QRsupported platforms constitute a premium source of learning about the current and potential dynamics of the planet. With it, we humans can replace emotion or sentiment with evidence, fundamentally reshaping how we respond to the future and govern and self-govern our lives. Finally, we should point out that the quality and nature of the QR applications in a global learning and research framework, no less than in all of the other frameworks of human activity, including (self-) governance, will depend on the quality and nature of the intercultural databases that they will draw upon and, above all, on the mentality and principles that will inform the collection and processing of such databases. It is here that the human sciences (meaning all science, be it ghardh or gsoft,h but in this specific context, especially the social sciences and the humanities) can bring their most decisive contribution. Intercultural and cross-disciplinary groups of researchers, such as philosophers, cultural historians, anthropologists, ecologists, economists, sociologists, political scientists, jurists, psychologists, medical researchers, educators, historians of science, linguists, literary scholars, and many others, could compile intercultural data from a comparative perspective, delving into the systems of values and beliefs of various cultures, their philosophical, scientific, religious, and literary traditions, their specific economic, sociocultural, environmental, and legal practices, institutional arrangements, etc. Such intercultural data, placed in a comparative perspective, but generated from the local viewpoint of each culture or subculture, whether large or small and not from the so-called gobjectiveh and guniversally validh perspective of reductionist (and exemptionalist) Western mainstream science, would go a long way toward creating the local-global learning conditions that would lead to the adoption of the values and practices of an emergent irenic ethics. The irenic spirit of global intelligence and planetary wisdom should infuse any QR-based learning and research technological platform programmed to benefit all (not just some) of our world communities and all life on Earth.

© 2023 Hardy F. Schloer

 

 


 

Credits

Hardy F. Schloer
Founder & CEO of Alpha Centauri International
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
cognitivintelligence.com

Harish Shah
Stratserv Consultancy
Singapore
stratservconsultancy.com

Mario de Vries
Author of CQ: the communication code
Media Specialist
Portugal
gazooom.nl


Moderator

Katie (Miss Metaverse™) King
Futurist and Content Creator
Thailand & Cary, North Carolina, USA

missmetaverse.io
futuristmm.com


Felix B Bopp
Producer of The Future Now Show

clubofamsterdam.com


The Future Now Show

clubofamsterdam.com/the-future-now-show



You can find The Future Now Show also at

LinkedIn: The Future Now Show Group
YouTube: The Future Now Show Channel




CONTENT

Article 02

Heat Wave: Cooling Our Cities Without Air Conditioning
by Bloomberg Originals


Humans are increasingly reliant on air conditioning, but its use contributes to global warming. As the world warms and demand rises, how can we make A/C sustainable? In Spain and India, Kal Penn explores two innovative solutions.
skycoolsystems.com

 

 

 


CONTENT

News about the Future

> Floating Future
> Trina Solar


Floating Future

is a Dutch company that develops floating technology to enable food production floating on open water all over the world. Floating future does this as sustainably and organically as possible.

Cities
In the future, cities will have problems providing their populations with fresh and sustainably produced food.

Worldwide
Most growing cities in the world are located on water or have a connection with water. With floating technology, food production is made possible on unused water surfaces.

Scaleable floating technology
Floating Future develops and builds floating food islands of 6m x 26m each that can be linked infinitely. MARIN will conduct extensive research for this in 2022.


Trina Solar

is a leading manufacturer of solar panels and energy storage solutions committed to delivering top-quality products to global customers and has supplied the world with more than 140GW of solar modules and has a presence in more than 150 countries and regions as of March 2023. As a reliable and valuable partner for net-zero solutions in industries worldwide, Trina Solar attaches great importance to controlling carbon emissions and has been awarded a Carbon Footprint Certificate and LCA for its industry-leading low-carbon emissions.

 

 

 

 

 





CONTENT

Article 03

The Futurists (1967) | Scientists Predict The 21st Century
by Reelblack One

 

 



CONTENT

 

Recommended Book


Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark, Rob Shapiro
Audio CD

 



How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology - and there's nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who's helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today's kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?

What sort of future do you want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn't shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues - from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

 

Max Erik Tegmark
is a Swedish-American physicist, cosmologist and machine learning researcher. He is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute.
Professor Tegmark’s research is focused on precision cosmology, e.g., combining theoretical work with new measurements to place sharp constraints on cosmological models and their free parameters. During his first quarter-century as a physics researcher, this criterion has lead him to work mainly on cosmology and quantum information. Although he’s continuing his cosmology work with the HERA collaboration, the main focus of his current research is on the physics of intelligence: using physics-based techniques to better understand biological and artificial intelligence (AI).

 

Rob Shapiro
got his professional start as an entertainer doing stand-up in Minneapolis while still in high school (the Children's Theatre Company & School of Minneapolis). As a voice-over artist, he can be heard narrating such audiobooks as the bestselling The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick, Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan, and the fantasy noir Low Town by Daniel Polansky. He performed several seasons of radio comedy on Minneapolis Public Radio and voiced the titular lion in Leo the Lion. Rob is also a musician and composer; with his critically acclaimed band, Populuxe, he has released two CDs - A Foggy Day in Brooklyn and Deep in an American Evening . . . - and the EP, Daphne. He is one half of the Velvet Collar, who released their first record, Double Standard, an unlikely collection of cover songs by the Stooges, Hoagy Carmichael, and the Gershwin Brothers, among others, in 2011. Finally, Rob is a business consultant and software system designer, specializing in desktop publishing and workflow efficiency, with clients and implemented systems spanning the globe.



CONTENT

Article 04


Agrivoltaics
by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

 

 

Agrivoltaics denotes the approach of using agricultural land to simultaneously produce agricultural crops and generate PV electricity. Agrivoltaics covers a wide spectrum of intensity and type of agricultural use and the corresponding additional costs for the construction of the PV system. This spectrum ranges from the cultivation of special crops and intensive arable crops with special PV mounting systems to using land for extensive grazing with marginal adjustments on the PV side. Thereby, Agrivoltaics increases land-use efficiency and enables the expansion of PV capacity while retaining fertile arable areas for agriculture.

Agrivoltaics technology has developed very dynamically in recent years and can be found in almost all regions of the world. The installed Agrivoltaics power increased exponentially from app. 5 MWp in 2012 to app. 2.9 GWp in 2018 to more than 14 GWp in 2021 with national funding programmes in Japan (since 2013), China (ca. 2014), France (since 2017), the USA (since 2018) and most recently Korea.


Quick-Facts: Agrivoltaics

- Global installed power of app. 14 GWp
- Technical potential in Germany of app. 1700 GWp
Advantages:
- enormous land area potential
- less expensive than small rooftop PV systems
- additional benefits for agriculture including protection against losses due to hail, frost and drought
Challenges:
- reliable prognoses of agricultural yields
- optimization of the plant design with regard to the type of farming
- securing agriculture as the main use for agrivolatics when combined with livestock farming.

Our R&D services
Our services for Agrivoltaic plants cover all project phases: From feasibility studies, through the selection of suitable technology for the intended site, system design and PV yield prediction, to monitoring and optimization of the plant in operation.
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE / Agrivoltaics

Related Links:
Building-Integrated Photovoltaics
Vehicle-Integrated Photovoltaics
Road-Integrated Photovoltaics
Floating Photovoltaics
Urban Photovoltaics

 

 

 



CONTENT

Climate Change Success Story

Green Architecture

 

Green architecture is a method of minimizing the negative effects built structures have on their surrounding environment. It's a philosophy that draws on the environment as inspiration to deliver low-impact, adaptable, and healthy spaces. Green buildings are made in accordance with this thinking. - Google 

 

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Sustainability in architecture and design with Bjarke Ingels
by WIRED Live

Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, defines architecture as the art and science of making cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives.
"Sustainable buildings are not only better for the environment, but for the lives of the people living in them."

 



What If We Could Design Our Buildings In A Way That Was Healthy For Both People And The Planet?
by ArchDaily

The ‘Living Places’ concept rethinks our understanding of buildings in a new way through sustainable solutions and practical action. VELUX, together with EFFEKT architects and Artelia engineers, have explored how the building industry can advance the health of people and the planet through a scalable building concept that aims to achieve a 3-times lower CO2 footprint and a 3-times better indoor climate by Danish standards, all while enhancing the health and well-being of residents - and at a competitive price!

 



 

 

 

 

South America

The warm atmosphere of a horizontal house inserted into the Chilean nature
by Architecture Hunter

Located in the middle of nature, a horizontal house is designed by GA Estudio. The residence features cutouts and openings that favor the architectural relationship with the landscape it is inserted. Inside, the use of wood brings warmth and is part of the interior design, emphasizing the architectural lines with the natural wood design itself and the cutting of the boards placed in different directions. Enjoy the atmosphere of the house by exploring the Panorama of casaDèsvu.

 

 

House in the mountains by MK27: Architectural Tour
by Architecture Hunter

Emerging over the mountains of Minas Gerais, Nova Lima, Brazil; Minas House was designed by Studio MK27, reassembling the typical surroundings. The 1100 sqm residence is accessible through a bridge, creating a gap between public and private areas without constructing stashing elements. Light spreads the interior through a glazed façade, which can be fully retracted. On one side enchanting views are portrayed while the other is covered by a long shelf, storytelling family memories. Dive into the Panorama of Minas House!

 

 

 

Mexico

Inventor uses seaweed to build low-income homes in Mexico
by CGTN America

 


Africa

House of a Thousand Knots - the Bentwood Architecture of the Orma Women Builders.
by Nomad Architecture

This is a previously undiscovered African house, from east Kenya,. It is almost on the edge of extinction, with the tradition being preserved by one remarkable young woman, Ramadan. The tiny home, a beautiful example of organic architecture, is constructed by around twenty women builders over three days, usually just before a marriage. The house is unusually high, with a raised up bed, and this is to protect the occupants from the occasional flooding of the river Tana. All the natural materials are gathered from within a few kilometers of the village. Essentially it is a bentwood frame lashed together into a gridshell. The whole structure is strong as it is a natural parabolic dome. The area is undergoing rapid change as modern materials and electricity are being brought in, so we were very fortunate to be able to record this building before it disappears completely.

 

 

The Architects Designing Future Cities With Mud
by Bloomberg Originals

West African architects are reviving ancient building methods that make it easier to stay cool as temperatures climb.

 

 


Scandinavia

Inside A Sustainable Power Plant With A Ski Slope On Its Roof | Unique Spaces
by Architectural Digest

Today Architectural Digest visits Copenhagen, Denmark to tour CopenHill — an innovative, climate-positive waste-to-energy plant towering above the city’s downtown that doubles as an urban ski slope. Produced by Architectural Digest in association with BBC Studios Natural History Unit & Moondance Foundation. #OurFrozenPlanet brings you urgent stories about the effects of climate change around the globe, and accounts of the people dedicated to championing positive change to protect the future of our planet.

 

 

Greenhouse in Sweden with its own Ecosystem designed by TailorMade Arkitekter
by Real Estate & Interior Design

Rosenlund Naturhus is a private greenhouse home positioned in the magnificent agrarian landscape just south of Vadstena, Sweden. The house and the green house are placed with the fantastic views in mind. The generous greenhouse (400 sqm) encloses the whole core house except for the gable towards the east. It will be filled with plant beds for cultivation and as a part of the full eco-cycle system that will take care of the treatment of the wastewater, transforming it into fruits and vegetables.


 

Oslo Architecture, Norway | Architecture by Allthegoodies.com
by Visit Norway

A philosophical look at designing a home out of wood. This gives the meaning of bringing the outdoors indoors to a whole new level! Norwegian wood architecture will make you feel better,...ENJOY IT!

 

 



Italy

Forest condominium is ecosystem of 150 trees, 60+ apartments
by Kirsten Dirksen

With 150 trees sprouting across 5 floors of terraces, balconies, and roof gardens, apartment complex "25 Verde" rises like a giant treehouse, a forest-building ecosystem combining geothermal energy, water reuse, and natural cooling.

The 63-unit building’s design continues the arboreal theme, with wooden shingles and steel supports that look like tree trunks. In addition to cleaning the air around the building, the trees dampen noise pollution, provide shade, and help regulate the building’s temperature.

The 200 trees (150 on the building + 50 in the courtyard) produce upwards of 150,000 liters of oxygen per hour during daylight hours and absorb almost 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide during nighttime hours.

Water is captured on the roof gardens and run down to the ground level forming a large pond that adds ambiance and a cooling factor in summer. The building's heating and cooling systems make use of geothermal energy, using heat pumps and an old well used by a 1950s Fiat factory at the same location.

Corten steel trees support much of the structure and serve as conduits for rainwater and greywater. Architect Luciano Pia modeled these on the majestic old Platanus trees in Turin. His mixed structure of architecture and plants is a unique work of biotecture that reimagines how we can live in cities. 25 Verde resident Paolo Botto gives us a tour of the building.

 

 

 

China

Green skyscrapers of Shanghai
by FT World

Shanghai has had a cult of tall buildings for decades. But now, the city also has a cult of green buildings. Patti Waldmeir, the FT's Shanghai correspondent, takes a tour of one of the tallest and supposedly greenest buildings in the world.

 



USA

New Earthships capture more energy, water & food at lower cost
by Kirsten Dirksen

With walls made from old tires packed with earth, as well as upcycled glass bottles and cans, Earthships have always been built with mainly found materials. The home provides its own energy (with photovoltaics and passive solar and geothermal tubes), water (rainwater and even dew-water capture) and grows food in the essential greenhouse (necessary for temperature regulation and for filtering the water to be reused).

Costs range from $100,000 for a Simple Survival model to $1.5 million for the top-of-the-line Global design. Earthship Biotecture h as justcompleted their first Encounter: an affordable model that provides all the power, water and good of a more costly home.

Deborah Binder has been building Earthships for the past 8 years, both her own home, and community projects in places like Malawi and Puerto Rico. She gave us a tour of the first Encounter build, as well as the Global model she is test-living.

We stopped in at the Encounter build #3 where foreman Phil Basehart pounded tires and explained how the Encounter compares to other models.


 

These Sustainable DESERT DOMES Will Blow Your Mind!.
by Natural Buildings

In today's tour, we visit the Mojave Center in the Mojave Desert to explore Earthbag Domes. Earthbags domes are affordable, sustainable, earthquake resistant, fireproof, and beautiful! They also have a high thermal mass which is perfect for the desert climate!

 



Spain

Cork-clad home uses Trombe Wall & circular vents as free A/C
by Kirsten Dirksen

When Nancy and her husband found a lot at the edge of Catalonia’s Garraf forest, they wanted a home that would fit the environment so they wrapped their home in cork insulation and installed a “natural” swimming pool that uses wetlands instead of chlorine. Instead of installing an HVAC system, architect Elisabetta Quarta Colosso strategically placed three thermal storage walls, or “Trombe walls”, to warm and cool the home.

“A Trombe wall is a massive Equator-facing wall that is painted a dark color in order to absorb thermal energy from incident sunlight and covered with a glass on the outside with an insulating air-gap between the wall and the glaze.” In winter, the sunlight absorbed by the mass is converted to heat and then transferred into the living space. In summer, the system cools like a solar chimney by drawing in cool air from the north and pushing out warmer air in the southern vents.

Taking into account the three Trombe walls, as well as the local climate and the home’s passive solar orientation, Elisabetta estimates the home should need to use the tiny wood-burning stove only two weeks per year. Nancy confirms that it is only on the coldest winter nights or if there are several days without sun when they need to light it.

After nearly two years since construction, the cork cladding has begun to gain its own patina, but cork, unlike other insulating materials (like foam) that can lose its effectiveness after a few years, doesn’t lose R-value with time. It also proves an effective sound insulator and Elisabetta crafted a patio with cork walls on two sides for quiet contemplation.

Nancy loves the aesthetic associated with the functional choices of the house systems, but the highlight for her is the natural swimming pool. No chlorine feels great on the skin and the only maintenance is an annual trimming of the plants. The pool is fed by a 20-thousand liter rainwater water tank stored under the driveway (it also waters the garden). Elisabetta explains that the idea of the house is to have “a small complete ecosystem that works with its own resources”.

 

 


India

How to build multi-storied structures using stabilised mud blocks
by Deccan Herald

Humans have always built with natural materials which are locally available. Right from some of the most ancient civilisations, earth or mud has been used in construction for its structural integrity and durability. But over the years, Mud has lost its appeal. Cities across India are building rapidly with cement and other machine made materials. This creates environmental issues and even accelerates climate change. But is there a way out? Can mud architecture be revived? Can it become an alternative to concrete?.

 

 

 

Built out of Earth and Debris, this Eco-Friendly Home is a Work of Art
by Buildofy

On the outskirts of Tamil Nadu, and a 90-minute drive away from Bengaluru, is a village called Shoolagiri that is known for its eco-friendly community called Sanctity Ferme. To promote their vision of a natural ecosystem, sustainable model homes were planned for the residents. Flintstone6 is first of many such eco-friendly prototypes, designed to blend with the scenic untouched landscapes of the region.

 

 

 

Australia

Bamboo - the Tradition of the Future
by Anthrotechture

Bamboo - the Tradition of the Future is a survey of the uses of bamboo in contemporary architecture . The film shows the opportunities for using bamboo in modern design and also illustrates the challenges the material faces. The film invites us to meet some of the most interesting ‘bamboo whisperers’ of today: architects and designers who have developed unique and thought-provoking solutions using bamboo as a material for the future.

With a growth rate of up to a meter/day - the world record of living plants - and structural properties equal to that of steel and concrete, bamboo is a versatile design material and an interesting alternative in the contemporary material/sustainability discourse. Over 1,250 species are known, varying from small to giant. Bamboo is found in varied biotopes - cold mountains, hot tropics, and arid deserts. Furthermore, bamboo is a good alternative to facilitate biological carbon sequestration. “Bamboo’s fast-growing attribute makes it a very useful resource to capture and sequester atmospheric carbon and consequently mitigate climate change, in a similar way that tree does. The unique growing capacity makes bamboo a valuable sink for carbon storage”. Bamboo, in spite of its many advantages, has long-standing difficulties in gaining serious momentum and awareness in mainstream design practices. The small-scale nature and the peripheral cultural and geographic position of the bamboo industry has made it hard for bamboo to make its voice heard. The knowledge of bamboo is today mostly concentrated in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Dr. Campbell Drake says “Architects from the developing world are leading the industry in terms of innovation, but it would be great to see it being exported to other parts of the world” . This is echoed by the bamboo pioneer Dr. Kristof Crolla who notes that “Some of the knowledge, some of the drives that they [places outside the trendsetting metropolises] put on the table can be exported back into the west as well” . And what is true for architecture is equally true for the design of daily objects.

 



Indonesia

Hidden Tropical Jungle Garden & Dream Man Cave featuring Pak Chandra
by
Leafing Around

Tour the breath-taking home & topical garden of Chandra, sitting amidst the bustling city of Jakarta. Pick up great plantcare tips - fertilizers, pest control and the thoughts behind the landscaping design of his garden. Chandra is an avid plant collector and has an amazing breath of aroids. See also his various passion and collections in birds, fishes, art pieces and more!

 


 

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Futurist Portrait

Karen Sands
GeroFuturist




Karen Sands photo by Lisa Levart, LUSH Photography

 

Karen Sands is a multiple Amazon #1 bestseller author of 10 books and journals. Visionaries Have Wrinkles is one of her most popular, while Gray is the New Green is turning the business of aging on its head, and her groundbreaking resource, The Ageless Way, touted as a new model for aging, and more recently her Manifesto for Visionaries, The Greatness Challenge. She is a serial social entrepreneur, CCE-board certified and ICF-certified master coach (MCC, BCC), invited vetted master coach and mentor for TED fellows, visionary mentor, consultant, and sought-after public speaker. One of Corporate America’s first intrapreneurs and a pioneer in the coaching industry, she is also the leading GeroFuturistSM, midlife and Boomer expert, and expert authority on women 40+ who believes passionately in the unlimited potential associated with the Longevity Economy, the Business of Aging (aka: GeroBusinessSM) and Ageless Aging.

Karen mentors visionary executives-in-transition, established business owners, and professionals on how to fulfill their potential at any age, and offers consulting and training to entrepreneurs, higher education institutions, non-profits, and businesses large and small who want to learn about and capture the hearts and minds of women over 40 and/or those who are ready to hit delete on ageism, and for those who seek to turn the business of aging on its head!

Karen has contributed to the White House Task Force on Innovative Learning, the Hudson Institute’s landmark study, Workforce 2000, as well as its sequel: Workforce 2020. She has served as an invited reporter for the White House Conference on Aging and been invited to sit on Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women’s Advisory Council.

Karen has also created avant garde Whole Brain ForesightSM and experiential programming, and trained entrepreneurs, corporate executives, advisors & coaches, and educators how to incorporate continuous-quality improvement/development models and principles into their non-profit organizations, corporate enterprises and school systems.

She was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College’s prestigious Brookdale Center, where she was the first to teach an adult gerontology course for professionals entitled, “Conscious Aging 101.”

One of her greatest passions throughout her career since the ‘mid-60’s is being a transformational teacher & trainer which led her to become a professional development practitioner for school systems, corporate enterprises, associations, and her invite-only private programs leading and facilitation of deep Soulwork and resulting transformation for executives, professionals, leaders & activists, artists & social entrepreneurs and visionary business leaders, plus sold-out women’s groups and diverse audiences and events.

Karen has been featured in the global award winning Leader to Leader Journal, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and Glamour magazine to name a few, and on CNN, NBC, HBO, and other major media outlets and multiple podcasts as featured guest expert. Invited contributor of chapter , “Gray is the New Green: Opportunities of the Longevity Economy” included in the 1st U.N. Encyclopedia on Gerontology and Population Aging (2019-perpetuity).

Recognized by Forbes as “One of the Top Female Futurists Worldwide” (2020), and by Bruce Rosenstein, Managing Editor of Leader to Leader as “Among the Top 42 Leading Futurist Authors Past and Present” (2021), “One of the Authors of Top 55 Books on Longevity and Productive Aging” (2022) and listed on Futurist Ross Dawson’s “Top Global Female Futurists” (2023)

 

Rewriting The Narrative of Growing Up, Growing Older, and Growing Richer with Karen Sands
by Retire with Purpose

 

 

 

 

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