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Zaha Hadid Architects undulating riverside promenade doubles as a flood barrier in Hamburg

Zaha Hadid Architects has raised both the cultural cachet and the storm surge barriers in the German city of Hamburg with their recently completed upgrade to the Elbe River promenade and flood barrier at Niederhafen. Designed with an undulating shape that mimics the ebb and flow of tides, the revamped promenade reconnects the river to the surrounding urban fabric and boosts the popular riverside walkway appeal with a modern redesign large enough to accommodate a wide variety of groups, from pedestrians…

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Vertical forest buildings designed by Stefano Boeri set to center new Cairo Administrative district

In a world of high population growth, it’s increasingly difficult to find adequate housing, and green space is diminishing throughout most urban areas. But when Cairo began developing a new administrative capital area architects and designers jumped into the planning with vertical forest block buildings. Italian architect Stefano Boeri collaborated with Egyptian designer Shimaa Shalash as a local partner, as well as landscape agronomist Laura Gatti to create three, seven-story buildings including…

Why we should all embrace the sweet art of 'doing nothing'

A very long time ago, someone without any friends, who people crossed the street to avoid and probably worked himself to death said, “The devil makes work for idle hands to do.” And, unfortunately, for many of us, those words…

Underlying Volcano Melted Iceland’s ‘Funeral Glacier’, Not Climate Change

In an astonishing turn of events, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) just cosponsored a“climate change funeral” for an Icelandic glacier positioned atop a volcano that is part of and fueled by one of the most volcanically active faults on our…

Visiting a park can make you as happy as Christmas

When you’re in a bad mood, take a stroll around a park. The burst of good feelings you’ll get are like the rush of happiness that many people experience on Christmas Day. That’s what researchers found after analyzing the Twitter…

The Amazon is burning, and here's why it's not just Brazil's problem

It’s difficult to keep track of all the climate crises, but the current fires in the Amazon rainforest should have everyone’s attention. The world’s largest rainforest, spanning nine nations, is vital for storing carbon and slowing down global warming. For…

Walmart Suing Tesla Over Multiple Solar Panel Roof Fires

Retail giant Walmart is suing Tesla over a number of roof fires at multiple Walmart stores which the company claims were caused by Tesla solar panels. MarketWatch reports that retail giant Walmart Inc. is suing Elon Musk’s company over a number…