As more and more open spaces and green trees are giving way to the concrete jungle, the heat in the cities is becoming unbearable. Therefore, live in cities have become bad to worse in past few years. Here are amazing city solutions for beating the heat in a sustainable manner.
City Forest, Singapore
“Gardens by the Bay” has recently been opened in Singapore wherein trees and plants are being used in a unique manner. The area that they cover is almost the size of 250 US football-sized fields. It houses nearly 80% of the plant species of the world and in a glass atrium that is home to around 220,000 different vegetation types.
Greening Government Buildings, Berlin
The Reichstag is Germany’s parliament building which has been revamped with a new dome. This dome makes use of mirrors and glasses for reflecting daylight right inside the chamber to prevent the use of artificial lighting. It also has a system of rainwater harvesting via a funnel.
Floating Food, New York
The Floating Food in New York is also known as The Science Barge. Powered by biofuels, wind energy, and solar power, this structure is an environmental classroom and greenhouse that floats atop the Hudson River in New York. This project was built in the year 2007 and has net zero carbon emissions. The Floating Foods grow vegetables hydroponically within and plants get all their nutrients from the water and not soil.
Sustainable Housing, Denmark
The “8 Houses” known as “8 Tallet” in Denmark is one of the latest in green housing schemes in the country. Designed by the Bjarke Ingels group, it is located outside Copenhagen. The buildings capture maximum daylight to reduce power consumption.
Solar Dominance, China
Developed by the largest solar water heater manufacturer in the world, the Solar Dominance in China is termed as the Silicon Valley of solar developments. Touted as the largest solar energy production facility in the world, they also call it the Sun Moon Building. The founder of the project is planning to turn the area around the Sun Moon Building into the Solar Valley of China.
The Eco Village in London is truly a green village with a sense of community and quality of life. First of its kind in the UK, it contains rooftop gardens, solar panels, recycled building materials and less carbon footprint.
These major green developments taking place in leading cities of the world will contribute immensely to reducing the pollution in the water and air and maximize the use of renewable and green sources of energy.