Sustainable Neighborhoods – The Prospects of Smart Communities

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I think we should integrate nature and natural processing in the cities through environmental engineering. We understand that the city has a metabolism and we can make urban environment even effectively functioning machine. We need to let biology and natural function come into the city. By this I mean not exporting waste but composting it in our neighborhoods, and not expecting that all of our food is grown somewhere out there while we go collect it at Whole Foods. We should see farms in urban context. Perhaps with composting right next to it.

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Los Angeles Leading The Market On Water Conservation

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There is a very accelerated effort to capture water, not only at the large storm water catch basins that we have but also to try to do smaller capture projects. There are only so many big storm rains, there is only so much public property. What we need to do now is to try to catch smaller rains and water flowing down on the side of the streets. We need to do things like bioswales, green streets, places where water can percolate into the ground.

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The Future of Infrastructure in Los Angeles

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Some of the key observations of the report are: Los Angels ranks third out of four U.S. major cities for public transport use. Only 20% use public transport while 74% rely on private transport. Residents of L.A. consume less electricity per person than in the other U.S. cities and wealthier global cities. Electricity in L.A. is some of the greenest in the world. Air quality in L.A. is the worst amongst U.S. cities, but better than in international megacities.

Biophilic Design Makes Buildings A Much Better Place To Live

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Biophilia is a study of human connection to nature. We see neuroscientists, psychologists, evolutionary biologists and number of others loing at how people respond psychologically and physiologically to experiences of nature. Those experiences frequently translate to lower stress level, which you can see through heart rate and blood pressure and number of other indicators. Another outcome of experiencing nature is improved cognitive function. In Japan the research is called forest bathing “Shinrin-Yu”. They would give people stressful situation and then put them into a forest to see what happens to the heart rate and the blood pressure. They also measure…

How Science Fiction Movies Affect The Reality Of Cities

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I always say we are the ones who were involved when the machines to over the world. It would be a complete irony if the machines truly take over the world. We have shown so many movies where robots to over the world and nobody ever stopped the development of robots and artificial intelligence. So, is there room to worry? I think so. Because once you notice that something is not right, it will be already too late. You designed floating vehicles in the movie, Total Recall. Do you envision flying cars in the future? Harald Belker: Not at all.…

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