"In this dynamic global context, the challenges of developing an energy architecture that delivers a secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy supply are many and complex. In assessing the performance of countries across a number of key indicators, this study confirms just how various and sizeable those challenges are: no country achieves the full score of 1/1 overall, and no country achieves top performance on each measure. While there is considerable variation in performance between different countries, all face obstacles on the way to achieving lasting balance in their management of the three sides of the energy triangle: economic growth and development; environmental sustainability; and energy access and security."
Energy architecture performance from the World Economic Forum. Read he report.
Abandoned big-box stores are an eyesore. This old Walmart though is America’s biggest library now. Award-winning design.
This is a "zero-impact" office building in Seattle. Solar. Clean materials. Rainwater harvesting. Composting toilets. Bravo.
Amazing Antarctic research buildings you never knew existed. Probably. Unless you are an Antarctic researcher.
So this is the biggest building in the world. Yes, the Chinese built it. Yes, it has an indoor artificial beach resort and an ice rink and two 5-star hotels. WALL-E world.
New York may use 3-D-printed pilings to save its crumbling waterfront. It’s crazy enough that it just might work. Really. Not kidding.
Fast Company has a spread on a cool “zero-energy” house.
Abandoned Village of Ukivok on King Island. Abandoned for nearly four decades, Ukivok is one of Alaska’s ghost villages hovering precariously on a rocky cliff facing the Bering Sea on King Island. Remains of village buildings are perched on poles standing eerily on the unforgiving terrain.
Photo credit: Captain Budd Christman, NOAA Corps