These two residential buildings: Or this one here? Both are located in the Porto Nuova district of Milan. And from what I could tell when I walked by them yesterday, they’re pretty comparable. They have similarly deep balconies. And they even appear to have the… Read More
All posts tagged “sustainability”
Which is the most important when it comes to new housing?
If you can’t see the Twitter poll below, click here: At the time of writing this post, affordability was number one, followed by design and beauty, and then sustainability. Some of you were right to point out that these options are not always mutually exclusive.… Read More
What am I paying more for?
So here’s the thing. The whole reason we are all talking about how to build more sustainably is that there isn’t often a quantifiable ROI for doing so. If building a net-zero building cost less than building a regular building, everybody would be building one.… Read More
Three in four Americans believe it’s better for the environment if houses are built farther apart
Living in a low-density place with lots of greenery and open space can feel like a pretty “green” way to live. Maybe you’ve even got a little garden where you grow delicious tomatoes. And indeed, a lot of people seem to think this is the… Read More
Higher gas prices impact cities differently
Gas prices are up. And here is a chart to support this statement: If I were trying to be as sensational as possible, I would likely leave things here. But since that is generally not what I try and do with this blog, here is… Read More
Our sustainability goals and the price of carbon
This is an interesting article talking about the price of carbon and where it will need to go if we are to get to zero carbon emissions by 2050. The current price of carbon on the EU’s Emissions Trading System is around $59 per tonne.… Read More
Electric vs. internal combustion engine
Porsche released its first electric car back in 2019. It was the 2020 Porsche Taycan, which was fairly similar to the Porsche Panamera sedan in terms of price, performance, and styling, except that it was fully electric. So if you were in the market for… Read More
How the world changed over the last 37 years
Google Earth has a feature called Timelapse that combines millions of different satellite images to show you how the world has changed over the last 37 years — sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. It’s a feature that’s been out for a… Read More
Koto Design announces prefab partnership and two new house designs
Koto Design, which I have written about before on the blog, has just announced both a partnership with Plant Prefab and two new home designs. Koto is based in the UK and is a designer of small and energy neutral homes and cabins. Plant Prefab… Read More
Are car tunnels the solution to traffic congestion?
Elon Musk recently posted this Twitter survey asking if we, the people, would like “super safe, Earthquake-proof tunnels under [our] cities to solve traffic.” It was leading in that the “no” response was, “No, I like traffic.” And it was initially vague in that it… Read More