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RCA Show 2012: VeloPresso, a Human-Powered Coffee Shop

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VeloPresso is a “pedal-powered mobile coffee-making machine for off-grid selling of quality espresso and its derivatives with a compact footprint and near-silent ultra-low-carbon human-powered operation – fine coffee, no electricity, no motors, no noise.”

Velopresso. Image © Ivan Coleman, source: www.velopresso.cc

Image © Ivan

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Bristol and Newcastle: Britain’s Green and Pleasant Cities

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I recently posted about eco-cities Masdar in Abu Dhabi and DongTan in Shanghai. But what about Britain? Does Britain have any sustainable cities already? It’s all very well creating eco-cities from scratch, but more than half the people in the world now live in cities and these cities weren’t designed from

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Electric Car Top Trumps: A Round up of 44 Electric Vehicles

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There has been huge progress in the development of electric vehicles and we are at a point now where electric cars are a feasible alternative to petrol and diesel. The variety of electric vehicles already launched or expected to be launched soon is huge (top speeds vary from 24mph to 208mph!) and I wanted to

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A Green Roof Over Your Head

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Roofs are valuable yet underutilised assets, I can’t help feeling that sometimes they are a bit ‘out of sight, out of mind‘. Encouragingly, I’ve been noticing more and more mentions of green roofs recently. I was also inspired and slightly surprised to spot a veritable jungle growing on the top of a high rise apartment block

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Four of a kind: Dense living

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Every man’s home is his castle… sometimes it just happens to be very close to another person’s castle! Here are some of my favorite examples of ‘dense living’… I love the repetition of the building’s features and the way each otherwise identical unit is personalised by the people living there.

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