Once a derelict piece of land on the old Eastern Curve railway line, Dalston’s Eastern Curved Garden now lies as a beacon of tranquility in the middle of the vibrant East End. Nestled just off Kingsland High Street, behind a heavy wooden door, is one acre of carefully tended, flower beds, trees and shrubs, including … Continue reading “Inspiring places: Dalston Eastern Curved Garden, Hackney”
Heeley City Farm is a social enterprise that has been in operation since 1981 and provides sustainability, food and farming education to 1000s of school children and over 100,000 visitors each year. They offer training and volunteering opportunities to young people from all backgrounds across a spectrum of sustainability issues, including recycling, composting, food growing, … Continue reading “Inspiring places: Heeley City Farm; A Community Resource”
The King’s Cross Skip Garden is a moveable organic vegetable garden located in the middle of one of the biggest development sites in Europe. It has now expanded into a community project which provides opportunities for local young people to encourage positive action in the world through youth leadership training schemes, accredited business and horticulture … Continue reading “Inspiring places: King’s Cross Skip Garden”
The Brighton Waste House features the installation of 20,000 toothbrushes, 2 tonnes of denim jeans and 4,000 DVD cases and is one of the first permanent public buildings in Europe to be constructed from nearly 90% waste. 300 students studying construction trades, architecture and design had the opportunity to work on the project and experience … Continue reading “Inspiring places: Brighton Waste House- a living laboratory for ecological architectural design”
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) based in Mid Wales overlooks Snowdonia National Park and offers visitors the chance to explore 7 acres of interactive displays and organic gardens and enjoy the enchanting natural surroundings. CAT’s eco house demonstrates simple ideas and ways to make a household more sustainable through effective waste management, buying local … Continue reading “Inspiring places: The Centre for Alternative Technology- inspire, inform, enable”
Cities account for the biggest share of energy consumption, CO2 emissions and environmental impact, half the world’s population already lives in cities, and the number of city dwellers is rapidly growing. Extensive research has been carried out by Siemens in order to help cities identify and understand new urban challenges and highlight workable solutions. The … Continue reading “Inspiring places: The Crystal – a Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens”
Kiru Balson, Building Futures Group, BRE shares her experiences during a 4 week deployment to the Philippines.