Blog of news and innovation projects
The engineer and inventor Henry Bessemer revolutionised steel production thanks to an air-based iron decarbonization system. He was able to cut costs and manufacture a stronger and lighter steel on a large scale. A breakthrough that fueled the expansion of the railroad and marked the birth of modern cities.
Beyond parks and green spaces, biophilic design integrates architecture and nature into buildings from a dual perspective, improving the health of citizens, as well as opening the way to more sustainable cities. But what is the scientific basis for this trend?
Smart cities are gaining momentum in Latin American capitals. Projects such as the networks of sensors in Santiago de Chile or the creation of the world's largest urban cable car network in La Paz (Bolivia) provide a double opportunity. They offer the chance to take a leap forward and catch up with more developed countries in terms of energy efficiency and environmental care, but also to finally be able to bring running water and other basic supplies to millions of inhabitants of these large cities.
Life underground is not, exclusively, science fiction, nor is it necessarily cramped, chilly or gloomy. Thanks to engineering and architecture, we have more and more solutions to make the subsurface habitable, creating impressive subterranean structures that are also key to a sustainable future.
Environmental noise pollution is a threat to health, especially in cities. Reducing the noise impact of traffic, and even that derived from leisure, is necessary to stop the harmful effects on its inhabitants. In the trend of making cities more livable spaces, solutions from architecture are already being tested to minimize and even eliminate this urban noise.