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Students Harvest Success by Taking on a City’s Food Desert

Students Harvest Success by Taking on a City’s Food Desert

"Engineering students from Rutgers University in New Jersey are part of an effort to end a food desert in one corner of the Garden State.

Led by Carson Hess and Jakub Chmiel, the undergraduate students are working in Camden, N.J., across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, to help residents there turn vacant lots into gardens. Altogether, some 4,000 lots are owned by the city, which turns them over to residents who agree to plant gardens and tend them."

Read more at Engineering360

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City Solar Power Potential and Road Network Size Linked

City Solar Power Potential and Road Network Size Linked

"Scientists could estimate a city's solar power potential by analyzing the size of its road network, a new study finds.

Inspired by studies on the relationships between blood vessel networks and a body's size and metabolic rates, study author Sara Najem, a physicist at Lebanon's National Center for Remote Sensing in Beirut, investigated what connections might exist between different elements of a city's infrastructure, such as its road network and its solar potential. "I am always seeking to draw analogies between living systems and cities," Najem says. Najem will detail her findings in the journal Physical Review E."

Read more at IEEE Spectrum

Technology Spotlight

Forest cities: the radical plan to save China from air pollution

'Forest Cities': The Radical Plan to Save China From Air Pollution

"When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of fumes and dust.

Last week, the Italian architect, famed for his tree-clad Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper complex in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing."

Read more at The Guardian