Archinect - News 2014-12-21T13:51:29-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110234469/tiny-spanish-island-to-be-first-energy-self-sufficient-island Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:03:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j48eg5bxmz2g0vgk.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, is now billing itself as the world's first energy self-sufficient island that has never been hooked up to a power grid [...] This past summer, El Hierro inaugurated the Gorona del Viento power plant, a $110 million wind and water turbine farm. By the end of this year, the plant will generate all of the island's energy needs of up to 48 gigawatt hours per year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not only will El Hierro be the first energy self-sufficient island, it's will also exclusively make use of renewable energy sources, a mix of wind and hydro-power. Previously, the island &ndash; the most remote of the Canary Islands &ndash; couldn't hook up to the Spanish grid and had to barge in about 40,000 barrels of oil a year. Meanwhile, the island is also planning to have only electric cars by 2020, NPR reports. This little rocky island is a good model for the rest of the world; though with a population of just over <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Hierro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10,000,</a> it has a bit of an advantage.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea China is busy building islands in the South China Sea Nam Henderson 2014-09-08T21:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-08T21:19:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2k/2k1lsh2bzopz0jpq.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But I&rsquo;ve seen aerial photographs of this place taken by the Philippine navy. They show the massive land reclamation work China has been doing here since January. Millions of tonnes of rock and sand have been dredged up from the sea floor and pumped into the reef to form new land.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rupert Wingfield-Hayes&nbsp;travels to the South China Sea, where&nbsp;the Chinese state is building&nbsp;islands.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58165480/dror-s-vision-for-havvada Dror's Vision for HavvAda Archinect 2012-09-28T13:00:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T19:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1bie7ieaq3bee0f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> New York firm <a href="http://www.studiodror.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dror</a> today unveiled designs for a collosal artificial island to be created right off the coast of Turkey, not far from Istanbul. The project, dubbed HavvAda, is envisioned to rise from the sea by piling up one billion cubic meter of soil carved out of the main land from the construction of the proposed Canal Istanbul, another ambitious mega project currently proposed to run parallel to the Bosporus. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller, six gigantic geodesic domes will lift up artificial hills on the island which will be covered with residences and commercial buildings for a population of several hundred thousand people.</p> <p> Find a detailed project description and images courtesy of Dror below.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6y7modhi8tqy88vi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> A century after the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan presents the Canal Istanbul project and offers to re-visit the map of the city. One billion cubic meter of soil may be carved out of the main land in order to create the canal. Turkish deve...</p>