William McDonough (TED04, 05) regularly drops jaws with imagery from the world’s largest “living roof,” which he designed for the Ford Motor Company plant in Dearborn, MI. Green roofs also feature strongly in the cities he’s designing for China. Their benefits are obvious: They improve air quality, restore migratory patterns for birds, and look a lot better than black tar. So when will your roof go green? WorldChanging this week assesses the state of the art in eco-roof technology, explaining the barriers to entry (cost, bureaucratic red tape) and pointing out the visionaries (including the city of Chicago, which offers $5K grants for green roof projects). Stay tuned for: Majora Carter at TED2006. She’s bringing green roofs and more to the South Bronx.
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Steve Case takes a road trip, JR turns the Panthéon Inside Out, plus insights into what’s killing bees
Below, just a few members of the TED community who made headlines this week. Longtime TEDster Steve Case is hitting the road this summer to find and invest in start-ups that may otherwise be overlooked. His “Rise of the Rest Road Trip” kicked off in Detroit this week and will continue on to Pittsburg, Cincinnati […]
“In the middle of chaos, a bright side”: Iraq Builders celebrates one year of repairing homes around Baghdad
If you happened upon a small park in Nasiriyah, Iraq, last June 28, you would have noticed a group of 15 people, fast asleep, with blue hard hats and orange vests nearby. This group was not homeless, nor staging some kind of occupation. They were volunteers from Iraq Builders who had traveled more than 350 […]