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Prefab house renewal in Rimaszombat

Slovakia is home to more Cold War-era prefabricated housing blocks, locally referred to as “panelaks,” than anywhere else in the former Soviet bloc. After the fall of communism, many called for the demolition of the panelaks, seen as unwanted reminders of a difficult history. In Bratislava alone, 130,000 people live in panelaks; destroying and replacing that much housing would have been prohibitively expensive.

Vilawatt project

The local government of Viladecans, in Barcelona, set up an energy company based on citizen participation to promote the shift to environmentally friendly power sources and the renovation of homes to make them more energy efficient. In addition, a digital currency was created to reward people for saving energy. The money could be spent at businesses in their area to boost the local economy. The wider goal was to ensure the sustainable use of resources in a socially just community in which citizens play an active role.

Tengah - the city of the future

Tengah will be Singapore’s first smart and sustainable town, with green features and smart technologies.

Giant solar-powered air conditioners, vacuum garbage collection, subterranean roads for electric vehicles, urban farms and green architecture. Put them all together and you have Tengah, Singapore’s most ambitious project yet to build the city of the future.

i-Kabin

The i-Kabin is a completely off-grid solar-powered battery recharging Kiosk. Just like a village water well, where people come in the center of town to get a bucket of water for their daily usage, the i-Kabin provides electricity without the hassle of creating a village electricity grid. i-Kabins can be installed and operational in a matter of hours. At an affordable cost, customers can buy a mobile battery (the “bucket) to get access to electricity. To recharge the mobile battery (i-Pack), the user goes to the closest i-Kabin, operated by a local entrepreneur, to recharge his i-Pack.

3D-printed isolation wards

In the battle against the coronavirus, timely isolation has become the top priority for epidemic prevention and control. Adequate isolation wards can not only concentrate and isolate patients diagnosed with infection and suspected patients, effectively prevent the spread of the epidemic, but also provide patients with a more professional and comfortable treatment environment, which will help their early recovery.

SymbioCity project

SymbioCity is a Swedish government initiative run by Business Sweden and SKL International. Business Sweden oversees the SymbioCity trademark and promotes national exports on behalf of the Swedish government and industry. As part of Swedish international development co-operation, SKL International uses the SymbioCity Approach to support cities in developing countries to plan and build sustainably e.g. by identifying inclusive and innovative solutions. The SymbioCity Approach seeks to improve the living conditions of people in urban settlements.

The Tel Aviv Foundation

The Tel Aviv Foundation is a partnership between the Tel Aviv Municipality and donors from Israel and around the world working together to meet the evolving needs of the City of Tel Aviv-Yafo. The Foundation was founded in 1977 and has established more than 820 projects and raised over $750 million worldwide. In doing so, the Foundation touches the lives of more than 500,000 people every year.