Green vision for urban future

Today’s cities use an enormous amount of energy, approximately half of the power production in the world is eaten up just keeping them functioning. You don’t have to be a genius to see that the situation is untenable in the long term.

One answer would be to start working towards creating “smart” cities. The sensible solution would be to take a good hard look at the buildings. Although important, sophisticated facilities and energy saving measures used to control lighting, air conditioning and security, don’t provide the solution

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Charmed by coin

jardin traseroCoín is fast becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for expats on the Costa del Sol, due to its pretty position in the Rio Grande valley, Roman history and verdant countryside. Yet, it’s only a short drive to coast. It’s also one of the best places to experience authentic Andalucían “village” life and keen eyed British expats will recognise Coín as the location where the 1990’s soap opera “Eldorado” was filmed.

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Historic style with thoroughly modern comforts

In today’s homogenised world of hotel chains and uniform apartment blocks, it’s a real treat to stumble across a hotel that offers architectural and historical individually, whilst providing all the required modern conveniences and comforts. So imagine the thrill of happening upon the Arabic and Roman themed Palacio de Mengibar hotel in the province of Jaén (Spain).

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Keeping cool, nautical style

penthouse sailThere’s nothing new about seeking a respite from the sunshine, cavemen fashioned shades out of animal hides, ancient Egyptians used strips of cloth, and if 1950s novelty postcards are to be believed, British men took refuge under knotted handkerchiefs placed jauntily on their heads. But seriously, staying safe in the sunshine, especially if you live in a hot country where the midday temperature can be brutal, is far from a frivolous matter.

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Ogees with an Italian accent

572 3166813Most people know Venice as the city of love, a beautiful landscape of picturesque waterways, inlets, bridges and gondolas, but there is more to this romantic archipelago than just water and bridges. Not only is it awash with gondolas, it’s virtually inundated with Ogees.  Unless an architect or history buff, one can be forgiven for this oversight, as what is an “Ogee” in one city, is in fact a “Venetian Gothic arch” when in Venice.

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