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The bathroom and kitchen of the future

How will urban households deal with hygiene, wastewater and solid waste in 2050? The solution, according to the combined vision of  Veolia Environnement and the London School of Economics (LSE), lies in “a circular economy based on continuous reuse”.

In a home free of bins, household waste gets sorted by nanoscopic robots, senso-cleaners scan your hands for dirt,  and plants and bacteria self-treat domestic effluents.

Baths require a minimal quantity of  water, ultrasonic vibrations will remove dirt without the need for soap.

All surfaces (wall, floor, roof and window) become self-cleaning thanks to a coating of epicuticular wax crystalloids and a minimal amount of captured rainwater or condensation (no detergent).

Read  more about the home of the future on Veolia’s Imagine 2050 web site.

Source: Veolia unveils bin-less homes vision, edie.net, 20 Nov 2013

ADB: Asia needs sustainable cities

By GILLIAN WONG, SINGAPORE (AP)

Asian countries need help to build cities that can cope with the region’s “unprecedented” urban expansion of more than 100,000 people a day over the next two decades, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday.

(…) The study also said that cities needed to better control their waste and improve sewer systems, particularly as deforestation and climate change suggest that cities should plan for more frequent and intense flooding in the future.

Sewers should be constructed where densities are more than 100 persons per 1 hectare (2.47 acre). Alternatively, a sanitation system made up of septic tanks and storm water or drainage systems could be viable, the study suggested.  (…)

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