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NYC Valentine’s Day sewage tour back by ‘demand’

February 11th, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lovers of the unusual are getting another chance to impress their Valentines this year in New York City....


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The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town

December 31st, 2012

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You’d think that the world’s tallest building – a structure that requires amazingly complex engineering and technology to reach its heights – would have an equally impressive sewage system. Unfortunately, that’s not the case because it isn’t hooked up to a municipal wastewater treatment system – so when you poop in the Burj Khalifa, that waste is actually trucked out of the city. Trucked out of the city! We’re frankly flabbergasted by the inefficiency of such a system. One of the world’s most advanced buildings relies on an arcane method to transport wastewater to a treatment facility outside of town. So remember, if you happen to visit and use the Burj Khalifa’s restroom, some unfortunate person has to collect your poop and drive it out of Dubai.

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In November, Terry Gross of NPR interviewed Kate Ascher, author of The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, where she explained what happens to sewage from the Burj Khalifa and other tall buildings in Dubai. There are a host of tall buildings in Dubai and many of them aren’t connected to a municipal sewage system. It seems that construction outpaced installation of such an important component of any multistory building – seemingly with the approval of the city planning department. There is some semblance of a system, but it doesn’t have the capacity to handle the output from an 828 meter tower.

In the interview, Ascher explained that “some [buildings] can access a municipal system but many of them actually use trucks to take the sewage out of individual buildings and then they wait on a queue to put it into a waste water treatment plant. So it’s a fairly primitive system.” Trucks often wait in line for up to 24 hours before they can offload their payload. As Gizmodo calculated, a full building with 35,000 people would produce 7 tons of poop per day, plus all the additional wastewater for showers, brushing your teeth and so on, totaling up to 15 tons per day of wastewater.

The inefficiency of such a system is mind-boggling and raises the issue of how architecture is more than just designing a great building. Architects must also consider the impact of their building on the rest of the city and how it will interact with it. It’s all fine and good to build the world’s tallest building, but if you have to remove the waste via inefficient and costly trucks, then you’ve failed.

Via Archinect and Gizmodo

Images ©Burj Khalifa

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Ghana to Utilize Poo Power in Quest to Boost Renewable Energy Use to 10% by 2020

November 29th, 2012

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Ghana’s parliament recently set a mandate to derive 10% of the nation’s energy from alternative sources by 2020 – and the country is turning to poo power to meet the quota! Called into action by green energy advocate Kwabena Otu-Danquah, the poo power will be harvested from the tons of sewage that the nation reportedly dumps into the ocean. The methane produced by the sewage will be converted into clean—if stinky—energy.

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Senate readies for fight over cybersecurity surveillance

November 13th, 2012
Sen. Joe Lieberman says his cybersecurity bill is necessary to prevent terrorists from dumping "raw sewage into our lakes." But privacy groups call it a big step toward Big Brother. [Read more]



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Pharmaceutical Firms on Alert in China Because Suppliers May Have Used ‘Gutter Oil’ in Antibiotics

September 4th, 2012

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Here at Inhabitat, we’re all for recycling. We’re even for recycling sewage sludge, which Korean scientists were recently able to turn into biofuel. However, we draw the line at food waste being used in the production of medicine. Unfortunately it seems that is what has happened in China, where government officials recently told pharmaceutical firms to check their suppliers after claims that some used “gutter oil” to make antibiotics.

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