dimanche 30 avril 2017

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write 'Cradle to Cradle' (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing attitudes towards resources. Growing up in Japan and Hong Kong, I was given my

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China plans its first "Forest City" to fight air pollution

Just weeks after Stefano Boeri announced plans for China's first vertical forest, the Italian architect unveiled an even more ambitious vision: Forest Cities. Scaling up from his tree-clad Bosco Verticale skyscraper, Boeri created a blueprint for new cities in China that will be blanketed in greenery to fight air pollution. The first implementation of the nature-filled city will start in the city of Liuzhou, with construction expected to begin later this year. Stefano Boeri’s Forest...

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Tiny two-pound Micro Wind Turbine folds up just like an umbrella

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samedi 29 avril 2017

7 Luminous, Lantern-Like Houses that Glow in the Dark

Cherry Tree House by Tom Hare Acclaimed willow sculpture Tom Hare recently completed an enchanting glowing tree house built atop an old cherry tree. The spherical, nest-like structure is woven from willow sticks and lights up at night to cast an ethereal

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vendredi 28 avril 2017

Inhabitat is hiring: morning news writer + social media editor

Do you have a way with words and a passion for design and the environment? Inhabitat is hiring dedicated writers interested in covering breaking developments in the fields of sustainable design, green architecture, clean technology, and environmental news.

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El Salvador just became the first country to ban metal mining

El Salvador just became the first country ever to ban metal mining. In a historic move, the country will no longer allow "prospection, exploration, exploitation, extraction or processing of metallic minerals." While the US seems to be moving backwards when it comes to environmental protection, El Salvador has made a landmark step towards protecting its environment from the ravages of metal mining.

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Ford introduces the first-ever hybrid police car

When you think of police cars, visions of large, powerful and gas hungry vehicles probably come to mind. Well that vision of the "dirty" police car, may now change forever, since Ford has unveiled the first-ever hybrid police car - the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan.

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Denmark to end subsidies for renewables much sooner than anyone thought possible

Renewable energy is soaring in Denmark. The country's energy minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said they'll be able to stop providing state support for clean energy companies in just a few years. Denmark's renewable energy industry will be able to stand on its own, and Lilleholt said he could not have predicted this outcome even last year.

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Unusually high number of humpback whale deaths prompts NOAA inquiry

A large number of humpback whale mortalities along the United States' East Coast has scientists concerned. 41 humpback whales have perished between Maine and North Carolina in the last 15 months, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has started an investigation. Some have died from propeller injuries, and a NOAA veterinary medical officer said the quantity of whale strandings is alarming.

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New super-strong brick shows the soil on Mars makes an excellent building material

Future Mars dwellers may actually be able to use locally sourced materials for their buildings. Four University of California, San Diego engineers, funded by NASA, were able to press Mars-like dirt into bricks. No other materials were necessary to keep the bricks together. Since storage will be limited on any craft carrying astronauts to Mars, these bricks could mean they could free up space and utilize the red planet's resources to construct habitations. Related:

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These solar-powered apartments in Sweden generate more energy than they use

Related: + Kjellgren Kaminsky Kjellgren Kaminsky, Plus-Energy Houses, energy efficiency, net zero energy, solar power, efficient home design, efficient energy, green design, sustainable design,

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Old mountain retreat renovated into sublime off-grid refuge

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This village in Arizona has a simple solution to light pollution

Residents of Arizona Sky Village abide by one simple rule: "Turn off your goddammed lights." The 21-household community near Portal, Arizona is comprised of stargazers and astronomers, and almost every home has its own observatory. But some people also wonder if the small community could hold the secrets of fighting light pollution in America. Related:

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Modpools turns shipping containers into amazing swimming pools

We've seen shipping containers reused to build affordable housing, commercial spaces and urban farms, but Canadian brand Modpools is showing that this eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials can also be used as backyard swimming pools. Modpools are not only easy to install and transport, but also come with a series of cool features such as a heater, jets and LED mood lighting controlled via smartphone. Modpools are available in 8' x 20' or 8' x 40' container sizes and...

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Worlds greenest terminal opens at Oslo airport

Nordic Office of Architecture recently completed the world’s greenest airport terminal with their new 115,000-square-meter extension that’s doubled the size of Oslo Airport. As the world’s first airport building to achieve the BREEAM Excellence sustainability rating, the renovated Oslo Airport boasts an array of energy-efficient strategies as well as on-site energy harvesting systems. The most notable energy-saving measure is the airport’s collection and storage of snow for reuse as coolant...

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These 6 jaw-dropping cliff homes will take your breath away

If you’ve ever wanted to live life on the edge, you’ll love these adventurous cliffside homes. From a vertiginous Chilean home accessible only by boat to an unbelievable house-in-a-cliff with dizzying sea views, these daring homes make the most of their dramatic landscapes. Hit the jump to take a tour of these beautiful homes perched high on cliffs, often in places where no buildings have ever been built before. Casa del Ancantilado by Gil Bartolomé Architects This crazy cliff...

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Apple's newest store has Solar Wings" that transform before your eyes

Apple pulled out all the stops for their glamorous new store in Dubai. Designed by Foster + Partners, the recently completed Apple Dubai Mall is unlike any mall we’ve seen before with its giant “Solar Wings” that open and close in a beautiful choreographed display. The kinetic art installation, which ranks among the world’s largest, helps to create an engaging civic space, while providing an innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates. Located next to the iconic...

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jeudi 27 avril 2017

MIT unveils new solar 3D printer that can build houses on other planets

Some people dismissed 3D-printing in its early days as a novelty, but these days the technology is coming into its own and researchers at MIT have just taken 3d-printing to the next level. They've created a robot that can print the entire basic structure of a building. This is particularly exciting because it could change the way we construct buildings, making the process faster and less costly.

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This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels

And solar panels run through it. This stretch of highway in Korea features a bike lane that runs right down the middle. While the lane is offset and looks safe with barriers, it is also protected with solar panels. The lane runs from Daejeon to Sejong /

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The world's largest artificial sun could fry any living thing in an instant

German scientists are hoping to shine new light on ways to generate environmentally friendly fuel. At the German Aerospace Center (DLR)'s Institute for Solar Research, scientists have flipped on a system called Synlight, which they describe as the biggest artificial sun on the planet. Synlight is comprised of 149 huge spotlights, pouring out 10,000 times the solar radiation that naturally hits Earth from the real sun.

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Court condemns Wyoming wolves to first legal hunt in four years

Wolves are no longer on the endangered species list and a court decision just gave wolf management back to the state of Wyoming. This means for the first time in four years, according to the Associated Press, Wyoming plans to allow a wolf hunt. Wolves are still recovering after their numbers were severely depleted, and environmentalists warn this order could be a step backward for the animals.

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NYC mayor announces push to finish 32-mile Greenway linking entire Manhattan waterfront

Outdoor recreation in New York City could get a major boost with the completion of the 32-mile Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. $100 million in the mayor's budget will go towards finishing the esplanade traveling around Manhattan, allowing people to walk and bicycle on the edges of the city by the water.

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Energy-generating 'artificial plants' turn greenhouse gases into clean air

Artificial plants developed by scientists at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Florida State University could help in the fight against climate change. They were able to trigger photosynthesis in metal-organic frameworks (MOF) with a little help from the sun, and the process turned carbon dioxide into solar fuel. UCF assistant professor Fernando Uribe-Romo described the find as a breakthrough.

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Humans may have lived in America 115,000 years earlier than we thought

For years, scientists have believed that humanity was a relatively recent visitor on the North American continent, migrating from Siberia only 15,000 years ago. Now, more accurate dating of mastodon fossils from California shows that an early human ancestor likely existed on the continent 130,000 years ago, far further back that even the most extreme estimates made by previous researchers. https://youtu.be/HyfSsgCrjb0 The fossils consist of elephant-like teeth and bones, which were...

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Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey launch skateboard protest art for Trump's 100th day

  A new series of artwork from artist-activists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey is debuting at The Skateroom today in response to the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency. These new collections use an intriguing medium: they’re printed entirely on limited-edition skateboards. While the format may seem strange if you’re not familiar with The Skateroom, it’s a social entrepreneurship initiative that uses the funds from its custom, fine-art skateboard decks to support at-risk youth.   This...

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Modern Industrial Interior Design In Beautiful Open Apartment

When it comes to interior design, there is no shortage of styles to pick from. So many people are seeking ways to redecorate their apartment projects with specific styles in mind, while others are still actively looking for design inspiration.

But there is one particularly popular design theme that inspires people to undertake doing a particular style. That is the elegant and modern industrial interior design.

Diego Revollo is the creator of the simple and elegant Itacolomi 445 apartment. He is in the business of breathing life into new and existing building projects around him. He is a modern industrial interior décor expert who stands out as one of the most prominent figures in the new Brazilian décor industry. The newly fashioned apartment is located at Higienópolis, São Paulo, Brazil. It boasts of charming features that epitomizes modern industrial interior designs used in beautiful open apartments.

How to create elegant and modern industrial interior design in apartment?

The work of bringing this delightful design to life may not have come as easy as many would think. Given a very short time to work, Diego set out to deliver an exquisite apartment that meets the demands of today and continues timelessly over the decades to come. From the ceilings to the walls, Diego Revollo offers a package that presents a sophisticated selection of art and furniture, with balance and great visual effect. (you might want to check out this Scandinavian interior design as well!)

With New York loft air, we start from the exiting, so, from the original architecture of Itacolomi 445, which is the major project asset. With features and outstanding volumes in the façade with guardrails and brises in black, the idea was to replicate these characteristics to the inside, creating a unity between external and internal architecture. In this way we emphasize all metal structure, beams and black frames that stand out in the internal gray box where integration sets the tone in large spaces” – states official press release describing this modern industrial interior design.

Experience the outdoor through warm colors and wooden floor

The first thing that tends to pull people towards this design style is that the design lends itself to the charm and minimalism of authentic modern industrial interior design. The interior was fashioned in such a way for the user to be able to experience the outdoor space/environment without having to be outside. The use of warm colors encouraged the appreciation of the furniture without having to detract from the ‘solemnity’ of the space. In other to satisfy the hunger for a more traditional style, the interior decorator deployed the use of wooden floor to express the naturalness of the interior. (see more of industrial interior design in this modern apartment by SVOYA!)

The second attraction to this apartment is its location – situated in the neighborhood that concentrates some of the main postcards of São Paulo architecture. It gives great opportunity for those who want to do everything on foot, like taking a stroll in Piazza Buenos Aires to dine in one of the coolest restaurants in the neighborhood.

More interior design ideas: Wood in interior design: Afro-contemporary apartment by ARRCC

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Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Living room interior design in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Modern industrial interior design in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Modern living room in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Modern industrial living room in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Living room in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Wooden table ans chair in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Modern industrial dining room inItacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Industrial furniture in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Wooden dining table in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Table and chair in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Dining room in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Industrial furniture in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Wooden industrial chair in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Modern industrial interior design in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Balcony exit in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Industrial design lamp in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Melting glass sculpture in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Industrial design chair in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo

Yellow art piece in Itacolomi 445 apartment by Diego Revollo




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NASA unveils inflatable greenhouse for sustainable farming on Mars

A group of researchers from the University of Arizona, in collaboration with NASA scientists, have created an innovative inflatable greenhouse to help feed astronauts on other planets. The Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse project would allow astronauts on deep space missions access to healthy, fresh food year-round. The greenhouse is made of an inflatable material and functions as a closed loop, integrated with the astronaut’s life support systems. The carbon dioxide released by the...

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Vietnam's "Forest in the Sky" apartment building is topped with 50,000 trees

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World's last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to avoid extinction

He may not make the coziest of bedfellows, but if a northern white rhino pops up on your Tinder screen, it might behoove you to swipe right. Dubbed by wildlife experts as the "world's most eligible bachelor," 43-year-old Sudan is the sole remaining male of his kind. "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile reads on the dating app. "I perform well under pressure." Sudan isn't looking to make a love connection, however....

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Barn ruins transformed into contemporary home with spa

Parisian architecture studio Antonin Ziegler converted an abandoned barn into a metal-clad home crafted to evoke a “contemporary ruin.” Located in France’s Regional Natural Park of Boucles de la Seine, the adaptive reuse project, called The Barn, sits between a wheat field and river and was formerly used to store fodder for horses. With the barn’s weatherboarding worn away, the architects encased the timber structure in a new shell of zinc to preserve the building’s monolithic...

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Flexible Garden Modules make it easy to build your own green wall

Architects and twin sisters Luisa + Lilian Parrado are on a mission to make it easy to add a stylish splash of green to your walls. The designers created Garden Module, a customizable modular wall system with a minimalist appearance. Made of steel tubes strung together with polypropylene string, these simple and three-dimensional wall modules can support up to two potted plants at a time and can be expanded to create a sprawling wall of green. The Garden Module was recently recognized...

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mercredi 26 avril 2017

Trump signs executive order aimed at eliminating national monuments

President Trump just signed an executive order that threatens hundreds of thousands of acres of public land. The executive order is aimed at reducing or eliminating multiple national monuments across the US, potentially taking public access, and water and land protection safeguards with it. The move is aimed at the newly-designated Bear's Ears Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, both in Utah, which were designated by Presidents Obama and Clinton.  

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Uber inks deal to demonstrate on-demand flying taxis at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai

Forget getting from point A to point B in a car traveling on the ground. That's so 2017. Uber is working on car transportation for the skies, and they hope to soar to those new heights in around three years. They plan to test their on-demand Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) network in Dallas and Dubai in 2020.

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Wood in interior design: Afro-contemporary apartment by ARRCC

Wood in interior design is something we all see very often, but it’s rarely done as good as in this modern apartment.

There is something beautiful and enthralling about awesome architectural designs when laid out by architects. But having such pieces implemented can have individuals rooted to the spot and gazing with mouth agape in admiration.  It is worthy of note to understand that besides the ingenuity of the architect, a whole lot of materials go into totally transforming the interiors of apartments, such as using wood in interior design.

The Barcelona apartment created by the very creative architects of ARRCC completely shows the beauty of wood in interior design. The aesthetic beauty creates a feel of an Afro-contemporary environment making apartments very cozy and comfortable. The ARRCC architectural team is based in Cape Town, South Africa. (don’t forget to check out this amazing house in South Africa as well!)

Interior design for entertainment and family life

Although achieving an African look and feel was the aim while still maintaining the aesthetic beauty of modern apartments, the vibrant Barcelona culture fuels the inspiration. With a complete blend of raw wood mixed with metals, suede and high-gloss surfaces to create a captivating experience and look.

The interior design as evidenced in the floor plan makes the apartment adequate for both entertainment and family life, with the efficient utilisation of space. Majority of the rooms showcase very rich texture and polished raw materials to give the Afro-contemporary feel. As for wood used in interior design, the rooms are not without a touch of stained oak wood. The use of darker woods also helped bring the Afro-contemporary feel to life.

Masculine colours and darker wood in interior design provide clues to the African rhythms

The dining boasts a feature timber ceiling which runs down the rear of the dining table. It made the single difference of highlighting the client’s important artwork.  The streamlined elements of textured wood and charcoal stone found in the kitchen, with dark woods wrapping into the wall, shows the beauty of wood in interior design and in creating an Afro-contemporary environment in an apartment.

Even the architects understand how tricky it is to create such masterpiece, and ARRCC director had this to say, “From an interior designer’s perspective, what may be trouble-free to the eye came with great complexity, we had to adhere to elements of the original plan including a historical hexagon-shaped central courtyard. Our solution to this tricky shape was to open the design up and reflect elements of this shape throughout the apartment.

The details of every part of the apartment where designed to captivate and enthral. This goes to show how much planning is put into every detail by the very professional ARRCC team of architects.

Continue reading: Concrete and glass house: Modern city villa by ARRCC

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Wood in interior design in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Wooden sculpture in interior design on Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Materials in interior design in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Modern living room in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Dining room and wood in interior design in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Wood in bedroom interior design in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Balcony exit in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Sitting room in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Modern interior in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Terrace in Barcelona apartment by ARRCC

Floor plan of Barcelona apartment by ARRCC




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2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes 6 activists who risk life and limb to protect the environment

And this year's Goldman Environmental Prize goes to...six inspiring individuals ranging in age from 32 to 83 who labored for environmental justice in their communities. The Goldman Environmental Prize, commonly called the Nobel Prize for the environment, was awarded last night to six people from around the world. These are ordinary people who stepped up, showing you don't have to be a celebrity or politician to make a change.

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Researchers close in on world's first 100% self-charging lithium-ion battery

We've all experienced that moment of needing information from a dying phone or computer right as an outlet is nowhere in sight. An international team of scientists led by McGill University in Canada could help make that a worry of the past with their new research. They've just come closer to a battery that harvests and stores light all on its own - without the help of solar panels.

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Seoul's multi-tiered Deep House slopes into a gorgeous grassy roof

This house in Seoul utilizes negative space to create a variety of micro-environments and boost the building's energy efficiency. Architecture firm poly.m.ur designed the Deep House as a single volume that blurs the line between its slanted roof and walls and provides each residential unit with expansive views of the surroundings. The house features a slanted roof which forms stone lovers along the sides of the building. Appropriating a design philosophy based on the idea of dispersing the main...

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Cover's $50k algorithmic tiny houses are 80% more efficient than conventional homes

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Apple announces goal to make products from 100% recycled materials

The electronics industry is notoriously harsh on the planet. Many smartphones and computers end up in landfills, and rare earth minerals have come from mining using child labor. Yesterday Apple announced they're aiming to make their company more sustainable with the goal of using 100 percent recycled materials in their products.

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London's Marston Court transforms shipping containers into emergency housing for the homeless

A new emergency accommodation development in London's Ealing borough provide 34 daylit temporary apartments to the homeless. CargoTek teamed up with QED Property, ISO Spaces and Ealing Council to build the innovative Marston Court development out of re-purposed shipping containers, using a kit of moveable and re-usable parts for maximum flexibility. The project addresses the issue of homelessness that calls for flexible, temporary and affordable design solutions. Marston Court is located...

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Build your own indoor garden with modular LEGO-like blocks

Humans are spending more of their lives indoors, missing out on the health benefits and beauty of plants. Singapore company LeGrow decided to bring nature indoors with a creative indoor garden users can design themselves with LEGO-like pieces. The indoor gardens can be equipped with LED lights, so plants can grow all year round, and with a humidifier to improve the atmosphere of indoor spaces. Related:

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Dubai's craziest tower yet is the world's largest picture frame

Is this the emperor's new clothes in architectural form? Donis Architecture has just revealed plans for the Dubai Frame, a "picturesque" building that could be the city's strangest design yet. Related: Dubai’s crazy rotating wind-powered skyscraper is actually being built + Fernando Donis Via CNN Fernando Donis, Dubai Frame, dubai architecture, dubai skyscrapers, skycraper design, urban design, dubai skyscrapers, dubai skyscape, donis architecture, strange architecture, avante...

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Gorgeous forest home will fulfill your tiny cabin dreams

Get ready for some serious cabin envy. Architecture firm studio PIKAPLUS crafted a gorgeous tiny home that perfectly harmonizes with its surrounding forested wilderness. Built mostly of timber, the Wooden House is a cozy retreat for those who crave connection with the outdoors and also want simple luxuries and protection from the elements. Keep reading for a tour of the cabin’s light-filled interior. With just 82 square meters of space, the compact cabin is the result of thoughtful planning...

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Explosion of color takes over an abandoned Puerto Rican factory

An artist’s brilliance breathes new life into a desolate tobacco factory in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Bright sprays and colorful drips have seemingly exploded all over the factory’s formerly lifeless walls in local artist Sofia Maldonado’s eye-popping intervention, Kalaña. Created as part of Cromática: Caguas a Color, the community engagement piece transformed the building into a piece of art and new home to educational workshops, presentations, and other artistic events. Puerto Rican...

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mardi 25 avril 2017

Cameron Sinclair joins Airbnb to provide housing for 100,000 displaced people

Airbnb wants to provide temporary housing for 100,000 people, and to help reach that goal, the home-sharing service has put together a team lead by designer and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair.

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Mercedes begins delivery of new energy storage units

Tesla's Powerwall has reigned supreme in home energy storage, but now they've got some competition from Mercedes-Benz. Last year Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, started developing home energy storage units. Over the weekend they announced they are beginning to deliver the units to businesses and homes in Germany.

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Disturbing photoshoot imagines our meals in a climate change-induced dystopia

If oodles of overwhelming studies doesn't prove that climate change is real, perhaps a stark look into our future food supply might just do the trick. Photographer Allie Wist has created a bleak photo series, Flooded, Related: Quebec food waste program to rescue 30.8 million pounds of food + Allie Wist Via Gizmodo Allie Wist, Flooded photography series, climate change effects, food shortage, global food shortage, climate change, dystopia, starvation, global climate effect...

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The sweet moment California got a record 50% of its electricity from solar

California is showing the awesome potential of scaled-up solar power to provide the United States and the world with clean, renewable electricity. For three hours on March 11 the state got 50 percent of its electricity from solar -- 40 percent from large-scale solar power pants and 10 percent from distributed solar installations on homes and businesses.

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UK tests cheaper, longer-lasting roads made with recycled plastic

Around 24.8 million miles of roads crisscross the surface of Earth. But the polluting industry draws on oil to lay the roads. Engineer Toby McCartney came up with a solution to those roads and the growing problem of plastic pollution: plastic roads. His company, MacRebur, lays roads that are as much as 60 percent stronger than asphalt roads and last around 10 times longer.

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World's first mobile recycling plant turns trash into tiles

What to do with all the trash we generate is a pressing problem all over the world, but it's harder for isolated communities to recycle their trash. Taiwan-based architecture studio Miniwiz designed an environmentally friendly solution: TRASHPRESSO, an mobile recycling plant that can travel around the planet to bring recycling to far-flung communities.

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Plastic-eating caterpillar could revolutionize waste treatment

Spanish researchers have discovered that the wax worm, a caterpillar known for munching on the wax within beehives, is able to devour and biodegrade polyethylene plastic, converting it into a form of alcohol found in antifreeze. Federica Bertocchini, a scientist at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria, first uncovered the worm’s unique abilities by chance, when she attempted to clean up a wax worm infestation in one of her home beehives. She placed the worms...

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Artist builds incredible stained-glass cabin in the middle of the woods

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MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall

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Decrepit freight depot reborn as industrial-chic food lovers paradise in Malm

Swedish architects Wingårdh dramatically transformed a roofless freight depot into an industrial-chic market hall in Malmö, Sweden. The adaptive reuse and expansion project combines old bricks with Corten steel for a modern look that still pays homage to the 19th century building’s industrial roots. Located on Gibraltargatan, the 1,500-square-meter Malmö Market Hall caters to 20 stalls and cafes that celebrate the city’s melting-pot culture with its diversity of food. Clients Nina...

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Giant ski slope to top green-roofed civic center in Beijing

The next time you visit Beijing you may want to get your sled ready. China’s ever-evolving capital will soon be home to a stunning new civic center topped with an artificial snow-covered slope perfect for skiing and sledding. Designed by architect Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, the civic center, called the China World Trade Center Phase 3C, will merge energy efficient principles with mixed-use programming that accommodates the arts, outdoor recreation, and even organic farming. Set for completion...

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lundi 24 avril 2017

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable greenhouse filled with over 200 living specimens (it sort of

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Tesla is doubling its Supercharger network by the end of the year to 10,000 chargers

With the Model 3 release mere months away, Tesla is vowing to double its charging network. Right now, there are over 5,000 Superchargers globally, and by the end of the year, Tesla will have more than 10,000 chargers - plenty of juice for the growing Tesla fleet.

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First civilian jetpack gives humans the power of flight

Most of us have dreamed about flying. Now company JetPack Aviation is making those dreams reality. They've designed "the only true JetPack," the JB10, and it packs a powerful punch. Humans can soar up to 10,000 feet in the air at speeds of 68 miles per hour with the futuristic technology.

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Trump is switching off the EPA's invaluable public data service

President Donald Trump's war on science and the environment continues as his administration is set to switch off the Environmental Protection Agency's Open Data Web site this week. The data service is the United States government's largest civilian-linked data tool, according to The Independent, and offers information open to researchers on the climate, health, and environment.

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CO2 levels just reached 410 ppm - the highest in millions of years

Remember when carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million (ppm)? That's number's old news now - concentrations just reached 410 ppm for the first time in millions of years. Scientists warn the increasing levels of carbon dioxide will only go down when we reduce our carbon emissions.

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Lithium-ion batteries made from recycled glass bottles store almost 4x more energy

A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four times more energy and can last much longer than conventional batteries. This could mean significantly fewer charges for laptops, cell phones and electric cars. The team, led by Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, asked themselves whether silicon dioxide found in waste...

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Hacienda San Jose Lavista is a fairytale retreat in San Miguel Allende

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Britain sees first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution

For the first time since Thomas Edison opened the first power station in London in 1882, Great Britain functioned without any coal-fired power plants last Friday. The milestone marks the first continuous 24-hour period without coal since the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t the first time Britain has gone without coal for a significant chunk of the day, but before this, 19 hours was the longest continuous time that coal power was able to go offline. Instead of coal, National Grid...

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Kengo Kuma's Turkish art museum is made of stacked timber boxes

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Zaha Hadid Architects turn an old fire station into a sparkling port headquarters for Antwerp

The new Port House in Antwerp was created as a “sustainable and future-proof workplace” replacement for the former 1990s offices scattered around the city that had housed the port’s 500 staff. The need for expansion and consolidation came as no surprise—Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping port, transporting more than 200 million tonnes of goods via the ocean-going vessels and providing direct employment for over 60,000 people. The City and Port authorities selected a historic disused...

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dimanche 23 avril 2017

Thousands take to the streets to march for science in cities around the globe

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Saturday’s March for Science, a series of rallies and marches held on Earth Day. Held in over 500 places across the world, the “celebration of science” was organized and attended by individuals advocating the use of evidence-based policy making in all levels of government, with climate change a major issue of interest. President Donald Trump administration’s recent budget cuts to major environment-related programs and his perceived hostility...

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samedi 22 avril 2017

Amber-tinted glass clads Gienckes extraordinary concert hall in Latvia

Liepaja, Latvia is making great strides in its efforts to construct a central cultural district for its residents. The centerpiece for this area is the stunning Great Amber Concert Hall, designed by Volker Giencke, whose walls are made of sparkling amber-colored glass. The cylindrical design of the hall is just as striking and inspirational as the events which occur inside. At the heart of the building lies the Great Hall, a venue which can hold up to 1000 guests for performances by the resident...

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Incredible 'Sea Organ' uses ocean waves to make beautiful music

Croatian architect Nikola Bašić was tired his war-destroyed home of Zadar being rebuilt with drab concrete structures so he decided to bring a little music back to the town. The architect's incredible nature-based instrument, the Sea Organ, is a set of 35 organ pipes installed in the town's marble jetty that make beautiful music as the waves lap at the coastline. Photo by Lisa/Flickr Installed in the large marble steps leading into the Adriatic Sea, the 230-foot-long sea organ, or Morske...

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vendredi 21 avril 2017

VIDEO: Self-flying electric car successfully takes its maiden voyage

Forget the flying cars you've seen in sci-fi movies because the air transportation of the future is going to be way better than we imagined, and it is here today. Lilium Aviation has unveiled their all-electric, self-flying car. There are quite a few flying car prototypes driving, er, flying around right now, but Lilium sets itself apart with its electric engine and vertical takeoff, which the company successfully tested for the first time this week.

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Scientists will attempt to be the first to drill into Earth's mantle

A group of scientists wants to plumb the Earth for one of its last secrets. Researchers from Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology say they plan to be the first to successfully drill into the mantle, that is, the region sandwiched between the planet's outer crust and its inner core. Although the mantel makes up about 80 percent of the Earth's mass, much of it remains a mystery. "We don't know the exact [composition] of the mantle yet," researcher Natsue Abe, who works for JAMSTEC,...

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Why scientists will march in over 400 cities on Earth Day

Tomorrow scientists will march on Washington, D.C. and over 400 locations around the world. While organizers say the march was inspired by the success of the January 21 Women's March, they also emphasize their event is nonpartisan. Their march is a celebration and about "the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world." Related: Trump inspires 400 scientists to run for office

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Deadly new bird flu strain could lead to devastating pandemic

You probably haven't thought about the bird flu in a couple of years, but a new strain that resurfaced in China has the potential to be pandemic. The H7N9 virus only caused mild illness in poultry until recently; a genetic change means the new strain is deadly for birds and humans. This new strain has led to more human deaths than any others in any season since H7N9 was detected in people four years ago. Related: 162 people perished from H7N9 between last September and March 1.

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Elon Musk's latest company aims to make us cyborgs within the next four years

Elon Musk must have had a bunch of spare time, because he is now CEO of a third company: Neuralink. The San Francisco-based startup says on their website they are "developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers." Basically, Musk wants us all to be cyborgs. Related: If you really want to dig more into the project, Tim Urban of Wait But Why wrote a 36,000-word explanation. About the piece, Musk said on Twitter, "Difficult to dedicate the time,...

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Tel Aviv's Gran Mediterraneo Tower blooms with with a lush vertical garden

Gran Mediterraneo combines different programs, including apartments, a hotel, an automated car park, public charging station, farming and public gardens, co-working spaces and spas. The automated public car park will operate as the first induction charging station for public and shared electric driverless vehicles in the city. Related: Bordeaux’ Canopia tower will be one of the tallest timber frame structures in the world The tower aims to renew the Tel Aviv skyline with its 'Unesco proclaimed...

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This insane giant traffic roundabout in England will make your head spin

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This man spent 36 years carving through mountains to bring water to his village

  In 1959, the small village of Caowangba in China’s Guizhou Province had a problem – a drought had dried up all the nearby water sources, and residents were forced to rely on a single well for drinking water. Even that single well was faltering, sometimes leaving the people of the town without enough water to go around. Worse yet, the town’s single rice paddy had dried up, making it hard for residents to access enough food. Something had to be done. But rather than give up and move...

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This gorgeous greenhouse-like home in the Netherlands soaks up daylight

This light-filled countryside villa in the Netherlands is a combination of a thatched cottage and glass greenhouse. Lochem-based Maas Architecten conceived the house as two contrasting volumes– one opaque, timber-clad, and the other as a transparent glass structure. The Modern Countryside Villa, located on the edge of the town of Berlicum in the Dutch province of North Brabant, has an H-shaped plan with contrasting wings that house different amenities. The timber-clad volume accommodates...

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Elegant bamboo bridge adds unexpected beauty to ancient Chinese town

Most bridges are boring pieces of infrastructure, but Chinese design firm Mimesis Architecture Studio breaks the mold with a hybrid bamboo bridge that adds sculptural beauty to China’s Jiangsu Province. Spanning Lake Taihu in Dingshu Town, the 100-meter-long Wuxi Harbor Bridge is a visual delight with its latticed bamboo structures that frame the road and reference the region’s ancient cultural heritage. Primarily known as the “China Clay Capital” for the rare purple clay found...

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Apples stunning spaceship campus revealed in new drone footage

Apple’s beautiful new campus nears completion and employees are set to move in this month. Videographer Duncan Sinfield’s got the latest visual scoop on the tech giant’s “spaceship” campus—officially named Apple Park—with his stunning drone footage of ongoing construction and a special nighttime close-up of the building interior. Hit the jump for the newest sneak peek into Apple’s futuristic campus. Drone pilot Sinfield has consistently provided the public with monthly...

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jeudi 20 avril 2017

Elon Musk just announced plans to launch a Tesla pickup truck

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Elon Musk just announced plans to launch a Tesla pickup truck

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Apple announces plans to make all products from recycled materials

Apple is redefining how we make gadgets after announcing that it plans to close the loop on using raw materials. We tend not to realize how damaging our electronic devices are for the environment, but between mining for materials and the toxic effects when we dump them, they are bad news for the planet. Apple starting tackling the problem last year with its recycling efforts and now the electronics giant wants to only use recycled materials in its devices.  

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New plastic garbage patch discovered in Arctic Ocean

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn't the only place where plastic pollution is gathering in the world's oceans. An international team of scientists recently discovered a new garbage patch in the Greenland and Barents seas north of Norway. Between 100 and 1200 tons of plastic have concentrated there, threatening wildlife already grappling with climate change.

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Scotland's latest wind farm will help fund 500 new affordable homes

Scotland's Berwickshire Housing Association wants to capture the wind. By launching a new wind farm in the Scottish Borders, and selling the power to the National Grid, the charitable organization hopes to generate enough revenue to allow it to build 500 affordable homes over the next 25 years. Dubbed Fishermen Three, the 7.5-megawatt project at Hoprigshiels in Cockburnspath is a joint effort between BHA and the equally philanthropic Community Energy Scotland. Via the Guardian Photos...

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Scientists discover Antarctica is covered in rivers

  For decades, scientists have known that summertime brings liquid meltwater to Antarctica’s ice sheets. But until now, they’ve had no idea just how extensive the continent’s network of rivers, streams, ponds, and waterfalls really is. A new analysis by scientists at  Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found that warmer months cause far more extensive melting than previously thought.   That could be a problem as global temperatures continue...

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ExxonMobil wants a sanctions waiver for Russian oil project

The United States imposed sanctions on Russia back in 2014 after Moscow annexed Crimea. But it appears oil giant ExxonMobil would like to make an exception in the sanctions for their own profit. They're seeking a sanctions waiver to pursue drilling in the Black Sea with Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft. It seems U.S. sanctions are just too inconvenient for ExxonMobil. Related:

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This amazing light-filled tiny house packs big style for just $35k

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Living out of a van has never looked this good

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Huge "light cannons" funnel daylight deep within this ultra green eco city in China

A large oculus–light cannon– drives natural light into the floor plates of the new Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center located on the recently completed Nanjing Eco-Tech Park in China. The architects behind the campus, NBBJ, designed the center as an incubator for innovative tech and environmental companies. The Nanjing Eco-Tech Park includes an exhibition hall, office research and residential buildings. The Exhibition Center welcomes visitors a they approach the island from downtown...

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Conservation group names America's most endangered river

The Lower Colorado River is one of the United States' most vital waterways. Besides providing drinking water to 30 million Americans in cities such as San Diego, Las Vegas, and Tucson, the river also irrigates about 90 percent of the country's winter-vegetable supply. But it's in danger of being tapped out, according to American Rivers, an environmental group named it the most "most endangered" river in the nation. The reason is a simple case of demand outpacing supply. Coupled with the trend of...

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Times Square now has double the public space

The most visited destination in the United States now has double the public space—an amazing feat unimaginable just ten years ago. When New York City temporarily closed part of Broadway Street at Times Square to traffic and created a pedestrian plaza in 2009, many dismissed the experiment as foolish. But the removal of cars in favor of public space proved an incredible success and with the pilot project turned permanent, Times Square was forever reinvented. Today, the city announced the official...

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Europes tallest modular tower snaps together in north London

The last module has slotted into place on Europe’s tallest modular tower. Designed by multidisciplinary practice HTA Design LLP, the record-breaking Apex House is a new student housing development that rises to the height of 29 stories in the Wembley Regeneration Area. Completed in just 12 months, the modular high-rise makes use of highly advanced prefabrication techniques and boasts energy-saving systems to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent. Developed by Tide Construction and Vision...

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mercredi 19 avril 2017

Newly discovered exoplanet may be the best place to search for extraterrestrial life

Scientists have found a planet that may be the best candidate yet for discovering life outside of our own solar system. Earlier this year, scientists identified seven planets orbiting a star that looked ideally-placed for hosting life, but we really don't know enough about those planets to say with any real conviction. On the other hand, LHS 1140b comes with more data that makes it an exciting and promising potential.

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Massive iceberg draws tourists to tiny Canadian town

A small town of around 500 people in Newfoundland, Canada was filled with tourists during Easter weekend. A massive iceberg appeared near the coast and photographers dashed to the area to snap photos. The iceberg's highest point is roughly 150 feet tall. Related:

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Solar Impulse co-founder aims to make electric aviation a reality with new company

Electric high-speed trains have been zipping passengers across Europe and Asia for decades. Now the era of affordable electric cars is beginning with the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3. But what about aviation? Could the friendly skies one day joing electric trains and cars as an alternative to fossil fuels polluting the air and contributing to climate change?

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