BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar's Fuseproject

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The Chinese brand management company BlueFocus Communication Group (BFCG) is set to acquire a 75 percent stake in the groundbreaking bi-coastal industrial design studio Fuseproject headed by Yves Béhar. Fuseproject is a full-service agency with a unique business model extending to a venture practice, and with a focus on sustainable design. BFCG, a $3.7 billion listed company, was described by Béhar as “an innovative media conglomerate that recognizes how important good design is to storytelling.” Following pending regulatory approval, Béhar will remain CEO of Fuseproject and the deal will allow the studio to scale up.

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Salvador Dali's Surrealist Elephant Comes to Life as a Steampunk LEGO Brick Creation

by , 07/24/14
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Korean LEGO artist Jin Kei has given life to one of the giant four-legged mammals from Salvador Dali’s painting “The Elephants.” The artist added his own steampunk twist to the building brick reincarnation, however, which sees the pachyderm infused with complex gears and elaborate mechanical joints. At an impressive 32 inches tall, this inspiring homage to Dali is full of other intricate details that you can only see on closer inspection.

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Israel's First LEED Platinum Building Opens in Tel Aviv [PHOTOS]

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Solar-Powered Boogie Down Booth Pops Up Under a South Bronx Subway Station

by , 07/24/14
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One of New York’s hottest music scenes can now be found in a very unexpected spot! Yesterday, the NYC Department of Transportation and the Design Trust for Public Space unveiled the “Boogie Down Booth”—a 24/7, all-access Bronx-born music experience parked beneath the 2/5 subway station in the South Bronx’s Claremont neighborhood. The installation, illuminated by solar-powered lighting and directional speakers, marks the second prototype of public space reclamation project Under the Elevated. Throughout the summer, residents and visitors will be able to enjoy home-grown tunes set beneath the bustling sounds of passing trains at the Freeman Street and Southern Boulevard station.

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India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment

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India’s government is killing two birds with one stone by hiring youth to plant two billion trees along highways throughout the country. The plan to put as many as 300,000 youth to work planting trees will help quell the country’s 10.2 percent unemployment rate amongst youth aged 15-24, while helping to combat climate change and beautify the country’s roadways at the same time.

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Mosaica: Chissick Design Creates Beautiful Coffee Table From Over Two Thousand Pieces of Salvaged Wood

by , 07/24/14

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Israel-based woodworker Eli Chissick just unveiled the Mosaica coffee table, his latest piece in his furniture collection made from beautifully fused together wood. Composed from 2,385 pieces of scrap wood and veneer collected from carpentries around the city, the textured coffee table shows off a varied gradient that includes oak, emboya, wenge, walnut, maple, and other species. Originally intended for waste, these scrap materials have been combined to create a famous mosaic composition.

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Space-Saving Sharifi House Boasts Mobile Rooms That Rotate With the Push of a Button

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Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline's Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

by , 07/24/14
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The LowLine could be the world’s first underground park–if it gets the funding to happen. Promoted as New York City’s next revolutionary green space, the design concept flips the idea of elevated parks on its head and buries them underground. Girls creator Lena Dunham and Her director Spike Jonze hope to make the park a reality by hosting the Lowline’s third annual Anti-Gala fundraiser, a star-studded event to be held at the Skylight Modern in Chelsea on October 8th.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels

by , 07/24/14

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Sea levels are rising, floods are prevalent, and cities are at greater risk than ever due to climate change. Now that we’ve accepted these facts, it’s time to design and build more resilient structures. Koen Olthuis, one of the most forward-thinking and innovative architects out there, has a solution for rising sea levels. His solution: Embrace the water by incorporating it into our cities; creating resilient buildings and infrastructure that can handle extreme flooding, heavy rains, and higher water. Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio.nl have been showing coastal communities the benefits of building on the water. With countries like the Maldives and Kiribati having to build oceanside or move in order to escape rising sea levels, New York learning to battle storm surges, and Jakarta dealing with massive flooding, embracing water may be our only option for survival. We chatted with Olthuis about how coastal cities can become more resilient in the face of change—read on for our interview!

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

by , 07/24/14

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

by , 07/24/14

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Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and their incredible advisory council want to see your vision – enter today!

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Artist Weaves Together Massive Basket-like Bamboo Tunnel for Australian Music Festival

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Every Year 250,000 Horseshoe Crabs 'Donate' Their Blue Blood to Save Humans

by , 07/24/14
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Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible, baby blue blood – are used to test for bacterial contamination, thus saving countless lives each year during medical procedures. The only trouble is, we have to catch a quarter of a million horseshoe crabs each year to do this, and then we have to drain their blood.

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Asia's Wealthiest Man is Building the Cheapest Apartments in Hong Kong

by , 07/24/14

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In a stunning illustration if the ever-widening inequality gap, the richest man in China is currently building tiny apartments in Hong Kong for those city dwellers who can’t afford housing in the world’s most unaffordable city. Clocking in at just under 200 square feet, the apartments cost about $250,000 and rate as some of the cheapest in the entire city.

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World's Longest Suspension Bridge and Bungee Jump Heaven Opens in Sochi, Russia

by , 07/24/14
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The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge just opened in Sochi National Park, Russia. It’s not really meant to serve your daily commute, though – the bridge is part of the AJ Hackett Sochi Skypark. The 1,800-foot-long bridge was built over a 650 foot chasm and it attracts bungee jumpers and sightseers alike.

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Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

You might have thought that the bubonic plague was ancient history, but last week a man in Yumen, China died of the disease, prompting the country to seal off an entire city in order to…

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Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole

Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows…

Before building the seaworthy version, Bob constructed a prototype of the house on family land in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It's also managed to survive the test of time, but suffers from…

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World's First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

World's First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in…

Proving that there's life beyond the dumpster for wasted food, a U.K. store just became the first in the country to be totally powered by leftovers. The Guardian reports that a…

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Levi's Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

Levi's Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold…

Levi’s Stadium achieved LEED certification for its practical and sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.…

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Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900…

With a focus on eco art and design, artist Sarah Turner created the lightweight frame for the elephant sculpture out of hula hoops, wood, and plumbing pipes inserted into large recycled…

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