Austria's Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut's 'The Gate' Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

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Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

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In the city of Vernal, Utah, midwives and scientists are noticing an alarming trend: in 2010 newborn babies accounted for one in every 95 burials, but by 2013 that rate jumped to one in every 15 burials, with a steady increase in the intervening years. And now researchers are probing a link between this increasing infant mortality rate and increases in oil and gas drilling in the region.

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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

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Sign This Petition to Help Stop Fracking in National Parks

by , 10/30/14
filed under: News

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Want to help protect your national parks from toxic fracking activities? There’s an opportunity to do so right from your computer screen. Left Action aims to keep the oil and gas industry out of U.S. parks and public lands, and they need you to sign their latest petition. According to Left Action, “The oil and gas industry is already fracking in some national forests like the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. They are also fracking on lands adjacent to national parks like Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California.”

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SPONSORED: Meet Perfection

by , 10/30/14
filed under: Features, sponsored

Brought to you by Absolut

From seed to sip, every drop of Absolut Vodka is expertly crafted by generations of farmers and distillers from the small village of Åhus, Sweden —in a region with more than 400 years of superior vodka-making expertise. What’s their secret? High quality, locally sourced ingredients— pristine aquifer water & pure winter wheat (the latter carefully selected in partnership with 450 local farmers).

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Get Ready to Flip Out Over the reCAP Flip Cap Mason Jar Lids, Now on Kickstarter

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Who doesn’t love Mason jars? Not only are they great for canning tomatoes and other preserves at home, they’re also ideal for storing everything from bulk food to craft supplies. The problem with the average Mason jar is the 2-part lid that has to be fussed with—anyone who’s dealt with leaking jars can relate to this all too well. Enter the reCap Flip Cap; the latest member of the reCap family, which solves this problem rather perfectly: it fits onto any sized wide-mouth Mason jar for easy opening and closing, and even has a perforated screen for contents that can be shaken out, like grated cheese, flour, cinnamon sugar, or dried herbs.

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One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World's Biggest Underwater "Windmill" Tidal Plant

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In between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands lies the Pentland Firth, a turbulent sound with tides that can reach up to a startling 18 miles per hour. That’s a lot of untapped power. MeyGen is taking advantage of all that renewable energy with the installation of the world’s largest tidal power plant, and if everything goes as expected, the underwater windmills could eventually power a full third of Scotland.

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Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

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Here at Build Abroad, we have found that it is best to build with local materials. Local materials can vary from mud bricks to bamboo depending on the region, but the one thing they have in common is they are easily accessible and cheap. We are very intrigued by a recent method of constructing with recycled bottles, because in some countries these non biodegradable bottles litter the streets. In some ways you could call it a “local material.” A bottle structure has numerous benefits: Rids the community of harmful plastic waste; Educates the community about the environment; Offers insulation qualities if necessary by filling bottles with wrappers; It’s free — a found plastic bottle is a free brick.

Want to keep reading about building with bottles? Head over to Build Abroad for the full scoop, and learn about their inspiring build abroad trips while you’re there.

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Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

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Empathy Garden was designed as a hybrid space—a meeting point, a stage for events, and a showcase for farm products. It’s a place where people and plants can thrive together in harmony, and their actions are converted into a tangible soundscape. The key concept of the project is empathy; the ability to perceive the world outside ourselves, while also realizing that we’re part of it. We believe that only through the development of a strong empathic link with what surrounds us we can find ourselves in balance with nature. The installation was structured on a geometric pattern for the central pavilion, with radial planters filled with hundreds of plants.

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Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

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Spanish Artist Lucas Munoz Challenges You to Get Some Sweet Air on His Stone Skateboards

by , 10/30/14
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13 Architecture-Themed Costumes Seen at Storefront for Art & Architecture's Halloween Bash

by , 10/30/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

by , 10/30/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanterns and decorative pumpkins after the Halloween festivities are over? Bring them to the Pumpkin Smash! Hosted by the NYC Compost Project, this post-Halloween event invites you to relieve some stress by smashing your gourds at Clement Clarke Moore Park in Manhattan, after which they will be composted locally. The event will take place this Saturday, November 1st from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.

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Sky High? One World Trade Center Observatory Announces Admission Price

by , 10/30/14
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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve…

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Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into Creepy-Yet-Still-Delicious Skulls

Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into…

The Annoying Orange had better beware: this crop of fruit is scary. Tsykalov is known for his provocative work with food: the series of meat sculptures he created a few years ago looks…

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and…

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own…

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Climate Change Threat Akin to ISIS, Says U.S. Defense Chief Chuck Hagel

Climate Change Threat Akin to ISIS, Says U.S. Defense Chief Chuck…

What is America’s chief of defense most concerned about? While ISIS is high on the list, climate change is also at the forefront of Chuck Hagel’s agenda. The U.S. Secretary of…

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We Make Love Cleverly Transforms Organic Black Cork Coasters into Delicious-Looking Chocolate Bars

We Make Love Cleverly Transforms Organic Black Cork Coasters into…

If you're a chocolate lover in need of drink coasters, you'll drool over these organic black cork coasters designed in the shape of chocolate candy bars. Created by New Delhi-based…

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