Foster & Partners wins bid to design an incubator of creative talent for the Dubai Design District

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Foster & Partners released design renders for the second phase of the Dubai Design District (d3), their latest in a series of competitive wins in the United Arab Emirates. Inhabitat readers may recall that Foster & Partners first made a name for themselves with Masdar City’s iconic curved terracotta facades, an exceptional design partially inspired by traditional villages throughout the Middle East. They then emulated this approach for the UAE’s pavilion currently at the Milan Expo. But in Dubai, they are moving in a more edgy, industrial direction with a different material palette, flexible offices and shared workspace to incubate a new generation of creative talent.

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TroutHouse: A fun and functional LEED Gold building with outdoor space on every level

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Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

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As part of worldwide efforts by the Clinton Foundation to empower women with economic knowledge and opportunities, Bill Clinton toured a Solar Sister site in the town of Karatu, Tanzania recently, where woman receive training and micro-financing to sell solar-powered lanterns and cookstoves. Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions powered by Women’s Enterprise, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. They have created a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring the potential of clean energy to even the most remote communities in Africa.

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Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

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Forest fire danger is taking on a new dimension in the Ukraine, where a raging wildfire near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is sending radioactive plutonium particles into the atmosphere. The Ecologist reports that as trees at Chernobyl burn, they are releasing radioactive plutonium particles that are being suspended in the air, which could pose a significant health danger in the form of radiation poisoning to people in the area.

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Kengo Kuma's new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof

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Undulating German pavilion brings a "field of ideas" to Milan Expo 2015

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HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

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Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re making guacamole or slicing an avocado for a salad, try saving your pits to grow into avocado trees. It’s surprisingly easy to grow your own avocado tree from seed, and it makes a great educational project for home and classrooms. Check out our handy-dandy guide below, complete with photos, to learn how to grow an avocado tree from seed.

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Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

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‘Rubbish’ is the name of the adorable sea lion pup captured above in the image from KTVU’s Twitter feed. He was rescued last week after wandering the streets of San Francisco. This is not the first time The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, has rescued the pup. In March, they discovered him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and malnourishment. They nursed him to health and then released him at Point Reyes National Seashore. Last Thursday, the wandering pup made his way to San Francisco’s Marina District and then hid under a car on the corner of Marina Blvd and Divisadero Street, eluding rescue for 30 minutes, CBS San Francisco reports. Eventually trained rescuers scooped him up in a net and transported him back in a carrier to the rescue center in Marin Headlands, where they will “fatten him up” again. That’s the good news. The bad news? Rubbish’s adventures point to a troubling new trend, and climate change may be the culprit.

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Chevy lowers the 2016 Volt's price to $33,995, almost $1,200 less than the current model

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When Chevy unveiled the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevy revealed everything from the Volt’s revamped exterior to its longer EV driving range, but one thing was missing—the price. Chevy has now revealed that the 2016 Volt will start at $33,995 when it arrives later this year, which is almost $1,200 less than the current-generation Volt.

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Daniel Libeskind's Vanke Pavilion cleans the air with pollution-scrubbing tiles

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City Library Bruges' new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry

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Whether you work in the building industry or are a backyard hobbyist, chances are that you’d rather spend more time building and less time on calculations and estimates. Luckily, many mobile apps are now available to do those tasks for you. Window and Door Guys compiled a list of the top 10 apps for the building and construction industry that can do everything from completing layouts to calculating conduit bends and fills. Click through to see all the recommended apps.

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Yellow is the new green: researchers investigate 'peecycling'

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Pee is powerful stuff. It has been used to make false teeth, drinking water, brain cells, electricity, and yes, even whiskey and beer. Talk about a closed system! Urine is also great for growing plants, due to its rich nitrogen and phosphorus content. Researchers at University of Michigan are investigating best practices for application of urine as fertilizer on a large scale. In order for urine to be applied to crops safely, the team aims to identify pathogens and determine ways in which they may be eliminated. “A few questions we have are: What contaminants are applied onto the fields with the fertilizer, where do they go, and how can we get rid of the concerning contaminants before they are applied?” says Rebecca Lahr, one of the researchers in the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at University of Michigan. The mass disposal of liquid waste down the drain is not only a missed opportunity for sustainable agriculture, it is damaging to the environment. Algae also love nitrogen and phosphorus and the resulting algal blooms often cause mass marine mortality events and shellfish poisoning. By implementing peecycling on a large scale, we will gain a powerful agricultural tool while eliminating a major source of water pollution.

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Solar Impulse is gearing up for five-day solar-powered flight across the Pacific Ocean

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Solar Impulse, the experimental solar-powered aircraft with just enough room for a pilot, is still on its way around the world, despite a number of delays due to poor weather conditions. The project has been grounded in Nanjing, China, since April 21 where they landed after a one-day flight following a three-week weather delay. The sun-powered plane was originally planned to embark on the five-day trans-Pacific journey on May 5, now delayed to at least May 9. André Borschberg, co-founder of Solar Impulse, will pilot the record-setting Pacific Ocean crossing as soon as conditions are favorable. Borschberg has been gearing up for the challenge by fine tuning his yoga and meditation techniques and become more comfortable in the cramped cockpit of the solar-powered aircraft. He’s also used his time on the ground to comb over the aircraft, making sure that everything is in tip-top condition for the five-day flight to Hawaii. Solar Impulse is traveling around the world, powered entirely by the sun, as an ambassador of the #FutureIsClean movement, a global effort to raise awareness for clean energy.

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Watch Oregon's Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

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Located in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest, the Lost Lake presents a highly unusual natural phenomenon; each winter the lake bed fills with water from nearby streams, and every spring it drains—rather like a bathtub—down a large hole. Jude McHugh, spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest, told The Bulletin that the hole has been there for as long as anyone remembers, and that the mysterious phenomenon is most likely the result of the regions porous volcanic landscape—the hole itself is believed to be an open lava tube. As for exactly where the Lost Lake’s waters go each spring, no one is entirely sure, but it’s thought that it seeps into the subsurface where it recharges nearby aquifers.

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Modular organic farming commune is topped with a green roof in Argentina

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Win $5,000 in the 2015 NXT City Prize public space competition

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