PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

by , 03/02/14

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The ShareRoller is the world’s first portable motor designed specifically for transforming Citi Bikes into electric bikes. The compact, 6-7 lb. device will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow as part of a Kickstarter campaign, but we got a sneak peek earlier this week in New York City. Read on to learn more about this game-changing gadget, and see what we thought about our test ride.

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DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter

by , 03/02/14
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At my local grocery store, out here in the middle of nowhere, a head of cauliflower costs $5 and a wilted ball of lettuce might run you $3. It’s a far cry from the vibrant fruit and vegetable markets we were accustomed to in downtown Toronto, and is a bit daunting when it comes to grocery budgeting for a pair of veggie-vores. It’ll be a few more months until local farmers’ markets are filled with greens and our own garden is lush with vegetables, so until then, we make do with what’s available and take advantage of one of the few greens that can be grown indoors year-round: sprouts. It’s incredibly easy to sprout seeds and beans on your kitchen counter with just a few simple household tools.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

by , 03/01/14

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Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school, predators are confused, and the little guy is a little safer. Delightful collaborations emerge where we least expect them, but it’s a simple matter of finding our mutual interest. Transparency and trust are much harder to come by. Welcome to the sharing economy, where online platforms help people share access to goods and services. Maybe it’s cars, or rooms, or power tools. Ride-sharing companies Lyft, and room-sharing app Airbnb, even Craigslist. The sharing economy offers tremendous opportunities, but you have to elicit trust to get it. And that means giving a measure of transparency into who you are. You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable, be willing to reveal something of yourself to strangers. If we can take that plunge, we can learn to “surf for free” on an unprecedented scale, just like the rest of nature. Keep reading to learn how common crows work together to keep their entire flock in check.

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7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

by , 03/01/14

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Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in design is not always the most straightforward, and more than a handful of the world’s most well-known designers spent years dabbling in different vocations that outwardly seem unrelated to their ultimate true calling. Today’s most forward-thinking design schools are starting to embrace this kind of diversity in their student body, welcoming individuals of all backgrounds and ages who want to begin a career shaping our built environment. But what’s it like to be that student who pursues a design education after years spent working a different type of 9 to 5? We asked students from the highly diverse Boston Architectural College (BAC) to share what it’s like to be a graduate student in Sustainable Design in the Master of Design Studies Program —an innovative low-residency degree dedicated to helping students learn about the practices, processes, and materials for building a sustainable future. These bright minds from across the globe gave us a peek into their lives, sharing their background, the projects they’ve been working on, and what they dream of doing in the future. Read on for a look at for what 7 of Boston Architectural College‘s brightest Sustainable Design students have to say!

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

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6 Edible Plants You Can Forage for in New York City

by , 02/28/14

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Garlic mustard, ramps and blackberries may sound like ingredients you’d spot on a menu at a chichi restaurant, but did you know that they can all be found growing in New York City parks? We recently caught up with foraging expert Steve “Wildman” Brill to learn about six delicious, edible plants, and where they can be found in the city. Read on to see them all!

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What Happened to Los Angeles' Streetcars?

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How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

by , 02/21/14

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When the movie Waterworld premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick as a fairly ridiculous post-apocalyptic science fiction film: Now, nearly two decades later, the tale’s premise of a world where nearly all land is submerged beneath the seas seems more like a prediction of what’s to come than a figment of a screenwriter’s imagination. With polar ice caps melting rapidly, the clear and present threat of rising tides is no longer something that can be pushed aside. According to current scientific estimates, the earth’s temperature will increase at least 4-5 °C by the end of this century, leading to a sea level rise of approximately 2-7 feet or more by 2100, which will submerge significant portions of many of the world’s major metropolitan areas, including New York, London, Shanghai and Mumbai. Since we’re facing some pretty catastrophic changes, some of the world’s best minds are working on solutions to prevent, or at the very least, minimize, the land loss and human habitat destruction that lies ahead. But between dams, water barriers and floating cities, it’s easy to get lost in the “flood” of different options for dealing with rising sea-levels. Bettery Magazine recently broke down our current situation and the various types of approaches which are being tried all around the world to deal with rising waters. Read Bettery’s full report for a better understanding of how we can waterproof our future.

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Join Us Online TODAY for a Webcast Conversation on Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing Architecture & Real-Estate

by , 02/20/14

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Crowdsourcing architecture webcast is TODAY at 12pm EST – WATCH HERE >

Over the last few years, crowdfunding has become a popular way for people to raise the seed money they need to get their dream off the ground. Here at Inhabitat we’ve seen hundreds of small scale projects come to fruition through the likes Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Now crowdfunding is set to revolutionize the real estate industry, and at the forefront of this movement is real-estate crowdfunding company Prodigy Network. This innovative new venture founded by Rodrigo Nino wants to democratize the way we build, and they’ve just announced plans to crowdsource both the cash and the design for their new 17 John “Cotel“, a crowdfunded business hotel located in the Financial District of NYC (collaborative + hotel = “cotel”). So, how do you successfully crowdsource a project of such a massive scale? Prodigy Network will be broadcasting a live webcast conversation during Social Media Week called Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding: A Social Media Revolution In Real Estate. This panel discussion will feature renowned thought-leaders Karim R. Lakhani, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School; Graham Hill, founder of LifeEdited.com; Piers Fawkes, founder and Editor-in-Chief at PSFK; and Rodrigo Nino, CEO and founder of Prodigy Network, and will look at how crowdsourscing and crowdfunding will transform the built environment.

We invite you to participate in this groundbreaking conversation TODAY, Feb 20th at 12pm by tuning in to the live webcast of the event here >

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Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John "Cotel" in Downtown New York City

by , 02/19/14

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These days you can crowdfund pretty much anything, from flying bikes, to glowing plants, and a headset that lets your dog talk – so why not a building? That’s precisely the idea behind Prodigy Network, a crowdfunding company that has launched the world’s first crowdsourcing platform for real estate development, architecture and urban planning. Rodrigo Nino founded Prodigy Network with the goal of democratizing real estate investing, and the organization just announced plans to crowdsource an innovative hotel in New York City’s financial district. The 17 John “Cotel” will tap into the crowd for investment and design to improve and evolve the form and function of the modern business hotel. Read on to learn more about this exciting new venture and the future of crowdfunded architecture.

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Score a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network's Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

by , 02/14/14

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We’re giving away $250 passes to Social Media Week 2014 to 10 lucky readers, and it’s easy to enter. Just comment on this post with a question about how social media and crowdfunding are impacting real estate or tweet your question with the hashtag #mycotel for a chance to score a free campus level pass to Social Media Week and Prodigy Network‘s Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding: A Social Media Revolution In Real Estate panel discussion about how social media is changing the face of the real estate industry. Good luck!

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11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods - All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

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DIY: How to Make Rose Petal Beads from Your Valentine's Day Bouquets

by , 02/12/14

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Valentine’s Day is generally associated with gift-giving to one’s sweetheart, and after chocolate, roses are the most popular choice of present to show one’s affection. Nothing quite compares to a rose in terms of beauty, grace, scent, and the expression of romantic love, and it’s always sad when these lovely blooms wilt and lose their petals after a few days. There is, however, a gorgeous way to preserve and reuse those petals, and that’s by transforming them into beads, which can then be used in jewelry, keepsakes, sachets, or even just as decorative accents.

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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine's Day

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How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine's Day

How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine's Day

Image via Shutterstock Although some consider Valentine’s Day to be a “Hallmark holiday”, I think it’s a great opportunity not only to do something special for your loved one…

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6 DIY Valentine's Day Cards To Make for Your True Love

6 DIY Valentine's Day Cards To Make for Your True Love

Looking for the right way to tell your special someone what you really think of them? Forget the store-bought Valentine's Day cards and stationary, and make your own DIY V-Day card.…

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