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How to Build and Maintain a Community House

by , 08/20/14

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There’s a notable difference between a home and a community: a home is a place you’re forced to be; a place where you might not feel like you belong because your family won’t let you use the backyard to create a compost pit. In comparison, a community is a place you want to be; a place where you feel like you belong; a place you can contribute to and grow with. Building a community takes time, but with the right kind of people it can ultimately help you learn and grow as a person.

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Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

by , 08/20/14

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We recently wrote about Malibu Unites, an inspirational coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, and public figures from across the U.S. who are attempting to rid our schools of toxins – including PCBs, lead, DDT, Chlordane, and carcinogenic pesticides. Now supermodel Cindy Crawford, spokesperson for Malibu Unites, has taken the fight to the airwaves, speaking with NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver about her decision to pull her two kids out of class due to major concerns about the levels of cancer-causing chemicals found in the school. Check out the video here!

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Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

by , 08/20/14

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This stunning Forms in Nature chandelier transforms any room into a fairytale landscape! Inspired by drawings made by German biologist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel, designers Hilden & Diaz created an intricate bundle of entangled roots, bushes and tree branches that projects a 360-degree forest of shadows when illuminated from within.

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Nina Lindgren's Cardboard Floating City Looks Like a Futuristic Movie Cityscape

by , 08/20/14
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Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World's Largest Plant Library

by , 08/20/14

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San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond, formerly lead data scientist for Google Maps, will head the data resources for the company’s planned world’s largest plant library reveals just how grand its ambitions are. The purpose of the library? To identify and catalog plant characteristics in the quest to find more sustainable, animal-free alternatives to common foodstuffs.

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Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

by , 08/20/14

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Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. Outfitted with colorful and eye-catching sails, each freeform platform creates opportunities for artists to showcase their talents while harvesting tidal and wind energy to generate electricity. By harnessing renewable energy, the Oscillating Platforms can teach the public about sustainable energy and has the potential to offset the energy use of approximately 1,539 Copenhagen residents per year.

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First Bricks Laid for BIG's LEGO House in Denmark!

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Architecture, Art

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Construction on Bjarke Ingels Group’s LEGO House just broke ground yesterday, starting with the installation of six LEGO-shaped foundation bricks. Located at The LEGO Group’s birthplace in the Danish city of Billund, the LEGO House will serve as an “experience center” for an estimated 250,000 annual visitors. Characteristic of BIG’s playful designs, the 75-foot-tall structure will be built out of stacked rectangular volumes that resemble giant LEGO bricks.

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Citi Bike Unveils Slightly Less Confusing Kiosks Created by Design Students

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Citi Bike has announced that its kiosks will be getting a much-needed makeover thanks to a few first-year design students. Last year, the bike company participated in Jill Nussbaum’s Design in Public Spaces course, challenging MFA Interaction Design students students to make the overall Citi Bike rental process more comprehensible, specifically focusing on new users. After spending many cold winter days observing and interviewing first-time users interacting with the unfamiliar system, the students presented their ideas to the bike rental company. Out of a sea of good ideas, two students’ innovative proposals stood out above the rest.

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012. A decade ago 25% of all elephant deaths were due to illegal killings, however that figure has risen to 65% today – and if it continues it will lead to extinction of the species.

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All Signs Point to SeaWorld's Imminent Demise and We Aren't Sad

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Animals, News

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If cruelty to animals and marine captivity are on the list of things that make you hot under the collar, good news is on the horizon. According to The Dodo, all signs are pointing to the demise of SeaWorld, the company known far and wide for giving shoddy treatment to its marine residents. Media impresario Kenneth Lerer says the company’s brand is now so tarnished, an increasingly concerned population have come to view the enterprise as synonymous with the torture of whales.

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The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

by , 08/20/14

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What’s the world’s largest solar plant to do when its massive mirrors start frying all of the birds flying by? If the solar plant is Ivanpah, the apparent solution is to institute a sort of cap and trade system for bird death. Ivanpah’s owners have decided that in order to offset the number of birds killed by the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, it will donate money to spay and neuter cats, which are notorious bird killers themselves.

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Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

by , 08/20/14

 

Little Crab

Prefabricated homes have really evolved over the years, to the point where they really do come in all shapes and sizes. 3D printing has been of immense benefit in this regard, with the world’s first 3D-printed house currently being assembled in Amsterdam. Prefabricated houses aren’t just for people, however, and groups around the world have been putting their creative talents towards creating homes for animals in need… and one of the species being designed for is the ever-fascinating hermit crab.

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9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

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MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

by , 08/20/14
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Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar panels. According to Phys.org, the system proposed by a group of MIT professors and published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science uses a fairly new solar cell technology that includes a compound called perovskite, which is nearly on par with traditional silicon-based cells but takes significantly less material to manufacture. The big problem to date with perovskite is the fact that lead – a source of toxic pollution that’s destructive to plants and animals – is a major ingredient in its manufacturing.

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A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed audit, revealing that one in ten buildings in the midst of or due for construction, as well as those currently undergoing renovation, fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. This means that 90 percent of the construction in the city isn’t meeting NYC energy standards.

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Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of…

Inspired by the fairly hostile landscape of the island's topography, the architects used a combination of natural wood, metal and raw concrete to blend the home into its natural…

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Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American…

Nokero International, Ltd. recently launched the Prima N202, its ninth solar-powered light bulb, at Aspen's American Renewable Energy Day Conference early this month. As a leader in…

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart…

PABLO's new Yokohama store combines the bakery and retail component with a cafe seating area in the back. Customers are able to watch the process of making of the fluffy cheese tarts at…

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Spain's 'Guerilla Architect' Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in the Wake of Financial Crisis

Spain's 'Guerilla Architect' Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in…

Cirugeda's career dates back to 1996, but he is most known for his work through the practice he founded 11 years ago, Recetas Urbanas. He is particularly known for his ingenious…

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Olafur Eliasson's Sprawling Stone River Landscape Takes Over the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Olafur Eliasson's Sprawling Stone River Landscape Takes Over the…

Taking over the museum gallery's entire South Wing, the site-specific installation offers an interactive element that redefines the typical visitor experience at the museum. "Presence…

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