VIDEO: How You Can Cut Your Building's Energy Costs by Changing the Color of Your Roof

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An initiative called the White Roof Project is cutting energy costs for buildings across New York City just by changing the color of their roofs. The volunteer-driven organization focuses on low-income residences, coating dark-colored roofs with a special reflective white paint. While the initiative is primarily environmental, it also has financial benefits since cooler buildings mean lower energy costs. Many thanks to Thomas Shomaker of NationSwell for sharing this informative video with us.

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Jonas Wagell's Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

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Architect Alex Michaelis Went Underground to Build His Elegant Notting Hill Home

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Opbrid's Groundbreaking Busbaar V3 Charges Electric Buses in Just 5-8 Minutes

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Spanish firm Opbrid, in partnership with Furrer + Frey has just released the Busbaar V3, a revolutionary new charging system that can power up a electric or hybrid bus in just five to eight minutes. Not only does this coincide with scheduling and driver rest breaks, but regular charging throughout the day reduces the size of the battery required, making the buses lighter and providing more space for passengers. The system can also be adapted to suit garbage trucks, street cleaners and delivery vehicles.

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Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

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Frank Gehry's Origami-Like Biomuseo Opens in Panama City

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Climate Change Could Make Fall Foliage Last Longer - But That's Not a Good Thing

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Fall foliage watchers can rejoice in the news that climate change may make the incredible autumn colors found in the Northeast and Midwest last a bit longer – but it spells bad news for the planet. New research from Princeton University shows that global warming will cause tree leaves to respond in wildly unpredictable ways come autumn. According to Modern Farmer, the research shows that leaves will start changing color later in the year and will keep their bright colors for longer.

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Rat-Infested Seward Park Could Improve with Help from New Neighborhood Conservancy

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Lower East Side residents are fed up with the unkempt conditions at Seward Park and they’re ready to do something about the problem. In its current condition, the century-old green space is more reflective of a garbage dump than of a place where children come to play. Despite several neighborhood clean-up efforts and requests made to the Parks Department to improve staffing and maintenance, the area remains riddled with trash and infested by vermin and overgrown weeds. In an effort to turn things around, The Friends of Seward Park and the local SPaCE block association have teamed together to raise funds to help bring the city’s oldest municipal park back up to snuff.

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London's New Footbridge Rises Like a Fan Over Grand Union Canal

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Surprise! An Oil Company is the Next to Leave ALEC Over Climate Change

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It’s easy to see why some of the more environmentally friendly companies would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) based on the council’s lies about climate change, but what about an oil company? In the wake of Microsoft, Google, Yelp and Yahoo’s recent departure from the council, Occidental Petroleum parted ways with ALEC after investors expressed concern about the anti-renewables group.

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California's Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S.

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Oakland’s Cat Town, a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization, is set to open the first permanent cat café in the U.S. this month. Following the hugely popular Japanese cat café model, café-goers will be able to enjoy tasty drinks and snacks, then slip into the adjacent “Cat Zone” for some feline snuggles. All the cats at the café will be rescue cats, and all will be up for adoption – should you fall in love and decide you want more than just a coffee to go.

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WineHive: Modular 100% Recycled Aluminum Honeycomb Rack "Grows" with Your Wine Collection

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If you’re a wine lover tight on living space, you’ll love the space-efficient Winehive, a modular wine rack inspired by the honeycomb structure. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, the WineHive uses a patented interlocking system to fit together an infinite array of honeycomb structures. The stylish rack even packs flat for efficient shipping and can be easily assembled with no tools required.

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World's First Kinetic Energy-Powered Football Stadium Opens in Rio de Janeiro

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It’s a strange partnership, but Brazilian football legend Pelé and Shell Oil have teamed up to launch the world’s first player-powered community football field–right in the heart of a Rio de Janeiro slum. Built for the Morro da Mineira community, the innovative sports facility is part of Shell’s ‘Make The Future’ project, which supports ideas that “come from anywhere.” The local pitch was refurbished by Shell using 200 high-tech, underground tiles that capture the players’ kinetic energy, which is then combined with solar energy to power the pitch’s lights and provide a safe and brightly lit community space.

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INABA's Luminous LED Installation Wins First Ever Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition

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6 Clever Tips to Make Your Tiny Apartment Feel Larger

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Archtober: 31 Can't-Miss Design and Architecture Events to Check Out This Month in NYC

Archtober: 31 Can't-Miss Design and Architecture Events to Check Out…

Wednesday, October 1: Building of the Day: The Public Theater at Astor Place, 12:00pm Tour this important New York City landmark and learn about Ennead Architects’ ongoing redesign…

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Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for China

Apple Manufacturer Foxconn is Working on a $15,000 Electric Car for…

Many of our readers may know Foxconn as the controversial manufacturer of Apple's iPhone, but the company may soon be known as something else - a car manufacturer. Foxconn has announced…

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Submit Your Urban Design Projects for a Chance at Winning $50,000 in the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

Submit Your Urban Design Projects for a Chance at Winning $50,000 in…

The Bruner Foundation just announced their call for entries for the prestigious 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. The biennial award celebrates innovative urban spaces in the…

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Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Don't Miss This Year's Fiery Spectacle of 5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Don't Miss This Year's Fiery Spectacle…

If you missed last year's Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, be sure to set aside a date to go see it this month. Over 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns will be lighting up the night for the…

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VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

Did you know that the most important source of biodiversity on the planet - the rainforest - is being decimated so that you can have paper towels to wipe up? Did you know that the paper…

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