Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

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French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he calls himself a “mérien,” a term he coined which translates to “one belonging to the sea.” His dream is for likeminded individuals to populate his City of Mériens, to conduct research on the surrounding ocean.

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Facebook unveils solar-powered Aquila plane that will beam the internet to remote locations

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Edith Macefield's famed "Up" house is being saved by a nonprofit

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Earlier this month, we reported the sad news that Edith Macefield’s iconic Seattle home likely faced demolition, after its new owners determined it would be too expensive to renovate as a coffee shop. The bungalow came to share a city block with a shopping center in the downtown neighborhood of Ballard, WA when Macefield, the home’s former owner, refused to sell her property to developers. The now-vacant home, a symbol for anti-corporate struggles, has reportedly been saved from the chopping block and will remain intact, thanks to a yet-to-be-named nonprofit organization.

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

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California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in California. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that outlines a host of anti-drought efforts to be paid for with federal funds. The California Emergency Drought Relief Act calls for desalination research, grants for new water-metering and stormwater capture, as well as $200 million for new water recycling projects. All of these measures are a last-ditch attempt to make the most of what water remains in the state before it dries up.

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Submit your proposals for ‘architecture that reacts’ to the Laka Competition 2015

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Public arts initiative Laka is inviting designers from around the world to submit their ideas of ‘architecture that reacts’ to the Laka Competition 2015. Although interpretations of ‘architecture that reacts’ will vary, the phrase generally refers to architecture that is accessible to everybody, and can respond and adjust dynamically to the current needs and circumstances of its users. The ideas should stimulate dialogue on how architecture can play a stronger role in social revitalization and help develop more sustainable cities. A prize pool of $5,000 USD will be divided amongst the top three winners. The registration deadline is October 20, 2015 and the deadline for submissions is October 31, 2015.

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Get a sneak peek of Pickathon, the world's most sustainable music festival, opening this weekend!

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Outdoor concerts and music festivals are notorious for producing insane amounts of waste. From single use cups and beer cans, to the stages themselves, the egregious amounts of litter that is left behind at the end of a show is appalling. Luckily, there’s one indie music festival that is taking great strides to change the concert landscape, and they have great bands too! As the only environmentally-friendly large-scale outdoor music concert, Portland’s Pickathon Music Festival combines great indie bands with eco-designs in Happy Valley, Oregon, including a reusable stage made from 520 upcycled shipping pallets, solar powered lighting, recycling and composting. But if you can’t make it up to Oregon this weekend when it kicks off, don’t fret — starting today Inhabitat will be introducing you to a whole lineup of emerging musicians at Pickathon with an exclusive live broadcast right here. Check out the video above for a sneak peek!

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Baines&Fricker reveal a stylish portable research lab for Fieldwork

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Baines&Fricker were commissioned by consultancy firm Fieldwork to design and make a portable research lab. The lab comes in a custom built flightcase with rollers on one side. The flightcase doubles as a base when stood on one end and the lab’s front panel pulls forward to create a desk. According to Fieldwork founder Curtis James, “Fieldwork do ethnographic research into working life, which entails making visible the ordinary and extraordinary things that might go unnoticed in day to day office life.” This new portable research lab allows them to advance their work in a stylish, convenient way.

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This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

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Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

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Purina ONE's Cat Camp will let you camp out with cute kitties this week in NYC

by , 07/30/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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If you’re a feline fanatic who never really fit in at space camp or band camp, you may finally be in luck. Purina ONE has announced that after the success of its pop-up NYC Cat Cafe last year, it will be launching its first-ever Cat Camp starting tomorrow in Soho. The unique (and thankfully air-conditioned) space will feature a full kitty playground, a kibble campfire, and a crew of adoptable furry friends to play with–and hopefully take home to their furever homes at the end of the day.

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You can wear these removable 3D-printed casts in the shower - and they speed up the healing process

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If you’ve ever broken a limb, you know how awful it is to live in a clunky old cast for weeks on end. Well, that’s about to end. Bespoke has started using 3d printing to make custom cast prototypes that would stabilize broken body parts just like conventional casts. Unlike the traditional casts which get dirty and suffocate your skin, these 3d-printed casts use a smaller amount of materials, can be worn in the shower and can even make the healing process more efficient.

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Beijing was just selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

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It was a close vote, but Beijing was just selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Chinese capital beat out Almaty, Kazakhstan 44 to 40 in an International Olympic Committee ballot today in Kuala Lumpur. The decision puts Beijing in the unique position of being the first city ever chosen to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Some of the factors that helped push the city over the top include its plan to reuse some of its existing infrastructure from the 2008 Summer Olympics like Herzog and de Meuron’s famous Bird’s Nest stadium and the award-winning Watercube, as well as talk of a new high-speed rail system that would benefit the area well after the games are over.

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Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

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Australia reveals the world's first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

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Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using the world’s first solar-powered “electronic ink” signs. The signs can be updated at the drop of a hat, so as traffic needs change, the signs can change with it. The technology, which uses displays from E Ink and software from Visionect, has endless applications for the transportation sector and beyond.

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Scientists transform human cells into lasers

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Scientists from Harvard Medical School have developed three ways to transform individual cells into functioning lasers that emit light when they’re excited. According to Matjaz Humar, of the Harvard Medical School, the process can actually make it possible to track the path of diseases like cancer as they spread through the body. Talk about a bright idea.

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Would you buy this wooden bicycle for $11,000?

Would you buy this wooden bicycle for $11,000?

Designer Paule Guerin and woodworker Till Breitfuss founded the Keim studio and chose to work with wood for its potential as a sustainable and durable building material. The duo…

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Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Made from stacked and cantilevered shipping containers, the Foghound Interactive Coffee Company in Johannesburg is a sustainable flagship for the ambitious company. Designed by…

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World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish Kapoor's London tower

World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish…

Erected in 2012, the gigantic ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower dominates the Olympic Park landscape. The tower was built from 2,000 tonnes of steel, almost 60 percent of which was recycled.…

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through a mountain peak

Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through a mountain peak

The striking 10,700-square-foot Messner Mountain Museum Corones is located 7,500 feet above sea level and accessible via cable car from within the Kronplatz ski resort in South Tyrol,…

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American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

The American dentist who allegedly paid $55,000 to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has come under fire since his identity was disclosed to the public this week. Stories about Cecil the…

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