A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

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Anti-Expo protests in Milan erupt in violence, clashes with riot police

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The May 1 opening of the Milan Expo 2015 architectural show has been marred by violent clashes between a group of protesters and Italian riot police. Reuters reports that “thick clouds of smoke from burning cars filled parts of central Milan” as masked individuals threw rocks and petrol bombs, and law enforcement retailed with teargas. The wider, student-organized No Expo protests—which have otherwise been nonviolent—are speaking out against the immense cost of the temporary Expo at a time when Italy is facing economic hardship.

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Los Angeles completes city’s tallest vertical garden and DTLA’s first pocket park

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Tesla launches pre-owned sales of Model S EV; expects 31% bigger Roadster battery in August

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tesla, elon musk, pre-owned tesla, used tesla, buy a used tesla, buy a used model s, tesla roadster update, tesla roadster battery, new roadster battery, tesla announcementThings at Tesla keeping getting bigger and better. On the evening of April 30, CEO Elon Musk announced details of their Powerwall home battery system, and earlier the same day another, quieter announcement also went out, which falls into the “better” category. Tesla has decided to go into the business of selling “certified pre-owned” vehicles—specifically the Model S EV. This will help get people behind the wheel of a Tesla car who probably couldn’t otherwise afford one, while easing the selling process for those looking to avoid the hassles of a private sale. Tesla’s pre-owned vehicle search page allows car shoppers to filter by geographical location, model, and color to find their next ride, which will come with a 4-year, 50,000-mile limited warranty. The setup is so slick, in fact, that you can “buy” your new Tesla right online, with a $1,000 deposit. In news of the “bigger” variety, Musk also let the world know, via Twitter, that the new Roadster battery would be “likely available in August” of this year. The battery is and it’ll offer 31 percent more power than the current model (70kWh vs. 53kWh). As summer heats up, so will news from Tesla, both on and off the road.

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California adopts ambitious goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030

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California has thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of North America when it comes to taking on climate change. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order requiring the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Called by Brown the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction target by any government on the continent to date, California’s plan matches the goals of the ever-progressive European Union.

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Steel shell encloses contemporary dairy farmer’s house in Japan

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Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

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From bio-refrigerators that cool food with gel to zero-energy clay alternatives, we see a lot of designs that look to make one of the home’s most energy-hungry appliances more efficient. But in Ikea’s Concept Kitchen 2025 installation at the Milan Design Fair, the Swedish furniture giant goes one step further, and suggests that 10 years from now we might forgo fridges entirely in favor of a “modern pantry” that keeps food cool using a combination of smart technology and traditional methods, with an open display to cut down on waste.

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LEED-certified TMB Headquarters raises the bar for the construction industry

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Elding Oscarson floats a green-roofed home above a transparent, glass-clad ground floor

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Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

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Slovenia's prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous landscape of its homeland

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X-TU's Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France

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Yunak Evleri is a 5-star hotel built into ancient Turkish caves

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

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filed under: green gadgets, Health, Science

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Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a centrifuge, which enables medical professionals to test for issues like anemia, bone marrow failure and leukemia. The low-tech device was developed to help people living in rural regions across Africa.

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Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap fashion

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Would you be tempted to buy a T-shirt from a flashy-looking urban vending machine for less than $3? Berliners recently had the opportunity and many pounced, unaware that their attempted purchase was part of an awareness-raising campaign related to Fashion Revolution Day. The aqua-and-black painted machine offered T-shirts for just €2 or roughly $2.25 USD, but instead, would-be T-shirt buyers received a surprise: images of sweatshop labor with statistics on the abysmally low wages textile workers earn by making cheap T-shirts and such. Click through to learn more about this campaign and see a video of the vending machine in question, as well as find out how you can get involved.

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Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to…

The Expo Milan 2015 is in full effect and the rest of the world is taking peeks at the breathtaking pavilions and their promising messages for the future. The Principality of Monaco has…

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Undulating German pavilion brings a

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

The German pavilion, whose form evokes the configuration of the country’s field and meadow landscapes, invites visitors to become active participants in its exhibitions. Design studio…

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Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people…

Klaus K. Loenhart’s Austrian forest impressively provides oxygen for 1,800 people per hour—an amount close to 62.5 kg of fresh oxygen per hour. The lush vegetation uses…

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Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this year's Milan World Expo

Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this…

Expo Milan 2015 has launched and Inhabitat is showcasing the final conceptions of many of the 145 countries who have risen to demonstrate the future of agricultural sustainability. We…

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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo…

The Rice Cluster is one of nine Expo Clusters, each of which bring different countries together to design around a common theme or food group. Designed to evoke a vast rural landscape,…

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