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WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

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For the first time ever, the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will be open to the general public on the night of 9/11 (tonight) after the official anniversary service paying homage to the over 3,000 lives lost in the attacks. In previous years, the area was closed to outside visitors on the day of the memorial services due to safety concerns related to the ongoing construction around Ground Zero. This year, although the site will be inaccessible to the public during the actual ceremony, the plaza will be open from 6 p.m. until midnight tonight for those wanting to pay their respects and view the Tribute in Light beams up close.

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And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is...

by , 09/11/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Congratulations, New York City! Bicyclist Magazine recently named NYC as the best city for biking in the country. Although many local cyclists may be fast to point out their never-ending battles with potholes, congested bike lanes and car drivers, it would be hard to deny that the city has come a long way in a short time in terms of encouraging its ever-growing bike-riding population.

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These Amazing Dutch Floats Made From Thousands of Flowers Will Blow Your Mind!

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Archaeologists Discover 1000-Year-Old Viking Fortress in Denmark

by , 09/10/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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Archaeologists from Aarhus University in Denmark and The Danish Castle Centre have made a sensational discovery south of Copenhagen: A massive Viking fortress built with heavy timbers and earthen embankments. The Viking fortress is over 1000 years old, and it’s the first to be discovered in over 60 years. The fortress is perfectly circular and is similar to the famous “Trelleborg” fortresses built by King Harald Bluetooth around the year 980, which have been nominated for inclusion in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Trio of "Blossoming" Residential Towers on Brisbane Riverfront

by , 09/10/14

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Zaha Hadid Architects recently revealed designs for Grace on Coronation, a trio of futuristic residential towers to be developed by the Sunland Group. Located along the Toowong riverbank just a few miles west of Brisbane, the $420 million residential project will comprise 486 apartments with eight riverfront villas, 635 car parks, and 78,500 square feet of landscaped public parklands.

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Global CO2 Levels Are Rising at the Fastest Rate in Three Decades

by , 09/10/14

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You would hope that will all of the talk about climate change and all of the positive efforts that people are making that CO2 levels would at least be holding steady, if not dropping. But, no such luck. The rate at which CO2 levels have been climbing has not only increased, but from 2012-2013 they actually climbed faster than any other time in nearly 3 decades. At this rate, we will reach a carbon level that is positively dangerous in no time.

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Toyota's New Transforming Urban Utility Vehicle is the Swiss Army Knife of Cars!

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Makers, meet your DIY dream car. Toyota‘s Calty Design Research Studio just unveiled its brand new Urban Utility concept car – an ultra flexible vehicle with a transforming interior designed to meet the needs of today’s on-the-go makers. Toyota packed an amazing amount of space into a footprint the size of a compact car. The U-squared can seat up to four passengers, or you can fold down three seats and roll out an array of racks, movable rails, and storage trays that can accommodate everything from surfboards and bikes to bulky equipment (like your homemade tesla coil). Inhabitat is reporting live from San Francisco today to bring you a first look at this uber-customizable car – read on for more details!

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DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That'll Stay Green All Winter Long

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Avid gardeners and outdoor lovers tend to mope all winter long because of the lack of greenery around them, but there’s an easy way to fix that! Indoor plants give any space a lively splash of green, and terrariums aren’t just beautiful—they’re fun to make too. Any glass container can be transformed into a terrarium, from a tiny glass pendant to a 50-gallon fish tank, so you can have several all around your home in all shapes and sizes, with an assortment of different plants inside! Read on to learn how you can make your own today.

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

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We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people – a full one quarter of the world’s population – don’t have access to reliable electricity? The consequences are far-reaching: The lack of electric lighting impacts children’s ability to do well in school and prevents people from working once the sun has set, and dangerous kerosene lamps fill the air with soot and CO2 emissions. Enter Solar Sister, a nonprofit that is eradicating energy poverty one solar device at a time while empowering women with economic opportunity. The organization distributes solar-powered products like lanterns and cell phone chargers through women’s rural networks in Africa.

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

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Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian, Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the reactors can be started up again, as long as the operator can convince the local communities they are safe. That might not be an easy task as the Japanese public has been wary of nuclear power since Fukushima, which was the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl.

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See Astonishing Photos of Iceland's Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

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Former Firehouse Converted Into a Beautiful Loft in Fort Greene

by , 09/10/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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This beautiful Brooklyn space has quite a storied past. Not only has it been home to NYFD Engine 256, but it’s also been a water tower and a bomb shelter. 6sqft reports that this turn-of-the-century firehouse at 124 Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene now boasts two duplex loft apartments. And though there’s no standard fireman’s pole to slide down from, that beautiful wooden spiral staircase will make do. Check out more images of this spacious loft here.

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Wuhan Park Place Lifestyle Project Merges Urban Farming and High-Density Living in China

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Extraordinary House of Hungarian Music Has No Straight Lines or Planar Surfaces

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Digital Mapping of Stonehenge Reveals Site is More Massive Than We Thought

by , 09/10/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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Previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an enormous digital mapping project that has transformed scientists’ knowledge of this iconic landscape. A team from the University of Birmingham’s Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project have used remote sensing techniques and geophysical surveys to map the area to a depth of three meters below ground, resulting in the most detailed archaeological digital map of Stonehenge and its surroundings ever produced. Startling new discoveries include 17 previously unknown ritual monuments dating to the period when Stonehenge was developed into its iconic ring shape.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens Today

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens…

The beautifully redesigned David H. Koch Plaza opened to the public today, giving New Yorkers and tourists a new outdoor space where they can lounge, work or just people-watch. About…

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Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

The apartment building achieves 95 percent energy savings over other comparable buildings of its size and incorporates some of the most up-to-date sustainable technologies and…

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Lucirmas Upcycles Wine Bottles into Glass Lamps that Double as Flashlights

Lucirmas Upcycles Wine Bottles into Glass Lamps that Double as…

Spanish eco-design company Lucirmás just unveiled a handy lamp made from a recycled wine bottle! Created in collaboration with designer Dario Martone, the 75cl lamp is made from a…

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Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs for New Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco

Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs for…

The five landscape architecture firms presented their designs at a public meeting in the Presidio last week, whereupon the project kicked off its "Imagine Phase," which invites the…

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Never Have to Refill Your MetroCard Again by Getting This

Never Have to Refill Your MetroCard Again by Getting This

When you're already late for work and you see your train approaching on the other side of the turnstile, there's nothing quite as disheartening as seeing the words "Insufficient Funds."…

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