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Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO's

by , 08/19/14

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Of all the LEGO-like building components we’ve seen over the years, Kite Bricks come closest to the famous toy bricks’ building technology. The blocks, also referred to as Smart Bricks, allow for a faster, cheaper and more precise construction than conventional building methods. The company estimates that using the Smart Brick system can lead to savings of 50 percent of the total expenses associated with building an eight-story building. The bricks are currently in the prototype stage and the company is looking to raise $3 million to go into production.

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SpaTap Transforms Any Water Bottle into a Pop Up Shower

by , 08/19/14
filed under: green gadgets

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Thanks to the new SpaTap, campers can turn an ordinary plastic bottle into a pop up shower! The simple contraption clips onto an ordinary water bottle to allow campers to enjoy a nice soak off the grid without wasting a pile of water. The must-have camping accessory was fully funded by on Kickstarter.

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Take a Glimpse Inside the Octagon's Stately Green Residences on Roosevelt Island

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Help Girls Dream Big by Making the Dream, Girl Movie a Reality

by , 08/19/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

We know the names and stories of male CEOs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but what about female entrepreneurs? What do their lives look like? That’s exactly what filmmaker Erin Bagwell decided to find out in her new documentary Dream, Girl. Inspired by the 663,200 companies started in New York by women last year alone, Erin and her girl gang team of producers interviewed three of these unique brands to learn about their struggles, their drive, and their stories. Check out the trailer above for a sneak peek and if you believe that girls should dream big too, please don’t forget to support the production of the film through Erin’s Kickstarter campaign here.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

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It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine addictions commonly associated with higher education. With climate change all over the place, a lot of schools are instituting sustainability plans and initiatives, and many people are wondering what they can do to help in their personal lives. Here are 7 ways for students to keep their eco-footprints lower than their semesterly tuition bills.

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Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

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Although many people now read the news online or on their e-readers, actual printed newspapers are still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately all those papers add up to a lot of waste at the end of the day – but scientists at Tulane University have found a new use for the morning news: converting it to biofuel! The Tulane scientists have found that a bacterial strain, which they are calling TU-103, can actually turn newspapers into butanol to power cars.

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Washington, D.C.'s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

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See How This Handy New App Lets You Create Design Concepts Right on Your Smartphone

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A revolutionary new mobile app is offering designers the ability to use their smartphones or tablets to create concepts on-the-go. Board 2.0, from the masterminds at The Morpholio Project, is quickly becoming a staple for design pros, and is a dream come true for Pinterest fiends who want to take their “board” game to the next level. The app lets users stage rooms virtually on their mobile devices, giving designers the ability to create concepts whenever inspiration strikes them. This could mean big news for the future of design, allowing for more inspired and collaborative designs than ever before!

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DEET-Free Invisaband is Natural Mosquito Repellent That You Wear Around Your Wrist

by , 08/19/14

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Mosquitoes are one of summer’s biggest buzz-kills, but slathering on bug spray filled with toxic DEET chemicals isn’t a very appealing way to ward off the bugs either. That’s why Gogadgety Inc. designed the invisaband, a natural mosquito repellent that’s not only non-toxic, but comes in the form of a tidy microfiber wristband. Each reusable invisaband offers 120 hours of protection against mosquitoes and works by slowing releasing an anti-mosquito active ingredient called geraniol oil.

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Humans of New York Turns Its Lens on the Middle East in a Moving Series of New Portraits

by , 08/19/14
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28-Sq-Ft Bicycle Caravan is a Portable Home for Your Inner Bohemian

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This tiny mobile caravan offers micro-quarters on wheels to help unleash your inner bohemian. Powered by an attached bicycle, the 28-square-foot mini dwelling boasts a small bedroom or artist’s studio that the cyclist can tote from place to place. Completely portable and simple, the caravan easily morphs from living quarters, to dining area to art studio before folding into itself for easier transport.

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Tour Deke's Tiny Dumpster House from 2 Broke Girls (VIDEO)

by , 08/19/14
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Enter Your Architecture Ideas to the Madrid Digital Arts Museum Design Competition!

by , 08/19/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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Ctrl+Space has just launched a single-stage ideas competition for the design of a new Digital Arts Museum in the heart of Madrid. Open to architecture students, professionals, and multidisciplinary teams, the competition will award a total amount of 5000 euros in prize money split amongst the top three finalists. In addition to the proposed program, participants are free to add other elements to help the building blend in with the surrounding urban fabric. All entries must be submitted by October 5, 2014.

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Help New Orleans Reuse Vacant Land in the Future Ground Design Competition and You Could Win $15,000!

by , 08/19/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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Vacant lots are a big and costly problem for many cities. Not only do these urban eyesores attract illegal dumping, but they also drive nearby property values down. The Van Alen Institute, however, believes that with the right creative minds, vacant lots can be reinvented into valuable city resources. To that end, they have launched Future Ground, a design competition that challenges multidisciplinary teams to create flexible design and policy strategies for reusing vacant land in New Orleans. The three winning teams will be awarded $15,000 each to participate in a six-month research and design process. The final design solutions should be implementable and replicable to various sites across New Orleans and will be used to catalyze change in cities worldwide.

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

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Bicycle Snake Bridge Makes Urban Cycling Even Safer in Copenhagen

Bicycle Snake Bridge Makes Urban Cycling Even Safer in Copenhagen

The area around the Fisketorvet shopping center is a hotspot for pedestrian-cyclist conflicts, particularly in the summertime. In addition to the lack of separation between cyclists and…

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RMJM's Zhuhai Observation Tower Looks Like a Fish Leaping Out of China’s Pearl River Delta

RMJM's Zhuhai Observation Tower Looks Like a Fish Leaping Out of…

Measuring nearly 330 feet in height, the Zhuhai Observation Tower will be clad in 1,400 perforated aluminum panels that will give the building its fish-like look and protect the tower…

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Pittsburgh's Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

Pittsburgh's Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows…

If you think of the greenest building imaginable, then you are imagining what Phipps' CSL is like. In addition to relying on numerous clean energy sources for its power, such as…

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3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

Portable solar power has already taken off, but what about when the sun goes down? Could massive wind turbines be scaled down for personal use? Poznan, Poland-based 3D printer…

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Tesla Roadster to Get 400-Mile Battery Upgrade Later This Year

Tesla Roadster to Get 400-Mile Battery Upgrade Later This Year

With all the news surrounding the Tesla Model S and the upcoming Model X, it's been easy to forget about Tesla's first model, the Roadster. While a new Roadster has not been announced,…

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