São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini 'Parklets' for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

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Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world’s first formal public parklets were initially conceived by Italian designer and London resident Suzi Bolognese (Sb Design Studio) and installed in San Francisco in 2010. As of January 2014, 62 parklets have been installed throughout San Francisco, and the program is being emulated in cities around the world. The latest city to introduce the project is Sao Paulo, Brazil. The parklets program fits in perfectly with São Paulo’s attempts to promote a friendlier pedestrian environment, and involves replacing a parking space or two with a new public area. Parklets can incorporate benches, chairs, tables, trees, and bike racks for the public to use and enjoy. Sb design studio has presented the project to mayor Fernando Haddad in 2013 and a temporary parklets experiment took place in parts of São Paulo during Environment Week, with the initiative gaining media coverage as well as being widely applauded by citizens. São Paulo has loved parklets so much, it has integrated them into city planning policy. Now as a result of Decree No. 55,405, São Paulo has rules for the creation and maintenance of parklets, the first Latin American public policy on the issue.

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Take a Peek at a Stunning Secret Swiss Villa Hidden Into a Mountainside!

by , 07/14/14

sustainable design, green design, vals, switzerland, search, christian muller, green building, underground house, hill houseIn a location as picturesque as Vals, Switzerland, it’s difficult to imagine any new construction that wouldn’t impose on the beautiful landscape. So, when the rare opportunity was granted to construct a new dwelling just a stone’s throw away from the famed Vals thermal baths, it was of paramount importance to not disturb the tranquil site. Designed by the architects of SeArch and Christian Müller, this underground house exemplifies the notion that thoughtfully constructed buildings can live in harmony with their surrounding environs.

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SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida's Ft. Lauderdale Station

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A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail line that will start in Miami at the Multimodal Hub, then travel north through Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and up to Orlando. SOM is working with local architect Zyscovich Architects to design this and all the other stations. These naturally daylit and airy structures will serve as the perfect launching pads for travel up and down the Florida coast for visitors and locals alike.

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Amazing Origami-Inspired Oru Kayak Folds Flat into a Compact Carrying Case in Minutes

by , 07/14/14

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If you’re squeezed for space in your tiny city apartment, chances are your beloved but bulky outdoor gear will be the first to go in the downsizing process. The folks at Oru Kayak, however, are hoping to change that with the launch of the world’s first origami-inspired flat-pack kayak. Weighing just shy of 25 pounds, the 12-foot-long lightweight and sturdy Oru Kayak folds down to a neat and compact package that can be slung over the shoulder for easy portability. The fully functioning foldable boat includes an adjustable footrest, a foam seat, a rubber strap for accessories, skirt compatibility, and plenty of front and rear storage space. The Oru Kayak is now available for purchase on Reign23 for $1,195 with a limited time $50 discount with the code REIGN50.

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ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

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Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

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PHOTOS: Explore Awakening Garden's Tiny Cabins Nestled in the Trees

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INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

by , 07/14/14

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The term ‘building science’ is used quite often now in sustainable building circles, but much of what we understand of it can be traced back to the work of Dr. Joe Lstiburek, founder of Building Science Corporation. He is anything but your typical engineer or scientist who spends time crunching numbers or hiding away in a lab. Lstiburek has spent most of his career out in the field, testing and examining what works and what doesn’t. Many of the building standards today — from building codes to ASHRE to testing methodology — have his finger prints all over them, and his tough love criticism of building design is undercut with his wry humor and, of course, an encyclopedic knowledge of building construction. Read on to learn where buildings go wrong and what we can do about it.

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Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

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New Kinetic Boots Could Help Marines Shed Battery Weight

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Military personnel do a lot of marching. And hiking. And running. They move a lot, whether on base or on a mission. While moving, Marines also carry up to 15 pounds of batteries in order to charge all their devices while in the field. Which is not awesome. Now, Lockheed Martin and Canadian boot maker STC Footwear have teamed up to lighten the load while keeping devices powered up. Their Kinetic Boots harness the power of each soldier’s footstep without weighing them down. Follow the link below to learn how they work.

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Gorgeous Glass River Inlays Breathe Life into Sustainably Sourced Wood Furniture

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Rocket Scientist Designs 'Flare' Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves Energy

by , 07/13/14

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Whether you’re making coffee, ramen or a gourmet Italian dinner, the odds are that you boil at least a pot of water every day. That adds up to a lot of energy use – but UK kitchenware manufacturer, Lakeland recently teamed up with a rocket scientist from Oxford to create a pot that heats food 40% faster than conventional models. The cast aluminum pot, dubbed Flare, has fins that direct flames across the bottom and up the sides, capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted.

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Tiny 'Project Gregory' Billboard Homes Provide Free Housing for the Homeless

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HOW TO: Whip Up Light and Creamy Vegan Avocado and Coconut Mousse

by , 07/13/14
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Need a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than this nutritious and oh-so-creamy avocado and coconut mousse. Perfect for the summer months, this light and silky vegan dessert is packed full with healthy fats and vitamins and can even be whipped up in a jiffy with zero cooking time required. Click through to see the step-by-step directions for this guilt-free and healthy dessert!

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HOW TO: Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet Stocked with Edible Remedies

HOW TO: Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet Stocked with Edible Remedies

Hippocrates once said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." We often fail to take this advice as literally as Hippocrates meant it! If you’re interesting in…

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The World's Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

The World's Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day…

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co.,…

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NCTU's Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

NCTU's Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best…

Given that the NCTU Unicode is based in Taiwan, a country notorious for its muggy and oppressive tropical summers, it's little surprise that the team honed in on their country's…

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Fabric Pen is a Tiny 3D Printer that Mends Clothing On-the-Go

Fabric Pen is a Tiny 3D Printer that Mends Clothing On-the-Go

Lots of people carry around sewing kits and stain-removal pens for those on-the-go clothing emergencies, but how about a 3D printer that could actually mend rips or damage right on the…

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Pret-a-Loger's Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

Pret-a-Loger's Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability…

Instead of demolishing the house, which lacked space, comfort and consumed around 175 euro of energy each month, the team decided to improve the climate and spatial performance of the…

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