Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 - But is That a Good Thing?

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In the history of pointless devices, the air umbrella has to be among one of the foremost – and it could soon be a reality. According to Core77, the invisible umbrella concept – which uses forced air to repel falling water – was created by U.K. industrial design student, Quentin DeBaene, and the concept generated plenty of interest when it was introduced last year as an entry for the James Dyson Award. The date initially proposed for building the umbrella was 2050, but a successful Kickstarter campaign doubled its initial target goal of $10,000 – and a ‘research team’ in China claims it could create the umbrella by as early as 2015.

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Tour 6 of New York City's Most Incredible New Design Destinations

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October marks New York City’s annual celebration of architecture and design, and Inhabitat is kicking the event off with a virtual tour of six of the city’s most inspiring design destinations. We recently got to experience some of NYC’s most incredible architecture on the curated Driven by Design tour presented by Architectural Digest and Cadillac, and we’re going to share our tour virtually with you! From the powerful September 11 Memorial and Museum to Shigeru Ban’s elegant Cast Iron House to a bird’s eye view of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub, come along with us as we share some of New York City’s most groundbreaking and exciting new architecture.

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The Startram Maglev Train Could Make Space Travel Cheaper & More Efficient

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Space travel is a costly and inefficient process. Not only does it take a large amount of fuel to send the lightest payload into orbit (the Space Shuttle used over one million pounds of solid propellant to power its rocket boosters), but it is expensive and damaging to the environment (the last 28 years of shuttle service have seen over 42,000 tons of pollutants released into the atmosphere). However, two researchers believe that have found an alternative – maglev technology. Using an electromagnetic catapult launch system called Startram, they propose a process that would see cargo, astronauts and space tourists accelerated into low Earth orbit (LEO) via a magnetized train.

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Lockheed Martin Announces a Major Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion

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It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, with secret laboratories and futuristic technologies, but it’s real – Lockheed Martin’s stealthy Skunk Works division just announced that it has created a compact nuclear fusion reactor that could change the way we power our world. Speaking to Aviation Week, researchers explained that they have been quietly working on a device that could produce cleaner, safer and more powerful energy than ever before.

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Gaelle Villedary's Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

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Massive Green-Roofed StreetDome Skate Park Pops Up in Denmark

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Did Somebody Say Giant Cave Trampoline?

by , 10/17/14
filed under: Eco Tourism, gallery

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If you are looking for a new thrill and you happen to be around Wales, check out Bounce Below. Set inside a 176-year-old slate mine, it’s an awesome series of gigantic, bouncy nets strung like trampolines across two cavern chambers that are twice the size of St. Paul’s Cathedral. While certainly not for vertigo sufferers, the subterranean playground within the Llechwedd caverns is the first of its kind and looks like a riot of fun.

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Mesmerizing Kaleido Wall 1.0 Turns Sydney Opera House into a Colorful Reflective Mosaic

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Wood-Clad Fagerborg Kindergarten Offers a Stimulating Environment for Children in Norway

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VIDEO: Stanford Team Successfully Tests Earthquake-Resistant House

A team of Stanford engineers have built and tested an earthquake-resistant house that sits on top of sliding “isolators” to ride out tremors. The test house, which also makes use of heavy-duty reinforcing, withstood an earthquake simulation that was three times the intensity of the Bay Area’s devastating 1989 Loma Prieta quake. The team says the modifications are inexpensive and could easily be used in new home construction where their costs would soon be offset by reduced earthquake insurance premiums.

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Gustavo Penna' Shining Freedom of The Press Monument Wins World Architecture Festival Award

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David Sheppard Architects' Green-Roofed Chimes House is a Sculptural Home for a Pianist

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Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

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You’ve probably noticed how popular is cardboard in the world of sustainable products lately. Following the examples of foldable furniture and cardboard surfboards, a team from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has introduced SUstand: an elegant and environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic tablet stands. Designed to minimize paper waste, these stands are pre-cut on a piece of 100 percent recycled cardboard. A little push here, a slight bend there, and you’re suddenly the owner of four adjustable stands that can hold any tablet, phablet, or smartphone. By year’s end, there will be a crowdfunding campaign for producing SUstands directly from paper waste (like supermarket boxes) to reduce the environmental impact even further. SUstands will be available during the Dutch Design Week (October 18-26) at the Temporary Art Centrum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation Tomorrow and Help Plant a Wish Garden in the Bronx

by , 10/17/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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New York Restoration Project and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are teaming up to plant a “Wishes in Bloom” garden tomorrow and they need your help. 637 daffodil bulbs will be planted at NYRP’s Bathgate Community Garden in the Tremont section of the Bronx, with each one representing a wish granted by Make-A-Wish to a local child with a life-threatening medical condition this year. The planting will take place at 1818 Bathgate Avenue from 10am-2pm. For more information or to volunteer, please email NYRP Community Initiatives Coordinator Charlie Reynoso at creynoso@nyrp.org.

 

6 Green Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Spookify Your Home This Season

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Sure, Halloween is still a few weeks away, but if you’re planning to put up any outdoor decorations, it’s a good idea to start thinking about your options. Waiting until the last minute to dress up your home might result in just a sad, saggy pumpkin lolling around on your front step, and some terrible facial tissue ghosts bobbing around overhead. In addition to carving vegetables like pumpkins and squashes, which are both delicious and compostable, you can check out some of the great eco-friendly decor options out there to make this Halloween the greenest one yet.

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Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas

Hawaii Plans to Move Homeless People Away from Tourist Areas

Hawaii may be the quintessential beach bum destination, but a new law lets authorities move the state’s homeless population away from tourist spots, and it's making life difficult for…

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5 Ultra-Useful Pieces of Transforming Furniture Seen at

5 Ultra-Useful Pieces of Transforming Furniture Seen at "Hotel…

Resource Furniture brought Hotel Resource to New York to show that even tiny accommodations can be comfortable and utilitarian spaces. While the exhibit looked like a typical hotel room…

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Deforestation May Have Paved the Way for Ebola

Deforestation May Have Paved the Way for Ebola

There are plenty of reasons to fight against deforestation - climate change, loss of animal habitat and destruction of indigenous ways of life - but there’s one reason that you may…

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Curved Wooden Kamppi Chapel of Silence Provides Quiet Sanctuary in Helsinki

Curved Wooden Kamppi Chapel of Silence Provides Quiet Sanctuary in…

Since there are no openings in the wooden vessel-like structure, visitors enter the Kamppi Chapel of Silence via a set of glazed doors belonging to an adjacent one-story building. The…

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10,000 New Seeds Added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to Safeguard Against Climate Change

10,000 New Seeds Added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to Safeguard…

As climate change becomes a very real global problem, scientists are stocking up the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The vault, which is stationed on a Norwegian island in the arctic, aims…

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