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How Two People Live and Work in This Tiny 700 sq ft Barcelona Apartment Without Killing Each Other

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Michael Sodeau and Hypetex Design World's First Colored Carbon Fiber Chair

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Hypetex, the world’s first colored carbon fiber brand, teamed up with London furniture designer Michael Sodeau to create Halo, a minimalist lounge chair made from Hypetex’s high-tech composite carbon fiber. Created by leading engineers from Formula One racing, the strong but lightweight Hypetex material is available in a wide range of vibrant colors, making it ideal for use in design applications. Set to be introduced at September’s designjunction London design show, the launch of the Halo chair will also mark the introduction of Hypetex to the design world.

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Spectacular Daylit Aspen Art Museum!

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INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC's High Line Park

by , 08/06/14
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NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an abandoned, elevated freight train track into a public park, this project has redefined the New York experience, affording never-before seen views of the city’s surrounding natural landscape as well as an expansive and intimate look into one of the world’s most dynamic urban environments. With the completion of the rest of the High Line currently in the works, we couldn’t think of a better time to catch up with one of the brilliant minds behind the design of this beautiful public space. I recently sat down with landscape designer James Corner, the lead designer behind the High Line, to get his personal perspective on the what it was like to take an abandoned train track and turn it into one of NYC’s best loved spots of greenery. Read on for my exclusive interview with James Corner below…

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Wildfires Threatening 700 Homes in Northern California Under Control For Now

by , 08/06/14

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Light rain and increased humidity have helped fire fighters start to get a handle on two wildfires that are currently threatening more than 700 homes in Northern California – but residents are far from out of the woods yet. CBS News reports that the Eiler Fire in Lassen National Forest has burned through nearly 45 square miles to timber and is in sight of the Shasta County community of Burney, where it threatens 700 homes – though it didn’t grow overnight on Aug. 4 and remains four miles away from the town. The nearby Bald Fire, which is the larger of the two fires, has forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes after burning through a total of 62 square miles of forest.

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Expert Says "We May Have to Migrate People out of California"

by , 08/05/14

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Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history – these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out of water in just two years. If things continue down this road, some experts think that the only solution will be to abandon the place.

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Bethem Crouwel's Texel Holiday Home is Clad With Glass and… Fishing Nets?!

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Milton Glaser Launches "It's Not Warming, It's Dying" Campaign to Fight Climate Change

by , 08/05/14

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In an effort to eliminate any doubt about the severity of climate change, graphic designer Milton Glaser has launched a campaign to change the language around it. Glaser, the designer of ‘I Heart NY” fame, has created a badge and poster campaign entitled “It’s Not Warming, It’s Dying” that he hopes will drive home the reality of climate change and move discourse away from soft, ambiguous terms like ‘global warming’. “There is no more significant issue on earth than it’s survival,” Glaser told Dezeen. “The question is, ‘how can anyone not be involved?”

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Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

by , 08/05/14
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Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have made an alarming discovery: After surveying parks across seven Chinese cities, they found that those watered with recycled waste water had higher counts of microbe genes for antibiotic-resistance than parks watered with fresh water. In fact, the antibiotic-resistance gene (ARG) levels were up to 8,655 times higher.

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Love Coconut Water? The Next Trendy Health Drink Promises to Be Just as Tasty But Much More Sustainable

by , 08/05/14

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Coconut water has become a mainstay on grocery store shelves as the king of all-natural health drinks, but it may be hiding a dirty secret. In recent years, there has been criticism of the refreshing beverage surrounding its health claims, the alleged exploitation of those employed in third world plantations, and some not-so-sustainable coco palm farming practices. Whether these allegation are founded is up for debate, but the latest health drink craze to hit the American market has coconut water beat hands-down when it comes to the size of its carbon footprint. It’s all-natural, sustainable, and – if you live in New England – it’s as local as it gets.

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Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

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Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses Nestled in the Costa Rican Rainforest Canopy

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Brighton's Pod-Like Observation Tower to Offer an Awe-Inspiring 30-Mile Radial View

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Beautiful All-Timber Cabin Mimics the Jagged Shape of Switzerland’s Mountains

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How Staircases Fight Fat and Global Warming

by , 08/05/14

We know we should take the stairs and not the elevator because it’s better for our health and doesn’t burn fossil fuels. But when that elevator is slap bang in the middle of the foyer and the stairs are tucked down the end of some creepy passageway, our willpower tends to give way to convenience. Recognizing this ultimately self-harming quirk of our psychology, New York City is now taking steps (pardon the pun) to encourage people to take the stairs through the process of Active Design.

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New Study Shows Airbnb Rentals are Greener Than Traditional Hotels

New Study Shows Airbnb Rentals are Greener Than Traditional Hotels

Traveling contributes to climate change - there’s no way around it. But if you must exercise your wanderlust, there are many ways to green your trip – like staying at a home rented…

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Tips for Greening Up Your Graphic Design Practice

Tips for Greening Up Your Graphic Design Practice

Print-based graphic design is an essential service that's utilized by just about every company out there. From simple business cards to complete corporate identity packages, fashion…

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Watch Artist Jason Jagel Transform a Blighted San Francisco Block into a Vibrant Pocket Park

Watch Artist Jason Jagel Transform a Blighted San Francisco Block into…

Last year, we reported on an exciting partnership between the Lincoln Reimagine Project, Architecture for Humanity, and Architectural Digest to transform a blighted San Francisco block…

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How Waste Management Plans to Turn the Food You Throw Away into Renewable Energy

How Waste Management Plans to Turn the Food You Throw Away into…

That lasagna you couldn't finish and the broccoli that went bad in your fridge could soon be turned into renewable energy if Waste Management has its way. The waste disposal and…

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300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India's Tamil Nadu State

300 Government Buildings are Getting Rooftop Solar in India's Tamil…

After the resounding success of rooftop solar in the Indian state of Gujrat, other states in the country are scrambling to launch programs of their own. Tamil Nadu, a state that has…

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