London Bus Stop Made from 100,000 Lego Bricks Pops Up on Regent Street

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UK-based Trueform recently built a bus stop made from thousands of LEGO bricks! Working in collaboration with Transport for London, Trueform collected 100,000 building blocks to create the bus stop on Regent Street – including signage, seats and the back wall. This unique piece of urban design celebrates 200 years of London buses.

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AeroVelo Unveils Plans to Build the World's Fastest Bicycle

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filed under: Bicycles, News

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Canada-based AeroVelo just launched a Kickstarter campaign to build the world’s fastest bicycle! Last year, AeroVelo narrowly missed winning the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, but they are confident their new design will be able to reach speeds of around 140 kilometers (87 miles) an hour.

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Modern Belgian Office Nete Rises on Angled Stilts to Avoid Flooding

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VIDEO: Studio Swine's Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World's Oceans

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Studio Swine‘s brilliant Sea Chair is made of plastic waste collected from the world’s oceans – and RSA Films director Juriaan Booij recently made a beautiful film that documents the process behind its creation. The short calls attention to the pressing issue of ocean pollution, and it was just awarded second prize in the European category at the Young Director Awards in Cannes – check it out above!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Demystifying "Natural" and "Organic" Labels on Personal Care Products

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When you go grocery shopping, chances are that you notice that most (if not all) produce items have labels on them to signify whether they’re organic or not. Well, just like food, personal care products have a variety of different labels that get slapped onto them as well. These labels are meant to inform customers about the fabulousness within said products, but certain terms are often used to obfuscate, rather than clarify. A blanket term such as “botanical” may just mean that a tiny percentage of the ingredients are plant-based, while “natural” can imply that one of the additives came from nature once upon a time… regardless of how much it was altered before being used in that face scrub you’re holding. This label cheat sheet should help you to navigate your way through the local health food store’s beauty product aisle so you can find just what it is you’re looking for, and feel good about using it.

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Michael Jantzen Designs Solar-Powered Global Climate Change Pavilion

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Prolific designer Michael Jantzen completed a conceptual proposal that uses engaging design to spur greater global climate change debate and education. Titled the Global Climate Change Pavilion, this large public structure houses research and interactive exhibits that explore the relationship between the earth and its rapidly warming climate. Wave-shaped canopies topped by solar panels surround the globular pavilion and provide shade and shelter. The solar-powered exhibition dome is made of self-cleaning photocatalytic concrete and is also designed with rainwater collection and reuse systems.

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GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

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In a bid to bolster the importance of sustainable development, General Motors is building a tiny urban homestead out of a recycled shipping container in Detroit. Along with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), TAKD Design and Integrity Building Group, GM is transforming the container into an agricultural research center that a student caretaker will manage for one year. The tiny home will sit on an urban farm plot, which the student will be responsible for maintaining and harvesting.

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Ibuku Constructs Three Bamboo Homes in Bali's Gorgeous Green Village

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Tour NYC's First Prefab Emergency Housing Units (PHOTOS)

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The term “emergency housing” can have a negative connotation, conjuring up images of FEMA trailers or makeshift tents offering very few creature comforts. Fortunately, New York City and Garrison Architects have worked hard to turn this stereotype around for New Yorkers displaced by future disaster events with a new prefab housing prototype in Brooklyn. Inhabitat NYC’s Kevin Lee recently visited the test apartments and took a look inside. Check out his photos here.

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Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

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What better way to showcase your new fracking documentary than an emissions-free tour across the U.S. in an electric hotrod? Co-Directors Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic of Public Herald have teamed up with Tesla to test the company’s nationwide Supercharger system as they travel the nation in a Tesla Motors Model S. They’re showcasing their investigative documentary Triple Divide, which demonstrates the horrors and dangers of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking“) in rural Pennsylvania.

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Solaleya Domespace Homes Gently Rotate to Catch the Most Sun

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Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

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A new trend is springing up across the country that’s making affordable solar energy increasingly available to the masses. Community solar gardens allow customers who aren’t able to establish their own solar power systems to buy into a solar array built elsewhere and get a credit on their electricity bill for the power produced by the panels. These arrangements that allow people to not only cut their power bills but also switch to more green energy first emerged in Colorado, but have since spread across the country – with laws allowing the projects to progress through legislatures in California, Minnesota and Washington D.C., and one on the books since 2008 in Massachusetts – where the trend is currently taking flight.

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New York State Bans Sale of Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horns

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Last Friday, the New York Legislature officially banned the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horns in the state. On top of cracking down on the ivory and horn trade in New York, this new legislation enhances federal efforts to tighten a ban on the practice at the national level as endorsed by President Obama. The legislation still needs to be finalized with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature, but once put into effect, will regulate and hopefully end wildlife trafficking in area.

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Guy Laramee's Carvings Prove that Books Can Transport Us to Incredible New Worlds

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Espejo De Luna Eco-Hotel Restaurant is Set Inside a Grounded Island Boat

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NYC's Newest Shake Shack Features Reclaimed Furniture by DUMBO Designer Mark Jupiter

NYC's Newest Shake Shack Features Reclaimed Furniture by DUMBO…

Brooklyn-based builder Mark Jupiter is nationally acclaimed for his fine craftsmanship, commitment to sustainability, and his work with New World Home. All of Jupiter's custom-made…

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Budapest Trams Look Like Time-Traveling Vehicles With 30,000 Dazzling LEDs

Budapest Trams Look Like Time-Traveling Vehicles With 30,000 Dazzling…

In 2009 the Budapest Transport Company started a beautiful festive tradition of covering some of its trams in LEDs. But the beautiful appearance of these glittering vehicles is not the…

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New Jersey's Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

New Jersey's Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

When we think of the illegal ivory trade, most people envision the large smuggling busts that happen in Africa or Asia. It may surprise you to learn that the port of Newark in New…

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Germany Smashes Three Solar Energy Records in Just Two Weeks!

Germany Smashes Three Solar Energy Records in Just Two Weeks!

In just two weeks Germany has managed to break three solar energy records! First the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute that monitors solar output in the country noticed a…

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