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Foster + Partners Reveal First Images of San Francisco's Transbay First and Mission Towers

by , 08/01/14

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Foster + Partners just unveiled the first images of the pair of skyscrapers they’ve designed for San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal area. The two towers were designed in partnership with local firm Heller Manus Architects as part of the mixed-use First and Mission development. The 605-foot (185 meter) condominium tower will be the tallest residential project on the West Coast, and once completed the 850-foot (260-meter) residential, hotel and office tower will be second only in height to the Salesforce Tower, which is currently under construction nearby.

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McDonald's Japan Launches Tofu McNuggets Amid Chinese Chicken Scandal

by , 08/01/14
filed under: News

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It was only a few days ago that McDonald’s Japan announced they were no longer going to import meat from China after the rotten meat scandal, and now they’ve gone one better. The fast food chain will be serving Tofu McNuggets made with onions, soybeans, carrots and minced fish. Served with a ginger-flavored sauce, the nuggets are available for the cool price of ¥249 ($2.44) for four pieces. A spokeswoman says the move is unrelated to the scandal, but we’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

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Salvaged Beauty's On the Menu at San Fran's New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

by , 08/01/14

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Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square, the 31-seat restaurant has salvaged materials throughout its interior, from the 30-foot slab of solid elm that functions as the bar to the ceiling and walls, made of salvaged eucalyptus and bamboo plywood, respectively. Its interior is tranquil and bright, with the minimalism and clean lines that characterize Japanese design. The restaurant’s sophistication is also reflected in its menu: kaiseki is the Japanese equivalent of haute cuisine, and utilizes an extensive palette of colors, tastes, flavors, and cooking techniques.

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Photos by Patricia ChangDan Hogman, and ArcHive

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Porsche Announces Plans to Launch the First Production Plug-in Hybrid SUV

by , 08/01/14

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Porsche recently unveiled the updated 2015 Cayenne SUV, which will be the first plug-in hybrid SUV on the market when it arrives this fall. Tesla and BMW are also working on electrified SUVs, but Porsche looks set to beat them to the market with the arrival of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. A powerful lithium-ion traction battery with an energy capacity of 10.8 kWh allows the vehicle to drive in fully electric mode at speeds up to 78 mph.

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Major Food Companies Quietly Ditch GMO Products

by , 08/01/14
filed under: News, Sustainable Food

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It looks like the pariah status of GMO foods is slowly permeating beyond the natural health and eco-conscious crowd, to take its rightful place amongst major food companies that are quietly banning them from their products. According to an NPR report, some companies, like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream are very vocal about keeping their foods GMO free, placing it prominently on their labels and making it a selling feature for their products. Other companies are starting to follow suit but in a much more behind-the-scenes fashion. NPR reports that General Mills’ original plain Cheerios are now GMO free, but the only word anyone has heard about it was on a company blog post earlier this year. There isn’t even anything on the label that lets you know. Grape Nutsby Post is also free of GMOs while 80 of Target’s brand items are certified GMO-free.

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Boring Rental Towers Replacing 5 Pointz Graffiti Mecca Add Insult to Injury

by , 08/01/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Many New Yorkers were crushed by the news that Queens graffiti mecca 5 Pointz would be razed to make way for yet another condo development, and new renderings of the forthcoming complex are just adding insult to injury. New York YIMBY recently obtained the latest design plans for the rental towers replacing the formerly vibrant building, and they look about as interesting as a bag of rocks. Even more offensive, it seems that the space the developers promised to set aside for artists to use as a new canvas will barely even be visible.

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Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists "Paint" Images on Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

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Creepy Transparent Mice Help Scientists Conduct "Whole-Organism Mapping"

by , 08/01/14
filed under: Animals, News

Yes, that’s a see-through mouse you are looking at. And yes, it’s pretty gross, but thankfully, no, it’s not alive. The transparent mouse represents a breakthrough for scientists at the California Institute of Technology who say that it will lead to a better understanding of the relationships between nervous systems and organs through “whole-organism mapping.” Despite the queasiness factor, the technique has the potential to aid research into a variety of health issues, including autism, chronic pain and the development of cancerous cells.

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India's Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

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Clever Honey Bank Art Installation Urges Parisians to Invest in the Bees

by , 08/01/14

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French design collective Poetic Party created The Honey Bank, a clever art installation that brings awareness and investment to the world’s fast-disappearing honeybee populations. Putting a new spin on an old adage, Honey Bank posits “time is honey” and offers urban dwellers the chance to create a bee savings account with a return on investment in the form of delicious honey. Located outside the Paris stock market, the temporary participatory installation aimed to raise public awareness about the relationships between economics and ecology.

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

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BOOK REVIEW: Leslie Adatto Explores 101 Fantastic Urban Rooftops Across New York City

by , 08/01/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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When Leslie Adatto moved to New York City in 2010, she did something that most New Yorkers simply forget to do–she looked up. By choosing to explore a side of the city hidden right above our heads, Adatto uncovered a bevy of elevated urban oases across the five boroughs and distilled them into her new book, “Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops.” Read on for our thoughts on the book, which showcases a wide variety of urban rooftops that will appeal to everyone from the contemplative garden-lover to the adrenaline-seeking explorer!

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Atkins Unveils "Unusual" Window of Guangzhou Office Buildings on the Pearl River

by , 08/01/14

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Global engineering and design firm Atkins just revealed designs for Window of Guangzhou, a dramatic three-volume development that will become the new architectural icon for the southern Chinese port city. Set along the Pearl River, the new commercial development comprises a 680-foot-high tower and two window-shaped buildings that symbolize the city’s openness to global commerce. Described as an “unusual” design by Atkins, the buildings spell “001″ in reference to Guangzhou’s position as the first city in China to open to international trade.

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NAS Architecture's Spectacular 'Breath Box' Reflects the Landscape With 345 Mirrors

by , 07/31/14

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Mysterious Sinkholes Found at the Construction Site of Korea's Largest Tower

Mysterious Sinkholes Found at the Construction Site of Korea's Largest…

Sinkholes have appeared at the construction site of the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed skyscraper set to become the tallest structure on the Korean…

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical…

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and…

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Berlin Baumraum Treehouse Lets You Swap Your City Apartment For a Room Among the Leaves

Berlin Baumraum Treehouse Lets You Swap Your City Apartment For a Room…

In a tranquil woodland building plot next to Berlin’s popular Krumme Lanke Lake, these urban treehouses provide everything you need for a comfortable retreat within a compact 28m2…

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Artemide's Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide's Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of…

Artemide's Copernico Luminaire is an out-of-this-world pendant lamp that consists of nine concentric rings stamped from a single plate of lightweight aluminum. 384 white LEDs line the…

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What's a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

What's a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

The corn was planted in early June and cultivated on a farmstead close to Milan, and was moved into the centre of the city a few nights ago, giving the impression that a huge field of…

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