Is New York Turning on Tesla Too?

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The battle between Tesla Motors and Auto Dealers Associations across the United States keeps raging on. It turns out that New Jersey isn’t the only state that could pass legislation against Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales approach this month – apparently legislators in New York are trying to advance a similar bill.

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OFF Architecture Proposes a Solar-Powered Vertical Village to Replace "Mafia-Built Highway"

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The Mafia-built Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway in Italy is a symbol of corruption and failure, which is why OFF Architecture proposed an idea for a solar-powered community that would stand for a brighter and more sustainable future. Working in collaboration with Philippe Rizzotti, Samuel Nageotte and Ramboll UK, the architects want to convert the old viaduct into an environmentally conscious development that would provide health centers as well as residential and leisure facilities.

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Dine Amongst the Dead at India's New Lucky Restaurant

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The New Lucky restaurant in India is like no other – it fuses a historic cemetery with a casual café that serves food. The restaurant’s owner Krishan Kutti simply set up tables amidst the above-ground graves, placing guardrails around each coffin. The concept seems beyond unorthodox, but Kutti says that the dining experience will bring patrons good luck.

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to NYC

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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In an effort to reduce the number of plastic bags clogging landfills, the New York City Council introduced legislation last week to implement a 10-cent fee per bag at stores. The monetary incentive for customers to carry their own reusable bags is already in place in many European nations, and has had a proven effect on consumer behavior. If passed, city officials estimate the surcharge could also save NYC around $10 million a year.

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3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

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Scientists Build 'Designer' Brewer's Yeast Chromosome From Scratch

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Humans are already capable of splicing specific genes from one organism into another to create glowing plants to shelf-stable tomatoes. Now, a group of researchers led by Jef Boeke from New York University have taken the field of genetics to an entirely new level by building an entire chromosome from scratch. The team used a computer to construct a purely synthetic structure based off a chromosome found in the brewer’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

 

This Amazing 420-Square-Foot Transforming Apartment Can Be Yours for $995,000

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

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Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing buildings by 50 percent before 2030. To help hit those targets, he has just publicly launched a unique new initiative called the 2030 Palette—a robust, visually oriented, online design tool that strives to help design low-impact, people friendly built environments from buildings to cities. We visited Mazria’s offices in Santa Fe, where we spoke with him in-depth about the new website, his work, and how sustainable development can save us from the worst climate change has to offer.

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How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

by , 03/30/14

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The last time you may have given thought to window treatments might have been when you noticed your neighbor peering into your living room window while you were eating breakfast in your undies. But in addition to providing privacy, window treatments are important for a number of reasons – they can help you sleep better, keep your house cool and comfortable, and save you energy. Did you know that the right window treatments can help you save a significant amount of money on your electricity bill each month? By carefully investing in the right window treatments for your particular environment and location, you can help prevent your house’s indoor warmth from escaping in the winter (cutting down on winter heating), and keep your house cool in the summer (cutting down on air conditioning). You can also dramatically reduce the need for electric lighting during the day by being smart about your window design. Read on to learn how to choose the best possible window treatments for your particular windows, and save money and your sanity in the process!

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17John: Design New York City's First Crowdsourced Hotel and Win $50,000 in Prizes!

by , 03/30/14

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Heads up architects, designers, and creatives – Prodigy Design Lab just launched a groundbreaking competition where you can contribute to the design of 17John – New York City’s first crowdsourced hotel – and they’re giving away $50,000 in prizes! They’re looking for innovative designs for collaborative common spaces, fully furnished guest suites, and digital services that provide comfort, community, and connectivity. 17John will be the first “Cotel” – a collaborative hotel where modern day business travelers can come together to network and share ideas. The deadline for entry is April 21st, so submit your ideas today!

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Google and Motorola Unveil "Moto 360" Stylish Smartwatch Powered by Android Wear

by , 03/30/14
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With the advent of smartphones, traditional watches have been largely relegated as antiquated accessories. To reinvent the antiquated wristwatch into high-tech arm candy, Google recently debuted “Android Wear” for the “Moto 360,” a sophisticated smartwatch that’s both voice- and gesture-controlled. Like Google Glass, this new Android-powered wearable technology can be hooked up to control your phone, TV, and other electronic devices for a seamless, hands-free user experience.

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Students Design Edible "Ooho" Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

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London-based design students just invented an innovative edible water bottle called Ooho that you can cook up in your own kitchen! Made from a gelatinous membrane, the biodegradable bottle can be eaten or safely thrown away. Designed by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche, the blob-like water container received a 2014 Lexus Design Award.

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Jennifer Illet's Inspiring Moss Graffiti Purifies the Air

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Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed to Withstand Hurricanes

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Beauty is Skin Deep in Linden Gledhill's Gorgeous Photographs of Butterfly Wings

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More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and…

Police recently revealed that over 10 tigers have been tortured and killed in China in order to entertain wealthy businessmen and government officials. The tigers were killed in…

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YOU Can Help NASA Decide What Future Astronauts Will Wear To Mars

YOU Can Help NASA Decide What Future Astronauts Will Wear To Mars

NASA is building a new class of space suit, and it's has turned to you, the people of the Internet, to help it decide which design is best. Dubbed the "Z-2", the new suit must be…

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Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

Many people are still reeling after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized Marius the giraffe. Now the same zoo is in the public eye again for killing four more animals - this time a group of…

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IKOS Upcycled Modular Building Blocks Were Designed By Kids, For Kids!

IKOS Upcycled Modular Building Blocks Were Designed By Kids, For Kids!

Move over LEGO, there's a new building block in town. The brain child of Mike Wong, a Park City, Utah-based industrial designer and engineer, IKOS are 3D toys that overcome many of…

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Daylit Dia: Beacon Art Museum in Beacon, NY

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The original factory was built on the shores of the Hudson River by the National Biscuit Company in 1929 to serve as their box printing facility. In 2003, the Dia Foundation took over…

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