Cape Town's PLAYscapes Skatepark Enlivens a Dead Underpass, Wins Major Design Competition

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Cape Town’s much-anticipated PLAYscapes Skatepark opened last month to much fanfare. Although the Mill St Skatepark is certainly not the first skating facility in the South African city, it may well be one of the most exciting! Built entirely under a city underpass, the repurposed public space has just won first place in an international design competition that sought inventive ways to re-design disused spaces in urban neighborhoods around the world.

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2015 Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is World's First Vehicle to Offer Automatic Braking

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With a completely new platform, more fuel efficient engines and new safety technology, the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV signals a new direction for the Swedish automaker. Volvo has officially unveiled the 2015 XC90, including the new plug-in hybrid version that not only generates 400 horsepower, but also has ultra-low emissions and can travel up to 25 miles in EV mode. Yet its most salient quality might be the auto braking function.

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Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

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Final Section of High Line Park Set to Open This Month

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Rustic Modern Home Built from Salvaged Wood Acts Like a Bridge in Chile

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Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

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The world remains perplexed by the mysterious and dramatic decline in our wild bee populations, but that hasn’t stopped designers like Dutch artist AnneMarie van Splunter from trying to help out. In a bid to raise awareness about the problem and boost the pollinator populations, Van Splunter has designed Buzzbench, a sculptural bee habitat that doubles as a bench. Made from digitally cut local bamboo and reed, the Buzzbench surrounds users in a sensory experience, from the humming sounds of bees to the changing patterns of light filtering through its layered walls. Van Splunter is currently seeking crowdfunding support on the Voordekunst platform. If successful, the Buzzbench will be built in Amstelpark, Amsterdam.

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Shenzhen's Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

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Scientists Just Mapped the Coffee Genome - Is GMO Decaf On the Way?

by , 09/08/14
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Proving that nothing in the world is sacred, your favorite coffee beans could soon be genetically modified – as scientists have finally sequenced the coffee genome. According to a new article published in the journal Science, an international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of coffea canephora, otherwise known as coffee robusta – which provides more than a third of the world with their morning java. What does this mean? According to the Washington Post, it could signal an end to the artificial extraction of caffeine to create decaf, as beans could be modified to grow caffeine-free. It could also boost coffee’s healthy components like antioxidants while making the beverage less acidic, or create a more disease and climate change-resistant bean – although the Washington Post notes this could also be achieved by better breeding practices.

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Tiny Shelter Made From Recycled Window Shutters Opens Up to the Outside World

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

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RECIPE: Seriously Yummy No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites

by , 09/07/14

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Think you can’t get kids to eat chickpeas? Or even some adults for that matter? This recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies is packed with vegan protein, manganese, antioxidant phytonutrients, and folate, and it will win over even the most hardened chickpea skeptic! It also uses maple syrup and coconut sugar, so you don’t have to brace for the intensity of a white sugar rush afterwards. Read on to learn how to turn the humble chickpea into a dreamy, bite-sized treat.

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Modscape's Cliff House Hangs Perilously Over a Cliff's Edge in Australia

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Australian prefab architecture specialists Modscape Concept have designed an exciting five story home that clings to a cliff’s edge. Aptly called Cliff House, the design was created in response to a growing number of clients exploring design options for living on extreme coastal plots in Australia. The modular home was inspired by the shape of barnacles clinging to a hull of a ship, and it extends off the side of a cliff, rather than sitting upon it.

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How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

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DIY: Make Your Own Yogurt in a Crock-Pot!

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Yogurt is one of those all-around fabulous edibles that can be used a thousand different ways. It gets added to smoothies, eaten with cereal, mixed with herbs to create spreads and dips, or just devoured by the spoonful right out of the container. Yogurt exists in many different forms all over the world, and it’s actually ridiculously easy to make at home. Keep reading to learn how you can use your Crock-Pot to make a bounty of creamy yogurt.

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The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

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The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, is being destroyed by the very company the Egyptian government has hired to restore it. The roughly 4,600-year-old structure has been in trouble since an earthquake hit the region in 1992, but in a difficult political and economic climate for the country, those now tasked with preserving the pyramid are doing more harm than good. Egyptian activists claim the company, Shurbagy, doesn’t even have the necessary experience to be undertaking the work in the first place, and they have launched a campaign against the Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh al-Damaty, claiming a “full-fledged crime” has been committed.

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Watch Explosive Underwater Shockwaves INSTANTLY Turn Vegetables Into Juice

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWZF-XMWiRM#t=54 Move over Breville - making great juice just got a whole lot more exciting. Japanese food company Kagome has found a way to transform…

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MIT Develops Advanced Fog Harvesting Material That Pulls 5x More Water From Thin Air

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Fog photo from Shutterstock Plants and certain animals like the fog beetle can survive in very arid regions because they've developed ways of absorbing minute amounts of water from…

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The SkyHouse Features a 50-Foot Climbing Wall and 80-Foot Spiraling Slide in This NYC Penthouse

The SkyHouse Features a 50-Foot Climbing Wall and 80-Foot Spiraling…

There are some people who have so much energy they can practically climb the walls. The SkyHouse, designed by David Hotson must be meant for those folks.  The amazing four story abode…

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Gehry's WTC Performing Arts Center Design Officially Scrapped

Gehry's WTC Performing Arts Center Design Officially Scrapped

As previously suspected by Inhabitat and recently confirmed by the NY Times, Frank Gehry's design for the World Trade Center Performing Arts building has been officially scrapped. In…

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Russian Designer 3D Prints Underwear to Cleverly Subvert Ban on Synthetic Lace Lingerie

Russian Designer 3D Prints Underwear to Cleverly Subvert Ban on…

When the Eurasian Union passed a ban on the import and production of synthetic lace lingerie, women across member nations Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan took to the streets in…

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