Tesla is giving away 100 free electric vehicle charging stations to Airbnb hosts

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In its latest bid to make electric car charging stations available everywhere, Tesla is partnering with Airbnb to provide at least 100 free charging stations to eligible hosts. The program is kicking off in California, one of Tesla’s biggest markets. According to the Airbnb website, the program will expand “to select homes across the globe” with the goal of helping “the Tesla community feel more at home when they’re on the road”.

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Design a portable pop-up hotel room in the 2015 Snoozebox Competition

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If you’re a fan of Snoozebox’s pop-up hotels, here’s a design opportunity you don’t want to pass up. Snoozebox teamed up with international hotel design event Sleep to launch a competition for a new pop-up hotel room design. Open to design companies and individual designers based in Europe, the contest challenges participants to create a flexible and modern Snoozebox guest room concept that fits within an ISO steel shipping container. The winner will get the chance to work with Snoozebox to bring the concept to life and showcase it at Sleep 2015. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 18, 2015.

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Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

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Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches

by , 08/28/15

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The National Weather Service has reported that Tropical Storm Erika is “wobbling” its way toward the Bahamas. We know what you’re thinking: storms don’t wobble, so that can’t be good. And you’d be right. Forecasters are perplexed by the trajectory of this particular storm because she just isn’t behaving the way most tropical storms historically have in the that part of the world. Erika is expected to hit landfall in the Bahamas this weekend, and may be headed for Florida early next week – but if this wobbling continues, all that could change.

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Japanese artist transforms oyster pearls into amazingly realistic miniature skulls

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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

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When the travel bug hits, it’s important to make sure that you are exploring the world with the lightest environmental and socio-cultural footprint possible to maintain or improve conditions in any community you come across. For instance, which method of travel is ideal for getting to your destination, and how do you pack in order to make the least impact? Whether your headed for a year across the world or a hike in your own backyard, this infographic from marine biologist Andrea Moore will give you all the details you need on making your trip as green as possible for you, your host and the environment.

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Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

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This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities. Designers from the international climate engineering firm Transsolar and architect Carlo Ratti have teamed up to showcase three different models of this unconventional and high-tech method of addressing climate change. You can check them out yourself from 20 August to 4 October.

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Architects packed five levels into this 'two story' alpine home in Germany

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Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring stacks of books

by , 08/28/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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We don’t usually think of libraries as provocative places, but Cornell University‘s new Fine Arts Library (FAL) is causing quite a stir. Characterized by massive walls of books in a cavernous, light-filled space, the redesign by Vienna-based architect Wolfgang Tschapeller will essentially lop off the top of the school’s iconic Rand Hall building so that the soaring stacks can jut through dramatically. While architecture college leaders are excited about updating the 104-year-old campus icon, the project is also getting a lot of criticism from those who feel the expansion is too extreme.

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Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

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Park officials in the southern Australian province of Victoria say a deepwater reef has been discovered there that may have more coral, sponge, and fish than the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park near Melbourne, and researchers have been exploring it using a remote-controlled vessel. The footage that came back from these explorations leads officials at Parks Victoria to say the reef is a “particularly exciting find.”

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There's not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

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This just might be the most cataclysmic forest fire season in history. So far this year, the Forest Service has spent $800 million trying to keep the blazes from raging too far out of control. This cost amounts to more than 50 percent of their budget, draining coffers so much that they can’t perform other critical services, like forest management. Adding insurance costs, damage to buildings and infrastructure, and further damage caused by flash floods and mudslides, this year’s fire bill is estimated to ring in at around $2.5 billion.

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Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

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The excitement is already building for the world’s largest green architecture event, as this year’s Greenbuild prepares to take over the great city of Washington D.C! The Greenbuild expo is one of the best places for building professionals to discover the latest green building innovations and connect with like-minded industry professionals looking to improve our world through sustainable design. If you’re passionate about this industry, this ‘Monumental Green’ event is not to be missed. The festivities will kick off in Washington, D.C., on Monday, November 16th and continue through Friday, November 20th.

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Bizarre giant art village is the largest Atelier Van Lieshout installation ever

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Norway's 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

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Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel

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Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single charge

Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single…

Since the advent of electric cars, range anxiety has plagued drivers, limiting their road trips based on the number of miles one could conceivable travel on a single charger. Although…

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Chinese welder spends a year building life-size Transformers model for his lucky son

Chinese welder spends a year building life-size Transformers model for…

Liangsheng took his son to see the Transformers movie last August, and the boy became a huge fan. He gifted his son a Transformers toy, and the boy asked for a bigger one. (Of course he…

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One of the world's largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

One of the world's largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice…

NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8…

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This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a…

A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid…

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Design Seoul’s new urban space in the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Competition

Design Seoul’s new urban space in the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural…

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Design Competition for the redesign of the capital’s former National Tax Service Building Site.…

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