Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

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Pet parents are being warned to avoid the murky waters of Prospect Park Lake. Last week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tested and confirmed the widespread presence of toxic blue-green algae in the popular Brooklyn waterbody. Also referred to as cyanobacteria, the algae floats on top of the water like a thin sheen of green scum. Park-goers in the area will want to re-route their recreational activities, and deter pets from swimming in or drinking the water to avoid toxic exposure.

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Seattle's Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

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INTERVIEW: Tesla Climate Riders Drive 1,100 Miles to People's Climate March

 

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A team of sustainability leaders from Orlando, Florida, drove a  Tesla Model S Sedan 1,100 miles to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate that zero emission electric vehicles can be a part of the climate solution. The trip took 27 hours with stops at nine Tesla Supercharger stations along the East Coast. Their destination was the newest Tesla showroom at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, where the biggest climate march in history started with an estimated 400,000 people taking to the streets of Manhattan to demand climate action ahead of the UN Climate Summit.

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

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We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo buildings take the cake. The Bali-based bamboo building team already has luxury villas, houses, schools and infrastructure buildings in their portfolio, and is renowned for their dedication to using traditional Indonesian building techniques. We spoke with the firm’s founder and CEO, designer Elora Hardy, about vernacular architecture traditions, her involvement with designing bamboo buildings, and the reasons behind her vocational change from high-end fashion to sustainable architecture

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn How to Defend Yourself Against Harmful Chemicals Hidden in Your Home

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Did you know that dangerous toxins are hidden in many of our everyday household objects? We all want to feel safe in our homes, but studies have shown that prolonged exposure to these hidden, but pervasive chemicals can cause hormone disruption or even increase the risk of cancer. To help you protect your body and home, Body Logic MD compiled a tidy infographic of some of the leading offenders and how best to avoid these harmful toxins.

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PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public

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5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

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Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

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It’s widely known that sitting is bad for your health, but a new study of elementary school students reveals that standing desks can actually reduce obesity in children while improving their attention spans. Texas A&M associate professor Mark Benden tested out the theory by introducing “stand-biased” desks into the classrooms of 480 elementary school students in the College Station Independent School District. Each student donned a sensor on their arm to record their “step count” and “calorie expenditure” over a period of five school days. The results? Giving kids more standing time during class time helped them burn more calories – up to 15 percent more than traditional desks – and also seemed to improve their attentiveness.

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Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

by , 09/30/14
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Just in time for the crisp fall weather, Bronx residents are celebrating the opening of a newly revamped green space in Mott Haven. The Willis Avenue Community Garden officially re-opened last week after months of renovations. Thanks to neighborhood leaders working in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project, Ten Arquitectos and the Urban Air Foundation, the public space has been reborn with a new prefab “casita” structure that adds both fun and functionality to the community center.

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Transforming 'Leviathan' Antarctic Research Facility is Out of This World

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A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School in China

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TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota's 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

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For the past 20 years, Toyota has been working on a vehicle that could revolutionize the way we get around. It’s virtually silent, its emissions are so clean you could drink them, and it’s finally ready to hit the streets next year. Meet the 2015 Toyota FCV – the first fuel cell vehicle you’ll actually be able to buy. We recently had a chance to jump behind the wheel and test drive Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car in San Francisco – read on for our first thoughts and 10 things you need to know about this groundbreaking vehicle.

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A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won't Want to Miss

by , 09/30/14
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Happy first day of fall everyone! You know what that means: sweater weather, pumpkin ale, vibrant foliage, and the best part of all – house tour season. Whether you’re into classic Victorian homes or modern industrial lofts, there are tours to satisfy everyone’s voyeuristic fancies. Check out 6sqft’s roundup of the season’s best ones from openhousenewyork and Dwell on Design to more obscure tours like the ones hosted by the New York Junior League. Plan out your agenda here.

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Costa Mesa Waldorf School is Made From 32 Recycled Shipping Containers

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Waldorf Schools and shipping container buildings are two of our favorite things here at Inhabitat – and this amazing project combines them both! The Waldorf School of Orange County recently unveiled a set of new buildings made from 32 shipping containers. It took 99 days to build the 4 free-standing buildings which provide 10,000 square meters of new classroom space, administrative offices, a science lab, a library, a student lounge and an auditorium.

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Reimagine Mexico City's Old International Airport Grounds in the Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung Competition!

by , 09/30/14
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Foster + Partners recently won a prestigious competition to design Mexico City’s new international airport, but have you ever wondered about the fate of the older and soon-to-be obsolete International Airport Benito Juarez? Arquine International Design and Architecture Magazine launched an international design competition to answer this very question. Titled the Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung Competition, this contest seeks innovative proposals that explore how the centrally located 746-acre space can be transformed into a green urban zone and economic catalyst for the city. The competition is open to architects and architecture students all over the world. Registration opens October 1, 2014 and ends February 17, 2015. A total of $190,000 MXN in prize money will be divided amongst the top three winners.

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York…

NYC's fourth annual celebration of architecture and design starts tomorrow! Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of architecture…

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VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available. The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he…

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open…

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and…

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH 'L-Zero' Maglev Train

Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH 'L-Zero' Maglev Train

Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train - and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the…

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North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

Vancouver-based design firm Green over Grey just completed work on North America's largest green wall. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, this 10,150-square-foot double-sided green…

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