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Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

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Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

by , 07/29/14

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Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be transported to the window for more sunlight or the user may choose to only plant one side and hang it on the wall to create a vertical garden. The open ended design leaves the placement up to the user. The form is made out of a fabric rectangle, folded into a double sided pot and stamped with an eyelet. There is a gap between the two layers allowing the soil to breathe and drain. Nomad is made from scrap boat sails and boat covers. The materials are locally-sourced from the post production waste of sailmakers in the Bronx, New York. Some of the materials are sailcloth from the 80’s that isn’t up to par with the sail industry today. A joint senior thesis project at Parsons The New School For Design with Miriam Josi this past Spring, Nomad was developed through a common passion for food, design and sustainable living.

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NYC's Design Trust for Public Space Launches Urban Agriculture Data Collection Portal

by , 07/29/14

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Some people still criticize the urban agriculture movement as a cute idea with little potential to feed urban populations, or as an unnecessary intrusion on valuable city real estate. Part of the problem is there has never been solid data to back up the many benefits that food production brings to the urban ecosystem. Starting this summer, however, a new online tool is set to change that. New York City’s Design Trust for Public Space just launched an online data toolkit that tracks 19 metrics under four broad categories to give greater validity to the claims of urban farmers.

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VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez's Translucent M Cube Residence

by , 07/29/14

A few years ago, Inhabitat had a chance to catch up with M Design’s eco-prefab architect Mark Baez in lovely Venice, CA.  He gave us a personal tour of his M Cube home—a minimalist, modular, sustainable, and surprisingly affordable prefab residential development that he designed using his patented prefab modular building system. Designed based on traditional Japanese tatami and imperial units of measurement, M Cube may appear spartan at first glance, but proves deceptively comfortable once inside. The home is actually now up for sale, so if you’ve always dreamt of living in an elegant, minimalist cube, you may be in luck.

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Life-Saving Boot Can Detect Active Landmines from 6.5 Feet Away

by , 07/29/14

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Bogota-based design firm Lemur Studio has designed a life-saving boot insert which can detect landmines from a distance of 6.5 feet. SaveOneLife was created with soldiers in mind, but civilians and farmers living in areas littered with active mines can also benefit from this groundbreaking technology. The boot sole acts as a metal detector with a built-in radio transmitter and processor which pick up electromagnetic fields produced by large metal objects.

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Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

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Lighting Designers Transform Peru's Biggest Bank into One of the World's Largest Interactive Light Shows

by , 07/29/14
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Lighting designers Claudia Paz and Nicholas Cheung recently unveiled BCP Affinity, a massive LED-studded interactive installation that transformed the facade of Peru’s largest and oldest bank into a public art piece. Made from 26,000 connected LEDs from the Philips Color Kinetics line, Banco del Crédito de Peru’s (BCP) new luminous facade can be seen almost anywhere in the city of Lima and is one of the largest interactive art installations in the world. Passersby can interact with the installation by touching and playing with a podium of LED panels that mimic the BCP facade on a smaller scale.

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Amazon Launches Online Store for 3D-Printed Items

by , 07/29/14
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3D-printing just officially went mainstream as Amazon announced the launch of an online store for 3D-printed items. With more than 250 products (including pendants, toys, nylon wallets, cookie cutters and bobbleheads), the new store aims to shift online retail towards a more dynamic and personalized selection of items.

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Garage Filled with 1,000 Plants Gives Yellow Cab Drivers a Breath of Fresh Air

by , 07/29/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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We’ve seen some amazing green interiors, but an automotive garage? The anonymous owner of a taxi garage in Queens, New York recently shared this photo of his space filled with 1,000 plants with NBC News. “I like to be in a nice environment, a clean environment,” he said. “That’s why all my cars are hybrids and that’s why we have all the plants.” We bet the greenery helps clear out some of those nasty car smells too.

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8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

by , 07/29/14
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Sunswift Sets World Record For Fastest Long-Range Electric Car

by , 07/28/14

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Australian team Sunswift destroyed a 26-year old record for the world’s fastest long-range electric vehicle this week, traveling over 310 miles at an average of 62 mph. The previous record clocked in at 45 mph, which the Sunswift team handily beat using their Sunswift eVe vehicle.

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Prefabricated 240-Ton Steel-Wrapped KHM26 House Transported to Final Site by Boat

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Pacific Northwest Burns as Drought Leads to Unprecedented Wildfire Activity

by , 07/28/14

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Nobody is fiddling while the Pacific Northwest burns in an unprecedented and devastating ‘ring of fire.’ Roughly 1 million acres of forest is currently ablaze in 21 separate wildfires in Washington and Oregon – the most the region has seen at any one time in recorded history. The fires were set off by the perfect storm: A wet spring was followed by severe drought conditions and then lightning passed through the area about a week ago. The biggest fire of the bunch, dubbed the Carlton Complex, is the largest in Washington’s history and has already consumed an area of northern Washington three times the size of Seattle. It’s currently just 52 percent contained.

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MIT Develops Brilliant Graphite Sponge that Converts Solar Energy into Steam

by , 07/28/14

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a simple, graphite and carbon-based sponge that soaks up water and heats it using the sun’s rays. The sponge converts the water into steam that can then be used for water purification or as a power source. With low-cost materials and an 85 percent efficiency rate, the invention has the potential to become an extremely cost-effective source of solar-derived clean water and steam power for remote or developing areas.

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The Number 6: Turin's Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

by , 07/28/14

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California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite…

Long gone are the days of latent suburban battles over who has the nicest lawn. Now folks in California are facing fines for letting their lawn go brown to conserve water as the state…

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio…

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Emeco's New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

Emeco's New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With…

Design lovers are sure to be familiar with Emeco's 1006 Navy Chair - a classic seat that was originally designed for the US Navy but found popular appeal due to its simplicity,…

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth's Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth's Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep…

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just…

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System D's Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

System D's Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using…

System D has designed a compact ozone generator that can provide clean sterilized water anywhere. At the heart of this system is an electric powered "corona discharge" ozone generator…

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