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Sou Fujimoto's Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by Authorities

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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Sou Fujimoto’s delicate-looking bus shelter in Krumbach, Austria was just shut down by authorities who deemed it unsafe for the public. Built as part of the BUS:STOP project that brought seven architects to the small Austrian Village, the bus shelter extends into the sky with levels of stilted platforms. Austrian police said the structure does not follow regulations for building safety, and it will no longer be open for passengers to climb upon it while waiting for the bus.

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See the Creative Way This Brooklyn Warehouse is Being Saved From Demolition

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Looks like we can add another Brooklyn warehouse to the saved local architecture list. Cayuga Capital Management has hopped on the adaptive reuse bandwagon by deciding to “restyle” an old warehouse at 79 Quay instead of completely demolishing the beautiful brick building. The empty structure sits just a block inland from the Greenpoint waterfront and is slated to become a 60,000-square-foot residential building.

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Citi Bike Unveils Slightly Less Confusing Kiosks Created by Design Students

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Citi Bike has announced that its kiosks will be getting a much-needed makeover thanks to a few first-year design students. Last year, the bike company participated in Jill Nussbaum’s Design in Public Spaces course, challenging MFA Interaction Design students students to make the overall Citi Bike rental process more comprehensible, specifically focusing on new users. After spending many cold winter days observing and interviewing first-time users interacting with the unfamiliar system, the students presented their ideas to the bike rental company. Out of a sea of good ideas, two students’ innovative proposals stood out above the rest.

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Dramatic Bamboo Blossom Gate Mimics Chinese Calligraphy Brush Strokes in Hubei

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Monolithic Maiden Tower Contrasts Wildly with Austria's Picturesque Alpine Environment

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Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

by , 08/20/14

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We recently wrote about Malibu Unites, an inspirational coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, and public figures from across the U.S. who are attempting to rid our schools of toxins – including PCBs, lead, DDT, Chlordane, and carcinogenic pesticides. Now supermodel Cindy Crawford, spokesperson for Malibu Unites, has taken the fight to the airwaves, speaking with NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver about her decision to pull her two kids out of class due to major concerns about the levels of cancer-causing chemicals found in the school. Check out the video here!

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

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Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

by , 08/20/14

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This stunning Forms in Nature chandelier transforms any room into a fairytale landscape! Inspired by drawings made by German biologist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel, designers Hilden & Diaz created an intricate bundle of entangled roots, bushes and tree branches that projects a 360-degree forest of shadows when illuminated from within.

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The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

by , 08/20/14

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What’s the world’s largest solar plant to do when its massive mirrors start frying all of the birds flying by? If the solar plant is Ivanpah, the apparent solution is to institute a sort of cap and trade system for bird death. Ivanpah’s owners have decided that in order to offset the number of birds killed by the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, it will donate money to spay and neuter cats, which are notorious bird killers themselves.

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Nina Lindgren's Cardboard Floating City Looks Like a Futuristic Movie Cityscape

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Art, carousel showcase, gallery

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Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

by , 08/20/14

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Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. Outfitted with colorful and eye-catching sails, each freeform platform creates opportunities for artists to showcase their talents while harvesting tidal and wind energy to generate electricity. By harnessing renewable energy, the Oscillating Platforms can teach the public about sustainable energy and has the potential to offset the energy use of approximately 1,539 Copenhagen residents per year.

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First Bricks Laid for BIG's LEGO House in Denmark!

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Architecture, Art

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Construction on Bjarke Ingels Group’s LEGO House just broke ground yesterday, starting with the installation of six LEGO-shaped foundation bricks. Located at The LEGO Group’s birthplace in the Danish city of Billund, the LEGO House will serve as an “experience center” for an estimated 250,000 annual visitors. Characteristic of BIG’s playful designs, the 75-foot-tall structure will be built out of stacked rectangular volumes that resemble giant LEGO bricks.

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012. A decade ago 25% of all elephant deaths were due to illegal killings, however that figure has risen to 65% today – and if it continues it will lead to extinction of the species.

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All Signs Point to SeaWorld's Imminent Demise and We Aren't Sad

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Animals, News

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If cruelty to animals and marine captivity are on the list of things that make you hot under the collar, good news is on the horizon. According to The Dodo, all signs are pointing to the demise of SeaWorld, the company known far and wide for giving shoddy treatment to its marine residents. Media impresario Kenneth Lerer says the company’s brand is now so tarnished, an increasingly concerned population have come to view the enterprise as synonymous with the torture of whales.

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MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

by , 08/20/14
filed under: News

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Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar panels. According to Phys.org, the system proposed by a group of MIT professors and published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science uses a fairly new solar cell technology that includes a compound called perovskite, which is nearly on par with traditional silicon-based cells but takes significantly less material to manufacture. The big problem to date with perovskite is the fact that lead – a source of toxic pollution that’s destructive to plants and animals – is a major ingredient in its manufacturing.

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Spain's 'Guerilla Architect' Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in the Wake of Financial Crisis

Spain's 'Guerilla Architect' Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in…

Cirugeda's career dates back to 1996, but he is most known for his work through the practice he founded 11 years ago, Recetas Urbanas. He is particularly known for his ingenious…

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Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Tree-Shaped Air Fresheners

Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Tree-Shaped Air…

Any car owner knows that the inside of a vehicle can get really "aromatic" over time, especially if pets and kids are regular passengers. Fortunately, a group of young entrepreneurs…

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How to Build and Maintain a Community House

How to Build and Maintain a Community House

There’s a notable difference between a home and a community: a home is a place you’re forced to be; a place where you might not feel like you belong because your family won’t…

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Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World's Largest Plant Library

Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World's Largest Plant Library

San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond,…

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Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

  Prefabricated homes have really evolved over the years, to the point where they really do come in all shapes and sizes. 3D printing has been of immense benefit in this…

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