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INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company

Freeman Thomas won his first drawing competition in the first grade—it was a fire truck. Today, Thomas is credited with delivering some of the hottest designs in the automotive industry. A pioneer in

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi for a Spin in NYC

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Takes the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi for a Spin in NYC

The Ford Fusion Energi is Ford’s newest plug-in hybrid and is capable of delivering up to 21 miles in electric-only mode. Marrying an advanced lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a gasoline

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SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are challenges that reduce crop yield - and extra income. In

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Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler was the architect for the LEED Silver Center on Halsted, which is a community center dedicated to the LGBT community with almost a quarter of its programs dedicated to seniors. Center on Halsted

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Utah’s Sarah House Project Transforms Shipping Containers into Affordable Homes

Utah’s Sarah House Project Transforms Shipping Containers into Affordable Homes

White’s vision was to create small communities of low-income housing, recycled from shipping containers. The shipping container homes would allow for impoverished or in-transition families to enjoy the

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TEST DRIVE: The Ford Fusion Hybrid Joins the 40+ MPG Club

TEST DRIVE: The Ford Fusion Hybrid Joins the 40+ MPG Club

How did it go? We were pleasantly surprised, overall. We have to throw in our vote with CR on the mileage issue, but that's not so unusual with hybrids driven in real-world conditions. The Fusion Hybrid

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PowerWINDow: New Bird-Safe Turbine Can Generate Clean, Quiet, Affordable Wind Power in Cities

PowerWINDow: New Bird-Safe Turbine Can Generate Clean, Quiet, Affordable Wind Power in Cities

Wind turbines offer a great way to generate clean power, but they doesn’t exactly work in a city. So Professor Farzad Safaei, Director of the University of Wollongong’s ICT Research Institute, decided

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Oxford University 3D-Prints Synthetic Tissue From Oil and Water

Oxford University 3D-Prints Synthetic Tissue From Oil and Water

A team of scientists at Oxford University has used a custom 3D printer to successfully create synthetic tissue that mimics properties of living tissue. Unlike projects underway by Organovo, the Oxford

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La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

For more than two decades the brownfield lot sat empty and was known for a high crime rate. The light rail line stops directly in front of the site and the new affordable housing development changes the

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William McDonough Chosen by Stanford University to be First Digital Living Archive

William McDonough Chosen by Stanford University to be First Digital Living Archive

The Stanford Libraries are honoring the life’s work of leading green thinker William McDonough by naming him the world’s first “digital living archive”! In an innovative and modern

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TEST DRIVE: Over the River and Through the Woods with the Ford CMAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: Over the River and Through the Woods with the Ford CMAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid

The first thing we checked was that all-electric range. The CMAX Energi claims 21 all-electric miles on a full charge, but we tested the CMAX in cold weather, and even with an overnight charge could still

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Centre Village is a Modular Affordable Micro Housing Complex in Winnipeg

Centre Village is a Modular Affordable Micro Housing Complex in Winnipeg

The lot on which Centre Village was built was at one time an abandoned site in a neglected inner-city neighborhood that was slated to hold just six single-family homes. A zoning change allowed the

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SolSource Air: One Earth Designs Taps Google Glass Creator to Launch Portable, Affordable Solar Stove

SolSource Air: One Earth Designs Taps Google Glass Creator to Launch Portable, Affordable Solar Stove

What if boiling water were a day-long chore? For millions around the world, something as simple as making tea or cooking lunch requires hours of backbreaking work to find fuel for a lasting fire. In

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Cree Introduces a New LED Light Bulb that is Both Affordable and Good-Looking

Cree Introduces a New LED Light Bulb that is Both Affordable and Good-Looking

Incandescent bulbs are inefficient, fluorescent bulbs have raised some health concerns and LED bulbs are expensive and cast an unflattering glow. So what’s the environmentally-conscious design lover to

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The Mu Thermal Imager Turns Your iPhone Into an Affordable Thermal Camera

The Mu Thermal Imager Turns Your iPhone Into an Affordable Thermal Camera

Thermal cameras are invaluable tools for spotting heat leaks and winter proofing your home. The Mu Thermal Imager is a compact, affordable accessory that turns your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer

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Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste

Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste

One of the biggest problems with nuclear power is the radioactive waste it produces; governments and the scientific community have struggled to find ways to safely contain the hazardous materials. Sadly,

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Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity Team Up to Provide Affordable Solar Power

Honda and SolarCity has announced a new $65 million partnership to make solar power more affordable and available to Honda and Acura customers in the U.S. The partnership seeks to provide a cleaner source

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RobotCar: UK Engineers Create an Affordable Autonomous Driving System

RobotCar: UK Engineers Create an Affordable Autonomous Driving System

The future of driving may not involve driving at all. As more auto manufacturers throw their hats in the autonomous vehicle ring, the self-driving cars of science fiction are beginning to look like a very

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Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is located on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Oakland. The dense project worked to match the surrounding feel of the residential homes as well as address the visual and noise impact

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Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz Team Up to Build a Mass Market Fuel Cell Vehicle by 2017

Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz Team Up to Build a Mass Market Fuel Cell Vehicle by 2017

Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have announced a new three-way partnership to accelerate the development of fuel cell electric vehicle technology, with the ultimate goal of releasing a mass market fuel

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Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Following an international seminar about the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India, Sami Rintala, Daggur Eggertsson and Pasi Aalto of Rintala Eggertsson Architects and a group of

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Two US Students Develop Affordable Ceramic Water Filtration System for Kenya

Two US Students Develop Affordable Ceramic Water Filtration System for Kenya

Two US students from Penn State University have developed an affordable ceramic water filtration system for Africa’s Sub-Saharan countries. The system is based on a design by the non-profit organization

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Apple Could Launch a More Affordable $99 iPhone This Year — By Using Recycled Parts

Apple Could Launch a More Affordable $99 iPhone This Year — By Using Recycled Parts

Since 2009, Apple has been working on creating an even more affordable iPhone for its millions of users. To keep the new model wallet-friendly, the lower-end smart phone could be made partially from

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Ford Launches MyEnergi Lifestyle at CES 2013 to Help Families Reduce Their Electricity Bills and CO2 Footprint

Ford Launches MyEnergi Lifestyle at CES 2013 to Help Families Reduce Their Electricity Bills and CO2 Footprint

Ford just launched its new MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration, which show how a family can reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle

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Portabee Launches Portable, Robust, Affordable 3D Printer for Under $500

Portabee Launches Portable, Robust, Affordable 3D Printer for Under $500

The Portabee is a portable, robust, affordable 3D printer that is targeting a game-changing price point under $500. The team has drawn upon their vast wealth of reprap heritage to create a simple,

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Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Stanford Scientists Create the World’s First Peel-and-Stick Solar Cells

Solar cells image via Shutterstock Instead of rigid, cumbersome flat solar panels, you could soon be powering your home and electronics with a sticker. Engineers at Stanford have successfully

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Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

Ford Hybrids C-Max and Fusion Fail to Meet Fuel Economy Standards

If you drive a Ford C-Max or a Ford Fusion Hybrid, you might want to double check the fuel economy of your car. Two of Ford's hybrids, the C-Max and the Fusion, fell short of fuel economy targets when

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

The all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid models are off to a great start. November was the first full month that both C-MAX hybrids were available and combined they outsold their

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Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

Ford Simulates 10 Years of Battery Use in Just 10 Months with the Key Life Test

As more electric and hybrid vehicles enter the market, there is a growing concern from consumers about the reliability of the batteries that power them. Ford has unveiled a new lab test, the Key Life

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