13 Stunning Sand Sculptures to Help Unleash Your Inner Architect at the Beach

by , 07/21/14
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For most, a trip to the beach is all about relaxing and soaking up the sun, but for others it’s an opportunity to unleash their inner starchitect. From the classic castle fit for a fairytale princess to gigantic teddy bears, we’ve rounded up over a dozen stunning sand art masterpieces guaranteed to make your jaw drop. Click through the link to see some truly amazing artworks to fuel the inspiration for your next beach creation.

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Super Star: Bread Studio Unveils Brilliant Star-Shaped Festival Pavilion

by , 07/21/14

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Design consultancy Bread Studio recently completed their proposal for Super Star, a 165-foot-high lantern pavilion to be installed in Hong Kong for the Mid-Autumn Festival, the annual festival held on the day when the moon is at its fullest. Since stars are often difficult to see under the brightness of the full moon, Bread Studio designed a giant illuminated five-pointed star. The structure is constructed from 60 truss modules that create a rainbow gradient when they are put together. The lantern pavilion can be assembled and deconstructed within one week.

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Barker Freeman Adds a Clever "Floating" Bedroom to This Chic Brooklyn Apartment

by , 07/21/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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When the owners of this Brooklyn duplex decided to add an additional children’s room to accommodate their growing family, it seemed inevitable that they would have to sacrifice the spacious feel of their loft-like apartment. But thanks to the creative ingenuity of the designers at Barker Freeman, no such trade-off was necessary. Barker Freeman’s solution was to create a “Floating Room Loft” – a partially glazed cube with sliding doors that creates a sectioned off space for the kids without breaking the visual connection between the two floors.

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Villa Escudero's Waterfall Restaurant Lets You Dine at the Foot of the Falls

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Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

by , 07/20/14
filed under: Poo Power!, Water Issues

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The new “Human Waste & Earth’s Future” exhibition at Miraikan in Japan lets visitors experience what it’s like when their lives are going down the toilet. The creative exhibition invites kids to get flushed, by climbing a flight of stairs to the porcelain throne and sliding down the tubes to enter. To top it all off, each kid is given a poop hat, to crown them on their journey to learn about what happens to human waste.

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The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

by , 07/20/14

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Here at Inhabitat, we’ve written about the devastating true costs of fast fashion, but what about the cost of fast food? Recently, Mark Bittman wrote a piece at the New York Times calculating the true cost of a cheeseburger. By looking at carbon footprint, disease costs and even injury rates at slaughterhouses, Bittman shows just how much America’s love affair with fast food costs - and the numbers may make you rethink your next meal choice.

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This Bracelet Can Call for Help If You're Hurt or in Danger

by , 07/20/14
filed under: Ecouterre

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Mobile phones give us a tremendous sense of security: we’ve got access to the internet and our entire contact list if we need it. But what about when something unplanned happens? Like being attacked in a parking garage or a biking accident? In situations like these, phones have a tendency to go flying or frustrate us with lock screens. Safelet is a piece of GPS-equipped, wearable technology that’s designed to summon help when you need it most–with just a single touch to your wrist. Follow the link below to learn how it works.

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8 Unique Room Dividers to Section Off Your Space in Style

by , 07/20/14
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Tour the World's First WELL Certified Residential Building Where Leonardo DiCaprio Recently Purchased an Apartment (PHOTOS)

by , 07/20/14
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Mysterious Giant Hole in Siberia Could be Caused by Climate Change

by , 07/20/14

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If you’re looking for an abyss to gaze into, a new one just mysteriously appeared at the end of the world. A giant hole in the Earth about 262 feet in diameter was recently discovered in Russia’s far north, and scientists are baffled about the cause of the chasm. Located in Siberia on the Yamal Peninsula (a place whose name translates to ‘end of the world’), the hole appeared near a forest just 19 miles from the largest part of the Yamal liquefied natural gas (LNG) project – the largest of its kind in Russia.

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Australia Becomes World's First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

by , 07/20/14

On Thursday, the newly installed Australian Senate voted to repeal Australia’s carbon pricing scheme, fulfilling an election promise made by the country’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Unfortunately, no new legislation has yet been presented to the nation’s parliament to replace the scheme, leaving one of the world’s biggest per capita carbon polluters without an official emissions reduction policy. In response Opposition Leader Bill Shorten noted, “Today, Tony Abbott has made Australia the first country in the world to reverse action on climate change.”

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Nestlé Bottles California's Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

by , 07/19/14
filed under: News, Water Issues

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As Californians stare down the maw of the worst drought they’ve seen in more than a century, Nestlé is quietly extracting undisclosed amounts of H2O in the state for their bottled water operations. California is currently urging citizens to conserve water and considering a mandatory restriction on outdoor water usage, but at the same time Nestlé continues to suck water from a particularly drought-stricken desert area for its Arrowhead and Pure Life brand water.

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Penda's Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

by , 07/19/14

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Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

by , 07/19/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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New York’s High Line has helped liven up Manhattan’s West Side and soon another elevated park could do the same for a garbage station on the Upper East Side. The NY Daily News reports that the city is considering a proposal to dress up the Asphalt Green complex with a planted roof. The plan would also convert a curved elevated ramp currently used by 500 garbage trucks into a green walkway modeled after the High Line.

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World's Largest Handmade Picnic Blanket Unfurled in Switzerland!

by , 07/19/14
filed under: Ecouterre

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Eating al fresco usually means a tiny table at an outdoor cafe, but a pair of twins in Switzerland are thinking much bigger. Twins Frank and Patrik Riklin organized the creation of a 160,000-foot-long picnic blanket they’re calling “Bignik.” Scores of volunteers were needed to turn assemble the traditional red and white patchwork behemoth of repurposed towels, bedsheets, curtains, and other donated household textiles. This isn’t the first massive picnic blanket built by the twins, and it’s not going to be the last. Follow the link to learn more about the project.

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This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

This Garden Will Tell You When Pollution in Your Area Gets Bad

Have you ever wondered what the air quality is like in your own yard or your immediate neighborhood? There is an easy way to tell and it also happens to make your home look amazing…

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Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Casa Flotanta is a two bedroom home built on a hillside overlooking the jungle near Puntarenas. Initial designs for the vacation home considered digging into the steep slope and putting…

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Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the…

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Norman Foster's Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is Almost Finished

Norman Foster's Grand Canary Wharf Crossrail Station in London is…

London's Crossrail Station stands by the waters of Canary Wharf's North Dock, just steps away from the underground station -- also designed by Foster & Partners. Its unique design…

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Lundberg Design's Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

Lundberg Design's Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials…

The beautiful Breuer Cabin is filled with natural light coming in from reclaimed steel sash windows taken from at least five different projects. The floors are made from multicolored…

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