This honeycomb-like residential structure sits atop an existing car park in London

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ASU’s new Biomimicry Center offers first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry

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Biomimicry, a discipline that draws inspiration from nature to create solutions to real world problems, is relatively new as an academic study path. In an effort to lead the way, Arizona State University has announced the opening of The Biomimicry Center, a partnership with global consulting firm Biomimicry 3.8. ASU is offering the first-ever master’s degree in biomimicry in a unique online program, which officially launches March 3.

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An amazing 650-foot-long undulating green roof tops this Parisian lab

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INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

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There’s a movement afoot to find ways to create cleaner cities: Birmingham, England is slashing emissions like a CO2 ninja, while Oslo boasts the honor of having not a single landfill. Copenhagen is shooting to be carbon neutral by 2025 and Chicago is covering its rooftops in luscious greenery. Check out this infographic, brought to you by Hassle, to find out which cities are the cleanest and how they are making their city – and the planet - sparkle.

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Noocity Growbeds enable urban agriculture in any space - now available via Indiegogo

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Concern regarding the origins of the products we consume is increasing, and cities like New York, São Paulo, and Paris are filled with mini-markets for organic produce, street fairs with local producers, and even urban gardens on top of buildings. A Portuguese start-up wants to bring the countryside to the city and involve like-minded individuals in the growing urban agriculture movement: Noocity Urban Ecology is seeking funding and support for their new Noocity Growbeds via the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform.

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Pavegen to install people-powered kinetic energy tiles in SNCF’s Parisian office

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Clean tech company Pavegen have been commissioned by France’s national railway company, SNCF (French National Railway Company), to install six people-powered kinetic energy tiles in the middle of a corridor in SNCF’s Innovation & Research office in Paris. The tiles, which were installed last week, will harvest energy from staff members walking over them to illuminate the corridor’s LED strip lighting.

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Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

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Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men's suits into stylin' messenger bags

by , 02/25/15

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Designer Terry Lischka’s innovative bags transform thrift store men’s items into fashion-forward unisex messenger bags. Designing under the name Sew Much Style, Lichska scours thrift stores for disused suits and ties, then gives them a new life as part of a line of accessories. Fashions may come and go, but Sew Much Style loves upcycling quality fabrics into modern bags, purses and laptop cases, and reworking old suits into modern style in a line adorably called Finnegan.

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Is the Christian Coalition solar power's most unlikely new ally?

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A fight over net metering for Indiana solar power users just got a lot more interesting, after the ‘yes’ side took on an unlikely ally–the Christian Coalition of America. The Washington Post reports that the head of the Christian Coalition wrote a blog post in favor of solar energy and the Indiana fight to allow solar producers to sell their power back to the grid and lower their energy bills.

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Hiroshi Nakamura's Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees

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UGE's Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower has just unveiled a new, sustainable facelift, and perhaps the most striking update to the famous landmark comes in the form of two of Urban Green Energy’s (UGE) vertical axis wind turbines. Installed 400 feet up, within the tower’s iconic framework, the turbines will provide 10,000 kWh of green electricity each year.

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Experts say more snow often leads to prettier spring gardens

by , 02/25/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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If this unfathomably long, cold winter is getting you down, you’ll be happy to hear that there is a silver lining to our cold-weather doldrums. According to local NYC ecology experts, the more snow, the better (when it comes to gardening, that is)! The deep snow cover that has yet to melt away is acting as a supreme insulator for the soil underneath, meaning that we can expect abundant, lush flora this coming spring.

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Revolutionize your daily commute with the stylish and futuristic Spark e-bike

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Canadian company Shocke bikes designed a new kind of electric bike that’s guaranteed to spice up your daily commute. Introducing the Shocke Spark, a stylish and sleek all-terrain electric bike that offers all the power, durability, and hi-tech gadgetry of high-end e-bikes for a fraction of the cost. Equipped with an easy-to-remove 36V 12AH lithium ion battery that provides up to 43.5 miles of juice, the 7-speed Spark helps riders stay safe with LED turn signal lights and can even project a laser illuminated bike path. Want one of your own? Head over to Shocke Bike’s Kickstarter to help bring Spark to production and learn more about its many other hi-tech features.

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Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

by , 02/25/15
filed under: climate change, News

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The long-time head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) stepped down yesterday amid allegations of sexual harassment filed in his home country, India. Rajendra K. Pachauri was chairman of the panel for 13 years and one of the world’s strongest voices against climate change. But the New York Times reports he tendered his resignation shortly after a woman employed at an institute he heads accused him of unwanted text messages, emails and other contact.

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Have you seen the revolutionary "Dryline" flood barrier coming to NYC's East River? (VIDEO)

by , 02/25/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

The Dryline – BIG Teams Vision for Rebuild by Design from BIG on Vimeo.

It looks like the Bjarke Ingels Group’s BIG U proposal to create a flood barrier along Manhattan’s East River is moving forward with a catchy new name and an exciting video to go along with it. The ambitious project, lovingly dubbed The Dryline, consists of a 10-mile earthen berm ribbon along the East River from East 23rd Street to Montgomery Street. Although the project development is still in its very early stages, BIG’s beautiful video gives us a better idea of what their vision for a more resilient NYC will look like when it’s complete.

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schmidt hammer lassen architects wins bid to design BREEAM Excellent mixed-use complex in Oslo

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Located on Ruseløkkveien Street in Oslo’s historic city center, the 630,000-square-foot complex uses landscape design and generous amounts of glazing to strengthen connections…

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Check out + POOL's free art installation at the Ace Hotel to learn about NYC's first river-purifying pool

Check out + POOL's free art installation at the Ace Hotel to learn…

If the idea of taking a dip on a warm, sunny summer day sounds really good to you right about now, + POOL has a treat for you over at the Ace Hotel. The team behind the initiative to…

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Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and…

Each piece is handmade in a workshop in Christchurch, New Zealand. The veneer is sourced from Auckland, and all the other components are made by local Christchurch firms. The copper…

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Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, but the fight continues

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, but the fight continues

In spite of being passed by both the Senate and the House, President Obama has maintained his promise to veto a controversial bill that sought to expedite construction of the Keystone…

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Helix unveils “world’s best folding bike” that folds down to the size of its wheels

Helix unveils “world’s best folding bike” that folds down to the…

Designed to be smaller, lighter, safer, and easier to use than any other folding bike on the market, Helix is made of durable titanium and weighs in at just 21 pounds. Thanks to its…

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