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Ai Weiwei's Jaw-Dropping "Forever Bicycles" Sculpture is Made from 1200 Bikes!

by , 09/17/14
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Ai Weiwei’s towering, geometric Forever Bicycles installation is made from nearly 2,000 stainless steel bicycles arranged into hypnotic forms that loom over viewers and passersby. Although the bikes are stationary, their arrangement gives the impression that they’re constantly in motion. Using bicycles as a building medium has particular poignancy: bikes are symbols of freedom and movement, and being trapped in stasis like this is a strong commentary on aspects of life in China’s city centers, such as employment in mass production warehouses, the frequency of traffic jams, and the absence of many personal freedoms.

 

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term ‘biomimicry‘ and laid the groundwork for an emerging discipline that looks for innovative solutions to pressing global problems by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Since her book’s release more than 15 years ago, Benyus has evolved the practice of biomimicry research through numerous initiatives, including Biomimicry 3.8 — an amazing organization providing business consulting, professional training, and education on what humans can learn from the genius of nature that surrounds us. Though biomimetics is technically not a new idea, the relevance of this field has become increasingly apparent over the past few years as we’ve come to realize that Mother Nature is one of the universe’s most successful and time-tested designers, and we have much to learn from her. Watch our video above to hear from biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus as she chats with us about some of the incredible innovations that have come from Biomimicry, such as velcro, solar power, and more-efficient wind turbines.

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Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

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Have you ever wondered what the tree population and density of the United States looks like? This amazing map shows just that. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center in conjunction with the U. S. Geological Survey Science Center‘s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and the US Forest Service, the map was generated based on a series of data sources including readings collected from space-based radars, satellite sensors, computer models, and simply counting trees the old-fashioned way. The map was created for NASA to help determine how the world’s forests have the potential to store more carbon in the future.

 

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Build Your Own Bamboo Bicycle with the Bambobee Bike Kit

by , 09/17/14

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Following the success of his Bamboobee bicycles, designer Sunny Chuah has launched his next project: the Bamboobee Build it Yourself (BIY) kit. Designed for all age groups, each package will come with seven handcrafted bamboo pieces that can be easily assembled to create an eco-friendly bicycle. To reach the mass market, Chuah will launch a Kickstarter for the BIY kits in October. Can’t wait to build your own Bamboobee bicycle from scratch? Sign up for updates on their Prefundia page to get the early scoop on their Kickstarter launch.

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Olympic Cyclist's Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

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Downtown NYC's First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

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Lexus Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Converted Warehouse Training Facility in NJ

by , 09/17/14
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Luxury car manufacturer Lexus was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Eastern Area Office training facility in Parsippany, New Jersey. Under the design leadership of international architecture and interior design firm Ware Malcomb, 38,000 square feet of warehouse space was converted to accommodate a café, elegant meeting spaces, interior glass garage doors and 16 service training bays. Click through to see this environmentally-friendly facility’s modern take on sustainable office design.

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Design a New Office for the Modern Mobile Worker and You Could Win $10,000!

by , 09/17/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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With the advent of the Internet and portable technologies, today’s workers are more mobile than ever — but just how effective are their transitory workspaces? To create a superior shared working environment for these new office nomads, forward-thinking furniture company Unbranded Designs has launched a design competition for a Living Office that “allows for more effective collaborations, and a fast-paced, serendipitous work style that has been a catalyst for innovation and new value creation.” All designs must be submitted by October 22. The winner will receive $10,000 and product royalties. Click through for more details!

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Greenland's Snow Isn't White These Days - And it Could Spell Big Trouble

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Pretty much everyone knows that Greenland isn’t exactly green – it’s largely covered in snow-white ice – but what most people don’t know is that this year Greenland is practically black. Jason Box, a member of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, has been studying the snow in Greenland over the summer and he has returned with some startling information. According to Box, the ice in Greenland is darker than ever previously recorded, and it could spell the start of a terrifying  climate change feedback loop.

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Spend the Last Days of Summer Hanging in a Cacoon Tree Tent!

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Iceland's Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

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Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

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New Study Reveals the Truth About Wind Turbines and Bird Deaths

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Naysayers like to point to wind turbines as brutal bird-killing machines, wiping out huge populations of birds, but new research sheds some new light on the controversy. According to a massive study supported by the American Wind Wildlife Institute, wind turbines account for around 214,000 – 368,000 deaths each year. While any death is something to be avoided, that number is tiny compared to the fatalities from collisions with radio and cell towers, which kill 6.8 million birds every year.

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called "Footcheball"

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Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

Although you may already be familiar with many of your neighborhood "weeds" and their myriad uses (such as using dandelion leaves in salad), it's quite possible that you pass by…

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Mysterious Fire Damages Florentijn Hofman's Moon Gazing Rabbit in Taiwan

Mysterious Fire Damages Florentijn Hofman's Moon Gazing Rabbit in…

The giant bunny was placed at the Dayuan Town Naval Base in Taiwan. Leaning back on a grassy wall, the adorable animal references an old East Asian tale about a rabbit that lives on the…

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DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot…

We're now entering the dog days of summer and temperatures are soaring across the states - but don't reach straight for the AC just yet. Did you know that one of the most efficient ways…

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1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From…

If you think trees in the rainforest are pretty tall, a new tower being built in the Amazon to monitor climate change will make them look tiny. The Amazon Tall Tower is a joint effort…

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Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

The new Amazon UK Headquarters is one of the major developments in London, called Principal Place, which will occupy the area between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street…

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