Artist to install blooming Living Pyramid in Socrates Sculpture Park

by , 03/25/15
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Agnes Denes Living Pyramid

Queens’s Socrates Sculpture Park is going to be blooming with one very large flower tower this summer and you can join in on the fun! Artist Agnes Denes will be installing her gorgeous, 30-foot-tall Living Pyramid design at the Long Island City sculpture garden in April. The colorful pyramid will be seeded by local volunteers and will hopefully flourish with various plants and wildflowers come summertime.

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Cutest little lamb in Brooklyn spotted at hipster eateries around NYC

by , 03/25/15
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smokey the lamb

Brooklyn has a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb…and the adorable little fella’s name is Smokey! After being abandoned by his mother and almost freezing to death, Smokey was recently adopted by a local couple and has been spotted dining at some of NYC’s most popular eateries. Although some New Yorkers might not even look twice at a farm animal wandering the streets, Smokey just seems to have a je ne sais baaaaaa about him that has been melting the cold hearts of those who encounter him.

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Kiyoshi Mino's startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy away

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Hager Partner and nps tchoban voss collaborate to design a green-roofed rec center near Berlin

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The city swimming baths at Nauen, a town just west of Berlin, will be transformed by a new green-roofed entrance building and recreation park designed by nps tchoban voss in collaboration with Landscape Architects Hager Partner. The prize-winning design comprised of two flowing structures joined by an insulated living roof will update the old baths and allow year-round use of the site. Keep reading after the jump to check out the plans.

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Naked filter is an affordable and easy solution to clean healthy water

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The lack of access to clean water is a major humanitarian problem around the world. Silicon Valley startup Liquidity Nanotech wants to help solve that issue by bringing clean, healthy drinking water to everyone, one filter at a time. The startup’s Kickstarter, Naked Filter, starts on the consumer-level with a portable bottle that uses affordable, effective, and easy-to-use technology to purify water. The current nano-filter unfortunately cannot be recycled (it needs to be replaced every month); however, the company hopes that commercial success and increased production will allow them to affordably distribute their product to communities in the developing world.

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Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

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Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

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Costa Rica has achieved an extraordinary clean energy milestone by running solely on renewable energy for more than 75 days. Heavy rainfall in the region has enabled the country to completely forgo fossil fuels, and run almost entirely on electricity generated from four hydropower plants—with a little extra help from geothermal, solar and wind projects. With more renewable energy infrastructure in the works, it looks as though this trend might just continue long into the future.

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Tiny Mogo Freedom trailer transforms into a camper for two

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France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

by , 03/24/15

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France just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be partially-covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years.

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Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into a verdant residence

 

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A disused industrial building in Johannesburg may be getting a plant-covered overhaul by New York-based designers, Adjaye Associates. Headed up by David Adjaye, the design would revamp the Hallmark House in the Maboneng district, transforming it into luxury apartments and a hotel. The structure will breathe with foliage, as plant-covered balconies will adorn each of its floors.

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Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

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Beijing is finally ready to kick its coal power habit. China’s capital city just announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016. Beijing will be switching to gas-fired electricity plants, which are significantly cleaner and produce up to 2.6 times more electricity than their coal-fired predecessors.

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Heimplanet’s inflatable 6-person Nias tent pitches in a snap

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Green-roofed concrete outbuilding is an extension of the rural Spanish landscape

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Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

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Opening a package only to have your apartment flooded with packing peanuts is an annoying experience – and a total waste of plastic. But researchers Vilas Pol and Vinodkumar Etacheri at Purdue University finally have a use for the packing peanut nuisance: transforming them into fast-charging batteries. Using a heating process, the researchers were able to convert ordinary packing peanuts into carbon anodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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KP Cykler is building a better bike with built-in theft deterrent

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Danish cycling brand KP Cykler is raising funds on Kickstarter for their clever new bike. In addition to beautiful aesthetics, their bicycles have incorporated the latest smartphone technologies to make bicycle identification easier than ever with built-in chips that can help return stolen bikes to their rightful owner.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

"Save the rainforests!" is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist's tee-shirt. It's…

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Architects reveal the world's first shadowless skyscrapers in London

Architects reveal the world's first shadowless skyscrapers in London

The design is based on the idea of using concave reflective surfaces adapted specifically to the sun’s path in the sky. An algorithm unique to the buildings’ location was used to…

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Alaska's glacial melt could create the world's sixth largest coastal river

Alaska's glacial melt could create the world's sixth largest coastal…

The glaciers are melting. That's the old news. The update is that, in Alaska, there has also been a massive amount of rainfall. The combination of rain and glacial melt create a flow of…

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New report shows a simple fix that could save NYC buildings $11 million per year

New report shows a simple fix that could save NYC buildings $11…

Residential buildings in New York have been reaching soaring new heights, but a new study says that the cost of heating them doesn’t have to be through the roof. The report,…

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Easy DIY ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat

Easy DIY ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat

Spring has sprung (according to our calendars, but we’re still weathering some pretty cold temperatures. Because of the drawn out winter, so much money has already been spent warming…

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