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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland's Solheimar Ecovillage

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OMA Celebrates Topping Out the Taipei Performing Arts Center Today!

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Saving Children's Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

 

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Most of us take for granted the fact that we can walk barefoot across our living room floor and not end up with a life-threatening disease, but that’s far from the case in many regions of the world. Every year, over 6 million children die from diarrheal, skin, and respiratory diseases that they contracted from the parasites, viruses, and bacteria living in the dirt floor of their homes. In Bangladesh alone, 100,000 children under the age of five die from these diseases every year… but there’s a NYC-based non-profit group working to change that. Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE) just launched its “High Fives” initiative to replace dirt floors with concrete in that region in order to reduce disease-causing pathogens from infiltrating homes. The initiative is so named because of its goal to help at-risk children reach their fifth birthdays.

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Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

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Flying cars belong more in a Jetson’s episode than in real life, right? Wrong, flying cars are here, but will they take off? The Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), an organization in Ecuador started by missionary Steven Saint, has invented The Maverick, a lightweight flying vehicle equipped with a propeller at the back and a deployable parachute. The Maverick was developed specifically for missionary purposes and humanitarian applications such as transporting medics and teachers to remote areas.

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Learn How Citi Bike Cleans Its Rides with Gunk-Eating OzzyJuice Microbes

by , 08/27/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC


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Citi Bike has revolutionized green transportation in New York City, with over 10 million trips taken so far. But with so many rides on a daily basis, the popular bike sharing program does require some heavy maintenance to keep its bikes running smoothly. So just how do they keep their famous blue bikes squeaky clean and rust-free, you ask? With OzzyJuice, of course!

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6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

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Did You Know That There's a 292,000-sq-ft Green Roof Atop the Jacob Javits Center?

by , 08/27/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Millions of people pass through the doors of Manhattan’s glassy Jacob Javits Center each year, but most have no idea what lies right above their heads. While it might not be obvious from below, the sprawling convention center is home to the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the United States. Durham-based company Xero Flor was responsible for transforming 292,000 square feet of the urban rooftop into an energy-saving green haven using sedum grown on a farm in Upstate New York.

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Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

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An earthquake early warning system for California was finalized two years ago and passed into law last year, but it has not yet been implemented pending funding. Given that estimates of the cost of last weekend’s Napa Valley quake are reaching $1 billion, why has the system not been implemented when the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates early warning coverage for California, Washington and Oregon would cost a comparably cheaper $38 million to build?

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How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

by , 08/27/14

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Did you know that the cocoon membranes of a silk moth contain trace amounts of several elements such as sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium and copper, as well as carbon, nitrogen and oxygen? Well, that’s not even the most amazing part of this story. Scientists in India have discovered a way to harvest these elements and make electricity from them using water. A new study published in Scientific Reports suggests that silk moth cocoons can be used to generate clean electricity to power electronics and possibly provide a source of power in the iron ore industry and nuclear power plants.

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Andrew Cheng Unveils Beech Side Tables Inspired By Chopsticks

by , 08/27/14

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San Francisco-based industrial designer Andrew Cheng designed Chopsticks, a series of side tables with simple and slight profiles. Inspired by the two-toned lacquer used on chopsticks to differentiate ownership, the slim table legs are split into two color blocks. Steel rods are inserted into the table legs to strengthen the structure in a process similar to pencil making. The Chopsticks series will launch at Tent London during the London Design Festival.

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

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Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

by , 08/27/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to enjoy the last days of summer? How does staying at a floating, sustainable hotel made from repurposed truck parts sound? Designed by architects Matteo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros of design company ComboColab, the Truck-a-Float Hotel offers four separate sleeping pods made out of old windowed truck cabs. The unique accommodations, moored at Marina 59 in Far Rockaway, will only set you back between $60 and $90 per night.

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DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in some of the projects featured on Inhabitat. Per square foot, it’s the most productive form of agriculture on the planet, and is a perfect example of a living machine: a self-sufficient assembly of plants and animals that functions like an ecosystem, producing food for people without creating waste products or pollution.

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50,000 Bees Found Living in Woman's Ceiling

by , 08/27/14
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Frieda Turkmenilli wasn’t too perturbed when she noticed a few bees flying around her Queens apartment. However, other residents living in the Elmhurst building were a bit more wary of the buzzing tenants and informed the property manager. Upon closer inspection, an astounding 50,000 bees were found to be living in Turkmenilli’s ceiling!

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Wealthy Californians are Circumventing the Drought by Trucking in Water

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Everyone knows that California is suffering a catastrophic water shortage, but to drive around some of the wealthier neighborhoods in the state, you might not be able to tell. That’s because some of California’s richest residents are having water trucked to their homes in order to keep their lawns, swimming pools, fountains, and (no doubt vital) polo fields hydrated.

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A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab Emirates

A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab…

Al Hamra Real Estate Development just appointed sustainable architecture studio A++ to design 150 new luxury villas on Falcon Island in Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE. The new residences are…

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Studio505's Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China's Highest Rating in Sustainability

Studio505's Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China's Highest…

Although the original competition brief proposed diverting an existing axial canal to a less prominent position on site, studio505 chose instead to integrate the waterway into the site…

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Scientists Use Yeast to Create 100% Real Vegan Cheese

Scientists Use Yeast to Create 100% Real Vegan Cheese

Cheese is often one of the most difficult foods for a new vegan to give up, and might also be one of the culinary delights that keeps some people from pursuing a plant-based diet. There…

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Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

Dave Herrle worked around the clock to complete his Westbrook woodland home and become self-sufficient. He knew he wanted to live in the forest since after realizing the "benefits of…

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Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

Rabelli has invested two years and his life savings of $6,500 into converting the tuk tuk, although his remaining resources are indeed scant. By his estimates, he’ll need to raise a…

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