NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

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Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the Big Apple. Palladium Management and SG Blocks recently created a new partnership to implement multi-family and retail space made of repurposed shipping containers throughout some of the city’s boroughs. Funded by Westchester County-based Dillon Hill Capital, the ambitious project is currently waiting on approval for 24 sites across NYC. 

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Reimagine an old bullring in Barcelona in the Archallenge student competition for a shot at 4,000€ prizes

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Archallenge just launched a new architecture competition that invites students from around the world to reimagine an old bullring in Barcelona. Although bullfighting is one of Spain’s most popular and dramatic sports, the centuries-old tradition was banned in Catalonia in 2011. As a result, the city is seeking solutions that would both revitalize the obsolete bullrings and add to Catalonia’s urban vitality. As part of this effort, Archallenge challenges students to breathe new life into the “Las Glorias” Square. Registration ends March 13, 2015 and the deadline for submissions is March 30, 2015. A 4,000€ prize will be distributed amongst the three winning teams.

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This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

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The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in the vast Navajo Nation are completely off the electrical grid. Non profit Eagle Energy is hoping to change that by installing and distributing solar power light kits to the Navajo people.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are the most energy efficient?

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Every year the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy publishes a report revealing the most energy efficient countries in the world. The council looks at the 16 biggest economies and ranks them in terms of transportation, industry, building and national efforts to cut costs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the US ranks close to the bottom at number 13, while super efficient Germany took the stop slot. Irish energy supplier Jones Oil created an infographic with tons of interesting information about the report – including the reason why China managed to grab the fourth slot in the rankings.

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Were comets the source of Earth's water? Rosetta spacecraft says "no"

by , 12/11/14
filed under: News, Water Issues

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The Rosetta spacecraft is currently orbiting and exploring comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—a large mass of rock and ice that it landed the Philae probe on in November—and its newest discovery might give us startling insight about the origin of water on our own planet. It has been discovered that comet’s water contains three times the amount of deuterium than water here on Earth, which throws a wrench into theories that this planet’s oceans and rivers may have originated from comets slamming into it during its formation.

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Mischer'traxler unveils blooming kinetic installation at Design Miami

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IKEA's extraordinary solar-powered disaster shelters receive honorary design award

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Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

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In a massive show of solidarity towards solutions for climate change, thousands of people from all walks of life paraded through the streets of Lima, Peru on Wednesday, as world leaders talk at United Nations Lima Climate Change Conference. The Guardian reports that while the conference is taking place behind closed doors, the people marching in the streets added a human face to the struggle for climate justice. They also represented a broad cross-section of humanity, including indigenous peoples from all over South America, trade unionists, students and women’s groups.

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this Tribeca loft by Jane Kim Design. The NYC-based designer used reclaimed barn wood for the counters and salvaged marble slabs in the master bathroom to give the space a sustainable touch. Proving that luxury can be green, Kim’s loft boasts wooden and wrought iron columns, hardwood floors, and exposed dark red brick. The beautiful home is a great example of how, with good design, one man’s trash can be another man’s counter top. See more photos here.

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India's air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal's iconic dome

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India’s airborne pollution has always been a problem for the rapidly developing country, but now it could severely impact one of its most famous structures – the Taj Mahal. According to a study from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Taj Mahal’s iconic marble dome and soaring minarets now require regular cleaning due to increasing levels of airborne carbon particles and dust, which have turned the white marble an unappealing shade of brown.

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This breathtaking Lithuanian Christmas tree looks like a tumbling cascade of clouds

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation organizations set up to protect them and help grow their population enough to be re-introduced to the wild. Wolves once inhabited most of North America, from coast to coast, but as humans spread across the states over the last century, these majestic, intelligent creatures (ancestors of “man’s best friend”) have become nearly extinct. Wolves have died out both due to habitat loss and also due to active human hunting and trapping. Today they can only be found in the wild in Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, whereas they once lived everywhere. Wolf sanctuaries are trying to help protect highly endangered wolves and reestablish populations in places where they once lived.

I personally had no idea that there was a population of over 20 wolves living near me in New York City until I heard about the New York Wolf Conservation Center from Subaru as part of an “Adventure Roulette” initiative. I recently had the chance to visit this wonderful wolf sanctuary less than an hour from the city, and it was an incredible experience! It was amazing to meet and be able to “speak” with these magnificent, super-intelligent animals. If you howl at them, they’ll even howl back at you! Read on to find out more about these wolf sanctuaries, as well as where you can meet some wolves in your local area. Surprisingly, they are almost everywhere — probably in your backyard too!

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HOW TO VIDEO: Make Delicious Raw Almond Cranberry Christmas Cookies!

Everybody loves sweet treats at the holidays, but many of us who are trying to stay in shape would rather consume healthy sweets packed with protein, good fats, fiber and vitamins than processed grains and sugar. That’s why these amazing RAW COOKIES made purely with nuts and dried fruit are so awesome as holiday treats. Yum yum! They’ll please the gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan and even the paleo crowd. As an added sweet treat, Inhabitots’ adorable lil’ pâtissier, Petey, will show you how to bake them in this adorable toddler baking video. A delicious and healthy alternative to sugar laden cookies and cakes, this yummy recipe is a cinch to make and only requires a handful of ingredients and a food processor. But best of all? You don’t even have to bake them! Quick, fun, and packed full of anti-oxidants and healthy nut oils, this recipe is a sure-fire winner that will be devoured in seconds! Jump ahead for the recipe!

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6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

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Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Continuing his recent efforts to reach out to young Americans in non-traditional and innovative ways—including an appearance on Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" and a blog post…

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Egoista Motors' EM01 Stradale Project is a $10,000 electric Formula 1 race car

Egoista Motors' EM01 Stradale Project is a $10,000 electric Formula 1…

Just in time for Christmas, Egoista Motors has unveiled the ultimate present for Formula 1 fans - the EM01 Stradale Project. This mini Formula 1 car is a street-legal race car that also…

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HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

MATERIALS: - A long sleeved shirt. The thinner the shirt, the easier it will be to turn it into a satchel. - A gift to wrap (one that will fit in the center of your shirt with at…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

Plastics are one of the most versatile and convenient materials on the planet, but their improper disposal has had devastating effects on the environment. The amount of plastic waste in…

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in…

Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries…

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