Sustainable Design Shines at Milan Design Week's Ventura Lambrate Exhibition

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NASA Set to Launch its First Vegetable Greenhouses Into Space!

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Futuristic scenarios in which astronauts consume pills instead of food couldn’t be further from the truth, thanks to new devices for growing fresh vegetables in space. NASA’s next resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the world’s first vegetable growth chamber! The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to be launched today at 4:58 pm EST, will carry the “Veggie” device to the ISS, where astronauts plan to grow fresh produce.

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MVRDV's Colorful 'Vertical Village' Furnishings are Shaped Like Houses

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Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

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A new study from the University of Delaware finds that high-altitude wind turbines tethered to the ground like kites could potentially generate enough clean, renewable electricity for the entire world. Researchers targeted regions where “wind speed maxima” allow airborne wind energy (AWE) devices to generate at full capacity. At the intermediate density of airborne turbines, the electricity generation could exceed 7.5 terawatts — three times the current annual electricity demand around the world.

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Hybrid Skylys Flying Car is an Electric Vehicle, Helicopter and Plane Rolled Into One

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The dream of flying cars dates back to the 1960s when the animated series “The Jetsons” envisioned a future where these airborne vehicles dominate the sky. In the past few years the flying car concept has evolved with a few real prototypes, but few are as wild as the Skylys flying car from Mix Aerospace.

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SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

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Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

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French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered solely by a tube filled with glowing green algae. The lamp uses the energy created by the algae’s own photosynthesis process to power the light within, while the algae itself lives on CO2 in the air outside.

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Beth Lewis Williams' Beautiful Lithophane Lamps Blend 3D Printing With 19th Century Craft

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Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit, Johannesburg

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Johannesburg-based architecture firm Architecture for a Change helped to create a low-cost community bakery in the Zandspruit region. Comprised of several friends who met at school, the firm is dedicated to setting new boundaries in the world of design, and working towards positive social change. This bakery project involved extensive community involvement; from collecting used glass bottles to manufacturing bricks from said bottles. A parabolic solar oven was created to produce baked goods, which can now be sold from the bakery, thus providing both new job opportunities and food to the community.

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NYC's Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

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It looks like some of New York’s homeless are trading in their ground-level digs for ones with better views. According to the New York Post, the Manhattan Bridge has become a mini shanty town of New Yorkers who have turned nooks between the structure’s metal beams into makeshift living spaces.

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Brooklyn's First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect Heights

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Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney's Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper

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Infinity by Crown is a new multi-residential complex in Sydney that uses pedestrian movement and traffic flow around the building to create a fluid architectural form. Designed by Koichi Takada Architects, the building is located at the gateway of the Green Square Town Center, an area of the city that will promote greener living and make use of planning controls to ensure sustainable growth and development. Keep reading to find out how the building will engage the community, and what makes it more than just another skyscraper.

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Kai Fagerstrom's Photos Capture Cheeky Wild Animals Squatting in Abandoned Farmhouses

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SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

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Snøhetta's Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World's Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

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Solar energy forms the crux of the office building, which will use solar cells, heat exchangers and heat pumps to meet most of the building's electricity and heating needs. Rising…

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5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

Image via Mr. TinDC PUBLIC-PRIVATE FUNDING When 6,000 Citi Bikes rolled onto the streets Manhattan and Brooklyn for the first time nearly a year ago, former NYC Mayor Michael…

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9 Green Tools for a Bountiful Spring Garden

9 Green Tools for a Bountiful Spring Garden

 1. Upcycled Seed Starters The most economical way to grow food is to start from seed, but you can't just throw those little guys directly into the ground. A month or two before you…

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DIY: Care for Fabulous Feet—Hooves Need Love Too!

DIY: Care for Fabulous Feet—Hooves Need Love Too!

Feet don't get the respect they deserve, do they? We plod around on them and take them for granted, but few of us take the time to really care for these amazing appendages. The winter…

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Mongolia's Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

Mongolia's Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia's potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That's beginning to change though - a new government sponsored initiative aims…

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