GA Collaborative's Masoro Village Project Builds Community (and Earthbag Homes) in Rwanda

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Chicago Approves Plan for Urban Agriculture Eco-District to Revitalize Southside Neighborhoods

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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

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Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there, or can you? James Dyson believes that cleaning our rivers is just as simple as creating a sort of larger version of his vacuum to remove all of that unwanted gunk. He calls his idea the M.V. Recyclone and it is essentially a river barge equipped with the same cyclone technology used in his vacuums.

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Maintenance-Free Priority Bicycles Make Cycling Even Easier

by , 07/18/14

It may be difficult to imagine a bicycle that doesn’t need regular adjustments and tune-ups to keep riding smoothly, but the folks who created Priority Bicycles have created just that. These recreational bikes are easy to assemble, easy to ride, and require no regular maintenance, which appears to be something that many people have been aching for: they launched their Kickstarter campaign on July 15th, hoping to reach their $30,000 goal by mid August… and now, three days later, they’ve raised over $250,000.

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Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

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Artist Karrie Hovey makes gardens out of garbage – literally. The San Francisco-based artist recently filled the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia with thousands of flowers made from plastics, paper, cardboard, and display materials that have been cast aside by retailers. Part of the artist’s installation series “the Garden Grows…” the work consists of architectural interventions throughout the public spaces of the museum reflecting the ever expanding waste stream generated by consumer culture. Her work in Savannah also plays upon the visuals of a city known for its green spaces. In the atrium, Hovey extends the oak trees of Savannah’s squares into the building with a tree branch made from cast-off paper and leaves of post-consumer plastic. Hovey references the gardens found throughout the city’s historic district with window boxes, creeping vines, urns and small floral components in nooks and crannies throughout the museum. One prominent wall filled with flowers and birds – “mums” and “tweets” as Hovey calls them – made with books recovered from the trash. Other windows sport leaves cut from old yoga mats and flowers made from fast food sandwich bags.

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Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They're Speaking Out

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Susquehanna county residents have been bullied by the gas industry since fracking started back in 2006. Industry workers have no regard for the people they’re paving over, which inevitably leads to hostile encounters between the two sides. Because of this destruction, Susquehanna residents are fighting back.

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Could Golden Nanoparticles Transform Trees Into Street Lights?

by , 07/18/14

Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure—they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don’t need electricity to power them? A group of scientists in Taiwan discovered that placing gold nanoparticles within the leaves of trees causes them to give off a luminous reddish glow. The idea of using trees to replace street lights is an ingenious one: not only would it save on electricity costs and cut CO2 emissions, but it could also greatly reduce light pollution in major cities.

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Starbucks' First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

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5 Ways to Green Your Home and Get Back Money Doing It

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Building green isn’t just helpful to the environment – it could also put some Benjamins back in your pocket. In the last few years, New York City kickbacks for buying hybrid cars and energy star appliances have waned, but DNAinfo has collated a new list of five ways homeowners and renters can rake in the green for being energy-conscious. Just a few ideas include changing out regular lights for LEDs to get $15 Con Edison rebates or reducing your entire home’s energy needs for a reward of $1,000.

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Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

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This heart is wrapped in a special electronic membrane that keeps it beating at the perfect rate. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis developed the new membrane to wrap around hearts like a custom-made glove. A spiderweb-like network of specialized electrodes continuously monitor the heart’s electrical activity to keep it beating around the clock at a healthy rate.

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The Coachman: Lundberg Design Retrofits a San Francisco Bar with Walls Made of Honey

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San Francisco-based Lundberg Design transformed one of their old projects, Heaven’s Dog, into one of the city’s most visited restaurants – The Coachman. The design team added around 600 square feet of space to the existing bar and enlarged it into a spacious restaurant with a great selection of cocktails. Hit the jump for more details about this striking renovation.

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Fragile Skeletons: Dynamic Animal Sculptures Made from Salvaged Driftwood

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Artist Giovanni Longo created “Fragile Skeletons,” a series of skeletal sculptures made of wood salvaged from the beach. Fascinated by the weathered character of driftwood, Longo used found branches and sticks to precisely recreate the skeletons of various animals down to the individual notches on the spine. The marks and scratches in the wood are left exposed, which give a sense of vulnerability to his dynamic artwork. “The wood is a sincere material that does not deny its own past and its own history,” says Longo.

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NYC to Create Sustainable Retrofit Pilot Program for Affordable Housing

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recently released $41 billion affordable housing plan to create or preserve 200,000 units for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers over the next ten years contains an important green component – a sustainable retrofit pilot program. The pilot program would be an “outreach and financial assistance program to provide grants or loans, as appropriate, to accelerate investments in energy and water efficiency projects,” according to the mayor’s affordable housing report.

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Olle Lundberg Combines Raw Steel and Salvaged Cypress in James Beard-Winning Slanted Door Restaurant

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Create a Bedroom Wherever You Need One with Dan Hisel's Awesome Z-Box

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Lundberg Design's Moss Room Adds a Dramatic Breath of Fresh Air to the California Academy of Sciences

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When Lundberg Design was hired to create the restaurant design, the biggest challenge they faced was figuring out how to attract people from the natural-history museum's exciting…

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Towering Magic Mountain Lodge is a Hill-Like Hobbit Highrise Straight Out of Middle Earth

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The Lodge sits on a diverse forest region in northern Patagonia and is a base camp at the Hulio Hulio preserve for ecotourists looking to spot a puma or explore the local waterfalls.…

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The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

As bacteria become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, we're going to have to find a different way to fight the diseases that threaten us. After all, we tend to take for granted that…

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Why is this Abandoned Warehouse Filled With Live Jellyfish?

Why is this Abandoned Warehouse Filled With Live Jellyfish?

If you go to Liverpool anytime soon, you might encounter a strange sight - a warehouse filled with floating jellyfish. This mesmerizing and otherworldly setting is the work of two…

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Lundberg Design Transforms a Historic Palo Alto Church into a Stunning Daylit Office Space

Lundberg Design Transforms a Historic Palo Alto Church into a Stunning…

The developer that purchased the historic church in Palo Alto commissioned Lundberg Design to convert it into an office space and optimize the existing structure. The plan consisted of…

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