Need a Whole Piglet in a Hurry?

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filed under: Animals, News, Sustainable Food

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Some days the grocery store is more arresting than you might expect. For Twitter user @wadaitweet, the sight of a whole, shrink-wrapped and frozen suckling pig at a supermarket in Japan was Tweet-worthy. Surprisingly, Modern Farmer picked up the story and claimed that such a delicacy hadn’t reached U.S. shores – but Costco has sold whole, frozen suckling pigs, and they are readily available online. “Suckling” can refer to anything ranging from a newborn piglet to one that is a couple of months old and not technically suckling anymore. Reputable butchers can easily order them in, though sometimes you have to wait around 30 days for the piglet to, um, grow.

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There's a 50% Chance the Southwest Will Suffer A 30-Year Megadrought in the Next Century

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A new report from Cornell University, the U.S Geological Survey and the University of Arizona warns that there’s a 50% chance the southwest United States will experience a decade-long drought in the near feature. But that’s not the worst of it – there’s also a 20-50% chance that the region will face a massive megadrought lasting over 30 years.

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Munchausen's Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

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You might be forgiven for assuming that LEGOs are just child’s play. Forgiven, that is, until you see this stunning kitchen renovation. Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti created a kitchen using over 20,000 LEGO pieces in all shapes, sizes and colors, and they’ve named it the Munchausen LEGO Kitchen. It’s so amazing that you may never look at those humble little blocks in the same way again.

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INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

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Metropolitan areas are growing faster than suburbs for the first time in decades, as more and more people want to live closer to where they work, eat, drink, and play. As populations in cities continue to grow, requests for mixed-use communities are pushing architects and planners to think of master planning and design in new ways. Understanding this societal trend, architecture firm John Portman & Associates contends that mixed-use design is the fabric that enhances urban environments, and has created mixed-use developments around the world. This firm strives to design walkable communities that still accommodate commuter access, and balance local authenticity with opportunities to experience culture and entertainment. We had the opportunity to interview architect Gordon Beckman, Partner and and Design Director at John Portman & Associates, about the future of mixed-use and sustainable cities.

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Now You Can 3D Print Your Designs at Nearly 100 UPS Stores Across the US

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Want to 3D print your own robot? The UPS Store can help you. After a successful trial in six locations over the last year, 3D printing is now available in nearly 100 UPS stores, making the chain the first nationwide retailer to offer the service. Apart from the convenience, the UPS store printers are professional quality, giving a much better result than the 3D printers available in the home-use market. If you need to 3D print a single item or component parts that are smaller than a bread bin in size, read on.

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This Agricultural "Noah's Ark" has Two of Every Fruit and Nut Crop Ever Grown in California

by , 09/23/14
filed under: News, Sustainable Food

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Imagine a comprehensive sampling of every fruit, nut and other crop that is or has ever been grown in California packed into a concentrated and carefully protected site. This seemingly fictional prospect is actually a reality at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Tree Fruit, Nut Crops and Grapes – a 70-acre facility in Davis, California that contains two each of hundreds of these species grown in California’s past or present agriculture industry.

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Rockefeller Family Decides to Divest Their Charitable Fund from Fossil Fuels

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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The Rockefeller family – which built much of its empire on oil – is making waves with the announcement that it will be joining the fossil fuel-free divestment movement. Yesterday, the family’s $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, pledged to start selling off fossil fuel assets and in turn invest in cleaner energy alternatives in its portfolios. The news coincides with the United Nations Climate Change Summit, and the Rockefellers will join 180 other institutions that are participating in the divestment movement to transfer $50 billion into clean energy investments.

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Ordinary Architecture Makes the Hollywood Sign Disappear

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filed under: Art, Los Angeles

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In a monumental feat of visual trickery, London-based Ordinary Architecture made the letters that make up the iconic “Hollywood” sign appear to have disappeared from their perch in the Santa Monica Mountains. Falling Icon is an installation art piece by Ordinary co-founders Charles Holland and Elly Ward that was part of On the Road, a series of events aimed at promoting architecture and design in Los Angeles.

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Seatylock: Brilliant Bicycle Saddle Conveniently Transforms into a Solid Metal Bicycle Lock

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As urban cycling rises in popularity, so does bike theft. Rather than lugging around a heavy lock or removing your seat post to prevent saddle theft, there’s now a new invention in town that’s so ingenious and convenient you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it first. Introducing Seatylock, a bicycle saddle that quickly transforms into a solid metal lock. Stretching over three feet long, Seatylock is long enough to secure your rear wheel and frame and comes in a variety of colors and sizes to suit all rider types. If you want to get your hands on a Seatylock, head over to its Kickstarter to bring this combined bicycle saddle and lock to production!

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9 Groundbreaking New Materials On Display at 100% Design

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The Passive House Standard Will Now Recognize Net Zero and Energy Plus Buildings

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The rigorous Passive House building standard just got a major update: It will now recognize net zero buildings and buildings that generate more energy than they consume as “Passive House Plus” and “Passive House Premium”, respectively. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany, just announced these updates at the North American Passive House Network meeting in Portland, Maine.

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Redesign the Life Jacket for a Shot at Winning $10,000!

by , 09/23/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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Life jackets save lives everyday, but not everyone wears them due to their bulky and restrictive design. That’s why the BoatUS Foundation has partnered with the Personal Flotation Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to launch the Life Jacket Design Competition to seek more convenient alternatives to the traditional life jacket design. With $15,000 in prize money, the competition is open to both theoretical designs and working prototypes. Entries must be submitted by April 15, 2015 and winners will be announced at the 2015 IBEX Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Gorgeous Charred-Cedar Clads an Oasis of Calm at a Three-Road Juncture in Tokyo

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits the Studio of Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

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Inhabitat recently had the chance to visit the studio of photographer Elena Lyakir and furniture designer Eric Slayton, a couple based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Read on to see what the duo had to say about using reclaimed materials, life in New York City and collaborating with one another.

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PHOTOS: 400,000 People Converge on Manhattan in Largest Climate March in History!

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This Polish Town is 100% Powered by Renewable Energy!

This Polish Town is 100% Powered by Renewable Energy!

The town of Kisielice in Poland is 100 percent powered by renewable energy! In recognition of its achievement, the town has just been awarded a European Commission ManagEnergy Award…

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Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From Around the World!

Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From Around the…

This past Friday parking spots across the States and around the world turned over a green leaf as pop-up public parks for Park(ing) Day 2014! This annual celebration of public space is…

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Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Unveiled for Shenzen Bay

Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Unveiled for Shenzen Bay

The visionary 2,230-foot-tall mixed-use Cloud Citizen proposal was created in response to the competition brief for a 170-hectare financial city district that would move the Shenzhen…

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The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners' Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners' Most Sustainable…

The Luxembourg House is tucked into a hillside in a rural area with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Oriented to take advantage of solar gain, the home faces south, but…

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Jean Nouvel Unveils Plans for Nature-Filled National Art Museum of China

Jean Nouvel Unveils Plans for Nature-Filled National Art Museum of…

Nouvel's nearly 33-acre museum will be seven times larger than the current institution located near the Forbidden City and will be built in collaboration with the Beijing Institute of…

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