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Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

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As the world’s population continues to skyrocket and cities strain under the increased demand for resources, skyscraper farms offer an inspired approach towards creating sustainable vertical density. One of three finalists in this year’s Evolo Skyscraper Competition Eric Vergne’s Dystopian Farm project envisions a future New York City interspersed with elegantly spiraling biomorphic structures that will harness cutting-edge technology to provide the city with its own self-sustaining food source.

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Living Moss Carpet Adds a Touch of Green to Your Bathroom

by , 08/24/14

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There’s nothing like the feeling of fresh cut grass under the toes, especially when stepping out of the shower. This Moss Carpet by Nguyen La Chanh brings the outside indoors in an unconventionally natural way by placing it underfoot. The lush green lawn thrives in humid environments, which makes your bathroom a perfect place to grow.

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Cambodian Garment Workers Die While Making Clothes for Big Brands like Old Navy and Gap

by , 08/24/14
filed under: Ecouterre

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Labor-rights group IndustriAll Global Union recently reported that two Cambodian garment workers have died from exhaustive working conditions–making 2014 the first year that garment workers have died on the job. The labor group blames the garment factories, which manufacture clothes for major Western brands such as Old Navy and Gap, for forcing the workers into long overtime hours for meager pay in unsafe conditions. Poor working conditions and chronic malnutrition due to “poverty pay” have also been blamed for mass faintings in the past.

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Falling Fruit Guides You to Local Fruit That You Can Forage

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It’s harvest season! The trees are overladed with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from trees on publicly accessible land for free? To make things easy, nonprofit Falling Fruit has created a map that guides you to all of the delicious fruit out there just ready for the taking. With over 600,000 locations, there’s bound to be something in your neck of the woods:

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Airbus Unveils Incredible Design for a Transparent Plane

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If you’re a jet-setter who feels that air travel has lost some of its luster, then put your seat back in its upright position and get ready for a thrilling ride. Aerospace company Airbus has just announced that in the future, their planes will not only mimic the flight efficiency of a bird’s skeleton, but that the cabin walls will also be see-through! Although the new design may alarm those with a fear of flying and/or vertigo, the less faint-of-heart are sure find the prospect of soaring through the sky in a transparent plane quite enthralling.

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New Wetsuit Helps Prevent Shark Attacks by Deterring Sharks and Hiding Swimmers

by , 08/23/14
filed under: Animals, biomimicry, Ecouterre

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If you like swimming in the ocean, but you aren’t so fond of shark attacks, get your beach gear ready. Scientists in Australia have created shark-deterrent wetsuits that keep the sharks at bay. One is a camouflage to hide you from sharks and the other actually repels sharks by signaling that you are not a tasty snack. And even though shark attacks are rare, the peace of mind while playing in the sea might be worth the cost alone.

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A BRILLIANT STORAGE IDEA: Staircase Drawers

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Here’s a brilliant idea that leaves us wondering – why didn’t we think of this first? Despite our penchant for 2-in-1 furniture, we’ve never seen anything quite like this before. Regardless of attempts to be organized in the modern world, most of us continue to be ashamed of one (or eight, in my case) junk drawers around the house- black holes filled with old receipts, pens, and random trinkets. But now you can flaunt your junk drawer with Unicraft Joinery’s simple yet brilliant under-the-staircase drawer solution.

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The Ryno Electric Unicycle is a One-Wheeled Muscle Machine

by , 08/23/14

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If you love turning heads when you take a ride around town, then the Ryno electric unicycle is probably for you. Designer Chris Hoffmann had his eyes set on the Segway crowd when he started work on the Ryno, and he has come up with quite the interesting looking one-wheeled auto. The cost for a pre-production Ryno is a whopping $25,000 and Hoffmann already has five orders, but he expects the market model to cost about $3,500. The production model will have a top speed of 25 mph, a range of up to 30 miles and an impressive 25-inch thick tire. Hit the jump for video proof of this gadget in action!

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University's School of Design

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Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

by , 08/23/14
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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

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Snøhetta's Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

by , 08/22/14

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Crystal Clear Solar Panels Could Turn Your iPhone Into an Energy Generator

by , 08/22/14

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Today’s smartphones are dominated by their screens – and researchers just unveiled a new type of 100% transparent solar panel that could turn displays, windows, and other transparent surfaces into clean energy generators. Vice Motherboard reports that Michigan State University has come up with a crystal clear solar concentrator that can be integrated into anything with a clear surface – from the window of your house to the screen on your smartphone – to gather energy without blocking the view.

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Engineering Students Create the World's First Unstealable Bike

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Chances are that if you do a lot of bike commuting, you’ve had a cycle or two (or three) stolen. Three engineering students in Chile got sick of replacing their own stolen bikes, so they decided to do something about it. The result is the Yerka Project: A bike that the inventors say is impossible to steal. Good news for bike riders, bad news for thieves.

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

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Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

  Sod provided an insulating layer to rooftops and walls in these northerly places, representing the most efficient and sustainable approach to building in the environmental…

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library…

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally…

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Florentijn Hofman's Famous Oversized Rubber Duck Joins the Tall Ships Festival in Los Angeles

Florentijn Hofman's Famous Oversized Rubber Duck Joins the Tall Ships…

The giant Rubber Duck is back! Florentijn Hofman’s oversized bath toy is continuing to make its rounds, and its latest port of call is in Los Angeles! The world-famous float is making…

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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the…

Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC's visionary skyscrapers bring agriculture and greenery back to the urban fabric in a big way. Inspired by the…

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of…

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing…

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