OVA Studio Transforms Shipping Containers into Modular, Jenga-Like Urban Farming Ecosystem

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OVA Studio just unveiled plans for the Hive-Inn™ City Farm, a modular farming structure that aims to bring fresh and locally grown greens to urban centers. Constructed out of shipping containers stacked together like a colorful tower of Jenga blocks, the vertical farm acts as an ecosystem, in which each shipping container is designed for a specific function, from food and energy production to water and waste recycling. Similar to the funding scheme proposed in OVA Studio’s previous Jenga-like project, each unit can be owned or rented by local restaurants, private kitchens, or major organic brands. OVA Studio is currently looking for worldwide investors and developers to help bring their conceptual design to the next phase.

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Miami's New Science Museum to Feature an Incredible 500,000 Gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium

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Tesla's $35,000 Model III Electric Car is Coming in 2017 With a 200-Mile Range

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Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the automaker’s latest sedan will be called the Model III when it goes on sale in 2017. Both cheaper and smaller than the Model S, the Tesla Model III (or the easier to read “Model 3″) is expected to come with a price tag of around $35,000.

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Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

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Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is reporting that Q2 investment spiked 33 percent from Q1 and is up 9 percent compared to Q2 last year. Renewable energy investment topped $63 billion — making this the strongest second quarter since 2012 when investment reached $69.6 billion. The all-time record quarter for clean energy investment was 2011′s Q2, which amounted to $78 billion.

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The California Drought is Costing the State Over $2 Billion and 17,000 Jobs

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It’s no secret that California is in the midst of a devastating drought, but a new report is putting actual numbers on the problem, and the results are not good. This year alone, California stands to lose over 17,000 jobs and $2.2 billion dollars in revenue because of the water shortage. And while mother nature is partially responsible, the report reveals that local governments and farmers carry more than just a little of the blame.

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La Luge is a Flexible Holiday Home Nestled in the Countryside of Quebec

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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

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Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an “Ocean Cleanup Array” which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world’s oceans. Although his idea received criticism from some quarters, a year-long feasibility study concluded that the idea will work. Not just that—it could potentially remove half the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within a decade. The last 12 months have been a whirlwind for the young inventor; he’s given talks around the world and conducted tests in The Azores. We sat down with Boyan Slat to ask him about his inspiration, dealing with criticism and what the future holds for the Ocean Cleanup Array.

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Foster & Partners' Beautiful Green Renovation of Berlin's Old Reichstag Parliament Building

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Titan 1: The Fastest, Tallest Print, High Res SLA 3D Printer on the Market is Now Available

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3D printing has the potential to become a staple in green living. It can reduce packaging waste, allows for the reuse of printing materials, and enables designers and architects the ability to test prototypes before building, which can help decrease the amount of waste created by redesigns. So how can 3D printing do all of this? Consumers can print goods in their own homes, eliminating the waste generated by packaging and shipping. It also reduces the amount of fuel used to transport and deliver goods due to the fact that blueprints for desired items are available online, or are created by the consumer. With the Titan 1, these items can be created more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

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Have You Seen the 19th Century Log Cabins Twitter Installed at its San Francisco Headquarters?

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Employees at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters now have a chance to tap their creativity inside repurposed 19th century log cabins. Olle Lundberg Design helped the tech company install two homesteader cabins salvaged from historic ranches in Montana. The cabins now reside in an open area in the headquarters, and they’ll serve as a creativity-inducing dining area.

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Atlanta's 'Emerald Necklace' Beltline Was a Grad Student's Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

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DIY Summer Craft Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

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Presentation Says Cheap Gas is a Lie, Despite Industry Claims

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On June 6th, Fred Heutte’s presentation to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Natural Gas Advisory Committee blew away idea of abundant, cheap natural gas like a compressor station blow-down. Through the use of diagrams from places like the Energy Information Administration, Heutte dismisses conventional claims of energy independence; low-cost and production growth of shale gas up to and beyond 2040; liquified natural gas export terminals; and shale gas replacement of coal and oil for both transport and electricity generation.

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Hulger Launches First Drop Top Lamp Shade to Match Energy-Efficient Plumen Light Bulbs

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Design brand Hulger just introduced the latest addition to their award-winning, energy-efficient lighting family: the Plumen Drop Top Lamp Shade (A). Made from mouth-blown glass, the Drop Top is Hulger’s first lampshade designed with the Plumen 001 in mind. The tinted and transparent shade flares out in an A-line shape to flatter the pear-shaped Plumen 001 bulb and direct light downwards. The shades can be purchased separately in one of three colors–amber, black, or white.

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

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It’s frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn’t have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But surely this clever ape can figure out how to tap our watery planet’s vast oceans? We can’t drink saltwater, of course, but doesn’t desalination offer tantalizing potential? We already do it in some of the world’s driest spots, but in general, it’s still an expensive proposition, fraught with environmental disaster. But even as we humans struggle to meet the freshwater challenge in a sustainable way, nature is busy doing it. Every day, tide in and tide out, fueled by sunshine and emitting nothing more than sea salt. How do they do it? Find out in todays entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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Housetrike Bike Camper is a Tiny Shelter on Wheels That Empowers the Homeless

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