David Chipperfield Wins Competition to Design Sophisticated New Nobel Center in Stockholm

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Scientists Find that Nanoparticles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA

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The makeup, sunscreen and clothing and that you wear every single day could possibly be damaging your DNA, according to a new study from MIT. Nanoparticles like zinc oxide and nanoscale silver, used by manufacturers to kill microbes, extend shelf life or enhance texture, have been shown to be toxic to cells. These particles produce free radicals which can accumulate in the body and cause harm to DNA.

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Herzog & de Meuron Wins Bid to Design Nature-Infused Hospital in Denmark

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Electric Car Sales Are Growing More Than 100 Percent Every Year

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Electric car sales continue to improve every year as more and more models hit the market and consumers begin to adopt the technology. A recent report shows that EV sales are currently growing at a rate of more than 100 percent a year. In 2010 only 25,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold around the world, but by the end of 2011 80,000 electric vehicles were sold. In 2012, 200,000 electric vehicles were sold – and just last year 405,000 EVs found homes globally.

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Tunisia Battles to Save Famous Star Wars Set from Encroaching Desertification

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Remember Luke Skywalker’s home in Tatooine that was lovingly restored by fans? It’s currently one of several Star Wars sites threatened by desertification in Tunisia. In order to address the problem, this week Tunisia’s tourism ministry announced a new international fundraising campaign aimed at saving sets used in the Star Wars films before they are destroyed forever by the encroaching desert.

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Tiny Human-Powered Wheely's Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun

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Tiny Moose Road Residence Frames Stunning Views of Ukiah Valley in California

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Morimondo 23: Renovated Milan Factory Wrapped in a Concrete 'Barcode' Facade

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Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

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State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called Apparatus X, will have a “green wall” for food, a rainwater collection/filtration system, and an array of solar panels. It will be completely expandable, able to convert an empty lot into a construction site. It will also include a design studio and tool storage. Currently, the team is raising the finances required to build the project. Apparatus X is already sponsored by IBM and Boeing, but the main source of funds will be a campaign on Indiegogo, which launched on April 2nd. Although the team is currently working on the prototype, they’re envisioning an entire fleet of Apparatus X vehicles in the near future. Ultimately, the team hopes to redefine disaster relief in a way that is sustainable, mobile, and effective.

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Living Green "Lost in Paris" House is Completely Enveloped by Plants

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Can’t decide on a green roof or a vertical garden? No problem, just do both! R&Sie Architects designed the aptly-named ‘Lost in Paris‘ house for an ‘urban witch’ who feeds the house through 300 glass-blown pods. A potion of rainwater and plant nutrients nourishes 1200 ferns drop-by-drop throughout the year. The houseplants are entirely hydroponic, and completely engulfing the 1400 square foot concrete home. The blanket of ferns protects the house from outside elements and regulates its inside temperature, all the while adding life and freshness to the neighborhood.

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Food Waste Fuels Vertical Farming in Chicago

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The Windy City is turning into a hotbed of sustainable urban agriculture. Entrepreneur John Edel is transforming The Plant, a 1920s era meatpacking facility in Chicago’s industrial Back of the Yards neighborhood (next to the Union Stockyards) into a net zero vertical farming operation fueled by food waste. And a huge part of that transformation involves a giant anaerobic digester that converts food waste into biogas to power and heat the four-story, 93,500 square foot red brick warehouse.

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Magnificent Gabled School Shows Great Design Doesn't Have to be Expensive in London

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This magnificent gabled structure serves as an activities center and crèche for the Wilberforce Primary School in Westminster, London. But it used to be nothing more than a dimly lit portakabin. Designed by Jonathan Tuckey Design, the timber-lined gatehouse features three skylights that provide both abundant natural daylight and ventilation. Best of all, the building was put together on a limited budget, which just goes to show – great design doesn’t have to be expensive.

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Floating East River Pool Inches Closer to Reality with Mini Float Lab

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The team behind the + Pool, a floating pool proposed for the East River, has launched a mini version of their design to test its water filtering abilities. Called the Float Lab, the model will be tested in the Hudson River and if all goes well, the + Pool team hopes to upgrade to a large-scale iteration this summer.

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Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

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With freshwater declining throughout the globe, desalination looks increasingly attractive, but current technologies are expensive, demand far too much energy and are prone to contamination. Now researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany have developed a “water chip” that creates a small electrical field that separates salt from seawater. The technology, which is still under development and works at the nano scale, uses so little energy it can run off a store-bought battery!

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U.S. Navy Converts Seawater into Jet Fuel Using ‘Game Changing’ Technology

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United States Navy scientists claim they have successfully developed a method of converting seawater into jet fuel. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory developed a technology that extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater and then converts these gases into a hydrocarbon liquid fuel. Sorcery you say? Well, the scientists haven’t just produced the fuel, they’ve also used it to power a miniature radio-controlled flying jet.

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Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

Upper Manhattan Could Soon Be Getting Its First Protected Bike Lane

The New York City Department of Transportation wants to give Upper Manhattan bikers a helping hand with a whole new set of bike lanes, as well as the area’s first protected bike lane…

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices…

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial…

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BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in…

The Everyman is a culturally important hub for Liverpool, capturing the creativity and community engagement that makes the theater a vital building. Originally housed in a converted…

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New 103,000-Sq-Ft LEED-Certified Manny Cantor Center and Gym Opens on the Lower East Side

New 103,000-Sq-Ft LEED-Certified Manny Cantor Center and Gym Opens on…

“The Manny Cantor Center’s state-of-the-art facilities have the incredible opportunity to serve the Lower East Side community in a way that speaks to its enormously diverse,…

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LOT-EK Proposes Resilient DUNE CO-HABITAT to Defend Against Flooding in the Rockaways

LOT-EK Proposes Resilient DUNE CO-HABITAT to Defend Against Flooding…

DUNE CO-HABITAT combines ecological design into a public and semi-public open space network to create an environment for people and marine life to coexist. To protect the community from…

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