NCTU's Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

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Fabric Pen is a Tiny 3D Printer that Mends Clothing On-the-Go

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Lots of people carry around sewing kits and stain-removal pens for those on-the-go clothing emergencies, but how about a 3D printer that could actually mend rips or damage right on the spot? The Fabric Pen is a tiny little 3D printer that fits in a purse or backpack that allows you to scan your clothing and print out new patches of the same fabric wherever you happen to be. The “print” from the pen, part of the Electrolux Design Lab 2014, actually attaches itself to loose threads and blends right it, turning a fashion mishap into a mere memory.

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Pret-a-Loger's Home With a Skin of Solar Panels Wins Sustainability Prize at Solar Decathlon 2014

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You're Invited: Sustainable Summer Fest Heats Up Underground Dance Venue Beef Cuts This Weekend

by , 07/12/14
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Join the Ethical Writers Coalition this weekend at Beef Cuts, NYC’s newest underground electronic music venue, for a sustainable summer party of epic proportions. Venture into the newly built outdoor dance house in Bushwick and stop by the repurposed shipping container bar for an organic cocktail, local beer, clean energy drink or freshly cracked coconut. Then step onto a custom dance floor built with reclaimed wood provided by Build It Green! NYC as the best local DJs perch atop a reclaimed wood DJ booth spinning EDM beats. Make sure to work up an appetite because snacks from the Little Cupcake Bakeshop and locally-sourced, grass-fed sandwiches will also be served. 3-10PM on Saturday, July 12th. Tickets are $10 (cash only) at the door and RSVP is required: info@beefcutstudios.com.

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6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

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Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

by , 07/12/14

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By allowing Cove Point Export Terminal to be built, the U.S. would be forfeiting energy independence and committing our world to runaway climate change. Despite warnings from climate scientists and world leaders to severely reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the fossil fuel industry wants to continue their usual carbon-polluting practices by building Export Terminals and shipping liquefied natural gas (LNG) overseas to the global energy market in search of more money that they don’t need. On July 13th, citizens and environmental organizations from across the country are headed to Washington D.C., to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) offices to say “no!” to these fracked gas exports.

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Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla's 158th Birthday

by , 07/11/14

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For Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday on July 10, 2014, Elon Musk made a generous $1 million donation for a new museum at the site of the scientist’s old laboratory on Long Island. The CEO of Tesla Motors was inspired by a side-splitting Model S review featured on Matthew Inman’s The Oatmeal – Inman was the same man who saved the lab from being sold or destroyed in 2012. Keep reading to see what else is in store for the new museum.

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Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

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According to new research, eating meat might be killing you – and the planet. A new study conducted by Loma Linda University shows that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians live 20% longer than people who eat a meat-based diet. On top of that, vegetarian diets significantly reduce carbon emissions, since various studies have shown that meat production contributes anywhere from 14 to 50% of all greenhouse gasses. According to the study, vegetarian food production resulted in about a third fewer emissions than a meat-eating diet.

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Infoversum Pop-Up Cinema Sits on a Dutch Campus like Something from Outer Space

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Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum May be the First Couple to Travel to Mars

by , 07/11/14
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Long road trips can quickly turn into a nightmare for many couples, but what happens when partners are stuck with each other in a confined environment for six to eight months? That’s what  Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum face as they hope to be the first couple from Earth to travel to Mars.

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Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

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FLAP is Making Canada's Buildings Safer for Birds

by , 07/11/14

It’s estimated that between 1 and 10 migratory birds die per building, per year… and in an average city, that means a lot of bird deaths. Toronto alone has over 950,000 registered buildings, which together post a threat to over 9 million birds annually, and a recent research article found that somewhere between 100 million and 1 billion migrating birds die from colliding with buildings in North America each year. BuzzBuzz Home has reported that FLAP (Fatal Light Awareness Program) is aiming to change that, by ensuring that new buildings have bird-friendly glass installed, and older buildings are retrofitted with it.

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Erik Meldahl Wants to 3D-Print this Extraordinary Maasaica Car with Biodegradable Materials in Kenya

by , 07/11/14

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Imagine a third industrial revolution where sustainable energy and manufacturing set the standards for production of culturally-relevant cars? Maasaica is a concept from BMW that was built in the Serengeti using 3D printing technology, degradable materials and traditional handcraft. The intention with Maasaica was to create a concept that will evoke questions about how to best design a sustainable, locally produced car. Another aim was to question the methods and ideas of the conservative automotive industry. While Massaica doesn’t give all the answers, it is a step in the right direction. As designers we have a great opportunity to influence a product early in the process. However, one can also see it as we have a great responsibility to do our best to design products for a better society. That is what Massaica is about. My main inspiration came from the Maasai culture and new ways of manufacturing. The name Maasaica comes from the Latin word for the lion species in Kenya, Panthera Leo Masaica.

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

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The Mystery of New York's Original High Line Park: Why Did It Vanish?

by , 07/11/14
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When the High Line opened back in 2009, many hailed it as the first park of its kind in New York City. But did you know that another elevated park existed long before its West Side successor? The New York Times recently re-opened the case of the elevated playground, which was inaugurated 100 years ago on the Lower East Side but then vanished sometime after 1923 for an unknown reason. They’re asking for your help piecing the mystery together so if you have any information, please give them a shout.

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Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into…

Muniz first creates installations, or “paints” with materials such as sugar, peanut butter, or junk. He then photographs the piece to complete the final artwork. The photos at first…

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Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Three Italian product design students from Portugal's Matosinhos School of Art and Design have created Stallo, a set of elegant cups upcycled from glass bottles. Created as an act of…

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InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a Creepy Cottage

InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a…

The National Trust’s historic Packwood House is home to three new upcycled art installations by artist Hilary Jack. Using found materials and discarded Tudor furniture, Packwood…

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New York's Nordstrom Tower Set to Be the World's Tallest Residential Building

New York's Nordstrom Tower Set to Be the World's Tallest Residential…

It looks like New York has trumped Chicago once again. Willis Tower recently lost to One World Trade Center when the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat counted 1 WTC's spire…

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Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

Apple this week signed a development agreement with the City of Claremont, which will allow it to build its third massive solar farm in North Carolina. When finished, the 100-acre farm…

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