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England's First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

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Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design England’s first floating village. London Mayor Boris Johnson revealed a consortium including Carillion Igloo Genesis and Buro Happold who will together transform 15 acres of water just east of the Emirates Airline.

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

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Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As you can imagine, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and described his ideal version of the future that he’d like Musk to make happen. Funnily enough, it sounded a lot like Nicola Tesla’s vision. More fascinating and hilarious details after the jump!

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One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

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BORTOLOTTO's Daylit King's Cross House Combines Sculptural Interiors With Energy Efficiency

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels

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Sea levels are rising, floods are prevalent, and cities are at greater risk than ever due to climate change. Now that we’ve accepted these facts, it’s time to design and build more resilient structures. Koen Olthuis, one of the most forward-thinking and innovative architects out there, has a solution for rising sea levels. His solution: Embrace the water by incorporating it into our cities; creating resilient buildings and infrastructure that can handle extreme flooding, heavy rains, and higher water. Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio.nl have been showing coastal communities the benefits of building on the water. With countries like the Maldives and Kiribati having to build oceanside or move in order to escape rising sea levels, New York learning to battle storm surges, and Jakarta dealing with massive flooding, embracing water may be our only option for survival. We chatted with Olthuis about how coastal cities can become more resilient in the face of change—read on for our interview!

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

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Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and their incredible advisory council want to see your vision – enter today!

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

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Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which assume a characteristic striped pattern, are normally discarded. Upcycling is the starting point of the project, but the end result is a layered-reading furniture. The colorful geometric pattern created by the woods that cover the wings call to mind the typical African decorative motifs used to paint the walls of the houses. Soninke is the name of a major African language. Besides, looking at the violent colors of the slats, we notice that they are often poured, sprayed, splattered, suggesting a much more visual world, close to urban street art. The different thicknesses of the slats add a three-dimensional component to the texture: an important detail, which increases the artistic dimension of an object that was carefully crafted and designed with precision in matching color and thickness. Soninke is self-produced by David G Aquini, who decided to shorten the long path that the contemporary project must go through if offered to a company. Self-production allows the designer to treat each piece personally.

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Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

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Shipping Container Apartments Cause a Stir in Brookland, DC

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Shipping container homes aren’t exactly unique—they’ve been used as dwellings all over the world for decades—but they’re gaining popularity across the USA and causing quite a stir in this established DC neighborhood. The apartment buildings in this Brookland area are being created with stacked grey and blue shipping containers, which stand out in sharp contrast to the quaint homes all around it. Brookland Equity Group recently received permits to demolish an old house and build four shipping block containers in its place, and some of the neighbors are undoubtedly concerned about how the buildings fit in with the area’s aesthetic. The apartments have yet to be decorated, so perhaps once they’ve been painted and gentrified a bit, there will be less hesitation about welcoming them to the neighborhood.

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

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“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She often leads groups through Dimock and Montrose on a ‘Toxic Tour,” explaining the history of drilling and fracking in the County. Since drilling began in Northeast PA, negative health and environmental effects have been increasing, and although it’s hard to find statistics for some of the resulting problems, Vera Scroggins is the best primary source.

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Gaza Artist Turns Israeli Air Strike Smoke into Powerful Sketches

by , 07/25/14
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As the world looks on with horror at the growing civilian toll in Gaza, and Hamas and Israel consider the terms of a U.S.-proposed ceasefire, one young Palestinian architect is responding to the crisis through art. Gaza-based Tawfik Gebreel aims to send a message, in the “universal humanitarian language understood by all peoples of the world.” He is using photos of the smoke thrown up by rocket strikes and reworking the images with symbols of hope and unity.

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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

We're still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated, we've been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets, but…

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Aaron D'Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D'Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight…

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job…

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Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

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Google has added another item to its lengthy list of services, and this one is something you really wouldn’t expect. Google’s Street View cars that map roads across the world are…

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Citi Bike Could Double Its Bike-Share Fleet with Multimillion-Dollar Investment Deal

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Earlier this year, the future of NYC’s Citi Bike looked bleak after reports of "significant financial and operational issues," but a multimillion-dollar deal expected to close in a…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More…

Did you know that one out of three bites of food that Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Honeybees play a crucial role in the nation's food…

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