In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “the criminal culprit” responsible for increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component in of Sichuan cuisine, but local residents have been banned from home-smoking pork this year as smog worsens in the region. Those who decide to stick with the traditional cooking method will face a fine equivalent to $800.
Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter came up with a design for modern small houses for those who might not have the budget for traditional architectural services. Custom-designed plans for Micropolis houses are affordable, and can also work for small offices, art studios, and guest quarters. The plans can be purchased from the architect herself and used to build your own small home.
Architecture firm Ralph Germann completed a modern home nestled near a lakeside in the Vallée de Joux, a Swiss valley famous for its unspoiled countryside and bitterly cold winters. The architects protected the home from the region’s harsh winter climate by wrapping the structure in an anthracite metallic shell—a material that alludes to the valley’s industrial identity as the birthplace of Swiss horology. The ribbed metal facade is complemented by generous amounts of larch cladding, which gives the home a cozy feel.
Get those shovels ready, New York. According to the National Weather Service, NYC is about to get clobbered with the first major snowstorm of 2015 and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a big one. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the upcoming storm, which is expected to start on Monday, as what could be “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city.”
Chicago-based textile sculptor and artist Lana Crooks makes tiny soft sculptures from hand-dyed wool and silk that look both beautiful and creepy at the same time. These antique-like pieces combine fabric with anatomically accurate bird and insect skulls. She will be showcasing her most recent work next month at the Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco.
Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!
You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.
Last year was not only the hottest year on record, but the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has just released a terrifying chart showing a sharp increase in the temperature of the world’s oceans. The graph outlines ocean temperatures since 1960, illustrating that the effects of global warming go beyond air temperature. In fact, the waters have warmed so quickly over the past 30 years, NOAA scientists have had to consistently retool their ocean heat charts to convey temperature increases.
If you love the tall vaulted ceilings and abundant natural light characteristic of gothic cathedrals, prepare to be enthralled by this church-inspired home in Sweden. Designed by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture, the Villa Bondö boasts breathtaking lakeside views through an extruded gable with a fully glazed end wall. The timber-clad structure was built to plus energy standards and includes eco-friendly materials and an LED lighting system.
Architect and farmer, Patrick Bradley, has managed to combine his two professions by designing the brilliant Grillagh Water House, an amazingly sophisticated and sustainable country retreat set on the architect's own land. Located in the picturesque Northern Ireland countryside, Bradley constructed the entire second floor of his home out of four repurposed shipping containers, creating a perfect example of how cost effective design and sustainable architecture doesn't have to mean forgoing style.
Who do David Bowie, Richard Branson and Mick Jagger call when they need decorating advice? Why interior designer Linda Garland, of course. But despite Garland's decidedly posh aesthetic and clientele, her true passion is located in the rustic bamboo and coconut forests of Bali, at a place called the Panchoran Retreat. Garland designed the pristine getaway, which is characterized by its fantasy villas, sparkling waterfalls and sumptuous organic gardens, with sustainability in mind, using both the bamboo that grows wild in the area as well as old telephone poles purchased from the local government.
What do you get when you cross a solar-powered LED lantern with a foldable pop-up box? The Solarpuff, that’s what! Created by the good people at Solight, this lightweight, portable, solar-powered LED lantern is designed to be an economical off-grid lighting solution for the developing world where access to electricity is limited, as well as a viable emergency response lighting solution during crisis situations.
You might think that the last stop for old NYC subway cars is deep in Brooklyn or at the edge of the Bronx, but the truth is actually much more interesting. Photographer Stephen Mallon has spent the last three years tracking decommissioned cars as they are sent to their watery graves at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. But the story doesn't just end there -- the train carcasses find a new life on the sea floor as artificial reefs, helping to bolster marine life along the East Coast.
A few weeks ago we showed you stupefying photos of a group of highliners suspended on a hand-knitted hammock in a Moab canyon. This time highliners in the Italian Alps are posting some incredible shots of themselves in hammocks attached to tightropes and camped out hundreds of feet above ground. This crazy event happened during the international Highline Meeting Festival—where “slackers”, as they call themselves, spent a good part of their days and nights, enjoying amazing views and taking pretty cool selfies to share online.
The opportunity to buy Google Glass is now past. The test drive is over. The beta install has expired. The free trial membership has ended. The testing phase of the product development life cycle has come to a close, and Google Glass has graduated. Early adopters who already scored a pair are probably wondering what will happen next. Read on to find out.
An evil queen's castle is ensconced in clouds. The haunted forest is where magical trees grow tall. Moss-covered boulders hold the answers you seek. Brothers Grimm’s Wanderings is the second in a series of photographs by German landscape photographer Kilian Schönberger intended to bring to life the ethereal landscapes of Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Schönberger's latest photographic work a continuation of his earlier work, Brothers Grimm’s Homeland.