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Apr 26, 2017

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Explosion of color takes over an abandoned Puerto Rican factory

Apr 26, 2017: An artist’s brilliance breathes new life into a desolate tobacco factory in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Bright sprays and colorful drips have seemingly exploded all over the factory’s formerly lifeless walls in local artist Sofia Maldonado’s eye-popping intervention, Kalaña. Created as part of Cromática: Caguas a Color, the community engagement piece transformed the building into a piece of art and new home to educational workshops, presentations, and other artistic events. Puerto Rican...

Cameron Sinclair joins Airbnb to provide housing for 100,000 displaced people

Apr 25, 2017: Airbnb wants to provide temporary housing for 100,000 people, and to help reach that goal, the home-sharing service has put together a team lead by designer and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair.

Giant ski slope to top green-roofed civic center in Beijing

Apr 25, 2017: The next time you visit Beijing you may want to get your sled ready. China’s ever-evolving capital will soon be home to a stunning new civic center topped with an artificial snow-covered slope perfect for skiing and sledding. Designed by architect Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, the civic center, called the China World Trade Center Phase 3C, will merge energy efficient principles with mixed-use programming that accommodates the arts, outdoor recreation, and even organic farming. Set for completion...

SunPower to Supply Equipment Solutions to Global Solar Power Plant Market

Apr 25, 2017: SAN JOSE, CA  --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- SunPower announced today that it now offers the fully-integrated SunPower® Oasis® Power Plant platform directly to solar power plant developers and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) providers through a newly formed SunPower® Solutions business unit. SunPower Solutions enables developers and EPCs to benefit from SunPower's extensive experience…

Mercedes takes on the Tesla Powerwall with a new battery for buildings

Apr 25, 2017: Tesla's Powerwall has reigned supreme in home energy storage, but now they've got some competition from Mercedes-Benz. Last year Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, started developing home energy storage units. Over the weekend they announced they are beginning to deliver the units to businesses and homes in Germany.

Artist builds incredible stained-glass cabin in the middle of the woods

Apr 25, 2017: Related: + Neile Cooper Via This is Colossal Neile Cooper, Glass Cabin, repurposed windows, repurposed building materials, cabin design, stained glass cabin, tiny living, tiny home, tiny glass cabin,…

Disturbing photoshoot imagines our meals in a climate change-induced dystopia

Apr 25, 2017: If oodles of overwhelming studies doesn't prove that climate change is real, perhaps a stark look into our future food supply might just do the trick. Photographer Allie Wist has created a bleak photo series, Flooded, Related: Quebec food waste program to rescue 30.8 million pounds of food + Allie Wist Via Gizmodo Allie Wist, Flooded photography series, climate change effects, food shortage, global food shortage, climate change, dystopia, starvation, global climate effect...

MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall

Apr 25, 2017: Related: MUJI unveils trio of tiny prefab homes that can pop up almost anywhere + Muji Muji Hut, tiny house, tiny huts, prefab tiny homes, transportable huts, muji cabins,…

The sweet moment California got a record 50% of its electricity from solar

Apr 25, 2017: California is showing the awesome potential of scaled-up solar power to provide the United States and the world with clean, renewable electricity. For three hours on March 11 the state got 50 percent of its electricity from solar -- 40 percent from large-scale solar power pants and 10 percent from distributed solar installations on homes and businesses.

UK tests cheaper, longer-lasting roads made with recycled plastic

Apr 25, 2017: Around 24.8 million miles of roads crisscross the surface of Earth. But the polluting industry draws on oil to lay the roads. Engineer Toby McCartney came up with a solution to those roads and the growing problem of plastic pollution: plastic roads. His company, MacRebur, lays roads that are as much as 60 percent stronger than asphalt roads and last around 10 times longer.

World's first mobile recycling plant turns trash into tiles

Apr 25, 2017: What to do with all the trash we generate is a pressing problem all over the world, but it's harder for isolated communities to recycle their trash. Taiwan-based architecture studio Miniwiz designed an environmentally friendly solution: TRASHPRESSO, an mobile recycling plant that can travel around the planet to bring recycling to far-flung communities.

Plastic-eating caterpillar could revolutionize waste treatment

Apr 25, 2017: Spanish researchers have discovered that the wax worm, a caterpillar known for munching on the wax within beehives, is able to devour and biodegrade polyethylene plastic, converting it into a form of alcohol found in antifreeze. Federica Bertocchini, a scientist at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria, first uncovered the worm’s unique abilities by chance, when she attempted to clean up a wax worm infestation in one of her home beehives. She placed the worms...

The funniest signs we spotted at the March for Science

Apr 25, 2017: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Saturday’s March for Science, a series of rallies and marches held on Earth Day. Held in over 500 places across the world, the “celebration of science” was organized and attended by individuals advocating the use of evidence-based policy making in all levels of government, with climate change a major issue of interest. President Donald Trump administration’s recent budget cuts to major environment-related programs and his perceived hostility...

Decrepit freight depot reborn as industrial-chic food lovers paradise in Malm

Apr 25, 2017: Swedish architects Wingårdh dramatically transformed a roofless freight depot into an industrial-chic market hall in Malmö, Sweden. The adaptive reuse and expansion project combines old bricks with Corten steel for a modern look that still pays homage to the 19th century building’s industrial roots. Located on Gibraltargatan, the 1,500-square-meter Malmö Market Hall caters to 20 stalls and cafes that celebrate the city’s melting-pot culture with its diversity of food. Clients Nina...

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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Hacienda San Jose Lavista is a fairytale retreat in San Miguel Allende

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Zaha Hadid Architects turn an old fire station into a sparkling port headquarters for Antwerp

Apr 24, 2017: The new Port House in Antwerp was created as a “sustainable and future-proof workplace” replacement for the former 1990s offices scattered around the city that had housed the port’s 500 staff. The need for expansion and consolidation came as no surprise—Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping port, transporting more than 200 million tonnes of goods via the ocean-going vessels and providing direct employment for over 60,000 people. The City and Port authorities selected a historic disused...

Tesla is doubling its Supercharger network by the end of the year to 10,000 chargers

Apr 24, 2017: With the Model 3 release mere months away, Tesla is vowing to double its charging network. Right now, there are over 5,000 Superchargers globally, and by the end of the year, Tesla will have more than 10,000 chargers - plenty of juice for the growing Tesla fleet.

Lithium-ion batteries made from recycled glass bottles store almost 4x more energy

Apr 24, 2017: A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four times more energy and can last much longer than conventional batteries. This could mean significantly fewer charges for laptops, cell phones and electric cars. The team, led by Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, asked themselves whether silicon dioxide found in waste...

Britain sees first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution

Apr 24, 2017: For the first time since Thomas Edison opened the first power station in London in 1882, Great Britain functioned without any coal-fired power plants last Friday. The milestone marks the first continuous 24-hour period without coal since the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t the first time Britain has gone without coal for a significant chunk of the day, but before this, 19 hours was the longest continuous time that coal power was able to go offline. Instead of coal, National Grid...

First civilian jetpack gives humans the power of flight

Apr 24, 2017: Most of us have dreamed about flying. Now company JetPack Aviation is making those dreams reality. They've designed "the only true JetPack," the JB10, and it packs a powerful punch. Humans can soar up to 10,000 feet in the air at speeds of 68 miles per hour with the futuristic technology.

Trump is switching off the EPA's invaluable public data service

Apr 24, 2017: President Donald Trump's war on science and the environment continues as his administration is set to switch off the Environmental Protection Agency's Open Data Web site this week. The data service is the United States government's largest civilian-linked data tool, according to The Independent, and offers information open to researchers on the climate, health, and environment.

CO2 levels just reached 410 ppm - the highest in millions of years

Apr 24, 2017: Remember when carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million (ppm)? That's number's old news now - concentrations just reached 410 ppm for the first time in millions of years. Scientists warn the increasing levels of carbon dioxide will only go down when we reduce our carbon emissions.

REMINDER: Today is your chance to score a free organic mattress from My Green Mattress

Apr 24, 2017: Avoiding toxic chemicals in food, bath products, and home cleaning supplies is the start to maintaining a healthy home, but toxins might be lurking where you least suspect them: in your mattress. The scary reality is conventional mattresses are doused with flame-retardants containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are linked to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, and even cancer. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, with our faces, nostrils, and lungs just above our mattresses, so...

Apple announces plans to make all products from recycled materials

Apr 23, 2017: Apple is redefining how we make gadgets after announcing that it plans to close the loop on using raw materials. We tend not to realize how damaging our electronic devices are for the environment, but between mining for materials and the toxic effects when we dump them, they are bad news for the planet. Apple starting tackling the problem last year with its recycling efforts and now the electronics giant wants to only use recycled materials in its devices.  …

Scientists will attempt to be the first to drill into Earth's mantle

Apr 23, 2017: A group of scientists wants to plumb the Earth for one of its last secrets. Researchers from Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology say they plan to be the first to successfully drill into the mantle, that is, the region sandwiched between the planet's outer crust and its inner core. Although the mantel makes up about 80 percent of the Earth's mass, much of it remains a mystery. "We don't know the exact [composition] of the mantle yet," researcher Natsue Abe, who works for JAMSTEC,...

Elon Musk's latest company aims to make us cyborgs within the next four years

Apr 23, 2017: Elon Musk must have had a bunch of spare time, because he is now CEO of a third company: Neuralink. The San Francisco-based startup says on their website they are "developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers." Basically, Musk wants us all to be cyborgs. Related: If you really want to dig more into the project, Tim Urban of Wait But Why wrote a 36,000-word explanation. About the piece, Musk said on Twitter, "Difficult to dedicate the time,...

This man spent 36 years carving through mountains to bring water to his village

Apr 22, 2017:   In 1959, the small village of Caowangba in China’s Guizhou Province had a problem – a drought had dried up all the nearby water sources, and residents were forced to rely on a single well for drinking water. Even that single well was faltering, sometimes leaving the people of the town without enough water to go around. Worse yet, the town’s single rice paddy had dried up, making it hard for residents to access enough food. Something had to be done. But rather than give up and move...

Amber-tinted glass clads Gienckes extraordinary concert hall in Latvia

Apr 22, 2017: Liepaja, Latvia is making great strides in its efforts to construct a central cultural district for its residents. The centerpiece for this area is the stunning Great Amber Concert Hall, designed by Volker Giencke, whose walls are made of sparkling amber-colored glass. The cylindrical design of the hall is just as striking and inspirational as the events which occur inside. At the heart of the building lies the Great Hall, a venue which can hold up to 1000 guests for performances by the resident...

Incredible 'Sea Organ' uses ocean waves to make beautiful music

Apr 22, 2017: Croatian architect Nikola Bašić was tired his war-destroyed home of Zadar being rebuilt with drab concrete structures so he decided to bring a little music back to the town. The architect's incredible nature-based instrument, the Sea Organ, is a set of 35 organ pipes installed in the town's marble jetty that make beautiful music as the waves lap at the coastline. Photo by Lisa/Flickr Installed in the large marble steps leading into the Adriatic Sea, the 230-foot-long sea organ, or Morske...

Why scientists are marching in over 400 cities today

Apr 22, 2017: Tomorrow scientists will march on Washington, D.C. and over 400 locations around the world. While organizers say the march was inspired by the success of the January 21 Women's March, they also emphasize their event is nonpartisan. Their march is a celebration and about "the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world." Related: Trump inspires 400 scientists to run for office…

VIDEO: Self-flying electric car successfully takes its maiden voyage

Apr 21, 2017: Forget the flying cars you've seen in sci-fi movies because the air transportation of the future is going to be way better than we imagined, and it is here today. Lilium Aviation has unveiled their all-electric, self-flying car. There are quite a few flying car prototypes driving, er, flying around right now, but Lilium sets itself apart with its electric engine and vertical takeoff, which the company successfully tested for the first time this week.

Apples stunning spaceship campus revealed in new drone footage

Apr 21, 2017: Apple’s beautiful new campus nears completion and employees are set to move in this month. Videographer Duncan Sinfield’s got the latest visual scoop on the tech giant’s “spaceship” campus—officially named Apple Park—with his stunning drone footage of ongoing construction and a special nighttime close-up of the building interior. Hit the jump for the newest sneak peek into Apple’s futuristic campus. Drone pilot Sinfield has consistently provided the public with monthly...

Tel Aviv's Gran Mediterraneo Tower blooms with with a lush vertical garden

Apr 21, 2017: Gran Mediterraneo combines different programs, including apartments, a hotel, an automated car park, public charging station, farming and public gardens, co-working spaces and spas. The automated public car park will operate as the first induction charging station for public and shared electric driverless vehicles in the city. Related: Bordeaux’ Canopia tower will be one of the tallest timber frame structures in the world The tower aims to renew the Tel Aviv skyline with its 'Unesco proclaimed...

England's craziest traffic roundabout will make your head spin

Apr 21, 2017: Related: LA’s most dangerous intersection made safer with innovative crosswalk “scramble” + Via Boing Boing Magic Roundabout, complicated roundabouts, roundabout rules, driving roudabouts, Swindon, England, english roundabouts, Swindon Magic Roundabouts,…

Elegant bamboo bridge adds unexpected beauty to ancient Chinese town

Apr 21, 2017: Most bridges are boring pieces of infrastructure, but Chinese design firm Mimesis Architecture Studio breaks the mold with a hybrid bamboo bridge that adds sculptural beauty to China’s Jiangsu Province. Spanning Lake Taihu in Dingshu Town, the 100-meter-long Wuxi Harbor Bridge is a visual delight with its latticed bamboo structures that frame the road and reference the region’s ancient cultural heritage. Primarily known as the “China Clay Capital” for the rare purple clay found...

Deadly new bird flu strain could lead to devastating pandemic

Apr 21, 2017: You probably haven't thought about the bird flu in a couple of years, but a new strain that resurfaced in China has the potential to be pandemic. The H7N9 virus only caused mild illness in poultry until recently; a genetic change means the new strain is deadly for birds and humans. This new strain has led to more human deaths than any others in any season since H7N9 was detected in people four years ago. Related: 162 people perished from H7N9 between last September and March 1.

This gorgeous greenhouse-like home in the Netherlands soaks up daylight

Apr 21, 2017: This light-filled countryside villa in the Netherlands is a combination of a thatched cottage and glass greenhouse. Lochem-based Maas Architecten conceived the house as two contrasting volumes– one opaque, timber-clad, and the other as a transparent glass structure. The Modern Countryside Villa, located on the edge of the town of Berlicum in the Dutch province of North Brabant, has an H-shaped plan with contrasting wings that house different amenities. The timber-clad volume accommodates...

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Apr 20, 2017: Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable greenhouse filled with over 200 living specimens (it sort of…

Elon Musk just announced plans to launch a Tesla pickup truck

Apr 20, 2017: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/852580027178696704…

Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch Announce Dedication of 52MW Solar Farm

Apr 20, 2017: HAZLEHURST,GA--(eSolarEnergyNews) --Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), and Silicon Ranch, one of the nation's largest independent solar power producers, today officially dedicated a 52-Megawatt (MWAC) solar energy plant in Jeff Davis County, Georgia. The 480-acre facility features technology that allows more than 630,000 solar…

This amazing light-filled tiny house packs big style for just $35k

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Living out of a van has never looked this good

Apr 20, 2017: Related: Amazing DIY van conversion boasts a wood-burning stove and chimney + Via Treehugger Van conversion, van living, tiny home, tiny home on wheels, living in a van, van design, van renovation, home on wheels, van life,…

Times Square now has double the public space

Apr 20, 2017: The most visited destination in the United States now has double the public space—an amazing feat unimaginable just ten years ago. When New York City temporarily closed part of Broadway Street at Times Square to traffic and created a pedestrian plaza in 2009, many dismissed the experiment as foolish. But the removal of cars in favor of public space proved an incredible success and with the pilot project turned permanent, Times Square was forever reinvented. Today, the city announced the official...

New plastic garbage patch discovered in Arctic Ocean

Apr 20, 2017: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn't the only place where plastic pollution is gathering in the world's oceans. An international team of scientists recently discovered a new garbage patch in the Greenland and Barents seas north of Norway. Between 100 and 1200 tons of plastic have concentrated there, threatening wildlife already grappling with climate change.

Scotland's latest wind farm will help fund 500 new affordable homes

Apr 20, 2017: Scotland's Berwickshire Housing Association wants to capture the wind. By launching a new wind farm in the Scottish Borders, and selling the power to the National Grid, the charitable organization hopes to generate enough revenue to allow it to build 500 affordable homes over the next 25 years. Dubbed Fishermen Three, the 7.5-megawatt project at Hoprigshiels in Cockburnspath is a joint effort between BHA and the equally philanthropic Community Energy Scotland. Via the Guardian Photos...

Scientists discover Antarctica is covered in rivers

Apr 20, 2017:   For decades, scientists have known that summertime brings liquid meltwater to Antarctica’s ice sheets. But until now, they’ve had no idea just how extensive the continent’s network of rivers, streams, ponds, and waterfalls really is. A new analysis by scientists at  Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found that warmer months cause far more extensive melting than previously thought.   That could be a problem as global temperatures continue...

ExxonMobil wants a sanctions waiver for Russian oil project

Apr 20, 2017: The United States imposed sanctions on Russia back in 2014 after Moscow annexed Crimea. But it appears oil giant ExxonMobil would like to make an exception in the sanctions for their own profit. They're seeking a sanctions waiver to pursue drilling in the Black Sea with Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft. It seems U.S. sanctions are just too inconvenient for ExxonMobil. Related:…