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Feb 28, 2017

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond

Feb 28, 2017: Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. Windpower Engineering & Development…

Prefab timber chapel pays homage to Chernobyl disaster victims

Feb 28, 2017: A chapel made almost entirely of timber has been completed in Finchley, north London in memory of the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Designed by Spheron Architects, the Belarusian Memorial Chapel will serve the estimated 5,000 people in the UK’s Belarusian diaspora community. The chapel was prefabricated offsite from timber to follow Belarus’ wooden church tradition and to reference the mostly rural areas affected by Chernobyl radiation. The 75-square-meter Belarusian...

Mid-century modernism and sustainable design meet in two desert homes

Feb 28, 2017: Two new residences in Palm Springs by o2 Architecture combine the best of mid-century modernism with 21st-century sustainable design. The team brought to life an unbuilt project by Arizona modernist architect Al Beadle designed in 1970s, while combining mid-century modernism and sustainable design in the o2 House, located just a few steps from the Beadle House. The two structures, each in its own way, fit into the rocky desert landscape of Arizona. Originally named Palisades Dos, the Beadle...

This looks like the world's funnest house in South Korea

Feb 28, 2017: This beautiful home for a young pilot and his family looks like an aircraft that has landed in a town near an airport in South Korea. The Flying House, designed by IROJE KHM Architects, draws inspiration from traditional Korean architecture and creates a delicate balance between the sky and the land. The architects combined the elements of yard, garden and rumaru, a traditional courtyard with a canopy, and created a space which connects the ground to the roof surface. The resulting sloped...

Philip Johnson's Wiley House hits the market for $12 million

Feb 28, 2017: The iconic designs by Philip Johnson are a national treasure. Now one lucky homeowner may be able to live in one of his many homes in New Canaan, Connecticut. The Wiley House may not be as well known as the architect's famed Glass House, but it still has the architect's signature sophisticated style. Related: Prefab Glass House lets you bring home the spirit of Philip Johnson’s masterpiece Johnson built the Wiley House at a time when the midcentury movement was booming, especially...

Siemens and SkySpecs collaborate on offshore turbine inspections using drones

Feb 28, 2017: Siemens is collaborating with U.S.-based company SkySpecs to deploy automated drone technology for onshore and offshore wind-turbine inspections. The goal is to develop a push-button inspection system that is faster, repeatable, and more efficient than existing methods. Siemens is involving its Wind Power business and its next47 venture unit, which was established in October 2016 Windpower Engineering & Development…

Prince Charles is waging war on Britain's grey squirrels - with Nutella

Feb 28, 2017: Prince Charles reportedly backs a plan to sterilize Britain's grey-squirrel population, and it involves Nutella. The monarch-in-waiting is said to have met with members of the U.K. Squirrel Accord, a coalition he helped establish three years ago, to discuss ways of reducing the animal's numbers without culling. First introduced from North America, the Eastern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, has been the bane of the region's native red squirrels since the late 19th century. Not only do grey squirrels...

6 impressive structures built around living trees

Feb 28, 2017: There's something magical about a treehouse, whether it's a chance to rise above the business of life, feel more connected to nature, or just showcase an opportunity to build a man-made structure that fits in with the surrounding environment. Around the world, the idea of the treehouse has captivated architects and designers, and many have created structures wrapped around living trees that allow occupants to dwell in harmony with nature. Inhabitat rounded up four homes, one office, and one tearoom...

Drones attracting increasing market attention

Feb 28, 2017: WORLDWIDE: Siemens has signed a collaborative agreement with a US drone firm to develop turbine inspections as interest in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) grows.

New material made from fiber-reinforced hydrogels is 5 times tougher than steel

Feb 28, 2017: Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have managed to create a flexible, eco-friendly material that’s five-times stronger than cabon steel. Known as “fiber-reinforced soft composites,” the material is made by combining polyampholyte hydrogels with woven glass fiber fabric, which creates a bendable material that’s extremely durable. The uses for such a material are manifold, but perhaps one of the most exciting is for bearing the load of artificial ligaments and tendons. Hydrogels...

LM sees 40% increase in revenue

Feb 28, 2017: DENMARK: Blade manufacturer LM Wind Power said revenues increased 40% year-on-year in 2016 to €1.01 billion.

NKT takeover of ABB approved by EC

Feb 28, 2017: DENMARK: The European Commission (EC) has approved NKT Cables' takeover of ABB's high-voltage cable business, stating the merged company would continue to provide competition in the European market.

Trump will give architects just five days to submit proposals for a Mexican border wall

Feb 28, 2017:   Donald Trump is pushing ahead with his campaign promise to build a massive border wall between the US and Mexico, disregarding criticisms about the cost and physical feasibility of the project. Despite the fact that the construction will be a massive infrastructure project, the administration seems to be in a rush to begin work as soon as possible – last week, the Department of Homeland Security issued a notice announcing an open call for proposals on the design and construction of the...

SgurrEnergy supports JP Morgan on acquisition of UK wind farm

Feb 28, 2017: SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group’s clean energy business, recently supported JP Morgan Asset Management as technical and commercial adviser on the acquisition of the Terra Firma UK onshore wind-farm portfolio. The portfolio is one of the UK’s largest onshore wind portfolios, comprising 343 MW of installed capacity across 19 sites. This is in addition to Windpower Engineering & Development…

Shapeshifting Tent House blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces

Feb 27, 2017: Spark Architect’s Tent House is a seasonal shapeshifter. While situated close to Australia’s famed Sunshine Coast, its location in a rainforest clearing called for a unique design that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces. Limited by the natural size of the clearing, the tent home was carefully planned to make maximum use of all available space. A large, open area houses a kitchen, a dining area complete with an accommodating table, and living “room”, with a welcoming flow...

Tesla is so confident in their vehicles they're offering lifetime insurance

Feb 27, 2017: Once again Tesla is shaking up the automotive industry, this time through insurance for life. The company has started offering a lifetime maintenance and insurance package for some customers, meaning monthly car insurance bills could soon be an expense of the past. Related:…

Chilean Folding House allows owners to control the temperature to adapt to the season

Feb 27, 2017: Related: Eco friendly origami house unfolds on Brazilian beach + B+V Architects Via FlipBoard Photography by Rodolfo Lagos Berardi B+V Architects, Folding House, Folding House Chile, climate-controlled homes, home design, passive cooling techniques, passive cooling technology, passive cooling, passive homes,…

Wind energy supplied all of Denmark's power needs one day last week

Feb 27, 2017: Renewable energy can generate enough power for entire countries, and Denmark is here to confirm that dream. Last week the country met all of its power needs via wind energy on Wednesday, according to information from wind power trade organization WindEurope. The organization said Denmark produced as much energy from onshore and offshore wind as could power 10 million households.

50% of Earth's species face extinction by 2100

Feb 27, 2017: Earth's species are in trouble, and now biologists, economists, and ecologists have gathered at the Vatican for the Biological Extinction conference to discuss what actions humanity can take to preserve Earth's biosphere. These researchers say one in five species are currently threatened with extinction, but that statistic could skyrocket to 50 percent of all species on Earth by 2100 if we do nothing. Related:…

Oregon Ducks hit a home run with ber-green Jane Sanders Stadium

Feb 27, 2017: The Oregon Ducks hit a home run recently with the addition of the Jane Sanders Stadium, a sleek new home for the university’s softball team that’s designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. As a beautiful example of sustainable stadium design, the sports venue features materials with high recycled content, prefabricated construction, and an energy reduction of 35 percent over the Oregon Energy Code. SRG Partnership designed the sustainably minded stadium that perfectly captures the Oregon Ducks...

India could have its own Hyperloop system within 38 months

Feb 27, 2017: Past and present modes of transportation simply do not compare to the impressive abilities of hyperloop technology. This efficient and low-cost vision of the future could be making its way to India in the next few years, according to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) co-founder Bibop Gresta. He argues that the nation’s congested population density and lacking infrastructure could be resolved by installing a system of high speed tubes to transport people and cargo. Embed from...

The Venus Project envisions a sustainable redesign of our cities and civilization

Feb 27, 2017: Countries worldwide may have advanced significantly, but still haven't solved issues like poverty, crime, or homelessness. 100-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco and architectural illustrator Roxanne Meadows founded The Venus Project to not only address these problems, but redesign our culture sustainably drawing on science and technology.

Nordex reduces forecast for 2017

Feb 27, 2017: GERMANY: Manufacturer Nordex said revenues in 2017 will be lower than expected, following a review of its budgets.

New renderings of Studio Gang's Solar Carve building reveal a faceted jewel that hugs the High Line

Feb 27, 2017: The curtain is preparing to rise on Solar Carve, a glistening jewel of a building set to soar above New York City's 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets. Jeanne Gang’s Studio Gang architecture gave the tower a chiseled, gem-like exterior that almost appears to be sculpted by the rays of the sun. Caught between the High Line and the Hudson River, the 139,000-square-foot structure will have light, fresh air, and spectacular views in abundance. “All of our floors have unparalleled views of...

Siemens wins 40.8MW of German orders

Feb 27, 2017: GERMANY: Siemens has been awarded the contract to supply turbines to two projects in its home market, including a repowering site in Lower Saxony.

New Exxon CEO supports Paris climate deal, carbon tax

Feb 27, 2017: The world's largest publicly traded oil company appears to be more concerned about climate change than the president of the United States. While Donald Trump works on rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations and wants to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, new ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Darren Woods recently said in a blog post that the Dallas-based energy company supports the Paris climate deal and a carbon tax. Those positions are in line with his successor Rex Tillerson, who is currently...

Rusty shovel heads transformed into delicate lace-inspired sculptures

Feb 27, 2017: Artist Denise Bizot has a gift for breathing new life into an unexpected medium—rusted shovel heads. The New Orleans-based artist retrieves discarded shovel heads from salvage yards and carves beautifully intricate lace-inspired designs into the rusted surfaces. She typically keeps the oxidized patina intact for the visual contrast between the weathered object and the delicate new designs. Formerly a drafter in the petroleum industry, Bizot returned to Loyola New Orleans to pursue a...

Inhabitat is giving away an Avocado Green Mattress

Feb 27, 2017: We spend one third of our lives sleeping, but how many of us have taken the time to learn what's inside our mattresses? Studies have found that conventional mattresses contain dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds and could be the source of many ailments, including chronic allergies, asthma, endocrine problems and even cancer. Not to mention the fact that once traditional mattresses bit the dust, they're synthetic materials cannot be broken down. That's enough to cause anyone to have insomnia....

Why a buckwheat pillow makes a good pillow

Feb 27, 2017: Buckwheat pillows been popular throughout Asia for centuries - as early as the 5th – 3rd century B.C. Originating in China, buckwheat and its variety of uses spread to Central Asia, Tibet, and then to the Middle East. Unbeknownst to most, the grain is…

Tiny hobbit home carved from a stump is straight out of a fairytale

Feb 26, 2017: Wotten sourced the stump from a fallen burled Sitka Spruce, one of the largest conifer species in the world that can grow up to 300 feet in height. The enormous stump was hollowed out to create a one-room space and topped with cedar shingles and a peak.

The biggest artwork in Europe "recharges" an Italian mountain with new trees

Feb 26, 2017: Related: Irish town plans to plant world’s largest giant redwood grove + Escif + Breath Project Spanish artist Escif, spanish artists, Breath – Time to recharge, environmental art, eco art, tree planting, eco artists, sustainable artists, maple tree art, Mount Olivella, Mount Olivella replanting, tree art, breath project…

Longaberger's Giant Basket Building is Made of Locally Sourced Ohio Wood

Feb 26, 2017: Unofficially the world's largest basket, Longaberger's award-winning seven story headquarters was completed in 1997 and has been featured in news outlets throughout the country. It is 160 times larger than its model and boasts two heated handles that prevent…

9 low-maintenance plants for the office

Feb 26, 2017:     Foolproof/Classics Spider Plant Jade Plant Snake Plant   Unusual Water lettuce Terrarium Air Plant   Special Needs/Light Succulents/Cactus…

This crazy sci-fi waterslide is like sliding through a trippy wormhole

Feb 26, 2017: https://youtu.be/KBP7LMfhB6k Like the wet version of Disneyland's Space Mountain, this waterslide is a journey through darkened tubes lit by trippy colorful strips and spinning star-like lights, all thanks to the wonders of LED. The slide, at the 1…

This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

Feb 25, 2017: The Live Garden House is a green-roofed vaulted home built using traditional techniques in Zaragoza, Spain. Spanish designers Alberto Monreal and Elisa Durán of Arquitecturas Naturales S.C. created this beautiful home by focusing on sustainable methods…

Philippe Starck reinvents himself again with striking green YOO Quito tower

Feb 25, 2017: The slender YOO Quito tower brings nature into the heart of Ecuador's capital and marries it with luxury living. Philippe Starck, one of most influential designers of modern times, teamed up with property entrepreneur John Hitchcox, real estate developer Tommy Schwarzkopf and architecture studio Arquitectónica to create a space based on three themes– culture, nature, and minimalist design. The project is part of a larger scheme which comprises four major developments conceived in collaboration...

New map reveals the world's most toxic countries

Feb 25, 2017: Pollution is an issue just about every country in the world grapples with, no matter how rich or poor. But you may not be aware of just how toxic your locale is. United Kingdom company The Eco Experts recently cross-referenced data to rank the countries of the world by toxicity, and some of the results may surprise you. Read on to find out how your country ranks. Related: New Google Timelapse shows how humans have destroyed Earth over 32 years…

New York City unveils massive green-roofed film and fashion hub in Brooklyn

Feb 25, 2017: State-of-the-art, affordable production spaces for film, television production and garment manufacturing, housed in two green-roofed buildings, will soon give new life to underutilized buildings in Brooklyn's Sunset Park. The green-roofed Made in NY Campus, designed by WXY architecture + urban design, will modernize the industrial waterfront site and create several pedestrian-friendly spaces and public plazas. Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the City's commitment to the $136 million overhaul project...

NASA discovers 7 Earth-sized planets outside our solar system

Feb 25, 2017:   In a press conference today, NASA scientists revealed an intriguing new discovery – the first known system of seven rocky, Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star. Three out of the seven planets are situated at the perfect distance from the sun to potentially harbor liquid water, making them habitable for life as we know it.   This is the largest number of habitable-zone planets ever found around a single star outside our own solar system. It’s important to note...

Couple converts 16-year-old van into a compact solar home on wheels

Feb 24, 2017: Thanks to new technologies, generations of digital nomads can replace their conventional houses with practical, mobile homes powered by renewable energy sources. This was the case with freelancer photographer Norbert Juhász and his fiancée Dora, a writer, who bought a 16-year-old van and transformed it into a solar-powered compact home on wheels which will take them all the way from Budapest to Morocco. While the exterior of the van is unremarkable, its interior packs all the amenities the couple...

Genius elevator bed slides vertically on rails to maximize space in Alaskan tiny home

Feb 24, 2017: http://www.ana-white.com/2017/01/open-concept-rustic-modern-tiny-house-photo-tour-and-sources https://youtu.be/lHjJd4tkvSU Related: Missouri community is building 50 tiny homes for homeless veterans + Ana White Via Treehugger tiny houses, ana white, elevator bed,…

Award-winning Boulder Cabin minimizes energy use and material waste

Feb 24, 2017: Boulder’s reputation as an environmental leader is upheld in this eco-friendly home overlooking views of the metropolitan Denver valley. Jackson-based firm Dynia Architects completed Boulder Cabin, a contemporary home with an emphasis on sustainability. Clad in weathering steel and lined with timber, the modern cabin sits lightly on the land to minimize site impact. Winner of a 2011 AIA Wyoming Merit Award, the 2,500-square-foot Boulder Cabin is modern and minimalist to match the “disciplined...

NASA releases images of the world's largest solar farm from space

Feb 24, 2017: The prize for the world's largest solar farm just transferred from India's Kamuthi Solar Power Project to China's Longyangxia Dam Solar Park. Boasting a capacity of 850 megawatts, the solar park includes around four million solar panels - and NASA captured stunning images of the new largest solar park in the world from space.

Standing Rock protesters evicted by police at gunpoint

Feb 24, 2017: The main protest site against the Dakota Access Pipeline has been cleared by armed police today, following an evacuation deadline yesterday. Though the majority of protesters left the Oceti Sakowin camp when ordered to disperse by the February 22nd deadline, about 50 demonstrators remained this afternoon. Most of these passive resistors, including veterans and tribal elders, were arrested at gunpoint by officers clad in full riot gear. The raid was livestreamed on Facebook over the...

Foldable, lightweight kayak assembles in 10 minutes

Feb 24, 2017: Justin Case Kayak folds up Related: Modular kayak with an off-color name breaks down into three portable pieces Via Justin Case Kayak Kickstarter Justin Case Kayak, foldable kayak, water sports, kayak design, lightweight kayaks, product design, water kayaks, foldable kayaks,…

Tariffs reach record low in first tender

Feb 24, 2017: INDIA: India's first reverse bidding wind auction, allocating 1GW of wind projects, defied all expectations with a price of INR 3.46/kWh ($0.052/kWh).

Dakota Access Pipeline 99 percent finished, says Energy Transfer Partners

Feb 24, 2017: After months of protesting by Native Americans and supporters worldwide, the Trump administration ignored the pleas of so many American citizens and gave permission for the hotly contested pipeline to move forward. Energy Transfer Partners didn't waste much time. They said the oil pipeline is 99 percent finished.

Portable solar unit fits into a steel drum for off-grid use

Feb 24, 2017: The Solar Charging Can fills the gap between large-scale residential photovoltaics and portable solar chargers for your smartphone. The unit unpacks quickly for camping, outdoor events, and other off-grid functions and is ready to use after just a half hour of assembly. In addition to recreational use, the unit can provide crucial power to mobile medical clinics, disaster relief areas, and refugee camps. Mobile Solar Chargers Ltd developed the Solar Charging Can to be an impressively...

Check out the vibrant outdoor art gallery coming to NYC's High Line park

Feb 24, 2017: New York City is getting a Fourth Plinth of its own. Much like the empty pedestal in London's Trafalgar square, which was originally constructed to hold a statue of William IV but now hosts a rotating series of commissioned sculptures, the High Line Plinth will serve as a new "landmark destination" for curated art on one of the final stretches of the High Line above West 30th St. and 10th Ave. Opening sometime in 2018, the plinth is designed to be the focal point of the Spur, an offshoot of the elevated...

Germany's environmental ministry nixes meat, fish at official functions

Feb 24, 2017: Via ThinkProgress Photos by Marco Verch and Oliver Hallmann…