Trips to Mars coming as soon as next year, says Elon Musk

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Elon Musk has predicted that his company SpaceX will be capable of facilitating a successful mission to Mars, from launch to landing, then back again. ”I think we’ll be able to do short flights, up and down flights, some time in the first half of next year,” said Musk at the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. While Musk’s deadline may seem a bit optimistic, his urgency seems to be guided by pessimism regarding Earth’s future. “There’s likely to be another dark ages… particularly… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Lacy Flying Mosque installation changes shape depending on the viewing angle

Following their gorgeous sea urchin-inspired installation at Singapore’s iLight Marina Bay Festival, Choi+Shine Architects unveiled a new lacy design crocheted in geometric shapes that mix cultural influences of the east and the west. The sculptural forms of The Flying Mosque project sway and rotate in the wind, creating a series of kinetic patterned shadows.

The project reinterprets an Islamic mosque by deconstructing it into elements that form a harmonious whole or a seemingly illegible composition,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building