Edoardo Tresoldis massive wire mesh buildings rise at Coachella

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Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi unveiled his largest installation yet at this year’s Coachella, an annual music festival in Indio, California that just wrapped up festivities yesterday. Built in the image of Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, “Etherea” comprises three massive site-specific wire mesh structures constructed to allow glimpses of the sky and California landscape to pass through and become one with the piece.

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Bottlenose dolphins spotted in Canadian Pacific waters for the first time

Bottlenose dolphins tend to reside in warm, temperate waters — but researchers recently glimpsed a group of around 200 of the dolphins and around 70 false killer whales off northern Vancouver Island’s west coast in Canada. They said this sighting is “the only occurrence of common bottlenose dolphins recorded in Canadian Pacific waters” — and a warming trend could be to blame.

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Evaporative off-grid toilets don’t need plumbing, water or electricity

2.6 billion people around the planet don’t have access to safe toilets. Not only does this lack impact health, but empowerment as well: women and girls “face high rates of violence when they don’t have access to safe and dignified sanitation,” according to protein biochemist and entrepreneur Diana Yousef, CEO of change:WATER Labs. She’s working on a solution: a portable, self-flushing toilet.

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This new 3D-printed house was built by a portable robot in just 48 hours

There are a lot of 3D printed houses popping up these days, but this is the first time an architect with the renown of Massimiliano Locatelli of CLS Architetti and Arup has tackled one. The 1076 square foot house was built out of a special quick-drying mortar and was constructed in just 48 hours. Locatelli envisions 3D printing as the housing of the future – and his house could be constructed anywhere. “Even the moon.”

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The Ocean Cleanup is about to send a giant plastic collector to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup is making progress on their first Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup system, and shared images of the assembly at their Alameda Yard headquarters, the site of a former naval station near San Francisco. The plastic-scooping system could launch this summer.

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The Cornelia tiny house is a peaceful writer’s studio built with reclaimed wood

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Unique Fuzzy House offers locals a public shortcut through the building

When architecture studio Situation-based Operation (SO) was asked to create a home in Chiang Mai, the brief came with an unusual request: preserve the existing desire path. Since the plot had been left empty for many years, locals had created a desire path, or shortcut, through the land between two roads—and the owner wanted to keep that path functional for the community. As a result, the architects designed the Fuzzy House, a concrete home that blurs the line between public and private use.

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Finland’s two-year universal basic income experiment is coming to an end

The Finnish government is planning to conclude its much-touted universal basic income experiment at the end of the original two-year study period rather than extend it, and has shown signs that it may be moving in a different direction. “Right now, the government is making changes that are taking the system further away from a basic income,” Kela researcher Miska Simanainen told Svenska Dagbladet. Since early 2017, 2,000 unemployed Finns between the ages of 25 and 58 have been receiving an unconditional… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zaha Hadid Architects designs robot-assisted vaulted classrooms for China

Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled designs for Lushan Primary School that blends forward-thinking construction techniques with deference to ancient Chinese culture. Located in the remote and beautiful countryside 160 kilometers northwest of Jiangxi’s capital Nanchang, Lushan Primary School will serve 12 local villages and offer a curriculum that focuses on the creative arts and STEM subjects. To reduce construction time and demands, the campus buildings will be housed in a series of modular vaulted… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT just discovered a way to mass-produce graphene in long rolls

Scientists used to make graphene-based membranes in small batches in a laboratory. But Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists thought for commercial use, graphene membranes would need to be produced in big amounts. So they designed a continuous manufacturing process to generate strips of graphene.

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