Dwell on Design 2016: Americas largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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It’s that time of year again and designers, architects, and design enthusiasts will soon be converging at Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, held this June 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention center. Curated by the visionary editors at Dwell magazine, the three-day event will celebrate its eleventh year of showcasing the newest and most exciting advances in design. Visitors are invited to explore exhibitions featuring the latest and greatest in design, tour exciting Dwell-approved… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Solar-powered eco homes in Los Angeles assembled in just five hours

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Located on the corner of Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village, the sustainably designed three-story homes comprise three bedrooms, three baths, a 376-square-foot private backyard, and offer views of the city skyline and distant mountains. Each of the single-family homes were prefabricated in Oregon and then assembled on site unit-by-unit with a 275-pound crane. The prefabricated units measure 16 feet in width, 53 feet in length, and 11 feet in height… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Horrifying ‘river of trash’ flows through the capital of Lebanon

When officials in Beirut, Lebanon closed their main landfill last summer, they provided no replacement. Now a health crisis mounts as trash spills into the streets, creating what people have begun to call a ‘river of trash.’

Four months ago, a ramshackle dump begun near buildings housing families, and overflowed into the streets. Now the river has grown to reportedly around two million tons of trash. Violent protests by the people have brought no reprieve, only armed resistance… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Modular, swappable footwear helps reduce waste

Would it surprise you to know that Americans chuck 300 million pairs of shoes a year? Most of those end up in the landfill where they take decades to disappear, and while some people donate them or send them out for recycling, wouldn’t it be better if shoes simply lasted longer? Quang Pham proposed just such a concept with these modular shoes that have five parts that can be customized and swapped out when needed.
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BioMason’s bricks “grown” with sand and bacteria to hit the market next year

BioMason is inching closer to commercially debuting its eco-friendly “grown” bricks, which they say could be on the market as early as next year. Since its founding in 2012, the North Carolina startup has been pushing to revolutionize the world of building materials in a way that slashes carbon emissions: by using bricks grown from sand and bacteria, rather than “fired” like traditional bricks. More and more architects and builders are looking to sustainable construction materials in response… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Startup creates renewable hydrogen energy out of sunlight and water

California startup HyperSolar and University of Iowa researchers have teamed up to make renewable energy in a way that draws inspiration from plants. Using water and sunlight, they are able to make renewable hydrogen energy, which at this point is more reliable than solar panels or cells in terms of how easily it can be stored. At the end of May, HyperSolar announced a “breakthrough” in efficiency, and the University of Iowa just renewed a year-long research agreement with the startup.

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Seattle embraces urban farming at ten acre Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

Seattle’s largest organic urban farm is growing!

On land formerly used as a tree nursery, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) is home to a host of programs run by Seattle Tilth to bring community members of all ages to volunteer, learn to grow View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Wolfgang Buttress Hive is brought back to life in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

First installed at the world expo last spring, the multi-award-winning Hive was disassembled at the end of the event and moved to the Kew Gardens, where it was reassembled as the UK’s first-ever rebuilt Expo pavilion. Its lattice-like design was inspired by the lifespan of the honeybee and “highlights the important role of bees and other pollinators in feeding the planet,” says Stage One. The complex structure comprises nearly 170,000 parts assembled in 32 horizontal layers with hexagonal cells… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

INFOGRAPHIC: What you need to know about Sea Level Rise

We know that sea levels are rising and we know that many coastal cities struggle regularly with resulting flooding, but how much do we know about where we are headed? Which cities are taking action to protect themselves and which are not taking enough action? Who will be hit the hardest and how much will the damage from sea level rise cost us? To help us understand its impacts, Eastern Kentucky University’s Safety, Security and Emergency Management Program put together this infographic, which discusses… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Row after row of wooden pinwheels demonstrate the power of human energy

Constructed out of bamboo, stainless steel rods, timber, and polished aluminum, the self-supporting structure measures approximately 2.75 meters in height, with an area of 62 square meters and a weight of 9 metric tons. The designers are the youngest practice to win the Triumph Pavilion Architecture and Design Award and be selected to create the year’s pavilion.

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