Why these floating dorms made from shipping containers are the future of cheap student housing

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Copenhagen icon and world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels designed the Urban Rigger units, but the idea was the brainchild of Kim Loudrop, an entrepreneur who founded the Urban Rigger startup. Loudrop sought to create a “revolutionary and innovative floating dwelling system” that took advantage of unused prime real estate—the water. The urgent student housing shortage galvanized the entrepreneur, who also noticed that 80 percent of major universities in Europe were centrally located in cities,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



LAST CHANCE: Win a $500 shopping spree from IKEA to make over your dorm room

What student wouldn’t love IKEA? Cool, multi-purpose furniture and decor at a fraction of the price. There’s no better way to kick off the school year than with a brand new place to call your own. And thanks to our friends at IKEA, we’re giving away a $500 shopping spree at the Scandinavian mega store for one lucky winner to deck our their dorm room. Fancy a wireless charging table? How about a standing desk? Or even a new bike? Enter below to score everything you could possibly need. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dozens of diseased birds fall from the sky in Boston

In Boston, 47 grackles rained down from the sky above the Dorchester neighborhood last Thursday. 32 of the birds died at the scene or shortly after, and two cats that may have had contact with the birds also died. So far, the cause is unknown.

Witnesses describe a chaotic scene, with birds attempting to fly from tree to tree and then weakly falling to the ground. The grackles, a type of songbird that travel in flocks, have been sent to Tufts University in order to determine the cause of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sydney plans to divest $500 million from fossil fuels

Related: Copenhagen city council approves plan to divest from fossil fuels

Via The Guardian

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Win a $500 shopping spree from IKEA to make over your dorm room

What student wouldn’t love IKEA? Cool, multi-purpose furniture and decor at a fraction of the price. There’s no better way to kick off the school year than with a brand new place to call your own. And thanks to our friends at IKEA, we’re giving away a $500 shopping spree at the Scandinavian mega store for one lucky winner to deck our their dorm room. Fancy a wireless charging table? How about a standing desk? Or even a new bike? Enter below to score everything you could possibly need. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

16-year-old South African girl invents drought-fighting super material from orange peels

 

In the midst of South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history, one Johannesburg schoolgirl has created a super absorbent polymer that could change the way crops are grown. Kiara Nirghin recently won the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa with her submission “No More Thirsty Crops.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwRmICCVY_Q

The polymer is created from simple, readily available recycled materials: orange peel and avocado skin…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Global warming is uncovering toxic pollutants from an abandoned Arctic military base

A decommissioned U.S. military base encased in the Greenland Ice Sheet since the 1960s is slowly being unearthed by Earth’s rising temperatures, along with the toxic waste stored inside. Snowfall is not able to keep up with melting ice on top of the Cold War-era base, which could mean the underground pollutants could enter marine ecosystems by the end of the century.

Camp Century was built in 1959 to study construction methods in harsh, wintry conditions, but also with the intent… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Anti-microbial suits will protect athletes from bacteria at the Rio Olympics

Brazil doesn’t seem prepared for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. From a jaguar killing to washed-up body parts to a super bacteria, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Heat stress from climate change may cost global economies $2 trillion by 2030

Research reveals yet another loss we can anticipate at the hands of climate change: global productivity. Heat stress in lower income countries has already shortened work days, which could result in a net loss of $2 trillion across all global economies by the year 2030. The sad irony is that the countries contributing the least to global warming will end up hurting the most.

A recent study published in Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health is one of six detailing the economic devastation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A beautiful perforated facade shields this office from Indias harsh sun

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The Punjab Kesari Headquarters is currently under construction, however, the International Property Awards has already designated the design as Winner Best Office Architecture India 2016-7. Set on the corner of an intersection, the 18,000-square-meter office space was created with the objective of reducing heat gain and maximizing natural light to the point that no artificial lighting would be needed on the typical day. Its white, glass-reinforced concrete facade, which… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building