13 innovative, thought-provoking designs that broke new ground at the London Design Festival

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Trashpresso by Pentatonic

Trashpresso is a solar-powered mobile recycling factory. Furniture and home accessories company Pentatonic are at London’s Somerset House demonstrating to the public how plastic bottles can be transformed to tiles. It’s a potential model for recycling discarded materials in more remote areas of the world. 📷 @thecreativeedit_ #londondesignfestival @wearepentatonic @l_d_f_official… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



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Frost Light by EDHV Studio

EDHV Studio’s Frost Light is powered by melting ice! A chunk of ice is set on a block of solid aluminum, and as it melts it generates enough electricity to power an LED for 3 hours.

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Coal barge in London converted into a sophisticated floating home

A 1924 barge in London has been transformed into an amazing floating home. The historic Humber Keel cargo boat now functions as a comfortable two-bedroom home with two baths, open living space and terrace views. The restored houseboat maintains the original woodwork and custom midcentury furnishings.

The barge, originally used for transporting steel and coal and working in shallow waters, sits in the Poplar Dock Marina of London. It offers 812 square feet of living space which includes two bedrooms,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New bridge linking Japan and Russia could enable 8400-mile rail trip from London to Tokyo

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the longest rail routes in the world, but it could get even longer under a proposal from the Russian government. The country is reportedly in serious discussions with Japan to build a 28-mile bridge that would lengthen the line. If the bridge was built, you’d be able to travel from Tokyo to London on different routes spanning 8,400 miles.

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Fly down a zipline in the Willy Wonka-esque Future Forest in London

Bompas & Parr are like real-life Willy Wonkas—and they brought their magic touch to the inside of a UK shopping mall. The design duo launched a free ‘Future Forest’ in the Westfield London shopping center with the theme of urban reforestation. The immersive experience is an incredible indoor forest playground with a fantastical Fruit Cloud, electricity-producing plants, a historic tree circus, and even a 40-meter-long zip-line that starts atop a 5.3-meter-high treehouse.

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Pavegen unveils world’s first energy-harvesting smart street in London

An underutilized street in London’s West End has been transformed into a colorful outdoor space exhibiting sustainable technologies, and right down the center runs Pavegen’s energy-generating pavement technology. The company, which has been around since 2009, has seen their pavement that harvests power from footsteps installed in 150 projects, but now their pavement is part of what they describe as the world’s first smart street. Walkers traversing the pavement can connect to an app and see how their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dibdo Francis Kr’s rainwater-harvesting 2017 Serpentine Pavilion unveiled in London today

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s 2017 Serpentine Pavilion debuted in London today. The pavilion is inspired by the culture of Kéré’s home village of Gando in Burkina Faso even as it plays with experimental construction techniques. The 2017 pavilion was unveiled on a perfectly sunny day, but once it rains, visitors will be able to enjoy a waterfall as the roof both protects visitors from the water and collects it for eventual use in parkland irrigation.

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Kéré, who runs the Berlin-based… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Google unveils giant green landscraper for London HQ

Google has finally unveiled plans for its new London headquarters—and it’s a beaut. Designed by the architecture studios of Thomas Heatherwick and Bjarke Ingels, the gargantuan one-million-square-foot office building is dubbed “landscraper” for its length that’s longer than the Shard is tall. Set parallel to the King’s Cross railway station, the Google building is punctuated with greenery and energy-efficient systems including rooftop solar panels and smart solar blinds.

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Tom Dixon transforms a 17th-century London church into a chic co-working space

The motivation behind the project began with Baughen’s desire to make the church more available to the daytime residents and creative workforce of Clerkenwell, an area in central London. The temporary intervention also gave Dixon the opportunity to display his new lighting and furniture products against a stunning historic backdrop with soaring ceilings and huge stained glass windows.

“As the Church evolves and adapts to the new conditions of the 21st century, the opportunity of opening… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Calming forest oases pop up in the busy streets of London

In one of the busiest areas of East London, designer Asif Khan and auto brand MINI have constructed three temporary green spaces for the public to enjoy during London Design Festival 2016. Light-filled and green with plants, the MINI LIVING “Forests” are a mix of public and private, exploring how we use and share space in changing cities.

Themed Connect, Relax and Create, the trio of rectangular structures invite busy individuals to pause, whether to send a text, to take a deep breath, or… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building