Snarkitectures mind-bending Fun House opens at the National Building Museum

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In Washington D.C., a massive mind-bending Fun House has taken over the National Building Museum to offer an interactive experience that easily lives up to the exhibition’s name. Created by New York-based collaborative design practice Snarkitecture, Fun House is the latest installment in the Museum’s Summer Block Party series of temporary structures. The exhibition also commemorates Snarkitecture’s ten-year history and showcases 42 of the firm’s projects using the traditional American house… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



US Forest Service allows Nestl to continue taking water from California national forest

New protections on California’s Strawberry Creek watershed will ensure the bottled water industry will not overdraw the supply. The U.S. Forest Service offered Nestlé Water North America a three-year permit on water rights in the San Bernardino Mountains – but with limits on how much they can take.

Under the proposed agreement, Nestlé would continue to use the excess water for their Arrowhead and other water brands. Water would be drawn “when there is water available consistent with the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The United Kingdom might soon create new national parks

In an op-ed for the Sunday Telegraph, United Kingdom Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a new review process which could result in the creation of new national parks in England. Nearly seventy years after the creation of the first English national parks, Gove wrote that “the time is right” to consider creating new protected areas in the United Kingdom. As the human population grows and natural habitat declines in the United Kingdom, Gove wrote that the British people should “look afresh… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

You can now explore all 19 of South Africa’s National Parks on Google Maps

Have you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, track cheetah on foot, or stroll with elephants — and other exotic creatures — in South Africa? Well, now’s your chance. Thanks to the efforts of over 200 volunteers, 19 National Parks, 17 nature reserves, and many other sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in South Africa be explored through Google Maps.

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Give goods, find goods, and do good on National Thrift Store Day

If you’re the type of scavenger that lives for finding hidden gems in vintage shops, then you’ll want to mark August 17th on your calendar. That’s when National Thrift Store Day returns to encourage everyone to support their local thrift shops and score secondhand goods. New York City is taking this initiative a step further by bringing awareness to the day’s charitable component and reminding us why it would do a world of good if we went the thrift store route instead of buying brand new…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Only 25 glaciers remain in Montana’s shrinking Glacier National Park

Our warming climate is ravaging the storied glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana. 50 years of data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Portland State University reveal the ravages of climate change on the area. The glaciers were reduced by 39 percent on average, but some have dwindled by up to 85 percent. An estimated 150 glaciers filled the park in 1850; today there are around 25. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Repurposed shipping containers make a bold statement at the National Theater Company of Korea

Seoul’s trendy mall made of shipping containers isn’t the only place you’ll see cargotecture in the city. Urbantainer, the same local firm behind the world’s largest cargotecture mall Common Ground, recently completed an extension for the National Theater Company of Korea, one of the nation’s flagship theater companies based in the capital. The new visitor area comprises a series of red shipping containers skillfully transformed into a contemporary and functional space that still preserves… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

More “rogue” national park Twitter accounts are popping up

The Badlands National Park twitter account went “rogue” and tweeted climate change tweets that were then removed, but it appears other members of the National Park Service refuse to be silenced. Other “rogue” Twitter accounts are popping up; some claim to be run by current NPS rangers. Although it’s difficult to completely verify the accounts are real, it is exciting to think there are rangers out there who are tweeting climate change facts behind closed doors in defiance of the Trump administra… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

National laboratory scales up quantum-dot solar windows that can power entire buildings

Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

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National laboratory scales up “quantum-dot” solar windows to power entire buildings

Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

+ Los Alamos National Laboratory

Images via Los Alamos National Laboratory and Wikimedia Commons View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building