Trips to Mars coming as soon as next year, says Elon Musk

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Elon Musk has predicted that his company SpaceX will be capable of facilitating a successful mission to Mars, from launch to landing, then back again. ”I think we’ll be able to do short flights, up and down flights, some time in the first half of next year,” said Musk at the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. While Musk’s deadline may seem a bit optimistic, his urgency seems to be guided by pessimism regarding Earth’s future. “There’s likely to be another dark ages… particularly… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Super blue blood moon eclipse to occur next week for the first time in 150 years

On January 31, turn your eyes to the sky, because the moon is going to do something that it hasn’t done in a century and a half. On the last day of the month, lucky celestial viewers are going to witness a super blue blood moon eclipse.

So what is a super blue blood moon eclipse? Let’s break it down. The supermoon is when the full moon is closest to the Earth, so it looks extremely bright and big. A blue moon is when the moon is full for a second time in a calendar month. Then, while all… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

INTERVIEW: Designer Daan Roosegaarde on smog temples, space trash, and what’s next

We’ve built cities that do us harm, according to Netherlands designer Daan Roosegaarde. Along with his team at Studio Roosegaarde, he’s tackling the pollution we’ve generated in our metropolises with design. His Smog Free Project is currently touring China – their most recent stop is Tianjin – and Inhabitat spoke with Roosegaarde about the project and how design can help us create cleaner, more beautiful cities. Check out the interview after the break. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny homes made of concrete pipes could be the next big thing in micro housing

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Tesla aims to ramp up Solar Roof production in Buffalo next year

Tesla’s solar roof could be seen on more homes as the company plans to increase production in 2018. They said in a letter to shareholders they’ll be moving production from their Fremont, California factory to the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. According to Inverse, this is the first time Elon Musk has provided a concrete timeframe for ramping up production.

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Denmark fires up its Copenhill power plant, with ski slopes set to open next year

Six years ago, Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a ski slope power plant that could provide the city of Copenhagen with electricity, hot water, and a steady stream of recycled materials. We never thought it’d see the light of day – but fast forward to 2017, and Copenhill is nearly complete. The waste-to-energy plant is currently operational, and by the end of next year it will be topped with 30 rooftop trees, the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, and a 600-meter ski slope. Inhabitat… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New images show progress on the next world’s tallest building

New images of the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower have emerged, showing the footprint of what is expected to become the world’s next tallest building. Developer Emaar Properties released construction site photos and video of the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, with which they intend to eclipse the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure since 2010.

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings joined together to build the new complex in Dubai, with a 3,045-foot tower designed by Calatrava… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BIG unveils Cactus Towers next to a car-free IKEA in Copenhagen

Enormous “Cacti” will soon pop up in the heart of Copenhagen. Architecture firm BIG has unveiled renderings for an eye-catching pair of buildings with a spiny appearance in the city’s Vesterbro district. Created in collaboration with Danish practice Dorte Mandrup Architects, the aptly named Cactus Towers are high-rise residential buildings that will be built next to a new sustainably minded IKEA store.

Located next to the waterfront area of Kalvebod Brygge, the 74,000-square-meter… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Germany, Denmark, and Belgium to boost offshore wind 5-fold within the next decade

To curb carbon emissions which are contributing to climate change, Germany, Denmark, and Belgium have entered into an agreement which entails increasing the amount of wind power 5-fold within the next decade. This means that by the year 2027, the countries will collectively increase energy generated via wind from 13.8 gigawatts to more than 60 gigawatts.

To accomplish the task, the governments of all three nations have pledged to work with more than 25 private companies, such as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Electric cars could reach cost parity with conventional cars by next year

Are you eager to get your hands on a new electric vehicle (EV)? You’re not alone. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait long, as a new report from investment firm UBS says electric cars will soon reach cost parity with vehicles that have internal combustion engines (ICE). Perhaps the most exciting news is that the shift is expected to take place as early as 2018.

The report makes it clear that while electric vehicles will still cost more than ICE cars, owning a new EV will be comparable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building