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Twin warming huts for TED conference evoke the Great Canadian Wilderness

The architecture and design students of DBR | Design Build Research created ELEVATE, unique pop-up structures that brought a slice of the Canadian backcountry winter experience to downtown Vancouver. Crafted as part of a three-month design/build course, this temporary installation served as a sheltered outdoor living room for the TED2016 conference. Innovation with wood and technical fabrication were explored in the project, most notably through the curved planks of CNC-milled timber used to create…

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India to ban driverless cars to protect citizens jobs

Though the Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2030, a minimum of 25 percent of American citizens will transit via self-driving vehicles, few will be commuting in similar fashion in India. This is because India’s transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari, announced today that self-driving cars will not be allowed in the country. He told reporters, “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this.”

As Engadget reports, the statement does not reflect safety…

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‘Provocative’ RIG eco-lodge designed to conserve Louisiana’s vanishing marshes

The Louisiana Coastal Marsh vanishes by a football field every hour. The heavily exploited area is also an incredibly productive ecosystem local groups – and even oil and gas companies – are now trying to save. Architect Robert Obier, who was raised in Louisiana, designed a facility where people could come to the marsh and not only experience the environment, but help preserve it. His provocative design, so reminiscent of an offshore oil rig, caught our attention, and Inhabitat spoke with Obier to…

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Conservative billionaire to build America’s largest wind farm

Wyoming could soon be home to the United State’s biggest wind farm, complete with 1,000 turbines. Conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz, who got his start at his father’s oil business, is behind the massive wind farm, which will be large enough to power every single home in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. But wind power in Wyoming could face an upwind battle as legislators angle to increase the tax on the renewable energy.

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Oldest living manatee in captivity, Snooty, dies at age 69

Grab your tissues, folks. A 1,300-pound manatee named Snooty recently passed away after celebrating his 69th birthday. In the wild, manatees are fortunate to live into their teens, which is why the elder marine mammal was beloved by so many. According to the South Florida Museum, Snooty’s death was accidental and that the circumstances are being investigated.

 

Snooty was born in captivity in 1948 — before laws were passed to protect marine wildlife. Every year, a party was…

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New Traveler XL Limited tiny house can comfortably sleep up to 10 people at once

This house on wheels combines mobility with comfort and features a surprisingly spacious interior that can fit up to 10 people. The tiny house firm Escape Traveler unveiled an updated version of their Traveler design which comes with two bedrooms and offers the possibility to go completely off the grid with solar panels, battery storage and composting toilets.

The Traveler XL Limited features the modern, clean design of the original, but offers much more space and a wide array of functions and…

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Upcoming nuclear power plant in the UK may shoot giant rainbows into the sky

Related: Artist weaves stunning rainbows from 60 miles of thread
One Creative Environments director, Mark Martin, comments: “To see our landscape designs in the top five is an achievement in itself, and going by the comments received, we appear to have caught the imagination of the public. The landscape designs, discovery centre and rainbow installation will create a destination in their own right, helping the power station blend in with the stunning scenery in the region, whilst providing a place…

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Celebrate the magic of silence in this magical sound-proof treehouse

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

Poppy Szkiler, co-founder and MD Quiet Mark, comments: “The Quiet Treehouse is a stunning combination of the latest acoustic and architectural design, not only beautiful to the eye, but a peaceful place that represents the value of quiet. After touring some of the UK’s most prestigious events, we wanted the structure to continue its Quiet legacy with the perfect partner that would fully utilise…

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World’s first autonomous, all-electric cargo ship to launch next year

The world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship is set to sail in late 2018. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is being dubbed the “Tesla of the Seas” because the vessel is fully electric. The $25 million ship will initially start out as a manned vessel, moving to remote operation in 2019 before going completely autonomous in 2020.

The 100-container ship is being developed by two Norwegian companies — agriculture firm Yara International and technology company Kongsberg Gruppen. In…

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This flower-clad home that spreads contagious happiness goes on sale in L.A.

A unique new home said to spread “contagious happiness” has hit the Los Angeles market—and it’s checking all the major boxes for walkability, amenities, and even sustainability. Architect and artist Cameron McNall originally designed the home, known as 4016 Tivoli, for his family, drawing inspiration from his dual careers and the California spirit of the 1960s. Wrapped in giant metallic flower cutouts, the quirky artistic home is also built to the City of Los Angeles’ “Green Building”…

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Thousands of plastic bottles transformed into an inspiring tower of hope in South Africa

A million plastic bottles are purchased worldwide every minute, with annual consumption set to top half a trillion by 2021. In a bid to bring awareness to the problem of plastic bottle use and pollution, artist r1 led a project to transform over 7,000 plastic bottles into an incredible sight to behold: a 20-meter-tall permanent art sculpture. Created in collaboration with the local community, the environmental art piece, called the iThemba Tower, symbolizes hope and inspiration in Troyeville, Johannesburg.

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INTERVIEW: Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker on how biomimicry can improve happiness and creativity in the workplace

If you’ve ever admired the work ethic of an ant colony and wished you could apply those principles to your company, you’ll do well to check out Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s newest book. In ‘Teeming: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World,’ Dr. Woolley-Barker describes the many ways companies can learn from animal societies, as well as sensible ways to to apply those principles. A combination of sociobiology, biomimicry, and organizational theory, this book is…

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Centuries-old apartment in Israel transformed into a remarkable modern “cave”

This renovation of this apartment in Israel unifies the cavernous, centuries-old rooms into a modern residence that offers multiple views of the sea. Pitsou Kedem Architects concealed some parts of the ceiling arches while uncovering others to create a subtle combination of the old and the new.

The rooms of the apartment, located in Tel Aviv-Yafo¬– an ancient port city in Israel– have been altered over hundreds of years. Each room has its own character and ground level. The architects…

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