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Geometric Greenhouse Filters Household Toxins

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The modular 'Filtration Block' can be hung from a ceiling or wall to purify indoor air

This cool-looking modular greenhouse, developed by researchers from RAD (Responsive Architecture at Daniels) at the University of Toronto, addresses dirty air concerns in the home. Dubbed the "Filtration Block," the unit contains common household plants with exposed roots that absorb typical indoor toxins like benzene and fromaldehyde. Lead researcher Elaine Tong explains: The......read more

Sri Lankan Living Building to be World's Largest Vertical Garden

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This 46-floor apartment block will be home to 33,000 plants

A residential high-rise project located just outside of the Sri Lankan port city of Colombo will be home to over 33,000 shrubs and a rare tree species. Rising 46 stories and topped with a solar panel-covered rooftop, Clearpoint Residencies will boast the world's tallest residential vertical garden.  The 146-unit complex was designed in by Sri Lanka-based architectural......read more

Flick the Switch, and Smart Glass Blocks Heat and Light

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Spray-on smart windows could ignite an energy efficiency revolution

US Department of Energy scientists have engineered a spray-on nanocrystal window coating that uses electricity to control how much heat and light passes through it. The "smart glass" coating, which can be controlled to respond to changing weather conditions, could represent a major leap in energy efficiency technology for buildings. The technology, described in Nature, makes use of conductive......read more

Kaitlin Rebesco: Color Block

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Paris-based artist replaces billboards with solid slabs of color

Outdoor advertisements are so ubiquitous in New York that they have almost started to become a part of the city’s architecture. Residents of the city are so inundated with these messages that they hardly even seem to notice them anymore. In these images, blocks of color replace the billboards in order to give a different perspective of the space occupied by these ads. - See more at:......read more

Design in Williamsburg

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Four square blocks of flourishing Brooklyn style

Brooklyn's steady, inexorable gentrification is a divisive topic. On the one hand, the glass condominiums (and the yuppies they contain) are blamed for diminishing the character of neighborhoods in the borough. On the other hand, the influx of dollars and young, creative inhabitants is helping revitalize run-down BK communities. The latter position is the stance taken by The New York Times in an......read more

An Open Letter to Obama

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Environmentalist community urges President Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change

The danger of slipping off the fiscal cliff has thankfully abated for now, but there's another, even more serious danger ahead: the climate change cliff. Yesterday, nearly 70 environmental and health organizations sent a letter to President Obama [pdf] urging the president to take bold and decisive action against climate change. “Dear Mr. President,” the letter begins. “Thank......read more

Color-Blocked Street Art From Jessica Stockholder

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Artist creates walk-through canvas in downtown Chicago

For her latest work, artist Jessica Stockholder zoomed out, way out, to envision a three-dimensional painting covering an entire intersection in downtown Chicago. The installation, dubbed "Color Jam," was commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance, who let the artist run loose with her idea of saturating sidewalks, crosswalks, and even building facades in bold washes of green, blue and red. From......read more

GOP Offshore Drilling Bill Rejected by Senate

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Dems block measure to to speed up oil leases off the U.S. coast

The Republican effort to expand offshore drilling in country has been turned down by the U.S. Senate. The bill would have opened up more areas to drilling and forced regulators to speed up their decisions on lease permits. The vote was 57 against and 42 for -- 18 short of the 60 "Yes" votes required to move it to the Senate floor. Democrats voted resoundingly against the bill, saying it would ......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-28-11

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Giant pink snails, epic Hasselblad photos, 12 dumb ugly jerks blocking climate change progress, and more.

Attack of the Giant Pink Snails: No, not an invasive exotic species, but a killer public art project in Florida, featuring oversized pink snails made of recycled plastic.  Purty birdies: Every night at dusk, a cloud of starlings do the tango in the skies above Sterte, England. Mark Sigler caught them in the act in this lovely one minute video.  The Big......read more

Upton Flip Flops on Climate

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GOP Energy Chairman vows to block emissions regs. Great.

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said he will fight Obama's plan for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Republican Congressman Fred Upton told Wallace that the new GOP-led House won't "let this administration regulate what they've been unable to legislate."   On the one hand, we shouldn't be......read more

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