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Floating Architecture Addresses Rising Seas

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With climate change threatening coastal communities, floating buildings move from science fiction to reality

From unpredictable floods to rising sea levels, the earth-altering phenomena induced by climate change are changing the way humans coexist with water. Urged on by the demands of global warming, architects and city planners are responding to the challenge with buildings that sit on or above the shifting seas. Aqua-architecture has a long history in the Netherlands (a full third of the country......read more

Innovative Floating Forrest Planned For Rotterdam

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Bobbing Forrest By Mothership

Famous for their canals, the people of the Netherlands definitely know how to make use of winding waterways to the fullest. Demonstrating this ingenuity is a new project that will increase urban greenspace within the city of Rotterdam. Mothership, an art collective composed of local dutch entrepreneurs and designers, has come up with the idea of creating a floating forest placed in the......read more

Surrealist Art Meets Green Architecture in an Austrian Home

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From Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, a green home M.C. Escher would admire

Surrealist sculpture and green architecture collide in this hillside Austrian home that might make M.C. Escher blush -- and Mies van der Rohe cringe. The detached house, designed by Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, is covered in a soft synthetic turf, offering a strange yet somehow literal take on green wall design. With willfully superfluous windows extending from other windows and weirdly placed......read more

A Floating Wind Tower Goes to Sea

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America's first offshore wind installation launches in Maine

Offshore wind farms have taken off throughout much of the world, but they've yet to catch on in the US. With cheaper (and dirtier) forms of energy available, the steep cost of erecting an offshore wind tower has hindered development off of our coasts. But researchers from the University of Maine tried a new approach last week by launching a floating wind machine--the first offshore wind......read more

US and UK Announce Floating Wind Turbine Collaboration

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New tech looks to harness consistently powerful winds above deep water

At this week's multilateral clean energy meeting in London, the British government announced it will collaborate with the US to develop floating wind turbines that harness the higher wind speeds available over deeper water. The UK's offshore wind potential big; it is estimated to account for about one-third of Europe's overall offshore wind potential. But in order to exploit it, new technology......read more

Karri Loop House by Morq Architecture

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An H-shaped home near Perth, Australia built in harmony with its setting

Located just south of Perth in the town of Margaret River in Western Australia, Karri Loop House is a beautiful example of a building designed in harmony with its natural surroundings. Designed by MORQ architects, the H-shaped building plan wraps around three large existing trees, while at the same time framing a pair of assymetrical courtyards.  “These trees, their root......read more

Urban Homesteading

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Self-sufficiency in the city.

Homesteading is broadly defined as a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency. The sustainable, back-to-the-land movement is gaining popularity in urban areas, where applicable rural homesteading elements are being applied to city living. In theory, most people are into the idea of producing everything needed for survival on one's own land. While this isn't realistic for most of......read more

Selecting the right backpack for work or play is essential. Whether you’re headed to the office or out on a trail, a good bag can ease the stress of travel. Having ample space for your things is important, but all those extra goodies can be a curse as much as a blessing—your pack is liable to become uncomfortably heavy. Lightning Packshas solved this dilemma with......read more

Bob Burnquist: Skate Afloat

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Trailblazing skater shreds a miniramp floating on Lake Tahoe

Bob Burnquist, the pioneering Brazilian skater (and, incidentally, committed environmentalist), has boldly taken the sport to another new frontier. His latest invention is a floating miniramp in the middle of Lake Tahoe, a project inititated by Visit California as part of its "Dream Big" campaign. And dream big they did. Master rampbuilder Jeff King and his team spent 300 man hours and......read more

Mezmerizing Mirrored Cityscapes

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Cities appear as floating mirages in these breathtaking images

Talk about double vision! At certain angles in the right time of day, cities that sit on bodies of water can appear as mirages, with their skylines mirrored in the water below. These spellbinding photographs, originally seen on scene360, show off this stunning mirrored effect that happens when a panoramic cityscape sits on a body of water. Taken by various photographers, each image shows a......read more

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