Posts tagged ‘ecology’

November 8, 2010

Sweden’s Invisible Treehouse Hotel

by Matt Forcey

Vacancy!  One of four room styles at treehotel, a new hotel complex composed entirely of outlandish tree houses, the “mirrorcube” is situated 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.  Looking somewhat like a hunting blind for the creature in the Predator movies, the mirrorcube hangs around a single tree trunk, about 30 feet above the ground. 

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November 6, 2010

Sharks are Friends, Not Food

by Matt Forcey

With many shark species on the brink of extinction, a new community of conservation-minded divers and videographers are working to change our perceptions of an animal long demonized in popular culture.  Like many of my generation, I was scared shitless at an early age by the movie Jaws.  I remain to this day inherently fearful of deep, open water.  I can, at anytime, cause myself anxiety with a simple thought…

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October 26, 2010

Launch Party at World’s First Private SpacePort

by Matt Forcey

Sixteen months after breaking ground in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the world’s first commercial spaceport “Spaceport America” celebrated this weekend with a launch party for the facility’s two-mile-long runway (watch the ceremony here).  A partnership between the State of New Mexico and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the spaceport has been providing commercial satellite launch services for the past few years, and will soon begin its much-anticipated space tourism flights, ferrying lucky (and wealthy) customers into suborbital space for a few minutes of weightlessness and a remarkable view of our planet.

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October 5, 2010

Turn Any Bicycle Into a Smartphone-Controlled, Hybrid E-Bike

by Matt Forcey

 

Smart, responsive and elegant, the Copenhagen Wheel is a new emblem for urban mobility.  It turns the bike you already own, quickly and easily into an electric bike with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities.

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September 30, 2010

Chicago High Rise Made for Shade

by Matt Forcey
Did you know that the best angle for glass to keep a Chicago apartment warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer is 71 degrees?

Well architects Studio Gang have designed an entire high rise building based on that optimum angle with solar access and shading as its core concept.

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September 29, 2010

For the Sadistic Germaphobe in Your Life. Poor Little Fish Sink

by Matt Forcey

Designed by Yan Lu (who apparently draws inspiration from old James Bond movies, and S.P.E.C.T.O.R.’s painfully slow spy killing devices), the Poor Little Fish Sink, drains the water from your fishy friend’s home as you wash your hands.  The longer you keep the faucet running…

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September 20, 2010

Power Planter

by Matt Forcey

Power Planter is ceramic and comes complete with organic soil and wheatgrass seeds. Just add water and let nature take its course!

Order here

September 18, 2010

Green Roof City at Chicago’s DePaul University

by Matt Forcey

Expanding on Chicago’s already existing 200 green roofs, (more than any other American city), this sloping, garden-topped building won’t be like any you’ve ever seen before. Designed by Yi Huang, Tian Tan & Xu Zhang, Green Roof City is a ramped structure that links together two of the windy city’s existing buildings.

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September 16, 2010

$10 Million Auto X-Prize Ultra-Efficient Winners

by Matt Forcey
The Progressive Auto X Prize has just announced the winners of its $10 million contest to design and build the world’s most efficient eco vehicle, and the grand prize goes to…

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September 14, 2010

Got MPG? Derringer Cycles Go 150 on a Gallon of Gas and Look Great Doing So

by Matt Forcey

Derringer is the neo-classical interpretation of a 1920’s era board track racing motorcycle, but that’s not all.  Designed by world-renowned industrial designer, Adrian Van Anz, this revolutionary moto-hybrid was conceived as an exciting new option in highly-efficient transportation.  

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September 5, 2010

All Aboard Manhattan’s High Line

by Matt Forcey

The High Line, an elevated railroad track running up the West Side of Manhattan, was built in the 1930s and abandoned by 1980.  It thrived for years as a figment of people’s romantic imagination — a wild meadow threaded with rusty rails 30 feet above the street — that was visited primarily by adventuresome truants and graffiti artists. Last summer, the High Line, redesigned to look like a wild meadow threaded with a concrete path and some carefully relocated rusty rails, finally opened as a park — and it does not disappoint.

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