Posts tagged ‘green’

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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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 20, 2010

Chicago Highway Ripens Into Hothouse Vegetable Farm

by Matt Forcey

Studio Gang made waves on the international architecture scene last year with their award-winning design for the new Aqua Tower in Chicago.  Like many of the firm’s previous projects, the Aqua was designed to foster a strong connection to the outdoors and the surrounding environment.  To this end, the building features outside terraces, integrated solar shading, and one of the largest green roofs in Chicago (btw, Chicago has more green roofs than any other major city on Earth).  Building on their environmental roots, the Gang has also developed a radical plan to incorporate sustainable produce gardens into densely urban environments.

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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 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 15, 2010

Hyundai To Sell Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars In 2012

by Matt Forcey

In a bid to one-up their competition, Hyundai has announced that they will sell hydrogen fuel cell cars starting in 2012 – three years before Toyota, Honda and the rest of the competition.

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September 15, 2010

Chicago’s New “Green Line” Subway Cars

by Matt Forcey

When I first saw this I thought, ok, Mayor Daley has finally gone too far with his love of green space.  But then, the idea started to grow on me.  And just as I was really looking forward to planting my feet on the nearest El platform to see this garden on rails, I discovered that

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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 13, 2010

Mafia Gets into the Wind Farm Business

by Matt Forcey

Need proof that green technology is a lucrative industry? Look no further than Italy, where the Mafia (AKA the “lords of the wind”) has infiltrated the wind power business.

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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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September 5, 2010

Plant Your Ass on This: Furnibloom

by Matt Forcey

Furniture that brings the farmers’ market right to your kitchen table.

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Perhaps you are a city dweller with limited access to space; you want a garden, but you also want a patio set—and you don’t have room for both. Then you may want to look into Furnibloom.Designed by Icelandic landscape architect Dagný Bjarnadóttir, beautifully functional Furnibloom plexiglass furniture cleverly houses plants of all sorts—spices, vegetables or flowers—for easy cultivation and a unique set of tables and stools.  

 Via Cool Hunting