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28

Mar

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottlesThe Ooho ‘water bottle’ is a gelatinous blob that allows you to have your bottled water (minus the plastic) and eat it too.

This edible water blob could replace plastic bottles
The Ooho ‘water bottle’ is a gelatinous blob that allows you to have your bottled water (minus the plastic) and eat it too.

Rainforest Guardian: Futuristic skyscraper protects, irrigates the AmazonOne of the dazzling/sobering entries in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, this lotus-shaped fire station-in-the-sky deploys spray drones if fire breaks out under the forest canopy.

Rainforest Guardian: Futuristic skyscraper protects, irrigates the Amazon
One of the dazzling/sobering entries in the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, this lotus-shaped fire station-in-the-sky deploys spray drones if fire breaks out under the forest canopy.

Floating farm city harvests icebergs for hydroponicsFour French architecture students hope to create a new kind of fertile crescent in the North Atlantic, designing a C-shaped vessel that would irrigate crops with icebergs and house up to 800 people.

Floating farm city harvests icebergs for hydroponics
Four French architecture students hope to create a new kind of fertile crescent in the North Atlantic, designing a C-shaped vessel that would irrigate crops with icebergs and house up to 800 people.

17

Feb

Grain silo reborn as student housing in South AfricaA Johannesburg property development company has turned a shuttered grain silo into the city’s hottest new student housing complex. And just wait to you see what’s mounted on the roof…

Grain silo reborn as student housing in South Africa
A Johannesburg property development company has turned a shuttered grain silo into the city’s hottest new student housing complex. And just wait to you see what’s mounted on the roof…

06

Feb

New England’s first Living Building scores high marks in sustainabilityThe world’s fifth building to achieve the super-rigorous Living Building Challenge has been certified. And giving its location in New England’s Knowledge Corridor, it should come as no surprise that it’s an educational facility.

New England’s first Living Building scores high marks in sustainability
The world’s fifth building to achieve the super-rigorous Living Building Challenge has been certified. And giving its location in New England’s Knowledge Corridor, it should come as no surprise that it’s an educational facility.

15

Dec

Kick back with fellow ‘healthy hedonists’ in a shipping container day spaHot tubbin’ in the city gets sustainable with SOAK, a mobile ‘anti-spa’ concept built from shipping containers that harvests its own energy and recycles all of its wastewater.

Kick back with fellow ‘healthy hedonists’ in a shipping container day spa
Hot tubbin’ in the city gets sustainable with SOAK, a mobile ‘anti-spa’ concept built from shipping containers that harvests its own energy and recycles all of its wastewater.

04

Dec

treehugger:

This all-in-one ecosystem fits right on your desk.

treehugger:

This all-in-one ecosystem fits right on your desk.

30

Nov

unconsumption:


combining old headphones with an electronic guitar, ‘guitar ear-o’ seeks to give industrial waste products their original purpose back. reusing industrial waste from valuable music instruments that are thrown away due to small defects, the items are turned into a set of new headphones. the guitar’s fingerboard is transformed into the connecting strap between the two speakers, and the covers for the speakers are made out of the guitar body with remnants of the gloss paint still left on them. based on modular pieces, the guitar ear-o is a new way for old instruments to live a life in a different shape, but with keeping the same function, to play music.

More: repurposed electric guitar pieces become ear-o headphone set

unconsumption:

combining old headphones with an electronic guitar, ‘guitar ear-o’ seeks to give industrial waste products their original purpose back. reusing industrial waste from valuable music instruments that are thrown away due to small defects, the items are turned into a set of new headphones. the guitar’s fingerboard is transformed into the connecting strap between the two speakers, and the covers for the speakers are made out of the guitar body with remnants of the gloss paint still left on them. based on modular pieces, the guitar ear-o is a new way for old instruments to live a life in a different shape, but with keeping the same function, to play music.

More: repurposed electric guitar pieces become ear-o headphone set

14

Nov

unconsumption:


A design studio that makes use of all those plastic drink caps by upcycling them and using them as the fill for stools.

(via Beanbag Stools Filled with Recycled Bottle Caps)

unconsumption:

A design studio that makes use of all those plastic drink caps by upcycling them and using them as the fill for stools.

(via Beanbag Stools Filled with Recycled Bottle Caps)

31

Oct

treehugger:

What happens when a skylight manufacturer develops a green building standard? you get a lot of skylights! 14 in this case, which is almost restrained for the Active House System

treehugger:

What happens when a skylight manufacturer develops a green building standard? you get a lot of skylights! 14 in this case, which is almost restrained for the Active House System