NRJA Unveils Plans to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition

February 29, 2012 by  
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A police station built in the early 20th century in Riga, Latvia is commissioning a renovation that will utterly transform it inside and out while retaining the building’s original footprint. Architecture firm NRJA (which stands for No Rules Just Architecture – just about the coolest firm name we have heard of) proposes to build an entirely new residential/mixed use building inside the original and cap it with an extensive roof garden. We’ve seen this trick before, but NRJA’s thoughtful approach to the project makes the design a real standout. Read the rest of NRJA Unveils Plans to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , eco apartments , Green Building , green design , green renovation , green roof , Latvia architecture , Reinhold Schmaeling , roof pation , sustainable design

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Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones

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Spotted by our friends at Treehugger , this epic Pegasus Sculpture , crafted by London’s Machine Shop from 3,500 Huawei smartphones stands nearly 19 feet tall and boasts a 16 foot wingspan. The mass of Ascend D Quad handsets rest on a frame made from over 650 yards of iron rods, and the whole piece took more than 720 man-hours to craft. Unfortunately, it misses the boat on being a legitimately cool piece of corporate art – read on to learn why. Read the rest of Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ascend d quad , electronic waste , green marketing , huawei smart phone , smart phone environment , smart phone pegasus , smart phone waste , the machine shop

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AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets

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Ever wish you could charge your iPhone while looking like a complete weirdo? Now you can, with the AIRE mask , a wind-powered device that captures the power of respiration and converts it to electricity via small wind turbines . At best it makes the wearer look like they’re living in a chemical war zone; at worst it’ll make you look like a futuristic Hannibal Lecter. But looks aren’t everything! Read the rest of AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind turbine” , AIRE Concept , AIRE mask , iphone charger , Joao Paulo Lammoglia , kinetic energy , mobile charger , renewable energy , wind energy

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Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes

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We’ve seen quite a few creative examples of disaster-resistant architecture here at Inhabitat – from houses that rise up atop flood waters to an elastic iron alloy designed to sway with an earthquake. Now a Japanese company, Air Danshin Systems Inc. , has come up with perhaps the most inventive solution we’ve seen — they fit out existing houses to levitate in the event of an earthquake. In the wake of last year’s Fukushima disaster the company is set to install the levitation system in 88 houses across Japan. Read the rest of Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , air danshin , compressed air , earthquake design , earthquake proof architecture , earthquake resistant , Floating Home , levitating homes , natural disaster

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Unilever Calls on Companies to Tackle Mountain of Food Waste

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The food services industry needs a united voice to deal with the huge costs of avoidable food waste, according to the conglomerate.

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The Power365 Concept is a Solar Powered Portable Power Supply

February 29, 2012 by  
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Power 365 is a concept for a next generation smart power supply that uses a simplistic arrangement of solar cells and light emitting technology. Designed by Phil Pauley, the portable device aims to produce enough juice to charge mobile phones, laptops, mp3 players and more. If produced, Power 365 would range in price from $200 for small mobile devices up to $50,000+ for a large scale linked rack of many devices for more powerful domestic or commercial applications. + Phil Pauley The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , green electronics , green gadgets , mobile smart grid , pauley interactive , phil pauley , portable power supply , power 365 , power365 , Solar Power

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Targeting Better Health: Target Bans Sandblasted Jeans

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The retail giant takes a stand on sandblasting denim, which can harm garment workers' lungs.

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Belgian Fashion Line is 100 Percent Transparent

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The monetary cost doing business in the fashion industry is one thing, but the environmental cost is quite another. Fashion has made a wasteful mark on the environment, from manufacturers letting dyes leak into the water supply to consumers…

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The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

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The world’s oldest nuclear power plant was just switched offline today in the UK after 44 years of operation. The Oldbury Power Station was the world’s first commercial nuclear operation, however it has reached the end of its working life – its 52,000 spent rods will be removed in the next few years and then shipped to a separate facility to be  reprocessed . The plant itself will take 80 years to safely dismantle as radiation levels slowly drop and caustic chemicals are cleaned up. Meanwhile in Chicago, two 100-year-old coal plants will also be shut down after proponents for clean air conducted a huge campaign for a coal-free city. Read the rest of The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chicago Clean Power Association , Crawford Coal Plant , Fisk Coal Plant , Fukushima Nuclear , green power , Oldbury Power Station , Reprocessing nuclear , Worlds oldest nuclear plant

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Shenzhen, China Launches the World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Fleet

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Shenzhen, China has laid claim to the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the world – and they recently announced the addition of 1,500 EV’s to their fleet of 500, bringing the grand total up to 2,000 vehicles. The vehicles — 1,300 busses and 700 taxis — were all bought from Shenzhen-based EV manufacturer BYD . Shenzhen has made some pretty progressive strides to get their residents and government workers behind the wheel of a zero-emissions vehicle – including offering lower energy costs for new electric vehicle owners, according to China Car Times . Read the rest of Shenzhen, China Launches the World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Fleet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BYD , byd electric busses , electric automobiles , electric cars , electric vehicle fleet , electric vehicles , green cars , green transportation , green vehicles , largest electric vehicle fleet , shenzhen , shenzhen china

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