Fletcher Studio Unveils Terraced Garden With Biopool in Zurich, Switzerland

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Situated in Zurich, Switzerland, this serene garden and biopool by Fletcher Studio is suspended on the edge of a steep hillside. By placing the garden on the hillside, the architects opened up views of the surrounding environment and made them an integral part of the garden. The existing hillside flora and additional plantings form a backdrop that encloses the garden, screening it from an adjacent street and enabling the area to function separately from the house. 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! Read the rest of Fletcher Studio Unveils Terraced Garden With Biopool in Zurich, Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , biopool , Botanical , eco pool , Fletcher Studio , garden , Green Building , green design , green pool , sustainable design , Switzerland , Zurich        

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SOUP Architects’ Modern Wedge House Sits Peacefully on a Surrey, UK Hillside

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Designing a comfortable, efficient, and energy conscious home for a family of three generations is no easy task, but SOUP Architects  turned the challenge into an opportunity to create a beautiful, multi-faceted architectural expression on an unassuming garden plot in Surrey, UK. Their design approach to the irregularly shaped site they were given was to create a relaxed, informal series of spaces orientated to maximize afternoon and evening sun in the main living areas. The angular living spaces are positioned centrally on the site and they open out to the garden through a 20-foot triple track pocket window that slides out of view. The cantilevered, cedar-clad first floor is angled to accommodate the  retained trees on the site and forms a canopy to the main entrance. The strong physical connection to the garden aims to extend the calm modernism of the internal spaces out to the garden backdrop. + SOUP Architects 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: green architecture , green design , modern eco home , modern green home , modern home , soup architects , UK Architecture , UK homes , wedge house        

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Brilliant Expanding REK Bookcase Grows Along With Your Library

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Reinier de Jong just launched a new scaled-down version of his brilliant expanding REK Bookcase. The bookcase is made of poplar plywood sourced from sustainably managed forests in Europe, and it’s able to gradually expand to accomodate a growing collection of books. The Dutch designer decided to create a smaller bookcase suitable for small spaces when it was time for his toddler son to have his own shelf. Read the rest of Brilliant Expanding REK Bookcase Grows Along With Your Library Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , book selves , bookcase , eco furniture , green design , poplar plywood , Reinier de jong , REK , Sustainable Materials        

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Gorgeous Riverside Piampiano Residence Refurbished with Reclaimed Wood Near Aspen, Colorado

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China Prepares for Transportation Boom as US Infrastructure Crumbles

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Chinese officials announced Wednesday at the 6th Annual US-China Transportation Forum that they are expanding their nationwide network of highways , railways and airports. US officials at the same forum said the federal government is having trouble maintaining America’s existing transportation system since public funding has become scarce. Albeit in different places with their transportation planning, the two countries seem to share the same goal to create a robust, healthy and more sustainable system. Read the rest of China Prepares for Transportation Boom as US Infrastructure Crumbles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 6th annual US-China Transportation Forum , adding airports in china , adding highways in china , adding motorways in china , adding railways in china , china transportation boom , china transportation planning , cleaner transportation china , decreasing reliance on airlines , decreasing reliance on automobiles , diversifying transportation , federal funding for transportation , green transportation china , high speed rail , us transportation maintenance , us transportation planning        

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Japan’s Governing Party Says TEPCO Should Not Handle Fukushima Nuclear Plant Decommission

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As the Tokyo Electric Power Company ( TEPCO ) prepares for the most dangerous phase of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan’s Liberal Democratic party (LDP) is calling for another agency to oversee the process. The party plans to present a proposal to Prime Minister Abe next week that asks for an entity financially independent of TEPCO to handle the delicate task. The decision comes amidst mounting political and public scrutiny of the operator’s performance. Read the rest of Japan’s Governing Party Says TEPCO Should Not Handle Fukushima Nuclear Plant Decommission Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant , Japan , ldp , liberal democratic party , nuclear decommission , nuclear regulation authority , prime minister abe , radiation leak , radioactive water , shunichi tanaka , taro aso , TEPCO , tokyo electric power company        

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IT Dad’s Dream to Sail His 10 Children to Alaska in a Giant Off-Grid Barge Nears Reality

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To fulfill a longstanding dream to sail his 10 children to Alaska, Eddie Ebel recruited two of his oldest sons to construct a giant off-grid barge. The Dad, who is also a missionary, believes that building the houseboat from scratch not only instills in his children a sense of self-reliance and responsibility, but also gives them confidence. Once complete, the enormous floating structure will become the Edel family’s home, in which they will travel throughout the Pacific Northwest to help others become members of the DIY community as well. Read the rest of IT Dad’s Dream to Sail His 10 Children to Alaska in a Giant Off-Grid Barge Nears Reality Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska , barge , Dad builds off-grid barge for 10 children , Dad sails to AK with 10 children , DIY , eddie ebel , former army corps member , giant off-grid barge , houseboat , IT Dad’s kids build giant off-grid barge , missionary work , pacific iceberg , Pacific Northwest , sailing to Alaska in off-grid barge , Self-Reliance , survival skills , teenage sons        

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New Hyperloop Startup Announces it Will Build a Prototype by Next June

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The Hyperloop concept is already beginning to pick up speed. A new start up group of engineering experts, who call themselves Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., has stepped forward with the ambitious task to turn Elon Musk’s idea into reality. Today the team’s leading technicians, Dr. Marco Villa, former SpaceX mission director, and former president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Dr. Patricia Galloway, along with HTT interim CEO Dirk Ahlborn announced their plan to build a prototype Hyperloop system by next year. Read the rest of New Hyperloop Startup Announces it Will Build a Prototype by Next June Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dirk Ahlborn , Electric Transporation , elon musk , Fringe Tech , Future Tech , GloCa , Hyperloop , Hyperloop Concept , hyperloop development , Hyperloop Transportation Technologies , JumpStartFund , Marco Villa , Patricia Galloway , Space X , SuprStudio , tesla , ULCA        

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DHL delivers emission savings with expanded LNG fleet

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The logistics giant is now the largest operator of LNG heavy trucks in Europe.

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Whales and Dolphins Face Extinction Because Japan Uses Obsolete Hunting Data

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The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) recently  released a report highlighting Japan’s use of obsolete data to set hunting quotas for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Even though this year’s catch limit of 16,655 for small cetaceans is a drastic improvement from the 30,000 caught annually in 1993 before limits were set, some species have still been hunted beyond the point of recovery. Japan still carries out the largest hunt in the world , a problem compounded by the lucrative “live catch” market for aquariums that can earn hunters between $8,400 and $98,000 per animal. Read the rest of Whales and Dolphins Face Extinction Because Japan Uses Obsolete Hunting Data Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottlenose dolphin meat , Dall’s porpoise , Environmental Investigation Agency , Japan’s Fisheries Agency , Japanese eels , largest whale hunt in the world , live catch market for aquariums , pufferfish overfishing in Japan , striped dolphin , whale hunting in Japan        

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