Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

April 30, 2014 by  
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The Brookly Bush Terminal seems to be getting a facelift. This historic shipping and warehouse area is being drawn into this new era of eco-responsibility and sustainability with a new 1200-square-foot “comfort station”, complete with offices, learning centers, and restaurants. Designed by TCA ( Turett Collaborative Architects ), the challenge behind the new building was to create an environmentally-sensitive, educational and easy-to-maintain structure that blends with the industrial and natural surroundings. The solution was to re-purpose shipping containers , which worked well with the shipping terminal’s industrial history. Carefully placed windows will bring natural light into the building, and a live roof will both cool and insulate the building’s interior. Three wind turbines will help to supply the structure’s electricity, and non-toxic, sustainable Accoya wood is being used for all outdoor spaces. + Turett Collaborative 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: accoya wood , Brooklyn , Brooklyn Terminal , comfort station , green roof , shipping , shipping container , shipping terminal , TCA , wind turbines

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Cella: Adorable Modular Planter Pods Perfect for the Urban Plant Lover

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Looking to bring a splash of green into your tiny city apartment? Check out Cella , a new, creative product designed by firm Ecoid that aims to bring urban people closer to nature. Constructed of flexible, lightweight plastic to house moss and small plants, each modular pod creates a microclimate that allows plants to thrive both indoors and outdoors. Cella is uniquely adaptable in that it can be attached to walls and roofs, massed together to create a carpet, or simply stand alone. This portable, self-contained habitat also comes in different sizes and can be linked with other units, giving the user flexibility to be creative with their Cella designs. Want to get your hands on Cella? Help support the Cella Kickstarter to make the sustainable technology affordable for families all around the world! + Cella Kickstarter 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: cella , Ecoid , kickstarter , modular , modular pod , MoSS , plant pod , planter pods , reader submitted content

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Hand-Powered Golden Goose Gadget Scrambles Eggs Without Breaking the Shell

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To achieve the perfect egg , chefs and amateur cooks often labor with spatulas, forks, whisks and a host of other utensils. So inventor Geraint Krumpe of Y Line Product Design envisioned a much simpler, faster way to create a stress-free scramble with the Golden Goose. The hand-powered gadget uses centrifugal force to mix the contents of the egg inside the shell without introducing outside air. Once suitably jostled, the egg is ready to be boiled, or dropped into a pan. Read the rest of Hand-Powered Golden Goose Gadget Scrambles Eggs Without Breaking the Shell Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: centrifugal force , Easter , egg , geraint krumpe , golden goose , kickstarter campaign , recyclable material , scrambled eggs , y line product design

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Elkamii Turns Wood Scraps into Space-Saving Home Goods with Minimalist Flair

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Looking at these elegant floating shelves , you probably wouldn’t guess that they’re made of discarded wood scraps. Designed and crafted in NYC, these charming “Peliships” are just a sampling of what Brooklyn-based shop Elkamii can do with what others might consider trash. Keep reading to see their other beguiling offerings made of waste materials. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Amber Orchard Collection , Bird Bookends , BKLYN Designs 2014 , elegant design , Elkamii , home goods , Loops and cheese cable keeper , minimalistic furniture , Modern Homes , Peliships , Peliships floating shelves , Porcelian Pots , Shoe Bench , space saving furniture

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Hello Wood Unveils Epic Butterfly House Pavilion for the Budapest Spring Festival

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Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

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American Food 2.0 Pavilion to Showcase an Edible Vertical Wall of U.S. Crops at Milan 2015 Expo

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Could Make the Mining Industry Obsolete

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Diamond mining takes a terrible toll on both human life and the environment , but lab-grown gems, which are now just as pure as natural ones and produce one-fifth the carbon dioxide emissions, could provide a viable alternative. Not only is the carbon footprint of the gems much smaller, but laboratories don’t require forced child labor to make their diamonds. So far, the artificial variety only account for 2 percent of the world’s jewelry market, but they have the potential to make mining obsolete. Read the rest of Lab-Grown Diamonds Could Make the Mining Industry Obsolete Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: a girl’s best friend , are lab-grown diamonds as pure as natural ones , artificial diamonds could offer a solution to forced child labour in Africa , artificial diamonds produce less carbon emissions that mined ones , diamonds without mines , lab grown diamonds , lab-grown diamonds are a sustainable alternative to natural ones , man made diamonds , sustainable mining practices vs lab-grown diamonds

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How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

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Who ever imagined that lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of lawn-eradication, and the Food Not Lawns movement is growing on a daily basis. Lawns were originally cultivated by wealthy European nobles to show off all the land that they didn’t need for growing food, but in an era of droughts, climate change, and imminent food shortages, such wastefulness isn’t a trophy for the elite; it’s pretty much reprehensible. Read the rest of How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Edible Estate , edible estates , edible garden , edible lawn , food forest garden , food garden , food lawn , Food Not Lawns , garden , Gardening , HOW TO: Eat your lawn , perennial , permaculture , raised beds , raised garden beds , tomatoes , vegetable garden , vegetables , veggies

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Struggling Economy Linked to Schools that Fail to Meet the Needs of Young Boys

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In today’s economy, men need brains, not just brawn to succeed. This is an unfortunate dilemma considering schools today may be failing to provide boys with the know-how needed to be successful in school. A new paper, recently published by Third Way , a Washington research group, discusses the major gaps found between the behavioral skills of young girls and boys and their grades. The differences start in kindergarten, with girls being significantly more attentive, better behaved, more sensitive, more persistent, more flexible and more independent than young boys. But it doesn’t end there. Teachers say that by the 5th grade, the gap between boys and girls grows bigger and the trend continues into adulthood. More than just a school issue, The New York Times points out that, “in an economy that rewards knowledge, the academic struggles of boys turn into economic struggles. Men’s wages are stagnating.” Census data makes it clear that males are struggling economically when compared to their female peers, whose median inflation-adjusted earnings have gone up 35 percent over the last quarter-century while male earnings have remained entirely stagnate during the same time period. Keep reading to learn why schools need to better meet the needs of young boys if we want the economy to improve. READ MORE > Lead Image  via  Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boy behavior gap , boys affect economy , boys behavior , boys grade gap , boys struggling , boys vs girls , economy , education , green education , literacy , parenting , reading levels , school success

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