10 brilliant communal designs helping people work and live together

August 29, 2016 by  
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1. WeWork and WeLive WeWork is an internationally recognized concept with luxury communal working spaces situated across the globe. Their membership plans allow freelancers and entrepreneurs to work at any WeWork space in the world. They’ve recently expanded their successful brand to include WeLive , a line of fully-furnished apartment complexes that boast communal workspaces, kitchens, roof decks, and even hot tubs. 2. Neuehouse Neuehouse is another urban co-working space that caters itself to creatives. Based in New York, Los Angeles, and London, Neuehouse transforms vacated and industrial buildings into multi-level communal workspaces that include screening rooms, broadcast studios, dining spaces and conference rooms, all centered around a modernist and artistic aesthetic. 3. 17th century London church by Tom Dixon Designer Tom Dixon transformed a 17th century London church into a contemplative co-working space for Clerkenwell Design Week . He installed some of his own lighting and furniture designs, including a chandelier made of CURVE lights and geometric tables and chairs. The project was inspired by vicar Andrew Baughen, who hoped to make the church more accessible to local creatives. 4. Coworkrs Brooklyn Leeser Architects transformed an old Brooklyn factory into this vibrant co-working space near the Gowanus Canal. The converted warehouse combines striking pops of color with the raw, industrial edge of the original building. The forward-thinking design features suspended LED lighting, glass conference room alcoves, and angular staircases. 5. Hoffice Some freelancers are drawn to majestic spaces; others wish for more down-to-earth offices . Swedish project Hoffice is perfect for those who want a home atmosphere but have trouble being productive alone. Hoffice helps freelancers turn their own apartments and homes into shared co-working spaces where others can come work – for free. Many have been drawn to the Hoffice idea; people in Southeast Asia, Australia, and North America have hosted events so far. 6. B:Hive Six friends outfitted a unique co-working space in Connecticut with the goal to ” create something that couldn’t be replicated .” They scoured thrift stores to find furniture and furnishings to upcycle into a funky “anti-office,” B:Hive Bridgeport . Complete with decorations from a Ping Pong table to a bicycle desk and barn wood tables, their hive offers a vibrant space for creatives looking to connect with the community. 7. 1975 ferry transformed as a buoyant work/live space Architect Olle Lundberg often works with salvaged materials . He found a 1975 ferry in Iceland, the Maritol, and brought it to San Francisco , where he worked his magic. Lundberg converted the ferry into a space where he lived and worked with his wife before selling it to Kahle and Creon Levit, who turned the old ship into a co-working space affectionately called the ” Icebreaker .” 8. Solar-powered Coboat catamaran Coboat offers the opportunity for digital nomads to take to the seas and live and work aboard a wind – and solar -powered catamaran . Desalination provides water for the boat dwellers as they live a ” zero carbon footprint ” lifestyle on the ocean . Seating outdoors and indoors allows freelancers to take full advantage of the experience. 9. Mexico City helipad converted into a co-working space and garden Coca-Cola decided it no longer needed its rooftop helipad in a Mexico City office. So they asked Rojkind Arquitectos and AGENT to renovate the helipad into a garden and co-working space. Called Foro Ciel , the space features a green roof sprouting native plants that includes an ” integrated solar system “. Walkways through the garden offer inspiring panoramic views of the city. 10. 19th century factory in Madrid inspired by Picasso Google tasked Jump Studios with converting a 19th century Madrid factory into a campus that can house ” 7,000 workers and 50 resident start-ups .” The architecture and design firm created a bold space that incorporates the building’s brick walls. For the colors decorating the factory , Jump Studios drew inspiration from painters Joaquín Sorolla and Picasso. Images via WeWork , Neuehouse , Tom Dixon , Leeser Architecture , Hoffice by David Wild and Amrit Daniel Forss, Peter DaSilva at The New York Times , B:Hive Bridgeport Facebook , Coboat , ©Jaime Navarro courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, and Jump Studios

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Nicholas Cage pledges to return Mongolia’s stolen dinosaur skull

December 23, 2015 by  
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When actor Nicolas Cage bought a 70 million year old Tyrannosaurus bataar skull at auction for $276,000 in 2007, he had no way of knowing that it had actually been smuggled illegally into the United States. Cage purchased the fossil anonymously from the I.M. Chait gallery in Beverly Hills, but in July, 2014 he learned the skull was the subject of a homeland security investigation when law enforcement contacted his agent about the case. Read the rest of Nicholas Cage pledges to return Mongolia’s stolen dinosaur skull

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Beautiful Ontario refuge built from reclaimed materials is 100% self-sufficient

December 23, 2015 by  
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US Announces Agent Orange Clean-Up in Vietnam After 40 Years

August 14, 2012 by  
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Nearly 40 years after the Vietnam War, the U.S. launched a project to clean up toxic residues of Agent Orange  – one of the many herbicides used by the U.S. military during the war was proven to contain dioxin, a chemical linked to cancer, birth defects and other disabilities. The $43 million joint project with Vietnam will take four years and cover a large contaminated area , including a former U.S. air base in Da Nang, where Agent Orange was mixed, stored and loaded onto planes. Read the rest of US Announces Agent Orange Clean-Up in Vietnam After 40 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Agent Orange removal , bio-weapons , chemical weapon , Da Nang military base , dioxins , food contamination , herbicides , international initiatives , South China Sea , U.S. Military , Vietnam War

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AGENT Recycles Accidental Books Into Polished Paper Skateboards

March 7, 2012 by  
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Monsanto Being Sued for Poisoning West Virginia Town with Agent Orange Chemicals

February 1, 2012 by  
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If you don’t know who Monsanto is, just ask your stomach – chances are you’ve consumed quite a lot of their genetically modified produce in your life. The giant agricultural company has long been derided by activists for its lawsuits against small family farms and is now the center of a lawsuit for poisoning an entire town with chemicals used to make Agent Orange, an herbicide used during the Vietnam War, which has been blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths. The chemical was manufactured in Monsanto’s Nitro, West Virginia factory from the late 1940s through the early 1970s and ever since, the town has been riddled with a high rate of cancer. The class action lawsuit calls for Monsanto to pay for future health examinations for early disease detection for people who were exposed to Agent Orange chemicals while living in Nitro and also asks for the environment surrounding the now defunct factory to be cleaned of the residual toxins. Disturbingly, the second part of the case has been thrown out leaving only the health issues on the table. Read the rest of Monsanto Being Sued for Poisoning West Virginia Town with Agent Orange Chemicals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agent orange class action lawsuit , agent orange nitro , Monsanto , monsanto cancer case , monsanto chemicals , monsanto class action lawsuit , nitro , nitro agent orange factory , nitro cancer case , nitro cancer rate , nitro class action lawsuit , nitro diseases , nitro monsanto cancer , nitro west virginia , west virginia cancer rate , west virginia chemicals

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Not A Good Week For Barack Obama, Or The Environment

September 3, 2011 by  
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Today at the White House, image credit Agent 350 It has not been a good week for Barack Obama. Outside his house, it is the last day of the sit-in and it’s the biggest crowd yet. Yesterday author Naomi Klein was arrested; this can be a real problem for a Canadian if you ever want to get back into the US. “I wasn’t planning to get arrested,” Klein told the Star minutes after she was sprung. “It was a last-minute decision. I was sitting there with several indigenous leaders fro… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Keep Monsanto Out of Your Garden this Spring

January 21, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Alexa Sky. There are plenty of good reasons to avoid Monsanto: Roundup , genetically-engineered beets, corn, and other crops , the fact that they sue farmers after their seeds (a monopoly of their own) contaminate the farmers’ own fields , Agent Orange….we could go on and on. What some people may not realize…

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