The Secret Garden at China’s Forbidden City will open for first time in nearly 100 years

March 22, 2016 by  
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The Forbidden City in Beijing is one of the world’s busiest cultural heritage sites, receiving over 15 million visitors each year. However, none of these visitors have been allowed to explore the palace’s Secret Garden . Built in the 18th century, the Secret Garden has been closed to the public since the last emperor of China was deposed in a coup that ushered in the People’s Republic of China. In the cultural and political upheaval that followed, the Garden was damaged and neglected. In recent years, conservators from China and around the world have been hard at work to restore the Secret Garden to its former glory – and it will soon open to the public for the first time in nearly 100 years. Read the rest of The Secret Garden at China’s Forbidden City will open for first time in nearly 100 years

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VIDEO: See inside NYC’s first official micro apartments complete with transforming furniture

March 22, 2016 by  
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After just three years of planning and construction, NYC’s first official micro apartment building is getting ready to open its doors. Inhabitat recently got a sneak peek inside one of the compact units at Carmel Place, complete with transforming furniture, plenty of daylight and ample built-in storage. Read on for our video tour to check it out for yourself. READ MORE >

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Climate change is destroying the planet at a rate unseen in the last 66 million years

March 22, 2016 by  
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Research has given new clues to understanding the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a catastrophic world-warming event that took place 56 million years ago. The data shows the mysterious rise of atmospheric carbon took place over a relatively short period of time, killing huge swaths of marine organisms in the process. Now, according to an alarming story in the Washington Post , modern civilization is pumping out carbon at 10 times that rate. Read the rest of Climate change is destroying the planet at a rate unseen in the last 66 million years

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Smog Continues to Blanket Beijing with Pollution Levels That Are Completely Off the Charts

January 29, 2013 by  
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Smog continues to cloak the city of Beijing with pollution levels that are off the charts. Officials warned residents not to leave their homes this week unless absolutely necessary as the toxic air reached levels that were beyond the range of the US embassy’s air quality index. Experts say that the pollution could linger until Thursday, raising concerns about the long-term consequences to the health residents living in the city. Read the rest of Smog Continues to Blanket Beijing with Pollution Levels That Are Completely Off the Charts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing air pollution , beijing air quality , Beijing carbon emissions , Beijing China pollution levels , Beijing smog level , pollution levels in China

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Colorful Carpet Made From Thousands of Digital Watches by Heidi Voet

January 29, 2013 by  
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Wristwatches were once a necessity, but now they’re entering the realm of novelty – more often than not, when you ask someone for the time they check their smartphone instead. In her installation Is six afraid of seven/ ’cause seven, eight, nine! , artist Heidi Voet weaves over four thousand wristwatches into a time-telling carpet that chimes in synchronicity. Over the course of the exhibition, individual watches will deviate, sounding off at the wrong moment to create a cacophony instead of a symphony. Read the rest of Colorful Carpet Made From Thousands of Digital Watches by Heidi Voet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carpet , chaos , chime , digital watches , heidi voet , Installation , invention , rug , smartphone

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Design Your Own ‘Hutopolis’ at Beijing Design Week

September 21, 2011 by  
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Image: Hutopolis . Praised by Prince Charles for their sustainable features, Beijing’s traditional hutong alley neighborhoods are now the stars of a SimCity -like interactive game being showcased at Beijing Design Week . Its creators hope letting exhibit visitors imagine thei… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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