Transparent ‘Cactaceae’ Shelter is Inspired by the Geometry of Flowering Cacti

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Muted lace-like panels keep the heat from the sun from penetrating the inside of the shelter while framing the views of the magnificent landscape. The geometric structure is made from triangular panes that combine rigid forms with delicate, meticulously patterned surfaces. To create the installation Architect Iván Juárez worked with Araceli Gonzales and Roberto Elva Garate, whoa re craftsmen from the neighboring San Sebatián area. The shelter’s appearance changes throughout the day depending on the interplay between light and shadow, reflections and hues. It creates a visual dialogue with its surroundings and shows all of the visual and ambient effects that nature has on architecture. + X-Studio Via Fubiz        

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Don’t Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

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While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by pumpkin pie , cranberry sauce and heaps of vegetables, sharing the things that you are thankful for, don’t forget to thank the insects and animals that made it all possible. We tend to forget how vital bees and other pollinators are to our food system, but without them, there would be no pie, no vegetables, no fruit and no stuffing. This year, the US Fish and Wildlife (FSW) Service is reminding us all to protect the birds, bees, bats and butterflies that make our meals possible with a animation that reveals how empty Thanksgiving dining would be without pollinators. About 75 percent of the food the world eats relies on pollinators, but these hard working bugs and animals are dying because of habitat loss, pesticide use and disease. To help combat this , FWS is collaborating with S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment), a program that protects dedicated areas for pollinators to thrive in – so that we can all enjoy many feasts to come. + US Fish and Wildlife Service + S.H.A.R.E. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bat preservation , bee loss , bee populations , bee preservation , bird preservation , butterfly preservation , colony collapse , environment preservation , food cycle , food supply , open spaces , pollinator preservation , S.H.A.R.E. , SHARE , simply have areas reserved for the environment , Thanksgiving dinner , Thanksgiving meal , United States Fish and Wildlife Service , usfws        

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Ford’s Interceptor Sedan is the Most Fuel-Efficient Police Vehicle in the U.S.

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Ford just announced that its Interceptor police sedan is the most fuel-efficient law enforcement car sold in the United States, with an EPA rating of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Ford special service sedan is able to beat out other police vehicles from Chevrolet and Dodge due to its fuel-efficient four-cylinder 2.0L EcoBoost engine. Read the rest of Ford’s Interceptor Sedan is the Most Fuel-Efficient Police Vehicle in the U.S. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: EcoBoost engine , efficient police car , ford , ford ecoboost engine , Ford police vehicle , four-cylinder , fuel efficiency , police vehicle , turbocharged engine        

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Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

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Eden’s Paper lets your loved ones grow their own garden after tearing through the wrapping paper on their holiday gifts. The lush vegetable prints on the paper are embedded with seeds , such as carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, chili or onion. 100 percent plantable, the wrapping paper helps divert landfill waste, while giving recipients an organic surprise with their gifts. Read the rest of Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable wrapping paper , carrot wrapping paper , eco design , Eden’s Paper , green design , plantable wrapping paper , recycled wrapping paper , seeded paper , seeds in wrapping paper , sustainable design , vegetable wrapping paper , wrapping paper embedded with seeds , wrapping paper you can plant        

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Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

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As if having the tallest and most expensive skyscraper in the world wasn’t enough, Dubai has shown its decadence once again by building an ice lounge right in the middle of the desert. The Chillout Café looks as if it were lifted right out of Sweden or Quebec , with couches, chandeliers, and even glasses made from ice. The carved-ice café hits about 21 degrees Fahrenheit, and it offers designer winter gear for its patrons to keep warm while the city blazes at 95° F outside. Read the rest of Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burj khalifa , Chillout Cafe , eco design , green design , ice cafe Dubai , ice hotel , Sharaf Group , sustainable design        

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Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

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Clean energy company Enèji Pwòp is on the mission to transform Haiti with renewable energy. The firm hopes to enhance quality of life within the country’s borders through a program that allows immigrant Haitians purchase clean energy products like solar lights to send to their loved ones at home. Read the rest of Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: EarthSpark International , eco design , Enèji Pwòp , green design , green lamps for Haiti , Haiti renewable energy , hanging solar lights , lighting up Haiti , renewable energy lamps for Haiti , renewable lamps , saving haiti , solar lamps , sustainable design , sustainable lighting solutions        

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