Terrifying sinkhole swallows five-lane street in Japan

November 8, 2016 by  
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Traffic today is not following normal patterns in the bustling urban center of Fukuoka, Japan after a terrifying sinkhole claimed five lanes of city streets . The sinkhole, which left the surrounding buildings intact, measured 98-feet-long, 88-feet-wide, and nearly 50-feet-deep, exposing underground pipes and electrical infrastructure. No injuries have been reported and local authorities have responded quickly to assess the damage and begin to plan a solution. Fukuoka city officials reported that the sinkhole may be attributed to ongoing construction on the city’s subway lines. A project is underway to expand the subway network beneath the city streets, but it’s safe to say this side effect was not part of the plan. The collapse, which occurred shortly after 5 a.m. local time, caused power outages and kicked off a massive evacuation of the immediate area, in an attempt to keep the public safe from other ramifications, such as additional sinkholes or explosions from gas leaks. No serious injuries were reported, though. Related: Sinkhole releases over 200 million gallons of toxic waste into Florida’s drinking water Fukuoka, located in southern Japan, is the nation’s fifth largest city with 5.6 million residents. As part of the city’s growth, which has been booming in recent years, the local government is in the process of expanding the subway system to better serve its residents and commuting workers. Those plans backfired when construction allegedly kicked off the sinkhole, which began before dawn and grew until it had consumed all five lanes of the city street by mid-morning. Locals report hearing “a loud boom” when the sinkhole opened up directly in front of the main railway station serving the city. Via Business Insider Images via Kinkakuji09/Twitter

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The all-electric Vespa scooter of your dreams is finally here

November 8, 2016 by  
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While scooters have long been a viable alternative to cars in urban areas, since they use less fuel and take up less space, all-electric scooters are not yet the standard. The Vespa Elettrica model was developed by the Piaggio Group, parent company to the Vespa brand and a leading maker of electric engines. While few details are known at this time, the preliminary product shots reveal a snappy body with signature Vespa style. The next-gen scooter was unveiled today at EICMA 2016 in Milan, an annual event also known as the Milan Motorcycle Show. Vespa plans to begin production and sales of the all-electric scooter in the late 2017. Related: Vintage Vespa scooters transformed into incredible chairs In addition to the game-changing Elettrica, Vespa is launching a special edition, all red version of the Vespa 946 to benefit (RED) , a nonprofit deboted to research and prevention for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since its founding in 2006, (RED) has donated $360 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has so far benefited 70 million residents across Africa. Proceeds from sales of the special edition Vespa 946 will be contributed to (RED) to further back these life-saving efforts. Although the 946 is not an all-electric scooter, it is equipped with a highly fuel efficient single-cylinder four-stroke engine, and it also produces less noise and emissions than your average scooter. Together with the launch of the Elettrica, Vespa moves into a sphere of socially conscious scootering that aims to provide sustainable mobility for urban dwellers while making the world a little bit better for other inhabitants of the globe. + Vespa Images via Vespa

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Solar-powered National University of Singapore building will produce as much energy as it consumes

November 8, 2016 by  
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The six-story NZEB@SDE will be powered by 1,200 rooftop solar panels and feature a range of other green building designs, including a hybrid cooling approach, natural ventilation, and natural lighting . The contemporary building includes a large overhanging roof to shade the interior from the overbearing tropical sun, while its porous layout allows for cooling cross-breezes for a comfortable environment with minimal reliance on air conditioning. The large openings and balconies help connect the occupants with the outdoor landscape. Related: A tropical paradise grows inside this lush Singapore home “This project marks a new chapter in our School’s vision of learning, knowledge advancement and multidisciplinary collaboration,” said Professor Lam Khee Poh, Dean of NUS School of Design and Environment. “Many hours of discussion, design iterations and collaborative teamwork have gone into the design of NZEB@SDE, which will serve as a living laboratory to inspire our staff and students to explore innovative ideas as we continue to push the boundaries of sustainable design to build a green and resilient urban habitat for all to enjoy.” The net-zero energy building is slated for completion in early 2019. + Serie Architects + Multiply Architects Via Dezeen

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This Mexico City home hides a lush paradise behind its tall walls

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The design of Casa O unfolds as an intimate landscape that combines vegetation, stone, timber , and minimalist furniture to create a cozy environments while maintaining a functional appearance. The street-facing facade features the main entrance that connects the habitable interior areas with the exterior. Related: Hacienda-style rammed-Earth home in Mexico City radiates stored heat during cool nights The generous interior features thick timber-clad walls that direct the eye, extending visual limits to include a generous garden and other parts of the house. + Despacho Arquitectos HV Via Archdaily Photos by Paul Czitrom

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Rooftop Gardens Coming to a Bus Near You?

September 6, 2013 by  
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A Spanish artist reimagines the unused surfaces of bus rooftops as small gardens that breathe a little life into congested city streets.

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Ant AV Tricycle For Dancing in the Streets

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Jonathan Igharas takes a cargo trike from Beijing and re-introduces it “into the context of contemporary urban street culture, this music inspired trike enables DJs and VJs to freely roam city streets and meander through the narrowest of alleyways” Just what we needed. It is “conceptualized to become both a vehicle and platform for urban communication and interaction” and “to create sensory-filled social interventions.” …

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