Futuristic play pod helps revitalize Amsterdam’s vanishing paddling pools

August 23, 2017 by  
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For years, Amsterdam’s paddling pools have been disappearing as kids abandon them and maintenance costs rise. In order to save them, architecture firm Carve created this futuristic, pebble-shaped object for the famous Oosterpark paddling pool. The structure is dotted with climbing holes and equipped with integrated sprayers for summer fun that helps make the park a kid-magnet once again. Famous Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck designed more than 700 public play zones in Amsterdam in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, including the one in Oosterpark. For decades these additions to the city parks  have functioned as a favorite hangout for kids. Over the last few decades, some of these play zones have disappeared. By 2010, only 90 remained, including the paddling pool in the Oosterpark. In 2012, the municipality commissioned architecture firm Carve to design an addition to the existing pool. Related: World’s First 3D-Printed House is Being Built In Amsterdam The project is part of a wider initiative to revitalize the entire Oosterpark area. The designers kept as much as possible of the existing structure and designed an addition that complements the original design. A large object with climbing holes and integrated sprayers, new seating edges made from natural stone , and play-programmed LED lights were added to the pool area. + Carve Photos by Jasper van der Schaaf

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Chile halts $2.5 billion mining project to protect endangered Humboldt Penguins

August 23, 2017 by  
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Good news for environmentalists and the animals they seek to protect – the Chilean government recently halted a $2.5 billion mining project which would have destroyed the habitat of the very rare Humboldt penguins . The Dominga Project was set to begin mining copper and iron in the Coquimbo region of central Chile, and it would have produced 12 million tons of iron ore and 150,000 tons of copper each year. However the project was effectively shut down because the environmental risk was too great. IFLScience reports that high-ranking officials from Chile’s Committee of Ministers rejected plans for the Dominga Project after a prolonged evaluation period. The committee decided that there was insufficient evidence of environmental guarantees. Though the project was rejected, the Chilean mining company Andes Iron is able to appeal the decision. Environmentalists are celebrating the news, as the project would require a new sea port along with other large infrastructure changes to the area. Had it been approved, the Humboldt Penguin Reserve, located just a short distance from mainland Coquimbo, would have suffered. The nature reserve is an important breeding site for the Humboldt penguin, a species that is vulnerable to extinction and is only found in Chile and Peru. Additionally, the reserve is home to bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, sperm whales , humpback whales, sea lions, albatross and many varieties of fish. Said Oceana Chile, a marine conservation NGO who campaigned against the project, “Today we have lived a historic day! The Committee of Ministers decided to reject the mining-Port project Dominga due to a lack of information and shortcomings in mitigating and repairing damage to the environment .” They added, “Let us continue to alert and support the communities in the area. This is a victory for all people!” Related: Off-grid clinic uses renewable energy to support health services in Chile Because Chile is the “the world’s leading producer of copper, accounting for 31.8 percent of world mine production; iodine, 63.2 percent; rhenium, 50.9 percent; and lithium, about 38.6 percent,” (according to a 2013 United States Geological Survey), mining companies will undoubtedly persist to tear into the Earth. For now, activists can celebrate this victory, as the Humboldt penguins are better off as a result of the Chilean government’s decision. Via IFLScience , BBC , Reuters Images via Pixabay

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How can we ensure human health in a changing climate?

February 3, 2016 by  
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Cardiovascular stress, asthma, heat stroke, bacterial and viral infections — how do we design for the health of our warming cities?

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ZDesk is a portable sitting/standing desk designed for laptop users

October 20, 2015 by  
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There are plenty of standing desks out there for desktop computers, but now there is a sit-stand desk designed specifically for the laptop user. While many sit-stand desks pay little attention to the aesthetic factor, the ZDesk focuses on a minimal and sleek appearance. Internally the desk is powered by a low-friction gas spring, making for a smooth transition from sitting to standing positions. Apart from laptops, the desk can also be used to hold artists’ supplies, writing media, as well as tablet computers. The designers of the ZDesk claim that it may improve users’ health – encouraging movement for tasks that often require long periods of inactivity, whether sitting or standing. Help Kickstart the project and get one of your own. + ZDesk

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House of Vans Opens a Subterranean Skatepark Beneath the Streets of London

August 14, 2014 by  
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Off-Grid Office Building Blends Work and Play Within a Climbable Timber Shell

August 14, 2014 by  
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16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

August 14, 2014 by  
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16-year-old Samuel Burrow has found a way to scrub the world clean of toxic pollution using materials found in sunscreen and pencils! The teenager developed a white, smog-busting mixture of titanium dioxide and graphene oxide that can be applied to internal and external surfaces like paint. His solution is strong, efficient, and cheap – and it uses simple ingredients commonly found in everyday products. Read the rest of 16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 , air pollution , environmentally friendly building material , Google , Google Science Fair , graphene , Green Design Competitions , Samuel Burrow , smog-busting building , teenager makes smog-reducing paint , titanium dioxide

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Project Outfit Is a Series of Modern Mountain Bikes Designed for Paraplegics

July 15, 2013 by  
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Project Outfit was designed with a broad outlook on the outside world and the goal of recapturing the sense of freedom that comes with being able to move without limitations. The project is the new design proposal of Tom Bicher  for a series of sophisticated mountain bikes  created for riders that have been paralyzed below the waist. Each Project Outfit bike is ever-adapting and accounts for the changing environment and rough riding conditions, all while remaining safe and stylish. + Tom Bicher 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: adaptable bike , bikes for paraplegia , design for disabilities , Design for Health , paraplegic adapted bike , project outfit        

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Artist Kevin LCK Creates Detailed Dioramas Inside Cardboard Models of Electronics

July 15, 2013 by  
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Inside H&M’s design for a new water management strategy

February 14, 2013 by  
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WWF will help the clothing giant address water scarcity in its buildings, product design and supply chain.

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