The view from this floating 40-story-high pool will totally freak you out

April 10, 2017 by  
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If you like your relaxing swim to come with a side of sheer terror, we’ve got just the swimming pool for you – floating over the street 40 stories in the sky. The pool at Market Square Towers in Houston cantilevers from the roof 500 feet above Market Square, so you can do a leisurely backstroke literally above it all, assuming you are brave enough. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Market Square Tower offers a living experience like nothing Houston has ever seen before. Come live the tower life. #luxuryliving #glassbottompool #livethetowerlife#marketsquaretower #tallestpoolintexas Call 713-777-7000 to schedule a tour or visit our website for more information: http://www.marketsquaretower.com. Posted by Market Square Tower on Thursday, April 6, 2017 The pool extends beyond the edge of the building, 500 feet up in the air, with an 8-inch thick plexiglass bottom that lets you see the bustling world below. Market Square Towers showed off their floating pool on their Facebook page , thrilling or terrifying viewers, depending on how you feel about heights. The tower is located at 777 Preston in Houston and, as you can imagine, people have been have an Instagram field day with photos from the hair-raising pool. Would you swim in an infinity pool like this? Freaky!!! #downtownhouston #marketsquare #infinitypool #skyrise A post shared by Lisa Forbus (@blackforestmom67) on Apr 9, 2017 at 6:28am PDT Swimmers high in the sky. #somanybutts A post shared by Traci Ling | HTX (@traciling) on Apr 8, 2017 at 4:47pm PDT Related: Glass-bottomed sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air The pool is only accessible to residents, so if you want to swim there, you will have to shell out anywhere from about $1,800 a month for 564 square feet up to $18,715 for nearly 3,000 square feet. And for those who just aren’t feeling the pool-in-the-sky scene, the complex has a more traditional pool on the fourth floor of the building. + Market Square Towers via Chron and Inside Swimming in the sky! This is the view from the balcony of our South Penthouse ??? We have 4 Penthouses available for lease. #MarketSquareTower #luxury #highrise #houston #TallestPoolInTexas A post shared by Market Square Tower (@marketsquaretower) on Apr 7, 2017 at 10:12am PDT

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Abandoned greenhouse transformed into gorgeous glass office filled with trees

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Architecture firm O-office converted an old abandoned greenhouse in Guangzhou, China into a dreamy glass office space with filled with living plants. The architects paid homage to the building’s green roots by infusing the space with tons of sunlight and loads of greenery – including three trees that grow up into the interior space from the ground floor. Using the building’s original concrete portico, the architects recreated the entryway with pockets of mini gardens. The office space was designed for a local landscape design firm so the designers wanted to create an intimate space that evokes a small “village-like” work environment. Using the greenhouse’s original layout , the interior is flooded with natural daylight and ventilation, which reduces the energy usage of the building . Related: Nature-filled office takes over a former factory building in Amsterdam-Noord The interior of the office space is divided into two floors. The bottom floor is designed for team collaboration, while the upper floor has separate spaces for independent work. All of the interior, however, has an open-air feel to the space, which is naturally ventilated thanks to multiple timber-framed windows. Large concrete stairs with pockets of greenery lead from the central atrium to the upper floor and three large heteropanax trees grow up through the interior , further connecting the building to nature. + O-office Architects Via Architizer

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These campers made from 1970’s VW Bugs are the cutest things ever

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Volkswagen Beetles have skittered across roads since the 1930’s – but in the 1970’s, a company transformed these iconic cars into adorable little campers . They sold these Super Buggers for $6,000 then – and a few of the unusual RV hybrids still exist today. A Costa Mesa, California camper company developed the Super Buggers. The quirky campers aren’t nearly as large as an average RV; inside there isn’t space for much other than the seats, some storage, and a small dining area with a two-burner stove and sink. There isn’t room for a bed, but the Super Bugger would be perfect for those happy to sleep under the stars on long road trips. Related: Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car According to a 1970’s advertisement, the Super Buggers get 23 to 25 miles per gallon, and only weigh an extra 250 pounds more than stock vehicles of that time. The advertisement also boasts the vehicle had two double beds, although beds can’t immediately be seen in the Super Buggers in the video or photographs. Keith and Glenna Spelrum are the owners of one blue Super Bugger. The publication MyStarCarCollector photographed the well-maintained bug camper at a summer 2016 car show. Keith said the company used a 1968 model for the bug campers because that was the last year the car had a swing axle assembly, and the camper company wanted to utilize that particular axle in their vehicles. Their Super Bugger can reportedly maintain 50 to 55 miles per hour on the road. Today the Spelrums don’t often use their Super Bugger as a camper, but more as a conversation starter. MyStarCarCollector said out of around 1,000 vehicles at the show, the Super Bugger drew the most attention. Via MyStarCollectorCar Images via Pappy_Smith on Reddit and MyStarCollectorCar

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California governor marks official end of state’s historic drought

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A wet winter that filled reservoirs with rainwater and blanketed the Sierra Nevadas with heavy snow has officially brought an end to California’s historic drought . On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown lifted the emergency order in effect since January 2014 for all of the state except for the Central California counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Tuolumne that are still dealing with dried-up wells. Brown’s executive order continues conservation measures such as the State Water Resources Control Board maintaining water reporting requirements and prohibiting wasteful practices like watering lawns right after rainfall or in a manner that causes runoff. Related: Only 9% of California is still in drought as Sierra Nevada snowpack hits 185% The severely dry conditions that began in the winter of 2011-2012 killed an estimated 100 million trees , disrupted agricultural production, reduced drinking water supplies in rural communities and diminished groundwater basins. According to the executive order, Californians responded to the drought by conserving water at unprecedented levels — reducing water use in communities by more than 22 percent between June 2015 and January 2017. Also on Friday, state agencies put forth a long-term plan to make water conservation a way of life in California as part of resiliency efforts to prepare for more frequent and severe droughts as a result of human-caused climate change . “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” Brown said in a statement. “Conservation must remain a way of life.” Via The Washington Post Images via Flickr 1 , 2

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Modular Qube Tents snap together to create giant camping forts

April 7, 2017 by  
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The team behind the amazing modular Pod tent  has launched an exciting new line of tents that can be connected together to create complex structures in minutes. You can connect Qube tents at every corner to transform a solo camping experience into a communal one. M2C Innovation designed the structures to be tall enough to stand up in and to include solar panels, LED lighting strips and 13,000 Mh battery packs. Qube tents can be set up and packed away in less than 2 minutes. A universal tunnel attached to each side of the tent allows you to create bespoke configurations for a larger group of campers . A black lining prevents the sun blaring through the heavy duty 300D nylon material manufactured to withstand heavy rainfall. A removable ground sheet means you can have extra comfort underfoot and makes the tent easier to clean when you pack it away. Related: Lightning-proof Bolt tents will keep you safe in a storm A solar panel simply unfolds and slips into the pocket behind the window and plugs directly into the battery pack to store free energy. The battery pack can then be used to charge your smart phone or smart device– anything with a USB connection– or it can be used to power a LED lighting strip that offers a soft lighting inside the tent. The battery stores enough energy for charging devices to full power 5-6 times from one stored charge. + M2C Innovation + Qube Tents Indiegogo  

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Solar-powered ‘ecotopia’ proposed as alternative to Trump’s border wall

April 7, 2017 by  
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In response to Trump’s maddening determination to build a wall along the US and Mexico border , one group of fed-up designers has proposed an entire new territory, called Otra Nation , that would be open to citizens of both Mexico and the United States. The high-tech ecotopia designed by Made Collective (Mexican & American Designers & Engineers) is a new country that spans 1,200 miles across the border, powered by massive solar farms and connected with a hyperloop transportation system. The ambitious proposal is being called a “shared co-nation.” The territory would stretch for over 1,200 miles and encompass 12 miles on each side of the border, effectively joining Tijuana, El Paso, and San Diego. The land would be considered unincorporated territory, with an independent local government and non-voting representatives. Otra Nation residents would retain their natural-born citizenship, but would be granted a new ID microchip for identification purposes, giving them access to the independent health care and education systems . Related: Donald Trump would probably hate this crossable border wall The plan also depicts Otra Nation as a sustainable community , generating energy from 90,000 square kilometers of solar panels that would meet the demands of the new territory and then some. Watersheds and local ecosystems on both side of the current border would also be restored. Under the plan, an intercity hyperloop would be used for clean transportation. As far as the economic structure, companies built on “sharing principles” would be encouraged, but any company or service looking to “minimize human employment with autonomous vehicles and drone technologies” would be prohibited. According to Made Collective, the project would be focused on bringing communities together versus creating divisions, “The 19th century brought us boundaries, the 20th century we built walls, the next we will bridge nations by creating communities based on shared principles of economic resiliency, energy independence and a trust based social contract.” In an interview with The Verge , members from the Made Collection admit that, although they have formally applied for a US government contract, there’s little possibility that the US and Mexican governments will take their proposal seriously. Although, they are still holding out hope that their idea might make it to a popular referendum so that, as collective member Marina Muñoz puts it, “We can really make the complete American continent great again.” + Otra Nation Via The Verge Images via Otra Nation  

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Electric airplane prototype breaks world speed records in test flight

April 6, 2017 by  
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An electric airplane build by Siemens recently set two new world records for battery-powered aircraft by reaching a top speed of about 210 miles per hour. It also became the first electric plane to tow a glider into the sky. The Siemens Extra 330LE prototype plane overcomes one of the key barriers to electricity-powered flight, the weight of the batteries and associated energy density. According to Electrek , Siemens has put a lot of work into the energy density of electric motors, and as a result the 330LE delivers a power output of 260 kilowatts with a weight of just 110 pounds. The end goal of Siemens’ work on this prototype is to produce airlines for regional travel that are powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system—a project it’s working on in concert with Airbus, which is working on its own E-Fan electric plane concept. Check out the cool video below. As Clean Technica notes, the two records the plane set on March 23, 2017 at Germany’s Dinslaken Schwarze Heide Airfield include a top speed record of 337.50 kilometers per hour (over a distance of 3 kilometers, for an electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of less than 1,000 kilograms); and a top speed record of 342.86 kilometers per hour for an electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of over 1,000 kilograms. The latter record was achieved by tweaking the craft so it was a bit heavier. Pilot, Walter Extra broke the previous record – set by the American pilot William M. Yates in 2013 – by one minute and 10 seconds. Related: Wright Electric unveils revolutionary plan for 150-seat electric passenger plane The plane also brought a glider to a height of 600 meters (about 2,000 feet) in just 76 seconds. “This aerotow provides further, highly visible evidence of our record-setting motor’s performance capabilities,” said Frank Anton, head of eAircraft at the Siemens venture capital unit next47 . “Just six such propulsion units would be sufficient to power a typical 19-seat hybrid-electric airplane.” Via Electre k and Clean Technica Images via Siemens , Copyright: Jean-Marie Urlacher

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Architecture graduate celebrates her first year living in a tiny home she built herself

April 5, 2017 by  
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Most architecture graduates daydream about creating larger-than-life buildings – but 27-year-old Stephanie Henschen is celebrating her first year living in a tiny home she designed and built herself. The University of South Florida grad student spent 10 months building the home for her thesis project. Not only did she get an A for her work, but she’s become a fully-fledged member of the tiny home revolution. Henschen began the project with little experience in construction. After buying a building plan at a tiny home workshop, she began to build the design in her grandmother’s backyard in St. Petersburg, Florida with some help from her family. Once finished, she hauled it to the USF campus to present as her thesis project, and she received a glowing review. Initially, she had plans to sell the home to pay off her debt, but she became so attached to the project that she decided to live in it. She eventually moved the home to a RV resort where she has lived comfortably for the last year. Related: How this photographer escaped the grid with her tiny Teardrop Trailer Although the project wasn’t necessarily driven by the need to minimalize her life, Henschen says that sustainability and minimalism came easily as soon as she began designing the compact space. The timber home measures 210 square feet and it’s loaded on a trailer for easy transportation. On the interior, multi-colored wooden panels give the space a nice cabin feel, which is enhanced with personal touches such as white curtains. The bedroom sits up on an elevated loft-like space reached by ladder, and a honeycomb-shaped window floods the interior with natural light. Although she’s become quite attached to her first tiny home, she has recently put it on sale for $30,000. She hopes to use the money to build two more tiny homes – one to live in and one to sell. + Searching for Hamlet Photo courtesy of Stephanie Henschen

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MINIs tiny innovative home for three purifies the air in Milan

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How do we cope with the increasing shortage of attractive housing in today’s cities? Car manufacturer MINI teamed up with New York architects SO – IL to tackle this challenge by producing an innovative solution: MINI LIVING — Breathe. Unveiled at the Milan Salone del Mobile 2017, the tiny housing prototype reinvents urban living and offers owners a refreshing garden-like environment and the freedom to move and adapt their home. Located on a previously unused 50-square-meter urban plot, the MINI LIVING — Breathe installation comprises six compact living spaces and a roof garden for three people inside a five-meter-wide microhome. Built with a modular metal frame, the home can be easily disassembled, moved, and reassembled or expanded upon in a new location. A flexible and light-permeable outer skin wraps around the metal skeleton instead of opaque walls. The light-filled housing prototype follows MINI’s principles “Creative use of space” and “Minimal footprint.” MINI Living — Breathe’s forward-thinking design is centered on the idea of a house as an active ecosystem. The translucent outer skin, which can be replaced with different fabrics depending on the urban climate, features a special coating that filters and neutralizes the air. The ten-meter-tall home acts as a giant air filter and helps improve the surrounding microclimate with its lush rooftop garden with plants that help clean toxins from the air. “The approach we took with MINI LIVING – Breathe extends far beyond purely a living concept,” says Oke Hauser, Creative Lead of MINI LIVING. “We view the installation as an active ecosystem, which makes a positive contribution to the lives and experiences of the people who live there and to the urban microclimate , depicted here by the intelligent use of resources essential to life – i.e. air, water and light.” The kitchen, located on the ground floor, serves as the main entry area and social gathering point of the home. Living spaces are located in the above three levels, while the sleeping areas, a potential wet area, and a roof garden are placed in the uppermost floors. Textile walls divide the living areas and allow for privacy while still permitting light to seep through. A water catchment system on the roof harvests rainwater for reuse in the tap. Related: A rolling garden on wheels recently popped up in the middle of Milan SO – IL writes: “By making living an active experience, the installation shines a spotlight on environmental awareness and encourages visitors to confront our tendency to take resources for granted. Instead of a traditional organization with rooms dedicated to specific functions, this house is composed as a loose stack of porous realms. A variety of atmospheres and spatial experiences are generated through the manipulation of light, air and water.” MINI Living — Breathe is open to visitors of the Salone del Mobile on Via Tortona 32 in Milan, Italy from April 4 to April 9, 2017. + SO – IL Architects Images © Laurian Ghinitoiu

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6 tips for making your home a minimalist masterpiece from celebrity realtor Richard Nassimi

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Spring is in the air! If you’re hoping to give your home a seasonal refresh, celebrity realtor Richard Nassimi has some tips on how you can spruce your space up by paring down. As the CEO of The Nassimi Group , Nassimi has helped stars like actress Lindsey Lohan, musician Bow Wow and basketball player Jeremy Lin with their luxury apartments searches, and specializes in creating minimalist design concepts for pre-furnished homes. Read on for some of Nassimi’s top pointers on how to achieve a simple, clean and high-end aesthetic in your space. 1. “One of the best ways to achieve a minimalist atmosphere in your home is to limit the number of furnishings to just a few key pieces,” says Nassimi . “In our living rooms, we might only have a couch, another chair, a coffee table, and a couple of lamps. Or even less – a bedroom might only have a simple bed, a dresser, and night stand. It’s all about quality over quantity. The fewer pieces of furniture, the better.” RELATED: 6 ways to add passive solar features to your home 2. “The next step is to think ‘out of sight’,” says Chanel Korby, Business Development Director at TNG . “Except for the bare essential furniture, there should be nothing else on the floors. Generally, TNG stores items out of sight (drawers, cabinets, etc.) except for a few simple decorations. We also keep surfaces clear -there are no knickknacks, stacks of books, papers etc.” 3. Korby also recommends anchoring furnishings to the perimeter of a room in order to keep floor space open for an unobstructed flow. The more of your floor surface that is visible, the more your eye perceives a larger space. 4. Nassimi says he also favors the use of plain window treatments. “The TNG team prefers very simple window coverings because too many ornate coverings around the windows can make the space appear too busy,” he explains. 5. “The final thing to consider is the addition of simple accent decorations,” says Korby. “Otherwise, a home would be too boring. We typically just use simple vase with a few flowers or bare walls with a piece of art, like a drawing or a photo.” To see more of The Nassimi Group’s minimalist-luxe listings, visit their website via the link below. + The Nassimi Group

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