Can Great Design Redeem the Parking Garage?

August 13, 2010 by  
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Image Courtesy of: archdaily.com Parking garages are generally considered to be a necessary evil: necessary because everyone drives; evil because they are usually drab, ugly concrete structures that take up valuable urban space. Yet in recent years, architects and designers have been working to counter this view , by adding solar panels, giving preference to hybrid cars , and g…

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Amazon Tribe Battles Rabid Vampire Bats

August 13, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Zeusandhera /Flickr At the edge of the Amazon, a remote tribe suffers a plague of rabies spread by desperate vampire bats. It sounds like the plot from a bad B-movie, but the reality is far more grim: More than 500 people have been infected and at least four children have died.

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Jell-O edible glasses aim to reduce plastic and paper waste

July 17, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Biodegradable glasses made from agar agar. In an effort to put an end to the hundreds of plastic cups used in events, designers over at The Way We See The World have envisioned glasses made from biodegradable materials such as jelloware

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Greenline Hybrid 33 to be unveiled at Sydney International Boat Show

July 17, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Low-emission hybrid boat powered by solar, diesel and electric power. Greenline Hybrid 33 is a production built, single cabin boat that is being claimed to be the first truly hybrid boat that is powered by an electric/diesel engine.

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Bee Hives: Nature’s Architectural Wonder (Slideshow)

July 2, 2010 by  
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Photo via catherineames.com While finding a bees nest isn’t always something to celebrate, looking past the stingers to focus on the architecture can help you see them in a whole new way. Throughout history, architects and designers have looked to hives for inspiration — take this tower and this bookcase — and it’s easy to see why. From the delicate combs of a paper wa…

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Are "Bait Bikes" Simply Entrapment?

July 2, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Lock Your Bike Lloyd reported back in 2007 that the City of Toronto was using bait bikes fitted with GPS to trap would-be bike thieves. Apparently the idea is catching on, and London is now following suit.

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Cooper-Hewitt Showcases Design Projects That Could Change the World

May 13, 2010 by  
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Credit: Cooper-Hewitt Over the past few years, designers have dreamed up hundreds of smart, innovative design projects — many of which were covered here on TreeHugger — with the power to spread revolutionary positive change around the world . As part of its design triennial exhibition series, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum asks “Why Design Now? ,” and answers with work from designers “addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of the design practice, from architecture and products to fashion, graphics, new media, and landscapes.” This impo..

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Cape Wind Opponents Compare It To Boston’s "Big Dig" – Claiming Power Twice As Expensive As Planned

May 13, 2010 by  
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Boston’s “Big Dig” project, before and after. Image credit: UA, Tufts University. So far the claim that Cape Wind will produce electricity at uncompetitive rates is pure speculation, as the final construction bid estimates are not yet in.

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Green LED Could Mean a Lighting Revolution

April 9, 2010 by  
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Red light emitting diodes were easy, and have been around for a while. Blue LEDs were harder; Shuji Nakamura won the million euro Millenium Technology Prize for figuring them out.

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Bye Bye Glaciers: 2 More Gone From Glacier National Park

April 9, 2010 by  
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Two USGS researchers collect data in Glacier National Park in 2008. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey .

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