Futuristic eco-city powered with renewable energy is unveiled for the Maldives

December 7, 2018 by  
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Beijing and New York-based design studio CAA Architects has placed first in the “Maldives Airport, Economic Zone Development” competition with their design of a futuristic, energy-producing eco-city on the east coast of the reclaimed island Hulhumalé, Maldives . Named Ocean’s Heaven after its nature-inspired design connecting the ocean with the city, the project features striking, sinuous buildings covered in green roofs and solar panels and will be capable of producing almost all of its own energy on-site. Commissioned by the Beijing Urban Construction Group Co. in partnership with the Maldives central government, the eco-city is yet another example of China’s increasing influence over the archipelago country. Global warming and rising sea levels are serious concerns for the Maldives, a tropical paradise famed for its pristine beaches and aquamarine waters. In response to the climate change threats and to celebrate the island country’s natural beauty, CAA Architects crafted Ocean’s Heaven with organically inspired buildings integrated with energy-producing systems to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The mixed-use development will cover nearly two-thirds of the 100,000-square-meter site and include residences, an airport company service center, international trade center, convention center, island transport hub, shopping centers, a business hotel, dining, along with a centralized cultural center that will serve as the island’s “nervous system”. Ocean’s Heaven will promote high-density urban living and public transportation that includes both surface and water commuting. Ample green space, including sky gardens, will strengthen the community’s ties with nature. Related: This stunning underwater art museum is now open in the Maldives In addition to the solar photovoltaic arrays mounted on the buildings and the sculptural canopy elements along the boardwalk, Ocean’s Heaven will also draw power from tidal waves to generate over 70 percent of the electricity needed to power the development. Rainwater harvesting and passive cross ventilation are also woven into the design. The project, which will be carried out in two phases, is slated for completion in 2021. + CAA Architects Via ArchDaily Images via CAA Architects

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A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for foodies

December 7, 2018 by  
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Food is an important aspect of our daily lives, but many of the treats we love are wrapped in single-use plastics or come from pesticide-ridden conventional farms . This year, show the foodies in your life how much you care with sustainable gifts that improve their cooking skills and make the planet a better place to live. Stainless steel straws After reviewing several types of reusable straws, we fell in love with the stainless steel variety. As the war on plastic straws wages on, give everyone you know a pack of stainless steel straws to keep on them anywhere they go. Related: Plastic straws are a thing of the past, but which reusable straw is the best for the future? Yogurt maker Many people love yogurt, but the individually packaged options on the market only contribute to the global waste crisis. Instead, create your own flavor combinations in reusable glass jars using this handy yogurt maker . Make yogurt-making part of your weekly routine, and you’ll see it is as easy as “set it and forget it.” Stasher bags Although quite wasteful, you have to admit that plastic, resealable baggies are incredibly handy for storing extra food and other miscellaneous items. Luckily, Stasher has taken this idea and made it even more useful and sustainable. These reusable , resealable bags are made with BPA-free silicone and can be boiled, frozen, baked in the oven, microwaved and more. They last much longer than their single-use counterparts, but when they reach the end of their life, Stasher will recycle them into playground pebbles. Beeswax food wrap Avid cooks and bakers can find many uses for plastic wrap, but unfortunately, it is a single-use item that goes straight to the landfill. Gift your favorite foodies these reusable food wraps made using beeswax. These are a natural, zero-waste alternative to plastic wrap, and they come in an adorable pattern for wrapping sandwiches, leftover produce, cheeses and more. Reusable water bottles If you’re friends or family still haven’t converted to carrying reusable water bottles over plastic, it’s time to make the change. With a wide variety of colors and patterns, these S’well bottles make a great gift for everyone on your list. CSA subscriptions For the most serious foodies, nothing is better than cooking with fresh, local produce . Get in touch with farmers in your gift recipient’s area to set up a CSA subscription, which will deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to your loved one’s door. Start your search here . Fair trade chocolate Chocolate always makes a great gift, but make sure your present is being harvested ethically and sustainably. Check out some of these brands to add to stockings this year. Metal tea strainer A hot cup of tea soothes the soul… or at least warms you up during these cold, chilly days. Put together a cute and functional gift for every foodie you know with a mug, some local and organic tea (packaged sustainably, of course!) and one of these metal tea strainers , which eliminate the need for single-use tea packets. Images via Amazon ,  Stasher , Abeego , S’well , Jill Wellington , Nawalescape , Drew Coffman , Pexels and Shutterstock

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Toyota unveils ‘Back to the Future’ Mirai fuel cell car with flux capacitor, gull-wing doors

October 21, 2015 by  
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since Marty McFly and Doc Brown took audiences Back to the Future . If you remember in Back to the Future Part II , the futuristic date that the duo traveled to was today, October 21, 2015 – and to celebrate the arrival of “the future,” Toyota just unveiled a Mirai hydrogen car that looks like Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s time-traveling Delorean ! It even has gull-wing doors, a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor mounted on the trunk. Read the rest of Toyota unveils ‘Back to the Future’ Mirai fuel cell car with flux capacitor, gull-wing doors

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Zaha Hadid abandons bid for the new 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

September 23, 2015 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects and their Japanese partner, Nikken Sekkei , have withdrawn from the competition for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo due to the failure in securing a construction company. Zaha Hadid Architects had won the competition in 2012, beating 45 other entries, but the futuristic design has been scrapped by Japanese minister Shinzo Abe after the construction costs rose to almost twice the initial estimate. Read the rest of Zaha Hadid abandons bid for the new 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

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Extraordinary art illusion flips a massive electricity pylon on its head

September 23, 2015 by  
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Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van

June 3, 2014 by  
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Liberty Electric Cars just unveiled the Deliver electric delivery van. The development of vehicle was partially commissioned by the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Program, which brought together 10 companies including Fiat and Volkswagen . The futuristic prototype is expected to usher in a new era of similar delivery vehicles that will transport goods with a smaller carbon footprint. Read the rest of Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Deliver electric van , electric motor , electric van , green car , green transportation , Liberty Deliver , Liberty Electric Cars , Liberty Electric Cars Deliver , Nissan e-NV200

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Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

May 19, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Botanical , Fujitsu Home & Office Services Limited , Fukushima Prefecture , Futuristic Lettuce Farm , Gardening , green gadgets , kid-friendly vegetables , low-potassium lettuce , medicinal food , Organic vegetables , the futuristic Aizu-Wakamatsu Akisai Vegetable Plant , vegetable farm

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Futuristic ‘Age of Aquarius’ Fashion Collection Unveiled At NY Fashion Week

September 14, 2013 by  
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One of the best things about movies set in the distant future is seeing all the futuristic clothing. Will the coming decades bring ostentatious costumes made from materials we haven’t even discovered yet? Or will future generations return to a simpler, more practical way of dressing, where function trumps design? According to designer Suzanne Rae, it’s likely to be a little bit of both. Debuted recently at New York Fashion week, Rae’s collection “Age of Aquarius”  is an exploration into futuristic dress in a utopian society. Rae manufactures her line in New York City’s garment district which creates local jobs. She also reduces her collection’s carbon footprint by sourcing fabrics and trims, and 90 percent of the  fabrics are made from natural fibers that are biodegradable. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: age of aquarius , Clothes , Fashion , futuristic clothing , new york fashion week , NYC , Suzanne Rae        

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Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture

May 24, 2013 by  
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Long gone are the old-fashioned chandeliers outfitted with incandescent light bulbs and enough ornament to put a Christmas tree to shame. Group-Two Design  recently brought their ultra-modern LED chandelier to this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair,  and the futuristic fixture turned heads with its intersection of new-age design and traditional interior decor. Still paying homage to the shape of a conventional chandelier, the new form is a minimalist and energy-efficient interpretation of an old classic. Read the rest of Group-Two Design’s LED Chandelier is a Futuristic Interpretation of a Classic Light Fixture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 , caviar20 , dwell , erica pecoskie , george siminopolous , green lighting , green lights , group tow lights , group-two design , icff light , ids toronto , International Contemporary Furniture Fair , LED Chandelier , LED lights , LEDs , new york design week , ny design week , radostar        

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Eco E-Trike is a Futuristic Electric Vehicle Concept for City Driving

March 12, 2012 by  
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Stephen Reon Francisco ‘s Eco E-Trike is a concept for an electric vehicle that allows people to get around the city with ease. Looking a bit like a streamlined golf-cart, the E-Trike is more convenient than a regular bike but uses less materials than a typical car. Because of its small stature, it’s ideal for zipping through narrow city streets and has many of the creature comforts of a car without the bulk. + Eco E-Trike 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: alternative transportation , e-trike , eco design , eco e-trike , electric vehicles , ev , green design , green transportation , Stephen Reon Francisco , sustainable design

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