How far would you run to change a polluting industry?

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Graham Ross, CEO and co-founder of Kusaga Athletic, has run the world from Brisbane to the Great Wall in China in a quest to disrupt the sports apparel industry.

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Spectacular new shipping container museum nestles near China’s Great Wall

December 30, 2016 by  
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Nestled near China’s famous Great Wall rests a new cultural museum made with shipping containers . The Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum designed by IAPA Design Consultants offers an opportunity to learn while appreciating glorious scenery. Locally sourced and recycled materials add to the peaceful museum’s sustainability. IAPA worked with The Mother Earth Happiness Group to design the Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum in Beijing, China. The design statement said the architects emphasized art culture and environmental protection in their vision for the sleek center that includes offices and exhibit areas wrapped in patios, courtyards, and gardens. Trees and hills of the encircling Great Wall historic site root the museum in nature . Related: Rammed earth Palenque Cultural Tambillo is designed to celebrate Afro-ecuadorean arts Modular containers provide the museum’s main buildings, and recycled timber decking adds a natural touch. Details like woven reeds sourced locally for the outdoor corridor ceilings add to the museum’s beauty. Stone, steel, and hemp are among the other building materials utilized. Varying building heights allow the complex to blend in without blocking too much of the landscape; the design statement says courtyard house style inspired the architects. The Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum is a place to relax; visitors can soak in the scenery via a roof garden, viewing platform, viewing tower, or from the bridges connecting the shipping container buildings. They can wander about the museum, dine in a restaurant, or seek refreshment in a teahouse. According to the design statement, “Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum is a representation of the continuity of traditional cultural heritage.” IAPA’s goal as stated on their website is to use “modern design techniques to interpret traditional oriental philosophy.” It appears they accomplished that goal elegantly in the Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum. + IAPA Design Consultants Via ArchDaily Images via ZENG Zhe/ArchDaily

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Petroleum giant abandons tar sands in favor of wind power

December 29, 2016 by  
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In a startling move, Norwegian state-owned oil and gas company Statoil recently pulled all its investments out of the Alberta tar sands after winning a contract to develop an offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. CleanTechnica reports the company began selling off its tar sands assets almost within hours of learning earlier this month it had won the right to build a wind farm off the coast of New York State. According to CleanTechnica, the opportunity to develop the wind facility and provide power so close to New York City made the clean energy project a high-visibility, and thus high-status venture for Statoil. Winning the project was not easy, as the bid process was “intense,” but Statoil’s triumph means they’re part of a new coordinated program to develop a series of wind farms off the Atlantic coast. The project is just one of 11 offshore areas leased for development by the Department of the Interior, through its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management . Related: The world’s largest floating wind farm will be operational next year CleanTechnica notes that much of the 3000 miles of ocean along America’s Eastern Seaboard is perfect for renewable energy development for several reasons. The relatively shallow waters of the Continental Shelf make building easier, while the proximity to major population centers all along the way make accessing markets a breeze. Add to that the fact that hot southern states are in dire need of affordable energy to power air conditioners, and you’ve got a recipe for strong demand for power. While they might have taken a step in the right direction by dropping dirty tar sands oil, Statoil’s hands are still far from clean. It recently invested in oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and has some questionable shale gas assets in the U.S. – including some in the Bakken play, the planned origin for the now-stalled Dakota Access Pipeline . Via Clean Technica Images via Parrot of Doom and Barrow Offshore Wind Turbines , Wikimedia Commons

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INFOGRAPHIC: 12 of the world’s most iconic man-made structures

July 29, 2015 by  
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No great civilization is complete without at least one iconic man-made structure. Pennywell takes a look at such structures from around the world in this infographic exploring twelve great buildings that have stood the test of time. These amazing structures range from the ancient Newgrange tomb in Ireland to the modern Burj Khalifa in Dubai. A small description accompanies each structure, along with information on the structure’s location, building type, style, and building material . Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 12 of the world’s most iconic man-made structures

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Guy Laramee Carves Gorgeous Landscapes Into the Edges of Books

December 23, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Guy Laramee Carves Gorgeous Landscapes Into the Edges of Books Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biblios , book sculptures , Brian Dettmer , eco design , green design , Guy Laramee , recycled art , recycled books , sustainable design , The Great Wall

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‘The Motion’ Bookshelf Doubles as a Curvaceous Rocking Chair!

December 23, 2011 by  
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There’s nothing quite like settling into a comfy seat to read a good book , and it’s even better when your bookshelf doubles as a rocking chair! Designed by Hyunjin Seo from the Seoul-based design group KamKam , ‘The Motion’ is a curvaceous multi-tasking bookcase that also serves as a literary lounge chair. We love how Seo’s clever rocking design saves space and materials that would otherwise be used for two separate pieces of furniture – and it seems a lot more stable than the rolling bookshelves that we’ve seen in the past. + KamKam Via The Blog On The Bookshelf Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , bookcase chair , books , bookshelf chair , bookshelf rocking chair , green bookshelf , green chair , green design , green library , Hyunjin Seo , kamkam , library , multi use furniture , space-saving design , sustainable design , the motion , Transforming Furniture , two in one design

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Sarah Frost Upcycles Thousands of Computer Keys Into Qwerty Wall Art

December 23, 2011 by  
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As more and more people move to thin laptops and sleek tablets, clunky old computer parts are quickly becoming relics of the past. We’ve seen artists find endless inspiration in these pieces, crafting robots from discarded circuit boards , upcycling old monitors into aquariums , and now, meticulously creating detailed wall art from computer keys. St. Louis-based artist Sarah Frost collects cast-off keyboards from everyone ranging from friends to small businesses to government offices, and uses the monochrome pieces to create pixelated displays of art that play with the eyes. Read the rest of Sarah Frost Upcycles Thousands of Computer Keys Into Qwerty Wall Art Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artist sarah frost , computer art , computer key art , computer key wall art , computer keys , eco-art , green art , Recycled Materials , Sarah Frost , upcycled art , upcycled computer keys , upcycled materials

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China’s Great Wall is Crumbling Due to Mining

October 22, 2011 by  
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The Great Wall of China. Photo: Matt Barber / Creative Commons . China ‘s rapid push to develop the country’s resources is now threatening its most iconic landmark. According to recent reports, both legal and illegal

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Roasted Red Beet Hummus

October 21, 2011 by  
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Photos by Jerry James Stone Nothing quite tops the rich red and burgundy of a red beet. Whether it be in raviolis or this hummus recipe, they just add so much to a dish, visually speaking. Enjoy this dish with a chilled glass of Pinot Blanc. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Earth’s Temperature Is Indeed Warming – Independent Analysis Backs NASA, NOAA, Others

October 21, 2011 by  
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Glenn Harper / CC BY 2.0 Not satisfied with existing research showing that Earth is in fact markedly warming post-Industrial Revolution, the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project set out to find out for themselves what’s really going on. They even got more than $100,000 from the climate change denying Koch brothers to help. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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