HEROBike Builds a Beautiful New Bicycle from Carbon Fibers and Bamboo

October 1, 2013 by  
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HERObike , a non-profit initiative in Greensboro, Alabama, is designing and manufacturing bikes made from locally sourced bamboo. After partnering with Inhabitat favorite Bamboo Bike Studio , the organization has released plans for their newest model, the Semester — a sweet cycle that employs composite bamboo and carbon fiber for a sturdy ride. Unlike other bamboo bikes that bump along streets like rickshaws, the Semester achieves a lateral stiffness and damped vibration through the use of a steel rear triangle and innovative composite bamboo and carbon fiber tubes for the frame. The resulting bicycle is supposed to rival some of the best pure metal frame bikes on the market.  HERObike  recently launched a  Kickstarter campaign , and they hope to get enough support to start production of the new bike model. Read the rest of HEROBike Builds a Beautiful New Bicycle from Carbon Fibers and Bamboo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo bikes , bike design , bike designs , bike Kickstarter campaign , carbon fiber bike , green bike design , green design , Greensboro bamboo , Greensboro bamboo bike , Hero Alabama , HERO bamboo bike , HERObikes , kickstarter campaign , Semester bamboo bike        

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What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

October 1, 2013 by  
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Image © Shutterstock After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on appropriations bills for the coming year. That means the federal government has effectively shut down for theforeseeable future, closing all non-essential government agencies, sending home an estimated 1.2 million federal employees, and potentially delaying paychecks for the remaining workers kept on staff. Read the rest of What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: appropriations spending , budget cuts , congress , congressional republicans , congressional spending , federal budget , government shutdown        

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors

September 30, 2013 by  
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Few designers get the opportunity to define a brand as prominent as Ford, but for the last 16 years, J Mays has been the driving design force behind the vehicles coming off the car company’s production line. With more than 30 years of experience, and a considerable number of car designs credited to his name — including the VW “New Beetle” , Aston Martin DB9 , and the  Ford GT ,  Focus , and the  Fusion  — J has led a quite a career. While we’ve spoken to Mays in depth about his journey as a designer and his life as Ford’s VP of Global Design , we thought now would be a fantastic time to catch up with the auto design pioneer. This Thursday, October 3rd, Mays will be taking part of our ‘ Design With a Purpose’  panel being held at the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City  (something we’ll also be webcasting live right here on Inhabitat). In anticipation of this event, we chatted with J about some of the topics he plans delve into this week, including resilient design, new vehicle safety technology, what’s in store for Ford in the coming years, and of course, New York City architecture . Keep reading for the scoop! Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks Resilient Design with J Mays, VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: auto design , auto designer , Automotive Designer , electric cars , electric vehicles , energy efficient cars , ev , ford , Ford Chief Creative Officer , ford design , ford electric , ford EV , Ford Head of Design , ford hybrid , ford motors , ford trucks , fuel efficiency , fuel efficient cars , green auto design , green automotive , green cars , inhabitat interview , J Mays , VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company        

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