You can own one of six US lighthouses for about $10K heres how

August 4, 2017 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamt of snuggling up in a lighthouse with a cozy book and hot cocoa, now’s your chance. The U.S. federal government is auctioning off six fairy tale-like lighthouses, and the starting prices begin at just $10,000. For potential B&B owners, retired folk or history fans, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Though the government will retain ownership of the “land” under and surrounding each property, successful bidders will have a chance to restore, renovate and redevelop the property to its former glory. Before seafarers used a GPS and other tech-enabled navigational apparatuses to navigate, lighthouses warned of dangers, such as rocks, shoals, reefs and similar hazards near the shore or port. Now, many of the historic lighthouses are obsolete, which is why the U.S. Coast Guard and the federal agencies are auctioning off the properties. The auctions opened on July 18 and are being hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration . Beginning bids range from $10,000 to $15,000 — a steal, some might say. To bid on a property, would-be buyers need to put down deposits ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Upon investing in the property , lighthouse owners then need to restore the building by adding modern amenities and getting it up to code so civilians may visit. Related: Denmark’s 116-year-old lighthouse transformed into a giant kaleidoscope One lighthouse being auctioned off, the historic Chesapeake Bay lighthouse , is just two miles from the Baltimore shores. The other five being sold are on Michigan’s Great Lakes. The most expensive, by far, is the Minneapolis Shoal Light which is situated on the Great Lakes Public Trust bottomlands in Lake Michigan. Its bidding will extend until August 15th. The Craighill Lower Range Front Light Station , located off North Point State Park in the Chesapeake Bay, is also for sale and will be auctioned until September 15th. Each lighthouse has a fascinating history which you can read more about on the GSA Auctions government website . + GSA Auctions Images via GSA Auctions

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Foster + Partners to transform historic Madrid building into solar-powered Prado Museum addition

November 25, 2016 by  
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Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura’s design beat out a shortlist of eight other proposals by practices including OMA and David Chipperfield Architects . The renovation of the Hall of Realms will create additional display space for permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Prado Museum. As one of the few surviving structures from the former 17th century Buen Retiro Palace, the Hall of Realms holds special historic significance in the city. The Hall of Realms’s magnificent and intricate interiors will be restored , while the facade will be delicately opened to let in natural light and views. These openings will transform the historic building into a more permeable, public-facing structure with connections to the new civic plaza and terrace cafes. In addition to solar panels, the new roof will be cantilevered to protect the southern facade from intense sunlight. Related: Beautifully restored 135-year-old building revives one of Delhi’s oldest markets “On behalf of the team that I led at Foster + Partners in collaboration with Rubio Arquitectura, I would like to say how honoured we are to contribute to this next phase of the expansion of the Prado – one of the truly great museums of the world,” said Lord Foster. “The Hall of Realms, built by Crescenzi and Carbonel in the 1630’s, is one of the very few remains of the former palace and predates the Museum which was conceived in 1819. Two centuries later the transformation and expansion of this historic hall will add significant new galleries and related public spaces to the Prado. It will also create, as a setting, a new urban focus for the city of Madrid.” The renovation project will be completed in time for the museum’s 200th anniversary celebrations in 2019. + Foster + Partners + Rubio Arquitectura Images via Foster + Partners

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James Corner Field Operations eco-friendly revamp of the Chicago Navy Pier opens Friday

May 24, 2016 by  
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Located on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier is one of the most popular attractions in the Midwest and the most visited destination in the city. The pier opened to the public in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham’s “Master Plan of Chicago,” however, has suffered the reputation as a over-commercialized tourist trap. In a bid to return the historic pier to locals and redefine it as a more welcoming urban park, JFCO reimagined the space as a 24-acre “green spine” that better…

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Could wealthy Californians opt out of water conservation?

May 24, 2016 by  
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El Niño has come and gone. Though one of the strongest in history, the most recent El Niño event did not provide the soaking that drought-stricken California expected and so desperately needed. While northern California has emerged from drought, at least for now, more than 70% of the Golden State remains dangerously dry. In response to the slight positive changes, California Governor Jerry Brown has lifted statewide restrictions on water, allowing districts to set their own local regulations….

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Culver City Eco House fights back after being decimated by landslide

May 24, 2016 by  
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When Los Angeles based Studio Nova was asked to design this stunning home in Culver City, they were in for a few surprises. A slew of unexpected factors, including the need for a complete redesign, dragged out the home’s building time but some out-of-the-box thinking still allowed it to come to completion in all of its sustainable, eye-catching glory. The contemporary, light-filled home is almost net-zero energy, and features material exclusively from Home Depot. After the former home’s backyard…

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A landmark partnership, 10 years later

March 4, 2016 by  
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Hear from Walmart Chief Sustainability Officer and Walmart Foundation President, Kathleen McLaughlin and Environmental Defense Fund Executive Director, Diane Regas on what it takes to set and achieve audacious and aspirational goals at one of the world’s largest companies, and what they’ve learned since the start of this historic 2005 partnership at GreenBiz 16 in Phoenix.

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Building the case for sustainability leadership

March 4, 2016 by  
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Steelcase CEO Jim Keane discusses why the C-Suite needs to take sustainability seriously, and the value Steelcase has unlocked by rethinking its products, their life-cycle, and even the company’s business model in Phoenix at GreenBiz 16.

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Translating big data to improve corporate decisions

March 4, 2016 by  
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The public debut at GreenBiz 16 in Pheonix of the Green Infrastructure Support Tool (GIST), built by the Earth Genome in collaboration with WBCSD, that helps identify solutions to water scarcity risk. It demonstrates the promise of how environmental data, science and visualization technology can exponentially lower the cost for corporations to gain insights that enable better decisions for their organizations, society and the planet.

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Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Gold Dome To Be Preserved As Historic Site in Oklahoma

August 19, 2013 by  
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A 1958 geodesic dome based on Buckminster Fuller ’s design has been purchased by an Oklahoma environmental engineering firm . The historic Gold Dome building had been in danger — its previous owner decided to put the building on the market after finding it would take $2.5 million to repair problems with the building, particularly with its unique roof. Read the rest of Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Gold Dome To Be Preserved As Historic Site in Oklahoma Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Buckminster Fuller , geodesic dome , Gold Dome , historic architecture , historic building , historic site , modern architecture , oklahoma , route 66 , the public bank building        

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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

July 5, 2013 by  
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