Whimsical cottage straight out of Snow White can be yours

February 17, 2017 by  
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Fairy tales do come true and yes, they can happen to you – for just a mere $925,000. This dreamy Snow White cottage is a four bedroom, 4.5 bath home located in Olalla, Washington that has recently been put on the market. Although the whimsical home was, of course, inspired by the beloved fairytale princess, no word on whether it comes with seven dwarf roommates. The 2,800-square-feet cottage was built in 1982 and includes a number of custom amenities. The unique curvaceous design is complimented by hand-crafted doors with detailed iron work through the home. The interior is full of hand-carved wooden beams, stained glass windows, and even “magical cave”- like walls. Related: This luxury hobbit home in the UK could be yours for just $1 million The home has been on the market for just over 200 days and is being marketed as a great space for a B&B or wedding venue. A strong selling point is the home’s 7.52 acre lot, which is surrounded by sculpted gardens and lush greenery, perfect for getting lost and taking a nap. Or not. Via Boing Boing Images via Realtor

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Dubai plans to launch autonomous flying drone taxis by mid-2017

February 17, 2017 by  
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Adding to its reputation as a leader in experimental transportation , Dubai is hoping to launch autonomous air taxis capable of transporting people far above the city’s traffic woes as soon as the middle of 2017. According to Auto Blog, the United Arab Emirates Roads and Transportation authority announced the plans earlier this week, after a demonstration of the technology at the three-day World Government Summit . The Chinese-made Ehang 184 drone used in the demonstration can travel at 62 miles per hour at heights up to 984 feet. The drone is powered by an electric motor that can spin its eight propellers for up to 30 minutes at a time, with a two-hour recharge cycle in between. Specially designed to withstand the extreme desert temperatures of the Middle East , the Ehang 184 also comes equipped with a variety of safety features designed to provide peace of mind to those brave souls who choose to fly in it. This includes a program that tells the drone to automatically land at the nearest safe destination if even the most minor thing goes wrong, and secure networks designed to ward off hackers. The fact that its flights are all monitored throughout by ground control should add additional assurance. Related: Meet Gita, an intelligent autonomous cargo robot that can carry your stuff And people could be trusting the Ehang drone with their lives sooner, rather than later, as the head of Dubai’s transportation authority has told the Kuwait Times his ministry is already experimenting with using the autonomous vehicle in-flight. Dubai’s experiments with autonomous drone taxis are just one part of its forward-thinking approach to transport. The country is also the future home of the Elon Musk’s first Hyperloop project , which will connect Abu Dhabi to Dubai, a 100-mile trip that will take just 12 minutes. Via Auto Blog Images via ETC-USC and Sam Valadi , Flickr Creative Commons

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Tesla to cover repair costs after Model S owner sacrifices his car to save a life

February 17, 2017 by  
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Not only are Tesla cars saving the environment , they’re also saving lives. Earlier this week a Tesla Model S driver in Germany noticed a Volkswagen Passat swerving on the Autobahn. Realizing the car’s driver was unconscious, Tesla driver Manfred Kick risked his vehicle to save the driver’s life. Then Elon Musk got wind of Kick’s heroism. When he saw the Volkswagen hitting the guardrail, Kick pulled up next to the car and realized the driver was unconscious – it’s possible he experienced a stroke. So Kick pulled his Tesla in front of the Volkswagen and tapped the brakes until he could bring both cars to a halt. He was able to administer some first aid and ask other drivers who stopped to call for help. A Munich fire station, who commended Kick for incredible courage, reported an emergency medical team treated the Volkswagen driver, who is around 47 years old, before taking him to a special clinic. Related: Did Tesla Autopilot predict an upcoming accident before it actually happened? https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/831972613912080384 At first Kick wasn’t sure whose insurance company would have to cover repair costs. In the process of bringing the Volkswagen to a safe stop he incurred around 10,000 Euros of combined damage. But he told German publication Muenchner Merkur, “The most important thing is that the man is all right again.” The police reported the Volkswagen driver’s condition is stable, according to Muenchner Merkur. But it turns out Kick won’t have to worry about repair costs after all. Elon Musk praised his actions on Twitter, and said his electric vehicle company will cover repair costs “free of charge and expedited.” Mashable reported while German police must conduct an investigation into Kick, policemen said he probably won’t get a fine, but an award. Via Jalopnik and Muenchner Merkur Images via Feuerwehr München on Facebook

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Futuristic house made of massive steel cylinders hides two houses in one

January 25, 2017 by  
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Spanish architecture firm, Z4Z4 , has created one very unique home consisting of massive white cylindrical structures fused together to create two houses in one. Inspired by the homeowner’s love of travel and nature, the interior space connects the home to the earth through a large interior greenhouse , while the rest of the home “floats” whimsically above ground. https://vimeo.com/164173559 The home’s design was meant to represent the homeowners’ paradoxical love of both travel and domesticity, “A family was looking for a new home able to represent their trips around the globe, their desire to live in a garden and to embody the cinematic diversity of domestic life. The result is the design of two different houses on the same plot,” explained the architects. Related: Blue Sky Homes Completes Elegant Steel Prefab Home In Yucca Valley The three-story structure is built on two elongated concrete walls, and is supported by a series of interconnecting “stilts”. The main cylindrical volumes are surrounded with a sliding screen made of corrugated iron curtains that allow for optimal natural light into the minimalist interior . On the interior, the space is soothing, with little in terms of divisions apart from the double height greenhouse , which is divided by the “Good Life” garden on the south and the “Grotesque Garden” to the north. Along with nine spacious rooms, the home also includes a lounge area, pool, sauna and fitness center. + Z4Z4 Via World Architecture Photography by Imagen Subliminal

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TierraFlux is a sculptural food forest that you can recreate in your own yard

January 8, 2016 by  
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Infusing ecological landscaping with inspired visionary design, artist Jeeyun Ha’s Sculptural Food Forest is an interactive art installation rooted in ecological sustainability and climate appropriate landscaping, taking ecological landscaping to the next level. Sculptural growing towers called tuteurs made of branches and surrounded with edible and native plants, a branch-woven children’s play garden, a compost basket, inspired branch fencing, and creative worm bin baskets are the main features of the installation, which is located on the front yard of a private residence in West Covina, California. The soil will be sheet mulched with swales and berms for capturing roof runoff, making it drought-friendly and appropriate for the Southern California climate. Take part in the dream of a more magical, earth friendly landscape, by contributing funding and receive sweet perks like garden and compost consultations, your own mini-tuteur (growing tower), or with a $5000 donation, your own customized Sculptural Food Forest installation! + TierraFlux on GoFundMe 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!

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Green Vertical Walls at the Chelsea Flower Show

May 27, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter Green vertical walls are very popular at the Chelsea Flower Show this year, as are green roofs

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GOP Congressman Proposes Clear-Cutting Rainforest to Fight Climate Change

May 27, 2011 by  
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The New York Times reports that Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has a novel solution for combating climate change: clear-cut all the trees in the rain forests. Yes, that’s the solution he proposed in a Congressional hearing today, to the bewilderment of forestry experts also in attendance

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