Stormwaters sweep beneath this coastal beach house raised above dunes

March 5, 2018 by  
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Rather than elevate this coastal beach home on stilts, New York-based Raad Studio sought a more natural method to protect the building from floodwaters. The home, located in Sea Bright, New Jersey, is raised on artificial dunes planted with beach grasses, while stormwaters are safely channeled through an opening beneath the home. To further complement the surroundings, the Beach House was built with local maritime construction techniques and clad in locally sourced timber. Surrounded by stunning views, the Beach House is bookended on two sides by water with the Atlantic Ocean on one and the Navesink River on the other. “Our design team sought to balance an embrace of outdoor natural beauty while seeking to accommodate the site’s vulnerability to storms,” write Raad Studio. “The design solution that resulted is the marriage of landscape and architecture.” Taking inspiration from the dunes in the parkland to the north, the architects used a design by Dirtworks Landscape Architecture to create artificial dunes made from sand piled atop a concrete foundation and stabilized with beach grasses and other plants. “By restoring our idea of the original natural state to the site, we created a set of hydrodynamic dunes with penetrations that allow water to sluice through the land, while simultaneously elevating the house well above the historic high water mark,” wrote the architects. Related: This high-tech solar funnel allows plants to grow deep underground The modern Beach House is built to look like two stacked timber boxes wrapped in Alaskan yellow cedar and ample glazing that make the most of landscape views. A stairway descends down the dune to a pool deck. The light-filled interior is oriented around outdoor views with the common areas on the ground floor and two bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper level. + Raad Studio Via Dezeen Images via Raad Studio , by Robert Wright

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The Garden State cuts food waste for climate goals

July 31, 2017 by  
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New Jersey state laws mandating food waste reductions create business opportunities for recyclers, composters and others.

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India moves into low-carbon mobility fast lane

July 31, 2017 by  
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The country has a unique opportunity leapfrog the model that pervades many Western nations, characterized by costly congestion, sprawling cities and unhealthy pollution.

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Toms River: Pollution and its cancerous wake

July 18, 2015 by  
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The story of chemical waste and its tragic consequences in the town of Toms River, New Jersey.

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Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

March 19, 2015 by  
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Tesla is once again able to sell their luxury electric cars from showrooms in New Jersey, following the signing of a bill that allows manufacturers of zero-emissions vehicles to sell directly to customers in the Garden State. Last week, the NJ Senate Commerce Commission passed the measure , allowing the bill to go to vote on the Senate floor, where it passed 30-2. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie signed the bill. This win is a long-time coming for the electric car maker. Tesla hasn’t released a public statement in response to the bill’s passing, but surely, CEO Elon Musk is thrilled that this impediment has been lifted. Read the rest of Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: direct sales of electric cars , electric car sales , electric cars , elon musk , gov chris christie , governor chris christie , new jersey , nj tesla sales ban , tesla , tesla direct sales , Tesla sales ban , tesla sales ban lifted

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INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense

October 24, 2014 by  
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Have you ever considered an alternative education model for your child or children? One that values self-motivation, play, and plenty of time in nature? If you have, maybe Montessori will interest you. The Naudain Academy in New Jersey sent over this nifty infographic, which details the positive side of Montessori education. Some highlights include mixed age groups, emphasis on collaboration, and NO TESTS. We like this last reason the best. So hit the jump for the full infographic and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Is Montessori for you? Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative education , Children , education , infographic , Montessori School , Montessori schooling , nature-centered education , Naudain Academy , new jersey , no test school , play time , positive side of Montessori

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Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

October 24, 2014 by  
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If you’ve been following Inhabitat for a while, you’re probably familiar with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s brilliant biomimicry articles . For the past year and a half, Tamsin has been pouring her heart and soul into researching and writing a book entitled  SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies.  In it, she describes how radically collaborators (like ant colonies and honeybee hives ) work together to create value, and how we can mimic them in our own organizations to do the same thing. Now she needs help to put the finishing touches on the book and get it out there, so she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. She’s hoping to raise $15,000 towards this goal, and is already almost halfway there! This is a movement, and the time is now for a well-reasoned, scientifically-based, common sense platform we can all take to the bank. If the ants can do it, so can we. HELP FUND TAMSIN’S BOOK ON KICKSTARTER >  + Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s Biomimicry Manual Articles Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio mimicry , biomimicry , book , books , crowdsourcing , Dr. Tamsin , Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker , fundraising , kickstarter , More Valuable Companies , Smarter , SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster , Tamsin , Tamsin Woolley-Barker

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New Jersey’s Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

June 22, 2014 by  
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When we think of the illegal ivory trade, most people envision the large smuggling busts that happen in Africa or Asia. It may surprise you to learn that the port of Newark in New Jersey is a hub for the illegal wildlife trade. The Garden State recently took a symbolic stand against this horrific practice by  passing a bill that eliminates the trade in  ivory  and rhinoceros horn. The politicians who sponsored the bill, along with those from top conservation organizations, applaud the move and are confident it will help to deter poaching around the world. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Elephant Poaching , elephant tusks , new jersey ivory ban , new jersey rhino horn ban , Rhino horns , rhino poaching

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Rebuild By Design Competition Winners Announced – $1 Billion Awarded to Protect East Coast From Future Storms

June 3, 2014 by  
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Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals

June 3, 2014 by  
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  Finally, wedding rings without the guilt. Modern day couples shouldn’t have to be concerned that their special day and commemorative rings will get overshadowed by the questionable ethics behind the diamond and gold business. Endswell creates solid gold rings for both men and women, made from recycled rose, yellow, or white gold, and hand-cast in the United States. Their designs showcase exquisite details in modern, minimalist forms. Each design’s wax is 3d-printed before being cast in their family-run Chicago foundry, giving them uniquely modern forms balanced with a very human touch. “Beauty in meaning, not in excess.” + Endswell 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: Endswell , engagement rings , ethical gold , ethical jewellery , ethical jewelry , ethical rings , GOLD , gold rings , recycled gold , recycled rings , rings , silver rings , wedding rings

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