This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

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Next year will mark thirty years since the construction of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s iconic Hundertwasserhaus in the Kegelgasse district of Vienna, Austria. Hundertwasser’s fantastical artistic vision was inspired by his dream to align architecture with nature in every sense. At its conception, the artist vowed to replace every piece of vegetation lost in the construction of the residential complex. For every square foot of structure built, an equal area of trees and shrubs was added, resulting in the abundant majestic greenery that cloaks its facade today. Read the rest of This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Austria , Austrian architecture , biomimicry , custom bespoken windows , energy efficient windows , Friedensreich Hundertwasser , Green Walls , Hundertwasserhaus , Joseph Krawina architect , Landscape Architecture , Living Walls , Neuffer , Neuffer windows , rooftop garden , vertical garden , vienna , window rights

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New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

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A groundbreaking new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has revealed that the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system dates the arrival of water to a much earlier time than previously believed. Thanks to new data from NASA’s 4-Vesta project, the team demonstrated that the most primitive type of known meteorite could have brought water to Earth very early on in the planet’s formation. The implications for an earlier “wet Earth” include the possibility that life on our planet began much earlier than previously thought and could once have existed on the other inner planets . Read the rest of New Study Reveals Earth’s Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 4-Vesta , age of water , asteroids , Earth’s water almost as old as the planet , isotopes , meteorites , nasa , water in the solar system , water issues , WHOI , Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

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A new UN paper  reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated cropland in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt. With the world population expected to hit nine to 10 billion people by 2050, obviously we can’t afford to be losing productive, arable land. Thankfully, the report also makes a number of recommendations for swift action to reverse the trend before it becomes too expensive to do so. Read the rest of Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , economic impact of salinity , farm land , farming , global development , irrigation , loss of farm land to salt , report , salinity , salt , study , United Nations , United Nations University , water issues

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Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike!

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The spirits are stirring, the days are getting shorter, and shadows are stretching across the land – which means it’s high time to get started on your DIY costume for Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest ! To encourage you to ditch the cheesy costume shops and big box stores we’re giving away an amazing Vanmoof B6 bicycle ( worth $848 ) with built-in lights to the creator of the best handmade costume. Halloween is just a few weeks away and our deadline is November 1st , so now’s the time to get cracking – and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of our favorite costumes from past years in the gallery below. ENTER OUR GREEN HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST > Read the rest of Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike , costume contest , DIY , diy costume , diy halloween costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , make your own costume , sustainable design , vanmoof , vanmoof b6 , win a bike

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