Send your loved one’s ashes to space – on one of Elon Musk’s rockets

May 17, 2017 by  
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Sending a deceased family member or loved one’s ashes into space may seem like an impossibly grand gesture, but San Francisco-based Elysium Space makes it possible. They’ve offered interstellar burials for a few years now, but yesterday they announced their Elysium Star II memorial spacecraft will hitch a ride on none other than one of Elon Musk’s rockets. And it costs less than the average cost of a funeral with a price tag of $2,500 . Elysium Space partnered with launch company Spaceflight in November, and yesterday announced ashes will be aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission. They’ll blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to Elysium Space, the memorial spacecraft – their dedicated satellite containing cremated remains – “will be deployed in a Sun-synchronous orbit, ensuring it will pass over every location in the world.” Related: The moon can be your final resting place for just $12,000 A loved one’s ashes are placed in a capsule, which is marked with their initials. The capsules and personal messages are also included in the memorial spacecraft. The satellite containing ashes will voyage among the stars for around two years before reentering the atmosphere and burning up – like a shooting star, according to Elysium Space. For those two years loved ones will be able to track the spacecraft in real time on a free app. 100 participants are booked, according to the company, and among them are United States military veterans and aerospace enthusiasts. CEO Thomas Civeit said in a statement, “We are honored to assist families in achieving their dreams, riding on one of the greatest rockets in the world. The historical launch provides the perfect conditions to make this memorial spaceflight an exceptionally meaningful experience for all participants.” Via CNBC and Elysium Space Images via Good Free Photos and Elysium Space Facebook

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Amazing solar house generates enough energy to share with its neighbors

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Although the Netherlands may seem like a tranquil place to live, its climate can be quite volatile. Frigid winters and searing summer heat make energy efficient home design a must – local architects such as Joris Verhoeven Architectuur are creating amazingly efficient designs that don’t sacrifice on aesthetics. The firm’s sophisticated “Positive Energy House” in the small village of Sterksel is a solar powerhouse that generates enough energy to share with its neighbors Although energy efficiency was the objective of the design, the architects did not want to sacrifice aesthetics. Therefore, the building materials were chosen to create a sophisticated design. Muted grey brick cladding gives the home a contemporary feel while providing the home with an ultra-thick layer of insulation. The slanted roof was chosen to enhance the home’s style while maximizing the energy output of 44 south-oriented solar panels . Related: 8 homes that generate more energy than they consume In fact, orientation was key to creating the ultra-efficient design . On the interior, all of the communal living spaces were built on the “sunny side” of the home to maximize light and natural heating. Integrated solar blinds and screens on the windows block the sun from overheating the interior during the hot summer months. On the back end of the house, a lovely canopy-covered terrace offers a tranquil outdoor area for the family. + Joris Verhoeven Architectuur Photography via John van Groenedaal

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Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free

May 17, 2017 by  
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Have you ever wanted to own your own castle – or perhaps an Italian monastery? Here’s your chance. As part of Italy’s Strategist Tourist Plan, the country is giving away 103 historic sites – including old houses, farmhouses, inns, monasteries and even ancient castles. However, only those who intend to renovate and transform the structures into tourist hotspots (such as restaurants and spas) will be granted a plot of historic property. The State Property Agency and Ministry of Cultural Heritage are responsible for spearheading the project, which aims to relieve some of the strain on the country’s most popular and overcrowded areas. In effect, lesser-explored destinations will receive an influx of tourists and local economies will benefit. State property agency employee Roberto Reggi told The Local : “The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector. The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists.” In total, 103 historic sites are available across the country. Many are located near the famous Appian Way – the Roman road that connects Venice with Brindisi on the southern coast. After the initial properties are claimed and foreigners begin exploring more destinations aside from Venice , 200 more sites will be included in the project over the next two years. This isn’t the first time Italy has relied on the public to restore its historic sites. The “ Lighthouse Project, ” for instance, has resulted in the Italian government auctioning off approximately 30 historic lighthouses to investors over the past two years. The requirement has been the same: transform the ordinary structures into hotels and tourist facilities . Additionally, the country raised €502 million for its “ Kill Public Debt Plan ” by putting 50 of its most prized sites up for action in 2013. Full details of the project can be found (in Italian) on the State Property Agency’s website . + State Property Agency Via The Local Images via Hand Luggage Only , SUWalls , Pinterest

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MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway

April 16, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture competition , Asplan Viak , big , business quarter , government buildings , LPO , memorial , MVRDV , norway , office towers , oslo , Oslo architecture competition , Oslo business district , Oslo business quarter , Oslo memorial , Oslo Norway , public park , public parks , rooftop garden , snohetta , white

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16 fascinating furnishings spotted at designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

April 16, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 16 fascinating furnishings spotted at designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: benchmark , Christian Noergaard , design junction , design junction milan , Francesco Guerriero , H design , Jessica Nebel , Kostantia Manthou , Martin Kechayas , Milan Design Week , Milan Furniture Fair , omologie , Pia Wustenberg , Sean Sutcliffe , Shin Azumi , Signe Hytte , Terence Conran , the new english , Tom Dixon , we do wood

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Construction underway on Canada’s first Holocaust memorial designed by Libeskind

January 27, 2015 by  
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Today marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz ’s liberation, a day commemorated by International Holocaust Remembrance Day . It’s a perfect time to unveil the design for Canada’s upcoming National Holocaust Monument , under construction in Ottawa this year. The monument is the first in the country to commemorate the tragic events of the last century, and is an epic undertaking, not only for the designers but for the builders as well. Read the rest of Construction underway on Canada’s first Holocaust memorial designed by Libeskind Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 , architect , Auschwitz , Award-winning , building , canada , Competition , contest winning , Daniel Libeskind , Holocaust , Libeskind , memorial , National Holocaust Monument , Ottawa , remembrance , star of david , under construction

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Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide

January 27, 2015 by  
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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

January 27, 2015 by  
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Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably lousy time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt , and now it looks like chemical pollutants released into the atmosphere over previous decades are causing polar bears to experience weakness or even breakage in the most sensitive of bones. As one might imagine, this doesn’t bode especially well for the continued re-population of the species. Read the rest of Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , Arctic , carcinogen , chemical pollutant , edcs , global warming , limate change , north pole , pcbs , penile bone , penis bone , polar bear , Pollution

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

June 27, 2014 by  
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On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10) were victims of a needless and brutal crime. Paul Lukez Architecture visited the original location where these horrendous events occurred and met with local community members on how to best memorialize the lives and spirit of Jennie and her brother Karlin. The hillside community of La Nava embraced the idea of building a structure on the footprint of the original house. Over 65 family members helped build the structure. In addition, PLA was able to raise $30,000 for materials and specialized labor. The new structure designed by PLA has three interior spaces; a multi-use community space, a chapel and a rest room. Simple means of construction mined from the local vernacular helps create a space of peace and meditation. Light and nature work their wonders, as the space becomes a place to collect and filter impressions, experiences and memory. + Paul Lukez Architecture 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: eco design , Honduras , Jennie’s Place , memorial , Paul Lukez Architecture , reader submitted content , salvaged materials , sustainable design , tiny home , vernacular architecture

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9/11 Museum Slated to Open as Early as This May

January 30, 2014 by  
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After numerous delays caused by financial disputes and weather issues, the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum says it is finally set to open to the public as early as this May. While many New Yorkers look forward to the new museum as a place of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the attacks, others remain critical of the hefty $24 planned admission fee . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , Hurricane Sandy , Joe Daniels , National 9/11 Memorial Museum , September 11 museum opening , snohetta , sustainable design , WTC Site        

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