MINI re-envisions the Cooper hatchback as an EV

August 30, 2017 by  
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MINI is adding an exciting new car to its lineup sometime during 2019 – and it’s totally electric . The MINI Electric Concept offers a futuristic interpretation of the MINI Cooper hatchback with a slew of special details, including unique wheels, a new hexagonal grille and restyled lighting. The MINI Electric Concept will have its official debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, where the company will test the public’s reception to a new electrified MINI. It’s been nearly 10 years since MINI released the MINI E electric car in 2018, which was the first fully electric car from the BMW Group. Related: Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV MINI’s next electric car will reach beyond the potential of the MINI E. For starters, its electric motor won’t have the same cooling needs as a traditional gas-powered car, so the grille and air intakes have been closed off to improve airflow. And the headlights have a new LED design. As you move to the back, the MINI Electric Concept’s taillights each form one half of the Union Jack as an LED dot matrix. “The MINI Electric Concept is a quintessential MINI – compact, agile, simply the ideal companion for everyday driving. At the same time, it conveys a whole new take on the concept of sportiness,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. + MINI Images @MINI

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Massive ‘plastic monster’ art installation engulfs museum visitors

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Some artists prefer to work with top-of-the-line elements, but Taiwanese artist Shih Chieh Huang can do wonders with a ubiquitous dollar store material like painter’s plastic. The artist just unveiled a massive “plastic monster” that wraps around the Worcester Art Museum ‘s Roman Renaissance Court, engulfing visitors in an inflated labyrinth of human-like entrails. The volumnous art installation is entirely made out of a simple roll of painter’s plastic. Using a box fan, Huang breathes life to the pneumatic sculpture, which has a distinctive likeness similar to that of human intestines, “When you see the air trying to squeeze through, it makes you think of the lower intestine,” Huang told Hyper Allergic . “It’s almost like there’s food in there and it’s trying to get it out through the ends.” Related: PlasticWaste Labyrinth is a stunning look inside our plastic waste problem Photograph by Christopher Snow Hopkins for Hyperallergic The installation is the latest piece in Huang’s “Organic Concept,” series where he brings uses a variety of cheap materials to create life-like sculptures. In addition to the inflated sculpture, the artist’s bioluminescent kinetic sculptures are also on display in the museum. Reusable Universes: Shih Chieh Huang is a series of glowing marine cyborgs that Huang has created using Tupperware, LED automotive headlights, polyethylene terephthalate bottles, and various everyday materials. The exhibition will be on display at the Worcester Art Museum through November 12. + Shih Chieh Huang + Worcester Art Museum Via Hyper Allergic Photography by Kim Noonan via Worcester Art Museum

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Megacities could save $505 million a year thanks to trees

August 30, 2017 by  
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Trees offer enormous monetary benefit to megacities , or those urban areas where over 10 million people reside. New research led by Theodore Endreny of SUNY’s College of Environmental Studies and Forestry highlights the idea that cities shouldn’t overlook the immense value of these plants: every year they could offer a payoff of $482 million in lowered air pollution , $11 million in stormwater remediation, $8 million in carbon dioxide sequestration , and $500,000 savings on heating and cooling costs. The researchers looked at Los Angeles, Beijing, Tokyo, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Moscow, London, Istanbul, Mexico City, and Cairo. They built on estimates from the i-Tree model developed by the United States Forest Service , which analyzes environmental benefits from trees, with local data. They found median tree cover in all the cities was 21 percent, with potential tree cover at 19 percent. Tree cover varies by megacity – for example, in Cairo tree cover is just 8.1 percent while in Moscow it’s 36 percent. Tokyo claims the prize for greatest tree canopy cover per person, according to CityLab. Related: California street trees are worth $1 billion, says USFS and UC Davis The benefits each megacity reaps from trees varies some as well. Cairo doesn’t receive much precipitation so they don’t benefit that much from stormwater remediation. And Mumbai’s energy expenditures aren’t as high as other megacities’ so it doesn’t benefit as much in that area. Los Angeles got the most benefit from trees sequestering carbon dioxide. The researchers suggest cities plant more trees to nearly double the benefits gleaned from the leafy canopies. And as nearly 10 percent of humans live in megacities, the move could serve millions of people. The journal Ecological Modelling made the research available online at the end of July. Six researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and the Parthenope University of Naples contributed to the study. Via CityLab Images via Laith Abdulkareem on Unsplash and Florian ? on Unsplash

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Build your own BIG-designed LEGO House with LEGO Architectures newest kit

August 30, 2017 by  
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As if playing in a LEGO wonderland wasn’t enough, we just got wind of another reason to get excited over the BIG-designed LEGO House’s grand opening next month. The iconic toy company just unveiled official images of a new LEGO Architecture kit that’ll let you build your very own LEGO experience center at home. The 774-piece model replica of the nearly complete LEGO House in Billund, Denmark will be sold exclusively at the center when it opens on September 28. The new LEGO House, also known as the “House of the Brick,” will be an experience center where fans can learn about the history of the company, the philosophy of LEGO play, and interact with LEGO through a wide variety of hands-on experiences. Starchitect Bjarke Ingels , an enthusiastic LEGO fan, was tapped to design the LEGO House project and drew inspiration from the modularity of the toy brick. Related: BIG’s LEGO House tops out with opening date in September The nearly completed LEGO House was created as “a cloud of interlocking LEGO bricks…a literal manifestation of the infinite possibilities of the LEGO brick,” said Ingels. The 774-piece LEGO Architecture kit is a small-scale replica of the stunning building that, when assembled, will form 21 stacked white bricks complete with the classic eight-knob LEGO brick-shaped Keystone, colorful surfaces, glazing in the form of translucent bricks, and an interior public square. The kit takes 197 steps to complete. Full instructions and product description can be found here . + LEGO Architecture Via ArchDaily

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2017 Countryman crossover is the first MINI plug-in hybrid

October 26, 2016 by  
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It’s been six years since the last electrified MINI, the MINI E was made available. Although BMW has confirmed plans to introduce a new fully-electric MINI in the next few years, if you’ve been hoping that MINI would introduce a plug-in model sooner, your prayers have been answered. MINI has unveiled the all-new 2017 Countryman crossover, which marks the introduction of the automaker’s first plug-in hybrid . The new Countryman is now the biggest MINI to date, but at the same time it is also the greenest model in MINI’s current lineup. Standard versions can be equipped with efficient three- and four-cylinder engines, but even more noteworthy is the new plug-in hybrid version. The Countryman plug-in hybrid is powered by a 1.5L three-cylinder mated to an electric motor for a total combined output of 221 horsepower, which is more than either of the standard gasoline powered versions. The 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery gives the Countryman plug-in hybrid an electric driving range of 24 miles at speeds up to 77 mph. Related: MINI Unveils Three of the World’s Tiniest Luxury Campers “The addition of the plug-in hybrid option is a major milestone for the brand and we look forward to bringing this exciting new vehicle into one of the top performing market segments,” said Thomas Felbermair, Vice President MINI of the Americas. MINI hasn’t announced the pricing for the Countryman plug-in hybrid , but when it arrives next summer it will be called the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. + MINI All images @ MINI

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Three mini forests are popping up in the middle of London

September 9, 2016 by  
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Designer Asif Khan partnered with MINI do create a three-part installation that explores urban living. The three, plant-filled rooms named Connect, Create and Relax will be installed across Shoreditch during this year’s London Design Festival. The designs, collectively called Forests, are part of a larger project MINI Living, organized by the car company as an exploration of the future of urban living. The Connect room will act as a space where visitors and passers-bys can socialize, while the Create Space will be a flexible workspace, the interior of which can be designed by visitors themselves. The Relax Space will be dedicated to relaxation. Related: Four fascinating Summer Houses accompany this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Khan used plants to explore the relationship between public and private space in the city and the potentials of informal spaces to encourage city dwellers to socialize the partake in communal activities. The installation will be open to the public between 17 and 25 September, 2016. + Asif Khan Via Dezeen

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MINI Unveils Tiny Electric ‘Citysurfer’ Scooter That Folds to Fit in Your Trunk

November 24, 2014 by  
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With traffic congestion in urban areas growing at an alarming rate, it’s only a matter of time until some cities start banning cars . To address the changing needs of urban mobility MINI just unveiled the Citysurfer – a folding electric concept scooter that can transport commuters to the “last mile” of their destinations without adding to existing traffic congestion. Read the rest of MINI Unveils Tiny Electric ‘Citysurfer’ Scooter That Folds to Fit in Your Trunk Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW , Citysurfer concept , electric scooter , green transportation , Los Angeles Auto Show , Mini , MINI Citysurfer concept , mini cooper , Scooter , urban mobility

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MINI Provides Tiny Remote-Controlled MINI Coopers for the Olympic Games

August 3, 2012 by  
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In addition to providing a fleet of green BMW hybrids and electric MINI Coopers for the 2012 London Olympic Games , BMW has also created a fleet of remote-controlled MINI Coopers for the games. Unlike the BMW 3 and 5 Series models that are being supplied to transport the athletes at the games, the small remote-controlled MINI Coopers are being deployed specifically to assist with clearing the field during Olympic events. Read the rest of MINI Provides Tiny Remote-Controlled MINI Coopers for the Olympic Games Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 London Olympic Games , BMW , BMW electric car , electric cars , green car , green transportation , Mini , mini cooper , MINI electric car

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The Midget Bushtrekka Is a Cool Pull-Along Mini-Camper Designed for Bikers

April 13, 2012 by  
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The summer months are just ahead, and for many of us this means days full of cycling and plenty of camping excursions. But for you outdoor adventurers who don’t want to trade in your two-wheelers for four, now you can combine the two activities with your very own bike-trailer! Dubbed the  Midget Bushtrekka , and made by Kamp-Rite , this cool design goes from an ultra-compact carrier to a cool tent complete with cot-bed and some cozy amenities. Read the rest of The Midget Bushtrekka Is a Cool Pull-Along Mini-Camper Designed for Bikers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike trailer camping , cycling , kamp rite , midget bushtrekka , mini camper bicycle , pop-up camper , sustainable travel

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Studio Rolf Saws Dutch Furniture in Half to Create New Furnishings

April 13, 2012 by  
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Last year Studio Rolf bought several pieces of furniture from the estate of Queen Juliana in the Netherlands. Since then, the studio has been hard at work sawing the items in half and turning the original historic pieces into inventive adaptations. Aptly named ‘Juliana and Rolf’ the collection will be exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair next week. Read the rest of Studio Rolf Saws Dutch Furniture in Half to Create New Furnishings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adapted furniture , dutch design , green design , Milan Furniture Fair , Rolf Juliana Furniture , Studio Rolf.fr , sustainable design

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