France Invests $267.5 Million to Restore La Défense’s Crumbling Cube

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La Grande Arche in La Défense has dominated Paris’ skyline for twenty five years, however the immense structure has fallen into disrepair as its marble facade crumbles and threatens to fall on people below. Fortunately, the French government has decided to invest €200 million to renovate the iconic building and work is scheduled to begin in October. Read the rest of France Invests $267.5 Million to Restore La Défense’s Crumbling Cube Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building restoration , Danish architects , french architecture , iconic building restoration , Johann Otto von Spreckelsen , La Défense cube , La Defense , La Grande Arche renovation , paris architecture , Paris architecture renovation , Paris skyline , Paul Andreu buildings

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Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

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Cyclists are fond of saying, “it costs nothing and makes you thin” but now thanks to Royal College of Art graduate Offer Canfi , bicycles can also charge your gadgets. Canfi’s Flux project utilizes resonant inductive coupling – a method of transmitting electrical energy without man-made conductors – in order to not just charge phones and tablets, but also, it is hoped, to charge electric bikes via inductive bicycle lanes. Read the rest of Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle charges electronics , bicycles , e-bike , electric bicycle , electric bikes , Flux project , gadget charging bike , green transportation , inductive bicycle lanes , Inductive coupling , Offer Canfi , Royal College of Art

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Steven Holl’s Knut Hamsun Museum Stands Tall in the Norwegian Countryside

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Like any good architect, Steven Holl finds inspiration in unexpected places. His award-winning Swiss residence was inspired by the black rocks and white snow of the Swiss Alps. And this project, a museum in Hamarøy, Norway , is inspired by the writing of Knut Hamsun , Norway’s most inventive 20th century writer. While the structure at first glance seems a bit austere, its design concept, described as “building as body,” is rich and poetic, serving as a narrative that “tells many contrasting tales and constantly revitalizes Hamsun’s writing.” The museum will include exhibition areas, a library, cafe and auditorium, topped off by a roof garden whose long grass reflects traditional Norwegian sod roof design. Read the rest of Steven Holl’s Knut Hamsun Museum Stands Tall in the Norwegian Countryside Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dark tower , Hamsun , Hamsun Museum , Holl Museum , Holl museum Norway , Knut Hamsun , Knut Hansen Museum , norway , Norway Architecture , Norway Museum , Norwegian , Norwegian Museum , Steven Holl , Steven Holl Norway

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“Extremely Rare and Unprecedented” Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii

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In what’s being called an extremely rare and unprecedented event, two tropical storms are set to batter Hawaii back to back. The Huffington Post reports that the National Weather Service Pacific Hurricane Center (NWSCPH) is currently keeping an eye on two large storms approaching the islands of Hawaii, including Hurricane Iselle that’s expected to hit on Thursday afternoon – and tropical storm Julio, which is expected to follow suit two or three days later. Two successive storms like this have never been documented before, according to one weather expert. “In 75 years of reliable data you only have one case where [tropical storms] were even 10 days apart,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist, Kevin Roth told The Huffington Post . Read the rest of “Extremely Rare and Unprecedented” Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: change , climate , extreme , flash , flood , hawaii , heavy , Hurricane , iselle , juilo , rain , storm , tropical , weather

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