ChicWatts upcycles pipes and wine bottles into edgy, industrial lighting

June 29, 2016 by  
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Every year countless wine and alcohol bottles end up in landfills along with tons of premium hardwood. Seattle-based ChicWatts reclaims and upcycles these materials into unique, artistic lighting solutions designed to brighten up any space. By combining eye-catching metal and glass, these sculptural lights are reminiscent of another era, and serve to be seen as much as they illuminate. The American made lights wear their brass and iron fittings as a tribute to the industrial history of the country and were named a finalist in the Martha Stewart Made in America competition. Their “Mother Nature meets Steampunk” designs can be customized on demand and many models include secondary features such as built-in USB ports. Currently, ChicWatts eco-friendly lights are already available in the U.S. and Asia and can be shipped to the EU. + ChicWatts Images via ChicWatts Facebook Page 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!

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Coolpeds launches an affordable, lightweight and stylish $500 electric bike

June 29, 2016 by  
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Coolpeds is introducing what they believe is the world’s most affordable and lightweight electric bike . The Coolpeds iBike is ready to revolutionize the electric bike industry with its super light weight (about 28 lb), powerful 350 watt brushless motor, and front wheel drive system for safer and easier handling. The bike has a cool, retro style and the battery is even concealed in a leather-look pouch and will cost just $500. Now you can ride through town stylishly and effortlessly, surprising everyone with how you get there so fast and still look so good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP04MJeIZZs + Coolpeds on Prefundia

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INFOGRAPHIC: The worlds greatest sports stadiums and the architects behind them

June 29, 2016 by  
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With UEFA underway and the Rio Olympics just around the corner, it’s a fitting time to take a look at some of the world’s greatest stadiums ever built. RubberBond created an infographic that explores the best stadiums from around the world, from football and rugby to national and Olympic stadiums. You’ll find information on when the stadiums were built, the main designers and architects behind the stadium designs, and even interesting trivia and background information. + RubberBond

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Folding FOSCAT32 catamaran makes the most of wind and solar

June 28, 2016 by  
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Sailing enthusiasts are no strangers to wind power, but few have experienced the wonders of solar-powered sailing . Behold the folding FOSCAT32 catamaran, an energy-efficient alternative concept cat sail vessel that consumes no fuel, harnessing renewable solar and wind for a minimal environmental impact. The ability to switch from solar to wind as a power source also makes it possible to sail FOSCAT32 during both the day and night. In addition, the lightweight folding hulls are easy to handle ashore and require little to no maintenance. FOSCAT32 is one of the first folding cats, which can easily be folded on docks and on any shore. She reduces the wind profile during docking; and while landing the hulls can be easily retracted with folding rudders and mast. Designed by Dr. Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis , FOSCAT32 was honored with a Green Dot Award in 2011 and an A Design Award 2010. + FOSCAT32 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!

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Artist makes Dust Jewelry out of soil from abandoned Icelandic farms

June 28, 2016 by  
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Icelandic artist Ágústa Sveinsdóttir reminds us all of the transience of nature by crafting jewelry out of a simple material: dust. Collected from the soil of deserted farms in the Icelandic countryside, with time the Dust jewelry withers away, revealing a manmade structure — a sort of skeleton within — giving the bearer a chance to savour every moment of its life span. Using a biodegradable adhesive, dust is transformed into a jewel coating. It is a celebration of the fragile beauty that time and use impart to materials. + Dust Jewelry 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!

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This 55-foot-tall residential green wall will be the largest of its kind in New York

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The 32,000-square-foot building will house seven residences with prices ranging from $5.75 million for a half-floor unit to full-floor apartments that start at $14.8 million. Each unit will have a flexible layout , with minimal interior walls. The residences were individually configured to be easily adapted to successive owners. Ando’s signature material palette- concrete , metal and glass will dominate the spaces, with the exterior green wall as the highlight of the exterior. Related: How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water Upon completion, the wall will be 55 feet tall and 99 feet wide, and will be planted with a combination of vines , including English Ivy, Boston Ivy, Virginia Creepers, Jasmine Clematis and climbing Hydrangeas. This variety will allow the living structure to change appearance throughout the year and feature different textures and vibrant colors. + 152 Elizabeth Street + Tadao Ando + M. Paul Friedberg and Partners Images via Tadao Ando and 152 Elizabeth Street

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Cleveland offshore wind farm project awarded $40 million DOE grant

June 28, 2016 by  
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Could the Rust Belt turn into the Wind Belt? The Great Lakes represent 20 percent of the United States’ total offshore wind energy capacity, but not a single wind turbine has yet to be seen. That could start to change soon thanks to a $40 million grant from the Department of Energy for North America’s first offshore freshwater wind farm, located on Lake Erie about eight to 10 miles northwest of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The funding was awarded to Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) for its “Icebreaker” project that will consist of six 3.45 megawatt turbines (20.7 MW). “Lake Erie is the Saudi Arabia of wind, and today’s award should be a gusher for northern Ohio,” Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) said in a recent statement . “This wind power project will begin to unleash Lake Erie’s full renewable power potential and contribute to creating a more competitive energy marketplace. LEEDCo’s innovative vision can help transform energy production and distribution for northern Ohio’s residents and thousands of businesses. Because Lake Erie serves both the U.S. and Canada this development also harkens toward a future that could link Ohio and Ontario in a new energy partnership.” Related: The world’s largest floating wind farm will be operational next year Acccording to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, LEEDCo’s decision to adopt the European-designed “Mono Bucket” foundation, which “eliminates pile driving in the bedrock below the lake bed,” might have played a role in DOE’s decision to fully fund the project. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $120 million. In addition to previous federal grants totalling $10 million, Fred Olsen Renewables, the largest independent power producer in the United Kingdom, is expected to raise the remaining $70 million. The nation’s first offshore wind farm is on schedule for completion later this year. The Block Island Wind Farm is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rhode Island. The 30-megawatt, five-turbine project is expected to produce more than 125,000 megawatt hours annually. The Lake Erie offshore wind farm is expected to be completed and operational by the end of 2018. + Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation Via Renewable Energy World Images via Flickr and Wikimedia

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Spectacular triangular mountain cabin designed for the edge of a cliff

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The most important thing to know about the Triangle Cliff House design is that it wasn’t created for a client. Arndt’s firm Lichtect runs a bi-monthly design challenge, and this concept is Arndt’s personal response to the prompt requiring a home design for a fictional cliff. The artist went for the gusto with a structure that straddles the cliff’s edge, creating an amazing view from the lower level with floor-to-ceiling windows that gape out over a gorgeous mountain lake nestled in the valley below. Related: The Slice by Saunders Architecture is a tiny cabin built around two existing plum trees With windows on three sides, the Triangle Cliff House would offer inhabitants a wide selection of vistas. So, if one tired of looking down into the ravine, a view of the greenery along the ridgeline would be waiting through an adjacent window. It is hard to imagine a scenario in which the cliff face would become unappealing, though, especially with the addition of a thin balcony along the cliff’s edge, protected by a waist-high glass wall. The renderings only show off the exterior design of the building, leaving the interior layout and fittings to the imagination. The structure appears to be designed as a two- or three-story dwelling with a rather open floor plan. The lower level contains at minimum a sitting area and a kitchen, with an open staircase cutting through the space and leading to the upper floor. + Matthias Arndt Via Lost at E Minor Images via Matthias Arndt/Lichtect

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Algaevator transforms algae production into a beautiful work of art and architecture

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Created as part of the Burglars of Transnatural Transparency (BoTT) Lab pavilion, the Algaevator is a gravity-based algae photobioreactor built to explore the architectural possibilities of biotechnology utilities. The resulting lightweight and transparent structure comprises three separated spirals intercoiled between a heat-fused, watertight, and layered membrane. “An algae photobioreactor is an artificial environment used to increase the production of algae through the introduction of slow movement, carbon dioxide , and increased access to sunlight,” write the designers. “The algae is then used for various consumer products and alternative fuels.” Related: Biodegradable algae water bottles provide a green alternative to plastic The Algaevator’s first spiral introduces carbon dioxide from the environment to the bottom of the coil via a low-energy pump where it travels into an algae-filled spiral. Bubbles gently push the algae, which is combined with carbon dioxide for photosynthesis , to the top of the spiral where the algae is able to off-gas oxygen into the environment and then descend back down to the bottom of the spiral for further cycling. The structure is also able to harvest rainwater for adjacent biotech functions. The Algaevator was put on display and successfully operated for its three-month deployment. + Tyler Stevermer + Jie Zhang Images via Tyler Stevermer

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Student invents turntable-speaker that spins off of upcycled and biodegradable materials

June 27, 2016 by  
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Innova is a student’s take on a turntable-speaker system made from entirely upcycled and biodegradable materials. Holly Jensen, a student of Victoria University of Wellington, had a particular interest in both unusual and environmental product design, pushing the public’s perception of household objects and beautifying items once considered to be obsolete. All the components and fabric of Innova were upcycled, and the glues and wood stains were leftover from previous students’ projects. Software was used to develop the form and layers, a laser-cutter was employed to cut out the plywood, and the machine was hand assembled and finished to ensure a more natural, passionate feel. 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!

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