Cozy READER shelter made from plywood offers escape into the world of books

December 29, 2016 by  
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Have you ever fantasized about burrowing into a tree trunk like a squirrel? First-year architecture and urban planning students at the Estonian Academy of Arts designed and built this cozy timber shelter that lets you experience something similar without going too far off the ground. Made from curved pieces of plywood , this cavernous installation is ribbed to mimic pages of a book and offers seating perfect for curling up on with a good novel. Developed in 2015 as part of an annual student architecture project, READER was selected out of 15 designs for construction and temporary display in the heart of Tallinn. When viewed from afar, READER appears as a solid cuboid mass. Upon closer inspection however, the shelter reveals itself to be made from individual plywood sheets evenly spaced apart. The project was constructed over the course of five days and is elevated atop nine adjustable legs. Related: Gigantic wooden megaphones amplify the sounds of the forest in Estonia READER can be entered via a round opening that leads to an inner winding path that diverges into two and rises and falls like a small hill. The individual pine plywood panels are connected by spruce logs and are cut to slightly different sizes for an undulating tunnel effect. The student architects invite the public to enter and “escape from the real world of problems into the fictional world of books.” READER is currently on display in a grove in Pedaspea, Lahemaa, North-Estonia as part of an outdoor exhibit that showcases student work. + Estonian Academy of Arts Via ArchDaily Images © Paco Ulman

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5 vegetables to plant in your fall garden now

September 26, 2016 by  
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Fall brings pumpkin spice lattes and kids going back to school, and it also means the start of your fall garden . Many people neglect their garden during the start of fall because of their busy schedules. However, there are several vegetables that are easy to grow and are hardy enough to outlast the frost. Here are 5 of those low-maintenance veggies that you should plant this fall, including radishes, lettuce, beets, carrots and squash (or, if those aren’t your bag, you can find additional options here ). To find out when you should plant these vegetables in your area, check this planting chart created by Almanac. + Safe Brands Lead image via Shutterstock

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INFOGRAPHIC: The real environmental impact of the 2016 Rio Olympics

July 27, 2016 by  
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The 2016 Olympics in Rio will begin in just over a week and despite several ongoing catastrophes , the games will go on. In light of this monumental event, we thought we’d take a closer look at its environmental impact and the solutions in place. Check out this thought-provoking infographic from Green Match for an inside look. Graphic via Green Match

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Why sending an email can increase your carbon footprint

July 12, 2016 by  
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Your carbon footprint is greater than just the fossil fuels burned in traveling and construction—it encompasses your digital activities too. As if spam emails weren’t bad enough, Fuel Fighter points out how an action as seemingly innocuous as a Google search could add to your carbon footprint. Data centers , which are the engines of the Internet, require massive amounts of energy to run and, according to Gartner, are said to account for almost a quarter of global carbon dioxide emissions. Fuel Fighter created an infographic to break down the carbon footprint of the digital age, from emails to streaming Netflix, as well as interesting stats on the energy it takes to power the Internet and what some companies are doing to offset their global footprint. + Fuel Fighter

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Old shipping container is converted into a chic coffee shop in Johannesburg

July 6, 2016 by  
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Non-profit Architecture for a Change transformed a former shipping container into a chic coffee shop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Operated by Roast Re:public , the converted container coffee shop is lined with cork tiles made from recycled bottle cork waste. The unit was prefabricated in a design-build workshop and installed within just one day thanks to its “plug and play” design. In keeping with its motto “coffee with a conscience,” Roast Re:public employs and empowers young entrepreneurs from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to run the franchise. + Architecture for a Change 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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The New Raw turns plastic waste into valuable raw material

July 5, 2016 by  
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Every summer, the Greek islands are swarmed with tourists who bring a lot of plastic waste that ends up polluting the country’s beautiful beaches and environment. Among the worst offenders are the plastic water bottles that are left behind. In a bid to transform the plastic waste into a more valuable raw material, a Greece-based team of creatives launched The New Raw , an initiative and hands-on workshop that seeks to provide a sustainable solution to plastic pollution using digital fabrication techniques. Over two dozen participants were invited to upcycle the plastic rubbish. Projects completed include: RE_STOOL, a compression stool for plastic waste; MISSING PART, a construction material for filling in building cracks; PET for Pets, 3D-printed shelters for stray cats; ReCYCLAD3D, a 3D-printing hub for recycled plastic; and BOTTLE UP, a recycling reward system that motivates children to recycle plastic. + The New Raw https://vimeo.com/171463805 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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How to protect your family from mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals

July 1, 2016 by  
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Summer is here and with it comes barbecues and other outdoor activities that we can enjoy in the warm weather. Unfortunately, the warming weather also brings mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) , mosquitoes are the most prevalent carrier of insect borne diseases, carrying things like dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever and the Zika virus . These diseases are responsible for several million deaths every year, when counted together, and hundreds of millions of cases across the globe. For most, protecting yourself from mosquito bites means covering yourself in harsh chemicals like DEET (diethyltoluamide) , the major active ingredient in most commercially available bug repellant. If coating yourself in skin-irritating chemicals doesn’t appeal to you or you have young children who cannot use chemical-based pest repellant, here are a few natural alternatives that are as effective as their harsher counterparts. 1. Citronella You’ve probably seen citronella candles or tiki torch oil that advertises its mosquito repelling qualities — you can also use citronella essential oil, or essential oil made from similar plants (lemon balm, lemon grass, etc) as a natural repellant. It does evaporate quickly from the skin, so you may need to either mix it with other materials in order to make it last long enough to be truly effective as a mosquito repellant. Citronella has been known to cause allergic reactions, so make sure to do a small spot test to check for any allergies before using. 2. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil This oil is a natural mosquito repellant that has been used since the 1940s and has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as an effective alternative to chemical-based repellants. It can provide up to 95 percent protection for two to three hours, which is nearly as long as many of the harsher products available on the market today. 3. Catnip Yes, the little member of the mint family that drives your cat wild is also an effective mosquito repellant. Believe it or not, in 2001 Iowa State University actually found catnip oil to be up to ten times more effective than DEET and other similar chemicals. Specifically, the essential oil put out by the plant called nepetalactone is what repels the mosquitoes. 4. Lavender Lavender is a great-smelling plant that produces small purple or white flowers, and is a great way to ward off mosquitoes from yourself and from your yard. You can turn lavender into an effective mosquito repellant in a variety of ways, but just having it in your yard can discourage mosquitoes from hanging around. Related: DIY: Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions 5. Other Tricks If you’re still concerned about mosquitoes, you can take these actions to help protect your family: • Remove mosquito breeding grounds — mosquitoes breed in stagnant or standing water, so don’t leave anything for them to breed in like empty buckets, old tires or anything that might hold water. Change the water in bird baths and other standing water fixtures once or twice a week. • Cover up — wearing pants and long-sleeved clothing can be a way to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Additionally, if you’re sensitive to bug sprays on your skin, you can wear longer sleeves or pants, and spray the essential oils or other repellants directly onto your clothing instead. • Buy a Mosquito Magnet Trap : Traps use carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes and lure them into the trap to die. • Avoid dawn and dusk — these are prime mosquito feeding times. Sometimes going out is unavoidable, but if you can stay inside during dawn and dusk, it’s a good way to avoid mosquitoes. It’s important to remember that natural repellants don’t last as long as their chemical-based counterparts so, like sunscreen, they should be reapplied every two to three hours or as soon as you notice their effectiveness waning. 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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Revamped NYC rooftop is brought to life with tinted resin panels

July 1, 2016 by  
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Evan C. Lai Landscape Design (ECLLD) designed this green rooftop above a gritty East Village townhouse in Manhattan. The 400sf space was maximized with an extensive green roof, neutral stone, and tinted resin panels. In the lounge the green resin transforms a skylight into a glow-in-the-dark daybed; in the foyer it casts a semi-translucent shade over an exterior shower and sauna; by the bar it adds a concentrated brushstroke across walls and benches. The design is topped off with a green roof above the sauna that improves insulation and water runoff. + Evan C. Lai Landscape Design 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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Declutter your life with Lift, the ultimate multi-use bike hook

June 30, 2016 by  
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Simple and modern, Lift is a new multi-purpose bike hook that can be used for so much more than hanging your wheels. The smart storage system is strong enough to stow your bike and accessible enough to store everyday items. Its notched wooden dowel makes it easy to hang a bag, jacket or scarf, while the durable powder-coated steel arm does the heavy lifting for bikes or ladders. A CNC-milled baltic birch base secures it snugly to the wall and the final product is topped with ethically-sourced synthetic leather. You can check out this beautifully made, handy design on Kickstarter . + Lift 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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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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