Shapeshifting Tent House blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces

February 27, 2017 by  
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Spark Architect’s Tent House is a seasonal shapeshifter. Situated close to Australia ’s famed Sunshine Coast, the house’s location in a rainforest clearing called for a unique design that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces. Limited by the natural size of the clearing and surrounded by a forest wall, the tent home was carefully planned to make maximum use of all available space. A large, open area houses a kitchen , a dining area complete with an accommodating table, and a living “room”, all with a welcoming flow that makes the home ideal for entertaining and for family living. A continuous corridor links the common spaces to hang-out nooks and multiple bedrooms, including two situated at either end of the house that feature picturesque views of the surrounding greenery. Although the area generally welcomes warm temperatures year round, the house was crafted for easy transitioning according to weather. The homeowners can manually slide open walls to welcome the fresh air as they wish; the roof also retracts to reveal the translucent tent canopy and expansive sky above. The tent buffers the home from sun exposure while still allowing for plenty of light to filter through. The space between the tent and the box-like structure’s insulated roof  encourages natural air flow. In addition to offering shade, the pitched tent canopy extends the home’s boundaries for play and relaxation. With the walls/doors open, the entire house becomes an open-air sanctuary, a perfect exploration ground for children and adults. Nature surrounds the Tent House in the form of trees, a river, and a garden area, but it is also reflected within the sleek space: a warm wood floor inset brightens up the concrete floor, and underneath the bar area, wood panels peek out to contrast with the industrial metal counter. The ultimate result is a shelter that looks like our childhood camping dreams grew up and made room for family and friends to join in on the indoor/outdoor fun. Via Uncrate All images © Christopher Jones

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Revolutionize your daily commute with the stylish and futuristic Spark e-bike

February 25, 2015 by  
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Canadian company Shocke bikes designed a new kind of electric bike that’s guaranteed to spice up your daily commute. Introducing the Shocke Spark , a stylish and sleek all-terrain electric bike that offers all the power, durability, and hi-tech gadgetry of high-end e-bikes for a fraction of the cost. Equipped with an easy-to-remove 36V 12AH lithium ion battery that provides up to 43.5 miles of juice, the 7-speed Spark helps riders stay safe with LED turn signal lights and can even project a laser illuminated bike path. Want one of your own? Head over to Shocke Bike’s Kickstarter to help bring Spark to production and learn more about its many other hi-tech features. + Spark Kickstarter 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: bicycles , bikes , electric bicycle , electric bike , laser illuminated bike path , LED , lithium ion battery , reader submitted content , Shocke Bikes , Spark

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Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

February 25, 2015 by  
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The long-time head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) stepped down yesterday amid allegations of sexual harassment filed in his home country, India. Rajendra K. Pachauri was chairman of the panel for 13 years and one of the world’s strongest voices against climate change. But the New York Times reports he tendered his resignation shortly after a woman employed at an institute he heads accused him of unwanted text messages, emails and other contact. Read the rest of Chair of U.N. climate panel steps down amid sexual harassment allegations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , i.p.c.c. , International Panel on Climate Change , pachauri , resigns , sexual harrassment allegations , steps down , U.N , United Nations

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Is the Paleo diet really Paleo?

February 25, 2015 by  
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The Paleo diet is all the rage as a way to “get back” to the way our Paleolithic  ancestors ate. The only problem with the diet—besides being environmentally unsustainable—is that it is probably nothing like the fare familiar to hunter-gatherers of yore. Treehugger’s Katherine Martinko decided to break it all down, taking a look at the ways the Paleo diet gets it wrong. Read the rest of Is the Paleo diet really Paleo? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eating paleo , is the paleo diet accurate , is the paleo diet paleo , meat based diet , meat diet , non-sustainable diet , paleo diet , paleo food , paleolithic diet , sustainable diet , sustainable food , Treehugger paleo

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SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

June 17, 2014 by  
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Royal College of Art graduate Diana Simpson Hernandez has designed the percussion shaker SPARK, which converts the energy from playing it into electricity. Users can plug in a light or charge up a mobile phone, simply through having a music jam. The project called Shake Your Power was conceived and is led by Faithless percussionist Sudha Kheterpal , and is about bringing clean energy to places in the world without electricity through the power of music. The project is being launched in Kenya where 75 percent of the population lives without access to electricity. Having the ability to read at night or charge up a phone gives people the chance of a better education and also access to services like the revolutionary money transfer system, M-PESA. Read the rest of SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Diana Simpson Hernandez , Electricity , Faithless , kenya , percussion , percussion electricity , percussion instrument , shake your power , Spark , Sudha Kheterpal

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Prismatic Starhill Gallery Renovation Sparkles and Glows with LED Lights

April 10, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Prismatic Starhill Gallery Renovation Sparkles and Glows with LED Lights Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chanel , double skinned facade , eco design , green design , green renovation , Kuala Lumpur Starhill Gallery , LED lights , Louis Vuitton , prismatic addition , Sehpora , Spark Architects , sustainable design

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70-Year-Old Tortoise Hasn’t Lost His Mojo

February 15, 2010 by  
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Photo: London Zoo Sure, tortoises aren’t the sexiest species on Earth–after all, cold, wrinkly skin isn’t usually desirable, and shells really aren’t that revealing. But, that isn’t slowing one amorous old fellow from following his insatiable sexual appetite. Dirk, a giant Galapagos Tortoise , is proving to researchers that the spark of intimacy doesn’t have to wane in the Golden years.

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‘Hero’ Ants Found to Face Death Alone to Save their Colony

February 15, 2010 by  
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The Temnothorax ant, ready to sacrifice himself.

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Green Eyes On: Is Bees’ Thirst Leading to Their Demise?

February 15, 2010 by  
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Image via About My Planet. Guest blogger Sara Snow is green lifestyle expert and board member for Discovery’s 24/7 future-forward network Planet Green. Beginning back in 2006, beekeepers began reporting that their honeybees were disappearing, sometimes at rates as high as 90% of their hives

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