7 new micro-cabins in Colorado provide superior insulation in extreme weather

December 28, 2016 by  
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These seven rustic cabins designed and built by students at the University of Colorado Denver function as base camp for a non-profit focused on wilderness education. Clad in hot-rolled steel, the COBS Year-Round Micro Cabins blend with the surrounding pine forest and remain comfortable even in extremely cold weather. https://youtu.be/HwwYRDhGRxc The structures were built by 28 students as part of a design-build program called the Colorado Building Workshop . Organized by the architecture school at the University of Colorado Denver, the workshop produced 14 similar structures in 2015. Related: Modern low-maintenance cabin is a seamless extension of the Puget Sound landscape The cabins, each offering around 200 square feet of interior space and 100 square feet of deck, are elevated and supported by metal columns with concrete footings. Sheets of hot-rolled steel, which form low-maintenance rainscreens , envelop structurally insulated panels (SIPs) used for the walls and flat roofs, providing a high degree of thermal insulation . Birch plywood line the interior walls to create a warm, cozy atmosphere. All the electrical appliances, including lighting, heating and refrigerators within each structure are powered by a single electrical circuit. + Colorado Building Workshop + University of Colorado Denver Via Dezeen Photos by Jesse Kuroiwa

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Researchers want new protections for cheetahs amid race to extinction

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Cheetahs are racing towards extinction a lot faster than previously thought, according to the BBC. Because the magnificent cats are far-ranging, often straying outside protected areas, they face dramatic habitat loss and there are only around 7,100 left in the wild. Researchers are now arguing cheetahs should no longer be classified as vulnerable on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List, but as endangered . Around the world, diminishing cheetah populations are raising alarm among researchers. Cheetah populations plummeted from 1,200 to only 170 during 16 years in Zimbabwe. In Iran, it’s thought a group of less than 50 cheetahs survives. Asian cheetahs are nearly gone, according to the BBC. Related: Illegal Wild Cheetah Trade for Luxury Pets is Pushing Species to Extinction, CITES Report Sarah Durant of the Zoological Society of London, lead author on a study cited by BBC published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the cheetah’s dilemma, said , “Given the secretive nature of this elusive cat, it has been difficult to gather hard information on the species, leading to its plight being overlooked. Our findings show that the large space requirements for the cheetah, coupled with the complex range of threats faced by the species in the wild, mean that it is likely to be much more vulnerable to extinction than was previously thought.” As 77 percent of the cheetah’s habitat is outside protected reserves and parks, they’ve suffered from habitat loss and prey loss. They clash with humans who are developing the land on which the animals used to live. Illegal cheetah cub trafficking isn’t helping either. The Cheetah Conservation Fund says 1,200 cheetah cubs have been trafficked during the last 10 years from Africa, but a heartbreaking 85 percent perished during the voyage. The study authors called for the IUCN to categorize the cheetah as endangered, instead of vulnerable, and for a “paradigm shift in conservation”. They argued for “incentive-based approaches” to encourage local people to protect cheetahs beyond setting aside protected areas. Another study author, Kim Young-Overton of Panthera, said, “The take-away from this pinnacle study is that securing protected areas alone is not enough.” Via the BBC Images via Wikimedia Commons and Tambako the Jaguar on Flickr

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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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Pianist’s haunting performance on melting glaciers eulogizes the Arctic

June 27, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DLnhdnSUVs&feature=youtu.be Chances are, you will never see a piano concert like this one again. In a symbolic performance organized by Greenpeace , acclaimed Italian composer and pianist plays an original composition entitled “Elegy for the Arctic,” while he and his piano float in the Arctic Ocean. The Wahlenbergbreen glacier outside of Svalbard, Norway provides the backdrop, calving icebergs into the water to punctuate Einaudi’s chilling melody. The musical piece was inspired by eight million voices from around the world calling for Arctic protection, and Greenpeace is urging the OSPAR Commission to protect international Arctic waters under its mandate. + Greenpeace International

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AntiRoom II is a circular wooden meditation space floating off the coast of Malta

January 11, 2016 by  
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Audi reveals the 373-mile range h-tron quattro hydrogen SUV

January 11, 2016 by  
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Student-designed Scalevo wheelchair scales stairs on its own

July 10, 2015 by  
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When a location lacks in wheelchair accessibility it can be a highly frustrating experience, and one that often makes it remarkably hard to maintain independence. But the all-electric Scalevo wheelchair , designed by a team of 10 students from ETH Zurich , not only provides smooth mobility for the user with a Segway-like two-wheeled system, but it can also climb and descend stairs using a set of retractable tracks. Read the rest of Student-designed Scalevo wheelchair scales stairs on its own Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: assistive devices , ETH Zurich , scalevo , segway , student design , student tech , wheelchair accessibility , wheelchair stairs , wheelchair tracks

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Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg

July 3, 2015 by  
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We love zero fuel vehicles , but the next best thing is a mode of transportation that can take you reeeeeeally far on just a little fuel. Vehicles with that ability compete in the SAE Supermileage competition , in which collegiate teams go head-to-head in Michigan to see whose vehicle is the most fuel efficient. This year’s winner can rack up an astounding 2,098 miles on a single gallon of gas. No, dear readers, that is not a typo. The single-seater car is an ingenuous feat of engineering and an incredible accomplishment from a group of university students. Read the rest of Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car 2098 mpg , energy efficient , Fuel Efficient , most fuel efficient vehicle , quebec university , SAE Supermileage Competition , student design team , supermileage

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Futuristic Antarctic Research System is a modular shelter for modern-day nomads

January 6, 2015 by  
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These futuristic mobile pods were designed to provide optimal living and working conditions for researchers exploring the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth: Antarctica. Henry Mckenzie teamed up with his colleague Artur Kupriichuk and came up with a design for his master thesis which envisions a modular shelter for modern-day nomads who live and work in one of the most extreme climates on the planet. Read the rest of Futuristic Antarctic Research System is a modular shelter for modern-day nomads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antarctic research , antarctica , extreme places , futuristic home , green transportation , Henry Mckenzie , inflatable architecture , inflatable home , mobile homes , mobile pods , research station , scientific research , student design , student work , transformable architecture

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Point.One S: BMW’s First Solar Charging Point Brings Beautiful Modern Design to Emission-Free Transit

August 21, 2014 by  
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