San Francisco’s first community-built living wall is a drought-resistant masterpiece

May 27, 2016 by  
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We’re talking about an enormous wall of plants in California, where a severe drought has robbed residents of much-needed water for several years. With that in mind, Heineman, SF Landscapes , Goldberg and her team at Planted Design created the 1,200-square-foot living mural from 3,200 drought-tolerant plants. The mural also includes an ingenious irrigation system, design by SF Landscapes , that collects and recycles rainwater using copper gutters and a 1,350-gallon recirculating rainwater collection tank. 200 feet of drip irrigation built into the living wall help keep the plants watered and happy in the midst of a California water shortage. Related: “World’s most environmental” restaurant opens in San Francisco In addition to being a sustainable masterpiece of ecological engineering, the greenery decorating the SafeHouse is also quite a sight to behold. The mural was carefully planned on a grid, much like a cross-stitch pattern, with undulating channels of varied colors leading from the sidewalk to the sky. The lush living wall has also created much-needed habitat for wildlife where none existed before, inviting birds, bees, and other critters to take up residency in the greenery, and a rooftop garden extends the greenery upward. The project interacts with the sense of smell, also. Yerba Buena, a native mint plant with little white flowers, was strategically placed over the doorway. The plant emits the aroma of mint, giving a little uplifting aromatherapy to those who enter the building. “As humans, most of us now spend 90 percent of our life surrounded by walls or commuting in a maze of concrete and metal, yet we all have an intrinsic need to connect with nature ,” said Goldberg. “When we’re around plants we literally breathe easier. Planted Design’s clients also see the value of plants, whether it’s greening an indoor workspace or giving life to a community wall, like the one we just built.” + Planted Design + The SafeHouse + SF Landscapes Images via Planted Design *There were originally several errors in this post, including the local of the building, which we have since updated and corrected. The building is located on 14th Street near the corner of Folsom Street. There are native plants included in the living wall, but also many non-native plants; including Yerba Buena, fescue, pine (!!!), oxalis , tansy, geraniums, and others. The design was a collaboration of several architects and landscape designers, including Zach Heineman, Amanda Goldberg, Brandon Pruett, and Brett Stephens of SF Landscapes .

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Nation’s first large-scale light festival casts a magical glow across Baltimore

April 1, 2016 by  
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Donald Trump leaks plans to relocate the White House to the top of Trump Tower

April 1, 2016 by  
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Election Day is still seven months away, but Donald Trump is already planning his takeover of the White House. On Friday, the Republican candidate was heard saying to a reporter “I’m going to win. But here’s the thing: the White House is just as old and outdated as the losers who’ve been living in it recently. I’m not gonna live with those liars and losers in Washington D.C., so I’m going to air-lift the White House to the top of Trump Tower where it deserves to be.” Read the rest of Donald Trump leaks plans to relocate the White House to the top of Trump Tower

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Scientists create transparent wood that could brighten up your home

April 1, 2016 by  
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Leave it to a bunch of scientists to take something from nature and find a way to improve it. Researchers at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new transparent ‘wood’ material that could someday help homeowners bring more natural light into their abodes, thereby cutting down on artificial lighting costs. The economic new construction material could also be used in solar cell windows, adding an extra benefit for energy-conscious homeowners. Read the rest of Scientists create transparent wood that could brighten up your home

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Artist creates incredibly detailed life-size Ford Mustang entirely out of paper!

May 24, 2015 by  
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6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

February 19, 2015 by  
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Top 6 Art Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 26, 2013 by  
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From a room that let us walk through the rain without getting wet to a repurposed slaughterhouse truck filled with wailing stuffed animals , 2013 saw a vast assortment of eco-art stories that had our readers coming back for more. Read on to see all of our top art posts from the year and don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , best of inhabitat , best stories of 2013 , eco design , eco stories 2013 , eco-art , green art , green design , inhabitat readers choice winners , sustainable art , sustainable design , top art stories 2013 , top eco stories of 2013 , top inhabitat stories 2013        

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6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

December 26, 2013 by  
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Inhabitat’s Top 6 News Stories of 2013 – VOTE for the Most Important!

December 26, 2013 by  
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With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we’re seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive news that suggests humanity is waking up to the 21st century’s burgeoning environmental problems. Africa’s Western Black Rhino was declared officially distinct, a devastating harbinger of biodiversity loss is taking place across the planet, and researchers found cancer-causing chemicals in nearly 100 popular shampoo brands , which irked a lot of our readers. But then Peru announced its plan to provide solar power to two million of its poorest citizens , and a massive reserve of freshwater was discovered under the ocean . Check out these and other top news stories from 2013 and vote for the one that moved you the most. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 19 year old ocean clean up array , animal news , biodiversity loss , cancer causing chemicals in shampoo , cancer-causing chemicals in 100 shampoo brands , carcinogenic shampoos , clean tech , electric vehicles , elon musk , energy news , ev , EV next generation battery , freshwater reserve discovered under ocean , green transportation , inhabitat news 2013 , IUCN list of extinct species , news 2013 , ocean pollution , ocean trash , peru to provide solar to 2 million residents , poaching , renewable energy , solar power Peru , Tesla Motors , top 6 news stories 2013 , top inhabitat stories 2013 , top news stories 2013 , water issues , water scarcity , western black rhino extinct , Wildlife conservation        

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Umea’s Spectacular Ice Block Sculptures Bring the Glory of the Northern Lights to Cities Across Europe

October 29, 2013 by  
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