Futuristic play pod helps revitalize Amsterdam’s vanishing paddling pools

August 23, 2017 by  
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For years, Amsterdam’s paddling pools have been disappearing as kids abandon them and maintenance costs rise. In order to save them, architecture firm Carve created this futuristic, pebble-shaped object for the famous Oosterpark paddling pool. The structure is dotted with climbing holes and equipped with integrated sprayers for summer fun that helps make the park a kid-magnet once again. Famous Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck designed more than 700 public play zones in Amsterdam in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, including the one in Oosterpark. For decades these additions to the city parks  have functioned as a favorite hangout for kids. Over the last few decades, some of these play zones have disappeared. By 2010, only 90 remained, including the paddling pool in the Oosterpark. In 2012, the municipality commissioned architecture firm Carve to design an addition to the existing pool. Related: World’s First 3D-Printed House is Being Built In Amsterdam The project is part of a wider initiative to revitalize the entire Oosterpark area. The designers kept as much as possible of the existing structure and designed an addition that complements the original design. A large object with climbing holes and integrated sprayers, new seating edges made from natural stone , and play-programmed LED lights were added to the pool area. + Carve Photos by Jasper van der Schaaf

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Chile halts $2.5 billion mining project to protect endangered Humboldt Penguins

August 23, 2017 by  
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Good news for environmentalists and the animals they seek to protect – the Chilean government recently halted a $2.5 billion mining project which would have destroyed the habitat of the very rare Humboldt penguins . The Dominga Project was set to begin mining copper and iron in the Coquimbo region of central Chile, and it would have produced 12 million tons of iron ore and 150,000 tons of copper each year. However the project was effectively shut down because the environmental risk was too great. IFLScience reports that high-ranking officials from Chile’s Committee of Ministers rejected plans for the Dominga Project after a prolonged evaluation period. The committee decided that there was insufficient evidence of environmental guarantees. Though the project was rejected, the Chilean mining company Andes Iron is able to appeal the decision. Environmentalists are celebrating the news, as the project would require a new sea port along with other large infrastructure changes to the area. Had it been approved, the Humboldt Penguin Reserve, located just a short distance from mainland Coquimbo, would have suffered. The nature reserve is an important breeding site for the Humboldt penguin, a species that is vulnerable to extinction and is only found in Chile and Peru. Additionally, the reserve is home to bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, sperm whales , humpback whales, sea lions, albatross and many varieties of fish. Said Oceana Chile, a marine conservation NGO who campaigned against the project, “Today we have lived a historic day! The Committee of Ministers decided to reject the mining-Port project Dominga due to a lack of information and shortcomings in mitigating and repairing damage to the environment .” They added, “Let us continue to alert and support the communities in the area. This is a victory for all people!” Related: Off-grid clinic uses renewable energy to support health services in Chile Because Chile is the “the world’s leading producer of copper, accounting for 31.8 percent of world mine production; iodine, 63.2 percent; rhenium, 50.9 percent; and lithium, about 38.6 percent,” (according to a 2013 United States Geological Survey), mining companies will undoubtedly persist to tear into the Earth. For now, activists can celebrate this victory, as the Humboldt penguins are better off as a result of the Chilean government’s decision. Via IFLScience , BBC , Reuters Images via Pixabay

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Paris redesigns its famous squares to make them pedestrian and bike friendly

April 14, 2016 by  
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Scientists have finally made a substance that’s even stronger than graphene

April 14, 2016 by  
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Much like in comic books, scientists are on an endless quest to discover or create the strongest, most durable substance possible. Theories about how to go about that have long circulated, but nobody has been able to overcome the challenge—until now. A team of Austrian researchers has finally worked out a way to stabilize what they are calling the strongest of all known materials , an exotic form of carbon called carbyne . Read the rest of Scientists have finally made a substance that’s even stronger than graphene

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Toronto plans to use its urban freeway as the roof of a massive park

December 9, 2015 by  
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The undersides of highway overpasses are usually dank and dirty no man’s lands, rife with the stench of things we’d rather not smell. Urban developers in many cities, like Madrid, Seoul, and Seattle , are removing the offending structures, and re-developing the areas into green zones, perfect for cyclists and pedestrians. In Toronto , which seems to have more than its share of vocal pro-car citizens , the solution is going to look a little different. Instead of demolishing the Gardiner Expressway, an enormous raised highway which divides most of Toronto from its gorgeous lakefront property, the City plans to use the highway as a roof for a giant extended park. Read the rest of Toronto plans to use its urban freeway as the roof of a massive park

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

December 26, 2014 by  
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Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that could save the oceans , they’re the kind of stories that give you hope for the future of society. This year we saw stories about a kayak instructor who built his own woodland home for just $11,000 and a round-up of DIY homes that anyone can build on the cheap. Hamburg announced plans to become car-free in the near future and a group of 16-year old girls from Ireland showed the world how to improve crop yields . Check out the stories and tell us which one inspires you 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: 2014 inhabitat stories , affordable eco-friendly homes , Angelika Fritsch , Émer Hickey , biochemistry , Boyan Slat , Brian Schulz , car free , cheap home designs , Ciara Judge , cleaning the oceans , cleaning the pacific , Climate Change , cycle path , Derek Diedricksen , DIY homes , DIY houses , eco-friendly homes , eco-travel , Edith Macefield , food security , garbage patch , gentrification fight Seattle , gentrification Seattle , gentrification US cities , global food crisis , Google Science Fair , Grünes Netz , green interiors , Green Network , how to build a house , increased crop yield , Inhabitat inspiring stories , Inhabitat top stories , Irish teenagers win Google Science Fair 2014 , Japanese Forest House , Japanese inspired home , macy miller , most inspiring inhabitat stories , nitrogen fixing , Ocean Cleanup Array , old lady folk hero Seattle , pacific garbage patch , plastic fibres , plastic foodchain , plastic recycling , Recycled Materials , resilient design , Rural Studios , salvaged wood , sea level rise , seattle architecture , Seattle landmarks , Seattle shopping mall , self-built houses , social responsibility , Sophie Healy-Thow , Steve Areen , symbiotic relationship , The Ocean Cleanup Foundation , tiny home , tiny homes , tiny homes under $20k , top inhabitat stories , urban parks , urban planning , wooden shelter , woodland dwelling , world hunger

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Chicago Unveils Ambitious Plan to Extend Riverwalk Park

October 9, 2012 by  
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Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

October 9, 2012 by  
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City in the Sky: Futuristic Flower Towers Soar Above Modern Metropolises

June 5, 2012 by  
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STICKS: Miniature Tipi-Shaped Kindergartens for Urban Parks in Paris

May 25, 2012 by  
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