How Online Education Strengthens the Learning Experience at Boston Architectural College Landscape Design

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Image: The rooftop of the California Academy of Sciences Building designed by Renzo Piano

Teaching studio-based design courses online has numerous advantages to the student not available in the traditional classroom. As an instructor with over fifteen years of landscape design teaching experience, I have found that translating classroom learning to an online class actually enriches the experience of a landscape design class. An online forum provides a custom experience for each student at that student’s pace as his or her project develops, step by step and week by week. At the Boston Architectural College, online classes have a high student to faculty ratio, keeping the classrooms small and tailored to the individual like a seminar.

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Zulu Church Replaces Leopard Pelts with Faux Fur to Protect Big Cat Population

by , 02/20/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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In a rare instance of globalization aiding animal welfare, the South African Shembe church has announced that they will swap out the use of leopard skins in ceremonial dress for synthetic furs imported from China. The beautiful spotted leopard pelt has long been part of the Shembe culture and is worn around dancers’ chests during traditional religious rituals. Alarmed by the rapid decline in the big cat population, conservationists persuaded Shembe leaders to encourage their members to replace the endangered leopard skins with faux fur.

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Nice Architects Unveil Gorgeous North Star Apartments in Slovakia

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MVRDV's Dramatic Balancing Barn Suspends Hotel Guests in Mid-Air

by , 02/19/14

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

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The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant consists of 350,000 mirrors spread across 5 square miles, and it works by concentrating sunlight to boil water in a series of enormous towers hooked up to steam generators. That incredible amount of heat does more than just generate power, however; it also fries any birds that happen to fly over the plant.

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Brammo's High-Performance Electric Motorcycle Gets an Upgrade for 2014

by , 02/19/14
filed under: Green Transportation, News

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Brammo did for electric motorcycles what Tesla did for electric cars by creating a high performance vehicle that is both environmentally-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. For 2014, the company has gone above and beyond to make their new Empulse model lighter, faster, and even kinder to the earth. What’s more, because the bike now meets EU regulations, it will soon go on sale in the UK and across Europe.

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Join Us Online for a Webcast Conversation on How Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing are Revolutionizing Real Estate

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Over the last few years, crowdfunding has become a popular way for people to raise the seed money they need to get their dream off the ground. Here at Inhabitat we’ve seen hundreds of small scale projects come to fruition through the likes Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Now crowdfunding is set to revolutionize the real estate industry, and at the forefront of this movement is real-estate crowdfunding company Prodigy Network. This innovative new venture founded by Rodrigo Nino wants to democratize the way we build, and they’ve just announced plans to crowdsource both the cash and the design for their new 17 John “Cotel“, a crowdfunded business hotel located in the Financial District of NYC (collaborative + hotel = “cotel”). So, how do you successfully crowdsource a project of such a massive scale? Prodigy Network will be broadcasting a live webcast conversation during Social Media Week called Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding: A Social Media Revolution In Real Estate. This panel discussion will feature renowned thought-leaders Karim R. Lakhani, Associate Professor at Harvard Business School; Graham Hill, founder of LifeEdited.com; Piers Fawkes, founder and Editor-in-Chief at PSFK; and Rodrigo Nino, CEO and founder of Prodigy Network, and will look at how crowdsourscing and crowdfunding will transform the built environment.

We invite you to participate in this groundbreaking conversation next THURSDAY, Feb 20th at 12pm by tuning in to the live webcast of the event here >

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Graphene Paint Could Save Calatrava's Crumbling Valencia Opera House

by , 02/19/14

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The past few years have been tough for architect Santiago Calatrava, as several of his buildings have demonstrated serious problems after their completion. Valencia’s stunning Opera House may be one of the most public and embarrassing examples of this – the ceramic outer skin of the Palau de Les Arts in the architect’s home city was ripped apart by high winds and the building has been closed. Now, an Alicante-based company claims that they can save it with a novel graphene-based paint.

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Cubo's Geometric Wooden Hammerhavn Houses Reflect Danish Port's History

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Green Planet Architects' New Platform Connects Eco-Minded Architects and Builders Across the Globe

by , 02/19/14
filed under: Architecture, Features

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With climate change and environmental destruction threatening our planet, building green has never been more important. Many architects and builders are generally interested in sustainability and dabble in “green”, but it is rare and special to find an architect with comprehensive experience and specialty in green building. If you’re an eco architect looking to find clients who appreciate your special skills, or a client looking to connect with an eco-minded designer, you’ll want to check out Green Planet Architects—the world’s first and only comprehensive directory of international green architects. This brand new website brings together those in the field of sustainable development, offering up a network to share knowledge, collaborate, discuss new developments and products, find investors, and connect with clients. And if you’re looking to make your dream green project come true, this fantastic resource will help connect you with the world’s best eco-conscious architects. Keep reading to learn more about this fantastic new site that is poised to make a world of difference in our built environment. And if you’re an architect, get your feature profile set up today for free!

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Austrian Designer Upcycles Bike Parts into Faux Hunting Trophy Bicycle Mounts

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Massive BigRep One 3D Printer Can Create Life-Size Furniture

by , 02/19/14
filed under: 3d Printing, Architecture, Art, News

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By now you’ve probably seen desktop 3D Printers capable of churning out knick-knacks and tchotchkes – but the new BigRep One 3D printer is capable of printing life-size furniture! The massive fabrication machine has a 45″ by 39″ by 46″ build area, so it can make furniture, sculptures and other objects up to a cubic meter in size out of extruded plastic.

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Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World's Oceans?

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London-based Exploration Architecture creates cutting-edge projects that explore truly sustainable concepts. Their designs are inspired by natural forms ranging from sea urchins to coral reefs, and they speculate that the future of architecture could come from the depths of the ocean. The team leader, Michael Pawlyn, has assembled a series of mind-boggling designs that are showcased at the Architecture Foundation’s south London gallery as part of his first solo exhibition Designing with Nature.

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GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

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Utah has a fair share of air quality problems – in fact, Salt Lake City is often rated as one of the most polluted cities in the nation. But one lawmaker suggests that the problem isn’t too much CO2 in the atmosphere, but rather, there’s not enough. To help remedy that, State Rep. Jerry Anderson (R-Price) is proposing a bill that would limit the state’s ability to regulate pollution, giving air polluters even more freedom to spew all the greenhouse gas emissions they want into the atmosphere.

 

Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

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Brad Kopek owns a unique property in Bloomfield Twp, Michigan, where he runs a fully sustainable gallery, digital fine art lab and residence called Avatar Design House and Knowmad Gallery (ADH/K). This facility is unique in that it was completely remodeled from a 1950′s style ranch into a fully sustainable and eco-friendly facility. Brad is the designer of this 3,000 square foot remodel. In addition to producing high-end fine art images for a wide range of clients throughout Metro Detroit, Brad offers group tours of Knowmad Gallery, landscape photography workshops, eco talks for sustainable living and rents out his remodeled facility. ADH/K features many modern designs and mixes a contemporary feel with natural sophistication.

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Philips' Sexy Urban Beehive Concept Lets Apartment-Dwellers Harvest Honey

Philips' Sexy Urban Beehive Concept Lets Apartment-Dwellers Harvest…

Philips' just unveiled a new concept for an urban beehive that would allow anyone to become an amateur bee keeper - even those who live in apartments with no backyards. The pod-like…

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

You probably never thought you could go to the gym and then rehydrate at the end of a grueling session with your own sweat, but that possibility now exists. Inspired by NASA astronauts,…

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INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

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Friedman was one of the top US World Cup Downhillers and a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years before an injury forced him into retirement in 2009. Every year, Friedman was handed…

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6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has earned a reputation as one of the most unique places in the world, but did you know that some of the borough's architecture is just as quirky as its people? From a home…

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Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler's Iconic Dwellings

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With the addition of the Breeze Aire to their line up, Blu Homes now offers eight different styles as well as the ability to custom design your dream home by tacking on a garage,…

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