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Floating City

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Stunner of a video made from mirrored time-lapses of the Chicago skyline

Chicago-based photographer Craig Shimala has found a nice little artistic niche using a mirror technique he applies to time-lapse vids. It started with a Flickr video shot from inside his car, and now we have this one made from footage of the Chicago skyline shot over several years. The simple mirrored effect turns the city skyline into a gravity-defying monolith cruising through......read more

Innovative Floating Forrest Planned For Rotterdam

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Bobbing Forrest By Mothership

Famous for their canals, the people of the Netherlands definitely know how to make use of winding waterways to the fullest. Demonstrating this ingenuity is a new project that will increase urban greenspace within the city of Rotterdam. Mothership, an art collective composed of local dutch entrepreneurs and designers, has come up with the idea of creating a floating forest placed in the......read more

Floating Architecture Addresses Rising Seas

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With climate change threatening coastal communities, floating buildings move from science fiction to reality

From unpredictable floods to rising sea levels, the earth-altering phenomena induced by climate change are changing the way humans coexist with water. Urged on by the demands of global warming, architects and city planners are responding to the challenge with buildings that sit on or above the shifting seas. Aqua-architecture has a long history in the Netherlands (a full third of the country......read more

Surrealist Art Meets Green Architecture in an Austrian Home

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From Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, a green home M.C. Escher would admire

Surrealist sculpture and green architecture collide in this hillside Austrian home that might make M.C. Escher blush -- and Mies van der Rohe cringe. The detached house, designed by Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, is covered in a soft synthetic turf, offering a strange yet somehow literal take on green wall design. With willfully superfluous windows extending from other windows and weirdly placed......read more

A Floating Wind Tower Goes to Sea

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America's first offshore wind installation launches in Maine

Offshore wind farms have taken off throughout much of the world, but they've yet to catch on in the US. With cheaper (and dirtier) forms of energy available, the steep cost of erecting an offshore wind tower has hindered development off of our coasts. But researchers from the University of Maine tried a new approach last week by launching a floating wind machine--the first offshore wind......read more

US and UK Announce Floating Wind Turbine Collaboration

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New tech looks to harness consistently powerful winds above deep water

At this week's multilateral clean energy meeting in London, the British government announced it will collaborate with the US to develop floating wind turbines that harness the higher wind speeds available over deeper water. The UK's offshore wind potential big; it is estimated to account for about one-third of Europe's overall offshore wind potential. But in order to exploit it, new technology......read more

Chicago Preps for Climate Change

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The Windy City readies itself for a warmer future

With conservative skeptics in Congress thwarting national action on climate change, states and cities are making moves to address the issue.  The latest government to step up is the City of Chicago, whose Climate Action Plan acknowledges the reality of rising global temperatures — and readies the city for a warmer future.  In the first of a series of NYT articles on......read more

Chicago Food Deserts Down 40 Percent

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City sees increasing access to fresh food, but lots of work still needed

With First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago to address the city's food desert problem, a report [PDF] released this week shows that the amount of people without easy access to fresh, healthy food is down 40 percent over the last five years. Still, an estimated 384,000 Chicagoans -- mostly African-Americans, 124,000 of which are children -- live in food desert neighbourhoods. There is no......read more

Color-Blocked Street Art From Jessica Stockholder

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Artist creates walk-through canvas in downtown Chicago

For her latest work, artist Jessica Stockholder zoomed out, way out, to envision a three-dimensional painting covering an entire intersection in downtown Chicago. The installation, dubbed "Color Jam," was commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance, who let the artist run loose with her idea of saturating sidewalks, crosswalks, and even building facades in bold washes of green, blue and red. From......read more

Daisy by Heritage Bicycles

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An American-made tribute to classic bike design $695.00

After a 3-year run launching Bowery Lane Bicycles in New York City, Michael Salvatore headed to Chicago to set off another bike project in his hometown. The result is Heritage Bicycles, a line of vintage-inspired  lifestyle cruisers and everyday commuter bikes, made in Chicago from American steel. The Daisy mixte, the company's flagship model, is a classic-styled daily ride that is......read more

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