Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.
This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building. 
Read the rest:  The world’s most beautiful wastewater treatment plant

Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.

This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building. 

Read the rest:  The world’s most beautiful wastewater treatment plant

From kite-powered cargo ships to large sails on freighters, wind power has huge potential to help make shipping less dependent on fossil fuels. 
Mat McDermott at YaleE360 reports on how the Vermont Sail Freight Project aims to show that carbon-neutral boats can be a viable shipping method with the help of 21st century technology
via Sailing barge launches in Vermont to test carbon-neutral shipping)

From kite-powered cargo ships to large sails on freighters, wind power has huge potential to help make shipping less dependent on fossil fuels. 

Mat McDermott at YaleE360 reports on how the Vermont Sail Freight Project aims to show that carbon-neutral boats can be a viable shipping method with the help of 21st century technology

via Sailing barge launches in Vermont to test carbon-neutral shipping)

© Yojiro Oshima
Wood may not seem like the best material for a bicycle, but considering how energy-intensive it is to process metals, wooden bikes seem like a more reasonably earth-friendly alternative, and may even be a better ride. Though we’ve seen no shortage of stylish wooden bikes, this sculptural beauty by Yojiro Oshima, a design student at Tokyo’s Musashino Art University, is quite the head-turner.
via Sculptural Japanese wooden bike sports serious curves

© Yojiro Oshima

Wood may not seem like the best material for a bicycle, but considering how energy-intensive it is to process metals, wooden bikes seem like a more reasonably earth-friendly alternative, and may even be a better ride. Though we’ve seen no shortage of stylish wooden bikes, this sculptural beauty by Yojiro Oshima, a design student at Tokyo’s Musashino Art University, is quite the head-turner.

via Sculptural Japanese wooden bike sports serious curves

Gizmodo takes a video tour through TreeHugger founder, Graham Hill’s Life Edited apartment. 

Michael Hession summarizes the space:

It is the project of Graham Hill, entrepreneur and treehugger.com founder, to come up with an ideal New York apartment—one with a small footprint, both physically and environmentally, and one that offers just as much beauty and functionality as a pad multiple times its size….. When you walk in, you encounter what is, at first glance, a small studio apartment. Within that cube are actually 8 functional spaces. The living room and office become the bedroom with a tug of a bookshelf. Open one of the closets and you’ll find 10 stackable chairs that go around a telescopic dining table for large dinner parties. An entire guest room with bunk-beds and a closet is revealed behind a wall that slides out on tracks. And of course, a well-equipped kitchen and bathroom await.

Almost everybody has been saying nice things and showing beautiful photos of the work of the late Oscar Niemeyer, (Witold Rybczynski is an exception), but the fact is that Brazilia, the city he designed with Lucio Costa, is not exactly a model to emulate. Brazilia was the biggest built example of a planning ideal Le Corbusier’s, a Radiant City where cars are separated from pedestrians.
At about the same time that Niemeyer was building Brazilia, British architect Geoffrey Jellicoe had a different idea: Put the cars up in the air.

Almost everybody has been saying nice things and showing beautiful photos of the work of the late Oscar Niemeyer, (Witold Rybczynski is an exception), but the fact is that Brazilia, the city he designed with Lucio Costa, is not exactly a model to emulate. Brazilia was the biggest built example of a planning ideal Le Corbusier’s, a Radiant City where cars are separated from pedestrians.

At about the same time that Niemeyer was building Brazilia, British architect Geoffrey Jellicoe had a different idea: Put the cars up in the air.

Growing food indoors is usually limited by the space you have. More often than not, that means some kind of vertical placement, as we’ve seen withwindowfarms, mini-greenhouses doubling as lighting and aeroponic systems.
Fogponics — a more advanced application of aeroponics where vaporized water is used to transfer nutrients and oxygen to enclosed, suspended plant roots — is where German design company Vakant Design begins instead with Fogger, a unit designed to give plants that extra boost.
(via Fogponic Unit Stacks Vertically to Grow More Veggies in Less Space : TreeHugger)

Growing food indoors is usually limited by the space you have. More often than not, that means some kind of vertical placement, as we’ve seen withwindowfarmsmini-greenhouses doubling as lighting and aeroponic systems.

Fogponics — a more advanced application of aeroponics where vaporized water is used to transfer nutrients and oxygen to enclosed, suspended plant roots — is where German design company Vakant Design begins instead with Fogger, a unit designed to give plants that extra boost.

(via Fogponic Unit Stacks Vertically to Grow More Veggies in Less Space : TreeHugger)

The AP reports that US production of oil and other liquid hydrocarbons is set to rise 7% this year, marking the fourth straight year of increased production—so much for the Republican notion that the Obama administration has been anything but supportive of the oil industry. It’s the biggest gain in a single year since the early 1950s.
Most people are looking at how one can make cars better, but Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure are looking at ways to fix the roads. The induction priority lane will charge your car while you drive, probably using induction coils buried in the road. Such a car could also very easily be made driverless, just following the coil.
via Smart Highways Will Charge Your Car, Tell You What the Weather Is

Most people are looking at how one can make cars better, but Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure are looking at ways to fix the roads. The induction priority lane will charge your car while you drive, probably using induction coils buried in the road. Such a car could also very easily be made driverless, just following the coil.

via Smart Highways Will Charge Your Car, Tell You What the Weather Is

What will the world look like in the year 2000? In 1900, French artists were asked to draw their predictions for the future and they are fantastic! From flying firemen to electric trains, the predictions cover a wide range of good and not-so-good technology. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Whale Bus

See our 16 favorite here: The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be!