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Added 18 December, 2021

New York's Jacob K Javits Convention Center has been home to the largest green roof in NYC Since 2014. Now, the venue has added a one-acre farm that is already supplying ingredients to its kitchens, cutting the use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions. The farm is expected to provide 40,000 fruits and vegetables annually and has already...

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Added 7 July, 2021

the UK city of Leicester is installing a network of bee bus stops. It consists of 30 bus stop roofs topped with a mix of wildflowers and plants favored by bees and other pollinating insects whose numbers have been in decline in recent years. These green hubs are essentially bus stops with grass and wildflowers on their roofs that aim to...

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Added 17 April, 2020

In 1917, as the United States deployed troops to a Europe battered by warfare and food shortages, victory gardens sprang up across the U.S. Planted by civilians with urging by the government, these small gardens were made to feed American infantry and help “win the war.” Now, more than a century later, victory gardens are once again in fashion...

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Added 12 August, 2019

In-step with today's sensibilities, IKEA is producing a new line of furniture dubbed Råvaror that is not only designed for small spaces, but has the added bonus of being easily dismantled, packed, moved and re-assembled. “Our starting point and creative idea was the reality of urban life,” says Viveca Olsson, Creative leader, IKEA of Sweden. “...

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Added 11 June, 2019

IKEA is piloting a series of robotic furniture in collaboration with American startup Ori Living. This high-tech collaboration speaks to the underlying idea that our physical spaces need to become more flexible to make room for experiences and human connection. And for living in smaller urban spaces. The ROGNAN system is one very literal...

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Added 27 March, 2019

Single people and couples served by coliving today aren’t the only groups feeling pain from the urban housing crisis. By many measures, families with young children have it worse. Families need lots of space, which is difficult to come by in major cities. And they’re often competing with groups of roommates for a limited inventory of two and...

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Added 7 March, 2019

The trend over the past few years to monitor ourselves via wearable devices is now moving into monitoring the world around us. Lots of new products are now coming online, and many of these are connected devices that are designed to fit snugly into our homes and offices. AurAir is one of the latest examples of this trend. Designed to provide an...

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Added 31 January, 2019

Many of us remember the old days of floppy disks, cassette tapes, and actually calling people on the phone, but there's another thing that we'll be telling our kids about: going outside to check if the mail is in yet. At CES 2019, the United States Postal Service showed off the Connected Mailbox, a device that tells you when the mail is in and...

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Added 7 December, 2018

Wearable smart devices are now monitoring many aspects of our daily lives. So it makes sense that the same people who like to keep stats on themselves want to know how good the air around them is. There are many devices coming to market now, including Airthings Wave Plus, a smart IAQ monitor packed with sensitive electronics that keep tabs on...

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Added 6 December, 2018

Automated technology is showing up in more places than ever as brands seek to offer consumers an enhanced level of convenience with everyday processes, which is what brings us to the 'SmartCup' automated beverage brewer. Working with tea, coffee and more, the solution works by gets liquids to the optimal temperature in a short amount of time...