Broccoli City Festival (LA)

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Super Excited for our LA Edition of #BCFEST!

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Urban Algae Canopy Produces Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

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Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE cladding system, which consists of three layers and was designed with the help of Taiyo Europe, enhances the already exceptional properties of the microalgae organisms. Special CNC welding technology, on the other hand, enabled ecoLogicStudio to alter the canopy’s morphology and control the dynamic behavior of the water that courses through the structure to act as a medium for the living organisms.

This intersection between technology and biology means that when the sun shines more intensively, the algae would photosynthesise and grow, which in turn reduces the transparency of the canopy and provides more shade. With mico-algae as the foundation of the canopy, it is inherently responsive, which means visitors will be able to influence the building’s behavior in real-time. At any given time, the transparency, color and shading potential of the canopy will be the product of the interrelationships between climate, micro-algae, visitors and digital control systems.

From Inhabitat

 

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Architecture: BIG’s Hualien Residences Look Like Gigantic Green-Roofed Mountains

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BIG’s Hualien Wellness & Residential development in Taiwan is an eco-friendly home for the elderly that is designed to encourage a health-conscious and productive community of seniors. Its mountainous green roofs undulate and meander through the complex, bringing nature closer to the living spaces and helping to create a stress-free environment. BIG’s project was recently honored as a winner in the 2014 Architizer A+Awards.

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Pharrell and Bionic Yarn Partner with Adidas to Make Eco-Friendly Line

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Pharrell Williams has a new clothing design venture and he’s helping the environment at the same time.

The singer has just signed a contract with Adidas to produce a line of clothing made with Bionic Yarn, a fiber made from recycled plastic bottles.

‘Working with an iconic brand like Adidas is such an incredible opportunity,” said the 40 year old. “From the classic tracksuit, to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, Adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and for Bionic Yarn.”

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UN Climate Chief Urges ‘Urgent Transformation’ Of Oil And Gas Industry

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OSLO, April 3 (Reuters) – The U.N.’s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry on Thursday to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

“The time for experimentation, for marginal changes and for conditional response is now over,” Christiana Figueres told the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) in a speech in London.

She urged an “urgent transformation” to greener production after top scientists warned on Monday that climate change would damage food supplies, slow economic growth and aggravate the underlying causes of armed conflicts.

Limiting global warming to an agreed U.N. ceiling “means that three quarters of the fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground, and the fossil fuels we do use must be utilized sparingly and responsibly,” she said.

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Jennifer Illet’s Inspiring Moss Graffiti Purifies the Air While Looking Cool

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Moss graffiti experts Sprout Guerilla teamed up with artist Jennifer Ilett to experiment with a new kind of digital bio art piece. Curated by Vandana Taxali, “hello/Goodbye” is a unique moss diptych that reflects the push and pull of modern technology and purifies ambient air at the same time.

Appearing as part of the Artist Project Toronto 2014 art fair, Ilett was asked to transform her signature illustrative style to a work of greenery. Sprout Guerilla, already known for their innovative Mossaic Tyles and Moss Graffiti Kits, utilized her artistic vision to take their DIY moss aesthetics to a new level. The kits that Ilett used contain hypnum sheet moss, which thrives in the shade and indoor environments- like an art fair. The dried and shredded moss is mixed with nutrients, making it easily spreadable and an ideal medium for the artists.

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#BCFEST via Game of Thrones

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Not only is April the month of our #BCFEST, but it also when the magically intense show “Game of Thrones” returns to HBO. Here are some #BCFEST facts using our good friends over at GOT. [Read more...]

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Learn more about our DC venue: St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion in Historic D.C.

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The St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion is an iconic multi-purpose structure that brings fresh produce and locally made crafts to the community around historic Washington DC. The 24 foot high pavilion designed by Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners deploys sustainable mechanisms, including rainwater harvesting, and uses roof plantings to reduce the heat island effect.

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12 Habits Of Productive People

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Adapted from Amanda Chan Article from Huffington Post

Be More Productive!

The key to being productive is knowing your priorities, being “productive means getting a lot done relative to something. But what’s the ‘something’?” Pozen explains to HuffPost. “You could be a productive cook, professor, gardener [or] salesperson. The question is what it is you’re trying to achieve.”

1. Don’t be Chained to your email

According to Pozen, email is one of the biggest barriers to productivity: People “are overwhelmed by email; they don’t know how to deal with it.” He has a rule to not spend every minute checking email; instead, he makes a point to check it just once or twice an hour, and spend much of that time looking at just the subject lines to determine what is actually worth reading.

2. Handle things once.

Pozen employs a strategy called “OHIO,” which stands for “only handle it once.” For emails that are worth the attention, he handles them once by responding as soon as he reads it. And then that’s it — it’s done and handled.

3. Have a system for getting it all done.

Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com, felt like he was spending all of his time answering emails, yet important emails were still going unanswered because of his overflowing inbox. So, he invented a technique called “Yesterbox,” which essentially involves dealing with yesterday’s emails today. As he explains on yesterbox.com:The great thing about this is when you get up in the morning, you know exactly how many emails you have to get through, there’s a sense of progress as you process each email from yesterday and remove it from your inbox, and there’s actually a point when you have zero emails left to process from yesterday.

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Report: Air Pollution Kills 7 Million People Every Year

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LONDON (AP) — Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organization published Tuesday.

The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the single biggest environmental health risk.

“We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid,” said Frank Kelly, director of the environmental research group at King’s College London, who was not part of the WHO report.

One of the main risks of pollution is that tiny particles can get deep into the lungs, causing irritation. Scientists also suspect air pollution may be to blame for inflammation in the heart, leading to chronic problems or a heart attack.

WHO estimated that there were about 4.3 million deaths in 2012 caused by indoor air pollution, mostly people cooking inside using wood and coal stoves in Asia. WHO said there were about 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution in 2012, of which nearly 90 percent were in developing countries.

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Design: California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

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Michael Jantzen‘s pavilion proposal is designed as a tourist attraction for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Its design is intended to sustainably celebrate the great diversity, and the future of food production in the state of California. The shape of the large concrete structure was based on a contour map of a California hill, and boasts dedicated areas for growing crops, as well as space for wind turbines and solar arrays to power the structure in a sustainable way.

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Tech: NASA’s Newest Z-2 Spacesuit Designs

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NASA is pretty cool, they have 3 next generation spacesuit designs concepts and are letting the public vote on which one they will move forward with… NASA’s Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design. Most exciting, the Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA:

  • First surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum
  • First use of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for suit development and sizing
  • Most advanced use of impact resistant composite structures on a suit upper and lower torso system
  • First integration of the suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
  • Most conformal and re-sizeable hard upper torso suit built to date

Check out the 3 newest space  spacesuit designs and letting the public vote on which one they will move forward on…

Check out the designs and vote here. 

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GREEN FESTIVAL PROMO CODE!

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GET 50% OFF OF YOUR TICKET FOR THE GREEN FESTIVAL HERE. USE PROMO CODE!!!

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Farmer’s Fridge

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“At the Garvey Food Court in downtown Chicago–a somewhat bleak place that Yelp reviewers call “sketchy” and even “scary”–there’s plenty of typical fast food fare. Dunkin Donuts, Popeyes, McDonalds, and other chains ring the hallway. But in the center of the food court, things are a little different: Last fall, an entrepreneur named Luke Saunders opened Farmer’s Fridge, a vending machine that sells fresh kale and strawberries instead of candy.”

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JOJO set to Perform at #BCFEST

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We are so happy to announce that JoJo will be headlining out #BCFEST!!! Check out her latest project. [Read more...]

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