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A Solid Idea: Blue Rock Village

By Jody McCutcheon The hunters of green living have found their quarry. The old rock quarry, that is, known as Blue Rock Lake and located just outside South Africa’s Cape Town, in view of the Hottentots Holland mountain range.…

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The Lap of Luxury: 3 Sustainable Homes on Water

By Jody McCutcheon Who doesn’t dream of living near water? Imagine waking up to the sound of lapping waves and the smell of sea salt. Well, now you can stay literally right on the water. What’s more, you can…

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Meet Marilu Valente: Sustainable Designer Extraordinaire

By Jody McCutcheon The market for sustainability is hot right now, and getting hotter every day. This is welcome news, as more and more people–producers and consumers alike–seek the kind of future ecological certainty that sustainability promises. While many…

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3 Chinese Sustainable Architecture Developments

By Jody McCutcheon Let’s face it: China isn’t exactly known for its stellar environmental record. Rapid development at any cost has meant that China is one of the most polluted countries in the world. It’s also a nation that…

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Future Flash: The Lightning Electric Motorcycle

By Jody McCutcheon Once upon a time, not so long ago, electric vehicles were a green alternative to those powered by fossil fuels. Performance was slow and unsteady, not always reliable, and the pricetag was expensive. Boy, have things…

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Super Sharp: Blade, The World’s First 3D Printed Supercar

By Jody McCutcheon At first glance, the Blade supercar looks to be little more than eye candy, another gimmicky vehicle from another startup company. A bobsled-style two-seater with gull-wing doors and 0-60mph acceleration in 2.2 seconds on the basis…

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Radioactive Food? The Dangers of Food Irradiation

By Jody McCutcheon Ever opened the fridge to find a forgotten apple or vegetable you put there months ago, only to be looking as pristine as it did the day it entered your kitchen? Ever noticed that organic fruit…

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A Wild Idea: Malaysia’s Forest City

By Jody McCutcheon The larger the development, the greater the risk–for developer and environment alike. That hasn’t stopped green architectural projects from growing in ambition and scope. Forest City is a perfect example of both of these ideas. Designed…

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BMW Vision Next 100: The Shape-Shift Of Things To Come

By Jody McCutcheon Shape shifting, integrative technology, onboard luxury–these are some of the ideas steering BMW toward the future. Oh, and there’s a steering wheel that retracts into the dashboard. BMW’s Vision Next 100 concept car isn’t really a…

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The New Tesla? Meet Dubuc Tomahawk

By Jody McCutcheon Outside the box: what a silly cliche of a phrase. But sometimes it fits well, as in the case of the Dubuc Tomahawk. For starters, who ever would have thought of building cars in Quebec? It’s…

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Tri Lanka: Where Sugar Meets Spice

By Jody McCutcheon In a place where land meets water and sugar meets spice, the idea of sustainable luxury seems apropos. The elegant, earthy Tri Lanka resort inhabits Sri Lanka’s cinnamon heartland, nestled on the bucolic shores of Koggala…

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Terrafugia: Taking Travel to Land or Air

Many have reported seeing some strange things in the sky. And Terrafugia may be one of the strangest – one day! By Jody McCutcheon We’ve all been there. Stuck in traffic for hours, breathing in nasty exhaust fumes, bored…

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E-Cars at the CES: Tomorrow’s Cars Today

By Jody McCutcheon Held a short while ago in Las Vegas,  the 2016 CES ® represented something of a departure for the techie-dream trade show. In terms of predicting the future of electric cars, at least, one could say…

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Not Cool: Why We Say NO To Kids on the Catwalk

By Jody McCutcheon Fashion Week is once again upon us, and as always, there’s been some critique about choices of models on the runway, specifically a  lack of inclusion of racial minorities and heavier models. But now we can…

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A Watery Wonder! Aequorea by Vincent Callebaut

By Jody McCutcheon Eco-architect extraordinaire Vincent Callebaut is at it again, with an arrestingly forward-thinking idea. Composed of a group of apartment complexes known as “oceanscrapers,” the project is dubbed Aequorea (inspired by the bioluminescent jellyfish aequorea victoria) and…

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Are Humans Meant to Eat Meat?

By Jody McCutcheon In our quest for the ideal diet, many of us tend to look back at the culinary habits of our earliest ancestors. Revisiting protohumans and their preferred victuals may be a way of cutting through all…

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BMW C Evolution Electric Motorcycle

By Jody McCutcheon Two-wheeled transport has never been so appealing, especially for riders of electric scooters. Forget e-bike speed limits, deafening Vespas and their associated fumes. BMW has thrown its hat into the electric ring with the C Evolution.…

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A Modernist Masterpiece: Villa Kogelhof

By Jody McCutcheon A casual glance is enough to make your gaze linger on Villa Kogelhof. Located in Kamperland, southwest Netherlands, the architectural treat resembles a floating glass rectangle–the immediately visible part of it, that is. But look below…

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Thai Pad: Casa Lawa

By Jody McCutcheon Say you want to design a residential space for your family, an architectural venture that seeks to reconcile artistic and functional needs as well as natural and urban spaces. Now say you have only a small…

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Can Mobile Phones Cause Cancer? Time For A Wakeup Call!

By Jody McCutcheon Mobile  phones have become part of the fabric of our daily lives: they keep us in touch with friends and family, whilst also serving as mini-computers, calendars, cameras and even video recorders. Apart from debates about…

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Off Grid & Gorgeous: Extremadura House, Spain

By Jody McCutcheon Nothing says rustic like a stone building. There’s something quaint and beautiful about walls built with stones of uneven size, with organic colours and irregular shapes fitting right into a rugged countryside. Thus is the beauty…