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Are Surfers Smart?

John John Florence, one of the smartest men in the world. Photo: Jimmicane<p><b>Dumbass Geniuses</b><p>Surfers -- as a group, a demographic, a family or even a …

Surfing

3D Printing Houses from Concrete

We’ve seen 3D-printed houses before, but most make use of prefabricated chunks. This hurricane and tornado resistant hotel suite in the Philippines …

The housing market has more buyers than sellers

The January report marked the 44th straight month of year-over-year increases in the index, which is now only 11% off pre-crisis levels. The early phase of the recovery was driven by price increases where the downturn was most severe, but later stage expansion has been marked by steady demand …

The 3 Big Technologies To Watch Over The Next Decade -- Genomics, Nanotechnology and Robotics

Many people take it as an article of faith that technology is changing the world, but in his new book, <i>The Rise and Fall of American Growth</i>, economist Robert Gordon says otherwise. He points out—accurately—that productivity, which surged between 1920 and 1970, has stalled since then and is likely to …

Nanotech

Mima Light Floating House

Thanks to a wooden foundation covered in mirrors, the Mima Light Floating House appears to levitate above the ground on which it sits. Its modular …

Norway Is Investing Nearly $1 Billion in Bike Highways

Norway has just made a serious commitment to becoming more bike-friendly. The Scandinavian country recently announced a plan that includes spending …

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Isaac Asimov on How To Discover New Ideas

I<p>deas lead to innovation. Naturally, we’re always looking for the next big idea that can change the world, but that’s easier said than done.<p>So how …

This Is the Biggest U.S. City to Go All in on Clean Electricity

San Diego’s city council has unanimously voted to power its electricity with 100% renewable energy sources by 2035.<p>The city also approved proposals …

Will the Metropolis Megaproject Be a Downtown LA Ghost Town?

Los Angeles is becoming the land of the mixed-user, and Downtown LA's upcoming <b>Metropolis</b> megadevelopment will soon be the king of them all. When completed in 2018, Metropolis, with its three massive towers full of condos, retail space, and hotel rooms, will be the biggest mixed-use development on …

Real Estate

Study: There Are Instructions for Teaching Critical Thinking

Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating new study shows that it’s …

How to Free Your Innate Creativity

<i>Andrew Nguyen/HBR STAFF</i><p>Creativity can feel like an accident. Suddenly, out of nowhere a novel idea shows up in conscious thought and we’ve solved that persistent problem. Or, after days of staring at a blank page, words fly off our fingertips and we’ve written that perfect blog post or editorial. …

Modular "Tetris House" Uses Rectangular Units to Configure Personalized Space

Modular housing is akin to a game of Tetris thanks to the Dutch design studio Universe Architecture. They have created a prototype that allows for a fluid configuration of architectural units, balconies, and shutters, similar to the classic puzzle game. Aptly called the <i>Tetris House</i>, elements of its …

New High-Speed Rail Plan for the US

Transport infrastructure has defined the shape of almost every city in recent years. But there is also a wider scale in terms of territorial …

The Micro Housing Development Boom Across the US, Mapped

The pronounced swing back towards <b>urban living</b>, and the renewed fervor for downtown development, has only made our cities more dense, making the search for cheap housing that much more challenging. While mayors across the US have called for more affordable housing (in New York, both Bloomberg and De …

"If you Build It, Will They Come?" - The Architecture Foundation Discusses Cultural Centers' Impact on Cities

The considerations regarding urban regeneration are far and wide. From the reuse of derelict infrastructure - like WORKac's project in St. …

Architecture

What the Research Tells Us About Team Creativity and Innovation

<i>courtesy of NASA/ESA</i><p>There are areas in the research on teams where the findings are all very clear, as are the prescriptions for leaders. Creativity and innovation are not among them. We know how some factors affect creativity and innovation, but we’re only just beginning to understand some of the …

World's First Algae Bioreactor Facade Nears Completion

BIQ - the world's first algae powered building - is set to be completed in Germany later this month. Built for the International Building Exhibition …

Milroy Perera Designs World's Tallest Residential Vertical Garden

Milroy Perera Associates, in collaboration with Mäga Engineering, has unveiled plans for the world's tallest residential vertical garden in …

Architecture

To Make Cities More Sustainable, Let Go of Tradition

A conversation with Gabriel Metcalf on his new book, Democratic by Design.<p>“Things aren’t right in America today”: In his important new book on social innovation, Gabriel Metcalf—executive director of the urban policy think tank SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) and a …

Here's what NYC's first micro apartments will look like on the inside

1/13<p>Here's What NYC's first micro apartments will look like on the inside Living Area<p>Despite their small size, NYC's first (official) tiny apartments …

Modern Houses - Curbed

2014 U.S. Wood Design Award Winners

WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, has announced the winners of its 2014 National Wood Design Awards. Recognizing “outstanding …

3D Printed Micro Turbines to Bring Electricity to Urban Areas & Help the Energy Impoverished

Wind turbines are plentiful out west, lined up along the highways like futuristic, noble giants, doing their work gracefully, at the whim of what …

Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency Is the Largest Contributor to Reducing CO2 Emissions

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy efficiency can deliver 38 percent of what is needed to keep our planet within the two degree scenario of global warming by 2050. Taking that into account, we should put energy efficiency first when we discuss solutions to climate change. …

Hamwells recirculating shower saves 80 percent of energy, 90 percent of water

The problem with so many energy saving ideas, from compact fluorescent bulbs to water saving showers, is that they often deliver a miserable …

Scientists unveil a road map for moving the planet to renewable energy by 2050

As world leaders gather in Paris to talk about how to slow climate change, there is reason to believe that the global community may finally be ready …

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