TreeHugger wishes a happy "eleventy-first" birthday to Willis Carrier's life-saving invention that's really been working overtime in homes across the country this week: the air conditioner. Reads a press release from the AC industry: "In timing that couldn’t have been more fortuitous if it had been planned, the nation — and indeed the world — today joined in celebrating the 111th anniversary of Willis Carrier’s invention of modern air conditioning. As people all across America, during this nationwide heat wave, move from air conditioned homes to air conditioned cars to air conditioned work spaces and back again, it is good to pause and be thankful for air conditioning."
Vanity Fair commits several pages to
rich person real estate drama coastal erosion and its effect on well-heeled beach communities both East (Nantucket) and West (Malibu).
The Telegraph extends a hearty welcome back to Lövet, the original flat-pack side table from IKEA first released in 1956, way back before the solar-happy Swedish retailer started erecting towns and selling horse meatballs. Says Emily Birkin, of IKEA U.K. sales manager, of the £40 reboot which will be sold at U.K. IKEA stores as Lövbacken: "Most people will have a piece of furniture that they've either built or put together somewhere in their house. But until now, not many will know the incredible story about how it all began with a simple little table.We know from our research that people are becoming more and more interested in buying pieces of furniture that have a story attached to them, so we decided to bring back a popular piece that not only comes steeped in history but combines retro styling with modern convenience."
New York Magazine announces the arrival of Zaha Hadid to the Big Apple. Although the Baghdad-born architect — in 2004, she became the first woman to be bestowed the architecture's highest honor, the Pritzker Prize — is considered a rock star of sorts in New York, her curvaceous, crazy-sexy-cool designs have never been realized in the city. Until now. Hadid's first NYC commission will be a somewhat small and subdued 11-story condo tower next to the High Line in Chelsea, or, as Carl Swanson refers to it "a delightful Earth home for the weary intergalactic superrich."
Architectural Digest tantalizes treehouse-style with a round-up of examples of "leafy high design from across the world." Featured are stunning arboreal escapes from Belgium, Brazil, B.C., and Beverly Hills.
On that note, Architizer fantasizes about kicking back in the Embryo, a lovely — and all-around Ewokian — conceptual treehouse design from Antony Gibbon: "Clad in cedar shingles, the treehouse blends in with the colors of the forest providing a refuge for humans reminiscent of our species’s first habitat at the edge of the trees. The design can be implemented anywhere there are trees, providing a near-universal prototype."
SmartPlanet investigates why the residents of Hong Kong, a city with perfectly clean tap water, have themselves a serious bottled water problem (and a serious bottled water waste problem as a result).
Co.Exist chats with Back to Roots founders Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez. The urban farming-minding duo's latest product is AquaFarm, a DIY home aquaponics kit with a $60 price tag that kicked some serious Kickstarter behind earlier this year. Explains Ben Paynter: "In most [aquaponic] operations planters sit atop fish beds of tilapia; the water and fish waste help hydrate and fertilize the plants, which help filter and clean the tank itself. Eventually, it’s all harvested for consumption. AquaFarm mimics that on a cute desk-top scale. Chic planters grow small batches of wheatgrass, basil and lettuce atop a fishbowl containing a more decorative, for-demonstration-purposes-only beta fish."
Grist is kind enough to share some advice: For those who use disinfecting toilet wipes, it's probably best not to flush 'em even though they're marketed as septic- and sewer-safe. Numerous wastewater treatment agencies across the country are fingering Wet Wipes and their ilk for costly sewage clog-ups. Try to stick to the TP if you can, folks.