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Your Very Own Indoor, Hydroponic Grove

If you live in a city, eating locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables mostly requires you to seek out specific grocery stores, or parse through the produce section of a mainstream one, or wake up early on a Saturday and trek to the farmer’s market.

And you might feel bad for craving zucchini in November, since it’s usually only available locally as a summer vegetable.

Buying organic is not completely convenient, and it’s hard not to stray away from it every now and then. But let’s say that eating all kinds of organic produce year-round was as easy as opening the fridge in your kitchen.

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Meet Escape Pod, the Perfectly Minimalist (and British) Backyard Getaway

Today’s social media landscape is flush with alternative living options. Faced with the surfeit of cabins, tiny houses, pimped-out vans and school buses, and modular kits in every conceivable shape, what is the aspiring minimalist to do?

Dominic Ash and Jeremy Fitter, a pair of too-appropriately-named-to-exist builders in Gloucestershire, England, have your solution. Behold the escape pod™.

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The escape pod is exactly the sort of thing you’d expect from a design team whose previous credits include boat restoration, apprenticeship under Quaker furniture makers, and a master’s degree in treehouse engineering.

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Google’s new ‘landscraper’ will be as long as a super-tall skyscraper is high — and it could be the next big building trend

When complete, Google’s new London headquarters will measure longer than the Shard — the tallest skyscraper in the United Kingdom — is tall. The Shard measures 1,016 feet tall. Google’s London headquarters is similar in size, but flipped on its side at 1,100 feet long.

The building’s architects — Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studios — call it a “landscraper,” meaning it gains most of its size by stretching horizontally rather than vertically.

Google’s landscraper could be the first of its kind in the world. But futurist Amy Webb expects landscrapers to become more mainstream over the next 20 years in the United States.

“Landscrapers will create entirely new city footprints that we just haven’t seen yet in the US, and could make life easier and more realistic,” said Webb, who identifies socioeconomic, geopolitical, and business trends based on quantitative data.

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5 Unkillable Houseplants for Guys without a Green-Thumb

If you find yourself in that transitional period where dog-eared beer cozies seem passé, yet the idea of spending $300 on bed sheets is laughable, investing in a houseplant might be just the ticket.

Guaranteed to spruce up your home and improve the quality of air you breathe, while simultaneously sending out clear eligible signals to any ladies passing through, houseplants are enjoying something of a comeback right now. The Manual suggests getting all up in it, with our pick of the (kill-proof) bunch.

1. Echeveria Nodulos

This distinct species is part of the succulent family – low-growing, low-maintenance fleshy plants to you and me. Able to store water within its leaves, this little fella will grow steadily if left on a sunny windowsill or–if you’re feeling adventurous–in a terrarium. When watering, the trick is to keep the soil cool and damp, so a splash of water every couple of days should be plenty.

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Five examples of vertical gardens – including a preview of the world’s tallest

As cities become denser and buildings continue to shoot up, the number of gardens is also on the rise – literally.

The vertical garden is not a new concept, but in recent times it has certainly become more popular. Referring to a wall partially or completely covered with vegetation, a vertical garden includes a growing medium, such as soil, and usually features an integrated water delivery system.

‘Invented’ by Patrick Blanc, the emergence of more and more vertical gardens is in direct response to the growing population in cities.

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stefano boeri has revealed plans for his latest vertical forest, which will be built in the town of villiers sur marne in the eastern quadrant of the parisian metropolitan area

stefano boeri has revealed plans for his latest vertical forest, which will be built in the town of villiers sur marne in the eastern quadrant of the parisian metropolitan area.named ‘forêt blanche’, the project forms part of a new urban development called ‘balcon sur paris’, where architects such as kengo kuma and X-TU architects are also planning buildings.

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Urbanature Garden Planter Unfolds Like Scissors

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Urbanature’s folding garden planter and stand takes urban gardening to new heights. I’m always on the hunt for small space garden products that an urban gardener can easily store out of place when not in use, then unfolds to fit the particular space.

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Vertical Garden That Folds For Storage
Jörg Brachmann’s design not only makes it easy to grow vegetables in a confined space like a balcony, but at the end of the season, it just folds together flat for easy storage.

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No More Fear of Heights
Inspired by one of those scissoring foldable laundry dryers, the height varies according to whim, depending on how much you unfold it and your particular space constraints. It’s lightweight solid wood (oak, walnut, ash) frame accepts up to six galvanized steel, white powder coated planter boxes.

 

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Now, get planting and watch your garden unfold. 

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