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A Luxurious, Nature-Inspired Hotel Opens at Brooklyn Bridge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (interior A)

The mission-driven luxury lifestyle hotel brand, 1 Hotels, has opened the doors of its third property, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

Designed from the ground-up, the property cultivates the best of eco-conscious design and sustainable architecture.

The founder of 1 Hotels, Barry Sternlicht, explains the company’s core philosophy as: “The world around us is beautiful, and we want to keep it that way.”

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (interior C)

The new hotel is situated at Pier 1, just south of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and has sweeping waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

The property features 194 guest rooms, including 29 two- to six-bedroom suites and The Riverhouse, its Presidential Suite, with most rooms offering panoramic views of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York City skyline.

The lobby of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opens to a dramatic 25-foot green wall, featuring steel grating covered in hand-placed plants and creeping vines that will evolve over time, created by landscape architecture firm, Harrison Green.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (interior B)

Committed to sustainability and preserving the environment, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge was built under LEED guidelines and includes the following green initiatives:

  • The design of the hotel features a 54 percent ratio of regional and reclaimed materials, including original heart pine beams from the former Domino Sugar Factory, walnut from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and pine flooring from the Old Crow Distillery in Kentucky.
  • 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge operates a rain-water reclamation system that will reduce storm water runoff into neighboring water streams by more than 50 percent prior to the site development. The water collected will irrigate the park during summer months. (Roughly 5,000 cubic feet of water is projected to come from the hotel.)
  • The property uses 100 percent wind power energy.
  • The hotel features low-energy light bulbs, a Triple Clear water purification system, in-room recycling bins, and fresh dining offerings.
  • 1 Hotels has committed to donating a percentage of sales from in-room dining and goodthings (the hotel’s mini bar) to Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.
  • The hotel will eventually boast a LEED Dynamic Plaque™ which will measure and display the building’s eco-conscious practices in real time.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (interior 4)

The interiors of the 194 guest rooms and suites were designed to honor the historical significance of one of world’s busiest waterways – the East River.

The most stunning feature is a sleek floor-to-ceiling sliding window that transforms the guestroom into an open-air den with skyline views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Furnishings include a porous stone-looking table of composite wood, leather chairs and pendant leather lampshades. Many of the design details in the rooms are by local artisans, from the “crate” inspired, open-slatted wood closets, corrugated leather headboards, to the Fresnel glass light fixtures.

Other room amenities include:

  • Custom hemp-blend mattress by Keetsa wrapped in 100% organic cotton sheets.
  • On-demand meditation content by Biet Simkin, Meditation Leader for 1 Hotels.
  • Marble rain showers with a 5-minute, hour-glass timer to remind guests to conserve water.
  • A green moment – living plants and trees by leading landscape team, Harrison Green.
  • Riverview hammocks (Skyline Suites and Riverhouse only).
  • In-room yoga mats.

In addition, the hotel amenities include a fresh farm stand in the lobby, botanically driven cocktail program by Arley Marks, complimentary rides in Tesla premium electric vehicles, and valet parking for bicycles.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (exterior 2)

For more information on this exciting new development, please visit the official website for 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

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The UK’s First Eco-Town Begins to Take Shape

North West Bicester

Do you dream of living in an eco-friendly town that puts people and the environment first?

I certainly do.

Fortunately, there is just such a town being built.

Named North West Bicester, this exciting eco-town development is situated in the heart of Southern England, just 15 miles from the world-famous Oxford City.

Let’s take a factual tour of North West Bicester, aided by several ‘artist impressions’ of the finished town.

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Learn How To Repair Your Phone Instead of Replacing It

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Smartphones offer so many benefits, that it’s no wonder most of us are in love with our phones. However, as I’m sure you’re aware, smartphones are also notoriously fragile.

A slip of the hand… the phone falls to the floor… you can guess the rest!

Wouldn’t it be great if you could learn how to repair your damaged phone? This would allow you to keep your phone for longer, save you money and also help reduce environmental waste.

Fortunately, thanks to the great work of German tech company iDoc, you can now learn how to repair most of the popular smartphones on the market.

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Robotics Startup Launches Self-Driving Shuttles at Santa Clara University

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As you may know, college and university campuses are often sprawling, gigantic places.

For example, Berry College in Rome, Georgia, comprises of over 26,000 acres. This includes meadows, woodlands, streams and 47 main buildings.

While most campuses aren’t the size of Berry College, they’re still typically on a BIG scale.

Now, picture yourself as a student at a college or university. Your residence halls may be a long way from the classroom facilities. You may also have heavy books and laptops to carry with you to and from your classes. In these circumstances, walking or cycling is likely to be inconvenient (especially in bad weather).

Fortunately, there is now a cheap, clean and safe way for travelling within campuses.

Let’s jump on board and take a look…

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10 Little-Known Facts About Hyperloop

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In August 2013, Elon Musk (of Tesla Motors and SpaceX fame) publicly released designs for a revolutionary high-speed transportation system named Hyperloop.

Three years later, it’s clear that his unique concept has captured huge attention from around the world.

So, what is Hyperloop?

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This Custom-Made Bike Features a Sustainable Bamboo Frame

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Cycling has always been a green way of exercising and commuting. However, now you can go even greener, by riding a bike made with an eco-friendly bamboo frame.

The bike is designed and engineered by the Romania-based Craft Bicycle Company, whose mission statement is:

“Change every aspect of riding a bike using only high-quality products and sustainable materials.”

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8 Giant-Sized Renewable Energy Projects

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Can renewable energy really compete with coal, gas and oil?

Yes, it can. And it already is.

As proof, take a look at the impressive renewable energy projects listed below. They are built on a BIG scale – to help power whole towns, cities and counties.

These projects are part of an ongoing energy revolution that is seeing the rapid replacement of fossil fuels by clean, sustainable alternatives.

First up…

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Can You Spot the Hidden PC in This Elegant, Handcrafted Case?

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Sure you can.

It may not be immediately noticeable – but embedded within the ornamental wooden case is a powerful personal computer.

This uniquely designed PC package (named ATMO) offers aesthetic, environmental and sensory benefits.

Let’s take a look at this fascinating piece of equipment.

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The World’s First International Conference Dedicated to Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels

Countries with little or no oil reserves are often drawn to alternative fuels or biofuels. These non-conventional fuels offer protection against fuel security issues that can occur in our frequently hostile world.

Additionally, biofuels produce less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels when burned.

You may be familiar with some common biofuels: Ethanol, Green Diesel, Jatropha and Soybean.

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