Entrepreneurs Invent City Bench that Absorbs More Air Pollution Than a Small Forest


With great technological advances—like the industrial revolution and the subsequent oil boom—came a great impact on the environment. As more industries began to fluorish, increasing the quality of life for billions of people around the world, the quality of air began to suffer.

As governments across the world began advocating for solutions that called for banning all the things, the folks in the free market who aren’t able to implement their ideas with force, began thinking up actual solutions to our world problems. Greencity Solutions are some of those folks.

The tech firm saw the problem with air polution within larger cities and they sat down and began thinking. After years of trial and error, the team at Greencity Solutions had created the CityTree.

The CityTree is an incredible masterpiece that combines art, science, and biodiversity to provide a real-world solution to the problem of low air quality.

In regards to its capabilities in cleaning the air, CityTree is more powerful than a small forest, providing the air cleansing capability of an incredible 275 trees. The technology behind CityTree takes just 1% of the space that would be needed to achieve the same results planting real trees.

What’s more, it’s alive. The CityTree combines modern technology and living organisms to form a hybrid airfilter the likes of which the world has never seen.

“The technology is being billed as the world’s first intelligent biological air filter. It works by creating an environment for specially cultivated mosses to thrive in urban conditions. The ability of certain moss cultures to filter out and absorb air pollutants such as particulates and nitrogen dioxide makes them ideal air purifiers – but in towns and cities where air pollution presents the greatest challenge, mosses are barely able to survive due to their need for constant water and shade,” the Crown Estate explains.

“The vertical living wall of mosses with protective shade giving plants, a fully automated supply of water and nutrients, and cutting edge Internet of Things (IoT) technology has solved this problem. At the same time, air quality, filtering performance and the plants’ requirements can be remotely monitored and analysed.”

The CityTree is entirely self-sufficient as solar panels generate the electricity needed to maintain them and if it doesn’t get enough natural water, both nutrients and water can be supplied fully automatically.

Greencity Solutions has even taken into account the criminals who will try to vandalize them and designed their plant pots with protection to withstand deliberate damage. It’s nothing short of incredible.

“It will be fascinating to see what impact The CityTree has on pollution in the local area. This is just one example of the new technology we want to test across Westminster. Air quality is the number one concern for our residents and with over a million people moving into and travelling to our neighbourhoods each day it is crucial that we make more strides to clean up our air and tackle poor air quality for residents and visitors alike,” Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment, Sport and Community at Westminster City Council said in a statement this week.

“It is going to take a wide range of measures to tackle pollution in central London. The ten pledges set out in our Air Quality Agenda outlines policies to make a real difference – whether it’s reducing the number of dirty journeys, introducing new cleaner technology or encouraging better habits – we want Westminster to be an example for cities across the world,” he said.

While there is still a long way to go to fix the world’s air pollution problem, the minds working at CityTree are paving the way for a cleaner future and they have no plans of stopping here. Eventually, entire buildings could be covered in this technology.

“Our ultimate goal is to incorporate technology from the CityTree into existing buildings,” Zhengliang Wu, co-founder of Green City Solutions, told CNN. “We dream of creating a climate infrastructure so we can regulate what kind of air and also what kind of temperature we have in a city.”

Remarkable, indeed.

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Recovering ecosystems: How no-till farming is catching on in small farming communities across the plains

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According to an article From Civil Eatsno-till farming can help revive struggling ecosystems.

Jimmy Emmons, a seasoned farmer from Oklahoma, talked to other farmers at the 22nd annual No-till on the Plains conference about the no-till farming method and how it can rebuild an ecosystem.

In a separate talk, “controversial grazing guru” Allan Savory discussed the large quantity of “spent, lifeless soil” that erodes into the ocean yearly. Quoting from the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Savory shared, “A train load of soil 116 miles long leaves the country every day.”

Erosion causes the loss of at least 1.7 billion tons of farmland around the world annually. Along with the soil, nitrogen and other nutrients slowly seep into and kill oceans and lakes. While the agricultural soil dies and disperses, it also releases greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide.

Now that the world is looking into helping the soil and ecosystems recover, Emmons and other farmers who practice no-tilling could be crucial to ending drought, nitrogen pollution, and more.

Their changing methods, which now prioritize earthworms and water filtration, and the practice of other approaches that could called be regenerative agriculture, might prove to be revolutionary. Although the majority of no-till farmers think organic agriculture disrupts the soil, they still have similarities with a lot of the smaller-scale farmers who are a well known among today’s coastal consumers. (Related: Organic farming practices revive Indian farmland ruined by 2004 tsunami.)

No-till farmers and small-scale farmers might both spurred on by “the opportunity to be responsible stewards of the land while exploring creative solutions to the status quo.”

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No-till farming has been practiced for at least 50 years thanks to herbicides and precision planting tools that let farmers plant crops directly into the soil without disturbing it with tillage. However, since tilling (or breaking up the soil) is mostly used to control weeds, most farmers who practice no-till tend to control weeds using herbicide.

For the past 10 years, no-till emerged as a farming subculture of sorts because not tilling soil leads to various practices, such as growing cover crops (such as lentils, turnips, and radishes), managed grazing, and diversification, and boosting the number of cash crops in their rotations. Emmons notes that no-till without cover crops and crop diversity remains an incomplete system.

Combining the two can help revive “living fungal ecosystems in the soil, retain water and organic matter, and sequester carbon.” A lot of the practices have also gained traction.

Even though it’s not easy to determine if many of these farmers will use no-till and venture into other practices to help minimize the use of synthetic herbicides and fertilizers, it means that those who are interested in no-till can jump right in.

Emmons notes that since no-till is an approach that needs “gradual, system-level changes,” things can be hard when you’re starting. He did add that after at least three to four years, farmers can “start seeing fungal dominance, more diversity of living organisms in the soil, and more biomass in the system.”

Christine Jones, an Australian soil ecologist, highlighted research that studied 27 kinds of vegetables and determined that since 1940, the amount of copper found in the food went down by 76 percent, while calcium declined by 46 percent, iron by 27 percent, magnesium by 24 percent, and potassium by 16 percent. Jones and other experts posit that this might be due to depleted soil. However, today’s soils could lack the microbes necessary to help plants access those minerals instead of being mineral deficient.

Read more articles on how to farm using eco-friendly methods at GreenLivingNews.com.

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Tiny ventilation systems deliver fresh air to apartments and small homes

New technology is letting designers do more in less space.

I often say that homes and buildings designed to the tough Passivhaus or Passive House standards are “dumb buildings”, because they do not rely on a bunch of smart stuff to save energy, just dumb old insulation, high-quality components, and careful design and detailing. But there is one smart and fancy device in every Passivhaus building: a mechanical ventilation system with a heat exchange system to bring in fresh air. These units are usually big and expensive and were originally designed for bigger houses or offices.

But as I noted in my post about coming to Munich for the International Passivhaus Conference, I am really interested in multifamily housing these days.

(Aside: For North Americans used to forced air furnaces and ducts running around their houses, I should explain that in Passivhaus designs, there is so much insulation that they do not need much of a heating system. If they have one, it is used very rarely. But they do need air, and not nearly as much as comes out of the ducts when they are delivering heat. So the heating and ventilation requirements and equipment are usually kept separate.)

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So it was exciting to see that there are all kinds of new systems actually designed for smaller spaces. Your typical heat recovery ventilator (HRV) looks like this one from Vallox, a box that gets mounted on the wall in a closet. You can see how they work conceptually: a stream of air comes from the home through the heat exchange core, warming fresh air coming from the outside. So there are usually two pairs of ducts coming out of the box, two that run outside, one from the bathroom and another supplying the living spaces. There are often little ducts flying around above the ceilings. This can be a problem in retrofits, and adds a bit of money for the drop ceiling.


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One approach for getting rid of the box is this new Smartvent HRV system from window maker Smartwin; it is so new that it isn’t in their catalog yet, and in fact was just certified to Passivhaus standards at 10AM ET on March 9. Exterior air is sucked in from a vent beside the window and delivered to the HRV to the left of the window, while exhaust air goes out through a grill below the window behind the slatted siding. It is interesting in that it gets rid of the big box, but is really a conventional HRV and seems a bit home-made, although this is really early days.


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I kept taking long silly photos of this Fresh-R unit because they ran a steamroller over an HRV and squished it down so that it fits in an 18cm (7″) wall. It is an incredible bit of engineering that would be terrific for small apartments. In the condo biz, every square foot of usable space matters, so this really pays for itself.

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Air from the bathroom goes into the top of the unit and then it dumps fresh air out into the living space where it is mounted. They do have a strategy for multiple rooms called “cascaded ventilation” with special vents between rooms.

FreeAir 100 and FreeAir Plus

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But as with people, perhaps one can be too thin. The FreeAir 100 is a little less svelt but still is tiny and would only need a small box-out rather than a closet.

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Here you can see how the air circulates through the unit. Watch the video (in German) here.

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But what really differentiates this unit is the FreeAir Plus, this little unit that goes through the wall from living spaces to bedroom. It has sensors that measure CO2, humidity and temperature, and re-routes the air through those spaces as required.

Plan of FreeAirPlan of Free-air circulation/ Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

“This ensures precise, demand-based ventilation.” If one is doing a retrofit and it is hard or expensive to do a full set of ducts for the heat recovery ventilation, this might be an acceptable alternative.

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Tiny units are not the only approach to the problem; when The Heights was built in Vancouver, they used mechanical rooms on the top floor and a big mess of ducts down to all the units. When I asked Passive House expert Monte Paulsen about these individual units, he noted that filters had to be changed regularly and that meant either the people in the apartments had to do it, or management had to gain access on a regular basis. Both are problematic.

But another expert noted that in condominiums, where the owners have a stake in the building, it is more likely that they would change the filters, and the less common and areas and equipment that that there is, the lower the common area charges are, so there is a real benefit to putting the units in each suite.

Perhaps each approach has its place. Still, it is wonderful to see that the manufacturers are really trying to address the problem of delivering fresh air to small spaces. This is progress.

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Another Ex-CIA Officer Speaks On 9/11 & ISIS: “Stories Manufactured By A Small Number of People”

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*This is an older article of ours that we are republishing to bring awareness to the fact that multiple studies have now determine that 9/11 was a controlled demolition. The latest piece of evidence comes from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, by Dr. J Leory Husley and his team of researchers, who have confirmed that the official explanation surrounding World Trade Centre Building 7 and why it fell is completely false. He is the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair at the University, and he made a presentation of the findings of the study live on September 6, 2017, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It included the detailed findings and conclusions he and his team found as well as the next steps for the study, which included peer review as well as an open period for feedback and criticism. You can read more about that here.

Here are some other articles which contain some more information as well:

Phycisists & Engineers Publish Another 9/11 Study: Al Three Buildings Were “Destroyed By Controlled Demolition.” 

16 Facts 16 Years Later About 9/11 That Are No Longer A Conspiracy Theory

We’re living in an age where Western governments advocate for complete transparency, yet they punish whistleblowers who come forward to reveal important information that the public has a right to know about. The world is dying for information, which is why we have brave souls like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange (to name a few) doing the work that they are doing. Over the past few years alone, we’ve seen many insiders share information in order to educate the masses about what’s really happening on our planet. Simply put, our word is shrouded by secrecy. According to the estimates of some historians, the United States classifies more than 500 million pages of documents every single year, which is why organizations like Wikileaks, and whistleblowers from various agencies, remain so important to us all.

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al-Qaeda, and any informed intelligence officer knows this. But, there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an intensified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive TV watchers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the United States.”

– Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook

I’ve shared this quote multiple times. It reveals a truth which various politicians, academics, and other professionals have been trying to impress upon us for years: the war on terror is a fabrication. It is based on false premises and used to justify the invasion of other countries for ulterior motives. Of course, this is a perspective you’ll never see on mainstream news.

One of the most recent person making noise from the world of intelligence is Amaryllis Fox, a former CIA clandestine service officer. When she was a teenager she worked with the Burmese democracy movement, which landed her a short stint in a Burmese prison at the age of 18. She eventually developed an algorithm to predict terrorist activity under thesis advisor Dan Byman, a leading thinker on terrorism and US security policy at Oxford university. Soon after, she began work as a political and terrorism analyst for SE Asia, commuting between Langley and Georgetown to finish her degree in 2004. Following graduation, she moved into the operational training program and served as a Clandestine Service Officer overseas, for approximately 10 years. You can learn more about her journey in this TEDx talk she gave a few years ago.

She offers a comment on terrorism rhetoric which really stood out for me: “Those are stories manufactured by a really small number of people on both side that amass a great deal of power and wealth by convincing the rest of us to keep killing each other.:

She is speaking to ‘false flag terrorism,’ the idea that terrorist activities are created, or that ‘terrorists’ are forced into certain situations, or brain washed, by Western military and intelligence agencies in order to convince the masses that there is a constant terror threat. That we are pitted against each other on purpose by a small group of elite people who have lots of power.

While she doesn’t go into as much detail as others have and is not really considered a “whistleblower,” she offers important truths nonetheless.

More CE Articles on False Flag Terrorism.

As far as her comments regarding a ‘very small group of people’ are concerned, perhaps the video below, taken from the Thrive documentary, could provide some insight as to who these people are.

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A small yet profound piece of wisdom to keep minimalism on track

Once again, Joshua Becker of ‘Becoming Minimalist’ hits the nail on the head.

Minimalism should be simple, in theory. Less stuff at home means less work, less money, less time to maintain. But in reality, being minimalist is incredibly challenging. It feels like an endless battle against the rest of the world that wants to inundate us with stuff.

Whether it’s freebies handed out at a conference, kids coming home from school with mountains of loose papers and crafts, or stores offering irresistible deals that your frugal self cannot ignore, keeping the world’s crap at bay — and out of your house — requires constant vigilance.

That’s when I find it helpful to read the inspiring words of far more experienced (and successful) minimalists, like Joshua Becker. Becker is the founder of Becoming Minimalist, a lovely blog with thought-provoking articles, and author of Clutterfree with Kids (reviewed here).

In a recent article, Becker shared his “5 life-giving truths about living simply and saving money,” one of which I want to share with you here because I think it’s profound:

The most frugal or greenest product is the one you didn’t buy.

This is a tough one for most people to swallow. Our Western consumerism is so ingrained that we often justify it through greenwashing, now widely available in many different forms.

“Oh, I can totally buy this umpteenth pair of leggings because they’re made from recycled plastic bottles!” “I’ll buy carbon offsets along with my plane ticket for a weekend away.” “I know I don’t need new jeans, but these ones are organic!”

But the fact is, it’s almost always best not to buy, to make do with what we have, to consume less, to reduce demand for production and waste management services, to keep money in our own pockets. Sure, it’s good to know about these companies for those times when we really do need to replace something, but simply to transfer our spending habits from conventional to eco-friendly sources doesn’t really fix anything.

This is something I struggle with at TreeHugger because I’m often asked to review or learn about awesome new products — things as diverse as mattresses, skin care, clothing, and food. These new startups have such great ideas, mission statements, production standards, and goals, which I’m happy to promote; however, there’s a part of me that thinks, “We can’t shop ourselves out of this mess. It’s wanting and needing less of everything that needs to be the goal.”

Becker points out, too, that it’s hard to know what’s really going on behind the labels.

“Many businesses have responded by using ‘greenwashed’ marketing to confuse and appeal to more consumers. A shocking number of products are now ‘environmentally friendly’ without any certifying body to confirm or standardize what that even means.”

I keep this in mind, too, when I look at pictures of gorgeous minimalist interiors and lament how much it would cost to get my house looking like that. Then I remind myself that that’s precisely why I shouldn’t fall for it. True minimalism is using what I already have, as unglamorous as it may be.

So, for those of us who feel strongly about keeping our homes emptier, our bank accounts fuller, and our planet healthier, the best piece of advice is simply to stay out of stores. Make do with what we have.

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Boost your metabolism AND the microbiota in your colon with a small amount of prebiotics

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Prebiotics are specialized plant fibers that are most known for nourishing gut bacteria. These can be found in cereals, grains, firm bananas, and legumes — most of which we’re told to eat plenty of on a daily basis. In fact, as a team of investigators from Kobe University has discovered, even small amounts of prebiotics can be highly beneficial to your health.

For the purposes of their study, which was published in Scientific Reports, the researchers first created in vitro batch fermentation systems to which they introduced fecal samples obtained from eight healthy volunteers. All of the volunteers were non-smokers who were in good physical condition, had no history of diabetes, kidney or liver disease, and weren’t taking dietary fiber supplements. The human colonic microbiota model, which the team dubbed the Kobe University Human Intestinal Microbiota Model (KUHIMM), was described as being highly effective at examining the human digestive tract, thus allowing them to observe the effects of prebiotics on bifidobacteria.

To the KUHIMM they added low doses (six grams) of three different prebiotics: indigestible dextrin, alpha-cyclodextrin, and dextran. Through gene sequence analysis, the researchers discovered that low amounts of prebiotics had no impact on the diversity nor the composition of colonic microbiota. However, there was a notable increase in the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), as well as a reduction in colonic pH levels due to generation of SCFAs and ammonia. Thus, the researchers concluded that the addition of prebiotics could stimulate the metabolism of gut bacteria.

A human intervention study confirmed their findings. For this, the investigators recruited four participants who were given all three of the prebiotics over the course of several days. Fecal samples collected from the volunteers exhibited the same results, namely, that prebiotics had no significant effects on gut bacteria composition. (Related: Your probiotics might not be enough unless you’re also taking PREbiotics, expert warns.)

“The KUHIMM was able to capture an increase in SCFA production due to increased metabolic activity of human colonic microbiota, with no accompanying alteration in microbial composition, in response to a low-dosage supply of prebiotics,” the researchers wrote in their study. “These results suggest that the positive effect of prebiotics seen in vitro using our human colonic microbiota model can be achieved also in vivo in human subjects upon administration of six g of prebiotics per day, although increased SCFA production is difficult to detect in the human intestine.

“This amount represents a realistic intake and does not pose a burden on a person’s eating habits.”

The best prebiotic foods

Rather than purchasing prebiotic supplements, experts recommend consuming foods that are naturally rich in prebiotics. According to Healthline.com, these foods are:

  • Garlic  Roughly 11 percent of the fiber content in garlic comes from inulin, while six percent is from fructooligosaccharides (FOS), both of which are prebiotics. Moreover, garlic encourages the growth of bifidobacteria.
  • Onions — Similar to garlic, onions are also a good source of inulin and FOS.
  • Leeks — Being from the same family as garlic and onions, leeks contain prebiotics too. Leeks differ in that they have a little bit more inulin, up to 16 percent.
  • Barley — Every 100-gram serving of barley is known to be loaded with up to eight g of beta-glucan, a prebiotic that promotes bacterial proliferation.
  • Apples — About 50 percent of the fiber content of apples are composed of pectin, a starch that has prebiotic effects. These include reducing the population of harmful gut bacteria and increasing the amount of SCFAs that feed good gut bactria.
  • Bananas — In addition to having inulin, bananas contain resistant starch as well. Resistant starch is said to have prebiotic benefits that range from boosting healthy gut bacteria count to minimizing bloating.

For more studies or news articles concerning food and its effects on human health, simply visit FoodScience.news today.

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Airy small apartment renovation adds a loft and new bedroom

Adding an extra loft to increase the space in a small home is a pretty standard strategy that we’ve seen used in cabins, tiny houses, office sheds and micro-apartments.

In this renovation of a 536-square-foot (50 square metres) apartment in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Vão Arquitetura puts the loft addition technique to good use, creating an additional storage space and a perch to sit upon and gaze over the rest of the home.

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Vão Arquitetura© Vão Arquitetura

Because the original apartment layout did not have a closed room, the new configuration aimed to improve circulation and functionality: moving the kitchen to another area, while creating a bedroom that can be closed off. The designers say:

Contrary to what usually is proposed in renovations, the work was carried out virtually without demolition. The extension of an existing wall allowed us to create a volume that internally shelters the bed [and moves it] to the rear façade, where the windows open to an internal garden of collective use. In addition to protecting the sleeping area from sounds coming from the street, the purpose of the new organization was to improve the proportions of integrated living areas (living room, kitchen and balcony), as well as the natural light in these environments.

Vão Arquitetura© Vão Arquitetura

Since this apartment is at the top floor of an apartment building, the sloped roof provided some extra headroom that wasn’t being used in the original scheme. The new volume that now shelters the bed could be turned into another space for relaxation, accessible by ladder.

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At one end of this loft/bedroom volume is a series of cabinets that can store clutter away, and it’s the first thing you see once you enter through the door.

Vão Arquitetura© Vão Arquitetura

The main focus of the kitchen is this custom-made concrete and wood unit, which seems to have some kind of water catchment element in the back, to facilitate the drying of the cups hanging overhead. Concrete isn’t the greenest material, but here it does give a striking visual contrast, relative to the white-painted walls.

Vão Arquitetura© Vão Arquitetura

That same concrete theme is carried over to the vanity in the bathroom.

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Here’s a view of the new bedroom, which has a thin wall to separate it from the hallway it shares with the bathroom. The side table elements here are deliberately narrow, to increase space around the bed, without losing storage space.

Vão Arquitetura© Vão Arquitetura

Vão Arquitetura© Vão Arquitetura

There’s always a better way to do things, and as this new layout shows, one can gain that much more space in a small apartment by taking advantage of that extra bit of ceiling and adding a loft — and a real bedroom underneath. More over at Vão Arquitetura.

[Via: Contemporist]

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Outdated apartment undergoes much-needed small space makeover

It’s no secret we love smaller living spaces that tend to be more energy-efficient and a helpful incentive to live a fuller life, with less stuff. But smaller spaces need careful designing to make sure that they function well and feel as big as possible — and sometimes, that requires a complete reorganization.

In order to create a more harmonious living space in a limited amount of square footage, STADT Architecture gave this dated 1970s apartment in New York City’s Upper West Side a total makeover.

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The client, a young professional, wanted to enlarge the bedroom and bathroom, in addition to updating the existing, outmoded aesthetic. The architects say:

Before the renovation, the apartment’s three distinct levels were disjunctive and forlorn. We sought to establish a common visual language-through materials and detailing-to reinforce the continuity between the three levels. Bespoke walnut flooring and paneling weaves and unites the three floors, while bright white cabinetry provides a counterpoint to the existing brick walls.

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To accomplish this, the firm kept the overlapping visual continuity between the three levels, but rearranged the bed by rotating it 90 degrees and slightly shifting it out in the living room. An existing guard wall has been removed, and the queen bed now sits on a platform that functions the same, and has some storage and side table elements built in. These simple changes open up even more room in the sleeping loft for storage cabinets to be added in the walls.

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STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

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To add more storage and reduce the sight of clutter everywhere, another continuous wall of cabinetry has been added to the main living space as well. The lower level contains a small kitchen (not pictured) and a dine-in area with a counter and chairs.

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

To increase the size of the bathroom, the existing straight stair leading up to the sleeping loft was reconfigured. A new landing was inserted halfway up and the stair now turns 90 degrees, thus adding 18 more precious inches to the bathroom.

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

STADT Architecture© STADT Architecture

The little things can and do matter in a small space, and we’ve seen time and time again that with a bit of careful forethought and rearranging, confined living spaces can be opened up into great places to live in. For more, see STADT Architecture.

[Via: Design Milk]

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Ex-Canadian Minister: ‘Small Cabal’ is Running World


According to Paul Hellyer the US government, in cooperation with extraterrestrial forces, have developed new green sources of energy, but the small elitist group withhold it, trying to suck out the last profits from their fossil fuel assets.

Well, that’s something new. It turns out that climate change could have been averted long ago and fossil fuels are already history. There is one small problem – according to former Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer, a small group of people is withholding crucial green technologies in order to gain maximum profit from their fuel assets. But the real cherry on top of this story is that those technologies were created nearly ten years ago in collaboration between the US and extraterrestrials!

“…At least a decade ago that the United States in cooperation with the visitors from the other planet have developed exotic form of energy that would allow us to change over […] to green energy. But nothing has been done about it and you got a (((small cabal))) […] that managed to keep this technology under wraps until they can cash in […] oil assets,” said the ex-minister.

In his interview to the Lazarus Effect podcast, Hellyer also claimed that the (((small cabal))) (who are also often addressed as the Illuminati the Jews) is literally running our world the way they want. Well, if they can connect with extraterrestrial life forms and develop such advanced technologies, then they are probably capable of doing that. However, Hellyer believes that people can and should resist this group, by banding together and forcing those pesky Illuminati into the open. Easy!

“And it’s not going to change until literally hundreds of thousands of people […] band together and say: “you’ve got to come clean, […] change your priorities to save the world for further generations,” explained Hellyer.

It is not the first time the Canadian ex-minister is coming out with such extraordinary claims. He has often said that aliens have contacted various people on the Earth, warning them about the consequences of the humanity’s actions for the future of planet’s environment.



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WATCH: Cop Rages Over Bad Call, Shoves Small Girl During His Son’s Basketball Game


Augusta, KS — In just a matter of a few weeks, cops in Wichita have proven their incompetent and dangerous nature and shown the country that there is something very wrong in their department. Last month, an innocent man was murdered by Wichita police for the ‘crime’ of opening his front door in front of frightened trigger happy cops. Then, TFTP reported that just days after that, a little girl was shot by police inside her own home as a cop tried to kill her dog. Now, video has emerged showing a Wichita cop shoving a small girl during a basketball game.

A video posted on Facebook this week serves to illustrate the sheer above the law mentality of some cops as this officer lost it when a child referee made a bad call. After the call, which the officer disagreed with, he ran out on the court, grabbed his son and shoved the female referee—who was half his size—to show his discontent.

The silver lining to this officer assaulting a child is that the child did not simply roll over and take it. After he shoved her, the 17-year-old girl pointed toward the door and demanded that he leave immediately as she stood her ground.

The Wichita Police Department has conveniently failed to release the officer’s name in spite of the fact that the family of the girl he shoved is reportedly pressing charges. They simply released the following cookie cutter statement:

Wichita Police Department officials have been made aware of an incident during a basketball game in the City of Augusta that involves a department member.

WPD will be reviewing the incident to determine if any department policies were violated.

WPD officials do not have all the facts surrounding this incident at this time and cannot provide any further comment.

According to KWCH, Augusta police say he was not taken into custody but he was taken off the property by police to the station. The Deputy Chief says after their investigation they will send their results to the city prosecutor.

Imagine for a moment that a person who does not carry a badge was seen assaulting a child at a youth basketball game, would they receive similar treatment? Not likely.

The youth sports league, however, wasted no time in banning the dangerous officer from the building and noted that he will likely be banned from all other league games as well.

“If you’re kid is hurt, whether it be the refs, board member or even the coaches and a parent is needed, they’re going to tell the parent to come down on the court, but just to come down and put your hand on a 17 year old kid, that’s not acceptable, especially here, it’s not going to happen,” says Amber Stillwell, the president of the Augusta Youth Basketball League.

A former referee, John Blazek spoke to KWCH about the incident and noted that cooler heads must prevail because mistakes will always be made.

“Parents forget they’ve got to be parents. And kids are going to make mistakes, referees are going to make mistakes,” Blazek said. “They make mistakes in the NBA, the Big XII, the Missouri Valley, the American Conference…they’re going to make them at the Augusta YMCA.”

However, if you are going to make those mistakes and you are a child, be careful not to do it in front of police officers who can and will abuse their power and assault you.

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