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Simple Urban Beekeeping for Under $500

Interest in urban chickens is growing and — it would seem — the same holds true for urban beekeeping.  An outfit out of West Bend, Wisconsin, Beepods.com, is selling personal use beehives for $450, including everything but bees and the know how.  The kit comes IKEA-style ready for assembly with a screwdriver and Allen wrench.  A single, top-bar Beepod will create about 40 pounds of high-quality honey, as well as propolis, pollen, and wax, if you harvest it.

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Lush Succulent Wall in Newport Beach

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This is one of the largest succulent walls in southern California with 60 individual panels and just under 3,000 succulents.  The massive vertical wall was installed at the True Food Kitchen in Newport Beach and designed by Joe Zazzera.  Plant Solutions specified the wall, plant type, plumbing, irrigation, electricity, and drainage. 

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Compact and Green: Wave House

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This affordable, 1,400 square-foot home is under construction near Reims, France, according to Dezeen.  With a curvy green roof — somewhat similar to the one seen at Birchway Eco-Community — Wave House has a double-skin polycarbonate glass facade and a vegetated surface to shield against summer heat and winter cold . 

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Innovative Lifewall Living Facade Tiles

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Earlier this year, Ceracasa unveiled Lifewall, a modular living wall tile for exterior applications made in one square meter panels.  Lifewall was designed by and currently marketed globally by Emilio Llobat of Maqla Architects, Azahar Energy, and Ceracasa.

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Noticed: The Packaged Vertical Garden

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There's a push for density and urbanization and efficient use of space, but all too often a connection to nature is lost in the process.  Luzinterruptus, a guerrilla style outfit out of Madrid, recently installed this Packaged Vertical Garden to make a statement about the importance of preserving urban greenery. 

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High-Rise Rehab with a Huge Green Wall

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A solar and wind powered green substation isn't the only project in Portland to receive federal funds.  The Edith Green/Wendall Wyatt Federal Building is getting well over a $100 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to renovate all aspects of the building.  The most noticeable change will be a vast wall of greenery covering the westerly facade.  

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