Many communities are home to “food deserts,” or areas where grocery stores are inaccessible due to distance or cost. Food deserts can form because of deficits in public transit, high food prices, residents not owning vehicles or having limited mobility for various reasons, or other factors. Some areas, including Washington D.C., are lucky to have mobile food markets, which aim to alleviate this difficulty. Retired city and school buses have been turned into food and farmers’ markets in order to distribute fresh food to undeserved neighborhoods in many areas, including D.C., St. Louis and Toronto. … RETIRED BUSES REBORN AS MOBILE FOOD MARKETS
If you have ever woefully thrown out an appliance or piece of furniture because you didn’t know how to fix it, a “Repair Café” may be just what you are looking for. These Cafés are community organizations that bring together fixers and tools with people who have broken things. The repair experts may be hobbyists, pros or retired experts who have skills and time to share with their community. Café’s typically meet in spaces such as community centers, libraries or art centers, or may have a more permanent designated location. … REVIVE YOUR BROKEN BELONGINGS AT A REPAIR CAFE!
Sunshine is a powerful and popular renewable source of energy and potable water is a universal need. A wife and husband duo in India are harvesting both of these with one unique device called “Ulta Chaata,” which means “inverted umbrella,” in Hindi. As you can see below, this is an apt name for the attractive canopies that open to the sky like blossoms. … ULTA CHAATA: THE INVERTED UMBRELLA HARVESTING SOLAR ENERGY AND DRINKABLE WATER
Lego-lovers will undoubtedly flock to the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, this fall. Architect Bjarke Ingels of the firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) said during the museum’s planning stages, “It will be the best museum ever.” If you love free creation with unlimited supplies and all things Lego, you may agree. … DENMARK’S LEGO HOUSE WILL BE OPEN IN SEPTEMBER!
If you are a lover of iconic rural architecture and green living, you may be drawn to this net-zero solar farmhouse from North Carolina-based Deltec Homes. The home offers a streamlined but still classic exterior with net-zero energy (NZE) energy performance, meaning it can generate all of its own green energy on-site. This is a boon for the environment and your wallet. … CHECK OUT THIS CHARMING NET ZERO SOLAR FARMHOUSE
D.C. is about to add another museum to its list; a museum of linguistics (the study of language and its evolution, parts and structure). This museum, named “Planet Word,” intends to serve individuals of all ages and levels of literacy. It will be housed in the historic Franklin School Downtown (you’ll find it in Ward 2 at the intersection of 13th Street NW and K Street NW), which has long sat vacant and which the use of has, at times, been a contested topic (more on that). … PLANET WORD: A MUSEUM OF LINGUISTICS IN DC