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Studio III’s Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen’s XL1

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Studio III's Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen's XL1

Der neue Volkswagen XL1

Amazing and surrounded by controversy – here in the US at any rate: Volkswagen’s XL1 is one of the most efficient vehicles to ever hit the highways with 261 Miles Per Gallon!

Photo slide show and info: http://why.vw.com/stories#/stories/show/id/23011
Video: http://translogic.aolautos.com/2014/02/24/volkswagen-xl1-translogic-150/

The rumor is, you can NOT get this car in the US because the Government has banned it!?
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/621155-volkswagen-xl1-banned-in-united-states-because-its-too-fuel-efficient/

The rebuttal to this allegation or truth of the matter is; http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/xl1.asp

So the debunking presents its case as a slam dunk “shut up, end of story!”-type rebuttal and I think it’s actually quite right.

But really…the “shut up, end of story!” is that there is no excuse for not having a “people’s car” that can average double or triple the MPG of today’s typical family car (22mpg…yeah lets be real there too, 18 to 26mpg for the average family, which is disgraceful). We can’t make technology like this affordable to the masses but we can issue a 4 billion dollar subsidies to the oil industry every year, and yet we have a climate change issue that will most likely change the world’s understanding of the ”cold reality of economics”. It is mostly a political issue that needs to change for the sake of the planet and all creatures that call it home…like us. So why no change in policies? Seriously, anyone out there have a thought to share?

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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: One World Trade Center Top Out

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Studio III architects' Hero Wednesday: One World Trade Center Top Out

Ok…this is a little old…almost a year…but amazing…and nauseating at the same time!
Check out this video of the One World Trade Center spire lifted into position, 1.776 feet high!! (go full screen …its crazy!)

http://www.archdaily.com/371916/video-one-world-trade-center-tops-out/


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Studio III’s Hero Wednesday: 3d Print Canal House, DUS Architects

Weirder then fiction (at least to an architect or builder)…but actually if you think about it, cars are made by robots, many surgeries are done or assisted by robots….so what’s so crazy about a building being made by robots, or 3D printer? Well watch this little video and let your mind wander a bit. The possibilities are many, the draw backs too, but these Architects are really looking to address a lot of the BIG questions of our future. And is it our future or just a passing fancy, or….a step along the way.

The project’s dedicated website is really quite interesting….poke around and discover more.
http://3dprintcanalhouse.com

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For a look at what else these architects from Amsterdam are thinking about check out their website!
http://www.dusarchitects.com/index.php