Kulturzentrum Ischgl is a green-roofed village center in Austria

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This cool GIF shows the growth of the NYC subway system before your very eyes

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Ever wonder how our city’s incredible subway system started out? The designers at Appealing Industries have created a useful GIF that brings the history of the MTA to life. The illustrative map of the boroughs (seen over at BoingBoing) features color-coded lines that branch out to tell the story of the NYC subway in chronological order. See the GIF in action after the jump.

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This massive Death Star is made from 500,000 LEGO bricks

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California’s LEGOland resort just unveiled the latest addition to its Star Wars Miniland; a 1900lb model of the Death Star that is made from over 500,000 LEGO bricks! The replica weaponry, which measures 13 feet high and eight feet wide, will hover above visitors to the exhibition and is equipped with its own [LEGO] planet-destroying super laser.

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Koenigsegg unveils the world's fastest hybrid hypercar

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A growing number of hybrid supercars are putting their gasoline-dependent counterparts to shame, with Porsche and Ferrari debuting impressive concepts and even Bugatti rumored to be following suit. But the newly unveiled Koenigsegg Regera might just be a game-changer; debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, the 1,500 horsepower supercar blasts through from 0-249mph in under 20 seconds, and Koenigsegg calls it the “fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.”

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Lala Abaddon's intricately textured artworks are hand-woven from paper

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SwimCity offers 3D-printed floating housing for students in Stockholm

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What does your ideal floating city look like? Submit your ideas to the Seasteading Institute architecture competition for a shot at $2K!

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With population numbers booming and inhabitable land dwindling, organizations like The Seasteading Institute are sizing up the oceans as the next human frontier. As part of their plan to build the world’s first city at sea, The Seasteading Institute and DeltaSync just launched an architectural design contest for the Floating City Project. The call for ideas invites architects, students, engineers, and designers around the world to submit their designs for a small floating city with mixed-use development. Prizes totaling $3,500 will be distributed amongst the top three winners and a people’s choice winner. Registration ends May 28, 2015 and the submission deadline is June 1, 2015.

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a21studio builds a unique Buddhist temple as a floating stone canopy in Vietnam

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VIDEO: Google's new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

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Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google’s new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two architecture stars discuss their plans for the upcoming Googleplex, and give a sneak peek at renderings for and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant.

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Win a wonder sponge that removes bacteria using just water + a luxurious Coyuchi air-weight bath towel

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Perchloroethylene, triclosan, phthalates and 2-butoxyethanol: You may have never heard of these toxic substances, but they could be all over your home if you use common household cleaners. In fact, many popular cleaning agents and multi-purpose sprays contain chemicals that can make our families sick, which is ironic considering that’s exactly what we’re trying to protect them against by cleaning. The Zabada Handy is a non-toxic cleaning pad that eliminates the need for harmful cleansers by wiping away dirt and removing bacteria using just water. We recently had a chance to take the Zabada Handy and Marvel for a spin as well as Coyuchi’s luxurious line of air-weight organic towels. Read on for our reviews and enter to win your own bathroom prize pack including a towel from Coyuchi’s Air Weight Bath Towel Collection ($48 value), a Zabada Bathroom Handy ($30 value) and a Zabada Bathroom Marvel ($30 value).

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This giveaway is open to USA residents only. The contest will end at midnight on Thursday, March 12th. Good luck everyone!

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

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We’ve seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the opportunity to interview Bernat Ferragut and Kate Alvo of Maison Durable Portneuf about the innovative techniques they used to create their eco-friendly, sustainable, elegant home in the woods of Portneuf, Quebec, and how they can help others do the same.

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Egypt just unveiled plans for a gigantic pyramid skyscraper

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Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

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Coffee leaf tea is the latest craze - and it packs more antioxidants than green tea

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Would you like a cup of coffee? No, wait, it’s tea. No, it’s coffee. The hottest new beverage is a delicious tea made from coffee leaves. Brilliant, right? It’s a drink that doesn’t just sound novel; it’s also really good for you. Ranking low in caffeine and packing more antioxidants and polyphenols than green tea, coffee leaf tea provides a stable income for coffee farmers in addition to some really satisfying sips.

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Norwegian students craft fantastic mountain retreat with a wooden tunnel entrance

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Aston Martin launches all-electric DBX sports car concept at the Geneva Motor Show

Aston Martin launches all-electric DBX sports car concept at the…

Aston Martin is known for building sexy sports cars, but none of them can be described as "green" or environmentally-friendly - until now. Aston Martin has just unveiled the new DBX…

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Vienna set to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper

Vienna set to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper

Architecture firm Rüdiger Lainer and Partner has unveiled plans to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper in the Seestadt Aspern area of Vienna. The 276ft, 24 story HoHo tower…

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Google's latest Street View lets you take a zipline trip through the Amazon Rainforest

Google's latest Street View lets you take a zipline trip through the…

Three years ago Google brought us incredible 'Street View' images of Brazil's rainforests by placing their 360 degree image-capturing orb atop a boat and sailing it down the Amazon; and…

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Lada Cube's prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

Lada Cube's prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize…

In 2013 Låda Cube set out to change how we use and think about our walls.   Fueled by our belief that traditional stick-built walls consume needless time, energy, and resources,…

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Bates Masi Architects unveil tiny, daylit Beach Hampton House

Bates Masi Architects unveil tiny, daylit Beach Hampton House

The building was designed for a couple who purchased a quarter acre lot over 40 years ago only 500 feet from the ocean. The largest house that could be built was two storey high…

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