Architecture

These living algae lamps produce light, heat, and a protein-packed snack

These living algae lamps produce light, heat, and a protein-packed snack

The future of furniture might also be the future of food. Or is that the other way around? Designers are increasingly turning to microalgae, which is effectively a “liquid plant,” because it can be

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These affordable bamboo houses were built for just $2,500 each

These affordable bamboo houses were built for just $2,500 each

Atelier COLE, Building Trust International, and Habitat for Humanity Cambodia teamed up to design an affordable and eco-friendly housing scheme for families affected by HIV/AIDS. The innovative project

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Timber-clad Linnebo House is built into the hillside overlooking Oslo

Timber-clad Linnebo House is built into the hillside overlooking Oslo

Halfway between the urban Norwegian capital and miles of forest, House Linnebo stands out with its darkened wood façade, which was treated with oil and charred to accentuate the natural knots and grain

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Paxton Gate founder launches RareField Design/Build office in San Francisco

Paxton Gate founder launches RareField Design/Build office in San Francisco

Who is RareField? If you live in San Francisco and enjoy eating out, there's a good chance that you've visited one of their projects without even realizing it. Flour and Water, Central Kitchen, and Le

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Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Set back from the street, the Auneau Cultural Center is clad in a high performance concrete skin and glazed glass curtains, together keeping energy use low while efficiently making the climate comfortable

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Gorgeous forest home in Sweden makes living deliberately stylish

Gorgeous forest home in Sweden makes living deliberately stylish

Thoreau went to the woods to live deliberately, but the future inhabitants of Villa Altona will live in the woods with deliberate style.

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The spectacular Palazzo Italia building in Milan is a smog-eating machine

The spectacular Palazzo Italia building in Milan is a smog-eating machine

Going to Expo-2015? Don’t forget to drop in Palazzo Italia, one of the best exhibition’s pavilions at this year Expo. Its striking and sustainable exterior as well as the unique interior experience

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Zaha Hadid unveils sinuous skyscrapers for Australia’s Gold Coast

Zaha Hadid unveils sinuous skyscrapers for Australia’s Gold Coast

Zaha Hadid Architects just unveiled designs for a pair of proposed sculptural skyscrapers for Mariner’s Cove on Australia’s Gold Coast. Designed with Hadid’s signature sinuous forms, the

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Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

Completed late last year, the three-story-tall and spacious Kathleen Kilgour Centre is estimated to provide local cancer-treatment options for approximately 600 patients. The 3,000-square-meter building

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands and vegetation

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Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Honolulu has come under fire in the past year for it's ways of addressing homelessness on the island of Oahu; with police officers citing the homeless for a variety of pedestrian violations, and at least

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CasaBubble’s inflatable prefab domes let you enjoy 360 degree views of nature in comfort

CasaBubble’s inflatable prefab domes let you enjoy 360 degree views of nature in comfort

The term 'glamping' has come into relative prominence in recent times to describe the phenomenon of glamorous camping—encountering nature in comfort, sleeping in stylishly designed structures. And while

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Architectkidd’s Blue Bird Hut saves injured birds in Thailand

Architectkidd’s Blue Bird Hut saves injured birds in Thailand

Although the Blue Bird Hut was built primarily as a bird sanctuary prototype, its 2.45-meter-tall (8-foot-tall) conic form is large enough to provide shelter for people as well. A metal structure supports

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MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

Scientists have been exploring dwelling design that will allow astronauts and visitors to sleep over on the moon, but what about good old fashioned camping? Two engineers at MIT have developed a

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

With the ever increasing investment across the globe into solar power, there is an unspoken competition between the world’s brightest organizations to develop the largest, most effective, and impressive

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MVRDV unveil plans for Zaanstad Cultural Cluster in the Netherlands

MVRDV unveil plans for Zaanstad Cultural Cluster in the Netherlands

MVRDV’s Cultural Cluster was created as part of the city’s new masterplan, a design led by Dutch architect Sjoerd Soeters that showcases a “new Zaan style” with strong references to traditional

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House of Hungarian Music’s circular facade intertwines with existing trees to preserve the landscape

House of Hungarian Music’s circular facade intertwines with existing trees to preserve the landscape

MenoMenoPiu Architects’ innovative proposal for the House of Hungarian Music in Budapest preserves the existing environment with a flexible and unique circular design that encourages environmentalism

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Amsterdam’s new 3D-printed steel bridge is revolutionizing the building industry

Amsterdam’s new 3D-printed steel bridge is revolutionizing the building industry

The goal behind the experimental 3D-printing project is the eventual creation of an automatic construction site. According to Jan van de Ven, Heijmans’ Manager of Business Development, an automatic

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento is a dwelling placed on a gentle slope that is made almost entirely from precast concrete modules which simultaneously determine its structure and its relationship with the terrain. The

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Virgin Mobile is offering employees a year of maternity AND paternity leave

Virgin Mobile is offering employees a year of maternity AND paternity leave

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is no stranger to blazing new paths, but this time he isn't focused on travel or mobile technology, but parental leave. Under the company's new policy, both moms and

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Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

The Tree Tent is the culmination of three years of work and research into sustainable shelter systems, fabric structures and timber engineering by Luminair. The company sought to create an easily

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The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

There is a large carpentry shop in the High Security Prison in Spoleto, Italy where inmates build furniture for other correctional facilities. Cibic Workshop and Comodo (Comunicare Moltiplica Doveri)

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The World’s first floating private islands get the green light in Dubai

The World’s first floating private islands get the green light in Dubai

The World, Dubai’s artificial archipelago of over 300 islands, will soon be home to 33 luxury floating homes, each with its own garden, pool, and beach and tailor-made to the client’s tastes. Created

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Awesome treehouse office in London makes work a walk in the park

Awesome treehouse office in London makes work a walk in the park

London-based Tate Harmer teamed up with Gensler and artists Natalie Jeremijenko and Shuster + Morseley to design and build a temporary pod-like office space meant to encourage people into the park near

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This factory turned family home uses curved walls to play with light

This factory turned family home uses curved walls to play with light

Belgian designers Graux and Baeyens have taken a warehouse loft near Kortrijk and turned it into a luxurious, and curvy, family home. The home also features classic, earth tones and vaulted ceilings. The

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Exar Architecture’s House Decroly is an award winning minimalist day-lit home in Belgium

Exar Architecture’s House Decroly is an award winning minimalist day-lit home in Belgium

The House Decroly, designed by Belgian architecture office Exar Arhitecture, is a daylit home in Uccle, Belgium. Its minimalist design includes large glass surfaces that provide unexpected views of the

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Sydney’s mind-blowing ‘Light Origami’ is a crystal cavern filled with mirrors

Sydney’s mind-blowing ‘Light Origami’ is a crystal cavern filled with mirrors

Light Origami was part of this year's bustling Vivid Sydney, an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas within the beautiful Australian city. The Japanese artist's aim was to create an interactive space

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Central China’s most populous city gets New Urban redesign by Foster + Partners

Central China’s most populous city gets New Urban redesign by Foster + Partners

Central China’s most populous city will soon be home to a highly walkable and livable urban paradise. Foster + Partners recently received approval for their masterplan of Yuexiu International Financial

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Chiangmai Life Construction creates homes using rammed earth, bamboo and recycled wood

Chiangmai Life Construction creates homes using rammed earth, bamboo and recycled wood

Chiangmai Life Construction in northern Thailand designs and builds modern, organic architecture using mainly earth and bamboo, but also concrete for foundations, recycled hardwood, and whatever else

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