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Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

Cocoon_FS: Pohl Architects Unveils Prefab Plankton-Inspired Pod Building in Germany

The illustrious Cocoon_FS pavilion was constructed from leaf-like panels of fiber-reinforced polymer. Fifteen original base modules were designed and a total of 220 modules were

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HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it has selected HOK as an official design partner for Project Haiti - a building designed to LEED Platinum principles that will replace a

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Bioluminescent Bacteria Combat Pollution in Fragile Florida Ecosystem

Bioluminescent Bacteria Combat Pollution in Fragile Florida Ecosystem

Bioluminescence is an ability shared by creatures around the planet that allows them to generate light - in fact, 90% of life in the world's oceans possess this characteristic. Whereas most animals use it

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LED ‘Living Light’ Springs into Bloom When People Enter a Room

LED ‘Living Light’ Springs into Bloom When People Enter a Room

Designed by Joon & Jung Studio 'The Living Light' is a LED pendant lamp that blossoms and expands when people are nearby. Using a programmed microchip, this human-centered design 'magically' gets

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Brilliant Cement Making Technology Mimics Coral While Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

Brilliant Cement Making Technology Mimics Coral While Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a novel way to create a new form of carbon neutral cement by studying the formation of coral reefs and applying the principles at work. Coral takes in

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DARPA’S Nano Robot Spy Hummingbird Moves Just Like a Real Bird!

DARPA’S Nano Robot Spy Hummingbird Moves Just Like a Real Bird!

AeroVironment has created a tiny, mechanical, flying bird that borrows from the natural movements of the hummingbird. The Nano Hummingbird is a flying robot created through a program sponsored by DARPA

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Researchers Developing Cyborg Insects that Draw Energy From Their Own Wings

Researchers Developing Cyborg Insects that Draw Energy From Their Own Wings

Researchers at the University of Michigan are currently working on a line of cyborg insects that would use the energy generated from their own wing motion to power sensors installed in tiny insect

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World’s Largest Chunk of Manmade Ice to Cool Mongolia’s Capital City!

World’s Largest Chunk of Manmade Ice to Cool Mongolia’s Capital City!

Image: “L.A. Ice” by Victor Hadjikyriacou, produced for Unit 11 at the Bartlett School of Architecture, part of last year’s Landscape Futures Super-Workshop via BLDGBLOG Mongolia seems

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Airdrop Irrigation System Wins 2011 James Dyson Award Top Prize

Airdrop Irrigation System Wins 2011 James Dyson Award Top Prize

Linacre was inspired to create his design because of the effects of climate change on his native Australia. Droughts have plagued the country recently and he was looking to mitigate the loss of ecosystems

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Amazing Bionic Research Pavilion Explores the Sand Dollar’s Skeleton Morphology

Amazing Bionic Research Pavilion Explores the Sand Dollar’s Skeleton Morphology

For its second year in a row, the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion is a chance to explore architecture through computational design. This year, inspiration for the temporary pavilion came from sea urchins and

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Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

You may not want to throw out the scraps from your latest home improvement project too quickly – you may find inspiration in the “trash”.  Stefanie Nieuwenhuys, inspired by seeing

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SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

Marine infrastructures create severe stress on natural ecosystems, namely through shoreline degradation and erosion near coastal population centers. The shifting and blocking of land masses at the

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IDEO and Lim Lab Want to Use 3-D Printers to Create Consumer Goods from Bacteria

IDEO and Lim Lab Want to Use 3-D Printers to Create Consumer Goods from Bacteria

3-D printers have been popping up a lot lately, printing food, furniture, and glass -- you can even buy your very own home-use printer from a market in Brooklyn! While nature has been generating 3-D

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13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

// While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees

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Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake

What do you do with a “severely impaired” body of water and an unsightly shoreline park that is riddled with invasive species?  Launch a series of luscious floating islands!  In an effort to

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HEXigloo: Honeycomb Cardboard Pavilion Pops Up in Bucharest!

HEXigloo: Honeycomb Cardboard Pavilion Pops Up in Bucharest!

The HEXigloo cardboard pavilion features an organic repetitive pattern that mimics the cellular structure of honeycombs. The recyclable honeycomb cells are attached to each other using standard plastic

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Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Elegant Jellyfish Inspire Research in Propulsion and Energy Technology

Jellyfish have always been the highlight of aquarium visits - their easy grace moving through the water is something to be desired. Bioengineering professor John Dabiri is just as fascinated with the sea

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StARTT’s Poppy-Filled Exhibition at the MAXXI Museum Will Be Recycled in the Future

StARTT’s Poppy-Filled Exhibition at the MAXXI Museum Will Be Recycled in the Future

StARTT found the stark stone courtyard of the MAXXI museum to be somewhat unwelcoming, so their idea was to add the cool comfort of nature to an otherwise green-deprived area. They constructed the

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London Without Bees: Conceptual Towers Shoot Pollen Spores Into the Wind

London Without Bees: Conceptual Towers Shoot Pollen Spores Into the Wind

This design comes on the heels of a controversial news report that cell phones are killing bees. Whether or not that is true, there is no question that bee populations have declined precipitously. This

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PHOTOS: Beautiful Times Eureka Pavilion Mimics the Structure of a Leaf

PHOTOS: Beautiful Times Eureka Pavilion Mimics the Structure of a Leaf

Like the old ride at Disneyland Adventure Through Inner Space where you shrunk in scale to see the world of the very small the Times Eureka Pavilion takes us deep into the structure of a leaf. Working in

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Shape Shifting LED Light Chandelier on Permanent Display in Moscow Shopping Center

Shape Shifting LED Light Chandelier on Permanent Display in Moscow Shopping Center

The “chandelier” is actually made up of 49 two meter LED lights swaying together in formation. Hanging like a pendant in the center of the six storey atrium,  the kinetic lights are roughly arranged

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Urban Bee Keeper Michael Leung Creates a New Bee-Saving Buzz In Hong Kong

Urban Bee Keeper Michael Leung Creates a New Bee-Saving Buzz In Hong Kong

Projects focused on saving the threatened bee population are flourishing worldwide, but the problem still remains a source of concern for many. Product designer Michael Leung recently launched his own

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Terreform One Developing Buildings Made From Blocks of Mushrooms

Terreform One Developing Buildings Made From Blocks of Mushrooms

Houses made from mushrooms used to be for smurfs — but the creative folks at Terreform One and Planetary One intend to create real houses from the prodigious plant. They are developing a new breed

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Winnipeg Ice-Skating Shelters Mimic Buffalos Bracing Against The Wind

Winnipeg Ice-Skating Shelters Mimic Buffalos Bracing Against The Wind

Ice skaters may soon take refuge from Winnipeg's cold in these awesome plywood shelters designed by Patkau Architects. Siberia is the only city on earth more frigid than Winnipeg, but that is not enough

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Incredible Floating Fire Ants Help Develop Waterproof Materials and New Robotics

Incredible Floating Fire Ants Help Develop Waterproof Materials and New Robotics

The Solenopsis Invicta -- also known as the red fire ant -- has recently become an unlikely partner in the research of waterproof materials and robotics. The ants, which are incredibly resilient, have

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MILES HIGH ULTIMA TOWER: Vertical Eco City Works Like a Tree

MILES HIGH ULTIMA TOWER: Vertical Eco City Works Like a Tree

We've seen a whole slew of gigantic, volcano shaped, city-in-a-building towers, each promising to be the largest building in the world. First it was the wacky X-Seed design for Tokyo, and then even

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Urban Field: Piezoelectric Trees Harvest Rainwater and Generate Energy

Urban Field: Piezoelectric Trees Harvest Rainwater and Generate Energy

We recently showcased Mario Caceres and Christian Canonico’s TREEPODS concept, which sought to sow hundreds of air-cleaning artificial trees through the streets of Boston. Designer Anthony DiMari has

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Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic “Super Skin”

Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic “Super Skin”

Stanford researcher Zhenan Bao has developed a new stretchable, solar-powered “super skin” sensor that is so sensitive it can feel a fly touch down. The flexible electronic material harnesses

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Researchers Develop Plant Inspired Structures That Can Move and Adapt Their Shape

Researchers Develop Plant Inspired Structures That Can Move and Adapt Their Shape

Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying plants that move in an attempt to use their natural hydraulic motion to build new structures that can change and adapt their shape on their own. This

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Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Many of us don't give our skin much thought -- except when it seems to betray us. Teenage acne, painful sunburns, scratchy winter dryness and mosquito bites alert us whenever our body's largest organ is

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