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8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

Although typically associated with the more benign variety of consumer, the Beetle is nonetheless a popular icon that evokes memories of our rapid commercial development. Called Anthropocene, the 8 ton

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a spectacular green

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Snøhetta’s Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

Snøhetta’s Vulkan Hives Bring Urban Beekeeping to a Rooftop in Oslo

The gorgeous Vulkan Beehives were designed to reflect their use - multi-faceted cut honeycomb with a stretched texturized hexagon pattern on each of its surfaces. Clad in a warm honey color, the pair of

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A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

A Solar-Powered Hydroponic Food Belt Could Green the Entire Arabian Peninsula

OAXIS is designed to incorporate a prefabricated modular structures with recycled steel. Several passive strategies would control the building’s environment while roof-mounted photovoltaic panels would

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

Shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2014 awards, Studio CTC's visionary skyscrapers bring agriculture and greenery back to the urban fabric in a big way. Inspired by the duality in Hong Kong's

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the

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DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

I deliberately bought the longer wheel base Ford Transit Connect XLT, which has no infrastructure in the back and enough height and length that I and others can sit comfortably on a raised platform. Since

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This Triangular Glass Labyrinth Will Boggle Your Mind!

This Triangular Glass Labyrinth Will Boggle Your Mind!

Morris' glass labyrinth is made from inch-thick glass panes, which are topped with bronze rails and built into a base of concrete paving stones. Measuring 7 feet high, this dynamic see-through structure

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Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

According to the architects, the design for Knot House was inspired by "imagining a surface made of landscape, which eventually folds into a knot to create an enclosure." Although small in volume, the

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Renovo Unveils All-Electric Supercar With a $529,000 Price Tag

Renovo Unveils All-Electric Supercar With a $529,000 Price Tag

Silicon Valley-based startup Renovo Motors just unveiled one of the world's most spectacular all-electric sports cars: the Renovo Coupe. The Renovo Coupe borrows its chassis from the Shelby CSX 9000 and

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BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

Inspired by the hyper-modern Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed architecture at BMW Welt, Point.One S's sleek organic shape blends superior functionality and design into a symbol for environmentally friendly

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Petit Romain’s Square Heineken Bottles Save Space in Your Six-Pack

Petit Romain’s Square Heineken Bottles Save Space in Your Six-Pack

There are those who love beer, and then there are those who obsess about it, constantly looking for ways to take both the brew and it's delivery system to the next level. It's probably safe to say Petit

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Amazing Aquarium Island Turns Your Kitchen Into an Underwater Ecosystem

Amazing Aquarium Island Turns Your Kitchen Into an Underwater Ecosystem

The Ocean Kitchen is a massive aquarium topped with an L-shaped slab of Corian that lifts up with the touch of a button. Each aquarium is limited edition and made-to-measure, and the units come complete

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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Inspired by the colorful flowers found in the Libyan Desert, the Desert Flower sporting center is laid out in the shape of a flower cross-section. The long pistil-like area consists of a covered walkway

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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

This 1,000 sq ft desert oasis is the first prototype for a new flat-pack, prefab line of homes that minimize transportation and promote sustainability. Its shape was inspired by Le Corbusier’s

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Dramatic Bamboo Blossom Gate Mimics Chinese Calligraphy Brush Strokes in Hubei

Dramatic Bamboo Blossom Gate Mimics Chinese Calligraphy Brush Strokes in Hubei

Like many of Penda's works, Blossom Gate celebrates bamboo architecture by using the sturdy grass for both the inner framework and the facade. Located in front of the city's largest myrtle flower garden,

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Monolithic Maiden Tower Contrasts Wildly with Austria’s Picturesque Alpine Environment

Monolithic Maiden Tower Contrasts Wildly with Austria’s Picturesque Alpine Environment

The vertical structure creates a visual contrast to the surrounding landscape, not only in its geometry but also through its use of materials. The conspicuous steel envelope pops out of the picturesque

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

PABLO's new Yokohama store combines the bakery and retail component with a cafe seating area in the back. Customers are able to watch the process of making of the fluffy cheese tarts at the front of the

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Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

This stunning Forms in Nature chandelier transforms any room into a fairytale landscape! Inspired by drawings made by German biologist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel, designers Hilden & Diaz created an

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Nina Lindgren’s Cardboard Floating City Looks Like a Futuristic Movie Cityscape

Nina Lindgren’s Cardboard Floating City Looks Like a Futuristic Movie Cityscape

The art installation, entitled Floating City, has several versions-they are a series of geometric configurations that look like cityscapes and film miniatures. Condensed into tightly-packed shapes, the

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Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. Outfitted with

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9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

Countertop Succulent Vignette Create a mini world of wildlife by planting a few small succulents in mason jars and creating a harmonious countertop garden. For a more rustic look, try a mason jar with a

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Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

Inspired by the fairly hostile landscape of the island's topography, the architects used a combination of natural wood, metal and raw concrete to blend the home into its natural surroundings. The

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Olafur Eliasson’s Sprawling Stone River Landscape Takes Over the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Olafur Eliasson’s Sprawling Stone River Landscape Takes Over the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Taking over the museum gallery's entire South Wing, the site-specific installation offers an interactive element that redefines the typical visitor experience at the museum. "Presence at an exhibition

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3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

Colonizing Mars has been a science fiction dream for years, but designers have been toying with the notion ever since Mars One started popping up in the news. Jumping on board is MakerBot, which launched

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David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

In many cases, prefab architecture is still judged as low-cost, mid-quality design. However, Rockwell hopes that by incorporating vibrant new concepts of elegance and quality into prefab architecture, a

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

The architects’ primary goal was to create a design which would incorporate elements of South African heritage and style without compromising the aesthetic and structural integrity of the existing

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See How This Handy New App Lets You Create Design Concepts Right on Your Smartphone

See How This Handy New App Lets You Create Design Concepts Right on Your Smartphone

A revolutionary new mobile app is offering designers the ability to use their smartphones or tablets to create concepts on-the-go. Board 2.0, from the masterminds at The Morpholio Project, is quickly

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