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Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

Bordalo II's amazing creatures are scattered all around Lisbon, where the artist lives. Curious rabbits, toucans, raccoons and even feathered hummingbirds are all part of a project to raise awareness on

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A complete guide to growing your own bridal blooms

A complete guide to growing your own bridal blooms

So you’ve put yourself in charge of your own wedding bouquets and arrangements? You grow, girl! Some may tell you it’s an ambitious project that you should fear, but believe me: it’s a rewarding one

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Gymnastic rings hang in the center of Naturehumaine’s innovative home renovation in Montreal

Gymnastic rings hang in the center of Naturehumaine’s innovative home renovation in Montreal

Rather than confine themselves to the original layout, Naturehumaine removed the floor separating the two levels to create three double-height spaces: two on opposite ends of the suspended unfinished

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Responsive bioclimatic skin wraps around LEED Gold ICTA-ICP building in Barcelona

Responsive bioclimatic skin wraps around LEED Gold ICTA-ICP building in Barcelona

The bioclimatic skin, a system of automated polycarbonate shutters that regulate indoor temperatures, is largely responsible for the ICTA-ICP building’s LEED Gold certification. Heat, humidity, and

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Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

Located on the largest archipelago in Sweden, the Villa Mörtnäs mirrors its stoic, icy surroundings. The Strömma Projekt, a Swedish property developer, commissioned fourfoursixsix to design a home for

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Archohm wants to connect all of Helsinki’s museums with a massive loop

Archohm wants to connect all of Helsinki’s museums with a massive loop

The space would serve as a key cultural destination for both the local community and tourists. It would act as an important link that binds together the past and future of art, creating a unique maze of

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Dramatic timber-clad N House turns difficult terrain into a design advantage

Dramatic timber-clad N House turns difficult terrain into a design advantage

From the outside, the four-person family N House appears to comprise two separate structures: a low-lying, single-story volume adjacent to the street and a second building that sharply angles upwards to

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Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world’s largest timber office building

Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world’s largest timber office building

WIDC was designed as both a functional center, but also as a showcase of the durability and design potential of timber. The bottom floor and foundation are made from reinforced concrete, but the remainder

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Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

Arcgency constructed Unionkul’s cargotecture framework in just two days by stacking the shipping containers atop a series of minimal site impact pillars. Although the shipping containers have dents and

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How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

Bee populations have been in decline for over a decade now as the alarming phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder sees worker bees vanish from their hives. But Bay Area parents Chris Burley and Ei

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Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

Backed up against a hillside, the long and rectangular Christian Street House stretches east to west. High gabled roofs face the street and create shelter for a patio and garage. Constructed for minimal

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

Intro - western drought, particularly California (link to IH posts) Culprits - lawns, etc. What can you do? Save water and cut costs - not to mention maintenance. Drought tolerant plants and

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YOD Design Lab’s modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine

YOD Design Lab’s modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine

Secluded in the forested Poltova region of the Ukraine, Relax Park Verholy is a modernist escape, offering sleek new guest houses designed by Studio YOD. The simple, prefabricated structures provide

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Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London’s brutalist National Theatre

Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London’s brutalist National Theatre

Originally deigned by Denys Lasdun in 1976, London's National Theatre is considered one of the finest examples of brutalist architecture for the public sector. Comprised of three auditoriums and a suite

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Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden

Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden

An old cockfighting arena received a makeover in Lima, Peru recently. 2.8x Architects have transformed the space so that one wouldn’t guess it had such a dark history. Lush, green foliage and beautiful

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Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

The Paleisbrug raised park and pedestrian and cycle bridge is a 250-meter-long connection between the historic center and the Paleiskwartier neighborhood in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. The bridge,

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Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral display

Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral display

Florist Lisa Waud has some grand ideas to turn a long-forgotten home in Detroit into a spectacular display of flower blossoms and growth. The Flower House will serve as a testament to the home’s

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8 scrumptious vegan BBQ recipes to enjoy this summer

8 scrumptious vegan BBQ recipes to enjoy this summer

©woodleywonderworks Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant Grilling eggplant brings out a rich, smokey flavor, making each slice the perfect main dish to eat alone or pile on a bun. Try an Asian twist by adding

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Does the bare-bones Maison D house take utilitarian architecture too far?

Does the bare-bones Maison D house take utilitarian architecture too far?

Located in the suburbs of Couëron in Western France, the two-story Maison D sticks out like a sore thumb among its more traditional neighbors. The architects built the bioclimatic home with a

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The Slice by Saunders Architecture is a tiny cabin that’s built around three existing plum trees

The Slice by Saunders Architecture is a tiny cabin that’s built around three existing plum trees

The Slice is a tiny, backyard cabin by Saunders Architecture that presented a welcome design challenge for Canadian-born, Norway-based architect Todd Saunders. The minimalist space was designed with the

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MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping it in a luminous skin

MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping it in a luminous skin

MAD Architect’s Clover House is a unique hybrid of a kindergarten by day, and personal home by night. The flexible living and learning space was created when the owner of a small kindergarten school in

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7 cozy tipis and yurts that make you feel right at home

7 cozy tipis and yurts that make you feel right at home

Dan and Emma Kigar started out with their own tipi way up at 11,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. Their experience in these harsh conditions primed them for their life as yurt and tipi makers, and scores

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This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

If you fell in love with Richard Clarkson Studio's intriguing Cloud Lamp, how about some rain

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Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

The compact Ecocapsule fits all the home necessities within an egg-shaped space measuring 4.5 meters (14.6 feet) in length, 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) in width, and 2.5 meters in height (8.2 feet). The total

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This Star Wars retrofitted R2D2 Volkswagen van is just the droid you’re looking for

This Star Wars retrofitted R2D2 Volkswagen van is just the droid you’re looking for

The classic Volkswagen Camper Van has been given custom paint jobs for almost as long as it's been around; admittedly the vast majority by the free-loving, tie-dyed and Deadhead crowds. But mimaki

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Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

At night, the path is lit by thousands of twinkling stones, creating a beautiful night sky on the ground. The path is illuminated LED lights powered by a nearby solar array that charges during the day

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne’s Whitehall Road Residence

It's great to see more of the vernacular in contemporary architecture, like this sturdy rock fence that frames a summer home just south of Melbourne. Designed by b.e. Architecture and located on the

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Due to poor insulation and disrepair, the original brick-and-timber house was prone to leaking. Edgley Design wrapped the renovated building in insulation and sheathed most of the facade in stainless

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20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

Wanted Design is one of NYC's most anticipated Design Week shows, and this year's lineup did not disappoint. The international collection of home furnishings, design objects and art has taken over

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Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

The 117-square-meter Valley House is top-heavy, with two diamond-shaped volumes stacked atop a triangular base. The entrance is elevated off the ground and accessible via a short flight of stairs. A small

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