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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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This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. The illuminated hexagonal Stella mirror completely stopped us in our tracks at

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Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London’s new rental laws

Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London’s new rental laws

Up until now, a Londoners haven't been able to rent their homes for less than three months without the fear of fines. Now, the law has been updated to allow homeowners in the capital to use sites like

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there's still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is

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Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has transformed thousands of empty eye shadow containers into a glistening wave for the Venice Biennale. Entitled “Reverberation- Pavilion of Light and Sound,” the piece

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound for pound, stronger

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8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

“green furniture”, “sustainable furniture”, design events, design shows, icff, green design, green housewares, green interiors, green products, new york design week, nyc x design, sustainable

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Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

Quonochontaug House is a daylit vacation home in Rhode Island that uses light as sculpture

New York–based design studio Bernheimer Architecture designed this daylit vacation house in Rhode Island, the interior of which plays with light like it were a sculpting chisel. The Quonochontaug House

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LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

LYCS Architecture unveils nature-filled urban high-rise in Hangzhou

The 120,711-square-meter office headquarters’ placement and shape were influenced by the need to maximize building views towards West Lake and minimize shadows on adjacent residential buildings. Thus,

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This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

The exterior of Israel's pavilion at this year's Venice Art Biennale is covered 1,000 used car tires. Artist Tsibi Geva had the tires imported from Israel and tied together to create a protective skin,

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