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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there,

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Alma-nac’s  Slim House is a super-narrow London home filled with daylight

Alma-nac’s Slim House is a super-narrow London home filled with daylight

London-based design studio alma-nac extended an existing house in south London, creating a 2.3-meter-wide terraced home that feels more spacious and light compared to the original narrow structure. The

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Balloons appear to suspend this glass table in mid-air

Balloons appear to suspend this glass table in mid-air

Artist Duffy London is well known for his playful trompe-l'œils, from swing tables that make conferences a fun affair to an abyss table that looks like a cross-section of the ocean floor. London derives

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Newman Architects’ Slover Library blends old and new in historic renovation

Newman Architects’ Slover Library blends old and new in historic renovation

The design proffered by Newman Architects combines three generations of architecture into one incredible public building. The 115-year-old core, the Seaboard building, was originally a customs house

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Ulf Mejergren Architects team up with 100 kids to build a city from sticks

Ulf Mejergren Architects team up with 100 kids to build a city from sticks

Stockholm-based Ulf Mejergren Architects designed an interesting mini-city made from sticks which would be built by 100 kids during a scout camp workshop in New Hampshire. The city, made up of several

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LivingHomes’ zero-energy Joshua Tree prefab house is now on sale

LivingHomes’ zero-energy Joshua Tree prefab house is now on sale

LivingHomes desgned the C6 series in collaboration with Make It Right foundation, which was founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough in order to build 150 affordable homes in New Orleans after

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Selcuk Ecza Headquarters looks like a small country village in Istanbul

Selcuk Ecza Headquarters looks like a small country village in Istanbul

The five-storey building was built for a pharmaceutical company whose owners, an elderly couple, wanted to build an office space which would look and feel more like a house. This air of domestic space is

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O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

The stadium is the largest dedicated rugby arena in the world, and the second largest stadium in Britain, behind Wembley. It's home to the England Rugby Team, and this fully-functional phone was

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Make Architecture’s bright and airy M House soaks up natural light

Make Architecture’s bright and airy M House soaks up natural light

M House by Make Architects is a small home that explores how modern renovations can improve the way we live in our homes. A window-filled addition to the home allows light to fill the space while the new

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China’s petite Pinch Library wins big in 2014 design awards

China’s petite Pinch Library wins big in 2014 design awards

In an earthquake-ravaged village in the Yunnan Province of China, architects John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere built the Pinch library, a wave-roofed community center that doubles as a play structure and a

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Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

Built to house senior musicians, the cottages comprise three different configurations: three 1,620-square-foot cottages with three bedrooms, one 1,445-square-foot two-bedroom cottage, and one

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How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

Bearded visionaries, a tricked out van, and lots of herbs. This isn't a flashback to the 60's - it's just another day at Juniper Ridge. Founded by Hall Newbegin, Juniper Ridge bottles botanicals fresh

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Artist Vincent Skoglund transforms landfill waste into sculptural installations

Artist Vincent Skoglund transforms landfill waste into sculptural installations

Waste and landfills are a serious global problem, but artist Vincent Skoglund finds these unwanted objects and places intriguing and uses them to make surprising art. His collection entitled "The Waste

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

We've seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately - from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these and all other bikes

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Vincent Callebaut’s City of Science in Rome is turning a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem

Vincent Callebaut’s City of Science in Rome is turning a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem

Città della Scienza in Italy aims to turn a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem. The project by Vincent Callebaut Architecture is part of a plan to regenerate the urban area

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Airbnb tops world-famous ski jump with an incredible glass-walled penthouse

Airbnb tops world-famous ski jump with an incredible glass-walled penthouse

Located in Oslo, the Holmenkollen ski jump has been used by winter sports daredevils and champions from around the world. The fully furnished Airbnb penthouse suite was built at the top of the ski

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2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

"How, in a world that is so desperately short of resources, can we ensure that there is enough land, food and water for future generations?" This is one of the questions under discussion in the second

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Farm-X is a modular vertical farm that grows food hydroponically

Farm-X is a modular vertical farm that grows food hydroponically

Food has historically been grown in areas of low real-estate interest, far from densely populated settlements normally described as “cities”.  Farm-X (www.farm-x.com) is a modular vertical farm

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has broken ground after becoming the fourth Living Building Challenge™ in the world for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL).

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Artist Ignacio Aracil transforms pressed flowers into ephemeral sculptures

Artist Ignacio Aracil transforms pressed flowers into ephemeral sculptures

Aracil hand-picks flowers, flattens them, and then weaves them together over a cone-shaped paper mold. After a couple of weeks, the flowers dry out to maintain a shape stable enough for the mold to be

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New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

The THEi design was built around the goal of integrating the new campus into the existing urban fabric. Thus, the architects introduced a twin-block design to open the campus up to the neighboring public

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Old Victorian Merton House gets a curvaceous modern update

Old Victorian Merton House gets a curvaceous modern update

A historic Victorian home in Australia was given a modern minimalist extension in a beautiful collaboration between Thomas Winwood Architecture and Kontista + Co. Inspired by the existing home’s bay

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Twister-shaped Oklahoma Weather Museum sits atop a 1920s warehouse in Tornado Alley

Twister-shaped Oklahoma Weather Museum sits atop a 1920s warehouse in Tornado Alley

The structure, located in an area known as Tornado Alley, would visually reference the movement of tornadoes, with lighting designed and placed to evoke a spinning motion. With a height between 75 and 90

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PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland

PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland

PlantLab’s vision is that our growing population will have access to affordable, safe and nutritious food via urban farming. “The farmers of the future will be in the basements, not the fields,”

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How to transform Los Angeles’ River neighborhoods into an urban agriculture paradise

How to transform Los Angeles’ River neighborhoods into an urban agriculture paradise

The Urban Greening Plan’s main goal is to establish an environmentally and economically sustainable urban development that activates the Los Angeles River and develops a brand for its surrounding and

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Artist converts old truck into book-disseminating ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction’ tank

Artist converts old truck into book-disseminating ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction’ tank

What is war good for? Books, according to Argentine artist Raul Lemesoff, who has transformed an old ford falcon into a roaming tank library. In collaboration with 7UP, the artist is traveling around

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How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

Passive House is known to be one of the strictest energy efficiency building programs in the world. What does it take to build one, and how can you do it with healthy and high performance materials? In

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Mesmerizing black oil spills reflect Swiss Abbey’s beautiful baroque architecture

Mesmerizing black oil spills reflect Swiss Abbey’s beautiful baroque architecture

Created for a 2013 summer exhibition, the La Mise en Abîme installation translates into “a work of art contained in another work of art.” The shiny black surfaces of the two large pools draw viewers

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Weingartner Architects’ Elastic Woodscraper II is made up of flexible skycubes

Weingartner Architects’ Elastic Woodscraper II is made up of flexible skycubes

Weingartner Architects designed this tower as a vertical structure whose 70 percent would be made from wood. Elastic Woodscraper II prototype can hold up to nine so-called "skycubes" attached to a central

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