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14 customized gifts that put a personal touch on the holidays

14 customized gifts that put a personal touch on the holidays

Trying to guess which colors, patterns and styles your friends and family will prefer can be a daunting task - one that can be avoided with customized gifts. By emblazoning your present with a graphic or

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James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco

James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco

The Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service oversaw the seven-month long Presidio Parklands design competition, which sought conceptual ideas on reintegrating

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Striking London workspace wraps offices in bubble-like acrylic walls

Striking London workspace wraps offices in bubble-like acrylic walls

The office block, designed to accommodate small companies, features a brightly colored, undulating facade and acrylic walls, with the main seating area positioned within a transparent orange tunnel.

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SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

Although the plans for the residential tower were unique from the beginning, the architects had to think strategically to maneuver the tower construction site around the façade of the protected 1920s

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HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made peppermint tea to

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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

"It's the MOST wonderful time of the year," sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I'm looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in

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Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

The building blends into the landscape by “reconstructing” the hillside on which it is sited. The elongated floor plan is oriented outward, while large window apertures pop up along the roof. The

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14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

A gift that will stand the test of time is one that can be treasured by many people - not just the current recipient! Heirloom gifts such as cast iron cookware, pocketwatches, and rare books can

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AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

Despite its complex appearance, AMAZE was easily and quickly constructed using an affordable and secure scaffolding system for its base. The prefabricated and modular system of metal pipes lent itself to

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Psychedelic mirrored pavilion pops up in a Budapest forest

Psychedelic mirrored pavilion pops up in a Budapest forest

Studio Nomad won a design competition to design and create the temporary Mirage Pavilion. The art piece was constructed by hand and was built from over 1,200 pieces of reflective plastic. The

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Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

The 134,000 square meter addition to Singapore's main airport will wow travelers with an environment unlike any other. Retail, leisure and entertainment facilities will be combined with green areas open

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200+ Inspiring, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gifts in Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Gift Guide

200+ Inspiring, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gifts in Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Gift Guide

Have you heard that green is the new black? If you don't particularly feel like having your feet run over numerous times by rabid shopping cart-pushers today, why not skip the Black Friday madness and

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Located on an exposed site above the lake and outside the town of Hønefoss in Krokskogen forest, the home can experience harsh conditions and high winds. However, because of the beautiful landscape, it

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

The concept behind Stéphane Malka's Pont9 is to co-opt existing infrastructure and better utilize the space for residents. In this scenario, a bridge over the Seine is taken over with parasitic

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Modular Stars Pavilion enhances the urban fabric with minimal environmental impact

Modular Stars Pavilion enhances the urban fabric with minimal environmental impact

Sawn timber components joined together by a central steel joint create the base of each pavilion. Nylon ropes are attached through holes drilled into the wood and woven into beautiful netting. In addition

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7 amazingly intricate paper models crafted by artist Charles Young

7 amazingly intricate paper models crafted by artist Charles Young

Young started experimenting with paper during his Masters studies at Edinburgh College of Art. It was there he taught himself the art of paper and card modeling, practicing until he mastered the

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Tots

Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Tots

This holiday season, delight the tots in your life with playful eco-gifts that educate and inspire creativity. From a transforming cardboard pet 'dog' to Montessori and Waldorf-inspired games, all of

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Extraordinary panoramic photos celebrate the sacred geometry of Iran’s mosques

Extraordinary panoramic photos celebrate the sacred geometry of Iran’s mosques

Sheikh lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan Construction of this breathtaking mosque began in 1603, and it was completed in late 1619. It's one of the smaller mosques in the area, designed to be used solely by the

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Stephen Orlando captures kayakers’ motions in stunning long-exposure photographs

Stephen Orlando captures kayakers’ motions in stunning long-exposure photographs

Stephen Orlando's photos are both whimsical and beautiful. Human movement and sports like kayaking, karate and swimming inspire him to capture movement through colorful light trails. Using long exposure

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Tentsile’s new Vista tree tent creates triple-decker treehouses in the sky

Tentsile’s new Vista tree tent creates triple-decker treehouses in the sky

The main tent comes with three layers: the roof, a mesh layer and the floor. To that, you can add extra floors to accommodate the whole troop and all their stuff. The tent is ideal for a hot, tropical

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Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

The Nakuru earthbag orphanage stands out from the surrounding architectural typology, which is dominated by stone and concrete homes. The use of local earth as the primary construction material not only

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OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

The renovation was meant to allow visitors to get closer to the building's interior design. Elevated walkways and stairways are integrated within the original space and amplify the architectural qualities

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Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

The Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room opened to the public on December 5, 2014, allowing customers a close up, personal view of how the Reserve coffees are roasted and brewed. It's more than just a

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Off-the-grid truck house transforms into a spectacular fantasy castle

Off-the-grid truck house transforms into a spectacular fantasy castle

The family of three decided to build a home which would suit their active lifestyle and allow them to travel without having to compromise on quality of life. Their castle house has beautifully crafted

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Winter Sun art installation brings warmth and light to King’s Cross in London

Winter Sun art installation brings warmth and light to King’s Cross in London

Developed as a sensory installation, the Winter Sun is a circular structure that measures 16.4 feet tall and 59 feet wide. An open-air bar located at the heart of the structure serves up hot and cold

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14 Green Gifts That Give Back

14 Green Gifts That Give Back

Today is Giving Tuesday - and to celebrate we've rounded up 14 eco-friendly organizations that make gift giving a truly philanthropic act. Voltaic donates up to three solar power kits to aid workers for

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Puerto Rico’s Little Malibu House is an eco-retreat with extraordinary ocean views

Puerto Rico’s Little Malibu House is an eco-retreat with extraordinary ocean views

The property was developed with ecological respect for one of the world’s great surf towns and was designed to maximize dramatic ocean views to create a sense of complete escape. Each lot has privacy

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Norwegian artist fills an entire Oslo gallery with a huge grassy landscape

Norwegian artist fills an entire Oslo gallery with a huge grassy landscape

Per Kristian Nygård's works explore the possibilities of space. His latest grassy installation merges an organized architectural environment with the organic nature of landscapes. The large piece

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Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

Vortex embraces a footbridge connecting two buildings within the complex in Bordeaux. Scaffolding and raw wooden pieces were wrapped around the footbridge, and the sculpture evolves like a living

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Buckminster Fuller’s sparkling Fly’s Eye Dome unveiled in Miami

Buckminster Fuller’s sparkling Fly’s Eye Dome unveiled in Miami

Buckminster Fuller's patented prototype for low-cost portable dome housing, designed in 1965, has just been reproduced and installed in the Miami Design District for this year's Design Miami. A 3d

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