Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America's Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

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Register Now for San Francisco's Architecture and the City Festival!

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Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans – it’s almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design have curated a fantastic program of architecture-related events that runs all September long – including eye-opening films, lectures by celebrated architects and designers, and tours that give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the city’s most breathtaking homes and buildings. (Check out a few of our favorite projects from past years in the gallery below.) Spots are sure to fill up fast – so check out this year’s program and register today!

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Greenbuild 2014: The World's Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Heads up architects and green building buffs – the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is hosting this prestigious international conference and expo, and thousands will visit from around the globe to discover the latest green design innovations, listen to renowned speakers, rub elbows with leading green building professionals, and tour the inspiring new sustainable infrastructure in New Orleans. If you’re considering attending, register before August 14th for early bird pricing!

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

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How to Build and Maintain a Community House

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There’s a notable difference between a home and a community: a home is a place you’re forced to be; a place where you might not feel like you belong because your family won’t let you use the backyard to create a compost pit. In comparison, a community is a place you want to be; a place where you feel like you belong; a place you can contribute to and grow with. Building a community takes time, but with the right kind of people it can ultimately help you learn and grow as a person.

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9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

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

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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 becoming a staple for design pros, and is a dream come true for Pinterest fiends who want to take their “board” game to the next level. The app lets users stage rooms virtually on their mobile devices, giving designers the ability to create concepts whenever inspiration strikes them. This could mean big news for the future of design, allowing for more inspired and collaborative designs than ever before!

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

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The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect Pedestrians & Property While Providing Bike Parking

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Sometimes the most well-designed and useful objects are the ones you hardly notice at all. Case in point: bike bollards. You’ve probably encountered a bollard at one time or another (they look like heavy, squat posts), but bike bollards are an elevated version of these common structures that perform double duty by protecting buildings and pedestrians from cars while also providing a place for secure bicycle parking. Read on to learn more about these unsung heroes of urban design, and how they better streetscapes in their own quiet but effective way.

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Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

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France's Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

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How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer's Sweetness

How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer's Sweetness

It's the height of the summer harvest season here in the northern hemisphere, and the southern one will see a huge influx of berries and early spring fruits in the very near future, all…

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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they're…

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Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

With all of the pies, muffins, and preserves that are being created this season (not to mention the pumpkins that'll be carved a few months from now), there will be an extraordinary…

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California's Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California's Drought/Lawn…

The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year –…

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6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

Even though a lot of people may disagree, choices that can help save the environment often save you money as well. By learning from and curbing our regular habits, we can decrease our…

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against…

“It feels good to eat your enemies,” says Andrew Deines, a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University, who studies the ecology of invasive organisms. Far from being a…

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The…

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13 Stunning Sand Sculptures to Help Unleash Your Inner Architect at the Beach

13 Stunning Sand Sculptures to Help Unleash Your Inner Architect at…

For most, a trip to the beach is all about relaxing and soaking up the sun, but for others it's an opportunity to unleash their inner starchitect. From the classic castle fit for a…

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

It's frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn't have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s…

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Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by…

Superstorm Sandy wreaked absolute havoc all along the USA's east coast, and in addition to the massive flood damage, subsequent fires along the Jersey Shore (among other areas) were…

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public…

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down -…

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7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July!

7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July!

TIP 1: Lose the Plastics If there's anything worse than plastic plates, it just might be their styrofoam counterparts. One of the easiest things you can do to go green is to reach for…

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World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More…

Recently, prolific Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans nabbed headlines by installing the world's first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands. The…

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