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Kelly Cullen Community: San Francisco YMCA Transformed Into Exemplary Green Housing Development

Kelly Cullen Community: San Francisco YMCA Transformed Into Exemplary Green Housing Development

The landmark building was constructed in 1910 following the 1906 earthquake. Kelly Cullen Community's 172 new housing units are larger than the original hotel rooms at 230 square meters on average, and

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LOLA Landscape Architects Win Third Place in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park Competition

LOLA Landscape Architects Win Third Place in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park Competition

Organized by Archpolis, the international competition called for proposals for the redesign of the 515-hectare Sokolniki Park, Moscow's largest park. Created under the rule of Peter the Great, the 19th

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This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

What do you get when you combine public art with renewable energy? That's exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)'s annual design competition seeks to explore. Every year LAGI asks designers

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Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

Tour the PARKROYAL Hotel Singapore’s Surreal Sky Gardens and Greenery-Wrapped Towers (PHOTOS)

It's obvious that PARKROYAL on Pickering is a feast for the eyes with its vegetation-wrapped glass reinforced concrete layers, but it's not just a pretty facade. The building was awarded Green Mark

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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France.

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Dallas Arboretum Unveils Massive Village Made From 50,000 Pumpkins!

Dallas Arboretum Unveils Massive Village Made From 50,000 Pumpkins!

"Small" and "modest" aren't in Dallas residents' vocabularies. Some 45 different varieties of pumpkin and gourd have been formed into houses and  other structures at the Cinderella-themed pumpkin

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3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek’s new Mycelium Chair is an amazing mushroom-sprouting seat that fuses organic materials with modern 3D printing technology. Working with the University of Aachen,

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This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

The home, known as Chez Hélène-Amboise Troglodyte, is situated in the Loire Valley. It sits about two miles out of Amboise, which was once home to Leonardo da Vinci. Troglodyte homes are common in the

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The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, One Central Park's living green facade exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and

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Incredible Optical Illusion Suspends London’s Historic Market Building in Mid-Air

Incredible Optical Illusion Suspends London’s Historic Market Building in Mid-Air

Titled "Take My Lighting But Don't Steal My Thunder," Chinneck's bespoke work is set in the Covent Garden's Piazza, one of the busiest tourist districts in London. The fantastical installation was built

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INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE teamed up with the university, an engineering team and the building's architects to conceptualize a “campus walk” that refocused the campus center experience on pedestrians, rather than

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BIG Unveils Plans for BSN7 Mixed-Use Neighborhood in Aarhus

BIG Unveils Plans for BSN7 Mixed-Use Neighborhood in Aarhus

BIG's decision to design the public realm first deviates from the norm, which usually starts with developing private residences and then activating the remaining landscape after residents have settled in.

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Frank Gehry’s Origami-Like Biomuseo Opens in Panama City

Frank Gehry’s Origami-Like Biomuseo Opens in Panama City

As if its multicolored facade wasn't eye-catching enough, the Biomuseo is prominently sited on the highly visible Amador Causeway at the Pacific mouth of the Panama Canal. The 44,132-square-foot building

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London’s New Footbridge Rises Like a Fan Over Grand Union Canal

London’s New Footbridge Rises Like a Fan Over Grand Union Canal

The architects envisioned a moving structure made of five beams that creates a fan-like effect: the first finger can rise up to 70 degrees, while the last beam lifts high enough to create a free space

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Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

Gorgeous Green Renovation Wraps a Vietnamese House With Living Walls

MM++ Architects reduced the Thao dien House to it most minimal expression and then wrapped it with living walls. An extreme renovation turned the dated ugly building into a modern home. The new design

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Jonas Wagell’s Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

Jonas Wagell’s Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

The designer, whose work is focused mostly on functionality and the spatial experiences of users, envisioned the Arjan Sauna as a minimalist space that has a small porch overlooking the surrounding

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MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

Markthal will primarily serve as a daily fresh food market and as a community hub that links the various surrounding neighborhoods. Its development, however, is part of a long-term city plan to bring more

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Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

The Innovation Maintenance-Free House by Arkitema Architects promises to last 150 years, with minimal maintenance during the first third of its lifespan. The prefab structure was built completely

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This Amsterdam Hotel’s Climbable Mountain-Like Furniture Welcomes Adventurous Travelers

This Amsterdam Hotel’s Climbable Mountain-Like Furniture Welcomes Adventurous Travelers

The Edmund design clusters all the hotel necessities like a bed, bathroom, and storage space into a jigsaw-like mass that mimics the form of a snow-capped mountain. In contrast to the light wooden unit,

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Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

Praud's Leaning House is a two-storey residence standing on a hilly site near Chungpyong Lake in South Korea. It was designed as a weekend retreat for a couple of retired professors who wanted a space

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New Biomass Plant for the UK Looks Like a Giant Green Volcano

New Biomass Plant for the UK Looks Like a Giant Green Volcano

  Powered by palm kernel shells, which are the byproducts of palm oil plantations, the plant will reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent compared to traditional coal or gas fired stations.

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The two distilleries are nestled between existing Victorian-era buildings. Originally, the buildings were meant to house a mill that produces paper for English bank notes. After being abandoned for a

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

The Stream Belmont is a 6-story, 70-unit apartment building in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood with close proximity to tons of shops, restaurants and transit. In fact, the building is so well situated

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Transforming ‘Leviathan’ Antarctic Research Facility is Out of This World

Transforming ‘Leviathan’ Antarctic Research Facility is Out of This World

The flowing form mimics the edges of the ice formations along the coastline and allows ships to reach its hidden docks. A curved glass tower extends upwards from a mainly horizontal volume, and the

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A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School in China

A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School in China

Land shortage is a common problem in the old but cramped city of Zhejiang, and the nearly 78,000-square-foot area allocated for the elementary school was simply not big enough to comfortably fit

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North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

Vancouver-based design firm Green over Grey just completed work on North America's largest green wall. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, this 10,150-square-foot double-sided green wall comprises 50,000

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Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

The building’s shape was derived from the native Cree people’s traditional longhouse, called a shaptuan, which was common in the village of Ouje-Bougoumou where the center now stands. The ground floor

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Beehive-Controlled LED Lights Will Illuminate the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

Beehive-Controlled LED Lights Will Illuminate the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

The team designed a proposal that aims to bring visitors closer to the British landscape and emphasize the pressing issue of dying honeybee populations. Besides Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress,

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Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

  Lori Nix's evocative photographs of decaying power plants, flooded towns, falling Zeppelins and dead livestock, are both eerily familiar and weirdly surreal. Her two-headed dog photo (below)

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Oaxacan Vernacular Comes Alive With La Salle University’s Clay and Bamboo Building in Mexico

Oaxacan Vernacular Comes Alive With La Salle University’s Clay and Bamboo Building in Mexico

The building’s structure is based on traditional construction methods used in Oaxaca. Red bricks were used due to its aesthetic potential and allow different textural patterns that allude to the human

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