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Volkswagen previews Cross Coupe GTE hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen previews Cross Coupe GTE hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen has introduced their long-awaited new plug-in hybrid, the Cross Coupe GTE Concept. Unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the new two-row crossover can go from zero to

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Carbon House’s burnt wood facade is a playful reference to the clients’ love of cooking

Carbon House’s burnt wood facade is a playful reference to the clients’ love of cooking

Mjölk Architekti built the Carbon House for a couple named Katka and Honza, their three sons, and their pets. “Katka and Honza are cooking all the time,” write the architects. “So they decided to

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Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

The Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park was developed as part of a citywide campaign to improve the urban environment through ecological infrastructure. Turenscape’s design sought to improve water quality,

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Divooe Zein’s stunning Siu Siu Laboratory of Primitive Senses reconnects people with nature

Divooe Zein’s stunning Siu Siu Laboratory of Primitive Senses reconnects people with nature

According to the architects, the lab aims to 'explore the environmental transition between urban space and natural forest." And they hope that local flora and fauna will creep into the open-ended

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Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

Shamia developed her technique while studying at the Department of Industrial Design at Holon Institute of Technology. High and low tables, square stools and long benches in the furniture range are built

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‘Bedroom In A Box’ is the ultimate compact furniture suite

‘Bedroom In A Box’ is the ultimate compact furniture suite

Everyone has heard of flat-pack furniture, but this "Bedroom in a Box" takes the concept to the extreme. Latvia-based designer Rolands Landsbergs of Boxetti has created an ultra-compact furniture set

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Chair Farm: Werner Aisslinger creates chairs from living trees!

Chair Farm: Werner Aisslinger creates chairs from living trees!

Aisslinger's Chair Farm considers the way we consume furniture: instead of importing items for use, we can nurture and shape them ourselves and then harvest them locally instead of having them

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Futuristic Paris Smart City is filled with flourishing green skyscrapers

Futuristic Paris Smart City is filled with flourishing green skyscrapers

Vincent Callebaut's Paris Smart City plan includes a Mountain Tower and other green skyscrapers inspired by nature that fit within the existing structures of the city. The buildings take advantage of a

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Dramatic crystalline concert hall boasts a gorgeous prismatic interior in Poland

Dramatic crystalline concert hall boasts a gorgeous prismatic interior in Poland

Wrapped in a translucent ribbed-glass facade, the nearly 140,000-square-foot concert hall is filled with abundant natural light during the day and glows like a bright white lantern at night. Barozzi Veiga

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Low-cost bamboo restroom in Vietnam is completely covered in leafy foliage

Low-cost bamboo restroom in Vietnam is completely covered in leafy foliage

According to H&P Architects, Toigetation was inspired by "the iconic image of a large tree with wide canopy giving shade for the space below and within." It sits near the school at the foot of Phja Da

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Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

The renovated Cut Paw Paw House runs north to south on a long narrow site to take advantage of passive solar gain along the northern aspect and to strengthen the building’s connection to the garden. The

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Sarofsky’s gorgeous studio office space is nestled within a charming 19th century building

Sarofsky’s gorgeous studio office space is nestled within a charming 19th century building

Olson Kundig Architects’ design preserves the building’s charm while optimizing to accommodate a contemporary workspace. Erin Sarofsky, the owner and creative director of Sarofsky, is known for her

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Federal judge approves Christo’s massive “Over the River” project

Federal judge approves Christo’s massive “Over the River” project

Environmental activists team up to battle a famous environmental artist—not your everyday face-off. Unless, that is, the artist is Christo. A recent federal district court case pitted his proposed

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Russian Pavilion at Milan Expo features a huge canopy made of sustainably sourced timber

Russian Pavilion at Milan Expo features a huge canopy made of sustainably sourced timber

The designers found inspiration in classic Soviet architecture, as well as the country’s past pavilions, and paired that with sustainable materials meant to act as a memorable structure that evokes

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nARCHITECTS’ visionary Guggenheim museum proposal will strengthen Helsinki’s urban fabric

nARCHITECTS’ visionary Guggenheim museum proposal will strengthen Helsinki’s urban fabric

To strengthen the connection between city and waterfront, nARCHITECTS derived the Art Wharf’s building shape from Helsinki’s block typology in an effort to strengthen the visual connection between the

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Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

Asano turns old Japanese restaurant into snazzy, reflective Slundre hair salon

The designers of the 137-square-foot space took advantage of the sharp angles and used them to divide the hair salon into areas with different functions. They kept the existing steel frame and

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Pristine Eco POD Hotel is a Snow-Capped Getaway Cabin in Switzerland

Pristine Eco POD Hotel is a Snow-Capped Getaway Cabin in Switzerland

Robust Outdoor Brands builds their mini-houses with FSC-certified wood and use no glue or harmful chemicals in the process. They can be extended or equipped with an advanced solar ventilation system that

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The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The 1,033-square-foot Ecological House 3.0 boasts a modern design with rounded edges to match its innovative, 100% digital design, manufacturing, and home automation. Thanks to the digitization process,

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Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, hydrogen-powered F 015 Luxury in Motion vehicle at CES

Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving, hydrogen-powered F 015 Luxury in Motion vehicle at CES

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled its vision of the future of the automobile at CES 2015 - and it drives itself. The F 015 Luxury in Motion research vehicle is "an illustration of how the car will grow beyond a

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Daniel Libeskind unveils design for geometric recreational attraction in Lithuania

Daniel Libeskind unveils design for geometric recreational attraction in Lithuania

Architect Daniel Libeskind just unveiled renderings for a year-round recreational and leisure destination that’s designed in his signature dynamic and geometric style. Located at the highest point in

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Green design keeps this tiny mobile home warm in Canada’s below-freezing winters

Green design keeps this tiny mobile home warm in Canada’s below-freezing winters

Located in Pelly Crossing, a small community north of Whitehouse, Yukon, the 97-square-foot version.3 tiny house currently serves as the home for the instructor/coordinator of the Yukon College Campus. To

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Could Gogoro’s new electric Smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure revolutionize urban transport?

Could Gogoro’s new electric Smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure revolutionize urban transport?

Sprawling mega-cities in Asia, such as Jakarta, Beijing, Taipei, are already full of scooters as the primary mode of personal transport, and the air quality is notoriously unhealthy for these urban

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Futuristic Antarctic Research System is a modular shelter for modern-day nomads

Futuristic Antarctic Research System is a modular shelter for modern-day nomads

These futuristic mobile pods were designed to provide optimal living and working conditions for researchers exploring the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth: Antarctica. Henry Mckenzie

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Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Disposable cups are hardly ever re-used, and they often find their end at the local landfill. So to cut back on this paper waste, six innovative designers in Japan have banded together to save the world

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LEED-certified Miami Beach Convention Center’s responsive facade emulates the nearby ocean

LEED-certified Miami Beach Convention Center’s responsive facade emulates the nearby ocean

The new design takes its inspiration from the ocean, emulating the movement of coral reefs, waves, and manta rays. Media sculptures located in the new grand lobby of the center reference fan corals, and

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Batlab defines a space-saving loft bedroom with an eye-catching orange ribbon

Batlab defines a space-saving loft bedroom with an eye-catching orange ribbon

Per the clients’ wishes, batlab placed the bed directly above the door and created a pair of stairs with male and female characteristics. The “male” side is located to the left of the bed and is

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Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

The Warka Water project was inspired by a trip the design team took in 2012 to isolated villages in northeast Ethiopia that lacked access to clean and safe water. Determined to improve the villagers’

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Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

The hydrofoils, which are similar to airfoils used by airplanes, lift the boat's hull out of the water to decrease drag and allow for greater speeds. The combination of the Fresnel lens and holographic

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Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center library in Hawaii

Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center library in Hawaii

Hawaii is up against the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York, which are the current favorites to win. But Hawaii hopes to earn the honor with a proposal that includes a multi-use

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ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

Faced with grey fiber cement board, this dwelling unit houses a living room/kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom. It stands at just about 3.5 meters tall, and can be altered so that all openings become

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