Does the bare-bones Maison D house take utilitarianism architecture too far?

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Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

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The Slice by Saunders Architecture is a tiny cabin that's built around three existing plum trees

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Win up to $1,500 Euros in the a[r]challenge’s Meeting Point student competition

by , 05/25/15
filed under: Design Competitions

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The city of Barcelona is ripe with startup activity—so much so that it’s sometimes referred to as the Silicon Valley of Europe. A[r]challenge builds upon that startup environment in their latest competition, Entrepreneur’s Meeting Point. Open to architecture students from around the world, the contest seeks designs for the Meeting Point, a mixed-use development located between Barcelona’s 22@ District and the new Las Glorias park in the formerly industrial area of Poblenou. The competition brief outlines the types and sizes of programming that should be included in the design. Late registration ends August 30, 2015. The submission deadline is September 4, 2015.

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MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping the structure in a luminous skin

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7 cozy tipis and yurts that make you feel right at home

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Artist creates incredibly detailed life-size Ford Mustang entirely out of paper!

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Alterra beach resort uses shipping containers for private glamping cabins

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Controversial Texas hunter bags his $350,000 endangered black rhino

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filed under: Animals, News

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We’ve been following closely the story of the Texas man who paid $350,000 for the chance to kill an endangered black rhinoceros, and we’re sad to report today that the hunter has succeeded. Corey Knowlton purchased the permit to kill the endangered animal in an auction in January 2014, igniting a firestorm of controversy. Less than two months after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sanctioned the hunt, Knowlton traveled to Namibia and killed a bull rhino with three shots.

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James Cameron designs five huge flower-shaped solar arrays to power his wife's sustainable school

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Blockbuster director James Cameron has added a new entry to the code of the language of flowers. By gifting his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, a “bunch” of five solar arrays shaped like giant flowers for her MUSE School in southern California, he not only demonstrated his love for her, but his love for the planet as well. Cameron designed the solar arrays himself over the course of three years. Just like sunflowers, they pivot to face the moving sun to maximize the solar energy they can absorb each day. At an unveiling ceremony for the Sun Flowers, as they are named, Cameron explained, “I thought we should try to do something that inspires because this is about kids. Once you capture their imagination and empower them, they can do anything.”

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The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

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NYC's first prefab micro-unit apartment building starts to rise in Manhattan (PHOTOS)

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This $129 foot-powered clothes washer is now available for pre-order in the U.S.

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A people-powered washing machine is a dream come true for some who live in remote areas, off-the-grid or in places where a washer and dryer are a hike to get to. The Drumi is reminiscent of the GiraDora, a foot-pedal washing machine prototype that never came to market in the U.S. Now, the Drumi is available for sale.

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Rent a herd of goats on Amazon to mow your lawn

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Amazon never ceases to amaze us with their product and service offerings. Sure, they started out as a speedy way to get cheap books, but those days are a faint memory as their lineup has expanded to include groceries, streaming movies, and a host of other necessities and not-so-necessary things. Now, you can turn to Amazon for your lawncare needs as well, using their Hire a Goat Grazer service to rent a herd of goats to mow your lawn.

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L’Oreal to begin 3D-printing human skin

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filed under: Ecouterre

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Cosmetics company L’Oreal has teamed up with Organovo, a bioengineering startup, to 3D-print human skin—a move that may at first sound unsettling, but actually comes as no big surprise. The French beauty firm has been growing skin since the 1980s to use in animal-free cosmetics testing. With the advent of 3D-printing technology, however, L’Oreal can speed up the process—current skin culture technology can take up to a week to complete—and make it more affordable.

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This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

If you fell in love with Richard Clarkson Studio's intriguing Cloud Lamp, how about some rain

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Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

Six of the largest school districts in the nation announced that they are ditching polystyrene trays (more commonly known as styrofoam) for eco-friendly compostable plates. The move is…

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Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol's Solar Jar Captures the Sun's Rays and Lights Up at Night

Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol's Solar Jar Captures the Sun's Rays and…

There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A…

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Ingrid Siliakus Creates Intricately Layered Architectural Models Using Just One Sheet of Paper

Ingrid Siliakus Creates Intricately Layered Architectural Models Using…

Move to Trash It was only after carefully studying the professor's work that Siliakus learned to design these precise constructions. The Amsterdam-based artist transfers the…

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Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox

Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox

Austrian design firm Juust’s new Travelbox lets you tote around a pop-up hotel with you wherever you go. At just 132 pounds, the sleek box unfolds to reveal a comfy bed, chair, table,…

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