Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

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Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel

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Bad news for Milan Expo 2015 as reports show pavilion construction incomplete

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The upcoming Milan Expo has been hit by yet another scandal, this time from reports that some of the Expo buildings will not be completed in time for the May 1 opening. The bad news follows a string of controversies including allegations of corruption and Expo masterplanner Jacques Herzog’s criticism of the event as a “vanity fair.” Although the Expo is slated to open on schedule, Italy Chronicles and Dezeen report that the buildings still under construction will not undergo standard safety inspections and a nearly €3 million separate contract has been awarded to hide ongoing construction with temporary screens—a hefty sum that adds to the €1.3 billion the Italian government has already invested into the Expo.

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Japanese designer Kappes uses ethereal dancing steel wires to create mesmerizing Continuum lights

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The Continuum is a luminous artwork that plays with the concepts of light and form. This beautifully-shaped object, made by Japanese design collective Kappes, creates an ethereal light animated by the movement of small wires placed at its core. The design was featured recently at the Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week, an exhibition where emerging young designers gather to collaborate and share their innovative ideas..

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William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California's water woes

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William Shatner has been many things over the course of his career—actor, author, activist, horse-breeder, and car insurance spokesperson, to name just a few—but his latest area of concern is somewhat of a head-scratcher. In an interview with Yahoo Tech’s David Pogue, Shatner gave him quite the scoop, announcing that: “I’m starting a Kickstarter campaign. I want $30 billion… to build a pipeline… Say, from Seattle. A place where there’s a lot of water. There’s too much water,” down to California to address the drought. And judging by the video, Shatner looks entirely serious.

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Mexican university annex is a breezy open-air workshop for sustainability students

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Could bacteria-grown materials be the future of building?

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NASA satellite captures rainbow-hued Saharan dunes at sunset

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If you didn’t know better, you might think the above is an image of water rippling over a colorful lake bottom, or an abstract painting of sorts. The reality is that this is an image of the Earth – specifically a sunset over an area of the Sahara Desert – as captured by NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite. It shows ‘ribbons’ of sand and patterns of stripes from linear dunes in the uninhabited Erg Chech region of southwestern Algeria.

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Snøhetta and SANAA win Budapest National Gallery/Ludwig Museum competition

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Meet Hydaway: the water bottle that folds down to fit in your pocket

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Reusable water bottles can take up a lot of space, but Hydaway folds down to just over an inch, so it can fit in a pocket, wallet, backpack, or just about anywhere. These food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic collapsible bottles are dishwasher safe, and can be filled up with fresh water for drinking on the go. Hydaway’s creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its production, and reached their funding goal in the first day! Production has already begun, and if they manage to raise $70,000 by midnight on Earth Day, April 22nd 2015, they will donate 1 percent of their total fundraising goal to One Percent for the Planet! They’re at nearly $58,000 right now, so you can help them reach their goal, and in turn, help the entire planet.

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Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

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It’s easy to forget how much energy it takes to keep our food fresh. So imagine taking advantage of the earth’s natural underground insulation to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree, a Dutch design company created by Floris Schoonderbeek, specializes in products made to encourage people to take advantage of natural and outdoor living.  Their Groundfridge is a modern take on the familiar root cellar concept, allowing you to keep your produce fresh without traditional refrigeration.

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Vintage-style Faraday Porteur eBike brings together classic style and modern technology

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Bike manufacturer Faraday revamped the classic European delivery bikes of the 1940s and 50s and transformed them into modern electric bikes powered by lithium-ion batteries hidden in the frame of the bike. Porteur eBike, which just hit the market, combines the aesthetic of vintage design with state-of-the-art components and construction techniques that make it look and feel like a premium, classic city bike with all the bells and whistles of a modern electric bike.

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Could this new material make it possible to clean up oil spills with a net?

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This piece of steel mesh doesn’t look like much but it might be one of the only things that can separate oil from water. The mesh allows water to go through, but it causes oil to float on top, thanks to an oil-repelling coating on the surface. Researchers mixed water and oil together and then poured the mixture (well, as well as it could be mixed) through the material. The oil was collected on the top of the material and could then be collected in a beaker separately from the water. This type of coating is under development at Ohio State University and is part of a suite of nature inspired nanotechnologies according to Phys.org. This discovery could eventually lead to great strides in the clean-up techniques of oil spills, which endanger wildlife and the environment on a near daily basis.

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Images via Ohio State University

 

Brilliant shoe grows five sizes and could help millions of children in need

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Like every great story, The Shoe That Grows began with someone seeing a need and figuring out a way to fill it. In 2007, Kenton Lee was living in Nairobi, Kenya. While walking to church one day, he noticed a little girl who was wearing shoes that were way too small. This of course lent itself to the question, “why?” and the resulting answer was an idea. “What if kids had shoes that could adjust and expand, so that they always had a pair that fit?”

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!

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Montreal aiming for new electric vehicle sharing program with 1,000 cars by 2020

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In Montreal, green transportation is a big deal, and the city is embarking on a plan to make it even bigger. Mayor Denis Coderre is pushing for an electric vehicle sharing program to be…

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New Citi Bike app could let you count calories burned while biking

New Citi Bike app could let you count calories burned while biking

Related: Jersey City announces new bike share program that will be compatible with NYC’s Citi Bike + City Bike Via ABC News

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14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation…

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical…

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VIDEO: The incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth

VIDEO: The incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmlpSOHc5A4 Recently, VICE headed to South Korea to explore the incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth. Host Ben Makuch and his team…

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Volvo plans to release hybrid versions of its entire lineup

Volvo plans to release hybrid versions of its entire lineup

This year the all-new 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV is slated to arrive with its first ever plug-in hybrid powertrain. The plug-in hybrid version has received so much interest, that now Volvo is…

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