Tres Birds Workshop's Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

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Edith Macefield's famed "Up" house is being saved by a nonprofit

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Earlier this month, we reported the sad news that Edith Macefield’s iconic Seattle home likely faced demolition, after its new owners determined it would be too expensive to renovate as a coffee shop. The bungalow came to share a city block with a shopping center in the downtown neighborhood of Ballard, WA when Macefield, the home’s former owner, refused to sell her property to developers. The now-vacant home, a symbol for anti-corporate struggles, has reportedly been saved from the chopping block and will remain intact, thanks to a yet-to-be-named nonprofit organization.

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Prince Charles turns royal gardens into a woodland playground for grandson Prince George

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Even England’s royalty can’t resist a good treehouse. Prince Charles recently renovated a portion of the Highgrove gardens into a royal woodland playground with a treehouse for his two-year-old grandson, Prince George. The new toddler wonderland is located in The Stumpery, a playground designed by William Bertram for the then five and three-year-old princes, William and Harry. The original design included a thatched roof treehouse, designed for William’s seventh birthday, which has now been relocated and passed down to Prince George.

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UPDATED: Cecil the lion's brother Jericho confirmed to be alive

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While the world is still mourning the loss of Cecil the lion, news circulated that his brother Jericho was killed yesterday by poachers hunting illegally in the park. However, Brent Stapelkamp, the Oxford University researcher tracking the lion, dismissed the erroneous reports of death and confirmed that Jericho is still alive and well. Oxford University tweeted a photo of Jericho earlier today as proof of life.

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Architects 'Turn Around' an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

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Refuge Tonneau: Cassina's 1930s Pod Home Looks Like a Futuristic Space Shuttle

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

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Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

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This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New Candle

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Designer Benjamin Shine has created a brilliant regenerative candle holder that transforms melted wax into a fresh new candle! The Rekindle Candlestick lets users reuse a candle over and over again by collecting the wax in a tube as it burns. To reuse the candle wax, a fresh wick just needs to be introduced into the tube of newly melted wax. Although the quantity of wax reduces slightly with each cycle, a typical candle can be reused at least twelve times after the first burn.

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The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

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A little company called SunPort has launched a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet extender, but it does something pretty spectacular. This smart little gadget lets you power anything with solar energy without the need for solar panels. It’s completely portable, too, so green-minded techies can take advantage of renewable energy at home, at school, or on the road, all with one little plug.

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Cacoon is a hanging tent that lets you get away from it all

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The Cacoon hanging tent is the perfect place to escape from it all. Part hammock, part tent, it’s an indoor/outdoor cocoon that can travel wherever you go – even if you never leave your home. Built to resist wind, rain and sea, the Cacoon comes in two handy sizes and any color you can dream up.

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Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

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Since 2010, the number of homeless people “sleeping rough” on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, an architectural assistant at Spatial Design Architects. In response to this humanitarian travesty, he conceived a conceptual parasitic pod home to provide temporary shelter. The winning design of the 6th Space for New Visions design competition, which called for comfortable, functional, naturally-lit spaces with a low environmental impact, “Homes for the Homeless” demonstrates how FAKRO products can be used to create detachable pods that not only attach to existing buildings, but also blend in.

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Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

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Nabire was a 31-year-old Northern White Rhino who called Czech Republic’s Dvur Kralove Zoo home until her death, which was announced Tuesday. Nabire suffered from uterine cysts, which made it impossible for her to breed naturally, and a ruptured cyst led to her demise. In December 2014, the world’s Northern white rhino population dropped from six to five after the 44-year-old male named Angalifu died at the San Diego Zoo. With Nabire’s passing, there are now just four of the rhinos left on earth – three females and one male. Because none of the females are capable of carrying babies, there is a ticking clock on the survival of this subspecies.

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Exclusive video: The Barr Brothers perform at the Pickathon Music Festival

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Somewhere between a dusty Americana and West African groove lies the soulful grit and instrumentally diverse folk-rock sound evoked from The Barr Brothers. The Montreal-based quartet features mesmerizing slide guitar, evocative vocals, and intense drumming, interwoven with soft, subtle harp drifts. Their rich, avant-garde sound is at its finest amongst the trees or atop a mountain — they’ve been known to play upon the rim of the Grand Canyon, welcoming tourists to film them. This year, they are sharing their unique sound at the 2015 Pickathon Music Festival, happening this weekend in Happy Valley, Oregon. Pickathon is the world’s most sustainable large-scale outdoor concert, and we can’t get enough of the sound.

We’ll be releasing a series of exclusive live music videos with Pickathon throughout the fall, so be sure to stay tuned for more new tracks coming from the wilderness of Happy Valley.

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Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the…

The Wave Home has two floors. On the ground level the living room, kitchen and multimedia space open up towards the exterior by sliding walls. The upper level houses two bedrooms and a…

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Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100%…

French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he…

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Facebook unveils solar-powered Aquila plane that will beam the internet to remote locations

Facebook unveils solar-powered Aquila plane that will beam the…

It has long been in the works, but Facebook’s solar-powered, internet-giving plane is finally ready to take to the skies. The social media giant recently unveiled the Aquila, a…

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in the coastal state. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that…

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Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from…

Annandale Seascape Cottage, designed by New Zealand-based architectural firm Pattersons, is a gorgeous retreat set into a rock escarpment in a tiny boulder strewn South Pacific cove.…

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