Enter the International Tropical Architecture Student Competition for a shot at US$15,000

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Calling all university architecture students—the International Tropical Architecture Competition has just opened its doors for submissions and there’s a USD$15,000 prize pool! Organized by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Singapore Green Building Council, and the Singapore Institute of Architects, this year’s competition centers on the theme “Urban Smart Green Office.” The competition seeks innovative and sustainable proposals for an eco-friendly office building suitable for tropical climates. The entries should include both active and passive design strategies, energy efficient features, and other environmentally friendly elements. The $15,000 prize pool will be divided amongst the five finalists, who will also be invited to Singapore with flight and accommodation covered for one representative per team. The registration deadline is June 30, 2015 and the submission deadline is July 31, 2015.

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Unilever uses food waste to save over 1 million metric tons of C02

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Unilever has long stood proud as a food manufacturer with lofty sustainability goals—from their adoption of sustainable palm oil to their efforts urging consumers to cut back on waste, stating that food is “too cheap” in the developed world. Now the food giant has announced that they have saved over one million tonnes of C02 since 2008, using—among many other things—Marmite. Yes, that the sticky residue left over from manufacturing the Brit’s ‘love it or loathe it’ spreadable yeast extract is being fed into a waste-to-energy anaerobic digester to generate power to make—you guessed it—Marmite.

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This solar-powered 'water ATM' automates drinking water rations in troubled areas

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Pakistan is short on water, but soon, people in need there will be able to scan a card and get clean drinking water, right out of a machine. What’s better is that this ‘water ATM’ is completely solar-powered, making it easy to install just about anywhere water is needed.

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne's Whitehall Road Residence

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Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

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Kay Sekimachi's intricately delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

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Artist Kay Sekimachi’s uniquely organic sculptural bowls wow with their intricacy- and are made from actual maple leaves. Spindly and delicate, the leaves are preserved in outward reaching shapes that seem to bloom like a flower. Reinforced with Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon, the nature-infused pieces pay homage to the beauty and fragility of nature.

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28 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week

New York Design Week always inspires us, but this year was especially bright with lighting innovations from all across the globe. We saw ingenuous new ways to make LEDs radiant – using fiber-optics, acrylic tubes and other types of diffusion, as well as LED Edison bulbs, 3D-printed pendants and luminous modular tree lamps. Scroll down to discover the latest and greatest innovations in lighting design on display at New York Design Week.

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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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This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian site

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

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20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

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WantedDesign has become one of New York Design Week‘s most popular shows and, as usual, this year’s lineup did not disappoint. The innovative collection of home furnishings, decorative objects and art took over Manhattan’s Terminal Stores space last week, turning it into a block-long tunnel of design eye candy. Come along on our photo tour of our favorite designs from the show!

Lead image featuring Robert Debbane‘s Galactica Table Lamp

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

by , 05/21/15
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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Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

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China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail network

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China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network through the Amazon, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week while touring South America, China’s Premier Li Keqiang will move ahead with discussions started last year by President Xi Jinping to connect the Atlantic in Brazil with the Pacific in Peru in order to facilitate faster and cheaper trade in commodities such as oil and iron ore, the Guardian reports. The railway network would slice through Amazonian swamps, forest and either desert or mountains, and disturb tribes that have never before had contact with the outside world.

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This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. The illuminated hexagonal Stella mirror completely stopped…

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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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Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London's new rental laws

Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate…

Up until now, a Londoners haven't been able to rent their homes for less than three months without the fear of fines. Now, the law has been updated to allow homeowners in the capital to…

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Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural techniques

Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural…

Picture A prototype birch [bicycle] frame not only provides strength and flexibility in a lightweight material, but is also being used to test wooden design techniques for…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy loser?

INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy…

Thanks to surging production in the country’s oil and gas shale regions, the U.S. is importing significantly less oil and bolstering its energy independence. Part of the reason is…

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