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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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Desertec Solar Power Project Abandoned by Shareholders

Desertec Solar Power Project Abandoned by Shareholders

The ambitious, multibillion dollar solar power project Desertec has been abandoned by all but three of its shareholders and will now continue in an "adapted format" as a consultancy. The project was

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah's Ark story recently hit movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert's Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy Land as a

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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya’s First Multifunctional Sports Center

Inspired by the colorful flowers found in the Libyan Desert, the Desert Flower sporting center is laid out in the shape of a flower cross-section. The long pistil-like area consists of a covered walkway

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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

This 1,000 sq ft desert oasis is the first prototype for a new flat-pack, prefab line of homes that minimize transportation and promote sustainability. Its shape was inspired by Le Corbusier’s

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Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

The Desert Courtyard House is located in a private development outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. As it is located near the bottom of the development on a small peninsula, houses above have views looking

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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job done. And it was

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Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

In 2007, the UN declared that desertification is one of the world's biggest environmental challenges that lead to widespread famine and economic instability. Malka's thought experiment is a provoking

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Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

As if having the tallest and most expensive skyscraper in the world wasn’t enough, Dubai has shown its decadence once again by building an ice lounge right in the middle of the desert. The Chillout

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Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Visitors Center Generates Solar Electricity in the Desert

Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Visitors Center Generates Solar Electricity in the Desert

Michael Jantzen has unveiled a conceptual design for the Sun Rays Visitor Center, a steel and concrete educational facility that doubles as a solar electric power plant in the desert. The off-grid

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Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Conceived by Chinese designers Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, Guo Shen, the project envisions an intelligent network of skyscrapers distributed across a desert landscape. The towers would be

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Scientists Discover How Ancient Egyptians Transported Huge Pyramid Stones Across Desert Sand

Scientists Discover How Ancient Egyptians Transported Huge Pyramid Stones Across Desert Sand

Researchers from the FOM Foundation and the University of Amsterdam have figured out how the ancient Egyptians transported huge stones across desert sands to build the famed pyramids. Through experiments

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Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Peruvian researchers have collaborated with an ad agency to create an unusual billboard that generates drinking water from thin air. While the billboard fulfills its traditional role as an advertising

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Tunisia Battles to Save Famous Star Wars Set from Encroaching Desertification

Tunisia Battles to Save Famous Star Wars Set from Encroaching Desertification

Remember Luke Skywalker's home in Tatooine that was lovingly restored by fans? It's currently one of several Star Wars sites threatened by desertification in Tunisia. In order to address the problem, this

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Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

The Solar Sinter is made up of seven stations: a photovoltaic panel, the focal point for drawing the sun’s rays, a sun tracker, fresnel lens (for magnifying the rays), a battery, controlling

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Elegant tresARCA Home Takes Cues from Nevada’s Raw Desert and Glitzy Vegas

Elegant tresARCA Home Takes Cues from Nevada’s Raw Desert and Glitzy Vegas

Although the luxurious home may seem to be way more glitz than rustic, connecting the home to Nevada's rural landscape drove the entire design process. All of the materials layered throughout the

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Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert

Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert

Southwest Africa’s Namib Desert is an arid landscape home to ostriches, leopards and other large animals. But a few of its more petite inhabitants are the makers of these huge desert circles that

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The Sands of the Namib Desert Swallow an Abandoned Mining Settlement in Namibia

The Sands of the Namib Desert Swallow an Abandoned Mining Settlement in Namibia

The mining town first came into existence when diamonds were discovered in 1908, and at its peak, had a population of just over 1,000 people. While its lifespan was less than 50 years, the town was widely

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Incredible Spiraling Desert Breath Installation Sprawls Across the Sahara Sands

Incredible Spiraling Desert Breath Installation Sprawls Across the Sahara Sands

From a birds eye view, the sprawling installation appears like a massive spiral spinning toward a large circular pool in the center. The spiral is made from two arcing pathways, one of circular pyramids

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Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Israeli industrial designer Shlomi Mir has created a tumbleweed-inspired robot that uses wind power to study desertification and help scientists better understand the phenomenon. The round robot uses an

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Mind-Blowing Aquariums Look Like Underwater Forests, Deserts, and Gardens

Mind-Blowing Aquariums Look Like Underwater Forests, Deserts, and Gardens

If it weren’t for the tiny fish swimming around, one would think these gorgeous designs are huge real-life underwater landscapes. The aquascapes mimic small pine forests, zen gardens, canyons and desert

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Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities is a concept for an addition to the coastline somewhere in the United Arab Emirates that will merge with existing cities to create a more organic megalopolis. The inspiration for the

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Stone Plane Crash Tribute Emerges from Desert, is Visible from Google Earth

Stone Plane Crash Tribute Emerges from Desert, is Visible from Google Earth

Each of the victims are individually represented through the 170 broken mirrors that make up the radial form of the monument. In the center is an upright plane wing that appears to burst from the sand. A

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Stunning Lucid Stead Cabin Reflects the Colors and Movements of the Mojave Desert

Stunning Lucid Stead Cabin Reflects the Colors and Movements of the Mojave Desert

The project is based on the idea of immersing oneself into a seemingly static environment and discovering its subtle changes and rhythms. As visitors step onto the dusty ground of the Joshua Tree National

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Zaha Hadid’s Qatar World Cup Stadium Uses Passive Design to Tackle Desert Heat

Zaha Hadid’s Qatar World Cup Stadium Uses Passive Design to Tackle Desert Heat

Zaha Hadid Architects just unveiled plans for the first of up to nine stadiums that will be constructed for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. Located in Al Wakrah, a fishing port 15km south of

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‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

‘Desert Cascades’ Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

Does the image of cool, cascading waterfalls flowing in a dry desert sound like an unimaginable mirage? Artist and UNESCO-IHE Cultural Ambassador Ap Verheggen says that thanks to recent technological

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SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

So how does this work? The 200 m2 elm-leaf shaped structure has a PV cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers that in turn convert humidity from the desert air into ice. Verheggen told the

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Israel Announces Plans for 121 MW Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert

Israel Announces Plans for 121 MW Solar Power Station in the Negev Desert

Israel is blessed with abundant sunshine and has long been a pioneer in solar energy. With construction starting in early 2014 on a 121 Megawatt solar power station, the country will be taking a big step

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Vali Homes Creates Hip Net-Zero Energy Home for the Arizona Desert

Vali Homes Creates Hip Net-Zero Energy Home for the Arizona Desert

This house remains cost-effective even while achieving net-zero energy consumption by being extremely energy efficient. Two major strategies used to achieve this include insulation and passive solar

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Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

Melting Ice Cools Team ASUNM’s Desert-Adapted SHADE House at the Solar Decathlon

In the desert, sun can be both a blessing and a curse - especially in urban environments beset with a host of other problems such as the heat island effect and pollution. A smart home, like the SHADE

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