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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

The frame, made from precast concrete, is covered with nipa palm branches and polycarbonate panels that provide doors that can be opened to bring natural light and fresh air inside. The external surfaces

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Local Motors 3D-Prints Incredible Full-Scale Car in Just 44 Hours!

Local Motors 3D-Prints Incredible Full-Scale Car in Just 44 Hours!

Arizona-based Local Motors has succeeded in creating the world's first 3D-printed car at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. Called the Strati, the 3D-printed car's design

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante. The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter

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Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

ECHO's flexible homes are made from 100-sq-ft prefab modules and feature a distinctive pyramid roof that lets natural light flow inside. They can stand-alone as a simple garden room, or link to other

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Falling Fruit Guides You to Local Fruit That You Can Forage

Falling Fruit Guides You to Local Fruit That You Can Forage

It’s harvest season! The trees are overladed with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from

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The Green School’s Magnificent Bamboo Tent is Made from Locally-Sourced Materials in Bali

The Green School’s Magnificent Bamboo Tent is Made from Locally-Sourced Materials in Bali

Bamboo, one of the most sustainable building materials in the world, can grow up to four feet in a single day and combines strength and flexibility. It is affordable and abundant and, in the case of

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Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Located near Bogota’s Parque de la 93 in the northern part of the city, the Starbucks is more than just a snazzy place to get a cuppa. Dedicated to locally-sourced goods, materials and most importantly

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B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

Candelaria Chapel sits atop a black clay hill special to villagers, where each year they visit on pilgrimage to honor Candelaria’s Virgin. Previously, the hill only held a concrete altar, but as the

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Boston’s Solar-Powered “Soofa” Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

Boston’s Solar-Powered “Soofa” Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

The city of Boston just announced plans to roll out a series of solar-powered 'Soofa' benches that will enable citizens to charge their phones while they rest! The 'Soofas' were developed by Charging

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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Invisible Studio’s New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for Just Over $25K

Invisible Studio’s New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for Just Over $25K

The timber for the building was milled over the course of two days with just enough to partially clad the exterior of the new studio. Designed on a budget, the footings were mixed by hand and the

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Green-Roofed Bourne Lane House Treads Lightly on the English Landscape with Locally Sourced Materials

Green-Roofed Bourne Lane House Treads Lightly on the English Landscape with Locally Sourced Materials

Split into two barn-like wings connected by a central entrance hall, the asymmetric Bourne Lane House and its position in the landscape was largely informed by the client's desire to maximize natural

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Find or Share Ripe, Home-Grown Local Produce with RipeNearMe

Find or Share Ripe, Home-Grown Local Produce with RipeNearMe

If you've ever had a surplus of produce from your garden and didn't know what to do with it, or wished that someone nearby had some berries you could trade your zucchini for, you're in luck. RipeNear.Me

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Why Wi-Fi is Faster on the Moon than at Your Local Coffee Shop

Why Wi-Fi is Faster on the Moon than at Your Local Coffee Shop

Scientists from MIT and NASA recently demonstrated the new Wi-Fi connectivity on the moon, and it's faster than the service that most of us get here on Earth! Given that there hasn't been a human on the

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MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA's MR House is perched on steep terrain at El Buchén, on the Chilean side of the Andes Mountains. It was constructed from steel, local timber, and salvaged wood and glass in a forest clearing. The

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Hare + Klein’s Award-Winning Eco Lodge in the Australian Bush Charms with Local and Recycled Materials

Hare + Klein’s Award-Winning Eco Lodge in the Australian Bush Charms with Local and Recycled Materials

Hare and Klein's eco lodge is located in a coastal village just south of Sydney. Inside, tables and chairs made from minimally treated willow and silver birch contribute a raw and natural aesthetic that

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Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen designed the Pavilion of the Rising Sun, a proposal for a large public space that gathers energy from the sun and distributes it out into the local community. The gathered energy is also

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Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students

Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students

When architects from Public: Architecture + Communication visited the University of British Columbia, they noticed a slight flaw in the campus' urban design plan. Although the main university avenue was

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Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

Unlike other automakers that mass produce their vehicles, Local Motors co-creates vehicles with a global community of designers, engineers and enthusiasts. So far the group has produced one car, the Rally

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Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the portable living unit can operate completely off the

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Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Each module for MF Architect's Pre-Fab Cottage measures 14' x 14' in size and can be assembled in any configuration. For this setup, the owners wanted four modules connected together via a hallway module.

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MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using locally-sourced

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Patterned 3xLP Wall Made from Locally-Sourced Steel Wins the SKIN Digital Fabrication Competition

Patterned 3xLP Wall Made from Locally-Sourced Steel Wins the SKIN Digital Fabrication Competition

The architects used ultra strong steel fabricated at a local factory - Rigidized Metals Corporation and tested its structural potentials. Texturing the sheet material strengthened it and allowed it to

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‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

A new environmental film project exploring the power of acting locally and how design can impact the world is now underway. Aptly named LOCAL: Make the Switch, the project will consist of 25 short films

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Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

In desperate need of a complete renovation for their outdated two-storey home, the owners specifically sought out a construction company that would provide an environmentally-friendly rebuilding process

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Singapore McDonalds Unveils a Green Roof Designed to Sustain Local Wildlife

Singapore McDonalds Unveils a Green Roof Designed to Sustain Local Wildlife

The crowning feature of this particular McDonalds is the lush green roof that provides an all-natural aesthetic, and camouflages the building amongst the naturally occurring vegetation on its outskirts.

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Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Villa in Bali Built Using Only Local Materials and Labor

Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Villa in Bali Built Using Only Local Materials and Labor

Hand-designed rammed earth walls mimic the interior of The Grand Canyon, using only 5-8% cement, limestone, pigments and soil from the job site – which also eliminated the need for soil to be trucked

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Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

The small cozy home is positioned to prevent intrusive looks but still capture stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside. Its glass facades let the sunlight in and optimize the home’s

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Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

Although most citizen-savvy cities these days recognize that community public space is as much a civic right as it is a priority, some small communities unfortunately find themselves lacking the resources

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INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

INDEX Award Winner: Copenhagen Unveils Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan to Reduce Flooding and Boost Local Economy

Storms, sea level rise, and extreme drought are only predicted to accelerate in the decades ahead. Combined with unprecedented urban population growth, this unpredictable weather is a recipe for costly,

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