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Old Phone Booths Transformed Into Goldfish Tanks on the Streets of Osaka!

Old Phone Booths Transformed Into Goldfish Tanks on the Streets of Osaka!

Since 2011, Kingyobu, which literally means “goldfish club,” has been converting the barely-used booths into living ecosystems that are full of brightly-colored goldfish. The installations activate

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Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

Amphidromous Rectangle: Jun Murata’s Transforming Osaka Apartment Is Many Different Rooms in One

The 51 square meter Amphidromous Rectangle renovation in Amagasaki is situated near Osaka City's transportation nucleus, so the client hoped for a design that would not only provide a peaceful but

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Gorgeous Daylight House Soaks Up the Sun in Yokohama City, Japan

Takeshi Hosaka’s Gorgeous Daylight House Soaks Up the Sun in Yokohama City, Japan

The Daylight House is a family home in the center of Yokohama, Japan that manages to soak up an abundance of natural light despite its location next to tall nearby buildings. Immersed within the city's

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Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

Takeshi Hosaka’s Inside-Out House has Trees Growing Inside!

The Inside-Out House measures 980 square feet divided into two levels and a terrace, and it welcomes all types of living creatures. Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a big entrance door creates a

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“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

“Outside In House” by Takeshi Hosaka Brings Nature Inside with Lush Garden Floors

The southern-most area of the home holds the multi-use dining and lounge room. This unique area features a collapsible clear glass wall that can be opened up to the wooded area behind the house. Nature is

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Urban Woods: Parasitic Wooden Exoskeleton in Osaka Will Soon Be Covered In Ivy

Urban Woods: Parasitic Wooden Exoskeleton in Osaka Will Soon Be Covered In Ivy

The goal of the renovation was to reintroduce the concept of nature alongside a wide and very busy street. Additionally, the clients hoped to improve the commercial appeal of the building through a more

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Organic Building in Osaka is Clad with Plant-Filled Pockets

Organic Building in Osaka is Clad with Plant-Filled Pockets

Space is limited in densely packed Japan meaning there is hardly any room remaining for garden space - but one great solution to this constraint is to place gardens right on the exteriors of buildings!

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UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990

UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990

A United Nations report has found that the number of megacities in the world has increased almost three-fold in the past 24 years. A megacity is defined as an urban area with over 10 million

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London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

While the UK's iconic phone booths are still considered national icons, cellphones have largely rendered the big red boxes obsolete over the years. Solarbox London plans to change that by transforming

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The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

The UK's first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200kW. The project cost £250,000 ($405,400) and has been

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HippopoThames: Giant Hippo Spotted on London’s River Thames!

HippopoThames: Giant Hippo Spotted on London’s River Thames!

A giant hippo was recently spotted floating on London’s River Thames! No, it's not a freakish migration caused by global warming; rather it's a work of art by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who is

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

Namba Parks was conceived when Osaka Stadium closed down, presenting a great redevelopment opportunity for a new commercial district right next to the Namba Train Station, which is just one stop away from

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Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

The house is situated on a V-shaped site that forced the architects to think outside the box and come up with a space which would maximize the narrow plot's potential. One of the building's floating

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Surreal Echappée Aquarium Lets Fish Escape the Tank

Surreal Echappée Aquarium Lets Fish Escape the Tank

The Echappée aquarium by designer Sebastien Cordoleani resembles something out of a Salvador Dalí painting. Something that would easily fit in with a collection of melting clocks, the French artist's

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Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

While electric vehicles (EV) are a huge boon for the environment, it is unclear what will become of all the used batteries. Sumitomo Corporation may have the answer - they've created a large-scale power

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Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

Cockroaches are not everyone’s cup of tea, but a recent development by a team of Japanese scientists may change the way you look at the virtually indestructible creepy-crawlies. Osaka University and the

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Fake Giant Rubber Duck Pops up in Abu Dhabi for a Pirated Visit

Fake Giant Rubber Duck Pops up in Abu Dhabi for a Pirated Visit

Last December a similar duck appeared on Dubai Creek. Turns out a company called GeoWash, which advertises a water-conserving mobile car wash device, installed the floating bird to generate awareness

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Giant Rubber Ducky Bursts Before a Crowd in Taiwan

Giant Rubber Ducky Bursts Before a Crowd in Taiwan

It’s a sad day for the giant yellow rubber duck that has made its way around the ports of the world. The oversized bath toy designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman suddenly burst before crowds of

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Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

Japan’s Homeless are Cleaning up Fukushima Waste for Less than Minimum Wage

 Photo © Shutterstock A recent Reuters report reveals that a black labor market run by Japanese gangsters, or yakuza, has been using taxpayer funds to clean up radioactive fallout in northern Japan.

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Ido Kenji’s Tamatsu House is a Narrow, Daylit Home with a Twist

Ido Kenji’s Tamatsu House is a Narrow, Daylit Home with a Twist

The owners’ former wooden house (which stood at the site) was too dark and wasn’t suited for a family. The main requirement for the new house was a spacious and daylit living room which wouldn’t

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Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

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Japanese Engineers Create Ultralight, 3D-Printed Ornithopter Based on a Prehistoric Dragonfly!

Japanese Engineers Create Ultralight, 3D-Printed Ornithopter Based on a Prehistoric Dragonfly!

Since the early days of our existence, humans have always been jealous of flying animals. From bugs to birds, we've spent a lot of time trying to copy organisms who have the ability to defy gravity. Our

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Paul Heijnen’s Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

Paul Heijnen’s Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate Paul Heijnen's Construction Cabinet wears its hinges and supports on the outside, exposing the beauty of mechanisms that are usually concealed. The inside-out double

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Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

Japan is working on a blazing fast 310 mph maglev "floating" train - and the latest prototype just hit the tracks for testing! This week Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) unveiled the top-of-the-line

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World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

The city of Osaka plans to transform the Dotonbori Canal into the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. According to the proposal, the city wants to insert a 40 by 2,625 foot pool into the center of

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He’s Back! World’s Largest Rubber Duck Floats Again After Springing a Leak in Hong Kong

He’s Back! World’s Largest Rubber Duck Floats Again After Springing a Leak in Hong Kong

Florentijn Hofman's lucky rubber duck is making a world-wide tour, having already hit Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Amsterdam. The 54 foot yellow duck was welcomed into Hong Kong on May 2nd with open arms

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The World’s Largest Inflatable Rubber Duck Sails Into Hong Kong

The World’s Largest Inflatable Rubber Duck Sails Into Hong Kong

The world’s largest inflatable rubber duck sailed into the Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong yesterday. The 46-foot-tall and 55-foot-long floating sculpture, which is the work of Dutch conceptual artist

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Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

In a breakthrough that could be a game-changer for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered a way to extract large amounts of hydrogen from any plant. Current methods of

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Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

A fan of antiques and do-it-yourself projects, the client was responsible for a great deal of the interior furnishings. These include frames as decorative wall objects, antique chairs and mirrors, moody

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