IKEA looks to launch line of official hacking kits

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IKEA hacks are really popular—in the past we’ve looked at how the modular furniture can be hacked to suit tiny apartments, one of our editors has come up with some hacks of her own, and specialty sellers on Etsy sell their own kits to modify all manner of flat-pack pieces. And IKEA is thoroughly aware of this trend—they’ve even tried to stop people from profiting from it. And now, according to Gizmodo, the furniture giant is looking to jump on the bandwagon and produce its own line of hack kits.

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Archohm's Guggenheim Helsinki Museum proposal creates a maze of museums

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Artist Olafur Eliasson invites you to build a giant LEGO city on the High Line

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Just when you think that the High Line couldn’t get any more enjoyable, Olafur Eliasson goes and invites you to play with thousands of LEGO bricks at the popular elevated park. Starting on May 29th, the Danish-Icelandic artist will host The Collectivity Project, a large art installation that challenges parkgoers to design and build a collaborative cityscape out of white toy bricks.

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Nendo creates timber-like furnishings out of Alcantara artificial suede

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Don’t be fooled by the swirling wood grain-like textures—these beautiful gray-toned furnishings are actually made from Alcantara artificial suede. Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo created these timber-like materials by layering different colored textiles, rolling them into a “log” shape, and finally slicing the Alcantara layers into timber-like planks. The studio used the sturdy material, selected for its resistance to fraying, to construct a table and several chairs. Nendo showcased these furniture pieces at the ‘Alcantara, Technology of Dreams’ exhibition, which runs until May 31 at Milan’s Palazzo Reale.

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Uber test car conducting early research on streets of Pittsburgh for future self-driving taxi

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While Google has sought wide publicity for its self-driving car efforts, Uber has been a much quieter force in the movement. Uber confirmed news of the self-driving car project in February of this year but has kept its project under wraps until last week. An Uber-branded test vehicle, a Ford sedan, was spotted for the first time in Pittsburgh. The $40 billion company aims to develop its own fleet of self-driving taxis that will eventually replace its human drivers, the most expensive part of their car service.

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California dishes out free solar panels to its poorest residents

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Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, and he’s also the first California resident to receive a free rooftop solar system. But he won’t be the last. Thanks to legislation first introduced by Senator Kevin de León, the Oakland-based non-profit organization GRID Alternatives is funneling funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state’s cap-and-trade program designed to discourage carbon dioxide emissions, into a program that is expected to deliver 1,600 free solar panels to California’s poorest residents by 2016.

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Haim Dotan Architects unveil design for extreme Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon glass-bottom bridge

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Dramatic timber-clad N House turns difficult terrain into a design advantage

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Audi R8 e-tron is a stylish interpretation of the autonomous vehicle

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Audi has just unveiled its latest autonomous concept car. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept was revealed at the CES Asia show in Shanghai, China. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept is based on the fully electric 2017 R8 e-tron, but features a host of scanners, cameras and sensors to allow it to fully drive on its own. Audi says that the piloted driving technology will be available to customers within the next two years.

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Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world's largest timber office building

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Responsive bioclimatic skin wraps around LEED Gold ICTA-ICP building in Barcelona

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Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

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Why didn't the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

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New reports indicate that the California pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean on May 19th is the only pipeline of its kind in the United States without an auto shut-off valve. Several decades ago, the original owner of the Plains All American Pipeline argued in a Santa Barbara County court that since the pipeline is part of an interstate network and federal regulators are not required to have an auto shut off valve, they should also be exempt. They won the argument and the pipeline hasn’t had an auto shut-off valve since.

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Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

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Poop-powered bus breaks world speed record

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The UK’s poop-powered bus has set a speed record for a regular service bus with a top speed of 76.8 miles per hour (123.5kph). The vehicle is called the ‘Bus Hound’ (a tongue-in-cheek homage to supersonic Bloodhound SSC) and it’s powered by biomethane derived from cow manure. Operated by Reading Buses, the Bus Hound is decorated with a black and white skin reminiscent of the Friesian cows used for milk production around Britain, and it’s said to sound like a Vulcan bomber.

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Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

What design do you think would represent the planet Earth best if we ever got in contact with other civilizations? Designer Oskar Pernefeldt has an idea- he created a white flower-like…

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How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion…

Bee populations have been in decline for over a decade now as the alarming phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder sees worker bees vanish from their hives. But Bay Area parents…

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Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced…

Backed up against a hillside, the long and rectangular Christian Street House stretches east to west. High gabled roofs face the street and create shelter for a patio and garage.…

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Watch this man set the world record for farthest hoverboard flight

Watch this man set the world record for farthest hoverboard flight

Catalin Alexandru Duru, an inventor from Canada, set the world’s record recently for the longest flight by hoverboard. Ever since Marty McFly surfed the streets of Hill Valley on a…

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

Intro - western drought, particularly California (link to IH posts) Culprits - lawns, etc. What can you do? Save water and cut costs - not to mention maintenance. Drought tolerant…

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