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England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design

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East London’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Offers Tours, Talks, Music and Food This Weekend

East London’s Phytology Medicinal Garden Offers Tours, Talks, Music and Food This Weekend

Londoners interested in urban food production and medicinal plants should head over to Nomad's medicinal field in Bethnal Green this weekend. An exciting series of talks from Phytology collaborators will

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British Airways Plans to Use London’s Garbage for Jet Fuel

British Airways Plans to Use London’s Garbage for Jet Fuel

The city of London is going to start paying British Airways to take its trash, but what on Earth does the airline company want with all that garbage, anyway? The airline giant plans to turn it into jet

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Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

To the east of The Electric Boulevard, Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners designed Prospect Place, a cluster of five mixed-use buildings with twisted and rippled facades matching Gehry's distinctive style.

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RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

Originally built in 1910, this Edwardian town hall was extended in 1937 into a 7,500 square meter building. It fell victim to numerous modifications until it was vacated and left to decay in 1993. In

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Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

The Thames Baths Project, envisioned in collaboration with structural engineers Civic Engineers and Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, is visionary yet achievable. The plan consists of a series of

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More than 1,000 London Cyclists Stage Die-In to Call for Greater Road Safety

More than 1,000 London Cyclists Stage Die-In to Call for Greater Road Safety

A crowd of over 1,000 cyclists gathered outside Transport for London headquarters on Friday to protest what they say is dangerous transport infrastructure in the city. The protest comes after a rough

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London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London Underground photo from Shutterstock Anyone who has taken a ride on the London Underground knows that it can be a sweltering experience - even in the dead of winter. Right now, all of that sweaty

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Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn't changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change

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100 Self-Driving ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods to be Installed Near London

100 Self-Driving ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods to be Installed Near London

Milton Keynes, a small city north of London, just announced plans to install 100 self-driving “pod cars” to connect the city's downtown to its central train station. Powered by electric motors, the

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Gehry and Foster Selected to Add Architectural Icons to London’s Battersea Power Station

Gehry and Foster Selected to Add Architectural Icons to London’s Battersea Power Station

Los Angeles-based firm Gehry Partners and British architects Foster & Partners have been chosen to design the third phase of the Battersea Power Station mixed-use development. The ambitious and

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“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

Featured projects at The Fifth Element ranged from the playful to the practical to the poetic. Blow by Florian Dussopt is an interactive LED light installation that is activated by visitors blowing into a

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UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

UK Breaks Renewable Energy Generation Record for Second Time This Year

A new government report by the UK's Department of Energy And Climate Change shows that the country has reached a record high in the amount of energy it derives from renewable sources. In the second

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Impressive Transformations and Green Lighting Spring Up at Tent London during the London Design Festival

Impressive Transformations and Green Lighting Spring Up at Tent London during the London Design Festival

The products we highlighted in our green designs preview of Tent London didn't disappoint in person. Bernardita Marambio Design Studio's stand, The Reliving Room, showcased developments in new

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Cardboard Glasses and Toilet Brush Lamps Amuse and Provoke at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2013

Cardboard Glasses and Toilet Brush Lamps Amuse and Provoke at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2013

Experiments in lighting were especially striking at Designersblock, with designer Natalie Simpson crafting lamps out of everyday items like whisks, household brushes and hangers. WALTERWORKs transformed

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New BLAZE Bike Light Uses Lasers to Keeps Cyclists Safe at Night

New BLAZE Bike Light Uses Lasers to Keeps Cyclists Safe at Night

As bike use rises around the world, cycling injuries and fatalities have increased as well. British design student Emily Brooke was concerned to hear that 79 percent of accidents in the UK occur when

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Foldability to Unveil Gorgeous Origami Pendant Lamps at Designjunction 2013

Foldability to Unveil Gorgeous Origami Pendant Lamps at Designjunction 2013

The designer, Kyla McCallum, who runs the studio, works with origami to make products, packaging, graphics, and lighting fixtures. All of her lamps from Sonobe and Foldability Collections were made out of

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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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Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

The eco shed replaces a boring old B&Q shed at a bike-loving couple's back yard in Camden Town, and it can fit 11 bikes inside. It was constructed from an FSC wooden frame, recycled yogurt carton

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Endless Stair Installation Outside Tate Modern in London Can Be Continuously Reconfigured

Endless Stair Installation Outside Tate Modern in London Can Be Continuously Reconfigured

The surreal Endless Stair installation is a hardwood structure designed for this year’s London Design Festival. Commissioned by AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council) and designed in collaboration

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Google Unveils Plans for $1 Billion Eco-Friendly HQ Built Of Wood, Steel And Glass in London

Google Unveils Plans for $1 Billion Eco-Friendly HQ Built Of Wood, Steel And Glass in London

In decades past, the construction of a new office building in London would hardly be a newsworthy event, but the ingenuity of companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple have changed that. Everyone wants

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London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclists Account for 24% of All Vehicles During Rush Hour Traffic

London Cyclist photo from Shutterstock Transport for London (TfL) conducted the biggest mass census of cyclists to date and found that bikes make up 24% of all vehicles on the streets during the city's

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Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

Synth[e]tech[e]cology was Lee’s diploma project at Royal College of Art in London, for which he won the Student Prize for Architecture at the Academy’s Summer Exhibition. He conceived the project as

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New Master Plan for Wimbledon Incorporates Green Walls & Traditional English Landscaping

New Master Plan for Wimbledon Incorporates Green Walls & Traditional English Landscaping

The new 2020 Master Plan for Wimbledon provides a pathway for improvements and enhancements to the famous tennis grounds. Led by Grimshaw and aided by Rolfe Judd Planning, Atelier Ten, Vectos and Movement

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Leadenhall Building: London’s 224-Meter-Tall “Cheesegrater” Tower Reaches Full Height

Leadenhall Building: London’s 224-Meter-Tall “Cheesegrater” Tower Reaches Full Height

Half of the curtain walling of “the cheesegrater” tower is now complete, with 51% of the structure already pre-leased to companies Aon and Amlin. The Leadenhall Building is owned by British Land and

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Heatherwick Studio Unveils Plans for Lush New River Thames Garden Bridge in London

Heatherwick Studio Unveils Plans for Lush New River Thames Garden Bridge in London

Heatherwick Studio just unveiled plans for a new greenery covered pedestrian bridge to be built across the River Thames in London. Looking like a luscious garden suspended over the water, the bridge will

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London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

The greenest building is the one that's already standing, and this week London officials announced that the buildings from the 2012 Olympic Village will be transformed into rental units, and many of them

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GrowUp’s Aquaponic Urban Farm Produces Sustainable Fish and Vegetables in a Recycled Shipping Container

GrowUp’s Aquaponic Urban Farm Produces Sustainable Fish and Vegetables in a Recycled Shipping Container

Last week London-based GrowUp unveiled their small urban farm, which produces sustainable vegetables and fish through vertical gardening and aquaponics. After successfully raising over £16,000 through a

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Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto’s Nebulous 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens to the Public in London

Sou Fujimoto is the 13th—and youngest—architect to be invited to design a summer pavilion for the garden, which will host a variety of events all summer long. Fujimoto's works are known for their play

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England’s Essex Wildlife Trust Turns Landfill into 120 Acre Nature Park

England’s Essex Wildlife Trust Turns Landfill into 120 Acre Nature Park

Image© Frank Lumsden In an effort to create a cleaner and greener future, last week the Essex Wildlife Trust officially opened the new Thurrock Thameside Nature Park – a 120 acre reserve built on

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