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Jubilee Pavilion in Karlsruhe will help the city celebrate its 300th anniversary in style

Jubilee Pavilion in Karlsruhe will help the city celebrate its 300th anniversary in style

The wooden structure will cover an area of 1000 square meters, and will be composed of the ground floor, including function hall, a stage and cafeteria as well as an exposition floor and two viewing

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Aljoud Lootah’s Oru origami furniture is made from teak, felt and copper

Aljoud Lootah’s Oru origami furniture is made from teak, felt and copper

We've seen different objects shaped according to the principles of origami, but these beautiful furniture pieces by Dubai-based designer Aljoud Lootah use timber in an unexpected way that looks both

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Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Rather than traditional marble, plaster or wood, artist Ren Ri has turned to nature to help make his sculptures, by partnering with honeybees! The artist has teamed up with a fleet of pollinators to

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Ulf Mejergren Architects team up with 100 kids to build a city from sticks

Ulf Mejergren Architects team up with 100 kids to build a city from sticks

Stockholm-based Ulf Mejergren Architects designed an interesting mini-city made from sticks which would be built by 100 kids during a scout camp workshop in New Hampshire. The city, made up of several

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Artist Vincent Skoglund transforms landfill waste into sculptural installations

Artist Vincent Skoglund transforms landfill waste into sculptural installations

Waste and landfills are a serious global problem, but artist Vincent Skoglund finds these unwanted objects and places intriguing and uses them to make surprising art. His collection entitled "The Waste

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Aqua Mekong is a floating hotel that travels the rivers of Vietnam

Aqua Mekong is a floating hotel that travels the rivers of Vietnam

Noor Design’s gorgeous Aqua Mekong is a sustainable five star hotel masquerading as a ship that cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia. The 205 foot vessel is a pinnacle of eco-luxury, combining sustainable

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6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

People & Mice Mouse Mates is Dutch designer Roel de Boer's playful hanging artifact created for mice. This peculiar and interactive structure combines strings, springs, slides and paper pulp beads

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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INFOGRAPHIC: The greenest buildings in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: The greenest buildings in the world

Sustainability and environmentally friendly design has become an important part of the world of construction. This infographic explores some of the world’s most efficient buildings, ranging from

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Eucalyptus is a beautiful and sustainable alternative to wood flooring

Eucalyptus is a beautiful and sustainable alternative to wood flooring

Eco-conscious homeowners have a lot of options when it comes to flooring, and we're quite smitten by the new sustainable line of eucalyptus flooring from Cali Bamboo. Although they deal primarily in

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6 Most riveting projects made from upcycled airplanes

6 Most riveting projects made from upcycled airplanes

Plane as a Hotel Room Standing on the edge of a National Park, in Costa Rica, the amazing Costa Verde Resort has a unique hotel suite made from an old 60s. Boeing 727. A former South Africa Air plane,

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Steps is a tiny Swedish shelter with green steps that lead to a rooftop terrace

Steps is a tiny Swedish shelter with green steps that lead to a rooftop terrace

According to Belatchew Arkitekter's CEO Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, Steps 'is a small house with large spaces.' Designed entirely from high-quality Siberian larch, this home was designed to make the most out

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6 Beautiful and eco-friendly offices that make work seem like a dream

6 Beautiful and eco-friendly offices that make work seem like a dream

Those of you who work or have worked in an office are probably familiar with the lifeless 9-5 routine, stress and sedentarism, which are obviously very bad for anyone's health and also, creativity. But

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Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their studies in 3D printing, three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and

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Architect Leo Qvarsebo’s triangular summer home doubles as a climbing wall

Architect Leo Qvarsebo’s triangular summer home doubles as a climbing wall

Swedish architect Leo Qvarsebo designed himself and his children, a summer home in a rural area of Dalarna. Its triangular facade was created for climbing and has a rope hanging from the top. Qvarsebo

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Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

Hopeful visitors to the chapel will need to travel to the Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. There, they’ll find a steel-arched dome, measuring 6m (20 ft) high and 19m (62 ft) long. The

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Norwegian students craft fantastic mountain retreat with a wooden tunnel entrance

Norwegian students craft fantastic mountain retreat with a wooden tunnel entrance

The 150 sq ft tuba cube was crafted as a practical, hands-on University project, to gain building skills and solve problems on-site. Thanks to G.C. Rieber Funds' financial support, the students

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Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world's first self-healing polymer - a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention.

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6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

Sleep in a Dreamy Tree house in Atlanta Secluded Intown Treehouse offers fairytale-like accommodation for grownups in one of their three rustic cabins in Atlanta. They are entirely made from reclaimed

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Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Minnow creates spectacular lamps from New Zealand Macrocarpa and laser-cut bamboo

Each piece is handmade in a workshop in Christchurch, New Zealand. The veneer is sourced from Auckland, and all the other components are made by local Christchurch firms. The copper wire is reclaimed from

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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

Now that cold weather is upon us, get your home buttoned up and ready for it with our expert hands-on game plan, which will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, but

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The Observatory is a duo of charred-timber, off-grid art studios traveling around the UK

The Observatory is a duo of charred-timber, off-grid art studios traveling around the UK

Each one also has its own name – the Study and the Workshop – to reflect different uses, and both have wheels built in to their bases to allow them to pivot towards the best views at their location.

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Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK—piglets need not apply

Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK—piglets need not apply

When one thinks of houses made from straw, typically an image of wolves, pigs and less than stellar construction methods come to mind. But in the UK of Bristol, the nation's first straw-bale houses have

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Asif Khan creates spectacular furniture with flowers

Asif Khan creates spectacular furniture with flowers

No longer a background flower, designer Asif Khan has taken the subdued aesthetic of Gypsophila (better known as Baby's Breath) and let it bloom into something splendid to sit on. Kahn began working

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Alki’s new bioplastic chair is completely biodegradable

Alki’s new bioplastic chair is completely biodegradable

Kuskoa Bi has classic simple lines reminiscent of those seen in the Eames' DAW Chair. But instead of using fiberglass the ingenious seat is entirely made from a bio-based polymer (bioplastic) made from

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Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

Luca Vuerich was a mountain guide and well know climber who sadly died some years ago at the age of 34. He was caught by an avalanche while climbing an iced waterfall in the mountains near

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality,

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TallerDE2′s Pop-Up House reinvents the bachelor pad with modular OSB units

TallerDE2′s Pop-Up House reinvents the bachelor pad with modular OSB units

The first thing the architects did for this pop-up house designed for a thirty-something bachelor, was remove all of the dividing walls, fittings and fixtures. Then they divided the space efficiently

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Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in the US

Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in the US

The new sustainable complex consists of a main field station building, three cabins, and a bathhouse. While the main building shelters the research laboratory and educational seminar spaces, the smaller

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