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USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

USC’s Net Zero fluxHome Leaps Out of the Starting Gate at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon judges the twenty solar homes on design, construction, cost-effeciency, energy-efficiency and appearance. And from the looks of the fluxHome design and

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DIY: Make Your Own Herb Planter With NativeCast’s Fun Kits!

DIY: Make Your Own Herb Planter With NativeCast’s Fun Kits!

NativeCast’s biodegradable boxes provide everything you need to create your own indoor garden. The boxes are shaped like hearts, squares, and round shapes, and inside you'll find a cement compound,

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HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

A startling amount of food gets wasted by households every year; more than restaurants, grocery stores, and farms combined. Many people are doing their best to be more diligent about their own household

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Park(ing) Day 2013: The Best Pop-Up Parks Across the States! [PHOTOS]

Park(ing) Day 2013: The Best Pop-Up Parks Across the States! [PHOTOS]

San Francisco, CA -- Interstice Architects go big every Park(ing) Day - and this year's park was no disappointment! The Park-a-licious Public Bubble is a huge inflatable structure filled with balloons and

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Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

As its name suggests, Penda's fantastic plastic arch was designed for Coca-Cola China (unfortunately and ironically). The creative studio collected used bottles from universities around Beijing to make

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Studio Andrew Todd Unveils Plans for Circular Theater Made from Recycled Paper

Studio Andrew Todd Unveils Plans for Circular Theater Made from Recycled Paper

The bales of recycled paper used to construct Studio Andrew Todd's theater will consist of old magazines, newspapers and office paper. The colorful bales will be stacked and assembled in a circular form

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Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels. This permits

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This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

Star Wars fans of the world rejoice, because the dream of owning your own personal lightsaber just got one step closer to reality. This 300mW hand-held blue laser can burn through cardboard, wood or a

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The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day Two

The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day Two

Behold - the world's smallest chandelier! Mineheart downplays the overindulgent splendor of gilt baroque luminaires with this tiny energy-efficient version that's every bit as elegant - and perfect for

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The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day One!

The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day One!

San Francisco Bay Area-based designer Colin Selig repurposes old propane tanks to create an amazing array of sofas and chairs. The smooth, sculptural seats require no extra material, and Selig has plans

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The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

Flat-pack goods typically make more efficient use of materials and have lower shipping costs, and in recent years companies have designed everything from flat-pack beds and dressers to flat-pack lamps and

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Artist Robert Lach Transforms Old Suitcases into Delicate Bird Nest Sculptures

Artist Robert Lach Transforms Old Suitcases into Delicate Bird Nest Sculptures

Inspired by architecture and his love of bird watching, Lach began working with discarded materials to create his nest pieces as a way to use materials to connect to the local environment. Lach sources

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Green-Roofed House in Sikamino Rises From the Greek Landscape

Green-Roofed House in Sikamino Rises From the Greek Landscape

Located on an elongated field surrounded by olive trees, the House in Sikamino is 195 feet long. The elongated home is set beneath a rhomboid roof, and half of its interiors are located underground. A

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Roel de Boer Imagines a Utopian City Filled with Treehouse Pods

Roel de Boer Imagines a Utopian City Filled with Treehouse Pods

Roel De Boer imagines a city full of treehouse pods instead of high-rise apartment buildings. It might not be particularly realistic, but it's a fun thought experiment. “Imagine a treehouse that is

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Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

Tucked under a busy highway in Eindhoven’s Strijp-S area is a wonderful new space that was created by local designer Piet Hein Eek and directed by the “Drenthe Village Angels.” The space, which was

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Marc Krusin’s Bee Hive Lamps are Made from Recyclable Re-board

Marc Krusin’s Bee Hive Lamps are Made from Recyclable Re-board

Lightweight yet exceptionally strong, these Bee Hive Lamps are a series of luminaries inspired in the busy insects’ homes. Created by London-based designer Marc Krusin for Alpac Srl, they've been

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Designers Unveil Dazzling Low-Energy Lights at Euroluce 2013 During Milan Design Week

Designers Unveil Dazzling Low-Energy Lights at Euroluce 2013 During Milan Design Week

The 2013 Euroluce exhibition during Milan Design Week featured striking light installations that balance high technology with emotive aesthetics and intangibility with functionality. These might seem like

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Traditional Crafts Merge with Contemporary Design at the Triennale Design Museum During the Milan Furniture Fair

Traditional Crafts Merge with Contemporary Design at the Triennale Design Museum During the Milan Furniture Fair

Rong in Chinese means melting and fusion. This notion is at the core of the ‘Handmade in Hangzhou’ exhibition. 13 designers have deconstructed the traditional crafts of Hangzhou and applied those in

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Kartoni: The World’s First Foosball Table Made From 100% Sustainable Materials

Kartoni: The World’s First Foosball Table Made From 100% Sustainable Materials

Kartoni is the worlds first foosball table made from 100% sustainable materials! The table is made mainly of recycled cardboard and sustainably harvested wood, and the set includes a cardboard smartphone

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Shigeru Ban’s Innovative IE Paper Tube Pavilion Opens Today in Madrid

Shigeru Ban’s Innovative IE Paper Tube Pavilion Opens Today in Madrid

Shigeru Ban is on a roll these days - the internationally acclaimed architect just added yet another newly finished building to his 2013 roster. Today Ban presided over the official opening of the IE

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Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen Turns Thatched Flemish Barn Into a Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Office

Arend Groenewegen retained the character of this old barn-turned-office by carefully restoring its gepotdekselde façade and large thatched roof. The 920-square-foot building's historic pine wood

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The SpamCam is a Clever Pinhole Camera Made from a Can of Spam

The SpamCam is a Clever Pinhole Camera Made from a Can of Spam

For most of us, it might be difficult to figure out what there is to see in a can of Spam. However, what there is to see through a can of Spam is an entirely different story. F295 user 'underbyte' has

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Design Your Own Paper Lamps with Mostlikely’s Animal-Shaped Lampshades

Design Your Own Paper Lamps with Mostlikely’s Animal-Shaped Lampshades

Vienna-based agency Mostlikely made an impact in 2012 with its massive ‘Of Donkeys and Basilisks’ paper sculpture that was made using nearly 4,000 paper forms. Now, the team is using their paper

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Cardborigami Pop-Up Shelters Create Instant Space for Homeless and Festival-Goers

Cardborigami Pop-Up Shelters Create Instant Space for Homeless and Festival-Goers

Hovesepian’s origami-inspired shelter has made waves at shows like Dwell on Design, Open Borders, and the “Hobos to Street People” exhibition at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. The shelter

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Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s MAS Museum opened its doors back in May 2011. Its name stands for Museum Aan de Stroom, which means Museum on the River. Each of the building’s ten stories is twisted 90 degrees to form a

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13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love!

13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love!

Shigeru Ban Roses are red, Shigeru is the man. We love cardboard architecture & we love Shigeru Ban! Forget Bieber, Gosling and Pitt. When it comes to our crushes, we're absolutely BANanas for

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Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots by Design Nobis are sustainable cultivation units that are comprised of 100 percent recyclable and reused materials. Made out of simple bent metal pieces and scrap pieces of log, the pots are

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Former Greenhouse Transformed into a Vibrant Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

Former Greenhouse Transformed into a Vibrant Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

Artists, squatters and skaters started NDSM during the 1990s after the Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company went bankrupt in 1984. It's very easy to get to the area, as it only takes a short (free) ferry

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New Study Reveals That Your Cat is a Serial Killer

New Study Reveals That Your Cat is a Serial Killer

Most of us are familiar with the savage instincts of our feline friends; some kittens playfully pounce upon balls of wool or fuzzy, rattling toy mice, while human companions of outdoor cats may have been

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