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Design of National 9/11 Museum Weaves a Path Through the History of Ground Zero

Design of National 9/11 Museum Weaves a Path Through the History of Ground Zero

After a tumultuous journey filled with all kinds of obstacles, the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum finally opened its doors to the public on Wednesday. Designed by Davis Brody Bond, the cavernous

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Indoor Environmental Quality—Clean Air and Comfort for Homes and Office Spaces

GREEN BUILDING 101: Indoor Environmental Quality—Clean Air and Comfort for Homes and Office Spaces

Feeling good in our homes or offices isn't just a matter of having a beautiful space: No matter how fabulous your furnishings, a poorly designed indoor environment can literally make you sick. Building

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Itsy Bitsy Bonsai Plants Grow in Adorable Thimble-sized Ceramic Pots

Itsy Bitsy Bonsai Plants Grow in Adorable Thimble-sized Ceramic Pots

Especially popular with those lacking the space for a larger sized bonsai, the mini Bonsai versions are perfect for just about any location. Related: Amazing Bonsai Castles Although some of the

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Daniel Libeskind Unveils Twisting Vanke Shitang Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo

Daniel Libeskind Unveils Twisting Vanke Shitang Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo

In addition to its central theme of food, the Vanke pavilion will also explore Chinese social issues caused by rapid urbanization such as the feeling of loneliness by aging empty nesters and the

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Jun Aoki Hides Omiyamae Gymnasium Underground to Create a Green Oasis for Suginami, Tokyo

Jun Aoki Hides Omiyamae Gymnasium Underground to Create a Green Oasis for Suginami, Tokyo

Contemporary Japanese architect Jun Aoki worked in the office of Arata Isozaki alongside Pritzker prize winner Shigeru Ban and is known for visually arresting structures such as his stores for Louis

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Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

In order to maintain the personality of the neighborhood, the architects focused on expanding and reframing the original space of the Arena do Morro community center while adding new design features. The

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California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

A new study by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds that the worst drought in state history could cost the agricultural industry $1.7 billion this year and eliminate

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30 Amazing Green Designs from Wanted Design 2014!

30 Amazing Green Designs from Wanted Design 2014!

While ICFF has long been considered the centerpiece of New York Design Week, another show called Wanted Design has been making a name for itself as a must-see collection of emerging designers you may not

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MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

Vetterlein has thought of every last detail to ensure the Micro Office Systems Space concept has a small environmental impact while still providing a comfortable and professional working environment for

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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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The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

The Bones of an Old Butcher Shop Rise Anew as a Charming Architecture Studio in Vancouver

Scott&Scott Architects' new studio and home was originally built in 1911. It was once a butcher shop, and it was used as a grocery store for a long time. The commercial space was stripped down to a

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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MINI Unveils Three of the World’s Tiniest Luxury Campers

MINI Unveils Three of the World’s Tiniest Luxury Campers

The MINI Clubvan Camper, the Cowley and the MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp can get you to your getaway destination and transform into a multi-use unit built for the great outdoors. The three campers were built

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Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Fujitsu Converts Fukushima Microchip Factory into a Radiation-Free Lettuce Farm

Located in the Fukushima Prefecture, the futuristic Aizu-Wakamatsu Akisai Vegetable Plant is the start of field trials led by Fujitsu Home & Office Services Limited. Measuring about half an acre, it

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Watch the Night Sky Through Giant Binoculars at Montreal’s Stellar New Planetarium

Watch the Night Sky Through Giant Binoculars at Montreal’s Stellar New Planetarium

The three-storey complex is situated near the 1976 Olympic Games site and the Biodrome, and features telescopic structures, two theaters and state-of-the-art facilities for space research. The building

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NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has built a saucer-like spacecraft that will be used as a planetary lander in Mars missions launching as early as 2018. The Low Density

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Benoit Challand’s Fold Yard Transforms Office Furniture into a Life Sized Alphabet

Benoit Challand’s Fold Yard Transforms Office Furniture into a Life Sized Alphabet

Challand sought an innovative office furniture design that would move away from the traditional, and often stifling, design of the mundane cubicle. Keeping needed elements like wall partitions, storage

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Linked Towers Planned for Berlin’s Holzmarkt Area

Linked Towers Planned for Berlin’s Holzmarkt Area

A cluster of five towers designed by Graft and Kleihues + Kleihues Architekten will break ground in Berlin in 2015, bringing another mixed-use development to the German capital. Connected by a chain of

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Architect Toyo Ito Challenges Zaha Hadid’s National Stadium, Unveils Alternative Design for Half the Cost

Architect Toyo Ito Challenges Zaha Hadid’s National Stadium, Unveils Alternative Design for Half the Cost

In protest to Zaha Hadid's design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium, 2013 Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito has proposed an alternative stadium plan that would slash the current expected price tag in half.

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Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

Looking for a productive and environmentally-friendly way to combine your love of recycling with gardening? A new product called Petomato allows aspiring gardeners to convert plastic bottles into

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Wheelchair-Accessible Loft Bauhaus Has a Refreshingly Low Environmental Impact in Brazil

Wheelchair-Accessible Loft Bauhaus Has a Refreshingly Low Environmental Impact in Brazil

Loft Bauhaus measures 1,700 square-feet and is raised two feet off the ground using hydraulic piloti. This minimizes the home's impact on the soil and allows all necessary electrical cables to be fitted

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Green Partition Lets You Customize Your Own Indoor Living Wall

Green Partition Lets You Customize Your Own Indoor Living Wall

If you've ever dreamt of having more greenery around the house, here's a great solution for you: Ann Baldina has designed a Green Partition system that isn't just gorgeous; it also helps to purify the

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Foster + Partners Unveils Istanbul’s First Apple Store

Foster + Partners Unveils Istanbul’s First Apple Store

Istanbul's first Apple store features a frameless, rectangular glass cube that sits at street level and illuminates from the interior below ground. The 18-square-meter glass structure allows pedestrians

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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Adorable LEGO Wildlife Garden With Frogs and Hedgehogs Opens in the UK

Adorable LEGO Wildlife Garden With Frogs and Hedgehogs Opens in the UK

Legoland Windsor's new Wildlife Garden has six unique habitats featuring local wildlife and their homes. A wonderful way to raise awareness, the garden was designed as a call on the British public to make

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Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

Inhabitat: Could you tell us how Shiply got started? How did you go from the first concept of the company to actually creating and growing Shiply? Matthams: I got the idea when I was ordering a pool

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Nuclear Power Plant and Thousands of People Threatened in Nine San Diego County Wildfires

Nuclear Power Plant and Thousands of People Threatened in Nine San Diego County Wildfires

Dozens of homes and thousands of acres have burned as not one, but nine wildfires ripped through the San Diego County landscape. Universities, attractions like Legoland and tens of thousands of people

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PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

The main building is completely wrapped with the white mesh-like facade, which is separated from the interior by a patio and glass gallery. The large facade panels are attached to metal posts surrounding

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Scientists Finally Create Bird-Friendly Glass!

Scientists Finally Create Bird-Friendly Glass!

Nearly one billion birds die from collisions with glass buildings every year, but now scientists have finally developed glass panels with vertical stripes that birds can see. Ornilux panels are

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Giant Air-Purifying “Urban Forest” Unveiled for the Milan Expo 2015

Giant Air-Purifying “Urban Forest” Unveiled for the Milan Expo 2015

The external facade of Nemesi & Partners' Palazzo Italia is made from a special type of air-cleaning cement patented by Italcementi. According to the architects, "In direct sunlight, the active

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