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MVRDV’s Speech Bubble Inspired Building Wins China Comic and Animation Museum Design Bid

MVRDV’s Speech Bubble Inspired Building Wins China Comic and Animation Museum Design Bid

MVRDV focuses on achieving excellent energy ratings, and the CAM Museum is no different.  The sleek aerodynamic design creates even wind pressure, and a lower need for air conditioning. The interior is

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Planting Sugar Cane Can Lower Local Temperature by Almost Two Degrees

Planting Sugar Cane Can Lower Local Temperature by Almost Two Degrees

Researchers from the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology have found that planting sugarcane on land previously occupied by other crops will cool the local area. It was found that the plant

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IKEA Pledges to Transition to 100% “Better Cotton” by 2015

IKEA Pledges to Transition to 100% “Better Cotton” by 2015

Swedish furniture company IKEA impressed us once again with its announcement on Wednesday that it wants all of the cotton it uses to adhere to Better Cotton Initiative standards. The BCI, a

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Sprouts of Green Pop Up on a Barcelona Community Center Rooftop

Sprouts of Green Pop Up on a Barcelona Community Center Rooftop

This cheery community center in the Cardedeu area of Barcelona, Spain, combines three of our favorite things - recycled materials, an emphasis on the surrounding environment, and a green rooftop. Designed

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Stelmat Headquarters Makes A Bold Statement With Its Green Roof And Indoor Living Wall

Stelmat Headquarters Makes A Bold Statement With Its Green Roof And Indoor Living Wall

Recently completed in 2010, the five-story Stelmat Headquarters is like a stack of cards with each layer placed to create new rooftop and balcony spaces. Walking up to the building, one is greeted by a

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Research Finds Banana Peels Can Efficiently Remove Toxic Metals From Wastewater

Research Finds Banana Peels Can Efficiently Remove Toxic Metals From Wastewater

A group of Brazilian scientists found that minced banana peels can remove toxic metals from wastewater up to 20 times better than some commonly used materials.

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Projecto Kombi: People-Powered Cardboard Flintstone Van Hits the Streets of São Paulo

Projecto Kombi: People-Powered Cardboard Flintstone Van Hits the Streets of São Paulo

The cardboard structure can hold four passengers who, with the amusing charm of the Flintstones, take to their feet and run along the concrete roads. Attracting attention across the city, the combi causes

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Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Gasland Gasland is the a visually provocative story by writer director Josh Fox who was inspired to explore the dangers of gas drilling when he was offered money to drill at his property in Pennsylvania.

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Parasitic Emergency Homes Can Be Implanted Onto Abandoned Buildings

Parasitic Emergency Homes Can Be Implanted Onto Abandoned Buildings

"With an avant-garde approach and forward thinking, as a designer, my goal was to provide sustainable homes for the stranded survivors in all the overly populated mega city, for this project specifically

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Heinz to Use Plant-Based Bottles Made by Coca-Cola

Heinz to Use Plant-Based Bottles Made by Coca-Cola

This summer, Heinz will being using Coca-Cola's PlantBottles for all 20 oz. ketchup packaging.

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Agua Table Tricks the Eye With Stones Made from Recycled Cardboard

Agua Table Tricks the Eye With Stones Made from Recycled Cardboard

This minimalist table by Brazilian designer Domingos Tótora appears to feature a collection of sandstones below a glass tabletop -- but its base has actually been created from recycled cardboard! The

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First Flight Powered by Jatropha-Based Biofuel Completed

First Flight Powered by Jatropha-Based Biofuel Completed

Good news for aviation and biofuel buffs: TAM Airlines (Brazil's largest carrier) and Airbus recently completed the first jatropha biofuel-based test flight. The flight, conducted on an A320, was juiced

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Giant Monkey Sculpture Made from Thousands of Flip Flops

Giant Monkey Sculpture Made from Thousands of Flip Flops

A group of students in Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently constructed a giant monkey out of thousands of flip-flops! Designed for the Pixelshow 2010 this fun sculpture currently lies innocently in a local park

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MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

This Sunday MoMA will open their latest architectural exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. This exhibit presents 11 architectural projects located in five

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Gridded Modular Eco Home in the Hills Outside Sao Paulo

Gridded Modular Eco Home in the Hills Outside Sao Paulo

The Grid House sits on a parcel of land where walking paths converge, leading away to the jungle and off towards hill tops with views. This protected little valley comprises about 16 acres and it is the

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Researchers One Step Closer to Capturing Electricity Out of Thin Air

Researchers One Step Closer to Capturing Electricity Out of Thin Air

Electricity's most fundamental riddle: How does it form in nature? Even centuries after Ben Franklin so famously harnessed lightning, recreating this natural phenomenon has remained an unsolved mystery

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Can the UK Really Cut Transport Emissions 76% by 2050?

Can the UK Really Cut Transport Emissions 76% by 2050?

It's generally agreed the world over that transportation is the largest contributor to global warming. As such, governments have begun heavily investing in high-speed rail projects and other transport

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Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Some consider wind turbines to be garish blips on serene landscapes. Not so with this Windstalk concept, which utilizes a series of 1203 kinetic energy-generating "stalks" to harness power. Designed for

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Dune Hotel Provides Prefab Accommodation Where You Want To Be

Dune Hotel Provides Prefab Accommodation Where You Want To Be

The Dune Hotel is a prefab modular idea that is intended to fill urban niches and go where the action is. Emerging Brazilian Architect Guilherme de Vasconcelos wants us to take a look at those unused

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Incredible Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2 and Stores It as Energy

Incredible Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2 and Stores It as Energy

We’ve seen numerous endeavors undertaken by individuals, organizations and government bodies alike, each attempting to bring our world into a more sustainable state of being. But even with all these new

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Santiago Calatrava Unveils Green “Museum of Tomorrow” for Rio

Santiago Calatrava Unveils Green “Museum of Tomorrow” for Rio

Internationally-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava has just unveiled his latest work -- a sleek and sustainable "Museum of Tomorrow" planned for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Situated upon the currently

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NYC Assemblyman Proposes City-Wide Cigarette Recycling Program

NYC Assemblyman Proposes City-Wide Cigarette Recycling Program

Approximately 176 million pounds of cigarette butts are discarded in the United States every year. Usually they end up on the ground or in a landfill and leach their toxic chemicals into the water table.

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Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Check out these cheerful candy-colored buildings! Murals are a fantastic way to sugar-coat concrete and brighten up otherwise drab buildings. Artists Haas and Hahn have adorned several concrete

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Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Recycling used electronics is great, but in some cases, there's an even greener option out there -- several charities accept used and even broken electronic equipment. These non-profits ensure that

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Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat Water

Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat Water

This incredible concept for a self-heating piezoelectric shower combines inspiration from the human body’s circulatory system with technological innovations in piezoelectricity. The fluid web of piping

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LIGHT BULBO is a Lamp Made From a Gourd!

LIGHT BULBO is a Lamp Made From a Gourd!

Your parents may have told you to eat your veggies, but we bet they never reminded you to turn them off when you leave the room. But they may have if you'd had 'LIGHT BULBO', an ingenious lamp made of a

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Milan 2010: Fuori Salone Goes Green During Milan Design Week

Milan 2010: Fuori Salone Goes Green During Milan Design Week

In Zona Tortona’s Superstudio Piu, the Brazil-based Campana brothers came together with the Cosentino group to showcase their Ecosentino material. An ideal substitute for natural or fake stone, this

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The “Bug” Urban Electric Concept Mini-Car

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The “Bug” Urban Electric Concept Mini-Car

This mini concept car, designed by Brazilian designer Ricardo Fedrizzi, is all electric, meaning it has zero emissions. The "Bug" is a super cute two-seater vehicle meant for puttering around in the city

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