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Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Industrial designer Carl Menary (also the maker of the ReTyre Clip) designed a series of four light shades for his wife Victoria to make and sell. They wanted a product made from local materials that

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Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

The Writer's Block cabin is located at the mouth of the Sheepscott River in Westport, Maine. Multi-functional, the cabin works as a studio, sleeping quarters and a boathouse for a canoe. <a

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Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

GINGERBREAD GEODESIC DOME HOUSE There is no doubt that this amazing gingerbread geodesic dome would make Buckminster Fuller proud. The super tasty abode was created by the designers over at Scout

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World’s Largest LEGO Snow Globe Lights Up London

World’s Largest LEGO Snow Globe Lights Up London

LEGO artist Duncan Titmarsh recently unveiled the world’s largest LEGO snow globe in London! Glowing with LED lights, the snow globe shows fourteen London landmarks in LEGO brick grandeur. Titmarsh used

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Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

The first Plus Energy House in Bulgaria recently popped up near Sofia. Designed by Studio APXE, the passive house will generate more energy than it consumes due to the implementation of a photovoltaic

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DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

When you order a Gingerbread Geodesic Dome, you will receive a cardboard template that is very simple to put together. You then bake the gingerbread and cut it into little hexagons that are then "glued"

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Lunar-Powered Kringle Sleigh Delivers Gifts in Style

Lunar-Powered Kringle Sleigh Delivers Gifts in Style

The modern sleigh rests atop two skis, which enable the cozy contraption to easily navigate snowy grounds. Aerodynamic Scandinavian ash was steam-bent, making a lightweight continuous piece of wood for

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Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is a 38,500 sq ft eco school located on a 21 acre wooded site next to the Deschutes River with views of the Mt. Bachelor in the distance. The non-profit school provides an intimate

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Panoramic Round House has a 360-Degree View of the Spanish Countryside

Panoramic Round House has a 360-Degree View of the Spanish Countryside

The Round House is designed for a site in the idyllic Spanish landscape, surrounded by lush almond groves, a glittering lake and distant mountains that frame picturesque views of the Cretas region. The

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Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

This small apartment only has a footprint of 25 sq meters, so Alan Chu had to make the most of the small space. Organized across two floors, the renovated micro apartment has an open floor plan kitchen

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Aussie Artist Crochets a Festive Reindeer from 2,000 Plastic Bags

Aussie Artist Crochets a Festive Reindeer from 2,000 Plastic Bags

Australian designer Angela van Boxtel is celebrating the holidays with a festive reindeer made from 2,000 plastic bags! Set in the Australian sun, the recycled Blitzen was carefully crocheted from

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Terrifying Colorful Monster is an Underwater Venus Fly Trap!

Terrifying Colorful Monster is an Underwater Venus Fly Trap!

This may look like an alien, but it's actually humped bladderwort, an aquatic venus fly trap! Photographer Igor Siwanowicz won the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition for capturing this

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Snow Artist Simon Beck Stamps a Crop of Gorgeous Snow Patterned Fields in France

Snow Artist Simon Beck Stamps a Crop of Gorgeous Snow Patterned Fields in France

Dotted across the snow-filled valleys of the Les Arc ski lodge in France, the artist creates giant snow patterns simply by stepping in strategic patterns and shapes. With no help from machinery, he makes

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Norway’s Stunning Klemet Environmental Theater is Made from Recycled and Natural Materials

Norway’s Stunning Klemet Environmental Theater is Made from Recycled and Natural Materials

Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio's Klemet theater is set in a valley, and it takes advantage of the site's natural slope to provide "stadium" seating with the stage set at the lowest point. The benches are made

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OtoCycles Combines Vintage Style with Green Transportation

OtoCycles Combines Vintage Style with Green Transportation

Barcelona’s Otocycles combine classic retro style with the modernity of an electric bicycle. Inspired by 1950s design, each of the Otocycles is made to ensure sustainable, but comfortable mobility in

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Massive SuperPier Shipping Container Complex Coming to NYC

Massive SuperPier Shipping Container Complex Coming to NYC

We've been following the development of the massive SuperPier retail complex in NYC for quite some time now, and now the project is taking a big step towards coming to fruition. Located at Pier 57 on

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Joel Cooper Creates Stunning Origami Art From Simple Sheets of Paper

Joel Cooper Creates Stunning Origami Art From Simple Sheets of Paper

The paper used by Joel Cooper is hand-painted, stained or dyed and treated to ensure the resulting art is durable enough to display. Because he doesn't use any glue or cut the paper at all, Cooper's paper

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M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House is located on a tall ridge overlooking Grand Traverse Bay with views that encourage discovery of the landscape. Inspired by the elements of fire, earth, wind and water, the home comprises a

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

A new study shows that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana

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North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

The two-story North Peak House is located at the edge of a neighborhood bordered by sloping woodlands on the south and an open field to the north. Built with regionally sourced limestone, on-site boulders

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New SmartCharge LED Lightbulb Works Even When the Power Goes Out

New SmartCharge LED Lightbulb Works Even When the Power Goes Out

SmartCharge just unveiled a brilliant LED lightbulb that works even during power outages! The innovative bulb features a built-in battery, so it can be switched on in emergency situations when the grid

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A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

Sanzpont Arquitectura was invited to submit a proposal for an international restricted competition to create an innovative, ecological palace in Qatar. Their "A Palace For Nature" proposal balanced

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2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

Before you start thinking the U.S. government is going to kick down your door looking for incandescent bulbs like they’re drugs – that’s not the case. The lighting ban isn’t a true ban; you’re

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Rever & Drage’s Sweet Wooden Sheds Morph from Storage to Cozy Camping Shelters

Rever & Drage’s Sweet Wooden Sheds Morph from Storage to Cozy Camping Shelters

Set on a wooden platform, the cabins are perched at the top of a hill in a forested area overlooking a picturesque fjord near the family’s summer home. The group of three structures surround an elevated

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Vertical Cemetery Could Provide Norway With More Space to Bury the Dead

Vertical Cemetery Could Provide Norway With More Space to Bury the Dead

As time goes on, graveyard space is becoming more limited - and Norwegian designer Martin McSherry just proposed plans for a skyscraper cemetery to house the dead. The Royal Danish School of Architecture

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Sriracha Hot Sauce Plant Ordered to Cease Production Due to Presence of Microorganisms

Sriracha Hot Sauce Plant Ordered to Cease Production Due to Presence of Microorganisms

The Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale, California has been ordered to cease production due to the presence of microorganisms in the beloved sauce. The Los Angeles Superior Court ordered Huy Fong Foods

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JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic is one of Chef Jose Garces' eight restaurants in Philadelphia and Chicago. Located in an atrium in the Cira Center next to the 30th street train station, the restaurant provides a warm and

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School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

Built for the Vento di Terra o.n.g. and the Jerusalem Beduin Cooperative Commitee, the School of Tyres is a practical solution to provide an education for the children of the Al Khan Al Ahmar Bedouin

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NASA’s New Valkyrie Robot Looks Like a Futuristic Superhero

NASA’s New Valkyrie Robot Looks Like a Futuristic Superhero

NASA’s new Valkyrie robot looks like a space-age superhero! Created for the DARPA Robotics Challenge by the Johnson Space Center, the six-foot-tall robot is packed with cameras, sensors and sonar to

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