Herzog & de Meuron Complete Rammed Earth Herb Center for Ricola

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Herzog & de Meuron just completed a new production facility for Ricola, the Swiss manufacturer of herbal cough drops and fresh mints. The new building is one of six projects designed for the company by the studio, and it’s built from rammed earth extracted from local quarries and mines.

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Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil's Stadiums into Affordable Housing

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Gigantic 'Energy Duck' Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

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A 15-Year-Old is Developing a 3D Printer That's 10 Times Faster Than Anything on the Market!

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When it comes to global innovation, teenagers are leading the way. The latest teen genius to cross our radar is Thomas Suarez, a 15-year-old who claims to have designed a 3D printer that is ten times faster and more reliable than anything on the market.

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Legendary Architect Moshe Safdie Unveils Indoor Bio-Dome for Singapore's Changi Airport

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Family of Three Thrives Inside a Beautiful, Modern 269 Sq Ft Tiny Studio Outside Madrid

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RhOME for denCity's Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

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Ferrari Designer Ken Okuyama Unveils Super Luxurious Cruise Train for Japan

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Helsinki Wants Residents Car Free Within Just 10 Years

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Finland’s capital and largest city Helsinki has put forth a bold plan to integrate public and shared transportation so that in 10 years residents will not need to own a car. The “mobility on demand” system will provide citizens with a “route planner” smartphone app that allows for one-click purchasing that combines all transit options. The cheap and flexible city-wide travel options include public transportation, carpool, bus, taxi, train, ferries, bike sharing and more.

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A Junior Polar Vortex is Returning to the Eastern US

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Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the dreaded polar vortex is about to rear its ugly head once again. This week, a pocket of cool air is making its way from the Gulf of Alaska, across the Great Lakes and along the East Coast in a chilling (get it?) replay of January’s bone-deep freeze. The normally-sweltering July heat will be pummeled down by cold Alaskan air and rainstorms that might have some people reliving the January vortex all over again.

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Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond

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It’s no secret that the American shopping mall is going the way of the dodo as big box stores and online shopping take over. But what to do with the abandoned buildings? Perhaps we should learn from a group of people in Thailand who recently turned an old mall into a giant fish pond. The Bangkok Post reports that the abandoned Bang Lamphu shopping mall in Thailand’s capital city had no roof and got filled with water, creating a 1,640 square foot pond that was a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To rid themselves of both the danger and annoyance, local residents took matters into their own hands by bringing in fish of various species to fill the pond and eat the bugs.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 2014's Most Promising Alternative Energy Trends

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Households, businesses, and cities around the world are turning to renewable energy to reduce their environmental impact – but which clean technologies are leading the pack in 2014? This new infographic from Toll Free Forwarding explores some of the world’s most exciting advances in clean technology – from sugar batteries and spray painted solar cells to energy-generating streets. Check out the full infographic after the break!

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Luminous Paper Sculptures by Yena Young Double as Indoor Lamps

by , 07/14/14

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William Morris’s famous advice regarding home decor was: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Occasionally, home decor pieces can be found that can pull double-duty in that regard, such as the Mao & Piu, paper lamps by Yena Young. Made of mulberry paper and flour glue in a traditional Korean Hanji-craft method, Mao & Piu are imaginary creatures who seek a calm and peaceful life. During the day, these characters stand still, almost invisible in their surroundings, but lending their quiet beauty to the space they’re in. At night, once the lights are on, they gleam as though bathed in moonlight.

Mao & Piu were nominated for Jury Selection at the 2014 DMY International Design Festival in Berlin.

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São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini 'Parklets' for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

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Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world’s first formal public parklets were initially conceived by Italian designer and London resident Suzi Bolognese (Sb Design Studio) and installed in San Francisco in 2010. As of January 2014, 62 parklets have been installed throughout San Francisco, and the program is being emulated in cities around the world. The latest city to introduce the project is Sao Paulo, Brazil. The parklets program fits in perfectly with São Paulo’s attempts to promote a friendlier pedestrian environment, and involves replacing a parking space or two with a new public area. Parklets can incorporate benches, chairs, tables, trees, and bike racks for the public to use and enjoy. Sb design studio has presented the project to mayor Fernando Haddad in 2013 and a temporary parklets experiment took place in parts of São Paulo during Environment Week, with the initiative gaining media coverage as well as being widely applauded by citizens. São Paulo has loved parklets so much, it has integrated them into city planning policy. Now as a result of Decree No. 55,405, São Paulo has rules for the creation and maintenance of parklets, the first Latin American public policy on the issue.

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Take a Peek at a Stunning Secret Swiss Villa Hidden Into a Mountainside!

by , 07/14/14

sustainable design, green design, vals, switzerland, search, christian muller, green building, underground house, hill houseIn a location as picturesque as Vals, Switzerland, it’s difficult to imagine any new construction that wouldn’t impose on the beautiful landscape. So, when the rare opportunity was granted to construct a new dwelling just a stone’s throw away from the famed Vals thermal baths, it was of paramount importance to not disturb the tranquil site. Designed by the architects of SeArch and Christian Müller, this underground house exemplifies the notion that thoughtfully constructed buildings can live in harmony with their surrounding environs.

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6 Smart Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in Tiny Apartments

6 Smart Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in Tiny Apartments

Terri showing an audience at the Museum of the City of New York's Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers exhibit how to cook in a 325 sq. ft. micro apartment. The installation…

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SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida's Ft. Lauderdale Station

SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida's Ft. Lauderdale Station

A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a…

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Amazing Origami-Inspired Oru Kayak Folds Flat into a Compact Carrying Case in Minutes

Amazing Origami-Inspired Oru Kayak Folds Flat into a Compact Carrying…

If you're squeezed for space in your tiny city apartment, chances are your beloved but bulky outdoor gear will be the first to go in the downsizing process. The folks at Oru Kayak,…

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ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

The exhibition opens at 6PM and will showcase the top four designs, one honorable mention, and a slideshow of all 120 entries. The competition drew in concepts from 28 countries all…

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Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle…

Split into two levels to negotiate a sloping site, the Stackyard House is set with an in-situ concrete base and wrapped in silvered timber cladding. Asymmetrically arranged windows and…

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