New Work Station Made With Recycled Pallets Cost Less Than €30 to Build

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Two different professionals with different needs needed a new working station. But they had to share the same 18.5 square meter space and they had a very limited budget. They knew the solution had to be functional, resistant, and dynamic. So they finally settled on creating a multi-functional central element out of recycled wooden pallets that would integrate all the working tools and materials within the working place. This way they were able to contain costs and offer one integrated solution for the two different clients.

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Old Gun Supply Store in Arizona Transformed Into Community-Friendly Creative Center of Scottsdale

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Michelle Biely bought a property in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona that operated as a gun supply store for over 50 years. She wanted to turn it into a more friendly, community-oriented place and hired Contour Design Studio, led by principal Christina Noble, to turn it into a creative co-working complex complete with a coffee shop and courtyard gathering space. The Creative Center of Scottsdale is an adaptive reuse project of three existing buildings: a 4,000 square foot gun supply store transformed into a creative co-working space, a 2,000 square foot auto shop that is now an empty shell waiting for a tenant, and a 1,800 square foot knit shop that has been renovated as a coffee house. This is the first commercial building in the city to have been approved with the International Green Building Code.

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Rising Moon Pavilion Made Entirely of Recycled Water Bottles Puts on an Amazing Light Show

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Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

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Daniel Byström and Kristján Kristjánsson used discarded wood to develop a series of beautiful, hand-crafted light fixtures that raise awareness for serious issues plaguing forests. Their Hollow Lamp draws attention to problems ranging from beetle kill to aspen die-off and the effects of climate change. The designers are part of the international community of concerned creatives behind the Designers & Forests initiative.

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Tour a Fabulous Brooklyn Brownstone Renovated by NYC Fashion Designer and Homeowner JoAnn Berman

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Makkink & Bey Builds Bizarre Cheese Maker Tower With Recycled Kitchen Materials to Empower Indian Women and Children

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Dutch studio Makkink & Bey created a weird and wonderful Cheese Maker in close collaboration with craftsmen from India. The new imperfect design was inspired by a mix of Dutch cheese making and ceramic tradition, and the way Indians stack houses because of overpopulation. Made from a tower of different materials and handmade objects, the Cheese Maker will be on display at the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair‘s Ventura Lambrate.

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Win a Chance for a Home Makeover with IKEA's Home Tour

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IKEA’s Home Tour Squad is heading to an East Coast city near you, giving homeowners a chance to have their abodes transformed by experts. A team of five IKEA designers will not only make chosen living spaces way more efficient, they will also offer advice about the best way to maximize space. Hit the jump to find out how you get your home made over.

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Fishing Ban in the Lawless High Seas Could Give Fish a Fighting Chance

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Scientists have proposed a novel idea to prevent the collapse of fish stocks due to overfishing: ban fishing in international waters and turn the open ocean into a worldwide reserve. The proposal introduced in the journal PLoS Biology may seem extreme, but scientists say such drastic measures may be necessary if we want to ensure future generations have the same access to seafood. Unless we act now, the journal Science reports that overfishing may permanently take seafood off the menu by 2048.

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Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home Renovation in Montreal

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Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin

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INTERVIEW: Takaharu Tezuka Incorporates Nature and Function in Architecture

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BIG's Hualien Residences Look Like Gigantic Green-Roofed Mountains

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Richard Branson Unveils Amazing Mahali Mzuri Eco-Camp in Kenya

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Philips's New LED Bulb Looks and Feels Like an Incandescent

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Practically everyone knows that LED and fluorescent light bulbs are better than inefficient incandescents, but many consumers just can’t resist the familiar shape and soft, warm glow. Philips plans on changing all that with an LED bulb that looks like an old reliable incandescent and gives off a similar glow, which may just convince the hold-outs to convert.

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Japanese-Inspired Woven Willow Kagome Sandpit Offers Natural Play for Kids in Vienna

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Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic…

The prospect of a bouncing robotic kangaroo may seem crazy, but German-based engineering company Festo discovered that basing robot motion on the kangaroo’s hop is incredibly energy…

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Tiny Polyhedral Noa Prefab is a Geometry Lover's Dream Home

Tiny Polyhedral Noa Prefab is a Geometry Lover's Dream Home

Technically, the shape is a rhombic dodecahedron with a hexagon for a base; the geometry was specially designed by Orgusaar to create a space that was easily assembled out of identical…

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Australia's Largest Cargotecture House is a Modern Masterpiece Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Australia's Largest Cargotecture House is a Modern Masterpiece Built…

Miller superbly combines textures to create a rich sense of depth in the house's facade. In the front of the house, the corrugated steel of the shipping containers are juxtaposed…

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Madrid Gets Ready to Launch its First Electric Bike Sharing Program

Madrid Gets Ready to Launch its First Electric Bike Sharing Program

Madrid is making it easier and greener to get around town with its first electric bike-share program. Dubbed BiciMad, the program mirrors similar programs in place in Barcelona, London…

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Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Americans love to eat seafood. In fact, seafood consumption in the United States has grown 50 percent in the last 50 years, with shrimp, tuna and salmon topping the list as most popular…

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