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Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma´s Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is located on a busy corner in Tokyo near the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji. It's made mainly from glass and wood, and its interiors are airy

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Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese artist Saeri Kiritani has been playing with food for many years. But it was only recently that she was recognized for her work and named one of the winners of the National Portrait

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Gorgeous Optical Glass House in Hiroshima is Made from 6,000 Glass Bricks

Gorgeous Optical Glass House in Hiroshima is Made from 6,000 Glass Bricks

The first floor of the Optical Glass House is occupied by a garden and a glass façade positioned towards the street that maximizes natural lighting. The living areas are located at the far end of the

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World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

The city of Osaka plans to transform the Dotonbori Canal into the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. According to the proposal, the city wants to insert a 40 by 2,625 foot pool into the center of

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Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists in Japan recently used a promising new 3D printing material to create objects so small that they are the size as a single bacteria. The researchers were able print shapes that are measured in

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This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

Star Wars fans of the world rejoice, because the dream of owning your own personal lightsaber just got one step closer to reality. This 300mW hand-held blue laser can burn through cardboard, wood or a

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The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day Two

The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day Two

Behold - the world's smallest chandelier! Mineheart downplays the overindulgent splendor of gilt baroque luminaires with this tiny energy-efficient version that's every bit as elegant - and perfect for

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Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then leads to the

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Patrick Weder’s Cloud-Like Lamps Are Made from Hand-Formed Chicken Wire and Paper Pulp

Patrick Weder’s Cloud-Like Lamps Are Made from Hand-Formed Chicken Wire and Paper Pulp

Each of the delicate lamps is made from hand-formed chicken wire, and the wire's hectagon pattern is visible when the lamp is illuminated. Weder’s lamps take on an oceanic feel, looking like coral from

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Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

A new global study by Cisco found that half of the world's consumers would trust a car that that can operate without a human driver. Cisco's Customer Experience Report surveyed more than 1,500 consumers

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Mineo Mizuno Creates Living Sculptures From Ceramics and Moss

Mineo Mizuno Creates Living Sculptures From Ceramics and Moss

Japanese artist and landscape designer Mineo Mizuno grows moss on large ceramic pebble-like spheres, creating beautiful sculptures that forge a symbiotic relationship between materials. Inspired by his

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Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

The roof garden’s heart has a hexagonal communal table with trees sprouting and a glazed core. Attracting people as well as plenty of birds and butterflies, the trees all around it help to filter out

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Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has hemmed and hawed about closing its nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At first there was talk of closing down all reactors, but the motion was whittled

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material

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World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean - but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is developing a

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No, Sweat! Furniture Doubles as Stylish Home Gym Equipment

No, Sweat! Furniture Doubles as Stylish Home Gym Equipment

Work out meets work space in Darryl Agawin’s No, Sweat! furniture line, which combines a love for design with a love for fitness (and knowledge gleaned from Agawin's studies in medical school). The

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Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Rentsch enjoys creating "deceptively clever scenes from the simplest of objects." Using plant matter, she reconstructs weapons of metal and plastic, softening their bodies and pulling the man-made objects

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Oshatz Architects’ Wooden Wilkinson Residence Towers Amidst the Treetops

Oshatz Architects’ Wooden Wilkinson Residence Towers Amidst the Treetops

With a top floor surrounded by treetops, The Wilkinson Residence evokes the feeling of being in a tree house. It’s curvy exterior is covered with different wood tiles and some metal parts that get

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Japanese Artist Maico Akiba Creates Tiny Ecosystems on Animals’ Backs

Japanese Artist Maico Akiba Creates Tiny Ecosystems on Animals’ Backs

Maico Akiba is fond of sculpting, and she also draws and illustrates children’s books. Her pieces often reflect the passing of time with rusty textures and growing moss. Akiba's ‘Sekai’ series

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Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Fujiwaramuro Architects’ House in Hanoura is Surrounded by Artificial Hills and Breezy Rice Fields

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this house is a number of small hills that surround it and provide a depth perception to the flat landscape when looking out. A nice detail is that the architects made

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Foodscapes: Contemporary Compostable Tableware Made from Recycled Food Waste

Foodscapes: Contemporary Compostable Tableware Made from Recycled Food Waste

Next time you throw a dinner party at home you can wow your guests even if your cooking isn’t amazing. Designed by Italian studio Whomade and Michela Milani, ‘Foodscapes’ is a contemporary

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San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigation Finds Leaky Pipe Held Together With Tape, Plastic Bags, Broom Handles

As Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster demonstrated, no nuclear plant is ever completely safe. In January 2012, the San Onofre nuclear generating station (SONGS) in Southern California was closed due to

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Artist Miya Ando’s Bioluminescent Leaves Emit a Soft Nighttime Glow

Artist Miya Ando’s Bioluminescent Leaves Emit a Soft Nighttime Glow

Named after the Japanese Obon Festival, which commemorates the spirit of the dead and is said to guide ancestral spirits home with floating lanterns, Ando's floating poetry also mimics bioluminescent bays

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Green-Roofed LEED Platinum Butterfly Beach Home Opens Up to the Outdoors in Montecito, California

Green-Roofed LEED Platinum Butterfly Beach Home Opens Up to the Outdoors in Montecito, California

The Butterfly Beach Home is divided into three main living blocks that are unified by a continuous rich wood deck. The main house opens onto an indoor/outdoor living room with sliding glass doors that

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High-Tech Levitation Bike Generates Electricity and Acts as a Mobile Hot-Spot

High-Tech Levitation Bike Generates Electricity and Acts as a Mobile Hot-Spot

Designed by architect Michael Strain and his team, Levitation is a concept bike designed to power your smart phone that also acts as a mobile hot-spot with unlimited Wi-Fi access. It has an on-board

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UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

UID Architects’ Nest House is an Eco-Friendly Retreat for Three Women in a Japanese Forest

We are familiar with UID Architects’ work as we previously featured the firm's gorgeous Pit House in Okayama, Japan. Similar to the Pit House, the Nest House features big open spaces that flow into

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Boat Found Near Crescent City Confirmed as First California Tsunami Debris

Boat Found Near Crescent City Confirmed as First California Tsunami Debris

Researchers initially estimated the debris touchdown to be sometime in 2014, but the vessel from Rikuzentakata confirms that it is already well on its way. The heavily-barnacled skiff was identified as

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Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

A slew of converted shipping containers are expected to help ease a growing homelessness epidemic in cities across England. The number of homeless youth has tripled in the UK in the last few years,

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Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito’s Daylit Odate Dome Shrugs Off Snowstorms and Monsoons in Japan

Toyo Ito's Odate Dome was completed back in June 1997. The building is a great social space that hosts baseball and soccer games in addition to other events. The oval dome is made from 25,000 sustainably

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