The Nautilus - Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family

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The Nautilus, designer Javier Senosiain’s bizarre, snail-shaped dwelling, is a mind-bending union of artistic experimentation and simplified living. Inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright, Senosiain has brought to Mexico City another sparkling example of what he calls “Bio-Architecture” — the idea that buildings based on the natural principles of organic forms bring us back to local history, tradition and cultural roots, in turn creating harmony with nature.

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Robotic Fabric Could Be Used to Create Moving Clothing

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We’ve all heard of electronic fabrics, but robotic fabrics? That’s a new one. Researchers are Purdue University are developing an electronic skin-like fabric that can move on its own, twisting and turning into endless shapes. So why do we need such a thing? Robotic fabrics could be used to create active clothing for sports, soldiers and astronauts or help those with disabilities move while wearing the fabric, changing the way we interact with our clothing.

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Jenga-Like Bamboo PixelTable Can be Pushed or Pulled to Create Storage Space

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Need more shelf space? A cupboard? A table? The Jenga-like PixelTable from Studio Intussen can be transformed into a variety of furnishings to suit your needs. The 45 x 45 x 45 cm cube is composed of eco-friendly bamboo slats which can be pushed or pulled to create spaces for storing objects and flat surfaces for shelving.

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Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

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WG3's Hypercubus Micro Hotel is a Tiny Home Tilted Towards the Sky

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Employees Grow Herbs and Veggies at Google's New Super-headquarters in London

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Designer Robert DuGrenier Makes Hand-Blown Glass Shells for Hermit Crabs

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Glass blower Robert DuGrenier has been blowing glass for over 30 years, but for the last 15 he has been creating hand-blown glass terrarium sculptures to house living art compositions for about 50 hermit crabs (or “Crabitats,” as we’ve taken to calling them). Now, DuGrenier is offering his glass shells up for sale, so if you are a hermit crab lover then this is for you!

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Zaha Hadid's Sleuk Rith Institute Sprouts like a Forest in Cambodia

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Wooden Discovery Centre Blends in With the Forests of Québec

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German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

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Tesla Unveils the D: An All-Wheel-Drive Model S

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At long last, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has finally unveiled the mysterious D: a faster all-wheel-drive version of the electric Model S sedan. Earlier this month, Musk hinted about the new model in a cryptic message on Twitter that said it was “about time to unveil the D and something else.” The letter “D” stands for the new model’s dual-motor system, which will power the front wheels and give the car a significant boost in speed.

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Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

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The effects of climate change seem to know no bounds: new research shows carbon emissions have dramatically increased the acidity of our oceans to the point where our entire food web is at risk of collapsing. In a recent report to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), scientists said the ocean’s acidity level has gone up 26 percent in the past 200 years, since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. According to Phys.org, that increase in acidity directly mirrors the proportion of carbon dioxide oceans have been absorbing ever since humans started burning massive amounts of fossil fuels for energy.

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i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

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New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

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Fusion energy is often associated with Hollywood fantasy – think Tony Stark’s miniature Arc Reactor in “Iron Man.” But could a virtually unlimited source of zero-emission power actually become a reality? University of Washington engineers have designed a fusion reactor concept that could be cheaper than a coal-fired power plant with a similar electrical output. According to the results of their analysis, which will be presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fusion Energy Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, a fusion power plant producing one gigawatt of energy would cost $2.7 billion compared to $2.8 billion for a coal plant.

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PalletFest is the Nation's First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

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A unique new festival is coming to Denver, Colorado this weekend – PalletFest is the nation’s first major upcycling festival, and it has been selected to be the city’s first certifiably green event. On October 10th and 11th attendees will get to explore a giant shipping pallet maze, see the first ever pallet build off, view sustainable living demos, watch an upcycled fashion show, and shop from numerous art vendors. Live musical entertainment will be on hand, along with professional parkour athletes on an upcycled obstacle course.

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Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Washi paper has been created in Japan for centuries, and now, the Taniguchi Aoya Washi company teamed up with Nendo to create three-dimensional forms with it—like these gorgeous…

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The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green…

The Melbourne home focuses on small and sustainable living, demonstrating just how good design mitigates the need for a larger home. Recycled materials are elevated by the clean, modern…

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Don't Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn's Design Open Mic Tomorrow

Don't Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn's…

Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn invite you to hear about innovative humanitarian designs directly from designers and architects themselves at their Design Open…

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Minimalist Timber-Imprinted Concrete Home in Argentina Pays Homage to The Surrounding Forest

Minimalist Timber-Imprinted Concrete Home in Argentina Pays Homage to…

Casa SV nestles in a woodland area of Pinamar, 200 miles south of the capital. Its long-lasting shell was made from intersecting slabs of concrete that were cast over lengths of…

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6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

  The motto "always be prepared" is a good one to keep in mind, but one might not understand the importance of that until immersed in a situation that one hasn't prepared…

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