To protect migrating birds, it's 'lights out' in New York

To protect migrating birds, it's 'lights out' in New York

  New York State is stepping up and shutting off to protect migratory birds from light pollution. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all non-essential outdoor…

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China's World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China's World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can…

China has completed their Milan Expo 2015 pavilion on time and it is gorgeous. Designed in collaboration between the Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University and New York-based…

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Brazil's porous World Expo pavilion erases boundaries with net-like ramps and walls

Brazil's porous World Expo pavilion erases boundaries with net-like…

Brazil has taken a proactive approach at the World Expo and brought a design that, under the slogan “Feeding the world with solutions,” explores the possibility of efficient global…

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The UK's immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK's immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live…

The UK's Hive is one of the first pavilions to open at Milan Expo 2015 and we are buzzing. Designed to simulate a real bee's hive, the soaring 1,910 square meter pavilion "grown in…

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The Milan Expo's modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber louvers enclosing multiple different biospheres

The Milan Expo's modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber…

The Azerbaijan pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 is a three-level structure flanked by wavy timber louvers, constructed from recyclable materials. Three Italian design firms- Simmetrico…

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Vietnam's sustainable bamboo

Vietnam's sustainable bamboo "lotus pods" sprout on time for Milan…

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the…

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Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica's 'bleeding glacier'

Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica's 'bleeding glacier'

Antarctica's Taylor Glacier—better known as 'Blood Falls'—is an awe-inspiring, bone-chilling sight as a deep red, five-storey waterfall steadily seeps through cracks in the…

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UAE's Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert villages

UAE's Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert…

At the heart of this year's Milan Expo sits the curvaceous, desert-inspired pavilion for the United Arab Emirates. Created by Foster + Partners, the design features dune-like walls and…

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Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green…

This minimalist office building in Quebec, Canada, integrates innovative sustainable technologies into its large wood- and concrete-clad volume. STGM Architects designed the building as…

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Help Nepal earthquake survivors and renewable energy by Kickstarting the Solarpuff portable solar lantern

Help Nepal earthquake survivors and renewable energy by Kickstarting…

SolarPuff is a little lantern that is making a huge impact, and now you can help make it even bigger. Right now, SolarPuff is offering Kickstarter rewards that will benefit the victims…

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Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western France

Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western…

The boathouse sits on a grassy knoll that overlooks the lake, giving visitors an option to enjoy outdoor activities as well as water sports. Guinée*Potin Architectes designed the…

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Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal's post-earthquake recovery

Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal's…

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to "help identify Nepalese nationals or…

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Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La…

A Tokyo warehouse has been transformed into a sprawling lifestyle store and café by Kengo Kuma and Associates. Now called La Kagu, the industrial warehouse is met with a massive timber…

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SoNo Arhitekti unveils prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo

SoNo Arhitekti unveils prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World…

SoNo Arhiteki won the bid to design the Slovenian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the expo's theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," SoNo Arhiteki based their…

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NYC's new Whitney Museum opens today

NYC's new Whitney Museum opens today

Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown, Whitney Museum of American Art, whitney museum, new whitney museum, yuji agematsu, Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney…

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Solar-powered Base Camp embraces nature through energy-efficient design

Solar-powered Base Camp embraces nature through energy-efficient…

Created primarily as a retreat, Base Camp also serves as a primary home for a family of seven. Beautiful hardwood clad the building inside and out, while generous amounts of glazing…

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Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous…

The first thing you notice is the reclaimed wood siding Medici Architects applied to the outside of this modern home in downtown Kirkland, WA, which earned Built Green 5 star…

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NeSpoon dolls up urban centers with large-scale lace street graffiti

NeSpoon dolls up urban centers with large-scale lace street graffiti

Drawing inspiration from traditional embroidery, NeSpoon uses stencils and spray paint to create intricate lace patterns. Her designs, nicknamed “urban jewelry,” bring recognition…

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Interactive Future Food District is the heart of the Milan Expo 2015

Interactive Future Food District is the heart of the Milan Expo 2015

The Expo Milan 2015 is close to opening day and we can't wait to see this 2500-quare-meter interactive pavilion where visitors can interact with food products through technology. Carlo…

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Au Retour's playfully printed textiles are made in small batches using non-toxic inks

Au Retour's playfully printed textiles are made in small batches using…

Sometimes all it takes is a poppy pillow or a playfully printed pattern to give your space a low-cost, low-effort refresh. Textile design and print studio Au Retour offers up a line of…

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Yiapa's steam punk recycled light fixtures are made from recycled parts and vintage materials

Yiapa's steam punk recycled light fixtures are made from recycled…

What do you get when an electrical engineer and a fine artist collaborate on a lighting line (and fall in love)? Yiapa - a line of sculptural recycled-parts lamps and fixtures that…

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Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space…

It is difficult to imagine this sleek office space in Japan was once a disco. The former warehouse club was transformed by local studio Sasaki Architecture into a bright minimalist…

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ANIAN is Canada's first totally off-grid store made almost entirely out of reclaimed materials

ANIAN is Canada's first totally off-grid store made almost entirely…

ANIAN is a Canadian manufacturer of clothing and coastal gear based in Vancouver, BC, and while their custom surfboards (made on-site) and groovy apparel are the highlight of their…

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Repreve transforms millions of plastic bottles into graduation gowns and caps

Repreve transforms millions of plastic bottles into graduation gowns…

"During the spring 2015 graduation season alone, more than 300,000 students around the nation will graduate wearing Oak Hall Repreve-based gowns, using more than 8 million recycled…

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Contemporary design unites two French schools in historical town

Contemporary design unites two French schools in historical town

The highlight of this structure is the bridge joining the previously separated buildings. This formation houses all of the amenities of student life, including classrooms and study…

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Rogers Partners & ASD to team up for new St. Petersburg pier

Rogers Partners & ASD to team up for new St. Petersburg pier

St. Petersberg is getting a new pier -- again. A group of Tampa-based architects, including ASD, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, and Ken Smith Landscape Architect have been…

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An unmanned Russian supply spacecraft is spinning out of control in orbit

An unmanned Russian supply spacecraft is spinning out of control in…

A Russian spacecraft currently in orbit 200km (124.27 miles) above Earth, the Progress M-27M cargo vessel, is spinning out of control as it orbits the Earth. Fortunately, the craft,…

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Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water is too polluted to drink

Duke Energy to provide bottled water in North Carolina where water is…

87 properties in North Carolina have received letters from the state's Department of Environmental and Natural Resources informing them that their well water is no longer safe to drink…

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Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune…

It's challenging to build contemporary buildings that mesh with a given vernacular, and even more so to do so in a way that minimizes site disturbance. Yet BURO II & ARCHI+I have…

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9 things you can do to help wild birds this summer

9 things you can do to help wild birds this summer

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're now heading into the height of summer and chances are that most of us are spending as much time outdoors as possible. You've probably noticed a…

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Passive solar Nahahum Cabin overlooks dramatic canyon views in the Cascade Mountains

Passive solar Nahahum Cabin overlooks dramatic canyon views in the…

Built along an east-west axis, the Nahahum Cabin partially submerges its east end into a slope, while its west end is left exposed and mostly glazed to frame sweeping views of the…

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Foster + Partner's garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

Foster + Partner's garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at…

London's Canary Wharf will never be the same after tomorrow, when the first Crossrail station is slated to open and revitalize the city's financial nucleus. Designed by Foster &…

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PhoneDrone turns your smartphone into an autonomous flying object

PhoneDrone turns your smartphone into an autonomous flying object

Ready to buy a drone but the cost is a bit prohibitive? You may be able to reduce the cost by turning your powerful smartphone into a PhoneDrone. Simply dock your phone in the drone and…

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This barcode-like Milan Expo info pavilion design is inspired by traditional Italian farmhouses

This barcode-like Milan Expo info pavilion design is inspired by…

Berlin-based architecture firm StudioBaft teamed up with Tactile Architecture and architect Laurent Dubuis to design a prefab barcode-like proposal for the info pavilion at the 2015…

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Astrophysicists draw most comprehensive 3D map of the universe ever

Astrophysicists draw most comprehensive 3D map of the universe ever

A new map of the universe, the most comprehensive to date, boldly goes where no map has gone before. Astrophysicists in France have crafted a 3D map that includes galaxies from across…

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2A Magazine launches the 2015 Asia Architecture Award

2A Magazine launches the 2015 Asia Architecture Award

2A Magazine is pleased to announce the inaugural 2A Asia Architecture Award (2AAA 2015) to recognize and honor a built project in Asia that has produced significant contributions to…

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Barend Koolhaas' triangular-plan House in Almen has two black wooden walls and a glazed one

Barend Koolhaas' triangular-plan House in Almen has two black wooden…

Barend Koolhaas worked for OMA and IDEO before setting up his own studio in Amsterdam and, yes, he is a relative of Rem Koolhaas. His latest project, House in Almen, was designed…

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Glistening glass tea house built near Kyoto Buddhist temple

Glistening glass tea house built near Kyoto Buddhist temple

Yoshioka explains that traditional ceremonies incorporate elements of nature, usually by having tea houses surrounded by lavish gardens. He brings nature inside via the ripple designs…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: The most interesting environmental lawsuits in the world

When it comes to protecting the environment, political action and grassroots movements tend to get the most attention. But environmental lawsuits have proven to be an important - if…

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