Albert Frey's tiny Palm Springs house makes the desert an extension of his living room

Albert Frey's tiny Palm Springs house makes the desert an extension of…

When you're an architect, you have the unique ability to make sure that your own house rocks as much as your clients' homes do. For Albert Frey, that meant building a home in the…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The true energy savings of living sustainably

INFOGRAPHIC: The true energy savings of living sustainably

If you want to reduce your energy bills and be kinder to the environment or if you’re looking to move into a new build home that’s more energy efficient then you’ll love this…

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Reclaim Design handcrafts upcycled planter pots for your eco-conscious garden

Reclaim Design handcrafts upcycled planter pots for your eco-conscious…

Reclaim Design uses recycled and reclaimed materials to craft their handmade line of planter pots, vertical gardens, and even wall-mounted and hanging terrariums, featuring reclaimed…

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Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from starving to death

Australian authorities kill nearly 700 koalas to save them from…

Mercy killing is a difficult concept to stomach, especially when the animals are as adorable as koalas. Unfortunately, nearly 700 koalas were killed by authorities in Australia after…

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Frei Otto named 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate just one day after his death

Frei Otto named 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate just one day after his…

Frei Otto has been named the 2015 Pritzker Prize laureate, in an announcement made Tuesday just one day after the German architect's death. Otto is perhaps best known for the stunning…

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5 Ways to kick off your green spring cleaning with feng shui principles

5 Ways to kick off your green spring cleaning with feng shui…

Image via Shutterstock 1. Look Under Your Bed Our beds are tied closely to our personal energy, but we often forgot or avoid cleaning underneath them. While you’re down there, maybe…

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Get one of 8,750 free trees being given away by MillionTreesNYC this spring!

Get one of 8,750 free trees being given away by MillionTreesNYC this…

New Yorkers sick of Old Man Winter now have another exciting reason to look forward to spring: New York's MillionTreesNYC just announced its annual spring tree giveaway! The PlaNYC…

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Felix Ruder designs Symbio, a 100 percent biodegradable stool

Felix Ruder designs Symbio, a 100 percent biodegradable stool

Architecture student Felix Ruder designed Symbio, a 100% biodegradable stool as part of a class project at Sweden’s Lund School of Architecture. Inspired by Alan Wisman’s book…

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Renton House overlooks the lake near one of the greenest U.S. cities

Renton House overlooks the lake near one of the greenest U.S. cities

The house was built for two avid cyclists and has a separate entrance and a lot of bike storage and repair spaces. The upper floors are open and provide stunning views of Lake…

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Supporting responsible ocean management: Are 'catch shares' the right plan?

Supporting responsible ocean management: Are 'catch shares' the right…

By Aaron Viles The story of overfishing is old by now. Commercial fishing of North Atlantic Cod, once a bedrock of New England's economy, collapsed along with the fishery in the…

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Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw's 9,500 mile journey will document the decaying Southwest

Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw's 9,500 mile journey will document the…

Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw has spent the better part of the last few years traveling the southwest and documenting what he calls “modern Americana.” The photographer has now…

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Flanagan Lawrence Architects transform a crumbling 1923 building into a four-star London hotel

Flanagan Lawrence Architects transform a crumbling 1923 building into…

The Shepherds Bush Pavilion was heavily damaged during World War II, poorly repaired and converted into a Bingo Hall in 1983. In closed until 2009, when Flanagan Lawrence Architects…

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Tesla's 2,000 superchargers have powered over 86,000,000 electric miles!

Tesla's 2,000 superchargers have powered over 86,000,000 electric…

Supercharging Tesla, the electric car company, now has 2,000 supercharger stations over 400 different stations. The chargers are solar-powered, free to use, and, as unveiled in 2012,…

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Curvaceous lines and a large skylight give an ethereal vibe to this modern teashop in Prague

Curvaceous lines and a large skylight give an ethereal vibe to this…

Studio pha was challenged to create an inviting and spacious atmosphere in a narrow and small space. Focusing on the original circular skylight as the centerpiece for the design, the…

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World's tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

World's tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

As reported by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger, Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) has just completed the world's tallest prefabricated building: a 57-storey tower in Changsha, China. The…

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Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Areas popular with tourists and drinkers are often, pretty, well, smelly. Massive quantities of garbage, loud crowds and late-night acts of public urination can make party neighborhoods…

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Tesla inches closer to opening showrooms in New Jersey

Tesla inches closer to opening showrooms in New Jersey

Tesla celebrates a small win this week in New Jersey, where the Senate Commerce Commission voted unanimously (6-0) to approve a bill that would make an exception to the dealers-only car…

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This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

If you thought hostels provided a densely packed sleeping space for travelers, this 130 sq ft Nomadic Shelter almost certainly takes that to the next level. Built as part of an…

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Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

Global wind energy production increased 44% last year!

It seems the answer–to the world’s energy woes–truly is blowin’ in the wind, as worldwide wind power production nearly doubled last year. The year 2014 saw about 51,477…

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Help Kickstart Kalsada specialty coffee from the Philippines

Help Kickstart Kalsada specialty coffee from the Philippines

Kalsada offers a new specialty coffee origin with a social mission to bring Philippine coffee to the international stage. The company, founded by three female entrepreneurs, work…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your home more allergy-friendly

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your home more allergy-friendly

It's likely that we all know someone who is affected by allergies, and it’s hard to keep triggers at bay, especially when some of the most common allergy-triggering culprits can be…

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6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

Smith|Allen's Biodegradable Woodland Structure California-based architecture studio Smith|Allen built Echoviren, the world’s first structure made using 3D printing technology.…

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone…

  "Diamonds are forever" might have been the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are…

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6 Hard-to-kill plants for the recovering brown thumb

6 Hard-to-kill plants for the recovering brown thumb

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) Sorry for using morbidity to illustrate our point, but the ZZ plant is so hardy, it will most likely outlive you. This cockroach of the plant world…

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Meet two resourceful bros who make a living rescuing wood from the trash

Meet two resourceful bros who make a living rescuing wood from the…

Recycled Brooklyn . 2013 from Jeremy White on Vimeo. Recycled Brooklyn began almost accidentally. Matt and Steve took to building their own furniture out of necessity, until their…

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Audi's fully-electric SUV will be totally road trip worthy with a 300-mile driving range

Audi's fully-electric SUV will be totally road trip worthy with a…

Audi is about to add several new electrified models to its lineup and this week alone two new models were revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. In addition to the new R8 e-tron and Q7…

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Brooklyn protesters flash Batman-style beacon asking mayor to take action on Bushwick Inlet Park

Brooklyn protesters flash Batman-style beacon asking mayor to take…

Fed-up residents in Williamsburg and Greenpoint hit the streets Batman-style last week to protest the long-overdue Bushwick Inlet Park they were promised 10 years ago. It's now been…

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LEO A DALY created a green-roof underground passage for the students of Minnesota State

LEO A DALY created a green-roof underground passage for the students…

The 140-foot long, 12-foot wide underground structure connects Minnesota State Mankato’s Memorial Library and the recently renovated Centennial Student Union (CSU), but also creates…

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Climate change identified as the root of California's hot, dry winters

Climate change identified as the root of California's hot, dry winters

As hot and dry weather continue to be the norm in California this winter, a recently published paper places the blame for the drought squarely on anthropogenic climate…

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Ultra-customizable Erembald bikes have organic designs laser-cut into their frames

Ultra-customizable Erembald bikes have organic designs laser-cut into…

Cycling is hot nowadays. Since driving cars has become expensive and traffic jams dominate the city landscape, bikes have become the number one urban transport manner. However, the vast…

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Apple’s ResearchKit turns iPhones into powerful medical research tools

Apple’s ResearchKit turns iPhones into powerful medical research…

This week, Apple released details of its new software platform ResearchKit, which was announced yesterday alongside the launch of the new Apple Watch and updated MacBook. ResearchKit…

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Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the…

The Barndominium is a long and narrow barn-like building with a wood exterior and a high-pitched roof. One half the building is occupied by a double-height wood workshop and the other…

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Another round, barkeep! Professor serves up a pill that prevents hangovers

Another round, barkeep! Professor serves up a pill that prevents…

Finish that beer and crack open another one, because t’s an unfair succession of events that plagues mankind, to be repeated ad infinitum. But hey, that’s just the circle of…

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Büro Ole Scheeren unveils designs for contemporary Guardian Art Center in Beijing

Büro Ole Scheeren unveils designs for contemporary Guardian Art…

Billed as a “new hybrid institution,” the Guardian Art Center comprises a museum, event space, a 120-room hotel, and cultural lifestyle center. Its sensitivity to Beijing’s…

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Javits Center's massive green roof doubles as an urban bird oasis

Javits Center's massive green roof doubles as an urban bird oasis

Looks like birds of a feather really do flock together -- on the Jacob Javits Center's green roof, that is. The West Side convention center's massive 29,200-square-foot green roof has…

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Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered…

The experimental Solar Impulse 2 carries 17,000 solar cells that, coupled with onboard batteries, allow the plane to fly day and night. Despite its massive 72-meter-long (236 feet)…

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Rene van Zuuk's Zinc-clad chapel floats on a lake in the Netherlands

Rene van Zuuk's Zinc-clad chapel floats on a lake in the Netherlands

Dutch city Almere held a competition recently to develop architecture in and around the Weerwater lake that sits at the heart of the city. The winner, Rene van Zuuk, created a curvy…

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Apple Watch is little more than a wearable extension of your iPhone

Apple Watch is little more than a wearable extension of your iPhone

Later today, Apple is set to launch their latest smart accessory: the Apple Watch. In a long-anticipated move, Apple steps into the wearable technology pool alongside other…

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Meet 'Skeletorus' and 'Sparklemuffin'—the world's newest species of peacock spiders

Meet 'Skeletorus' and 'Sparklemuffin'—the world's newest species of…

Two new species of the strikingly-patterned peacock spider have been discovered in southeast Queensland by a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. One, nicknamed…

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This vertical farm will provide Wyoming residents with 100,000 lbs of fresh produce each year

This vertical farm will provide Wyoming residents with 100,000 lbs of…

A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce over 85,000lbs of produce each…

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