Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for endangered birds

Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for…

Electric cars may be better for the planet than we thought. In addition to their potential mitigating effect on climate change, their physical components are proving to be excellent…

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A new 60,000-sq-ft food court is coming to Brooklyn

A new 60,000-sq-ft food court is coming to Brooklyn

The massive overhaul of the Brooklyn Navy Yard will welcome the public with something every loves- food. The BNY Development Corp. has chosen Marvel Architects to design a massive…

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Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50…

The secret to cheaper, more efficient solar power may lie in the unassuming wings of the butterfly. The Cabbage White butterfly folds its wings in a v-shape in order to heat up their…

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Cybele Young folds Japanese paper into intricate sculptures of everyday objects

Cybele Young folds Japanese paper into intricate sculptures of…

Artist Cybèle Young’s wondrous miniature world of intricate tableaus are made entirely from paper. The Canadian artist has perfected the meticulous practice of Japanese…

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San Francisco college student upcycles old skateboards into one-of-a-kind guitars

San Francisco college student upcycles old skateboards into…

Pourfard began woodworking when he was 18, after a skateboarding injury left him with six months of extra time on his hands for recovery. What started as an experimental foray into…

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The UK's largest earth sculpture is a gigantic horse leaping across the land

The UK's largest earth sculpture is a gigantic horse leaping across…

South Wales is home to the UK’s largest earth sculpture in the form: a giant, leaping horse constructed right into a grassy field in Parc Penalta. Photographer Steve Brockett captured…

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World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish Kapoor's London tower

World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish…

Erected in 2012, the gigantic ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower dominates the Olympic Park landscape. The tower was built from 2,000 tonnes of steel, almost 60 percent of which was recycled.…

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This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled…

Anna Webster, fourth-year student at the Cass, London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture, has designed a simple but sturdy house that fits right into the Ghanaian…

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Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100%…

French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he…

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Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in India

Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in…

In India, the suicide rate among farmers is an alarming 47 percent higher than workers in other sectors, and the figures continue to rise year after year. Environmental activists are…

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Tres Birds Workshop's Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

Tres Birds Workshop's Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

Sun Bird Park’s giant wooden nests were inspired by surrounding bird habitat and even evoke the imagery of flowers. The curving, ski-inspired ribs were constructed from various wood…

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just…

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected…

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Edith Macefield's famed "Up" house is being saved by a nonprofit

Earlier this month, we reported the sad news that Edith Macefield’s iconic Seattle home likely faced demolition, after its new owners determined that it would be too expensive to…

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Prince Charles turns royal gardens into a woodland playground for grandson Prince George

Prince Charles turns royal gardens into a woodland playground for…

Even England’s royalty can’t resist a good treehouse. Prince Charles recently renovated a portion of the Highgrove gardens into a royal woodland playground with a treehouse for his…

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UPDATED: Cecil the lion's brother Jericho confirmed to be alive

UPDATED: Cecil the lion's brother Jericho confirmed to be alive

While the world mourns the loss of Cecil the lion, breaking news reveals that his brother Jericho was killed today by poachers illegally hunting in Zimbabwe. After Cecil was killed by…

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Architects 'Turn Around' an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Architects 'Turn Around' an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With…

Reworking the home's boundaries involved creating a whole new configuration for the structure and removing an existing bathroom. In addition to "turning" the house around, the…

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Argentina's first floating eco-village provides modern tiny homes for water lovers

Argentina's first floating eco-village provides modern tiny homes for…

Located 40 minutes away from the city, the village rests on the golden Rio de la Plata's waters among private yachts and sailboats. It is designer Fabián De Martino and his architect…

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Refuge Tonneau: Cassina's 1930s Pod Home Looks Like a Futuristic Space Shuttle

Refuge Tonneau: Cassina's 1930s Pod Home Looks Like a Futuristic Space…

The shelter has a dodecahedron structure which was ahead of its times and was used in the Antarctic in 2002 and at the Mars Society Desert Research Station in 2011. The structure is…

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

The colossal 2,100 square meter factory has become a testing ground for a number of green ideas. Within the confines of the space, the studio preserved the original factory features,…

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Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

If the Escape Traveler looks familiar, it’s because the tiny mobile home came from the same minds—Kelly Davis and Dan George Dobrowolski—that created the Escape Cabin. Like its…

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This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New Candle

This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New…

Designer Benjamin Shine has created a brilliant regenerative candle holder that transforms melted wax into a fresh new candle! The Rekindle Candlestick lets users reuse a candle over…

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The SunPort lets you support solar power any time, anywhere

The SunPort lets you support solar power any time, anywhere

A little company called SunPort is launching a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet…

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Cacoon is a hanging tent that lets you get away from it all

Cacoon is a hanging tent that lets you get away from it all

The Cacoon hanging tent is the perfect place to escape from it all. Part hammock, part tent, it's an indoor/outdoor cocoon that can travel wherever you go - even if you never leave your…

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Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

Since 2010, the number of homeless people 'sleeping rough' on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, the architectural assistant at Spatial Design…

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Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

Nabire was a 31-year-old Northern White Rhino who called Czech Republic's Dvur Kralove Zoo home until her death, which was announced Tuesday. Nabire suffered from uterine cysts, which…

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Exclusive video: The Barr Brothers perform at the Pickathon Music Festival

Exclusive video: The Barr Brothers perform at the Pickathon Music…

Somewhere between a dusty Americana and West African groove lies the soulful grit and instrumentally diverse folk-rock sound evoked from The Barr Brothers. The Montreal-based quartet…

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Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the…

The Wave Home has two floors. On the ground level the living room, kitchen and multimedia space open up towards the exterior by sliding walls. The upper level houses two bedrooms and a…

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Facebook unveils solar-powered Aquila plane that will beam the internet to remote locations

Facebook unveils solar-powered Aquila plane that will beam the…

It has long been in the works, but Facebook’s solar-powered, internet-giving plane is finally ready to take to the skies. The social media giant recently unveiled the Aquila, a…

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in the coastal state. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that…

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Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from…

Annandale Seascape Cottage, designed by New Zealand-based architectural firm Pattersons, is a gorgeous retreat set into a rock escarpment in a tiny boulder strewn South Pacific cove.…

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Beijing was just selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Beijing was just selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Bird's Nest stadium Water Cube artificial snow-making plan

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Submit your proposals for ‘architecture that reacts’ to the Laka Competition 2015

Submit your proposals for ‘architecture that reacts’ to the Laka…

Public arts initiative Laka is inviting designers from around the world to submit their ideas of ‘architecture that reacts’ to the Laka Competition 2015. Although interpretations of…

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VIDEO: LiveStream from this weekend's Pickathon, the world's most sustainable music festival

VIDEO: LiveStream from this weekend's Pickathon, the world's most…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR0Yo6kIIog The Mountain Stage is Pickathon’s main outdoor venue which has the distinction of being one of the world’s largest temporary…

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Baines&Fricker reveal a stylish portable research lab for Fieldwork

Baines&Fricker reveal a stylish portable research lab for Fieldwork

Baines&Fricker were commissioned by consultancy firm Fieldwork to design and make a portable research lab. The lab comes in a custom built flightcase with rollers on one side. The…

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Cat Camp opens today in NYC (adorable video)

Cat Camp opens today in NYC (adorable video)

cat camp, cat camp nyc, cat cafe, cat cafe nyc, purine one, purine one cat camp, cats nyc, cute cats, openhouse nyc, nyc cat camp From the people who brought you the first ever Cat…

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You can wear these removable 3D-printed casts in the shower - and they speed up the healing process

You can wear these removable 3D-printed casts in the shower - and they…

Bespoke, manufacturer of custom prosthetic limbs, has started using 3d printing to make custom cast prototypes that would stabilize broken body parts just like conventional casts.…

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Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

The top-heavy retreat is split into two main volumes: the smaller lower level housing a dormitory-style bedroom and the mechanical rooms, and the larger upper level comprising two…

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Australia reveals the world's first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Australia reveals the world's first solar powered “e-paper”…

Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using solar-powered, “electronic ink” signs. Completely sustainable and able to be updated at the drop of a hat, the…

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Scientists transform human cells into lasers

Scientists transform human cells into lasers

That youthful glow you sometimes exude may no longer be just the light. Scientists from Harvard Medical School have developed three ways to use individual cells and turn them into…

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Would you buy this wooden bicycle for $11,000?

Would you buy this wooden bicycle for $11,000?

Designer Paule Guerin and woodworker Till Breitfuss founded the Keim studio and chose to work with wood for its potential as a sustainable and durable building material. The duo…

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