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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus

Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus

High in the Himalayas grows a highly sought after medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra. And while many global leaders fail to enact policies to protect their own resources, two remote Tibetan

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Bosco Verticale: World’s First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

Bosco Verticale: World’s First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

The Bosco Verticale mixed-use towers were constructed with a $2.5 billion public-private investment as part of the redevelopment of Milan's Porta Nuova district. The towers, measuring 260 feet and 367

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Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

In the history of pointless devices, the air umbrella has to be among one of the foremost - and it could soon be a reality. According to Core77, the invisible umbrella concept - which uses forced air to

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Did Somebody Say Giant Cave Trampoline?

Did Somebody Say Giant Cave Trampoline?

If you are looking for a new thrill and you happen to be around Wales, check out Bounce Below. Set inside a 176-year-old slate mine, it's an awesome series of gigantic, bouncy nets strung like trampolines

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Desertec Solar Power Project Abandoned by Shareholders

Desertec Solar Power Project Abandoned by Shareholders

The ambitious, multibillion dollar solar power project Desertec has been abandoned by all but three of its shareholders and will now continue in an "adapted format" as a consultancy. The project was

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Australian Prime Minister Says ‘Coal is Good for Humanity’

Australian Prime Minister Says ‘Coal is Good for Humanity’

Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott raised eyebrows in his country of Australia after declaring “coal is good for humanity” while opening a new coal mine in Queensland. The PM added that coal was

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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MIT Study Shows Mars One Colony is Dangerously Unsustainable

MIT Study Shows Mars One Colony is Dangerously Unsustainable

Mars One has captured a lot of attention with plans to build the first colony on the red planet - but a new paper from MIT warns that the project has little chance of success. According to the MIT paper,

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Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Located on a park's riverbank in the city of Nanjing, AZL Architects' brilliant chapel shelters weddings and other religious services. Its distinctive V-shaped roof was covered in dark shingles and rises

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

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

Snoozebox’s cozy rooms carry all the comforts of home. The rooms sleep two to four guests comfortably, with double beds and adjacent bunk beds. The adaptable rooms also feature drawers and storage to

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Stunning Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Will Rise Like the Morning Sun in Beijing

Stunning Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Will Rise Like the Morning Sun in Beijing

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel was designed to look like the rising sun, an image symbolic of China's meteoric rise in the global economy. The hotel's 10,000 glass panels are angled to reflect the different

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UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990

UN Report Finds the Number of Megacities Has Tripled Since 1990

A United Nations report has found that the number of megacities in the world has increased almost three-fold in the past 24 years. A megacity is defined as an urban area with over 10 million

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The World’s Largest Underground Chamber Can Fit Four Great Pyramids Inside

The World’s Largest Underground Chamber Can Fit Four Great Pyramids Inside

Now that modern technology has mapped practically every inch of the planet’s surface, explorers are searching for new places to discover. While Mars mapping might be somewhere in the future, there are

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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation greets visitors with a colorful explosion of paper forms that take flight within the former prison. The dragon is a symbol of power and freedom, however its paper

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Europeans Snub America’s ‘Chlorinated Chicken’

Europeans Snub America’s ‘Chlorinated Chicken’

The US industrial farming system is proving to be a stumbling block in the negotiation of a major free trade agreement between the United States and the EU. As negotiators from the two sides meet in

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH ‘L-Zero’ Maglev Train

Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train - and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the first public test

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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei is no stranger to imprisonment - the artist is a fierce critic of the Chinese government, and in the past he has been secretly detained for 81 days, beaten by Chinese police placed under house

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KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Riverside 66 Opens Today in Tianjin!

KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Riverside 66 Opens Today in Tianjin!

More than just a retail centerpiece for Tianjin's new commercial district, Riverside 66 also serves as a crucial connection node between the Hai He River and the pedestrian realm. The whale-like building

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INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

  Metropolitan areas are growing faster than suburbs for the first time in decades, as more and more people want to live closer to where they work, eat, drink, and play. As populations in

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Canada’s Toxic “Dumpcano” Finally Extinguished After Four Months

Canada’s Toxic “Dumpcano” Finally Extinguished After Four Months

A dump fire that has been burning for nearly four months in the remote northern Canadian city of Iqaluit has finally been extinguished. The "Dumpcano" as it has been known locally has been spewing toxic

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Ai Weiwei’s Jaw-Dropping “Forever Bicycles” Sculpture is Made from 1200 Bikes!

Ai Weiwei’s Jaw-Dropping “Forever Bicycles” Sculpture is Made from 1200 Bikes!

Ai Weiwei’s towering, geometric Forever Bicycles installation is made from nearly 2,000 stainless steel bicycles arranged into hypnotic forms that loom over viewers and passersby. Although the bikes

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Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

Although you may already be familiar with many of your neighborhood "weeds" and their myriad uses (such as using dandelion leaves in salad), it's quite possible that you pass by several other important

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Green Your Neighbourhood this Autumn with a Little Guerilla Gardening!

Green Your Neighbourhood this Autumn with a Little Guerilla Gardening!

Just because summer's winding down doesn't mean that guerilla gardening needs to slow down anytime soon! Fall is actually the ideal time to plant all kinds of flower bulbs and seed that will sleep sweetly

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

The Boa Nova Tea House was one of Álvaro Siza's first completed projects, and it served as a restaurant for many years. Located about 300 meters from the road in Motosinhos to the north of Porto, the

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“We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“We Are Running Out of Time” – New Reports on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Two new reports have been released this week that demonstrate the consequences of inadequate action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Tuesday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its

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Loguer Unveils Corn-Inspired Mexican Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

Loguer Unveils Corn-Inspired Mexican Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

Architecture firm Loguer Design recently unveiled plans for the Mexican pavilion that will be constructed at the upcoming 2015 Milan World Expo. Winner of a national competition, the pavilion mimics the

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Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

The world remains perplexed by the mysterious and dramatic decline in our wild bee populations, but that hasn't stopped designers like Dutch artist AnneMarie van Splunter from trying to help out. In a bid

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Shenzhen’s Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

Shenzhen’s Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

The project’s retail areas mimic the transition from forest to sea, as it gradually changes its structure and appearance towards the waterfront. This part of the development comprises buildings with

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The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, is being destroyed by the very company the Egyptian government has hired to restore it. The roughly 4,600-year-old structure has been in

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