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Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Exhibit

Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Exhibit

“Message in a Bottle” asked 50 artists to use the ancient tradition of throwing a bottle into the sea as inspiration to convey their own messages. Each was asked to recycle a bottle of their choice,

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Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

The residents of the home wanted a renovation that created flexible living spaces, since their children had grown and moved out. Wasserfall Munting took inspiration from the surrounding natural

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The Aquaterra Environmental Center Rehabilitates a Former Coking Plant in France

The Aquaterra Environmental Center Rehabilitates a Former Coking Plant in France

The Aquaterra Environmental Center sits on what used to be the Drocourt coking plant, which began operation in 1925. The plant was one of the largest coke production plants in Europe before it was shut

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Artist Ian Strange Gives Homes Affected by the Christchurch Earthquake One Last Breath of Life

Artist Ian Strange Gives Homes Affected by the Christchurch Earthquake One Last Breath of Life

Strange began seeing the beauty in condemned homes during his first project Suburban, in which the artist transformed foreclosed homes across seven cities in the United States. Final Act picks up where

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Times Square to Host Playful Matchmaking Sculpture for Valentine’s Day

Times Square to Host Playful Matchmaking Sculpture for Valentine’s Day

New York's Times Square will soon play host to a Lovers (and wannabe lovers) from around the world will have a new public art piece to admire this Valentine's Day in Times Square thanks to Young

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Tiny Window House Offers Unobstructed Views of Japan’s Sagamo Bay

Tiny Window House Offers Unobstructed Views of Japan’s Sagamo Bay

The tiny Window House sits on a small plot that is just 10 by 26 feet along the water’s edge at Sagamo Bay. Yoshimura designed the home so that when the owner is not there during the week, the gorgeous

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The House That Jack Built: Olson Kundig Imagines a Cabin on Stilts High Above a Polluted Lake

The House That Jack Built: Olson Kundig Imagines a Cabin on Stilts High Above a Polluted Lake

"The House That Jack Built" imagines a stilted refuge house high above a fictional polluted lake. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the project was created by conceptual artist Jack Daws, who penned a

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2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring are planning to transform the passageways under London’s Northern Line into the world’s largest subterranean farm. The project, named “Growing

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Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

The monolithic three story fast food joint and fuel station seem oddly out of place in what appears to be a rather run down area of the city, even if it is emerging as a new urban center. Stranger still

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Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Singapore has no shortage of green buildings, but when it comes to energy-efficiency, there is one that surpasses all others. Home of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority Academy, the Zero

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Build With Chrome Game Lets You Make Virtual LEGO Creations Anywhere in the World

Build With Chrome Game Lets You Make Virtual LEGO Creations Anywhere in the World

LEGO fans will be excited to hear that Google Chrome just launched a LEGO game that lets you build with the iconic bricks anywhere in the world. The Build With Chrome app lets you create fantasy life-size

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Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Charging your laptop may soon be as easy as sitting in the sun, as Apple has been awarded a patent for a new solar-powered MacBook. Still just a novel idea, a small solar panel affixed to the back of the

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7 Teensy Tiny Tumbleweed Homes for Small-Space Living

7 Teensy Tiny Tumbleweed Homes for Small-Space Living

Check out 7 Tiny Tumbleweed Homes: Anderjack Beaven Gifford Stamper Weller Zinn Walden Anderjack The Anderjack home has 2 columns flanking either end of its entrance that are supported

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9/11 Museum Slated to Open as Early as This May

9/11 Museum Slated to Open as Early as This May

After numerous delays caused by financial disputes and weather issues, the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum says it is finally set to open to the public as early as this May. While many New Yorkers look

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Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Plastic bags / Shutterstock  A group of scientists in India have developed a process to transform disused plastic bags into usable fuel. Researchers at the National Institute of Technology and the

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PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Designed by Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, Gardens by the Bay is a public park built on 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore. The gardens are located at 18 Marina Gardens Drive adjacent

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

Typically, on Inhabitat, we call a prefab home one that is mostly manufactured in a factory setting, but Koones expands the definition to include any home built with prefabricated materials. While she

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Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

Reforma Towers is a two tower mixed-used project planned for Mexico City that will be located on Paseo de la Reforma. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners and developed by Diametro Arquitectos, the

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Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

The original barn had seen better days, with its dilapidated roof and bowed walls not only in ruin but in danger of collapse. In order to preserve the existing building, Snook Architects replaced the

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London’s Tallest Residential Tower Reenlivens a Former Brownfield

London’s Tallest Residential Tower Reenlivens a Former Brownfield

The presence of One St George Wharf has awakened the area surrounding it, encouraging other developers to invest in improving local transportation, education and healthcare programs. The project

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Selgas Cano’s Incredible Glass Office Gives Employees a Bug’s Eye View of the Forest Floor

Selgas Cano’s Incredible Glass Office Gives Employees a Bug’s Eye View of the Forest Floor

Photo © Iwan Baan The office takes the form of an aerodynamic tube, with a long window on one wall that extends into part of the ceiling. Acting as both a window and a skylight, the glass wall floods

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SNEAK PEEK: Check Out Gensler’s New SFO Terminal 3 Before it Opens Tomorrow

SNEAK PEEK: Check Out Gensler’s New SFO Terminal 3 Before it Opens Tomorrow

The newly renovated Terminal 3 at SFO is the inspired work of the same design team behind SFO's LEED Gold Terminal 2. Gensler has created a welcoming, light-filled space to make how we travel more

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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Villa in Hakuba Lets Residents Enjoy the Outdoors Under a Giant Transparent Roof

Villa in Hakuba Lets Residents Enjoy the Outdoors Under a Giant Transparent Roof

The villa's expansive transparent roof stretches beyond the house, extending its available living space outside. The clear roof panels are made from durable polycarbonate and they allow daylight to filter

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Photographers Pierre Javell and Akiko Ida Transform Food into Fantasy in MINIMIAM

Photographers Pierre Javell and Akiko Ida Transform Food into Fantasy in MINIMIAM

Derived from a combination of the words for “miniature” and “yummy” in French, MINIMIAM invites the viewer into a fantastical world where eggs are mountains and doughnuts are a terrain in which to

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Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

Animal Planet’s Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr. of “Call of the Wildman” has been accused of grotesque abuse to animals that have appeared on his show. The host has been accused of nearly starving

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Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

The state of Sao Paulo in Brazil has taken a stand against animal cruelty by officially banning animal testing for cosmetics, perfume and personal care. The decision will make animal testing a punishable

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Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Bison photo from Shutterstock A proposal to shoot the last herd of purebred bison in Yellowstone National Park with vaccinated "biobullets" was just rejected by park managers this week. The

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See Floorplans for the Apartments on HBO’s Girls – How Does Your Pad Stack Up?

See Floorplans for the Apartments on HBO’s Girls – How Does Your Pad Stack Up?

Hannah, Marnie, Adam and Shoshanna - their love lives might be the main draw of HBO's hit series Girls, but quite frankly we're more interested in their apartments! From Hannah and Marnie's true 2-bedroom

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Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Breaking out of the conventional office mode, Inhouse Brand chose to use an upcycled shipping container as the anchor point for the design of the entire office. They partially replaced the container's

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