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Tour Deke's Tiny Dumpster House from 2 Broke Girls (VIDEO)

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Enter Your Architecture Ideas to the Madrid Digital Arts Museum Design Competition!

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Ctrl+Space has just launched a single-stage ideas competition for the design of a new Digital Arts Museum in the heart of Madrid. Open to architecture students, professionals, and multidisciplinary teams, the competition will award a total amount of 5000 euros in prize money split amongst the top three finalists. In addition to the proposed program, participants are free to add other elements to help the building blend in with the surrounding urban fabric. All entries must be submitted by October 5, 2014.

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Help New Orleans Reuse Vacant Land in the Future Ground Design Competition and You Could Win $15,000!

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Vacant lots are a big and costly problem for many cities. Not only do these urban eyesores attract illegal dumping, but they also drive nearby property values down. The Van Alen Institute, however, believes that with the right creative minds, vacant lots can be reinvented into valuable city resources. To that end, they have launched Future Ground, a design competition that challenges multidisciplinary teams to create flexible design and policy strategies for reusing vacant land in New Orleans. The three winning teams will be awarded $15,000 each to participate in a six-month research and design process. The final design solutions should be implementable and replicable to various sites across New Orleans and will be used to catalyze change in cities worldwide.

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

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Bicycle Snake Bridge Makes Urban Cycling Even Safer in Copenhagen

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RMJM's Zhuhai Observation Tower Looks Like a Fish Leaping Out of China’s Pearl River Delta

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Pittsburgh's Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

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3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

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Portable solar power has already taken off, but what about when the sun goes down? Could massive wind turbines be scaled down for personal use? Poznan, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer Omni3d has developed a 3D-printed, foldable wind turbine that can generate up to 300W of clean electricity — enough to power multiple smartphones, laptops, lightbulbs and other small appliances. The AirEnergy 3D can fit in a backpack and could be used for everyone from campers in North America to villagers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Tesla Roadster to Get 400-Mile Battery Upgrade Later This Year

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With all the news surrounding the Tesla Model S and the upcoming Model X, it’s been easy to forget about Tesla’s first model, the Roadster. While a new Roadster has not been announced, Tesla is reportedly going to offer current owners a nice upgrade later this year with a new battery that will give the electric car a 400-mile driving range.

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Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

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Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

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New York-based architects Stereotank have an established practice designing interactive installations and oversized musical instruments and have often used recycled rainwater tanks in their work. Now, in collaboration with Japanese designer Takahiro Fukuda, they have extended their experimentation with tanks with Taku Tanku — “a traveling little house” made from two 3,000 liter water tanks.

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Help Stop The Killing of Wolves: Boycott Discovery Channel's Ridiculous "Man-Eating Super Wolves"

by , 08/18/14
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Back in May, the Animal Planet channel was set to screen a sensationalist piece of clap trap posing as a documentary entitled, “Man-Eating Super Wolves.” The production purports that wolf numbers have grown so large that the animals will soon be hunting people living in subdivisions: the kind of scaremongering hyperbole that gets at-risk populations of wolves killed for no valid reason. A public campaign against the screening was successful in getting the program pulled from Animal Planet, but now the Discovery Channel Canada has decided to screen it this coming Sunday 24 August, 2014. If you would like to add your voice to the campaign to stop this screening, read on for details.

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Putin Turns Russians into Locavores - Whether They Like It or Not

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While a government-sanctioned local food movement might be a distant dream for American locavores, it’s currently becoming a reality in Russia where President Vladimir Putin recently banned a long list of imported foods from the country’s stores. The move is a reaction by the Russian autocrat against countries including the United States, Canada and the whole European Union amongst others, which placed sanctions on Russia in response to the conflict in the Ukraine.

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Creating a Public School in One of Malawi's Poorest Communities

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Malawi is one of the poorest countries, and the vast majority of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Education has been severely lacking in that region, but there’s a group that’s making a massive difference. The Youth of Mawali Project is creating a school building there that can be replicated across sub-Saharan Africa, and serve a dual purpose: to educate children during the day, and be used as an adult learning centre at night. The school is comprised of converted shipping containers as well as local materials such as mud bricks, cement pavers, and bamboo mats. Three countries are collaborating to build the first school in Chimphamba, and will be powered via solar panels and use natural ventilation to keep the interior cool.

Although their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is now closed, you can contact either Youth of Malawi or Architecture for a Change for more information if this is a project you’re interested in supporting.

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Spain Met More than a Third of July's Electricity Demand with Wind and Solar Power

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July was a banner month in Spain in terms of renewable energy production with 34 percent of the country’s energy needs being met by wind and solar energy. Wind was the prominent low-carbon energy source in the Iberian Peninsula, providing 30 percent of the country’s energy needs, while solar power supplied about 4 percent. July’s renewable energy output is particularly noteworthy considering that the total combined energy provided by wind and solar in the entire first six months of 2014 only reached approximately 25.3 percent.

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The American Almond Craze is an Environmental Quandary

The American Almond Craze is an Environmental Quandary

Americans are nuts about . . . well, nuts – and the country’s recent obsession with almonds is a tough environmental nut to crack. On one hand, the nut demand is likely the result…

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Studio Garneau's Transformer is an NYC Apartment That Morphs to Meet Your Needs

Studio Garneau's Transformer is an NYC Apartment That Morphs to Meet…

The custom-designed wall bed can be flipped up to create a small open space that the resident uses for yoga, and the blue-tiled, spa-like bath is separated from the bedroom by an…

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This Dream Loft Home Used to be a 19th Century Schoolhouse

This Dream Loft Home Used to be a 19th Century Schoolhouse

The landmarked schoolhouse dates back to the 1880s and the developers made good use of the building’s original 16-foot vaulted ceilings. The living room is staggeringly large with…

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Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens

Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire…

The stylish barn is modernized with its blackened stain, which contrasts with the traditional notion of the ubiquitous red barn. Clapboards from the exterior have been removed and…

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Apple Cuts Toxic Chemicals to Make iPhones Friendlier to Assembly Workers

Apple Cuts Toxic Chemicals to Make iPhones Friendlier to Assembly…

Apple just took a big step towards greening the iPhone by removing two toxic chemicals from part of the production process. While the rare earth elements that go into many modern…

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