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Japanese Treetop Tea House is “Built Too High”

Japanese Treetop Tea House is “Built Too High”

The Japanese certainly have a penchant for out-of-this-world tree-top architecture, and this incredible Takasugi-an tea house is no exception. Designed by architect Terunobu Fujimori, the tree-bound tea

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Extraordinary Sustainability at Japan Society’s Bamboo Exhibit

Extraordinary Sustainability at Japan Society’s Bamboo Exhibit

Bamboo is being used in everything these days: cutting boards, bikes, folding houses, and furniture. Its versatility, however, is truly evident in the exhibition New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters

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Kawasaki Reveals The Fastest Bullet Train in Japan

Kawasaki Reveals The Fastest Bullet Train in Japan

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. recently announced that it is developing the country's fastest high speed train! Named the "Environmentally Friendly Super Express Train" (efSET), the modern marvel

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Asiatica’s Recycled Japanese Textiles

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Asiatica’s Recycled Japanese Textiles

We are constantly digging deeper for eco designers who are reworking the threads of sustainable style with new offshoots of innovative textiles and refashioned couture. There seems to be quite a few

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JAPANESE PET PLANT

JAPANESE PET PLANT

The Japanese are taking the world of botanical gadgets by storm. Just today I spotted this awesome tiny pet-plant on Japanese gadget site Compact-Impact. Its a mini cactus, in a little plastic vial,

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Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush Laurentian Forest

Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush Laurentian Forest

The gorgeous la-Chasse-Galerie house is a light filled home designed by Thellend Fortin Architects to harmonize with the wooded area it sits upon. Located in the Laurentian forest outside of Montreal,

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Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris Metro station

Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris Metro station

Japan-based architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has been named as the winner of the design competition for a new Paris Metro station. The 45,000-square-metre metro stop, located in the northern

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Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

Costa Rica has achieved an extraordinary clean energy milestone by running solely on renewable energy for the past 75 days. Heavy rainfall in the region has enabled the country to completely forgo fossil

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Aljoud Lootah’s Oru origami furniture is made from teak, felt and copper

Aljoud Lootah’s Oru origami furniture is made from teak, felt and copper

We've seen different objects shaped according to the principles of origami, but these beautiful furniture pieces by Dubai-based designer Aljoud Lootah use timber in an unexpected way that looks both

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Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Rather than traditional marble, plaster or wood, artist Ren Ri has turned to nature to help make his sculptures, by partnering with honeybees! The artist has teamed up with a fleet of pollinators to

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Kazuteru Matumura renovated an old townhouse in Osaka using curtains instead of walls

Kazuteru Matumura renovated an old townhouse in Osaka using curtains instead of walls

The house was built for a young couple that wanted to renovate the old building instead of buying a new one. Everything within the interior was demolished and removed and the architect added extra

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6 heartwarming ways that 3D printing has helped animals

6 heartwarming ways that 3D printing has helped animals

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded within the past couple of years, and one of the most revolutionary uses for it has been that of prosthetics. But humans aren’t the only ones benefitting from

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden

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6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

6 Cool designs that bring people and animals closer together

People & Mice Mouse Mates is Dutch designer Roel de Boer's playful hanging artifact created for mice. This peculiar and interactive structure combines strings, springs, slides and paper pulp beads

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S.

Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S.

Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has unveiled plans to build a 12 megawatt floating solar project in Sonoma County, that will not only be the biggest project of it's kind in the U.S. but will also be the second

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Yu Ito’s Linito chair is made from a laser-cut steel sheet and eco-friendly fabric

Yu Ito’s Linito chair is made from a laser-cut steel sheet and eco-friendly fabric

Japanese designer Yu Ito unveiled Linito, a chair made from a folded laser-cut steel sheet to evoke the image of a modern royal “throne.” Designed for Formabilio, the sculptural chair features a

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7 amazing projects by 2015 Pritzker Prize winning architect Frei Otto

7 amazing projects by 2015 Pritzker Prize winning architect Frei Otto

Roof for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium Designed in collaboration with Gunther Behnisch, the roofing for the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium was considered a pioneer in lightweight tensile and membrane

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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 found in our very

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INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

INHABITAT: What obstacles did you face in figuring out your design process, and what methods did you try before arriving at Pooktre? POOKTRE: There are many trees in our valley that have taught us much

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a21studio levitates a stone slab to create a unique Buddhist temple in Vietnam

a21studio levitates a stone slab to create a unique Buddhist temple in Vietnam

The pavilion is located on a rocky slope accessible via stone steps that create a promenade and lead to a small clearing among a patch of trees. The structure is open on all sides and is surrounded by

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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Moldovan architect Maxim Calujac has a unique vision for sustainable urban design, and he has named it "Calotopos". Based on a set of principles including polycentrism, population dispersion, transport

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Norwegian students craft fantastic mountain retreat with a wooden tunnel entrance

Norwegian students craft fantastic mountain retreat with a wooden tunnel entrance

The 150 sq ft tuba cube was crafted as a practical, hands-on University project, to gain building skills and solve problems on-site. Thanks to G.C. Rieber Funds' financial support, the students

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Google’s latest Street View lets you take a zipline trip through the Amazon Rainforest

Google’s latest Street View lets you take a zipline trip through the Amazon Rainforest

Three years ago Google brought us incredible 'Street View' images of Brazil's rainforests by placing their 360 degree image-capturing orb atop a boat and sailing it down the Amazon; and now they have

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9 exceptionally delicious (and easy) vegan meals you can make on a budget

9 exceptionally delicious (and easy) vegan meals you can make on a budget

Tofu Scramble in a Whole Wheat Wrap This is a great way to get an energy burst of protein first thing in the morning, and the amounts listed here will serve 2 hearty eaters. Feel free to halve the

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Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

Here’s a phrase you don’t hear very often: vegan-friendly trophy wall. Akin to a pink elephant, the cruelty-free trophy wall is a rare but wondrous thing, and this botanical interpretation by Elkebana

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51-1 arquitectos renovate Peruvian home with spiraling, grassy terraces

51-1 arquitectos renovate Peruvian home with spiraling, grassy terraces

Lima-based 51-1 arquitectos where commended to adapt an existing home with a small back garden for a new family. But as the new owners wanted plenty of grassy outdoors, they had to come up with a

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Biomimicry in buildings: 6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

Biomimicry in buildings: 6 animal-shaped architectural wonders

Sea shells have influenced the form of buildings in Japan, Monte Carlo, and Mexico, to name a few. This nautilus-shaped home in Mexico City, imagined by Javier Senosiain, was inspired by Gaudi and Frank

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An amazing 650-foot-long undulating green roof tops this Parisian lab

An amazing 650-foot-long undulating green roof tops this Parisian lab

The Espace Bienvenüe sits in the Campus Descartes, a cluster of buildings in Marne-la-Vallée, east of Paris. Topped by a green cruvy roof, it meets the needs of the programme imposed by the Ministry of

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