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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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Hiroshi Nakamura’s Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees

Hiroshi Nakamura’s Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees

From the exterior, a guest may not be able to immediately discern whether the home is a collection of small buildings or one cohesive space. The playful curiosity raised by this uncertainty is quenched

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Charles Pétillon’s ‘Invasions’ of white balloons fill empty spaces and abandoned buildings

Charles Pétillon’s ‘Invasions’ of white balloons fill empty spaces and abandoned buildings

In this series of incredible photographs, Pétillon uses hundreds of crisp, clean-looking balloons as poetic representations of many things throughout his photos: a symbol of childhood innocence, a

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MIT’s self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

MIT’s self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

The future is here. We have in our midst self-sustaining homes, self-charging cell phones, and even a variety of self-driving cars. MIT engineers are digging on the autonomous vibe, and working to

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VIDEO: Tokyo’s eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground

VIDEO: Tokyo’s eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground

Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button, the Eco Cycle

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‘Origami 9010′ furniture series folds doors instead of paper

‘Origami 9010′ furniture series folds doors instead of paper

So, it turns out that origami isn't just for paper. Designer Yoraco González's "Origami 9010" furniture series is entirely influenced by traditional Japanese paper-folding techniques. These origami

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16,000 unexplained cracks found in two Belgian nuclear reactors

16,000 unexplained cracks found in two Belgian nuclear reactors

As many as 16,000 cracks have been found in two Belgian nuclear reactors, a finding that could spell bad news for nuclear safety around the world. According to The Ecologist, the cracks were found in the

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Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two stories of open and

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Kengo Kuma reveals plans to update Tokyo hospital with a garden at its heart

Kengo Kuma reveals plans to update Tokyo hospital with a garden at its heart

Medical facilities are, generally speaking, rather cold spaces, but they don't have to be that way. Kengo Kuma and Associates has released their plans to replace an aging medical center in southwest Tokyo

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IKEA increases sales of sustainable products to an astounding $1 billion

IKEA increases sales of sustainable products to an astounding $1 billion

Last year IKEA sold $1.3 billion worth of “sustainability” products to customers across the world, according to the company’s recent sustainability report. These include products that help people

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This new Nissan Leaf glows in the dark!

This new Nissan Leaf glows in the dark!

Nissan has created a very unique version of the Leaf electric vehicle that glows in the dark. Nissan has applied a unique glow-in-the-dark paint that absorbs UV light during the day so that it can glow

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Bookniture’s paper furniture folds into books you can store on your shelf

Bookniture’s paper furniture folds into books you can store on your shelf

The vast majority of folding furniture isn't exactly known for being elegant, or even that easy to store when it's not in use. But Bookniture's innovative pieces provide a novel solution for those in

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Millennials choose gas station nachos and Slurpees over healthy eats

Millennials choose gas station nachos and Slurpees over healthy eats

A new study by researchers from the NPD Group has shown that young adults are chowing down on more convenience store junk food than ever. In their 2014 Eating Patterns in America report, researchers

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What’s causing “milky rain” to fall in the Pacific Northwest?

What’s causing “milky rain” to fall in the Pacific Northwest?

Scientists may have uncovered the cause of a strange “milky rain” that fell on large parts of Oregon and Eastern Washington state last week. The unusual rainfall left a powdery residue on cars and

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Chocolatexture: Nendo unveils a delicious lounge made from chocolate

Chocolatexture: Nendo unveils a delicious lounge made from chocolate

Tokyo-based studio Nendo has been very prolific throughout the years, designing a wide range of products, furniture, stationary and even food. This time, they were invited by the Parisian bustling event

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200-year-old stone structure hides a modern and minimalist summer home in Switzerland

200-year-old stone structure hides a modern and minimalist summer home in Switzerland

This 200-year-old wood and granite building may look like an unassuming, rustic abode from the outside—but don’t let its weathered facade deceive you. Swiss firm Buchner Bründler Architekten

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Turkey unveils the world’s first intercontinental underwater rail tunnel

Turkey unveils the world’s first intercontinental underwater rail tunnel

The ambitious idea to link Europe and Asia via a sea tunnel was first conceived in 1860 by a sultan of the Ottoman Empire, but Abdoul Medjid lacked the technology and funds to turn the idea into reality.

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Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Located in the beautiful valley of Savoie, France, Beck’s patterned snow circles decorate the expanses of the frozen lakes outside of the ski runs at Les Arcs ski resort.  Overlooking Mont Blanc, the

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The Hiroshima Hut’s transparent skin allows local deer to watch you while you cook

The Hiroshima Hut’s transparent skin allows local deer to watch you while you cook

Measuring 260-square-foot, this humble Japanese home features transparent walls and partitions. While the external walls are made from acrylic rather than glass -- for its high thermal insulation

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The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

What do you get when you cross a solar energy powered lantern with the cutest name ever? The Solarpuff, that's what!The good people at Solight have created the lightweight, compact latern cube as not only

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Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint. Inspired by boat

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Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

At the beginning of January, Architecture for Humanity closed its doors, surprising the design world and an army of volunteers around the world. Tension had, apparently, been brewing for months and many

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Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

With this extension of the JST Malaysia factory, Japanese architect Ryuichi Ashizawa has worked with nature, capturing sunlight, wind, rainwater and geothermal energy to build a living green factory that

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Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it’s off the charts

Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it’s off the charts

Despite taking steps to limit carbon output, Beijing’s toxic air is still breaking records. In fact, Beijing’s air is so bad that last Thursday, it was literally off the charts. Fine air particulates

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NASA and NOAA confirm 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded

NASA and NOAA confirm 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded

pic In a startling announcement, NASA and NOAA researchers reported that 2014 was the hottest year ever, beating the previous high temperature records by 0.07F (0.04C). Last year also marked the 38th

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Honda FCV fuel-cell concept makes its U.S. debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Honda FCV fuel-cell concept makes its U.S. debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Fuel-cell vehicles have been dominating the news the past few months and today at the Detroit Auto Show, Honda revealed its latest fuel-cell concept to the U.S. for the first time ever. The Honda FCV

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Divooe Zein’s stunning Siu Siu Laboratory of Primitive Senses reconnects people with nature

Divooe Zein’s stunning Siu Siu Laboratory of Primitive Senses reconnects people with nature

According to the architects, the lab aims to 'explore the environmental transition between urban space and natural forest." And they hope that local flora and fauna will creep into the open-ended

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