Think Forward’s multifunctional 5 ROOMS encourages student imagination

Think Forward’s multifunctional 5 ROOMS encourages student…

5 ROOMS is an unusual space designed to develop students senses, imagination, artistic talents and mental abilities in the initial stage of their education. The multifunctional space…

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Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state…

Things are looking up for clean energy in the US. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition working to advance clean energy, released a new report titled Clean…

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This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

The Live Garden House is a green-roofed vaulted home built using traditional techniques in Zaragoza, Spain. Spanish designers Alberto Monreal and Elisa Durán of Arquitecturas Naturales…

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VeloMetro Mobility to launch the first VeloCar-sharing program in Vancouver

VeloMetro Mobility to launch the first VeloCar-sharing program in…

Though it's fun, cost-effective, and great for the environment, replacing your car with a bicycle isn't without its snags. Biking in the rain isn't for everyone, sweating up hills can…

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DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

Martha and the Vandellas were on the right track -- heatwaves can definitely tear you apart. The current temperature in NYC has our "heads in a haze", and being as energy conscious as…

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China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is a land known for its beauty, but also a lack of practices by which to protect that beauty. The times are a’slowly changing, though, and Chinese officials are making a…

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Could cloning bring back Astoria's beloved 100-year-old tree?

Could cloning bring back Astoria's beloved 100-year-old tree?

Residents of 34th Street in Astoria have a tangible empty space where a beloved 100-year-old tree used to be. The Parks Department cut down the massive American Elm in March after it…

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9 low-maintenance plants for the office

9 low-maintenance plants for the office

    Foolproof/Classics Spider Plant Jade Plant Snake Plant   Unusual Water lettuce Terrarium Air Plant   Special…

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Redesigned 3 WTC axes rooftop spires to fit in with new neighbor

Redesigned 3 WTC axes rooftop spires to fit in with new neighbor

Silverstein Properties has revealed a change to the design of 3 World Trade Center, which broke ground in 2013. Instead of being topped with towering masts, the roof of the building…

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Giant water-purifying vertical garden pops up at MoMA PS1

Giant water-purifying vertical garden pops up at MoMA PS1

2015 YAP competition, Andrés Jaque, BAC Engineering and Consultancy, clean water, COSMO, COSMO MoMA PS1, eco art, MoMA 2015 Young Architects Program, MoMA PS1, Office for Political…

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Schacht Center for Health and Wellness seeks to change attitudes about mental health

Schacht Center for Health and Wellness seeks to change attitudes about…

For the Schacht Center, the architects wanted to shatter norms associated with mental health facilities, instead creating a place where all could feel welcome regardless of their…

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This crazy sci-fi waterslide is like sliding through a trippy wormhole

This crazy sci-fi waterslide is like sliding through a trippy wormhole

https://youtu.be/KBP7LMfhB6k Like the wet version of Disneyland's Space Mountain, this waterslide is a journey through darkened tubes lit by trippy colorful strips and spinning…

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Kindergarten principal transforms an airplane into an amazing classroom

Kindergarten principal transforms an airplane into an amazing…

We were pretty astounded when we came across an airplane in Oregon that had been turned into a home, but it's possible that this spectacular kindergarten-in-a-jet might just top it. The…

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Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to…

The twelve bars include a kitchen bar, a sleeping bar and a living bar that together create a customizable space that changes with the occupants' daily needs. Furniture and storage is…

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in…

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or…

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UNICEF says more progress is needed to save the world's children from poverty and hunger

UNICEF says more progress is needed to save the world's children from…

UNICEF's Progress for Children report illustrates that, 15 years after the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals were established, that more and faster progress is necessary to…

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Longaberger's Giant Basket Building is Made of Locally Sourced Ohio Wood

Longaberger's Giant Basket Building is Made of Locally Sourced Ohio…

Unofficially the world's largest basket, Longaberger's award-winning seven story headquarters was completed in 1997 and has been featured in news outlets throughout the country. It is…

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The Archive: Stunning Mirrored Art Studio Melts Into the Landscape

The Archive: Stunning Mirrored Art Studio Melts Into the Landscape

The exterior of The Archive is completely covered in mirrors that reflect the world around it. These reflections serve to conceal the space while maintaining privacy for the artist…

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Gorgeous Miesian-inspired glass pavilion floats above a natural dam

Gorgeous Miesian-inspired glass pavilion floats above a natural dam

Located on the site of a former citrus fruit orchard, the small and elegant Wirra Willa Pavilion serves as a spa and guesthouse for a larger residence on the same grounds. Its remote…

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Chinese authorities intercept 100,000-ton shipment of smuggled meat from the 1970s

Chinese authorities intercept 100,000-ton shipment of smuggled meat…

When cracking down on food safety in China, authorities came across a most disturbing shipment of meat from the Hunan province- from the 1970s. The nearly 100,000 tonnes of meat,…

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Energy-efficient dryer of the future swaps heat for ultrasonic waves

Energy-efficient dryer of the future swaps heat for ultrasonic waves

Clothes dryers are one of the biggest energy users in the home, but a new discovery made by scientists at Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change the home appliance’s…

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Mosevic makes fashionable eyewear using recycled denim

Mosevic makes fashionable eyewear using recycled denim

Mosevic is tapping into wasted denim with is new "Solid Denim" eyewear collection. Each pair is made out of resin-infused layers of the well-known fabric to create eyewear out of the…

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Vermilion Sands living roof takes hydro-seeding to the next level

Vermilion Sands living roof takes hydro-seeding to the next level

LED-lit Vermilion Sands temporary installation is a living canopy made from 260 pyramid-shaped modules covered in vegetation. Designed by Matthew Soules Architecture for a summer arts…

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Destroyed Buddha statues in Afghanistan stand again thanks to holograms

Destroyed Buddha statues in Afghanistan stand again thanks to…

An ancient land in an ancient corner of the world, Afghanistan has consistently found itself at the crossroads of civilizations. The territory now claimed by the Islamic Republic of…

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Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport

Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for…

Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the…

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WE MAKE CARPETS Arrange Dull Household Items into Eye-Popping Carpets

WE MAKE CARPETS Arrange Dull Household Items into Eye-Popping Carpets

With installations that range from small to large, WE MAKE CARPETS have demonstrated that no material is too dull to turn into colorful works of art. Most recently they presented a…

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The world is perilously close to global food shock

The world is perilously close to global food shock

A new report envisions a nightmare scenario in which just three climate change-driven disasters could lead to global food shock, resulting in food riots as the price of basic crops…

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California poised to enact toughest mandatory vaccine bill in the nation

California poised to enact toughest mandatory vaccine bill in the…

In California, an aggressive mandatory vaccination bill has passed the State Assembly and is now headed to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. If the bill passes, it would make California…

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Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads

Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads

As 2015 speeds by, now so will Google’s self-driving prototypes, adorably referred to as “Koala” cars, albeit at a safe and steady 25 mph. It has been a few months since the…

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World's first 'bee highway' protects endangered pollinators in Oslo

World's first 'bee highway' protects endangered pollinators in Oslo

Endangered bees in the capital city of Norway have their own 'highway' thanks to a pioneering initiative by environmentalists protecting urban bees. Concerted efforts to sprout…

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Crescent-shaped cutouts give Moon Hoon’s Two Moon building its playful edge

Crescent-shaped cutouts give Moon Hoon’s Two Moon building its…

Two Moon’s quirky design was inspired by ‘Two Moon Junction,’ a movie drama about the affair between a college graduate and an older man and constrained by a very limited budget.…

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Tiny hobbit home carved from a stump is straight out of a fairytale

Tiny hobbit home carved from a stump is straight out of a fairytale

Wotten sourced the stump from a fallen burled Sitka Spruce, one of the largest conifer species in the world that can grow up to 300 feet in height. The enormous stump was hollowed out…

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The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a…

This ex-Coast Guard light station located off the coast of North Carolina once helped ships avoid the nearby shallow areas, but today it functions as an extreme hotel with eight…

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House votes to stop the EPA's Clean Power Plan

House votes to stop the EPA's Clean Power Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 247-180, to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until litigation on the plan has finished. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act…

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Bromley Caldari Architects transform a crumbling 1960's A-Frame house into a sunlit seaside home

Bromley Caldari Architects transform a crumbling 1960's A-Frame house…

New York-based Bromley Caldari Architects transformed a derelict Fire Island home into a gorgeous pyramidal structure that offers panoramic views of the bay. The original 1960s…

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Tristan Roland Design transforms salvaged materials into elegant furniture

Tristan Roland Design transforms salvaged materials into elegant…

Salvaged and reappropriated, Tristan Roland Design turns throw-away-furniture into reusable objects for the interior. Everyday objects intrigue Roland, helping him to envision a new…

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence…

Happy Meadows Courtyard House is a modern, age-in-place, net zero passive house designed by Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter. Constructed primarily of 5500 psi…

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One of these quirky New York dome homes could be yours

One of these quirky New York dome homes could be yours

[image of green dome] Last week we brought you luxurious, sustainable homes in the Hamptons, but this week we're in search of quirky dome homes across the New York…

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Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

Italian design studio Luca Curci Architects unveiled their proposal for a floating vertical city for 2,500 inhabitants.

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Brilliant Stanford invention makes hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars even greener

Brilliant Stanford invention makes hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars…

In the next few years hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars are going to become more readily available thanks to new models from Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. While automakers have labeled the…

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