Can You Believe There's a Beautiful Home Hidden Behind This Gritty Facade?

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This could be the ultimate tactic for those wanting to be left alone: disguising your home with a gritty facade. Believe it or not, behind this dingy, vandalized door is a sprawling, 72-room residence estimated to be worth up to $50 million! If you’re wondering where more of these hidden gems are in the city, check out a collection of them here.

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Lead image: Susan Sermoneta via Flickr

 

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Chicago Built Its Newest Lakeshore Public Park

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Chicago is on a roll bringing green parkland to its city streets – from a plethora of green roofs to the award-winning Millennium Park. But have you ever wondered what steps went into building these beloved green spaces? In anticipation of the upcoming opening of Maggie Daley Park, Chicago Lakeshore’s newest $60 million public park, RIG SOURCE Inc. developed an infographic that explores the engineering and landscape processes that went into the park’s past two years of construction. Click through to learn more about Maggie Daley Park and how the engineers were able to create a landscape light enough to be built atop a multi-level underground parking structure.

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DIY Expert Colin Furze Makes a Bike With Ice Wheels For Riding on Glaciers

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British designer and maker Colin Furze has taken ice sculpting to the extreme, carving frozen blocks into smooth bike wheels! The Ice Bike may seem like an unorthodox idea, but Furze has proven that the wheels really make a difference when riding on ice or snow. The solid ice wheels really show their worth when Furze takes to extreme biking- on top of a glacier.

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Submit Your Public Space Ideas to the PORTO Pool Promenade Competition for a Shot at 5,000 Euros in Prizes

by , 11/07/14
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The reactivation of urban waterfronts is a hot topic worldwide and Ctrl+Space embraces this trend in their recently announced PORTO Pool Promenade Ideas Competition. Open to students and professionals around the world, the competition seeks site-specific and innovative ideas on how the Portuguese city of Porto can reconnect with its riverfront. The urban intervention can take the form of a public space or other activator, as long as it enriches quality of urban life for both locals and the city’s growing tourism population. A total amount of 5,000 euros will be distributed amongst the top three winning entries. Registration fees start at 40 euros and first stage registration ends November 26, 2014. The project submission deadline is February 1, 2014.

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Studio Gang is Transforming a Dirty Coal Power Plant Into a Green Arts College

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Studio Gang Architects just unveiled plans to transform a decommissioned coal-burning power plant in Wisconsin into a clean green school. Beloit College commissioned Studio Gang to develop the site between its existing campus and the riverfront, and the project will “…transform an outmoded source of electricity into a wellspring of human energy”, as described by studio founder Jeanne Gang. The design will retain the structure’s original tile and brickwork while adding an isothermal envelope to provide heating—channeling kinetic energy from the nearby river through pipes within the walls to keep the building at a constant, comfortable temperature year-round.

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ANNOUNCING Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

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This year, Inhabitat readers impressed us once again with an insanely imaginative slew of entries in our Green Halloween Costume Contest – and now after an intense round of online voting, we’re excited to finally announce our winners! Contestants ranged from a scarily accurate replica of the classic board game Perfection to an awesome K9 police car, a hilarious Pixar lamp, and even a 75-pound roast “turkey”. But in the end, it was your votes that decided who would win the grand prize and a brand new Vanmoof B6 bike (worth $848). Hit the jump to see the final results!

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Mercedes Benz Unveils Hybrid Car Powered by Solar Paint

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We’ve seen vehicles with solar roofs that provide an extra boost of power, but the gorgeous Mercedes Benz Vision G-Code takes energy generation to a whole new level. The secret is the car’s paint, which is designed to generate power for the vehicle as an alternative fuel source. The Sports Utility Coupe is just a concept right now, but even if the vehicle doesn’t make it into production, the clever technology could be used to power cars in the future.

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Thailand's LEED Platinum-Seeking Super Tower Will be Southeast Asia's Tallest Skyscraper

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Bangkok will soon be home to the third tallest building in the world. Leading Thai property developer Grand Canal Land Public Company (G Land) recently broke ground on the Rama IX Super Tower project, a 125-story skyscraper measuring over 2,000 feet tall. Designed by Architects 49 Ltd., the $550 million LEED Platinum-seeking building will be developed as part of the Grand Rama 9, the city’s new central business district.

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Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

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No screws, glues, or other fasteners are required to assemble Ruche—a sustainable shelving system created by industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir. This smart shelving unit is designed to be different: available in either cardboard or aluminum, it has a distinctive geometric shape that contributes to its stability and strength. It comes in three sizes and four colors, and is made entirely of recycled and recyclable materials. Flat-packed for low carbon footprint shipping, Ruche has been made with particular attention to high-quality, low-impact materials and manufacturing, and its “piece of cake” assembly doesn’t require any tools or special skills whatsoever. Just slide the pieces together, and you have a storage system that’s perfect for anything you choose to stack into it. Check out Ruche’s Kickstarter campaign now to get one of your own!

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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa's Last Mountain Gorillas

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Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park. Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park and home to some of the world’s last mountain gorillas. The iconic filmmaker and naturalist has raised urgent concerns over various threats to the park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the subject of a powerful documentary, to be released on Netflix this Friday 7 November, 2014.

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How to Avoid Colds and the Flu with Natural Immune Boosters

by , 11/06/14
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Flu shot, or not? DNAinfo recently spoke to naturopathic practitioner Nicole Egenberger, who said that it may not be necessary to turn to the syringe if you can augment your daily intake of natural immune boosters. In fact, taking the natural route in lieu of a medication-based strategy may keep you healthier all year around.

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9 Great Uses for Pumpkin (Other Than Pie)

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Although Halloween has come and gone, you’ll still find pumpkins just about everywhere these days, from farmer’s markets to grocery store bins. Small one, large ones, white ones, orange ones; all stunning globes of delicious pumpkin-y goodness. Sure, many of them were carved into ghoulish faces last week, but there’s a lot more that you can do with a pumpkin than just turn it into a Jack o’Lantern or a pie. Here are 9 things you can do with punkins’ gloriously goopy innards and succulent flesh this season.

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Wind Power Generated 126% of Scotland's Household Energy Needs Last Month

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According to new statistics released by the World Wildlife Fund Scotland, Scottish renewable energy had a “bumper month” in October, 2014, with wind power alone generating an estimated 982,842 MWh of electricity. This is enough clean energy to power around 3,045,000 homes, and equates to 126 percent of the electricity needs of Scottish households. Solar power and hot water generation also performed well, despite the country’s reputation for grey and misty weather.

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Studiomama Gives Historic 18th Century Swedish Home a Monochromatic Makeover

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Google Gobbles Up Former Nabisco Cookie Factory Near the High Line

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Looks like Google‘s got a taste for NYC’s sweet industrial buildings. The search engine giant has just scooped up yet another lease on a massive building at 85 Tenth Avenue, adjacent to the ever-popular High Line. The beautiful brick building, a former Nabisco cookie factory, is a whopping 180,000 square feet and is the latest acquisition in a string of real estate deals for the company.

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Twentypence Transforms Locally-Sourced and Reclaimed Wood into Nature-Inspired Fall Clocks

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New Jersey-based product design studio Twentypence just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Fall Clocks, a collection of elegant wall clocks made from locally sourced and reclaimed…

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CANSTRUCTION: Gravity-Defying Structures Made of Food Cans Rise in NYC

CANSTRUCTION: Gravity-Defying Structures Made of Food Cans Rise in NYC

Pour Your Heart Out by LESLIE E. ROBERTSON ASSOCIATES The 2014 NYC Canstruction exhibit is hosted by Arts Brookfield and features 30 gravity-defying sculptures made of close to…

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Revolutionary White Solar Panels Cool Down Buildings While Generating Electricity

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Swiss non-profit tech company CSEM has developed a new type of solar panel that can be seamlessly integrated into the walls of buildings. The photovoltaic panels are available in…

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Benoy Unveils Designs for Park-Centered Mixed-Use Development in the Heart of Chengdu

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The Greenland GIC mixed-use masterplan design includes five residential towers, three commercial towers, serviced apartments, hotel, retail podium, and outdoor pedestrian shopping…

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Ian McChesney's Striking London 'Tree House' is Clad in Black Glass

Ian McChesney's Striking London 'Tree House' is Clad in Black Glass

The house is located in Sydenham, south-east London, and occupies a piece of land in a conservation area dominated by Victorian houses. In order to comply with the planning…

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