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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Nendo Transforms Traditional Kyoto Cooking Utensils into Exquisite Wire Lamps

Nendo Transforms Traditional Kyoto Cooking Utensils into Exquisite Wire Lamps

Japanese design studio Nendo recently unveiled the basket-lamp, a lighting fixture made from ‘kana-ami’, the cooking utensils used for traditional Kyoto dishes. Created in collaboration with

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Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

The Luck Drops’ bold design was bred from necessity. It's located on a long and extremely narrow lot, so the architects were challenged to make the shelter feel open and airy while keeping it from

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SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev ‘Hover Monorail’ in Israel

SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev ‘Hover Monorail’ in Israel

SkyTran Inc. and Israel Aerospace Industries just signed an agreement to build a high-speed, levitating, energy-efficient transportation system at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod,

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

Plants have been used as medicine for thousands of years, but the average person might not be aware of just how beneficial these herbal medicines can be. Earthscape is a crew of Japanese landscape

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Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota has officially unveiled its new hydrogen fuel cell sedan in Japan. The fuel cell sedan was previewed last year as a concept and now Toyota is giving the world a first look at the production

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Windfall Lumber Launches ‘Wabi Sabi’ Cladding Made From Reclaimed Wood

Windfall Lumber Launches ‘Wabi Sabi’ Cladding Made From Reclaimed Wood

Windfall Lumber's new Sabi Cladding is influenced by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi. Sabi Cladding is made from reclaimed Douglas fir and hemlock beams taken from deconstructed buildings in the

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Beautiful Tiered Treehouse Looks Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

Beautiful Tiered Treehouse Looks Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

This charming tiered treehouse might have you thinking you'd been transported to the Orient, but it's actually located on the other side of the globe in upstate New York. Built by Luderowski Architect,

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GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

In a bid to bolster the importance of sustainable development, General Motors is building a tiny urban homestead out of a recycled shipping container in Detroit. Along with the Michigan Urban Farming

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Guy Laramee’s Carvings Prove that Books Can Transport Us to Incredible New Worlds

Guy Laramee’s Carvings Prove that Books Can Transport Us to Incredible New Worlds

Guy has been creating these remarkable carved books for several years, and  the Guan Yin series is dedicated to the forces that enable people to deal with traumatic situations, grief, and

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Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave

Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave

Love caves? Love trampolines? Now you can combine the two in one riveting experience. Adventure company Bounce Below installed three giant trampolines inside the sprawling belly of Llechwedd Slate Caverns

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Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

Born in the South of France, artist and artisan Guy Bucchi spent many years as a psychiatric nurse before moving to New Zealand to begin a new life. Using recycled materials such as wood, rope, copper or

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‘The Body’ Could be the World’s Most Adaptable Chair

‘The Body’ Could be the World’s Most Adaptable Chair

Simple in design, The Body is a flesh-coloured strip of canvas with seams stitched along its six-meter length. The entire structure is filled with grains of rice, a material that's been employed in Japan

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Fascinating New Greenhouse at Aarhus Botanical Garden Changes Transparency at Different Pressures

Fascinating New Greenhouse at Aarhus Botanical Garden Changes Transparency at Different Pressures

The dome’s energy efficiency comes from the fact that its structure allows for the greatest interior volume with the lowest surface area. Ten steel arches radiate from the longitudinal and transverse

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TEPCO Battles to Construct Fukushima Ice Wall to Contain Leaking Radiation

TEPCO Battles to Construct Fukushima Ice Wall to Contain Leaking Radiation

Over three years have passed since the devastating Fukushima disaster, yet TEPCO, the plant’s operator, is still struggling to contain radioactive water flowing from the site. A few months ago the

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Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Experts Warn That World’s Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

Energy companies may shoulder a large portion of the blame for the warming planet - after all, they are responsible for around 40% of global emissions - but a new study shows that they will also suffer a

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Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Topped by a concave roof, the east side of the house offers a one-story space for the older generation, whereas the two-story space located on the residence's western half accommodates the younger family.

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Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Mireia Gordi Vila designed her flexible and reusable packaging for the Royal College of Art's upcoming graduate show. The design was originally conceived for extremely valuable goods, but it could also be

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Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

In a quaint subdivision overlooking the St. Lawrence River, one of the brick ranch homes suddenly looks a little different. Local firm Est Architecture re-envisioned the home based on the clients requests

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World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

We’ve showcased several attempts at creating the ultimate invisibility cloak - but the “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks!

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LIVE STREAM: Watch Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Receive 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize in Amsterdam

LIVE STREAM: Watch Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Receive 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize in Amsterdam

This video © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize. This year we were thrilled to announce that one of our favorite architects, Shigeru Ban, won the 2014 Pritzker Prize--and today, for

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Japan Promises to Continue Whale Hunt Despite International Court Ruling

Japan Promises to Continue Whale Hunt Despite International Court Ruling

Despite an International Court of Justice order to stop whaling, Japan has publicly promised to continue its controversial Antarctic whale hunt. In March the court ordered Japan to end its more than

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You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

Whether you saw the movie Gravity or not, you probably already know that space debris can be a big problem. But until you see a visual showing just how ridiculously packed the Earth’s atmosphere is, it

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Architecture for Humanity Celebrates 15th Anniversary, Announces Eric Cesal as New Director

Architecture for Humanity Celebrates 15th Anniversary, Announces Eric Cesal as New Director

Architecture for Humanity, the nonprofit that uses design to improve and change lives around the world, has just announced Eric Cesal as their newly appointed Executive Director. The announcement

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Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before we gathered our food in grocery carts and online services like Peapod, we gathered it straight from the bush. It's a shocking idea that the food we eat might not be hosed with the equivalent

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to know what

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Architecture Students Build Tiny Mirrored Lookout That Blends Seamlessly into the Scottish Landscape

Architecture Students Build Tiny Mirrored Lookout That Blends Seamlessly into the Scottish Landscape

Built by hand, the Lookout consists of a timber frame structure that was fabricated offsite and then trucked into the National Park. Once on site, Ritchie and Tyler installed sheets of mirrored stainless

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Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery Packs Get New Life at Yellowstone National Park

Used Toyota Camry Hybrid Battery Packs Get New Life at Yellowstone National Park

As more electrified vehicles hit the road, critics consistently wonder what we will do with all of the used battery packs that power these cars. Well, Toyota demonstrates how old nickel-metal hydride

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Giant Fruit-Shaped Bus Stops Line Streets in Japan

Giant Fruit-Shaped Bus Stops Line Streets in Japan

The 16 quirky bus stops are located in Konagai, Japan (part of Isahaya City in Nagasaki) and were originally constructed for the 1990 Travel Expo. In order to attract arriving visitors, the stands have

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