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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

The tiny house revolution is hitting the college set. Swedish design firm Tengbom Architects designed a portable micro-dorm room that gives students privacy while upholding sustainable living. Called the

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Buttercup the Duck Receives New 3D-Printed Foot

Buttercup the Duck Receives New 3D-Printed Foot

Humans aren’t the only ones benefitting from 3D printed prosthetics. Buttercup is a fluffy duck who was born with a backwards foot, causing her to hobble around the other ducks. Thanks to 3D printing,

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Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Since Hotel Daniel was unable to expand outwards, its proprietors looked to the sky, deciding to grow vertically to accommodate the new luxury suite. The sleek new LoftCube adds 44 square meters to the

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U.S. Shrimp May Not Be What Consumers Bargained For

U.S. Shrimp May Not Be What Consumers Bargained For

Marine conservation group Oceana has uncovered a nationwide shrimp scandal that has seafood lovers feeling queasy. Using DNA testing, the group examined 143 shrimp dishes from stores and restaurants

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Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

With the age of technology advancing faster than we can possibly keep up with, we are left with obsolete media. Film cameras have been replaced with digital capture and USB drives render floppy disks

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Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Check out the 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween: GEOtube is a Building That Grows its Own Weblike Saline Skin Ancient London Crypt Resurrected as a Creepy Contemporary Art Gallery Wim

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Sedlec Ossuary Monastery of San Francisco   San Bernardino alle Ossa Czermna Chapel Capela dos Ossos Our Lady of the Conception of the

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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Artist Brad Troemel Collaborates with Ants to Make Candy Colored Art Works

Artist Brad Troemel Collaborates with Ants to Make Candy Colored Art Works

Pressed between two pieces of glass much like a traditional ant farm, Troemel has installed a myriad of rainbow gels for the ants to call home. As each day progresses, the ants tunnel through the gels,

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Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

As if exploding out of the entrance to Bloc’s folly, This is Not a Lovesong is Faustino’s first piece, which combines sculpture and architecture. Framing the doors, the installation is made up of a

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Giant Ogre Sculpture Rips Out of Lawn in Budapest

Giant Ogre Sculpture Rips Out of Lawn in Budapest

Hungarian artist Ervin Loránth Hervé’s new sculpture for Art Market Budapest literally rips out of the lawn at Széchenyi Square. The gigantic man, called “Popped Up,” seems to burst out from

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV light

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Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

CargoGuitar consists of eight giant steel strings stretched across the interior of the container in a half-twist design. The horizontal bar at one end of the strings holds them in place and frames the

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Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

Each of Laurel's birds are carefully crafted from beak to tail feather. The iridescent bodies are comprised of hundreds of unwanted fake nails and polishes donated from the likes of OPI with overstock or

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Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Located on the outskirts of Černín, Vila Hermina is definitely a bit strange looking amidst the other more traditional cottages in the area. Not only is it painted a bright pink, but it does not share a

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Biome is a Smart Living Flora Terrarium You Nurture With Your iPad

Biome is a Smart Living Flora Terrarium You Nurture With Your iPad

25 The flora terrarium is encased in a high tech capsule that works a little like a live Tamagotchi. Low energy lighting is integrated into the capsule to replicate sunlight, while sensors provide real

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Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Building with earth is an ancient practice that has recently been updated to accommodate modern homes. Vallejo built this house using a system called Superadobe, which was originally invented by Iranian

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Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm

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Kenya’s Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

Kenya’s Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

Plant-eating animals may be rejoicing over the global decrease in predator populations, but it may be leaving the environment in a hairy situation. Researchers at the University of British Columbia are

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

Hoodlums will think twice before smashing Pumpktris, which glows thanks to 125 embedded LED lights, rather than a candle. Set to a Halloween-themed version of the ever infectious Tetris soundtrack,

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Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history were in fact vegetarians. The researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni

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Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

In response to California's deepening drought, officials are turning to transforming sewage into potable water. The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, which opened this summer, may be the

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The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Infinity Centre was designed to draw students back to the library by making it the central heart of the campus. Radiating out from the library are two wings that together form protected and private

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Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

The Pittwater House’s floor plan is divided into pavilions, one addressing the beach and the other facing the street or “front” of the home. Either side is connected with a sprawling double-height

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