100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally…

Each room of the timber-framed home is lined with plywood. Left unstained, the plywood covers every wall, floor, and ceiling and makes the house look almost like a construction job left…

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an…

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that houses 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent,…

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AvoSeedo makes growing avocado trees easier than ever

AvoSeedo makes growing avocado trees easier than ever

  If you've ever tried to grow an avocado tree from a pit, you've probably noticed how finicky they can be to cultivate. AvoSeedo is a handy little tool that helps you grow…

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Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that's ideal for…

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6 ways to reuse your Valentine's Day roses

6 ways to reuse your Valentine's Day roses

Valentine's day has come and gone, and if you're one of the millions of people who received roses as a gift for this holiday, chances are that your flowers will keep smelling and…

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Volkswagen announces plan to invest $10 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Volkswagen announces plan to invest $10 million in electric vehicle…

Now that Volkswagen's electric e-Golf is rolling into dealerships, VW continues to announce new efforts to support the further adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. Last month VW…

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Woodside man "avenges" neighborhood property by covering graffiti with…

What do you do when you see your beloved neighborhood covered in ugly graffiti? One man is taking matters into his own hands and has begun blanketing Woodside, Queens in a kind of…

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LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

If you love pancakes but hate making them, then the LEGO PancakeBot is your dream come true. Designed by Miguel Valenzuela, the LEGO robot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology by…

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Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar set to open in Greenpoint this spring

Floating Brooklyn Barge Bar set to open in Greenpoint this spring

Photo: The Brooklyn Barge Bar Brooklyn Barge Bar's proprietor, Will Drawbridge (you can't make this stuff up), told DNAinfo that he hopes the new destination will draw more visitors…

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Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

You won’t have to deal with disgruntled employees at the soon to be opened Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan…since they are mostly humanoid robots. The high tech hotel has employed…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn how solar panels work and the benefits of going solar

INFOGRAPHIC: Learn how solar panels work and the benefits of going…

Increasing numbers of homeowners around the world are going solar—the green energy investment not only saves money in the long run, but also helps the environment. If you’re…

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West Virginia oil train derailment leads to series of massive explosions

West Virginia oil train derailment leads to series of massive…

Yesterday in West Virginia, a train carrying crude oil derailed shortly before it exploded, destroying a home and displacing 1,000 residents in freezing temperatures. The 100-car oil…

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London architects turn derelict King's Cross railway land into gorgeous green new housing development with 2,400 new trees

London architects turn derelict King's Cross railway land into…

Jestico + Whiles just received the green light for their residential development by developer Telford Homes on Caledonian Road in London. The landscaping, designed by Standerwick Land…

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Scientists 'journey' to the center of the Earth and find the inner core has its own inner core

Scientists 'journey' to the center of the Earth and find the inner…

Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world’s deepest mystery: the planet’s inner core. Earth's inner core The earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own,…

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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…

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…

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Submit your home accessory designs to the Formabilihouse contest and Formabilio could turn your design visions into reality

Submit your home accessory designs to the Formabilihouse contest and…

The environmentally friendly Italian furniture brand Formabilio just launched Formabilihouse, a design competition that invites designers from around the world to submit their…

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DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

Photo © Third Floor Design Studio So, you're trapped indoors because it's -90 degrees outside, and you're going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives…

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Helios concept yacht harvests solar power to explore the world’s high seas

Helios concept yacht harvests solar power to explore the world’s…

Italian designers Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi developed Helios, a solar-powered sailing yacht concept design for the Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest. Created with a low…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to choose the best HVAC for your home and the planet

INFOGRAPHIC: How to choose the best HVAC for your home and the planet

Heating your home can be one of the biggest expenses a homeowner has, accounting for anywhere from 35 to 50% of annual energy costs in colder areas. But modern HVAC systems can help…

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Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity around the clock

Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity around the clock

Israeli alternative energy company Brenmiller Energy has solved one of the biggest issues with solar technology -- how to generate electricity when the sun sets. The Tel Aviv-based…

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Check out this incredible underground bike park!

Check out this incredible underground bike park!

The Louisville Mega Cavern is a 320,000 square foot underground bike park with over 45 different trails, a jump line, pump tracks, dual slalom, BMX, cross country and single track. And…

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Mayor de Blasio launches Green Buildings Technical Working Group as step towards NYC's 80 by 50 objective

Mayor de Blasio launches Green Buildings Technical Working Group as…

Taking a huge step closer to NYC's ambitious 80 by 50 goal, Mayor de Blasio recently announced the launch of the city's green-minded Technical Working Group (TWG). The group is made…

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13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

A massive study undertaken by researchers from Australia and the U.S. has determined that we are throwing far more plastic waste into the oceans than previously thought. In 2010,…

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Colorful tree-inspired children’s hospital provides a green and supportive environment for young patients in Brisbane

Colorful tree-inspired children’s hospital provides a green and…

The Lady Cliento Children Hospital draws its young visitors in with its eye-catching and brightly colored purple and green ribbed facade; the nearby native Bougainvillea plant palette…

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Locals safe after toxic orange gas cloud dissipates over northern Spain

Locals safe after toxic orange gas cloud dissipates over northern…

Residents of two towns in northeastern Spain who were ordered indoors earlier today due to a massive cloud of toxic gas in the air are now breathing a bit easier. According to the…

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US approves farming of genetically modified apples to reduce food waste

US approves farming of genetically modified apples to reduce food…

The next wave of GMO food is about to hit store shelves in America. The US government has approved the planting of genetically modified apples which could hit store shelves within the…

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Is Apple working on its own electric car?

Is Apple working on its own electric car?

Tesla has done it. Nissan and GM are all over it. Is Apple doing it too? The future is here and, suddenly, it’s full of all sorts of talk about electric cars. That’s right, folks.…

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Hastings-on-Hudson becomes first NY community to ban styrofoam containers and plastic bags

Hastings-on-Hudson becomes first NY community to ban styrofoam…

New York City's recent decision to ban single-use styrofoam containers (which will go into effect on July 1st) was celebrated by many as a major step towards eliminating…

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Chilean architects unveil a prototype home made out of prefab geodesic domes

Chilean architects unveil a prototype home made out of prefab geodesic…

Chilean architecture studio B + V designed this geodesic dome-like home using prefab elements and expanded on the initial design by creating additional service areas, shaded terraces…

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Foster + Partners’ National Museum of Marine Science and Technology breaks ground in Taiwan

Foster + Partners’ National Museum of Marine Science and Technology…

The largest aquarium to be built in northern Taiwan just broke ground today. Designed by Foster + Partners, the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology will be a major center…

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The Observatory is a duo of charred-timber, off-grid art studios traveling around the UK

The Observatory is a duo of charred-timber, off-grid art studios…

Each one also has its own name – the Study and the Workshop – to reflect different uses, and both have wheels built in to their bases to allow them to pivot towards the best views…

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Peru is planning a highway through the world's most biodiverse protected place

Peru is planning a highway through the world's most biodiverse…

  In Peru, they’re planning to pave paradise and lay down a freeway. Scientists highlighted Peru’s Manu National Park last year as being at the top of the list of…

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Renovated 'Ship in a Bottle' home springs up in San Francisco's Noe Valley

Renovated 'Ship in a Bottle' home springs up in San Francisco's Noe…

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem…

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The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge…

The zoo is built from a six armed star-shaped level designed to maximize space, views and circulation. It is based on a nucleus or a tree trunk from which emerges six branches, each 20…

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Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world's coolest repurposed office

Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world's coolest…

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large…

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This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

For the past 25 years, adventurer Dan Price has lived in a series of adorable hobbit-like tiny homes on two acres of breathtaking forested land in Eastern Oregon. His most recent…

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HOW TO: Make delicious, raw chocolate pudding from avocados!

HOW TO: Make delicious, raw chocolate pudding from avocados!

Who wants something sweet?? Skip the discounted Valentine's Day chocolates, and whip up some delicious, homemade pudding in just a few minutes. What's the hitch? Use avocados instead of…

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LTL Architects Create a Living Green Wall Shaped Like Central Park for a NYC Office

LTL Architects Create a Living Green Wall Shaped Like Central Park for…

From the largest living wall in North America to high rises wrapped in vertical gardens, we have seen quite a few impressive green walls. But LTL Architects has built an 84-foot-long…

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Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

When it comes to sustainability, Frankfurt is the place to be. The German city, known widely for its green initiatives, took top spot in the recently released Sustainable Cities Index…

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up…

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the…

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