Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

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French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered solely by a tube filled with glowing green algae. The lamp uses the energy created by the algae’s own photosynthesis process to power the light within, while the algae itself lives on CO2 in the air outside.

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Beth Lewis Williams' Beautiful Lithophane Lamps Blend 3D Printing With 19th Century Craft

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Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit, Johannesburg

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Johannesburg-based architecture firm Architecture for a Change helped to create a low-cost community bakery in the Zandspruit region. Comprised of several friends who met at school, the firm is dedicated to setting new boundaries in the world of design, and working towards positive social change. This bakery project involved extensive community involvement; from collecting used glass bottles to manufacturing bricks from said bottles. A parabolic solar oven was created to produce baked goods, which can now be sold from the bakery, thus providing both new job opportunities and food to the community.

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NYC's Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

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It looks like some of New York’s homeless are trading in their ground-level digs for ones with better views. According to the New York Post, the Manhattan Bridge has become a mini shanty town of New Yorkers who have turned nooks between the structure’s metal beams into makeshift living spaces.

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Brooklyn's First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect Heights

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Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney's Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper

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Infinity by Crown is a new multi-residential complex in Sydney that uses pedestrian movement and traffic flow around the building to create a fluid architectural form. Designed by Koichi Takada Architects, the building is located at the gateway of the Green Square Town Center, an area of the city that will promote greener living and make use of planning controls to ensure sustainable growth and development. Keep reading to find out how the building will engage the community, and what makes it more than just another skyscraper.

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Kai Fagerstrom's Photos Capture Cheeky Wild Animals Squatting in Abandoned Farmhouses

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SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

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Snøhetta's Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World's Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

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5 Ideas That Could Help Save Citi Bike

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Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool "Invisible" Barn

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9 Green Tools for a Bountiful Spring Garden

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DIY: Care for Fabulous Feet—Hooves Need Love Too!

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Feet don’t get the respect they deserve, do they? We plod around on them and take them for granted, but few of us take the time to really care for these amazing appendages. The winter months can be especially hard on our hooves, as they can end up dry and sore, or peeling and pungent from being trapped in clammy boots all day. If you’re looking forward to scrunching your toes in the sand and walking barefoot in the grass this summer, it’s good to take a bit of time to pamper your paws in preparation.

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Mongolia's Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

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With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia’s potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That’s beginning to change though – a new government sponsored initiative aims to equip traditional dome-like homes called gers (tents made of felt and yak’s wool) with portable solar home systems (SHS) to make life a little easier in the northern highlands. So far, almost 70 percent of nomadic people now have access to electricity thanks to newly installed solar panels.

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The Fashion Industry Learned Nothing from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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Recent disasters like the Rana Plaza fire in Bangladesh have created awareness about unsafe working conditions in the overseas fashion industry. What most people don't know is that a…

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7 Most Amazing Slides Around the World

7 Most Amazing Slides Around the World

Slides are one of those playground staples that never seem to go out of style, no matter what age we are. Whether they're used as a fun way to spice up an office environment or were…

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Superstudio Più's Temporary Museum Leaves a Permanent Impression at Milan Design Week

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Created by Anek Kul Thaweesup of Labrador Factory, "Mumi" is a handmade bag made of 100 percent paper fibers. Made in Thailand, the bag is light, handy,  can carry up to 6 kg and is…

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TROCHET: Ateeq Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture & Yoga Mats Empower Saudi Women

TROCHET: Ateeq Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture & Yoga Mats Empower…

Diana Rayyan is the amazing force behind Ateeq, an inspiring social organization in Saudi Arabia that makes all sorts of objects from old plastic bags. Called Trochet -- a combination…

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ViVood: Tiny Pop-Up Wooden Home From Spain Comes With Built-in Solar Panels

ViVood: Tiny Pop-Up Wooden Home From Spain Comes With Built-in Solar…

ViVood was designed and manufactured in Spain using local materials and labor. Its technologically advanced design allows for easy mass production, and therefore lower costs. Its roof…

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