VIDEO: See the Tesla Model X up close on the road in Palo Alto

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This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen videos of the Tesla Model X on the road, but this is the first time we’ve seen it this close. YouTube user nbkagzw13 recently caught a prototype of the Tesla Model X SUV driving on a freeway in Palo Alto, California. He called the electric car “sick” before the slick white SUV pulled ahead of him on the road.

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Temperature-regulating Thermo Tents offer the most comfortable camping experience ever

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Summer is coming and we can’t wait to go camping! However, those freezing nights and hot mornings can suck the fun out of the experience and make the most adventurous people grumpy. Irish firm Thermo Tent designs well-insulated camping tents that maintain constant internal temperatures and muffle noise transfer from the outside, as well as the inside. The technology they use reduces the spikes in temperature which usually occur with regular tents, making the camping experience more fun for everyone.

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Henning Larsen Architects reveal plans for a new mosque in Copenhagen that marries Islamic and Nordic design

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Henning Larsen Architects has released its plans for a new mosque and Islamic community centre in Dortheavej—an area in northern Copenhagen, Denmark. Commissioned by The Islamic Society of Denmark, the building will be oriented towards Mecca, and will be comprised of a series of interlocking domes that will stand 2, 890 square meters in size upon completion. Larsen’s team is melding Nordic and Islamic architectural traditions in the mosque’s design; a first for the Scandinavian country.

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AgriDust transforms food waste into green packaging and plant pots

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Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris Metro station

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Japan-based architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has been named as the winner of the design competition for a new Paris Metro station. The 45,000-square-metre metro stop, located in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis, is one of three new stations that will be built to extend the Paris Metro network. Kengo Kuma & Associates’ winning design will be a nine-story complex, including shops, a business center, and a library.

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Toyota's three-wheeled i-ROAD is the perfect solution for crowded city driving

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In the not-too-distant future, personal transportation will take on a completely different shape than today. As more individuals move to city centers, public transportation will become even more important, but how will the car be able to fit in? Toyota is currently testing its i-ROAD electric vehicle in Grenoble, France, to see how it can integrate with public transportation to decrease the amount of traffic gridlock.

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Arup's timber prefab Sky Believe in Better Building wins the 2014 Wood in Architecture Award

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Brick Lamp is an understated lamp that looks like a humble piece of concrete

HCWD Studio creates designs that help people rediscover the experience of interacting with everyday objects, and redefines the relationship between objects and environment. The New York-based design studio just launched their latest creation: the innovative LED Brick Lamp. The portable little lamp is the essence of simplicity and when it is not in use, the lamp blends in with its surrounding with its brick or wood-like exterior. To turn it on, simply set the lamp on a surface. Once you lift it, the lamp turns off, meaning that there are no switches or cords to mar the elegant restraint of the design.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

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By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Elderly citizens have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city planners are realizing that actions will need to be taken to meet those needs. Senior-friendly architecture, access to specialized health care, volunteer opportunities, safe transportation, and supportive communities will be huge priorities for an aged-majority population, and many cities around the world are taking note and putting plans into action. Check out the full infographic after the jump to learn more about age-friendly cities. How would your own city measure up?

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Caminito del Rey, the world's most dangerous hike, reopens this weekend

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Caminito del Rey, the world’s most dangerous hike, reopens March 28 for the first time since it was shut down in 2001. “The King’s little path” is situated near the town of El Churro, Spain, and runs 300 feet above ground and spans four miles, making it a prime attraction for thrill-seekers and danger-lovers. Officials closed the path 14 years ago after five falling deaths occurred within two years. While the path was closed to the public, Spain invested over $5 million in repairs, which included reconstructing crumbling walkways and installing new guide ropes. Hikers are now required to wear safety helmets as well. Some are critical that the new safety features may make the hike “less exciting” to those seeking a rush, but chances are, all you have to do is look down to get a swift reminder that you’ve embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

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DIY: Piled Up Egg Cartons Give Way to an Awesome Lightweight Seating Option

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If you fancy getting your hands into some DIY projects this spring, the best way to start is take note from the DIY masters at the shuttered magazine ReadyMade (rest in peace). An idea straight from Andrew Wagner, the former editor-in-chief of the crafty DIY magazine, this clever project takes found egg cartons off the streets of New York‘s Chinatown, piles them up high, and secures them with a stylish ribbon. The result is a surprisingly comfortable chair of cartons nestled nicely together without the need for adhesives. Inspired? Get cracking!

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Help a colorful pavilion made of recycled materials bloom this summer on Governors Island

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This summer, visitors to Governors Island will get to enjoy not one, but two City of Dreams Pavilions made from recycled materials. Izaskun Chinchilla Architects’ gorgeous Organic Growth will be joining BanG’s Billion Oyster Pavilion on the grassy knoll of the island’s parade grounds this year. The colorful canopy will look like a series of flower bouquets from afar, but will be made from recycled elements like old umbrellas and bicycle wheels. If you love the look of Organic Growth, head over to Izaskun Chinchilla’s Kickstarter page and help them get the project off the ground!

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Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

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Plastic products labeled as ‘biodegradable’ may not decompose any more quickly than standard plastics, according to new information. A new study by Susan Selke and Rafael Auras in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology reveals that plastics claiming to be biodegradable have not in fact broken down at an accelerated rate. With these “more environmental” plastics now proven faulty, the only viable solution to divert plastic from landfills is to make a conscious effort to globally cut back, repurpose and recycle.

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Mercedes-Benz will release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

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Not to be outdone by Audi or BMW, Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to release 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017, with at least two of those models arriving this fall. That’s a new plug-in vehicle every four months. Mercedes-Benz has also announced that the new models will be designated with a simple “e” instead of the longer “plug-in hybrid” branding.

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SDA invites Ontario design students and recent grads to compete for a shot at $10,000

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The 2015 Sustainable Design Awards (SDA) just kicked off registration to their fifth annual design competition. Open to all post-secondary students and recent graduates in Ontario, the $10,000 competition celebrates and inspires students to create purpose-driven and sustainability-minded design. SDA accepts a class projects and extracurricular work from commercial, cultural, social, and environmental areas. The registration deadline is April 10, 2015 and the submission deadline is June 1, 2015.

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Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush Laurentian Forest

Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush…

The gorgeous la-Chasse-Galerie house is a light filled home designed by Thellend Fortin Architects to harmonize with the wooded area it sits upon. Located in the Laurentian forest…

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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

8 Water-saving solutions for your home

The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale…

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Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

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These aren't your grandmother's shag carpets - Alexandra Kehayoglou creates incredible rugs that look like miniature pastures and meadows. Each hand-tufted piece is a tribute to the…

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United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees worldwide

United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees…

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) has partnered with social enterprise Better Shelter to move forward on a plan to bring 10,000 of IKEA’s incredible…

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This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its laser-like sun beam

This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its…

As part of the Soviet-run "Sun" research complex in Uzbekistan, a gigantic solar parabola reflects energy from the universe's largest star and focuses it into a light beam that can…

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