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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there's still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant

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This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

For anyone looking for that perfect off-grid option, Orange is an exceptionally energy efficient mini-structure that is 100 percent free from harmful building materials. The home is constructed with

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Urban Cow Tipping? Smart Cars Overturned by Vandals in San Francisco

Urban Cow Tipping? Smart Cars Overturned by Vandals in San Francisco

What’s a bored city dweller to tip over when there aren't any cows around? Smart cars, of course. The act of tipping Smart cars became notorious after a Facebook page surfaced in 2011 showing Smart

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Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

MAPA architects placed the kitchen, living room, and other communal spaces on first floor of the house and stacked the bedrooms up above on the second level. To reinforce the division of space, the

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MIT Proposes “New Meadowlands” Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

MIT Proposes “New Meadowlands” Plan to Protect New Jersey and New York from Future Storms

How would some of the nation's smartest minds approach the Eastern seaboard's increasingly dire problem of rising tides and storms? A team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently

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Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

After bush fires decimated areas around Canberra in 2001, the city decided to rebuild by creating the National Arboretum Canberra. Plans for the Arboretum actually date back over 100 years ago, when

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Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

According to their literature, LEAPfactory's Gervasutti refuge represents the pinnacle of the Italian firm's achievement. LEAP refers to Living, Ecological, Alpine Pods, their speciality, and their latest

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Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

Cheap Solar PV Powers Substantial Global Renewable Energy Growth in 2013

The falling price of solar photovoltaic systems was the main driver of an increase in global renewable energy generation in 2013, according to a new report produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP

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Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

Affordable Solar-Powered 28th Street Apartments Revive Historic 1926 Building in Los Angeles

The 28th Street YMCA was listed as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2006 and was acquired by nonprofit developer Clifford Beers Housing (CBH) in 2009. Commissioned to revive the structure and

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Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

Guedes Cruz’ Social Complex in Alcabideche is a Comforting Green Haven for Seniors

The Social Complex in Alcabideche is comprised of 52 houses and a support building spread over a well-planned 10,000 square meter site. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos write that “Portugal is not a

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Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Finland has a deeply-embedded sauna culture; so much so, in fact, that there are two million saunas in a country that has a population of just 5.3 million people. That's why it makes perfect sense for

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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Groundbreaking Smartphone Battery Charges Up in 30 Seconds Flat

Groundbreaking Smartphone Battery Charges Up in 30 Seconds Flat

Sick of waiting for your smartphone to recharge? Israeli nanotechnology pioneer StoreDot Ltd just unveiled a groundbreaking new battery that can charge up in 30 seconds flat! The fast-charging battery

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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AEDAS Unveils Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

AEDAS Unveils Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

The Sino-Foreign cooperative university is part of a new program approved by the government in 1994. The University decided to build a world-class university dedicated to training experts. Its

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French Scientists Developing Earthquake ‘Shields’ to Protect Cities from Quakes

French Scientists Developing Earthquake ‘Shields’ to Protect Cities from Quakes

Someday in the future, when an earthquake hits a major city, we may be able to redirect the acoustic waves of the earthquake to a place where they won’t cause so much damage. At least, that’s the idea

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Are Indoor Fish Farms America’s Next Big Green Industry?

Are Indoor Fish Farms America’s Next Big Green Industry?

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization produced a new study that says the United States has the greatest potential for fish farming. While oceanic agriculture has become popular overseas, it still

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Now You Can Rule Your Own “Eastern Block” with These Pop-Up Paper Buildings

Now You Can Rule Your Own “Eastern Block” with These Pop-Up Paper Buildings

  Blok Wschodni / Eastern Block is a collection of paper cut-out models representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. Made and distributed by Zupagrafika, the series features

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Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Most of the house is encircled by patterned geometric screens, which not only reference the concrete blocks used by Knox, but also create spaces that can be used as courtyards. These screens also act as

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2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

Apart from its primary function as a football stadium, the building's horseshoe design opens the grounds out onto an inner city lake located just outside, which makes it perfect for concerts, parties, and

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6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists

6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists

Charleston, South Carolina Besides being relatively flat and offering a temperate coastal climate, this old port city boasts a vibrant cycling scene. Downtown Charleston’s Real Estate Studio offers

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Amazing Solar-Powered Machine Creates News from Social Media at Milan Design Week

Amazing Solar-Powered Machine Creates News from Social Media at Milan Design Week

Dezeen and Space Caviar, which is led by former Domus editor Joseph Grima, created a publication specially designed for those who suffer from the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). Created for this year's Milan

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

Inhabitat: So to start, tell me about how the Foodini and Natural Machines came together. Lynette: It started a little bit over a year ago. There are four founders in the company and I came in around

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Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

The Pop-Up Habitat is a modular, multi-purpose system made of reflective panels. It uses their rigidity, flexibility and collapsibility to create an array of spatial configurations. Each module consists

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World’s Biggest Online Whale Meat Retailer Ends All Whale Product Sales

World’s Biggest Online Whale Meat Retailer Ends All Whale Product Sales

Rakuten, Japan’s biggest online retailer, has announced that it will no longer sell whale and dolphin meat after the International Court of Justice ordered all whale hunting in the southern ocean to

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Flowers Top Awesome Shipping Container Guest House in Texas

Flowers Top Awesome Shipping Container Guest House in Texas

To keep the message of sustainability at the forefront, Poteet decided to leave the exterior of the shipping container as is, including its original blue color and markings from when it was used to haul

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Tesla Model S Breaks 28-Year-Old Sales Record in Norway

Tesla Model S Breaks 28-Year-Old Sales Record in Norway

The Tesla Model S has only been on sale in Norway for less than a year, but the electric car has already broken a 28-year-old monthly sales record. Last month Tesla sold 1,493 Model S sedans in Norway,

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Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

Frank Gehry and Foster & Partners Unveil Designs for Battersea Power Station

To the east of The Electric Boulevard, Los Angeles-based Gehry Partners designed Prospect Place, a cluster of five mixed-use buildings with twisted and rippled facades matching Gehry's distinctive style.

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Project Little Dream Funds Inspiring Bamboo Thom Mun Community Center and School in Cambodia

Project Little Dream Funds Inspiring Bamboo Thom Mun Community Center and School in Cambodia

The main building is composed of two classrooms, both of which are wrapped in breathable bamboo screens. Space between the two classrooms have been converted to a shaded rest area thanks to a ceiling

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