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The world's first functional 'human-powered' cardboard treadmill is a confusing feat

by , 03/27/15
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We’ve seen cardboard bikes, surfboards and a huge amount of cardboard furniture, but in what must be a world-first, Lue Nuwame—better known as Homemade Game Guru—has created a cardboard treadmill. And it works! Sort of. Built for a fraction of the cost of a regular motorized treadmill, the cardboard version is fully able to withstand the weight of adult human foot fall, and its tread does—somewhat—spin with the runner.

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Classic Eichler renovated into a naturally-cooled home that blends indoors and out

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Submit your architecture projects to ARCHITECT Magazine’s 2015 R+D Awards

by , 03/27/15
filed under: Design Competitions

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ARCHITECT Magazine is now accepting architecture submissions to its ninth annual R+D Awards, a competition that celebrates the most innovative building research, materials, and technologies at every scale. Open to students and professionals, the program accepts entries from all design disciplines and their design strategies, building systems, must-have products, and digital tools. The submission process is digital and each entry requires a 500-word abstract and can include up to 20 supporting images. Winning projects will be published in the print and online versions of the July 2015 issue of ARCHITECT. The submission deadline is April 17.

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes. Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space.

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Elegant Flying Point home rises gracefully out of restored sand dunes

by , 03/27/15
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Portland architecture students build incredible outdoor stage from 520 recycled pallets

How do you design an outdoor music festival which leaves no trace? That was the goal of Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn when he and his team envisioned an eco roots music festival in the outskirts of Portland Oregon. Since it was launched in 1999, Pickathon Music Festival has been the only waste-free and plastic-free outdoor music festival in the US, featuring solar-powered structures and an outdoor stage designed to be dismantled and recycled at the end of the concert. When students from Portland State University were tasked with designing a recyclable stage for the 2014 concert, they rose to the challenge with an incredible structure built entirely out of recycled shipping pallets. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that documents the development of this portable stage, which will help to ensure that the wild concert experience will leave no trace on the surrounding environment.

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Inhabitat's favorite green designs from the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

by , 03/27/15
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Samoo Architects & Engineers reveal plans for Ulju Government Complex in South Korea

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!

You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.

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VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

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SelgasCano unveils colorful chrysalis-like designs for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion

by , 03/26/15
filed under: Architecture, Art, News

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Spanish architects Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano of SelgasCano just unveiled designs for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion, a temporary summer structure to be built in London’s Kensington Gardens. Commissioned by the Serpentine Galleries, SelgasCano’s colorful chrysalis-like design is characteristic of their other playful nature-inspired works. The bold structure will be made from layers of plastic fabric and multicolored webbing to create the effect of a kaleidoscope of stained glass from the inside.

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VIDEO: Father and daughter team recreate Jurassic Park with $100,000 of LEGOs

by , 03/26/15
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Want to watch Jurassic Park with your kids but afraid it’s too gory? Try this new, LEGO-ized version. A father and daughter team has recreated the best scenes from Jurassic Park using stop-action video and over $100,000-worth of LEGOs.

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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

AgriDust transforms food waste into green packaging and plant pots

AgriDust is a project that envisions turning food waste into biodegradable material which can be used to make packaging and plant pots. Marina Ceccolini devised a way to transform six…

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Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris Metro station

Kengo Kuma wins design competition for new Paris Metro station

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,…

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

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

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…

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

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

Arup beat the other five contenders thanks to their sustainable message and the short turnaround for the completion of the building. The project goes beyond zero embodied carbon and…

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

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

HCWD Studio works strike to rediscover the using experience of daily object, and redefine the relationship between human scale, space and landscape. The New York-based design studio…

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