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This Star Wars retrofitted R2D2 Volkswagen van is just the droid you're looking for

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The classic Volkswagen Camper Van has been given custom paint jobs for almost as long as it’s been around. Admittedly, the vast majority of those alterations done by the free-loving, tie-dyed and Deadhead crowds. But mimaki cg60—an Instructables user in Brazil—had slightly different plans for his family’s beaten up VW; as he puts it, after a marathon viewing of Star Wars he found exactly the droid he was looking for. About 50 hours of Photoshop work went into recreating all of R2-D2‘s various components, which were then printed onto vinyl to provide a modular custom car wrap. The project isn’t quite finished yet—so if you have thoughts on hubcaps, or whether or not a Millennium Falcon should be added atop the bus, head over to mimaki cg60′s Instructables page!

Via CNET

Image via mimaki cg60

 

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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

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This solar-powered 'water ATM' provides fresh drinking water in troubled areas

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Pakistan is short on water, but soon, people in need will be able to scan a card and get clean drinking water, right out of a machine. What’s better is that this ‘water ATM’ is completely solar-powered, making it easy to install just about anywhere water is needed.

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This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian site

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Trekkie-run Chinese gaming company builds HQ as homage to Star Trek

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China… the final frontier. These are the voyages of a building that looks remarkably similar to the starship Enterprise. In truth, there are not going to be any voyages for this Enterprise, because it is an earthbound building. The wonderfully named gaming and mobile company NetDragon Websoft has taken Trekdom where no one has gone before by designing its headquarters in Fuzhou, Fujian, China to be a remarkable accurate homage to one of the most iconic ships in the galaxy (though whether the Enterprise could make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs is still up for debate). Give in to the geekiness; resistance is futile.

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'The Invisible Store of Happiness' wooden installation produced less carbon emissions than an iPhone 6

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Project B connects urban beekeeping with the needs of restaurants

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Fundamental to the biodiversity cycle, and essential to our food chain, bee populations in industrial countries are decreasing at an alarming rate due to changes dictated by the industrialization of nature’s environment. As a result of this phenomenon, urban beekeeping has recently gained popularity as the practice becomes more of an interest for citizens of major urban cities. Project B aligns within this global effort of bee preservation by offering a beekeeping service adapted to the needs of restaurants with the objective to develop this millenary art. At the heart of this offer is an innovative beehive optimized to the well-being of the colony that also promotes introductory methods to beekeeping.

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Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

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House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

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Last month, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted along party lines to cut funding allocations that enable NASA to study changing climate patterns through their Earth Science program. This week, House Republicans voted 217 to 205 to take a second swipe at the government-funded study of global warming, this time by seeking to impose regulations on how the National Science Foundation utilizes its money, via the pending America Competes Reauthorization Act.

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Enter the International Tropical Architecture Student Competition for a shot at US$15,000

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Calling all university architecture students—the International Tropical Architecture Competition has just opened its doors for submissions and there’s a USD$15,000 prize pool! Organized by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Singapore Green Building Council, and the Singapore Institute of Architects, this year’s competition centers on the theme “Urban Smart Green Office.” The competition seeks innovative and sustainable proposals for an eco-friendly office building suitable for tropical climates. The entries should include both active and passive design strategies, energy efficient features, and other environmentally friendly elements. The $15,000 prize pool will be divided amongst the five finalists, who will also be invited to Singapore with flight and accommodation covered for one representative per team. The registration deadline is June 30, 2015 and the submission deadline is July 31, 2015.

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Unilever uses food waste to save over 1 million metric tons of C02

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Unilever has long stood proud as a food manufacturer with lofty sustainability goals—from their adoption of sustainable palm oil to their efforts urging consumers to cut back on waste, stating that food is “too cheap” in the developed world. Now the food giant has announced that they have saved over one million tonnes of C02 since 2008, using—among many other things—Marmite. Yes, that the sticky residue left over from manufacturing the Brit’s ‘love it or loathe it’ spreadable yeast extract is being fed into a waste-to-energy anaerobic digester to generate power to make—you guessed it—Marmite.

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne's Whitehall Road Residence

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

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Kay Sekimachi's delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

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Artist Kay Sekimachi creates sculptural organic bowls that are made from actual maple leaves! Spindly and delicate, the leaves are preserved in outward-reaching shapes that seem to bloom like a flower. Reinforced with Kozo paper, watercolor and Krylon, the nature-infused pieces pay homage to the beauty and fragility of nature.

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20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

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WantedDesign has become one of New York Design Week‘s most popular shows and, as usual, this year’s lineup did not disappoint. The innovative collection of home furnishings, decorative objects and art took over Manhattan’s Terminal Stores space last week, turning it into a block-long tunnel of design eye candy. Come along on our photo tour of our favorite designs from the show!

Lead image featuring Robert Debbane‘s Galactica Table Lamp

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Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

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The 117-square-meter Valley House is top-heavy, with two diamond-shaped volumes stacked atop a triangular base. The entrance is elevated off the ground and accessible via a short flight…

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China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail network

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China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network in South America, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week China's Premier Li…

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This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. The illuminated hexagonal Stella mirror completely stopped…

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Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London's new rental laws

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Up until now, a Londoners haven't been able to rent their homes for less than three months without the fear of fines. Now, the law has been updated to allow homeowners in the capital to…

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Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural techniques

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Picture A prototype birch [bicycle] frame not only provides strength and flexibility in a lightweight material, but is also being used to test wooden design techniques for…

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