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13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

The three story home features an open plan kitchen and dining room, along with a large living room and countless other interaction spaces. Various staircases interlink the different platforms, which not

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Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

Tree-Like Plaza Andaro Shopping Center in Mexico is Built From Reused Railway Ties

The metal structure of the 2,000 square meter plaza echoes the verticality of the surrounding logs. Reused wooden railway ties serve as blinds that help control daylighting and indoor temperature. The

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Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Festo’s DualWingGenerator Catches the Wind Like Flapping Bird Wings

Windmills offer a great way to harness renewable energy, and they’ve been around for almost two centuries - but who says that’s the only way you can catch the wind? Festo, a supplier of automation

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Planet 3 Studios Weaves Amazing Nest-Like Meeting Room From Recycled Pine Wood Strips

Planet 3 Studios Weaves Amazing Nest-Like Meeting Room From Recycled Pine Wood Strips

The project was inspired by Baya weaver birds known for making complex nests, and its sculptural, fluid form evokes those designs. It twists and turns in an engaging manner and fulfils the programmatic

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Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

The Leapfrog Project is an initiative to rebuild the city of Tacloban, Philipines, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Initiated by Atelier Lira Luis, the project seeks to set up ten

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

According to a new study in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, your cuddly cat companion might pose some serious health risks, especially to senior citizens. Previous research has shown that cats can spread a

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Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

London-based Exploration Architecture creates cutting-edge projects that explore truly sustainable concepts. Their designs are inspired by natural forms ranging from sea urchins to coral reefs, and they

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Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Seed-Planting Tumbleweed Robot Draws From Nature to Fight Desertification

Israeli industrial designer Shlomi Mir has created a tumbleweed-inspired robot that uses wind power to study desertification and help scientists better understand the phenomenon. The round robot uses an

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Mollusk-Inspired Super Material is 200 Times Stronger than Standard Glass

Mollusk-Inspired Super Material is 200 Times Stronger than Standard Glass

Abalone Shell photo from Shutterstock Cracked smartphone screens and shattered windows may be a thing of the past. Scientists at McGill University in Montreal have created a new type of glass that is

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NYU Researchers Create a Super Light, Flying Jellyfish Drone that Flaps into the Air

NYU Researchers Create a Super Light, Flying Jellyfish Drone that Flaps into the Air

Researchers at New York University’s Applied Math Lab unveiled a new drone inspired by nature that mimics the movement of a jellyfish. While it might sound like something destined for an aquatic life,

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Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

One of the great ironies of Greenbuild is the disconnect between the myriad of “green” products and the anything-but-green booths in which companies show their wares. In relief to the candy-colored

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The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The halls were packed with an enthusiastic crowd, and you could tell that the business of construction was back in a big way. The first place we hit was the Passive House Zone where a strong contingency

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Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Since purchasing the 23,000 acre estate 10 years ago, Lister has made Alladale an ecological testing ground, replanting over 800,000 indigenous trees, reintroducing red squirrels, managing local red deer

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7 Animals Recently Driven to Extinction by Humans

7 Animals Recently Driven to Extinction by Humans

Pinta Island Tortoise (2012) Lonesome George was the last known Pinta Island Tortoise in the world, and he died on June 24, 2012. Although the exact age of the massive reptile was unknown, he was

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idA’s Greenhouse Botanical Garden Grueningen is a Parametrically Designed Artificial Forest in Switzerland

idA’s Greenhouse Botanical Garden Grueningen is a Parametrically Designed Artificial Forest in Switzerland

The parametrically designed pavilion is organized similar to natural cell division. Using the Voronoi diagram, which illustrates organization and spatiality of crystals and cell growth, the architects

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different

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Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

It’s not often that we see oil companies making serious environmental initiatives an integral part of their corporate portfolio, but at least one company is seemingly coming out as a leader by

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Study Finds National Park Ecosystems Threatened by Nutrient Pollution

Study Finds National Park Ecosystems Threatened by Nutrient Pollution

National parks are protected by the federal government and carefully managed, so it's easy to assume that they're safe from the harm of human activity. Unfortunately, new research shows that many parks

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Solar-Powered SOL Dome Lights Up in Response to Atmospheric Carbon Levels in Michigan

Solar-Powered SOL Dome Lights Up in Response to Atmospheric Carbon Levels in Michigan

The incredibly light structure forms an ever-changing landscape which is affected by environmental conditions. The dome is eight meters in diameter, four meters high and weighs less than one hundred

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Amazing Willow Mushroom Sculptures Sprout in London’s Kew Gardens

Amazing Willow Mushroom Sculptures Sprout in London’s Kew Gardens

The artist consulted mycologists from Kew’s Fungiarium in order to study different fungi species and capture their unique characteristics. The steel and willow sculptures incorporate various spore

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Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

Photo via Shutterstock In another awesome project inspired by nature, scientists developed a new type of nano coating that makes a surface stay wet or keep it completely dry, and it never needs to be

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Students Design a Mushroom-Inspired Campus with Earth-Air Tunnels for Vietnam

Students Design a Mushroom-Inspired Campus with Earth-Air Tunnels for Vietnam

The "Mushroom Community Campus," as it is known, makes use of earth-air tunnels to reduce the need for air-conditioning, along with rainwater harvesting to slash water consumption. These features mimic

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Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

The rate at which science has been evolving for the last few decades suggests it won’t be long before we’re able to build houses with bacteria. Manufacturing processes are close to replacing

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Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

Kijani Grows Will Bring Small, Internet Connected Aquaponics Gardens to Schools

Aquaponics systems have grown in popularity over the years and they're currently one of the most common urban farming techniques. But while closed loop gardens—including the one you see above —are

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Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Self-Healing Solar Cells Mimic Plant Leaves to Repair Themselves

Photo via Shutterstock Plant leaves are the ideal model for a lot of solar technology, so it only makes sense that developers of manmade solar panels would look to Mother Nature to improve the

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Minimalist Morpho Eco-Retreat Soars Above the Clouds in Costa Rica

Minimalist Morpho Eco-Retreat Soars Above the Clouds in Costa Rica

A home base for ecological workshops and biomimicry studies, the Morpho Eco retreat is situated on a high plateau about 850 feet above sea level, which means it basically floats among the clouds and peers

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Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Image via Shutterstock Plants convert sunlight into energy every day - and researchers have long studied ways to replicate the process to develop renewable sources of fuel. Nate Lewis is a Chemistry

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Jakob + MacFarlane’s Tubular Prefab FRAC Center Opens in France

Jakob + MacFarlane’s Tubular Prefab FRAC Center Opens in France

The project, named “The Turbulences,” is made as a twisting prefabricated structure covered with an anodized aluminum shell. The building will house a permanent art collection, along with temporary

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their

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