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Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

Having been in business for 20 years in the Bangkok area, Geodesic Design wanted to create an office with the smallest possible footprint. The home office was built on stilts, not only to lesson the

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Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called

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Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil

The Rio Branco 12 office tower on Rio Branco Avenue will have 21 floors. Currently undergoing an urban revitalization, Porto Maravilha is slated to become a new urban and commercial district with over 5

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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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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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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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Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Unveil Daylit Zero-Emission Apartment Building in Berlin

The 7-story building features triple-glazed windows, a high level of insulation, and it's practically airtight. The photovoltaics mounted on the roof produce energy primarily for the building, although

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Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Designers like Ross Lovegrove, who think of cars on sticks and solar trees, are constantly pushing the envelope. You may think concepts like these are absolutely off the wall and completely impractical,

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3M futureLAB Students Build Tiny 3D Printed Mobile House for Millennials

3M futureLAB Students Build Tiny 3D Printed Mobile House for Millennials

3M futureLAB is a UCLA Architecture and Urban Design traveling studio based in Munich, Germany. Last year, the graduate students of 3M teamed up with other students from Germany and England to explore the

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Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Clad in black panels of corrugated iron, the Pump House is a small and quiet lakeside retreat that blends a rustic aesthetic with elegant simplicity. The architects and client used a simple materials

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Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless

PAO and PIDO used a CNC router to form the plastic Tricycle House, which is made out of folded polypropylene. This is the only plastic that is strong enough to handle the folds that act like an accordion

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Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

Normally, the village of Balcombe, West Sussex is just another picturesque spot in a valley where nothing really happens. But when Cuadrilla Resources--the UK's fracking pioneer--announced plans to do

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INTERVIEW: Takaharu Tezuka Incorporates Nature and Function in Architecture

INTERVIEW: Takaharu Tezuka Incorporates Nature and Function in Architecture

Westerners often look on in bewilderment at Japanese architectural design. The West is more accustomed to the idea that worth runs parallel to pageantry and plethora, to the point where it is assumed that

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McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald's just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin's lab-grown burger experiment in London

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World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and new design ideas seem to pop up every other day. We've seen some pretty impressive micro dwellings from all over the world, but this miniature

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Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs

Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs

As if SeaWorld didn't have enough bad press in the wake of the shocking documentary Blackfish, a document obtained by Buzzfeed reveals that the marine park gives its whales psychoactive drugs and

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Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

The Port X features a flexible design that can be extended or reduced to provide the perfect amount of space for its owners. The home's curvilinear C-shaped sections are made up of wood and laminate, and

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Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World

Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World

Architect Michael Reynolds's latest Earthship sits near the center of "the southern city of the world", just in front of Antarctica. An initiative of Fundación NAT (by actor Mariano Torre and singer

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Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed to Withstand Hurricanes

Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed to Withstand Hurricanes

The artist designs otherworldly structures and carefully inserts them into existing landscapes through photographic manipulation. These physical sites are found on Dauphin Island, located in the Gulf of

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World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

Wind turbines have become airborne! An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough electricity for more than a dozen families living off the

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Karel Verstraeten Transforms Abandoned Trailer into Comfy Family Cabin

Karel Verstraeten Transforms Abandoned Trailer into Comfy Family Cabin

Previously used as an office on a construction site, the trailer was reformed for the family under the supervision of Verstraeten. First the exterior of the trailer was clad with rustic oak panels. A

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United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

The United States Navy Research Laboratory has unveiled two modules they are testing to capture solar energy from space and divert its power to earth. The two designs would use reflectors to concentrate

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Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

A project 30 years in the making, this tiny off-grid retreat on a coastal island in Maine is almost entirely self-sufficient. Designed and built by Alex Porter for her father, the project features a shed

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Odyssey’s Two in One Water Bottle Flashlight Makes Off the Grid Exploring Easier

Odyssey’s Two in One Water Bottle Flashlight Makes Off the Grid Exploring Easier

The Odyssey water bottle and flash light combo proves that two uses are better than one!  Designed by OKO, the combo device helps hikers and adventurers lighten their loads while illuminating their trek

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Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

A Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy - all that’s needed is a light source, carbon dioxide, water, and, of course, a field or

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Researchers at the University of Colorado designed a new toilet called the Sol-Char that zaps poop into biochar using nothing but the sun. Led by Karl Linden, the team installed fiber-optic cables that

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Goldman Sachs Declares Solar Energy Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, and Elon Musk is a Genius

Goldman Sachs Declares Solar Energy Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels, and Elon Musk is a Genius

They may be one of the greediest, most exploitative firms on Wall Street, but Goldman Sachs knows a profitable investment when they see one. The company recently released a report that states solar energy

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6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

Tiny House Family In most traditional homes, we end up paying for space we don't really use. Sure a guest bedroom, office, den, and two car garage sound great, but is it really worth the three times a

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Report Exposes How Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Environmental Devastation

Report Exposes How Marijuana Cultivation Leads to Environmental Devastation

In the wake of Washington and Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana, concerned cannabis users are beginning to realize that their high comes at a price to the planet. In an enormous buzzkill

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