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TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

The house was designed for a young couple returning home to their village. Commissioned to design a home which would be modern, yet communicate with tradition and the surrounding mountainous landscape,

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Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

Italian-Japanese Studio Minale-Maeda has come up with a little clever design that allows people anywhere in the world to make their own furniture. Their versatile Keystone connectors can be used to

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Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath

Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath

Cancer is a devastating killer that takes one out of every eight lives on the planet. While cancer treatments have improved over the years, one key to battling the disease is early detection, which has

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Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a slight angle.

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New Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Flavors Let You Eat Your Veggies With a Spoon

New Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Flavors Let You Eat Your Veggies With a Spoon

Tired of trying to force your kids to eat their vegetables when they'd rather be scarfing down ice cream? A new product line from Häagen-Dazs attempts to combine the two for a healthier dessert option.

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Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

In a show of defiance against a recent court ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice, hundreds of Japanese government officials, lawmakers, and pro-whaling lobbyists attended a feast that

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

The immediate days after a disaster are the most critical since victims need supplies and materials ASAP. Rather than wait for help to arrive with shelters, Architecture Global Aid wanted to create a more

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A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office’s House in Yagi

House in Yagi isn't completely finished. In fact, the home was designed to not be completely finished even when the owner moved in - the concept was for the home to only meet the most basic needs. Suppose

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Panasonic’s Sliding Nature Home ‘Breathes’ as it Shimmers With LEDs

Panasonic’s Sliding Nature Home ‘Breathes’ as it Shimmers With LEDs

Located at the University of Milan's Feeding New Ideas for the City exhibit, Sliding Nature is inspired by the harmony created when melding exterior and interior spaces. The traditional Japanese concept

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

MaterialConnexion is a material library with the latest innovations for design schools, architects, and creatives to use for inspiration and exploration. It also includes a wide range of sustainable

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Electric Car Sales Are Growing More Than 100 Percent Every Year

Electric Car Sales Are Growing More Than 100 Percent Every Year

Electric car sales continue to improve every year as more and more models hit the market and consumers begin to adopt the technology. A recent report shows that EV sales are currently growing at a rate of

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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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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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Canada’s New Moriyama RAIC International Prize to Rival the Pritzker and Stirling Prizes

Canada’s New Moriyama RAIC International Prize to Rival the Pritzker and Stirling Prizes

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and architect Raymond Moriyama have launched the new biannual Moriyama RAIC International Prize, which will rival the renowned Pritzker and Stirling Prizes. The

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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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Laser-Cut Koi Bike Rack Offers a Stylish New Way to Keep Bicycles Safe in Philly

Laser-Cut Koi Bike Rack Offers a Stylish New Way to Keep Bicycles Safe in Philly

Jibe Design won a bike rack competition with Koi - a futuristic new rack design that will be installed at the base of a downtown high-rise in Philadelphia. Based on a Japanese textile and the lazy

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Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City

Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City

A travel company sent bags of fresh air to Zhengzhou, one of the 10 most polluted cities in China. The Henan-based travel agency shipped 20 bright blue bags containing air from Laojun Mountain to the city

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Fishing Ban in the Lawless High Seas Could Give Fish a Fighting Chance

Fishing Ban in the Lawless High Seas Could Give Fish a Fighting Chance

Scientists have proposed a novel idea to prevent the collapse of fish stocks due to overfishing: ban fishing in international waters and turn the open ocean into a worldwide reserve. The proposal

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Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home Renovation in Montreal

Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home Renovation in Montreal

Bringing light into the core of this narrow home was important to the project. So Naturehumaine added a skylight to draw light into the second floor of house and supplemented it with a glass floor so that

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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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Japanese-Inspired Woven Willow Kagome Sandpit Offers Natural Play for Kids in Vienna

Japanese-Inspired Woven Willow Kagome Sandpit Offers Natural Play for Kids in Vienna

The MuseumQuarter in Vienna commissioned PPAG Architects to design a sandpit for children in their inner courtyard. The designers then teamed up with Simon Oberhammer and Stefanie Meyer to develop a

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay

Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay

It's hard to believe but Casa Abierta (2010) is Buenos Aires-born Rosario Talevi's first built house. Constructed two years ago, this gorgeous two story shelter takes inspiration from both Japanese and

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Piuarch’s FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

Piuarch’s FlyingGarden Installation for Milan Features Mossy Japanese Kokedamas

Italians Piuarch and Cornelius Gavril are planing to fill a whole gallery space with suspended Japanese-style kokedamas. Made with moss as plant containers and designed for the upcoming Fuorisalone, the

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6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

6 Fascinating Architectural Oddities That Can Be Found in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has earned a reputation as one of the most unique places in the world, but did you know that some of the borough's architecture is just as quirky as its people? From a home that can't decide

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Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

Following in the footsteps of the world's first cloned village, a Chinese developer has announced plans to build yet another copy of the historic Alpine town of Hallstatt to offer an idyllic rural retreat

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Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Three years ago when the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced people to evacuate their homes, many were left wondering when and if they would ever be able to return. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 12

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International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling

International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week declared that Japan's Southern Ocean whale hunt was illegal under international law. After a three week hearing, the court said that Japan's so-called

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