The House in Melides is separated into two major programmatic areas within the two stacked rectilinear volumes. The lower volume hosts the sleeping and service areas, while the suspended upper volume
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The term 'building science' is used quite often now in sustainable building circles, but much of what we understand of it can be traced back to the work of Dr. Joe Lstiburek, founder of
A marginalized minority of Coptic Christians in a Muslim-majority country, the Zabbaleen were forcibly relocated to the outskirts of Cairo by the government in 1969. After creating a new home at Mokattam,
3D printing technology holds the amazing potential to change the way we make things - however most 3D printers are limited to creating objects out of plastic. Enter the Mebotics Microfactory, which it
The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?
What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, "Those who are
NASA is planning to grow fresh vegetables in space, 230 miles above the Earth. Later this year the space agency’s Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program will send astronauts to the International
Why do some hurricanes intensify very rapidly while others do not? That's the big question that NASA scientists are grappling with - and they've launched a set of repurposed military surveillance drones
The X Prize aims to tackle the world's greatest challenges by creating 'large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions' to encourage today's greatest inventors to use their genius for the
The numbers are in, and in just six months a phenomenal 202,586 people have applied to join the very first Mars colony. Frequently dubbed a "suicide mission," the $4 billion Mars One non-profit venture
The vertical addition, which houses a kitchen, dining, and living room, is sealed by a completely translucent roof. This material choice gives the interior a verticality that would otherwise have been
The four townhouses that make up Urban Villas are constructed on a slope, the main reason to keep their forms as simple as possible. Along the borders of the property are dense bushes and shrubs, as well
During the Cold War, the board of directors for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago maintained the Doomsday Clock. Conceived in 1947 as relations between the US and USSR
Earlier this June, the transatlantic speed record-holding solar catamaran was converted into a scientific platform to collect data between on the Gulf Stream between Oostende and London. The researchers
With the landing of the Mars Rover, many feel we're closer than ever to establishing the first Mars colony - but there's still the question of how to sustain humans on a dead planet. Fortunately, a group
Image via Shutterstock The Amazon rainforest is one of the largest, most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. According to new information published in Geophyscial Research Letters, protecting habitats
Sebastião Salgado's exhibition of breathtakingly poetic images at London's Natural History Museum is a must see for both environmentalists and fine art photography lovers. The exhibit is comprised of
Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have
Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to change
Most of Greenland is covered in a thick sheet of ice, but scientists have just discovered another vast canyon beneath the 460 mile glacier. Headed by Jonathan Bamber at the University of Bristol, the
Since the early days of our existence, humans have always been jealous of flying animals. From bugs to birds, we've spent a lot of time trying to copy organisms who have the ability to defy gravity. Our
Perhaps the most badass villain in this universe is Darth Vader, and that's the reason why DIYers have created so many projects revolving around this Star Wars bad guy. Above is one creation that turns
As iconic animals such as the West African lion and mountain gorilla reach the edge of extinction, scientists in Japan are working towards saving the genetics of endangered animals for future generations.
Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century
Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will ultimately cost billions of dollars to repair, which has researchers wondering what the global cost of climate change could be.
Respect for the environment and the skills needed for self-sufficiency must be taught at a young age. In addition to "reading, writing, and arithmetic," why not also teach kids how to grow their own food
Ever been skinny dipping? There's something exhilarating about gliding through the water in nothing but your birthday suit. But if you're in Sweden or Denmark, now's not the time to try it. A frightening
The sophisticated Quartz Mountain Residence is a 4,700 square foot single family home that sits almost as a sculpture in the desert landscape. Modern in its design, the home boasts a material palette of
Although there are 50 massive wildfires raging in the US right now, the so-called Rim Fire in California is perhaps of greatest concern. Yesterday the fire nearly quadrupled in size and has only been
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