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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog

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This video camera captures light to generate its own power

This video camera captures light to generate its own power

A team from Columbia University's School of Engineering has created a groundbreaking video camera that converts the light captured when creating an image into electrical power to create a self-contained

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12 fresh designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week 2015

12 fresh designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week 2015

Every year, Designersblock showcases emerging and established designers through different events ranging from product design to graphics and illustration, architecture and fashion Installations,

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PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

This past weekend, the Philadelphia Zoo opened a new art exhibition that celebrates larger than life installations made entirely from recycled materials. Second Nature: Junk Rethunk features the work of

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Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

In order to create privacy, the ground floor was positioned parallel to the road, acting as a wall to keep the back yard in seclusion with a nearly solid brick façade. Around the back of the home, the

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7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

“Mood – Object” is an exhibition at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair that is dedicated to the works of Chinese designers. The exhibition is a spiritual spot at Fuorisalone at University of Milan

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Sky garden-lined hotel in PyeongChang is a sustainable retreat for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Sky garden-lined hotel in PyeongChang is a sustainable retreat for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Planning Korea Designs’ green terrace-lined hotel for PyeongChang, South Korea will snake in cascading curves that form an infinity shape. Designed for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the tourist-friendly

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The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

By Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College How human-centered experience is changing interior design Interior design is undergoing transformation

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10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

Happy Hikers, Shutterstock 1. Take a Hike There is no better way to get back in touch with the Earth's rhythms than to actually go outdoors and experience its many wonders. This Earth Day, why not take

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CORE designs solar-powered holiday home for founder’s family

CORE designs solar-powered holiday home for founder’s family

CORE Architects have designed a gorgeous glass and timber holiday home for founding principal Charles Gane, in the idyllic Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. Set on the edge of the bay, the home is an

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This gorgeous bamboo (f)route POD is perfect for your next glamping getaway

This gorgeous bamboo (f)route POD is perfect for your next glamping getaway

Designed by bamboo architecture specialists Giant Grass, the (f)route POD is a large, portable structure constructed from laminated woven bamboo strips for form an elegant, nature-inspired structure.

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Are Dutch Docklands’ Floating Islands a Sustainable Alternative to Dubai’s Sinking World Islands?

Are Dutch Docklands’ Floating Islands a Sustainable Alternative to Dubai’s Sinking World Islands?

This is not the first time that floating islands have been proposed as a solution to the struggling "World" islands project, in which hundreds of little islands collectively shaped like the world are

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Loom Artist Studio is a Tiny Pink House Boasting Big Eco Strategies in Aspen

Loom Artist Studio is a Tiny Pink House Boasting Big Eco Strategies in Aspen

1 Friday Design Collective began working with the client to remodel their kitchen and then began designing a series of artist studio studies. These studies evolved into the result you see here - Loom, a

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect this functional

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Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension

Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension

From the back of the Sanderson’s yard, the unusual addition appears literally like a colorful fox-shaped structure that sits in front of the original architecture in the grassy garden. Although the

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This next-gen 3D printer spits out fully assembled products

This next-gen 3D printer spits out fully assembled products

The not-especially-modestly titled Industrial Revolution III (IR3) is a nextgen 3D printer that will not only print out your designs, but will assemble them with your non-printable components to create

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

If you're not yet familiar with the Zayed Future Energy Prize, check it out! It celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The

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7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

It's amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more people

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A swirling green roof tops the gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

A swirling green roof tops the gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

  If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,

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PHOTOS: We explore the overgrown ruins of Berlin’s abandoned Kulturpark

PHOTOS: We explore the overgrown ruins of Berlin’s abandoned Kulturpark

After walking through a forested trail on the edge of the Spree River, visitors were greeted by a giant brontosaurus and triceratops, which have survived the years with only a few marks from vandals.

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NASA-patented technology purifies Vittori Lab’s greenery-filled AirTrain

NASA-patented technology purifies Vittori Lab’s greenery-filled AirTrain

Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let's face it - they aren't exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of

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Gateway Villetaneuse footbridge unfurls like a leaf over train tracks outside Paris

Gateway Villetaneuse footbridge unfurls like a leaf over train tracks outside Paris

The transportation network around Villetaneuse was recently upgraded, and though it was necessary, the project unfortunately created a division in the town's pedestrian network. DVVD designed a footbridge

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Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters boasts an energy class B rating in Norway

Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters boasts an energy class B rating in Norway

Back in 2009, A-Lab won a competition against 40 other entries to design Statoil's new offices. Located in a park-like setting in Fornebu, Bærum, Norway, the office is composed of five rectangular

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Historic Florida home became makeshift Houseboat as it awaited a new plot of land

Historic Florida home became makeshift Houseboat as it awaited a new plot of land

A historic Florida home has ended up stuck at sea after is was was evicted from its seaside plot. The owners of the hundred-year-old Stambaugh Cottage were forced to move it to make way for an encroaching

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Locally-Crafted Farmhouse Furniture Provides Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in Rural China

Locally-Crafted Farmhouse Furniture Provides Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in Rural China

These beautiful pieces of wooden furniture handcrafted by Scot Laughton are simple prototypes designed to be made locally by villagers in rural areas of China. The collection was recently used in 'The

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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter transforms from a

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Unusually brief ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse happens this Saturday

Unusually brief ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse happens this Saturday

In just a few days, unusually brief total lunar eclipse will delight skywatchers in North America, Australia and East Asia. Expected on April 4th, the total eclipse will be its strongest at 6:34 am EST,

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7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our last trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids

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Solar-powered House Lindau blends in with its lakeside surroundings in Germany

Solar-powered House Lindau blends in with its lakeside surroundings in Germany

Lindau is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance, which sits in between southern Germany and Austria. This lakeside home is 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft) and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an

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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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