Low-impact offSET Shed House is a modern beach home in New Zealand

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The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner's dream come true

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Runners all face a similar dilemma when exercising after dark: how to stay visible and safe while pounding the pavement. The designers at the Million Mile Light saw this dilemma as an opportunity – and they’ve developed a lightweight flashing light that is 100% powered by a runner’s movement. Their Kickstarter campaign launches today, bringing runners one step closer (pun intended) an environmentally-friendly safety light that will never run out of juice.

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Solar-powered Eagle View safari eco-lodge overlooks Kenya's beautiful landscapes

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Africa is well-known for its breathtakingly beautiful and pristine landscapes, which makes the country a popular destination with travelers who want to experience nature at its unspoiled finest. The solar-powered Eagle View eco-lodge lets visitors enjoy the best of the Kenya safari. Located in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, the safari lodge is built from durable Kebony wood and recycled steel. The lodge provides a base from which guests can enjoy bush activities such as safari walks and drives, night time excursions, and engage with the local Masai community. This eco-lodge is a prime example of a burgeoning ethical travel culture; those seeking adventure off the beaten track in the African bush need no longer choose between high-end accommodation and a guilt-free conscience.

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CastAway makes furniture out of waste that forces us question modern consumerist culture

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We live in a world dominated by the waste produced by the consumerist disposable society; everybody knows that. When it comes to design, how do we face the consequences of this problem aesthetically? Waste is often hidden, or moulded into new shining, appealing shapes in order to conceal its origins. Generating different kinds of furniture by combining and re-contextualizing both industrial and urban waste, CastAway Furniture by Ilaria Bianchi proposes and develops a new aesthetic language to embody the conceptual and physical implication of the presence of waste in our lives. The result is a collection of challenging objects that embodies a critique of the consumerist society we live in, and highlights the poignant problems related to waste production and disposal that our current system generates.

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Nuevo South and GOOD Magazine transform a 100-year-old craftsman into a community home for kids

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Artistic construction worker conceals his artwork behind swanky condo walls

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An NYC construction worker who simply can’t seem to leave his artistic impulses out of the workplace has become the subject of a buzzworthy new video by The New York Times. The short film and accompanying article tell the tale of Pajtim Osmanaj, who stays behind after finishing his day job constructing an 11-story Chelsea condo to paint intricate murals that he later covers up completely behind layers of plaster and tile.

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Universities will now have access to mobile solar generators for free

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California-based DC Solar Freedom, in cooperation with DC Solar Distribution, is making millions of dollars worth of solar equipment available to colleges and universities across the nation at no cost. The program will provide solar generators, car charging stations and light towers to schools for student and faculty use. “Campuses are often caught between capital costs and trying to reduce their carbon footprint,” DC Solar Freedom CEO, Jeff Carpoff said. This should go a long way to changing that.

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Innovative Gap House in Seoul saves space with communal living areas

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South Africans revolutionize small-scale concentrated solar that's cheaper than diesel

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Concentrated solar power, or CSP, is a pretty extraordinary technology; it uses an array of mirrors to focus the sun’s energy onto a central tower, where the heat is then turned into electricity. There are some estimates that CSP could provide a quarter of the world’s electricity needs by 2050. But there’s one major setback: cost. Current CSP projects, such as Ivanpah in California are massive in scale and require expensive materials installed by a large skilled labor force. But a team at one South African university is hoping they can change this with the creation of “plonkable” CSP technology that is cheap and easy to install.

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The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

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A new study has revealed significant changes in air pollution levels in the Middle East, with economic crisis, humanitarian catastrophe, and war being contributing factors. High resolution satellites have been collecting data from major cities since 2005 and the results have flown in the face of previous predictions of the region’s emissions.

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Public outrage as de Blasio considers getting rid of Times Square pedestrian plazas

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Mayor de Blasio said last week that he would consider getting rid of Times Square’s pedestrian plazas, and people are pissed. The comment was made in response to the controversy surrounding the area’s partially nude “Painted Ladies” and other street performers, who some feel are a public nuisance. The mayor and other city officials believe that removing the pedestrian zone could be one solution to ‘restoring order’ to the streets of NYC, but many New Yorkers oppose the idea strongly.

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Xi’an unveils plans for green and highly walkable Innovation Harbor

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BOARD designs a column-free lightweight bridge extension for a school in Germany

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India just unveiled the world's first 100% solar-powered airport

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Renewable energy is reaching new heights, as the Cochin International Airport in India just became the world’s first solar-powered airport. The facility has installed 46,150 solar panels on its grounds, generating between 50,000 to 60,000 units of electricity for its everyday use, which means that it is now able to claim the impressive title “absolutely power neutral.” The airport has a history of leaning toward sustainability, but this is on a whole new level.

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5 Spectacular car-free camping trips around the San Francisco Bay Area

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New Chargers and Raiders stadium design features a farmers' market and electric car charging stations

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The new design of the the $1.7-billion stadium the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders in Los Angeles has been unveiled last Monday, and the renderings show significant changes made…

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Gray wolves spotted in California for the first time in over 90 years

Gray wolves spotted in California for the first time in over 90 years

Amazingly, the state of California has not spotted a wolf living on its land since 1924. That all changed this month after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife captured…

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Super dad makes Star Wars Speeder Bike Rocker for his little Leia

Super dad makes Star Wars Speeder Bike Rocker for his little Leia

Most of the Star Wars fans I know go crazy when they hear about any kind of DIY involving something from the films. I guess it's a fun way to bring part of an iconic movie to life, and…

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Olson Kundig-designed lush public park hides on the ninth floor of a department store

Olson Kundig-designed lush public park hides on the ninth floor of a…

Passing by a twelve story department store in Uijeongbu, South Korea, one wouldn't imagine that atop the ninth floor sits a surprising 20,000-square-foot park! Architecture firm Olson…

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6 Monstrous Sculptures Made From Recycled Vehicles

6 Monstrous Sculptures Made From Recycled Vehicles

Wing Wah's Incredible Metal Transformers Robots A work by Chinese artist Wing Wah, these huge, incredible robots are built from all sorts of scrap metal coming from the automotive…

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