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Luminous Paper Sculptures by Yena Young Double as Indoor Lamps

Luminous Paper Sculptures by Yena Young Double as Indoor Lamps

William Morris's famous advice regarding home decor was: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Occasionally, home decor pieces can be found that can

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São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world's first formal public parklets

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Take a Peek at a Stunning Secret Swiss Villa Hidden Into a Mountainside!

Take a Peek at a Stunning Secret Swiss Villa Hidden Into a Mountainside!

In a location as picturesque as Vals, Switzerland, it’s difficult to imagine any new construction that wouldn't impose on the beautiful landscape. So, when the rare opportunity was granted to construct

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SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station

SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale Station

A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail

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Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Split into two levels to negotiate a sloping site, the Stackyard House is set with an in-situ concrete base and wrapped in silvered timber cladding. Asymmetrically arranged windows and solar screens

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INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

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

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Rocket Scientist Designs ‘Flare’ Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves Energy

Rocket Scientist Designs ‘Flare’ Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves Energy

Whether you're making coffee, ramen or a gourmet Italian dinner, the odds are that you boil at least a pot of water every day. That adds up to a lot of energy use - but UK kitchenware manufacturer,

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The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., partnered with GE

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NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Given that the NCTU Unicode is based in Taiwan, a country notorious for its muggy and oppressive tropical summers, it's little surprise that the team honed in on their country's unsustainable and

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Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

By allowing Cove Point Export Terminal to be built, the U.S. would be forfeiting energy independence and committing our world to runaway climate change. Despite warnings from climate scientists and world

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Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday

Elon Musk Donates $1 Million for a New Museum on Nikola Tesla’s 158th Birthday

For Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday on July 10, 2014, Elon Musk made a generous $1 million donation for a new museum at the site of the scientist's old laboratory on Long Island. The CEO of Tesla Motors

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Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

Vegetarians Live 20% Longer, According to New Study

According to new research, eating meat might be killing you - and the planet. A new study conducted by Loma Linda University shows that vegetarians and semi-vegetarians live 20% longer than people who eat

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Infoversum Pop-Up Cinema Sits on a Dutch Campus like Something from Outer Space

Infoversum Pop-Up Cinema Sits on a Dutch Campus like Something from Outer Space

The concept for the Infoversum was dreamed up by the Univerity’s Edwin Valentijn, who approached Archiview to expand on the pop-up theater idea. Valentijn wanted a space where viewers could experience

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Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum May be the First Couple to Travel to Mars

Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum May be the First Couple to Travel to Mars

Long road trips can quickly turn into a nightmare for many couples, but what happens when partners are stuck with each other in a confined environment for six to eight months? That's what  Jane Poynter

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Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

The new building serves as the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation's new headquarters and houses a mix of room types, including a glasshouse for experimental plant cultivation, refectory, and meeting

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FLAP is Making Canada’s Buildings Safer for Birds

FLAP is Making Canada’s Buildings Safer for Birds

It's estimated that between 1 and 10 migratory birds die per building, per year... and in an average city, that means a lot of bird deaths. Toronto alone has over 950,000 registered buildings, which

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

Muniz first creates installations, or “paints” with materials such as sugar, peanut butter, or junk. He then photographs the piece to complete the final artwork. The photos at first look like

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Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Three Italian product design students from Portugal's Matosinhos School of Art and Design have created Stallo, a set of elegant cups upcycled from glass bottles. Created as an act of protest against

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InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a Creepy Cottage

InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a Creepy Cottage

The National Trust’s historic Packwood House is home to three new upcycled art installations by artist Hilary Jack. Using found materials and discarded Tudor furniture, Packwood Follies turns garbage as

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Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

Apple this week signed a development agreement with the City of Claremont, which will allow it to build its third massive solar farm in North Carolina. When finished, the 100-acre farm is expected to

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Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

The Cap 44 building is part of the city's heritage as one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in the world; a style that was later copied in thousands of buildings around the globe. The Atlantic

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Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

The 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition that challenges 20 competing collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered, passive homes with cost-effective, consumer appeal. After

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Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix

Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix

Did you know that over 80 BILLION pairs of disposable chopsticks were thrown out worldwide last year? It might seem inconsequential to toss out that used pair of bamboo or wooden sticks after you've

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Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

Hwang is a wife and mother, originally from Seoul, and now based in Columbus, Ohio. Her original works of art are very difficult to produce, and therefore expensive to purchase, but because she wanted

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Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Housing in Costa Rica used to resemble that of Spain, especially the fact that "central courtyards were the soul of the house." Over time however, growing insecurity and the influence of other cultures

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Mercedes-Benz’ Self-Driving Future Truck Completes its First Autonomous Test on the Autobahn

Mercedes-Benz’ Self-Driving Future Truck Completes its First Autonomous Test on the Autobahn

In the next few years self-driving cars will finally become a reality, and while several automakers have revealed prototypes with autonomous technology, Mercedes-Benz is taking it a step further. Daimler,

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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

For many people who lack access to electricity, the day ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees first nominate

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Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

When you think of earthquake country, you probably picture California with its all-too-frequent seismic rumblings. These days the state you should be imagining is Oklahoma. Between 1978 and 2008, the

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Spectacular Lotus Building and People’s Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

Spectacular Lotus Building and People’s Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

Set atop an existing two-story subterranean municipal facility beneath the lake, the Lotus building was completed in 2013 and houses parts of the city's planning bureau, exhibition halls, and meeting

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