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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

"It's the MOST wonderful time of the year," sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I'm looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in

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Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

This past week may have brought a much-needed dose of rain to southern California, but the region still continues to suffer under devastating drought conditions. These conditions are so bad, according to

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OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

OMI Architects insert two multi-functional pods into a 19th-century church in Bolton, UK

The renovation was meant to allow visitors to get closer to the building's interior design. Elevated walkways and stairways are integrated within the original space and amplify the architectural qualities

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Norwegian artist fills an entire Oslo gallery with a huge grassy landscape

Norwegian artist fills an entire Oslo gallery with a huge grassy landscape

Per Kristian Nygård's works explore the possibilities of space. His latest grassy installation merges an organized architectural environment with the organic nature of landscapes. The large piece

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14 Faux Christmas Trees to Green Your Holidays

14 Faux Christmas Trees to Green Your Holidays

possibiliTree The holiday decor possibilities are endless with an eco-friendly possibiliTree! Designed by architect Richard Babcock as a natural wood, waste-free alternative to real Christmas trees, the

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Luxury Survival Condo Lets the Wealthy Escape From a Nuclear Apocalypse in Style

Luxury Survival Condo Lets the Wealthy Escape From a Nuclear Apocalypse in Style

The developer Larry Hall bought the former nuclear missile site in 2008 and finished renovations for the first Luxury Survival Condo bunker in 2012. The complex houses seven 1,820-square-foot floors of

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VIDEO: Meet Shadow—A Wolf Pup at the San Diego Zoo

VIDEO: Meet Shadow—A Wolf Pup at the San Diego Zoo

Shadow, a wolf pup living at the San Diego Zoo, gets some play time with his caregivers in this "awww"-inspiring video. He's exploring all kinds of new scents, tastes, and textures, from tree branches

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Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There’s No Internet Service

An estimated 4.3 billion people around the world don't have internet access. In times of natural disasters, internet and phone connections also frequently fail. Lantern is a pocket-sized device designed

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The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

The building has a prefab construction and spruce cladding that allows it to blend into the lush surrounding forest. It also features a wraparound terrace that acts as a lookout and is connected to the

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Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Skyscraper

Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Skyscraper

Parisian city council officials have voted against Herzog & de Mueron’s Tour Triangle - a proposed triangular skyscraper that would be the French capital’s third largest structure. City councils

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7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

When the 13-story new Seoul City Hall was first unveiled in 2012, the curvaceous modern glass building sparked controversy for its incongruity in style with the former city hall, a preserved colonial-era

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Sliding Modular Dividers Effortlessly Transform a Tiny Interior Into a Multifunctional Apartment in Madrid

Sliding Modular Dividers Effortlessly Transform a Tiny Interior Into a Multifunctional Apartment in Madrid

The flexibility of the transformable home is based on the three mobile library stack-like units that slide from side-to-side to reveal a kitchen, bedroom, and dressing room. The custom-made units are

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USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

USDA Approves Genetically Modified “Innate Potato”

Last week, the USDA approved a genetically engineered potato, known as the Innate Potato. Created and trademarked by Simplot, the new potato "has 40% less bruise" than regular potatoes and doesn't turn

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Buenos Aires’ 2014 CASA FOA Design Event Captivates Visitors at the Renovated Abbey of San Benito

Buenos Aires’ 2014 CASA FOA Design Event Captivates Visitors at the Renovated Abbey of San Benito

Pura Home mixes avant-garde design with natural materials, and this sweet, low stool combines a natural wood frame with a tactile woollen cushion. Estudio Modo Casa designed a dark, masculine

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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park. Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of

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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Johannesburg-based Architects of Justice were commissioned to design the library, but after the project ran out of money, the design team had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution

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EFFEKT’s House-Shaped Cancer Counseling Center Challenges Norms in Healthcare Architecture

EFFEKT’s House-Shaped Cancer Counseling Center Challenges Norms in Healthcare Architecture

When beginning the design process, EFFEKT started with the question, "How can we create spaces that accommodate all aspects of life with cancer?" The architects chose to create a place that felt more like

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Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

A recent study carried out in Japan warns of yet another unexpected consequence of climate change: the study shows that male human fetuses are more sensitive to temperature differences than female fetuses

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A Forest Planted in Norway Will Become a Very Special Book in 2114

A Forest Planted in Norway Will Become a Very Special Book in 2114

An anthology of books is growing in Norway. Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s next project involves a future literary collection printed with paper from spruce trees that have just been planted. The

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George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

The lower level of the house remains bunker-like, emerging from the site like a pedestal for the main upper level that is reached by an exterior steel and concrete staircase leading to the large-scale

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RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

Sitting adjacent to the original Academic Building 1, which was designed by RMIT Professor of Architecture Norman Day, the exterior of the new AB2 building is clad in a striking red steel mesh screen that

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NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over American Southwest was Caused by Coal Mining

NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over American Southwest was Caused by Coal Mining

NASA scientists have confirmed that satellite data shows a methane hot spot in the southwest United States that is so big that it was ignored for years as a possible instrument error. The cloud of methane

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Zaha Hadid’s Sleuk Rith Institute Sprouts like a Forest in Cambodia

Zaha Hadid’s Sleuk Rith Institute Sprouts like a Forest in Cambodia

The building features tapered wooden structures that range from three to eight levels. The volumes will house a huge archive, a museum, a library, a graduate school on genocide studies, a research center,

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Could Lasers Be Used to Save the Earth’s Most Important Architecture and Monuments?

Could Lasers Be Used to Save the Earth’s Most Important Architecture and Monuments?

When the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001, Ben Kacyra and his wife Barbara were devastated. While they grieved the loss of a significant site of international cultural heritage, they also

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London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

London Converts Iconic Red Phone Booths into Free Solar Charging Stations

While the UK's iconic phone booths are still considered national icons, cellphones have largely rendered the big red boxes obsolete over the years. Solarbox London plans to change that by transforming

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Melting Arctic Ice Causes 35,000 Walruses to Mass on Alaskan Beach, Raising Fears of Stampede

Melting Arctic Ice Causes 35,000 Walruses to Mass on Alaskan Beach, Raising Fears of Stampede

This past weekend a mass of 35,000 walruses congregated on a remote Alaskan beach - and now authorities are concerned that the animals could stampede. This would put many of the animals at risk of death

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INTERVIEW: MVRDV’s Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

INTERVIEW: MVRDV’s Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

INHABITAT: How did you get your start with MVRDV? Anton: After my architecture studies in Delft, I worked for one year as a freelance researcher at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. During

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Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

Praud's Leaning House is a two-storey residence standing on a hilly site near Chungpyong Lake in South Korea. It was designed as a weekend retreat for a couple of retired professors who wanted a space

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