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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands and vegetation

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Architectkidd’s Blue Bird Hut saves injured birds in Thailand

Architectkidd’s Blue Bird Hut saves injured birds in Thailand

Although the Blue Bird Hut was built primarily as a bird sanctuary prototype, its 2.45-meter-tall (8-foot-tall) conic form is large enough to provide shelter for people as well. A metal structure supports

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House of Hungarian Music’s circular facade intertwines with existing trees to preserve the landscape

House of Hungarian Music’s circular facade intertwines with existing trees to preserve the landscape

MenoMenoPiu Architects’ innovative proposal for the House of Hungarian Music in Budapest preserves the existing environment with a flexible and unique circular design that encourages environmentalism

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10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

It’s a beautiful thing when businesses align profits and purpose for a better world. And with the growth of crowdfunding, the concept of launching a company funded by others, an increasing number of

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This factory turned family home uses curved walls to play with light

This factory turned family home uses curved walls to play with light

Belgian designers Graux and Baeyens have taken a warehouse loft near Kortrijk and turned it into a luxurious, and curvy, family home. The home also features classic, earth tones and vaulted ceilings. The

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New self-healing material could repair airplanes in mid-flight

New self-healing material could repair airplanes in mid-flight

First there were video phones and the along came self-driving cars. Now, it looks like another sci-fi cliche, self-healing technology, is set to become a part of everyday life. Scientists at the

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Aluminum-clad Bridge House is a multi-generational home optimized for solar gain

Aluminum-clad Bridge House is a multi-generational home optimized for solar gain

Although the Bridge House looks like a single-family home from the front, the building actually accommodates three generations within its three stacked metal-clad volumes. Since the house backs up against

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Old Alpine barn is revitalized into a beautiful and modern loft apartment in Slovenia

Old Alpine barn is revitalized into a beautiful and modern loft apartment in Slovenia

OFIS Architects gutted the old barn, keeping the original facade intact while replacing the interior with a new contemporary shell. The only major changes to the facade were the addition of circular

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Metal-clad House L is a contemporary holiday retreat in Finland

Metal-clad House L is a contemporary holiday retreat in Finland

House L began as a simple renovation project for a bathroom in the former 1970s farmhouse; however, the architects later decided to overhaul the entire building, only keeping the foundations and a small

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Villa in the Beskydy Mountains is clad in a 3D perforated sheet metal facade

Villa in the Beskydy Mountains is clad in a 3D perforated sheet metal facade

Eschewing the traditional wood and stone facades that most homes exhibit, this villa by Zdeněk Trefil is completely clad in a 3D perforated, corrugated sheet metal facade. The design provides a clever

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Gorgeous Spiegel Haus uses mirrors to reflect daylight inside

Gorgeous Spiegel Haus uses mirrors to reflect daylight inside

From the street, Spiegel Haus appears like two volumes, connected by an entryway with a large overhanging eave. To the left, a traditional-looking ranch style volume meets a modern two story brick volume

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Tiny isolated cabin in Norway is only accessible by foot or horse

Tiny isolated cabin in Norway is only accessible by foot or horse

The stunning tiny cabin stands along a lake, in between high Norwegian peaks. Its humble, curvaceous design integrates into the landscape causing minimal footprint to its pristine surroundings. As it can

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Tiny prefab Sleeping Pod doubles as a guesthouse and office

Tiny prefab Sleeping Pod doubles as a guesthouse and office

Yazdani Studio, the design firm of CannonDesign, created a tiny student prefab housing unit that can also be used as a mobile guesthouse, office space, extra bedroom or temporary housing. The team

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Gorgeous eco-friendly Toybox is a tiny dream home on wheels

Gorgeous eco-friendly Toybox is a tiny dream home on wheels

Visually stunning inside and out, the Toybox tiny home boasts a bold and colorful exterior that evokes the pop art artworks of Roy Lichtenstein. Topped by a white, energy-efficient thermoplastic roof

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Concrete Waterfall House pushes the boundaries of local building laws

Concrete Waterfall House pushes the boundaries of local building laws

This concrete coastal Swedish house pushes the limits of the country's new building regulations which allow anyone to build a four-meter-high building with a maximum area of 25 square meters on any

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3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

The three new boxes on the roof house a master bedroom, dressing room and bath room, as well as a personal living room and home office. There's a meadow and apple tree in one corner, a courtyard and pine

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9-year-old girl builds tiny homes from scratch for the homeless

9-year-old girl builds tiny homes from scratch for the homeless

For the last four years, Hailey Fort has donated produce grown in her garden to the local food bank, with a whopping 128 pounds of food donated just last year. She was inspired to build tiny shelters

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Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

Located on the outskirts of a small agricultural village, the house is surrounded by cherry fields and is graced by a sweeping view of the coast. Zoning only allows for a 25 square meter building (usually

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Adorable cat-shaped kindergarten is purrrfect for learning and playing

Adorable cat-shaped kindergarten is purrrfect for learning and playing

Children attending this kitty-kindergarten must be thrilled to go every day, learn and play in a building with that extraordinary shape. Toped by a green fur-like roof, the metal and concrete feline sits

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The Lilypad tiny house in Portland features two loft spaces and a lot of personality

The Lilypad tiny house in Portland features two loft spaces and a lot of personality

Picture Move over, all you clutter-free tiny houses with stark interiors and no sign of personality, there's a new kid on the block. This Portland tiny home, dubbed the Lilypad, is a riot of color,

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This tiny solar-powered home is for sale on eBay, starting at just $10K

This tiny solar-powered home is for sale on eBay, starting at just $10K

http://vimeo.com/121906128 Every year, Studio H teaches high school and middle school students from Berkeley’s REALM Charter School how to design and build public architecture projects. Since this

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Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

Danish architects deck out Viborg town hall with green roofs and solar panels

The new town hall building in Viborg, Denmark is a marvel of sustainable and striking design, thanks to Henning Larson Architects. Features of the complex stay true to the clean, sharp artistry of the

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The Flatiron Building is the next model in Lego Architecture line

The Flatiron Building is the next model in Lego Architecture line

The Flatiron Building in New York City is an iconic staple that has been at the corner of Broadway and Fifth Avenue for over 100 years. Now, LEGO Architect has taken the Flatiron and turned it into a

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Sunflower House’s quirky cube cluster soaks up the Mediterranean sun

Sunflower House’s quirky cube cluster soaks up the Mediterranean sun

When the clients purchased the seaside plot, they expected that their future house would be “fully exposed” to the impressive views. However, a site analysis revealed several challenges: the plot is

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PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

PHOOEY Architects’ Cubo House extension incorporates salvaged materials from the home’s old staircase

The existing house was re-planned, introducing a new entry foyer, large staircase and environments bathed in natural light. A central multi-level void dominates the new house and provides natural

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Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian elements

Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian elements

Clad in profiled metal and cement sheet, the Valley House’s long and strategically bent structure stretches southwest to northeast along the existing topography. The angular home rises in height in the

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Retirement home in China emphasizes communal living in a natural setting

Retirement home in China emphasizes communal living in a natural setting

Though many in China choose to forget much of the Cultural Revolution, architects Atelier Alter have used lessons from the period to inspire the design for a senior's home in the city of Nanning. People

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World’s smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

World’s smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

Mill Ends Park in Portland, OR, is officially the world's smallest park. The tiny 2-foot-wide space is well-loved city landmark and rumored home to a leprechaun colony!

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Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

Japan’s Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

On the island of Miyako-jima, a Japanese island 250 miles off of the coast of Taiwan, typhoons are a very real threat. The Hanazono Kindergarten was designed with weather in mind, incorporating features

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