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New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

São Paulo, Brazil is making history with newly signed legislation for a permanent parklet program in the city. The new decree, which marks the first legal change of its kind in Latin America, follows the

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Frank Gehry’s Scalloped Glass Louis Vuitton Foundation Center Nears Completion in Paris

Frank Gehry’s Scalloped Glass Louis Vuitton Foundation Center Nears Completion in Paris

The undulating structure is made up of 3,600 panels of glass, which in turn make up giant overlapping “sails.” The angles of each sail will allow natural light inside while also protecting from direct

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Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Viet Nam

Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Viet Nam

Planted in more than 1.5 meters of soil, Banyan trees were chosen for the roof tops because of their above-ground rooting system. The five tower-like buildings were built with reinforced load-bearing

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AeroVelo Unveils Plans to Build the World’s Fastest Bicycle

AeroVelo Unveils Plans to Build the World’s Fastest Bicycle

Canada-based AeroVelo just launched a Kickstarter campaign to build the world's fastest bicycle! Last year, AeroVelo narrowly missed winning the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain,

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GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

GM is Transforming a Shipping Container into an Über Green Urban Homestead for Detroit

In a bid to bolster the importance of sustainable development, General Motors is building a tiny urban homestead out of a recycled shipping container in Detroit. Along with the Michigan Urban Farming

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Solaleya Domespace Homes Gently Rotate to Catch the Most Sun

Solaleya Domespace Homes Gently Rotate to Catch the Most Sun

Solaleya's dome homes feature 90 percent wood construction and are insulated with cork. The roofs feature sky-facing windows that suffuse interior spaces with light and an optional feature is a small

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Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Standing on a quiet Belgian street, this unique family home still has the original red-bricked facade, some walls, grey concrete floor and industrial roof. Created in steel, wood and concrete, it

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FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

The slightest splash of greenery can do wonders for transforming a concrete jungle into a more livable and enjoyable environment. To help city dwellers add a bit more green into their park-starved

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Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates also designed Adobe's Customer Experience Center and Work Anyplace space in San Jose. Their latest project for Adobe at 410 Townsend in Mission Bay works off the same

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A Flying Car that Takes You Sightseeing: Is This the Future of Transportation?

A Flying Car that Takes You Sightseeing: Is This the Future of Transportation?

Created by design team Akki Reddy Challa, Fabien Chancel, and Michael Harboun, The Aeon Project takes on the challenge of melding interactive apps with a flying car. Their vision can be driven manually or

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Dwell on Design 2014: America’s Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

Dwell on Design 2014: America’s Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of

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Northern California Church Boasts One of the Largest Rainwater-Collection Systems in the U.S.

Northern California Church Boasts One of the Largest Rainwater-Collection Systems in the U.S.

The church was originally built in Capitola, however after it was declared unsafe by the Fire Department it was moved to the Seacliff neighborhood of Aptos, California. The Santa Cruz Housing Authority

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SOM Selected to Build Polestar Tower, Sweden’s Tallest Skyscraper

SOM Selected to Build Polestar Tower, Sweden’s Tallest Skyscraper

The SOM team collaborated with Copenhagen architects Entasis and engineering firm COWI to realize what will be the tallest building in Sweden. Together, the team beat four other international finalists in

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Konstantin Grcic Constructs Mobile Prefab Pavilion from Audi TT Car Parts at Design Miami/Basel

Konstantin Grcic Constructs Mobile Prefab Pavilion from Audi TT Car Parts at Design Miami/Basel

Inspired by both the Audi TT sports car and the prefab designs of French designer Jean Prouvé, Grcic wanted to create a structure that could be quickly assembled but also exude an iconic and timeless

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Artist Virginia Melnyk Builds Summer Igloo Out of Inflatable Pool Toys for 2014 Beijing C!HERE Art Crawl

Artist Virginia Melnyk Builds Summer Igloo Out of Inflatable Pool Toys for 2014 Beijing C!HERE Art Crawl

An igloo might be the last thing you'd expect to see in the summer, but artist Virginia Melnyk successfully brought the wintry icon to life as Summer Igloo, a cradle-to-cradle pavilion at the 2014 Beijing

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Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

The Kerferd Place addition complements an Edwardian redbrick home in Melbourne by providing it with a new open floor plan living, dining, and kitchen space and an upstairs master suite. Bedrooms for

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What is a “Cotel” and What Does It Mean for the Future of Travel?

What is a “Cotel” and What Does It Mean for the Future of Travel?

"Cotel" is still a relatively new buzzword, but the unique concept is slowly picking up steam. An amalgam of the words "collaborative" and "hotel", the new accommodation paradigm was introduced by

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Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Topped by a concave roof, the east side of the house offers a one-story space for the older generation, whereas the two-story space located on the residence's western half accommodates the younger family.

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35 Pound Foldable Compact Shelter Provides Lightweight Disaster Housing in Under Two Minutes

35 Pound Foldable Compact Shelter Provides Lightweight Disaster Housing in Under Two Minutes

The Compact Shelter is made out of a UV stabilized polypropylene, a durable, weather resistant and thermally insulative material. After passing rigorous testing standards, which are set by various aid

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WHIM Architecture’s Floating Recycled Park Proposal Cleans Up Plastic Litter

WHIM Architecture’s Floating Recycled Park Proposal Cleans Up Plastic Litter

WHIM Architecture recently unveiled their renderings for Recycled Park, a floating recreational space that retrieves plastic waste from the Netherland's Nieuwe Maas river right before it reaches the North

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h2o architects’ Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

h2o architects’ Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

Built to combine three main functions, the small 625 square foot wooden cabin accommodates a wine-tasting service area, reception area, and office space. These three areas were combined to create a

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The World’s Smallest Electric Vehicle Folds Up Smaller Than Carry-On Luggage

The World’s Smallest Electric Vehicle Folds Up Smaller Than Carry-On Luggage

Riding a bike to work has its limitations. The charm fades after a few days of arriving to work covered in sweat and then manhandling your bike into a spot where it will hopefully still be at the end of

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Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space in Moscow

Hanging Parasite Office Makes the Most of Unused Urban Space in Moscow

Za Bor Architects' Parasite Office caters to Moscow's new emphasis on modern design, while providing a plan for new offices that do not disrupt the cityscape. The Parasite Office is is attached one story

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Conceptual Design’s Prefab Modules Transform Any Flat Industrial Rooftop into an Aquaponic Urban Farm

Conceptual Design’s Prefab Modules Transform Any Flat Industrial Rooftop into an Aquaponic Urban Farm

Design firm Conceptual Devices designed a prefab aquaponic rooftop farm to capitalize on unused space in the city. Designed for Urban Farmers AG Basel, urban farm is created from two prefab modules that

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Why Small Homes Make Better Homes

Why Small Homes Make Better Homes

The traditional dream of a large and spacious home may be becoming a thing of the past. Smaller homes are rising in popularity as more and more people begin to make the most of the benefits that having a

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Tiny 240-sq-ft Studio Boasts a Crawl-In Library

Tiny 240-sq-ft Studio Boasts a Crawl-In Library

Anyone who feels that fitting a library into a 240-sq-ft apartment would be impossible needs to check out this ambitious Manhattan studio. Designed by architect Tim Seggerman, the tiny space makes up for

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

Here’s What You’ll Need: Potato, yam, sweet potato, jicama, or other firm, starchy veggies Paring knife and X-acto knife 100% cotton fabric Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Fabric Medium (which

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This is What NASA’s Warp-Capable Enterprise Starship Would Look Like!

This is What NASA’s Warp-Capable Enterprise Starship Would Look Like!

NASA's Dr. Harold 'Sonny' White is working on a real-life warp drive that could transport people across the galaxy. However before we start boldly going where no man has gone before, we're going to need a

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BIG Designs Amazing Spiral-shaped Museum for Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet

BIG Designs Amazing Spiral-shaped Museum for Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet

The 2,400 square meter (25,800 square feet) pavilion was conceived as a storyline for visitors. It guides them through a linear sequence of spaces and events: from the entrance through lounges, galleries

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