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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

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Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home design and improvement, he now showcases many of his ideas on his popular website, BobVila.com – a destination also packed with how-to articles and archived episodes. A pioneer of the adaptive reuse movement, Vila helped bring “green” thought to the forefront, and in more recent years he has focused much of his efforts on investigating sustainable building and design. Read on for our conversation with one of the most recognized voices in remodeling as he discusses green building, retrofitting, materials and energy, and how we need to recognize science and the role of government when we talk about policy.

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Fumihiko Maki's Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

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Local Motors 3D-Prints Incredible Full-Scale Car in Just 44 Hours!

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Arizona-based Local Motors has succeeded in creating the world’s first 3D-printed car at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. Called the Strati, the 3D-printed car’s design was chosen from several hundred submissions, with the final design being printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing (DDM) processes.

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Portugal's Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

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Researchers Discover a Gene That May Dramatically Delay Aging

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Kiss wrinkles, fading eyesight and crumbling knees goodbye – aging could soon become a thing of the past. Well, not quite, but biologists have discovered a gene that really could actually slow aging. Discovered while conducting studies on fruit flies, the mechanism boosts the body’s ability to houseclean the cellular trash that causes aging disorders – which could spell not only a longer life, but a healthier old age.

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum "Crest" at the London Design Festival

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Bill Gates' Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that it is making a $50 million donation to various organizations working on the frontline of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The gift represents the largest humanitarian donation ever made by the foundation, which is the largest charitable foundation in the world. The announcement comes in response to the United Nations’ recent issuing of an “international rescue call” for greater assistance from the global community to help contain the current outbreak of the disease, which has killed thousands of people.

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Chinese Students Unveil Tiny 43-Square-Foot House!

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We’re no strangers to tiny homes, but these Chinese students just unveiled one of the smallest abodes we’ve ever seen! Developed as part of a school project at Yangzhou University, this locker-sized home fits a bed, a kitchen, a bathroom, and storage space within just 43 square feet of space. The students took half a year to design and construct the prototype and are currently seeking a patent on their designs.

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Caltech's New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

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US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

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The Ukraine crisis may be inadvertently working towards environmental conservation in the Arctic. On Friday, the US government ordered American companies to cut off exports to Russian oil exploration within 14 days, stymying Exxon Mobil’s plans to start drilling in the Kara Sea. These new measures are aimed at closing loopholes that allow oil companies to keep operating in the area, and they’re the latest in a series of sanctions imposed on Russia in an effort to halt President Vladimir Putin’s support of separatists in Ukraine.

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Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

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Did you know that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits – including reducing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis? Unfortunately, most breast pumps on the market suck – they’re loud, hard to transport, difficult to clean, and awkward to use in small spaces. Fortunately, MIT is looking to change all that by launching the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon! The event will follow up on an earlier workshop that sought to “generate ideas for how we could change our machines and our society to make breastfeeding and breast pumping a normal, painless, and not-degrading experience for moms.” The event will convene over 150 parents, engineers, designers, and health care specialists to “catalyze innovation in maternal and pediatric health” – read on to learn more!

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Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats Installation

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8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

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The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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It might be tough to swallow, but at this very moment, the buildings we are living in, working in and playing in are quietly wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, buildings contribute to over 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions. And while green infrastructure is thankfully taking root across the globe, the industry professionals at this year’s Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium in Garrison, NY are shifting the focus of energy consumption in buildings to one root cause: human behavior. Attendees will learn how to design and implement effective green building programs aimed at curbing energy consumption among building occupants. Registration is now open to the public, and real estate developers, building managers, and community revitalization professionals are highly encouraged to attend this very important and forward-thinking conversation.

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VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available. The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he…

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Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic…

Dirk Vander Kooij's furnishings are made from e-waste and 3D-printed recycled materials. His collection now includes a lens-like lamp made from recycled synthetics and polished metal, a…

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KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in…

"The aim of our proposal is not [to] compete to create another symbolic icon, but rather a structure that will preserve and enhance the current landscape views," write the architects.…

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Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

The architects designed a new metal roof for the Helene Lancoux media library, which includes more than 40,000 works dedicated to cultural history. The roof's diamond-shaped windows…

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RECIPE: Sweet, Spicy and Super Tasty Moroccan-Style Eggplant

RECIPE: Sweet, Spicy and Super Tasty Moroccan-Style Eggplant

Eggplants are bountiful at this time of year, but after a couple of batches of babaganough and a big dish of ratatouille, it's easy to get stuck in a rut just roasting them. This recipe…

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