Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Gluten-Free Cashew Cream

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Want to enjoy smooth, creamy textures in your food without succumbing to dairy? You’re in luck. We’ve whipped up a quick and easy recipe for how to make a vegan cream that’s not only dairy-free, but is gluten- and soy-free too. Made from raw cashews and water, this versatile cream can be used in everything from topping desserts to thickening sauces.

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Unit Fusion's Moveable Modules Could Be the Future Neighborhoods of Hong Kong

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Get Away From it All With the Nutshell Cocoon-on-the-Go

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Wish you could take a moment to get away from it all even when you can’t actually get away? Design student Eden Lew has just the solution with the Nutshell. It’s a fold-out fabric shell that you can use to wrap yourself in a private cocoon so that you can get a peaceful break even in the middle of a crowd. And if that wasn’t enough, the shell also connects to an app that can help guide you through a peaceful, meditative getaway, all without leaving your chair.

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Twinkling Solar Bike Path Inspired by Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night Opens in the Netherlands

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

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This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the client commissioned PPA Architects to extend the original stone barn building that once stood alone on this enviable pastureland, they made it clear that the existing site and vernacular architecture had to be preserved at all costs. So the firm tucked the new holiday home into the side of the slope and gave it a deceptive log facade wrapped in steel, ensuring that the extension is barely visible from afar.

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with this Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a variety of items – from chandeliers to sculptures to tea sets to door knockers – and his handmade Vader sculpture is made of everything but the kitchen sink (including two recycled spoons for the eyes and an entire helmet of decorative ornaments). If you’re impressed with Bellino’s Star Wars tribute, check out his online portfolio for a look at his other creations – which include a chrome skull, a lamp made of out forks and spoons, and even a model of the Statue of Liberty!

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This Home Library Has a Built-In Slide to Make Reading Fun

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Instead of diving into a good book, how about sliding into one? This home in South Korea has its own library that comes complete with a multi-level slide. The idea behind the design is to encourage activity and mental exercise all in one room for the four children who live in the home. We think its a great way to make reading even more exciting for young minds.

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Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy

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A team of scientists from Seattle-based AltaRock Energy, Inc. and Davenport Newberry Holdings LLC has announced plans to harness one of Mother Nature’s most powerful energy sources by pumping 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon. The team hopes that the water will return to the surface boiling hot, at which point it can be used to generate clean and cheap energy – without the explosive side effects and liquid magma associated with active volcanoes.

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Floating Mini Catamaran Cabin Offers a Serene Wilderness Retreat in The Netherlands

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How to Save Food and Money with a Fridge Triage Box

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China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World's First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

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What do you look for when choosing a luxury hotel – a gym? A swimming pool? How about the ability to launch over 30 aircraft at an enemy country? If you said yes to all of the above, then China’s latest investment could be for you. The country has purchased the Kiev, a 1,000 foot vessel that was the pride of the Soviet Navy during the 1980s, and turned it into the world’s first luxury aircraft carrier hotel.

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President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

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President Obama just announced that the US will pledge up to $3 billion over the next four years to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The move comes days after the president signed a historic accord with China in a bid to cut emissions, and the funds will enable nations to invest in clean energy and cope with rising seas and extreme weather.

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David Adjaye's Spiraling Mass Extinction Memorial Breaks Ground in England

by , 11/14/14
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You know the world has gone mad when we have to build a monument to all the species that have gone extinct! David Adjaye‘s monumental observatory and memorial to extinct species just broke ground on the Isle of Portland, England. The mountain-like Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO) will house an exhibition and provide information on the 860 species that have been reported extinct since the demise of the dodo in the 17th century.

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BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar 'Watch' to Help Blind People Navigate

Researchers Develop $60 Sonar 'Watch' to Help Blind People Navigate

We love a good collaborative project as much as we love a good bit of biomimicry. That makes us happy to report that biology and computer science students and professors at Wake…

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East London 'Vegetarian Cottage' Uses Reclaimed Brick for a Modern Extension

East London 'Vegetarian Cottage' Uses Reclaimed Brick for a Modern…

Called the Vegetarian Cottage, the house is thought to stand on the site of the London branch of the Vegetarian Society founded in the mid 19th century. The house is inhabited by a…

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Celestial Temple Extension Marries Timber Lattice and Natural Light in Japan

Celestial Temple Extension Marries Timber Lattice and Natural Light in…

Located in Japan's Fukuoka prefecture, the complex received a 335-square-meter addition. The Myoenji Columbarium is a reinforced concrete extension topped with a glass roof that allows…

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These Elegant Cascade Pendant Lights are Actually Made From Mushrooms

These Elegant Cascade Pendant Lights are Actually Made From Mushrooms

You might not believe it at first glance, but the elegant pendant lights you see above are not made in a factory - they're grown from living mushrooms! Inhabitat favorite Danielle Trofe…

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Space Buckets Open Source Plans Help You MacGuyver Your Own Indoor Gardening System

Space Buckets Open Source Plans Help You MacGuyver Your Own Indoor…

So, you'd like to grow your own food indoors, but don't have the space (or enough natural light) to pull that off? Good news—you can just use buckets. Space buckets, to be specific:…

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