Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

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Is This the World's First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

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Mischer'Traxler's Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

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PCM Design just launched these beautiful ‘Reversed Volume Leaves’ platters, which were designed by mischer’traxler. To create the design, the space between a leaf and the container was filled up with casting material. Once cast and dried, the veins and wrinkles of the natural element are reproduced to the finest detail. The imprints are produced in food safe resin and are hand-crafted in Spain.

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

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Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded for a more robust and modern aesthetic, Smash Cup has an iconic look that city commuters, busy parents, and students alike would be proud to own and display. And because it is both collapsible and leak-proof, it can be easily transported in handbags, backpacks and pockets – without any wet surprises at the end of the day. In addition to being fun to use, this cup helps people to do their part in reducing the huge waste of disposable cups (office workers in the U.S. each throw away about 500 cups every year). Smash Cup will be launching a Kickstarter campaign next week – be sure to stay tuned and be among the first to show off this brilliant new design.

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Artist Hillary Fayle Weaves Incredible Embroidery into Leaves (Without Breaking Them!)

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Attend the 2014 Building Brooklyn Awards on July 23rd

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Get a rare glimpse into Brooklyn’s burgeoning construction scene at this year’s Building Brooklyn Awards™, taking place on July 23, 2014. Presented by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the annual event will spotlight recently completed construction and renovation projects that have positively impacted the Brooklyn neighborhoods where they are located. Of this year’s 13 building honorees, 7 have significant sustainable features! The awards ceremony and cocktail reception will be held on July 23, 2014 at Williamsburgh Savings Bank – click here for tickets.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How America's Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

by , 07/02/14

The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and engaging our nation’s forests in climate mitigation, whether through this rule-making process or in other administrative actions, provides immediate, low hanging fruit for the U.S. to promptly reduce our carbon footprint. Check out the full infographic about the role that forests play in this process after the break!

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

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It’s been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer’s always been the best time to be outside for barbecues, nighttime guitar jamming on porches, and bonfires that last until three in the morning when dad passes out with a beer in his hand. But now that climate change effects are on the rise with all the dinosaurs we’re burning, summer’s a great time to shrink your carbon footprint, eat healthy, and build up that beach bod. Here are 5 ways you can reduce fossil fuel use this summer and give a break to your girl Mother Earth.

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Boston's Solar-Powered "Soofa" Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

by , 07/02/14

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The city of Boston just announced plans to roll out a series of solar-powered ‘Soofa’ benches that will enable citizens to charge their phones while they rest! The ‘Soofas’ were developed by Charging Environments, a spin-off of the MIT Media Lab, and they will be placed in green spaces such as Titus Sparrow Park, Boston Common, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.The benches can charge two phones at a time while collecting and sharing location-based information like air quality and noise level data.

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OpenReflex: World's First DIY 3D Printed SLR Launches a Crowdfunding Campaign

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Last year, we were blown away by student Léo Marius’ OpenReflex, the world’s first DIY 3D printed SLR. The fully functional and open source camera is not only easy to assemble, but it’s also incredibly affordable at just $30 a pop. While Marius put the instructions online for free for all to use, he’s now returned to the drawing board with a crowdfunding campaign to improve the design of his open source camera to make it even easier to build and use. Marius promises that the project will stay open source and hopes the campaign will help facilitate the growth of a makers community around the OpenReflex design.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

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Uhlik Architekti's Tiny Timber Forest Retreat Rests Atop a Giant Boulder

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Emperor Penguins May be Wiped Out Due to Melting Antarctic Ice

by , 07/01/14
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Melting Antarctic sea ice is a major problem for the entire planet, but for emperor penguins, the situation is dire. Because their environment is vanishing at an alarming rate, the famous penguin’s population could be reduced by a third by the end of the century, which ultimately makes them vulnerable to extinction. Researchers hope that the news will prompt listing the emperor penguin as an endangered species so that the amazing birds can be protected.

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Tagus Linear Park Uses Recycled Pallets and Solar Power to Rehabilitate an Industrial Area of Portugal

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Your Position: A Standing All-in-One Workspace that Folds Away to Fit in Any Apartment

by , 07/01/14

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Your Position’ is a clever adjustable workspace designed by David Manning that focuses on improving physical and mental wellbeing. The workspace is completely adjustable depending on the user’s preference or individual needs, and it features a standing desk, a planter, a bulletin board, a LED task light, and racks for storing documents and office supplies.

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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist,…

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Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take…

Herndon, VA: June 12, 2014 SunCache, a just-released project on the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, introduces a powerful portable solar charging system integrated into an…

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy-Efficient This Summer

3 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy-Efficient This…

With the muggy conditions in NYC right now, shutting off your air conditioner might be the furthest thing from your mind - but why not at least make it more energy-efficient while it's…

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Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House was designed by raumlaborkorea (with the help of the community), and celebrated its grand opening last month. But it isn't technically "complete" - and that's the whole…

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This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

"Camping is defined as getting away from an urban area, and enjoying nature, spending one or two nights in a location. As such, the phrase urban camping contradicts itself. "Urban…

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