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Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

The rural town of Ome is lined with a beautiful forest to the north and east, and views of serene mountains can be seen to the south. With such dynamic landscape also comes certain weather effects.

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The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

3,500 aluminum vases were attached to the furniture store's exterior wall via a wire grid and then planted with no fewer than 9,000 seedlings of Espada-de-São-Jorge - a popular plant in Brazil that has

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London’s Energy-Efficient Jodrell Laboratory Houses the World’s Largest Fungi Collection

London’s Energy-Efficient Jodrell Laboratory Houses the World’s Largest Fungi Collection

The Jodrell Laboratory extension, dubbed 'The Wolfson Wing', achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' mark and was designed to be energy-efficient and sustainable in many aspects. Among the most distinctive

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Vin Varavarn’s Striking Botanica Office Roots Itself Within Thailand’s National Park

Vin Varavarn’s Striking Botanica Office Roots Itself Within Thailand’s National Park

The Botanica Office & Showroom is located very close to Khao Yai National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, in the Pakchong District of Thailand. The area is famous for its luscious forests and

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Vik Muniz Creates Giant Portraits Using Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills

Vik Muniz Creates Giant Portraits Using Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills

Muniz first creates installations, or “paints” with materials such as sugar, peanut butter or junk. He then photographs the piece, which is the final artwork. The photos at first look like portraits

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Passive Bamboo Residence Keeps Cool With Pixelated Green Brise Soleil Facade

Passive Bamboo Residence Keeps Cool With Pixelated Green Brise Soleil Facade

Along with Group 8’s Coral House, the Bamboo residence was part of a plan to redesign the former industrial neighborhood of Chandieu into a residential area with public and private green spaces. A

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Campanas’ Awesome Bookshelf is a Mosaic of Recycled Scrap Wood

Campanas’ Awesome Bookshelf is a Mosaic of Recycled Scrap Wood

Inspired by their award-winning Favela chair, Humberto Campana and his brother created this spectacular bookshelf from reclaimed pieces of scrap wood. Chaotic and cluttered, yet unexpectedly harmonious,

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Low-Impact Pinus House Takes Flight in a Brazilian Pine Forest

Low-Impact Pinus House Takes Flight in a Brazilian Pine Forest

The home’s low-impact design goes well beyond its use of raw and minimally processed materials. The home is set on only six piers and constructed with beams and eucalyptus poles, so it can be

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Beautiful Brazilian Beach House Made from Sustainable Wood, Stone and Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

Beautiful Brazilian Beach House Made from Sustainable Wood, Stone and Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

Located within an area where the root vegetable tapioca crops grow, the house was constructed using 12-foot modules and simple, locally available, green and long lasting materials. In order to enjoy the

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Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather and Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather and Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Greenpeace members rallied last week in Italy to protest Brazilian leather and the mass deforestation it has been causing in the Amazon. The Greenpeacers dressed up in bark-like sustainable materials and

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the shelter using 100%

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WATG’s Extraordinary Cloud Bridge Could Make the 2016 Olympics in Rio the Greenest Yet

WATG’s Extraordinary Cloud Bridge Could Make the 2016 Olympics in Rio the Greenest Yet

If WATG has their way, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be the greenest yet - thanks to their awesome design proposal entitled The Cloud Bridge. Inspired by the Amazon River and Brazil's

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Inhotim Art Park Blossoms Inside a Brazilian Botanical Garden

Inhotim Art Park Blossoms Inside a Brazilian Botanical Garden

A breathtaking art park is emerging in Brazil, as a brilliant addition to the country's already blooming contemporary arts scene. Bernardo Paz, an entrepreneur from the mining industry, has put his dream

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The Chimney House’s Open Glass Curtains Let the Outdoors In

The Chimney House’s Open Glass Curtains Let the Outdoors In

The ground floor of the two story building houses the living areas, kitchen, and entertainment room. The glass curtain walls open on either side, extending the outdoor space to the inside, creating an

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Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

Gucci's flagship store in Shenzhen, China, has been accused by former staff of sweatshop-like abuse.  Five ex-employees of the luxury brand cited abuse so severe that they suffered from stomach and

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Bliss House: 6 Men Build 2 Prefab Houses in Just 6 Days in North London!

Bliss House: 6 Men Build 2 Prefab Houses in Just 6 Days in North London!

The two residences are each three stories tall and about 4,000 sq ft with 4 bedrooms and a backyard studio. A concrete foundation is topped with two levels of prefabricated materials that were assembled

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Ecopink Unveils Gorgeous Green Designs for Women at the London Design Festival

Ecopink Unveils Gorgeous Green Designs for Women at the London Design Festival

Designs ranged from foot massaging floor mats to innovative takes on everyday accessories, like a line of brightly colored glowing handbags. By recycling colorful plastic containers, Micio Vinicio creates

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Copper-Louvered Provins Police Station Sits Lightly on UNESCO World Heritage Site

Copper-Louvered Provins Police Station Sits Lightly on UNESCO World Heritage Site

The medieval city of Provins was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The police station sits on a site that joins the historic center to a residential neighborhood, so Ameller, Dubois &

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Wayne Hemingway Unveils Umbrella Made from Recycled Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Wayne Hemingway Unveils Umbrella Made from Recycled Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Coca-Cola recently teamed up with environmentally minded designer Wayne Hemingway to introduce an umbrella made from recycled plant-based PET bottles. Available just in time for fall, the umbrellas are a

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Fernanda Marques’ Greenery Topped Brazilian Loft is a Paragon of Luxury Eco-Design

Fernanda Marques’ Greenery Topped Brazilian Loft is a Paragon of Luxury Eco-Design

At 2,228 square feet, the home is fairly large, but Marques has done a fantastic job of making sure that this footprint is not destructive to the natural environment. Both the exterior paneling and

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Spanish Retailer Zara Accused of Using Brazilian “Slave Labor”

Spanish Retailer Zara Accused of Using Brazilian “Slave Labor”

High fashion for low prices? There has to be a catch — and it appears that there is. Spanish retailer Zara, once described by Louis Vuitton’s fashion director as “possibly the most

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High-Tech Orthopedic Cast Heals Fractures With “Smart” Technology

High-Tech Orthopedic Cast Heals Fractures With “Smart” Technology

If you've broken a bone, apart from a cast covered in Sharpie well-wishes, you know the recovery process is anything but fun. To aid in the healing process, Brazilian designer Pedro Nakazato Andrade

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Study Reveals That World Cash Supplies Are Contaminated With BPA

Study Reveals That World Cash Supplies Are Contaminated With BPA

When you heard that the increasingly controversial plastics ingredient Bisphenol A, or BPA, was found in credit card receipts and other thermal copies you probably thought, Fine, I'll use cash. But now

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New Zealand Completes the World’s First Daylit Enclosed Turf Stadium

New Zealand Completes the World’s First Daylit Enclosed Turf Stadium

The design team spent months researching the perfect material to use for the stadium’s unique roof, and finally agreed upon Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene, or ETFE.  The space industry plastic blocks UV

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The Campana Brothers’ Festive “New Hotel” in Athens Showcases Their Signature Upmarket Recycled Design

The Campana Brothers’ Festive “New Hotel” in Athens Showcases Their Signature Upmarket Recycled Design

Very close to Constitution Square and the Roman Ruins of Plaka, the hotel was originally built in the 1940s. In their first major hotel project, the Campanas kept many of the old hotel's existing

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Solar-Powered Recycled Pavilions Unveiled for the 2012 London Olympics

Solar-Powered Recycled Pavilions Unveiled for the 2012 London Olympics

The winning entry was designed by Jose Carlos Cruz, Ines Guedes, Miguel Santos, and Antonio Cruz to look like the Olympic rings. The rings are extruded into rooms where visitors can find out information,

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European Commission Sets Rules On Biofuel Production and Use

European Commission Sets Rules On Biofuel Production and Use

People are divided on biofuels: on the one hand they are a decent alternative to oil and coal, on the other their creation has resulted in the destruction of forests, damage to biodiversity and the

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Cable Car System Crowns Urban Revitalization Project in Rio de Janeiro’s Alemão Favelas

Cable Car System Crowns Urban Revitalization Project in Rio de Janeiro’s Alemão Favelas

©Bruno Filipe Soares Lira (Bruno Itan) The system is the work of Alemão PAC (Growth Acceleration Plan), and part of an urban revitalization program started under former President Luis Inácio Lula

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

Product designer David Bennett created a fantastic machine called Natural Factory that you can bring to the beach for building public seating, while engaging people in a DIY activity. The idea behing the

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PHOTOS: An Exclusive Look Inside Buenos Aires’ Greenpeace Offices

PHOTOS: An Exclusive Look Inside Buenos Aires’ Greenpeace Offices

Kind and enthusiastic Pablo Blefari showed us around the space, and as soon as we entered the building, we were welcomed by a reception space that is both colorful and clean. Small replicas of  local

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