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Watch the Night Sky Through Giant Binoculars at Montreal’s Stellar New Planetarium

Watch the Night Sky Through Giant Binoculars at Montreal’s Stellar New Planetarium

The three-storey complex is situated near the 1976 Olympic Games site and the Biodrome, and features telescopic structures, two theaters and state-of-the-art facilities for space research. The building

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Junya Ishigami Unveils Man-Made Mountain Range as Winning Kinmen Ferry Terminal Design

Junya Ishigami Unveils Man-Made Mountain Range as Winning Kinmen Ferry Terminal Design

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has just been announced as the winner of the Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center Competition. Titled "Landscape as a Monument," the winning design comprises a lush,

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Architect Toyo Ito Challenges Zaha Hadid’s National Stadium, Unveils Alternative Design for Half the Cost

Architect Toyo Ito Challenges Zaha Hadid’s National Stadium, Unveils Alternative Design for Half the Cost

In protest to Zaha Hadid's design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium, 2013 Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito has proposed an alternative stadium plan that would slash the current expected price tag in half.

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

Welcome back to Green Building 101. In our last post, we touched upon how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode, and in this piece, we'll begin to discuss ways you can

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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Daniel Libeskind Design Wins Canadian National Holocaust Monument Competition

Daniel Libeskind Design Wins Canadian National Holocaust Monument Competition

Team Lord of Toronto, which includes architect Daniel Libeskind, was just announced as the winner of the new Canadian National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. Their proposal, entitled Landscape of Loss,

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Electric Bus Breaks World Record by Traveling 700 Miles in One Day

Electric Bus Breaks World Record by Traveling 700 Miles in One Day

Electric busses are a great alternative to the diesel spewing mass transit vehicles of yesteryear, but they suffer from one major limitation: range. South Carolina-based Proterra is changing all that, as

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Adjustable Shutters Allow for Optimal Daylighting in Portugal’s Miramar House

Adjustable Shutters Allow for Optimal Daylighting in Portugal’s Miramar House

The L-shaped balcony made out of thermally insulating pine shutters are foldable panels which allow for natural light and ventilation on the interior, as well as heat retention in the winter months. The

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Dinkoff Architects Design Solar-Powered Service Center for Taiwan’s Kinmen Seaport

Dinkoff Architects Design Solar-Powered Service Center for Taiwan’s Kinmen Seaport

Dinkoff Architects recently designed a solar-powered passenger service center for the seaport of Kinmen, Taiwan. Since the seaport is considered the iconic gateway to Kinmen, it was imperative that the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

The house, which takes its name from the Native American Ohlone word for “mountain lion,” was mostly constructed with salvaged materials. Its recycled steel roof, limestone fireplaces, kitchen hood,

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Nomad Living by Studio ArTe is a Colorful Container Guesthouse in Southern Portugal

Nomad Living by Studio ArTe is a Colorful Container Guesthouse in Southern Portugal

This particular guesthouse is built from a 40-foot shipping container that offers ample floor space totaling 320-square-feet. Inside, a single room serves the function of living room, dining room, and

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3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

Grove Towers is a 77,000 sq m project designed by 3XN and developed by Ornate Spaces. The base, similar in concept to mangrove stalks braided together at the ground, will feature clusters of retail and

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country's extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed

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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Now, first, you're probably asking, how do you make a train go vertical without dumping all the people on their head!? Good question, but don't worry, UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas

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Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

The categories of the program included: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design, Creating Community Connection Award, Community-Informed Design Award and Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award.

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Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

In addition to Snøhetta, other experts in the field, including Entra Eiendom; Skanska; ZERO; Hydro; Sapa og; and Asplan Viak, were called upon to help transform the existing buildings into energy

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Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Conceived by Chinese designers Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, Guo Shen, the project envisions an intelligent network of skyscrapers distributed across a desert landscape. The towers would be

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$3,000 Gets You Inside the World’s Largest, Most Magical Cave (Video)

$3,000 Gets You Inside the World’s Largest, Most Magical Cave (Video)

The cave, dubbed Son Doong Cave (Hang Son Doong in Vietnamese), which means mountain river cave, is located in the Quang Binh province of Vietnam. A local farmer stumbled on the cave in 1991, but he

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Artist Gregory Kloehn Upcycles Found Materials as Tiny Homes for California’s Homeless

Artist Gregory Kloehn Upcycles Found Materials as Tiny Homes for California’s Homeless

Kloehn builds his shelters for area homeless almost entirely from found, and free, objects. Scouring illegal dump sites, he searches for usable elements like wood, cushions, tables, chairs and pieces that

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BMW Unveils Solar-Powered Bamboo Carport That Charges Electric Vehicles With the Sun

BMW Unveils Solar-Powered Bamboo Carport That Charges Electric Vehicles With the Sun

The first BMW i3 electric car just arrived in the US, and BMW marked the occasion by unveiling a solar-powered bamboo carport to charge it! The i Solar Carport provides electric vehicles with a 100%

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White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

As President Obama makes his way to California to preach the gospel of solar power, his words have become action back home in Washington D.C. After years of waiting, the White House solar array is now

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Vegas Court Rules to Tear Down Foster + Partner’s Ill-Fated Harmon Hotel

Vegas Court Rules to Tear Down Foster + Partner’s Ill-Fated Harmon Hotel

The ill-fated Foster + Parnters-designed Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas will finally meet its demise as a court ruled for its destruction. The glassy would-be hotel and condominiums began construction in

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Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

"Six Feet Under" and "Arrested Development" fans may be surprised to know that well-known actor Ed Begley Jr. is also a staunch environmental campaigner. Together with his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley, he

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Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Mineral Springs is a COR-TEN steel panel and IPE wood-clad living space that sits adjacent to an existing century old farmhouse. The client, a family of four, was in need of more space on their 16-acre

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IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

IRIS: Kinematic Sea Pods Generate Energy in the Shadow of Beirut’s High-rises

Najjar & Najjar developed the IRIS pods to create accessibility to the sea in a way that profoundly connects the viewer with their environment. The large, eye-shaped IRIS structures provide surrogate

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Daylit Indoor Swimming Pool in Germany is Enveloped in a Playful Undulating Glass Facade

Daylit Indoor Swimming Pool in Germany is Enveloped in a Playful Undulating Glass Facade

The pool is housed in a pavilion located in a park close to a school and a community center. The building consists of various convex and concave shell areas which establish a strong connection with the

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