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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Johannesburg-based Architects of Justice were commissioned to design the library, but after the project ran out of money, the design team had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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Why Are Healthcare Workers Still Contracting Ebola Despite Their Safety Suits?

Why Are Healthcare Workers Still Contracting Ebola Despite Their Safety Suits?

Our sister site Ecouterre reported earlier this month that the U.S. government is offering up to $1 million to anyone who can come up with a more effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) design to

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Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

The timber-framed Turf House was commissioned by an ambitious couple set on building a low-energy eco-home and was completed for approximately $337,000 USD, including the cost of the land ($64,000 USD).

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The World’s First Working Hoverboard is Finally Here

The World’s First Working Hoverboard is Finally Here

When it comes to hoverboards, we’re beginning to feel a bit jaded: we’ve been promised so much and yet we still don’t have a single working board to show for it. Nevertheless, the technology seems

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INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

At a time when most college students are still trying to figure out how they want to make an impact on the world, 22-year-old Kacie Meyers is already building a business empire with Pal Hardwood,

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Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

The agarikon is one of the largest, oldest-living mushrooms in the world, and at least one scientist believes it holds the key for a cure to tuberculosis – along with many other illnesses. Paul Stamets,

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Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Across the Himalayas, rural farmers and villagers rely on open, wood-fuelled fires inside their homes to cook their meals. The sheer amount of smoke created in these unventilated homes makes thousands

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Can You Believe This Gorgeous Puerto Rican School Building Was Abandoned for More Than 20 Years?

Can You Believe This Gorgeous Puerto Rican School Building Was Abandoned for More Than 20 Years?

Before Puerto Rican architecture firm Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos were commissioned to refit this annex building at the Guardería Ecológica La Mina in Corozal, it had been abandoned for more than 20

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Did Somebody Say Giant Cave Trampoline?

Did Somebody Say Giant Cave Trampoline?

If you are looking for a new thrill and you happen to be around Wales, check out Bounce Below. Set inside a 176-year-old slate mine, it's an awesome series of gigantic, bouncy nets strung like trampolines

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Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Designer Marc Mimram wants “to create a garden station, a station of the senses that delights travellers and allows them to engage with the beauty of their surroundings.” The concourse design responds

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Pentagon Report States Climate Change is an Immediate Risk to National Security

Pentagon Report States Climate Change is an Immediate Risk to National Security

That hotbed of leftist, green activism - the Pentagon - is at it again, having just released a report that nominates climate change as a “threat multiplier” for national security. Jokes aside, the

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GM is Working on an Affordable, 200-Mile All-Electric Chevrolet

GM is Working on an Affordable, 200-Mile All-Electric Chevrolet

General Motors executives recently confirmed that the company is working on an all-electric Chevrolet with a range of 200 miles and an expected price tag of around $30,000. Details on the new EV are

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EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc Unveil Plans for Two New Paris Metro Stations

EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc Unveil Plans for Two New Paris Metro Stations

EMBT will design the Clichy-Montfermeil station in collaboration with French architects Bordas + Peiro. Elizabeth de Portzamparc will design the Le Bourget station. The Grand Paris Express project was

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Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Working within the constraints of a modest budget, Tham & Videgård decided to use tectonic rationality, an approach that minimized ground disturbance on the flat and smooth bedrock. The pitched-roof

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Lamborghini Unveils its First Plug-in Hybrid at the Paris Motor Show

Lamborghini Unveils its First Plug-in Hybrid at the Paris Motor Show

In the past supercars - with their big engines and even bigger horsepower figures - haven't been very green, but times have changed. After years of rolling out sexy, over the top sports cars, Lamborghini

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Build Your Own Disaster-Proof Earth Home Using Materials of War

Build Your Own Disaster-Proof Earth Home Using Materials of War

Just four years before the 1979 Islamic revolution, Nader Khalili abandoned his career building fancy high rises and other conventional structures and set off into the desert of Iran on a motorbike to

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New Oxford Study Reveals the Origins of HIV

New Oxford Study Reveals the Origins of HIV

A new study published in Science has traced the origins of the HIV-1 group M pandemic to 1920s Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While strains of HIV are known to have

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INFOGRAPHIC: Journey to the Center of the Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Life on earth's surface is pretty great - but have you ever wondered what's lurking in the ground beneath your feet? There's an entire world down there - from high speed train tunnels and flaming gas

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Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050

Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050

Get yourself ready for the ride of a lifetime, because Japanese construction company Obayashi has announced plans to build a fully-functioning space elevator by 2050. The elevator will extend 60,000 miles

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Winter is Coming: 6 Game of Thrones-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes to Brighten Cold Days

Winter is Coming: 6 Game of Thrones-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes to Brighten Cold Days

Winter is coming. No, really… it’ll be here in a couple of short months. Avid Game of Thrones fans have been inundated with the foreboding of oncoming winter, and October's arrival reminds us that

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Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

Indian Prime Minister Says Yoga Could Help Stop Climate Change

Quick! Take 30 seconds and think of everything you can possibly do to combat climate change. Done? We're guessing that yoga wasn't on that list. But India’s new prime minister thinks that his

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Opbrid’s Groundbreaking Busbaar V3 Charges Electric Buses in Just 5-8 Minutes

Opbrid’s Groundbreaking Busbaar V3 Charges Electric Buses in Just 5-8 Minutes

Spanish firm Opbrid, in partnership with Furrer + Frey has just released the Busbaar V3, a revolutionary new charging system that can power up a electric or hybrid bus in just five to eight minutes. Not

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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation greets visitors with a colorful explosion of paper forms that take flight within the former prison. The dragon is a symbol of power and freedom, however its paper

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PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public

PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public

http://instagram.com/p/tK7_yJN3Yi/ a #Hyperlapse tour of the High Line at the Yards in 15 seconds! With the third and final section of the High Line opening today, the High Line restoration project,

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Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

It’s widely known that sitting is bad for your health, but a new study of elementary school students reveals that standing desks can actually reduce obesity in children while improving their attention

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TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota’s 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota’s 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

For the past 20 years, Toyota has been working on a vehicle that could revolutionize the way we get around. It's virtually silent, its emissions are so clean you could drink them, and it's finally ready

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people

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ADJKM Unveils Updated Designs for Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action Through Music

ADJKM Unveils Updated Designs for Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action Through Music

Located near the northern boundary of Los Caobos Park in the cultural heart of Caracas, the complex will empower the city's disadvantaged youth through musical training. ADJKM Arquitectos divided the

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TEST DRIVE: The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Combines Style and Efficiency in a Comfortable Package

TEST DRIVE: The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Combines Style and Efficiency in a Comfortable Package

The current generation Camry was all-new in 2012, so Toyota surprised everyone when it announced a significant refresh for its best-selling model. Toyota sent its engineers back to the drawing board to

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