Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

As well as providing for its own energy needs with a rooftop solar array, 435 Indio produces zero carbon emissions. As part of its energy-independent design, the office space uses a…

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MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for…

The future is here. We have in our midst self-sustaining homes, self-charging cell phones, and even a variety of self-driving cars. MIT engineers are digging on the autonomous vibe,…

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Twisted roof elegantly connects the facades of Archi-Union's Songjiang Art Campus

Twisted roof elegantly connects the facades of Archi-Union's Songjiang…

Archi-Union Architects has put a serious twist on your traditional building with their design for the recently completed Songjiang Art Campus. Located in the Shanghai suburb of Xingiao…

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and…

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VIDEO: Tokyo's eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground

VIDEO: Tokyo's eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes…

Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button,…

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The Paper Nursery delights children with its underground entrance and light-filled rooms

The Paper Nursery delights children with its underground entrance and…

The Paper Nursery in Paris is a place for children that is both safe and sleek. Hidden from streetview by another building, this unique structure designed by Wild Rabbits Architects is…

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Porsche to launch all-electric Tesla Model S rival in 2019

Porsche to launch all-electric Tesla Model S rival in 2019

Tesla has pretty firmly established itself as the leader of the electric car pack, and with their Model S P85D, the automaker has made leaps and bounds in the luxury sedan market, so…

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BIG breaks ground on twisting TELUS Sky Tower in Calgary, Canada

BIG breaks ground on twisting TELUS Sky Tower in Calgary, Canada

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has just broken ground on the TELUS Sky Tower, a twisting landmark for Calgary, Canada, that aims to be the first building in the city to attain LEED…

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Exxon Mobil oil refinery explodes in Los Angeles

Exxon Mobil oil refinery explodes in Los Angeles

An Exxon Mobil oil refinery exploded Wednesday morning in Torrance, California, injuring four workers and taking our the windows of nearby buildings. The blast occurred at 9 am PST…

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Exploration's zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Exploration's zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature,…

Solving human problems with inspiration from nature is known as biomimicry. For the design of this zero waste textiles factory, located in India, Exploration Architecture was charged…

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The Casa Caja

The Casa Caja "Box House" by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete…

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has…

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Lumi is the first smart light that can adjust itself for your optimal health and comfort

Lumi is the first smart light that can adjust itself for your optimal…

  If you thought all there was to lighting was just the ability to turn it on and off, you are in for a surprise. Lighting is incredibly important for our health and well-being,…

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'Origami 9010' furniture series folds doors instead of paper

'Origami 9010' furniture series folds doors instead of paper

So, it turns out that origami isn't just for paper. Designer Yoraco González's "Origami 9010" furniture series is entirely influenced by traditional Japanese paper-folding techniques.…

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6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

Ambulance Drone Delft University graduate Alex Monton created an Ambulance Drone that can arrive to the accident scene as quickly as one minute after being dispatched. While an…

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Harlem's tallest tower gets green light

Harlem's tallest tower gets green light

Designed by ODA Architecture and developer Bruce Eichner, the 1800 Park Avenue tower will surely stand out not only for its towering height, but also for its bold, reflective facade,…

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6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto…

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Scanadu creates world's first Star Trek-style medical tricorder

Scanadu creates world's first Star Trek-style medical tricorder

Scanadu, a startup based at the NASA Ames Research Center, has made the science-fiction of Star Trek a reality by creating a non-invasive tricorder that, within 10 seconds, can gather…

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FlipCrown lets you flat-pack your bike for easy storage

FlipCrown lets you flat-pack your bike for easy storage

Flat-Pack any bike with FlipCrown. Over 50 percent of all people live in cities, a number that is still rising. Another thing that is growing, is people riding bikes. In these urban…

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16,000 unexplained cracks found in two Belgian nuclear reactors

16,000 unexplained cracks found in two Belgian nuclear reactors

As many as 16,000 cracks have been found in two Belgian nuclear reactors, a finding that could spell bad news for nuclear safety around the world. According to The Ecologist, the cracks…

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Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

As if global warming isn't bad enough, scientists have discovered that a new category of uncontrolled chemicals are depleting the ozone layer and affecting the Earth’s climate.…

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Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors…

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two…

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Design a new public space for Moscow’s Kristall City for a chance at a 150,000 ruble prize

Design a new public space for Moscow’s Kristall City for a chance at…

Russian company KRAYS Development just launched an open ideas competition for the design of a new public space in Moscow’s Kristall City. As a former territory of an iconic Moscow…

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VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

If your wallet is already feeling the pinch from your monthly energy bill as we head into the colder months, you'll be happy to know that you can keep those expenses down using a simple…

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5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert…

Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the…

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Foster + Partners debuts Apple store in China to usher in the Chinese New Year

Foster + Partners debuts Apple store in China to usher in the Chinese…

The new Apple store is located in Hangzhou, the capital and largest city of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China. The structure is a 15-meter-high entirely transparent glazed box.…

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World's largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

World's largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

Wind power in the U.K. is about to get a big boost, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm was just approved for the Yorkshire coast. The Guardian reports that the U.K. energy…

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The tiny Hütte Hut is a wonderful wooden teardrop camper for two

The tiny Hütte Hut is a wonderful wooden teardrop camper for two

The camper design, inspired by domes, offers 44 square feet of interior space big enough to fit a bed, a few bags, and other essentials. Its lightweight frame is exposed and…

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Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome to earn a CasaClima Class A energy rating

Intecs Spa headquarters becomes first non-residential building in Rome…

Located within the Technpolo Tiburtino, a major business and technology district in Rome, the compact Intec headquarters covers an area of 37,600 square feet. Like LEED, the…

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Chicago prize winners reveal their visions for the Obama Presidential Library

Chicago prize winners reveal their visions for the Obama Presidential…

With two years left in his presidency, Barack Obama is wasting no time on the future Obama Presidential Library. While proposals stream in from Chicago, New York, and Hawaii, the three…

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Patalab Architects transform dank mechanics garage into light-filled London home

Patalab Architects transform dank mechanics garage into light-filled…

Garage conversions have come a long way since you pinned that throw rug up as a wall. London based Pantalab Architects have converted a run down 1950's residential structure, once a…

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LEAFXPRO is the world's first umbrella for your bike

LEAFXPRO is the world's first umbrella for your bike

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8y9e6lhKbU Not being able to use your bike because of bad weather shouldn't force you to fall back on transportation that's harmful for our…

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Earth Home Project helps Pakistani villagers rebuild homes destroyed by floods

Earth Home Project helps Pakistani villagers rebuild homes destroyed…

Earth Home Project investigates the rising challenges people in Pakistan and other developing countries have to face. The focus is on trying to find applicable solutions for people to…

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Kanye West introduces clothing and shoe line with Adidas at Fashion Week

Kanye West introduces clothing and shoe line with Adidas at Fashion…

“The world can be saved through design,” Kanye West famously said to Harvard students in 2013. Now, Kanye West is now partnering with Adidas to produce Yeezy - a collection of…

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New report reveals climate projections and resiliency plans for NYC through the year 2100

New report reveals climate projections and resiliency plans for NYC…

It's been a busy week for Mayor de Blasio. First he launched the Green Buildings Technical Working Group to up the ante on the city's ambitious carbon emissions reduction plan, and now…

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Seattle artist creates life-sized sculpture of 140-year-old hemlock tree

Seattle artist creates life-sized sculpture of 140-year-old hemlock…

Entitled Middle Fork, the tree sculpture was recently unveiled at the MadArt space in Seattle as the latest sculptural work by artist, John Grade – who mobilized an army of volunteers…

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UK could create the world's largest marine reserve

UK could create the world's largest marine reserve

Ahead of the May 7 general election, the UK government is considering three proposals for marine reserves that together would more than double the amount of protected waters in the…

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HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made…

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Hip hotel converted from a 100-year-old paper factory whisks guests away to another world (PHOTOS)

Hip hotel converted from a 100-year-old paper factory whisks guests…

The Paper Factory Hotel features 122 guest rooms ranging from affordable shared bunks to luxurious private suites, each designed to give a nod to the building's past life. Located in…

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Kengo Kuma reveals plans to update Tokyo hospital with a garden at its heart

Kengo Kuma reveals plans to update Tokyo hospital with a garden at its…

Medical facilities are, generally speaking, rather cold spaces, but they don't have to be that way. Kengo Kuma and Associates has released their plans to replace an aging medical center…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Get inspired to turn trash into upcycled treasure

INFOGRAPHIC: Get inspired to turn trash into upcycled treasure

Recycling is a great way to reduce the waste stream, but it typically requires a lot of energy and resources to remake those materials into new, often lower quality, products. That’s…

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