Elii Architects Equip Tiny Madrid Studio with a Host of Quirky Space-Saving Features

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Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

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We’ve been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in some cases, even entire towns in the Chinese countryside. Duplitecture expert Bianca Bosker recently published a new book on the subject; Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in China. We recently had the chance to pick the author’s brain about how and why this trend has spread so prolifically across China in particular. From Chinese clones of the Eiffel Tower to the White House, the country has produced nearly exact duplicates of numerous famous structures from around the world—but why? Check out our interview with Bosker as she answers that question and others about what these copycat buildings signify in terms of China’s culture, and how they are perceived by the rest of the globe.

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How You Can Make an Edible Water "Bottle" at Home!

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We were fascinated when we first came across the Ooho, an edible water “bottle” conceived by three students to reduce plastic waste, and decided to make one of our own. Check out our DIY video and DO try this at home!

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SCADpad Europe is a Tiny House Solution to Sustainable Urban Living

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Klaus Leidorf's Breathtaking Aerial Photography Transforms Landscapes into Abstract Art

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Glow-in-the-Dark 'Smart Highways' Replace Street Lights in the Netherlands

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Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced standard street lighting on a 500 meter stretch of highway in The Netherlands. This project is the first stage of a concept first unveiled back in 2012 by designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, who presented his ‘Smart Highway’ plans during Dutch Design Week.

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Sustainable Design Shines at Milan Design Week's Ventura Lambrate Exhibition

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NASA Set to Launch its First Vegetable Greenhouses Into Space!

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Futuristic scenarios in which astronauts consume pills instead of food couldn’t be further from the truth, thanks to new devices for growing fresh vegetables in space. NASA’s next resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will include the world’s first vegetable growth chamber! The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, scheduled to be launched today at 4:58 pm EST, will carry the “Veggie” device to the ISS, where astronauts plan to grow fresh produce.

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MVRDV's Colorful 'Vertical Village' Furnishings are Shaped Like Houses

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Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

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A new study from the University of Delaware finds that high-altitude wind turbines tethered to the ground like kites could potentially generate enough clean, renewable electricity for the entire world. Researchers targeted regions where “wind speed maxima” allow airborne wind energy (AWE) devices to generate at full capacity. At the intermediate density of airborne turbines, the electricity generation could exceed 7.5 terawatts — three times the current annual electricity demand around the world.

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Hybrid Skylys Flying Car is an Electric Vehicle, Helicopter and Plane Rolled Into One

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The dream of flying cars dates back to the 1960s when the animated series “The Jetsons” envisioned a future where these airborne vehicles dominate the sky. In the past few years the flying car concept has evolved with a few real prototypes, but few are as wild as the Skylys flying car from Mix Aerospace.

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SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community

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Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

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French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered solely by a tube filled with glowing green algae. The lamp uses the energy created by the algae’s own photosynthesis process to power the light within, while the algae itself lives on CO2 in the air outside.

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Beth Lewis Williams' Beautiful Lithophane Lamps Blend 3D Printing With 19th Century Craft

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Beth Lewis Williams revitalizes old design aesthetics through the use of contemporary technology. She takes inspiration from European lithophane ceramics, which draw upon techniques…

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Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit, Johannesburg

Architecture for a Change: Cooking Up Community Spirit in Zandspruit,…

Johannesburg-based architecture firm Architecture for a Change helped to create a low-cost community bakery in the Zandspruit region. Comprised of several friends who met at school, the…

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NYC's Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift Village

NYC's Homeless Are Turning the Manhattan Bridge into a Makeshift…

It looks like some of New York's homeless are trading in their ground-level digs for ones with better views. According to the New York Post, the Manhattan Bridge has become a mini…

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Brooklyn's First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect Heights

Brooklyn's First Passive House Condo Building Rises in Prospect…

Located at 951 Pacific Street, the R-951 residence is named for its resilience and high R-value along with its address. The relatively narrow rowhouse structure contains three homes,…

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Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney's Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper

Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney's Loopy Infinity by…

Infinity by Crown is a new multi-residential complex in Sydney that uses pedestrian movement and traffic flow around the building to create a fluid architectural form. Designed by…

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