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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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Guerilla Gardening: Strategies for Greening Up Your Neighborhood

Guerilla Gardening: Strategies for Greening Up Your Neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook 'likes' turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

You know bats and dolphins 'echolocate' to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment.

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PHOTOS: Europe’s Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

PHOTOS: Europe’s Grass-Lined Green Railways = Good Urban Design

Photo via Shutterstock Much like green roofs, these swaths of green provide a host of benefits to any urban area, like reducing urban heat island effect, providing a permeable surface for storm water

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House Unimog Creatively Stacks Contemporary Living Atop a Light-Filled, Translucent Garage in Germany

House Unimog Creatively Stacks Contemporary Living Atop a Light-Filled, Translucent Garage in Germany

Located near Tübingen, Germany, House Unimog is sited on a small plot of land adjacent to a busy road and surrounded by multistory residential and rural buildings. To minimize the building footprint, the

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Designs Green Roofed Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labor Union

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Designs Green Roofed Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labor Union

Built to accommodate the almost 3 million Ningbo Labor Union members, the cultural hub is split into two separate buildings that are terraced downwards toward the center of the site, where a landscaped

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US Embassy in Helsinki Achieves LEED Platinum Status

US Embassy in Helsinki Achieves LEED Platinum Status

The US Embassy in Helsinki, Finland designed by Moore Ruble Yudell is the first US diplomatic facility to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The energy efficient Innovation Center unveiled in 2013 has

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MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects designed the typhoon-resilient school as part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that crowdsourced design concepts for an affected area where Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 4,500 schools.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

Cephalopods are the undisputed masters of camouflage. While their relatives, the clams, stayed brainless and safe on the seabeds-of-old, the ancient nautilus (think squid-in-a-shell) made a daring foray

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Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

Built in a tropical climate, the spiraling green roof can stay lush year round and likely provide more than enough food for its 500 preschool children. Two sloping ends of the triple ring-shaped structure

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Under Cover Camper: An Elegant Two-Person Tent for Eco-Friendly Camping

Under Cover Camper: An Elegant Two-Person Tent for Eco-Friendly Camping

A quick look at the aftermath of any music festival shows just how little tents are valued, these days. Everywhere from Glastonbury to Bonnaroo or Coachella, 1 in 5 tents are left behind once the crowds

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Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

There are 10 domes in all and they come in four different sizes. Depending on the size of each family and budget, visitors to The Dome Garden can request a 12, 16, 20, or 24 ft dome. The skeleton is made

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Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Like us, you're probably instantly drawn to the pavilion's beautiful roof. The neatly-laid tiles are made from recycled rubber, and are completely child safe, and the roof gets its curved shape from

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IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique

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Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

The Brookly Bush Terminal seems to be getting a facelift. This historic shipping and warehouse area is being drawn into this new era of eco-responsibility and sustainability with a new 1200-square-foot

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Cella: Adorable Modular Planter Pods Perfect for the Urban Plant Lover

Cella: Adorable Modular Planter Pods Perfect for the Urban Plant Lover

Looking to bring a splash of green into your tiny city apartment? Check out Cella, a new, creative product designed by firm Ecoid that aims to bring urban people closer to nature. Constructed of flexible,

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Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

The Nautic Club's modern small units stand out within the Abrantas natural park and traditional Portuguese architecture. They have a privileged view of the Tagus River and nearby green mountains.

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American Food 2.0 Pavilion to Showcase an Edible Vertical Wall of U.S. Crops at Milan 2015 Expo

American Food 2.0 Pavilion to Showcase an Edible Vertical Wall of U.S. Crops at Milan 2015 Expo

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

Located in the central business district of Beijing, Chaoyang Park Plaza borders the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the largest public parks in Beijing. The mixed-use urban plaza will comprise

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Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

Covering over two and a half acres of the industrial complex, the landscape designs include expansive manicured gardens, waterfalls, peaceful walkways and what is being proposed as London's largest glass

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Ch’en Tsu-chang Carved this Incredibly Detailed Tiny Boat Out of an Olive Pit in 1737!

Ch’en Tsu-chang Carved this Incredibly Detailed Tiny Boat Out of an Olive Pit in 1737!

This incredible sculpture may be shaped like a football - but it's actually a teeny tiny intricately carved olive pit! Created by Ch’en Tsu-chang in 1737, the tiny sculpture shows a small roofed boat

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Google’s Self-Driving Cars Can Now Recognize Cyclists, Jaywalkers and Other People on Congested Roads

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Can Now Recognize Cyclists, Jaywalkers and Other People on Congested Roads

When the idea of self-driving cars were first proposed, there were many that wondered whether a computer would be able to make the kind of decisions that a human driver could. However Google have now

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Could Woven Tree Houses Be the Future of Residential Architecture?

Could Woven Tree Houses Be the Future of Residential Architecture?

There are houses built in trees, and then there are treehouses. A few years ago, we had one of our first encounters with a home that was literally made from trees, using the art of weaving (and sometimes

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Dozens of Tornadoes Leave a Devastating Path of Destruction in the South and Midwest

Dozens of Tornadoes Leave a Devastating Path of Destruction in the South and Midwest

Over the weekend, multiple tornadoes smashed through seven midwestern states, killing at least 17 people and injuring many more. Storms raged from Louisiana to Iowa Sunday night, bringing at least 31

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