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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Would you want to stay the night in this fiery dragon-inspired bed and breakfast?

Would you want to stay the night in this fiery dragon-inspired bed and…

The design comes from South Korean architecture firm Moon Hoon. The dragon-inspired structure is located in Jeju, an island just south of the Korean mainland, which is largely a…

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China needs to cut pollution by at least half to make any environmental improvements

China needs to cut pollution by at least half to make any…

  China’s environment can’t improve to at least half of it’s pollution is cut. With an economy growing at a breakneck speed, China’s need for power and transportation…

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times…

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6 stunning saunas that let steam lovers revel in nature

6 stunning saunas that let steam lovers revel in nature

Partisans Grotto Sauna, Canada Curving along 800 square feet of ancient rock on Sans Souci Island off Toronto, the private Grotto Sauna by PARTISANS was inspired by the natural caves…

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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the…

Now that cold weather is upon us, get your home buttoned up and ready for it with our expert hands-on game plan, which will not only make your home more comfortable and energy…

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New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an…

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Unique Foshan Opera Tower will rise like a stack of patterned blocks in China

Unique Foshan Opera Tower will rise like a stack of patterned blocks…

Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for an end to “strange-looking” architecture projects in China, yet another unique building is poised to take over a Chinese city…

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China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy goals

China increases wind power by 23 percent in pursuit of clean energy…

pic Of all the nations on the planet, China is not the first place that comes to mind when the subject of green energy is on the table. Yet, China is trying. In 2014, wind farms…

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an…

Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night, next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot -- or in the parking lot of a Walmart -- or wherever we may be at the…

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Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian…

The building is located on the edge of the town center facing an ancient castle mound with medieval, state-preserved ruins- the main tourist attraction of the town. It was the site…

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