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Amazing Aquarium Island Turns Your Kitchen Into an Underwater Ecosystem

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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya's First Multifunctional Sports Center

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INFOGRAPHIC: Will the Future of Farming Depend on Robots?!

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The world’s population is increasing by leaps and bounds, and it’s estimated that by the year 2050, farms will need to produce around 1,200,000,000 tonnes of food in order to keep everyone fed. This will require a tremendous amount of work, and new robotic technologies are being developed to ensure that demands will be met, as these robots can plant and harvest with much greater precision and efficiency than human workers. Is removing the human element in the farming industry the best way to maximize production and efficiency? Will lightweight robotic machines really enable us to cut down on pesticide use, soil erosion, and seedling damage? Or will they eliminate countless tasks that would otherwise provide our growing population with employment opportunities? What do you think?

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8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

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How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture

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Many children spend hours playing in treehouses, but only a select few of them turn that pursuit into a career path. As a nod to days of youthful splendor, a then-23-year-old Dustin Feider created the ideal, eco-friendly version of a tree sanctuary for his final thesis project at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s infamous geodesic dome, Feider discovered that by following Bucky’s lead, he could use less material and construct a more stable structure than that of the “traditional” treehouse—most importantly, without harming the supporting tree at all. Whether by intention or kismet, Feider now runs a company called O2 Treehouse, which specializes in custom “arbor-textural creations”, and has designed dozens of structures around the globe.

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Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to "Walk" Again

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Israeli innovation has once again introduced potentially life-changing technology to the world. Dr. Amit Goffer gave millions of paraplegics (paralyzed from waist down) the opportunity to stand upright and walk with his ReWalk exoskeleton invention. But the incredible device from Israel’s Argo Medical Technologies can only be used by 10 percent of handicapped individuals. So what about quadriplegics, including Dr. Goffer, who don’t have full use of their arms? The UPnRIDE is a Segway for quadriplegics — a standing wheelchair that provides stability for all terrain use.

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Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel - Using Sewage!

by , 08/21/14
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Let’s face it. Algae aren’t very exciting. But the prospect of creating a viable source of biofuel from these microscopic organisms is, and a Nevada company is finally starting to make a go of it with their pilot plant off the coast of Alabama that uses sewage as fertilizer. Making biofuels out of algae is nothing new, but thus far creating a large-scale operation to extract lipids and create fuel from them has been nonviable because the process is complicated and expensive. But according to the New York Times, Nevada-based Algae Systems has a pilot plant in Alabama it says can turn a profit making diesel fuel from algae, along with several other functions including: generating clean water from municipal sewage used to fertilize the algae, using carbon-heavy residue for fertilizer, and generating credits for advanced biofuels.

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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

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Sou Fujimoto's Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by Authorities

by , 08/21/14
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Sou Fujimoto’s delicate-looking bus shelter in Krumbach, Austria was just shut down by authorities who deemed it unsafe for the public. Built as part of the BUS:STOP project that brought seven architects to the small Austrian Village, the bus shelter extends into the sky with levels of stilted platforms. Austrian police said the structure does not follow regulations for building safety, and it will no longer be open for passengers to climb upon it while waiting for the bus.

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See the Creative Way This Brooklyn Warehouse is Being Saved From Demolition

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Looks like we can add another Brooklyn warehouse to the saved local architecture list. Cayuga Capital Management has hopped on the adaptive reuse bandwagon by deciding to “restyle” an old warehouse at 79 Quay instead of completely demolishing the beautiful brick building. The empty structure sits just a block inland from the Greenpoint waterfront and is slated to become a 60,000-square-foot residential building.

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Citi Bike Unveils Slightly Less Confusing Kiosks Created by Design Students

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Citi Bike has announced that its kiosks will be getting a much-needed makeover thanks to a few first-year design students. Last year, the bike company participated in Jill Nussbaum’s Design in Public Spaces course, challenging MFA Interaction Design students students to make the overall Citi Bike rental process more comprehensible, specifically focusing on new users. After spending many cold winter days observing and interviewing first-time users interacting with the unfamiliar system, the students presented their ideas to the bike rental company. Out of a sea of good ideas, two students’ innovative proposals stood out above the rest.

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Dramatic Bamboo Blossom Gate Mimics Chinese Calligraphy Brush Strokes in Hubei

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Monolithic Maiden Tower Contrasts Wildly with Austria's Picturesque Alpine Environment

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Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

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We recently wrote about Malibu Unites, an inspirational coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, and public figures from across the U.S. who are attempting to rid our schools of toxins – including PCBs, lead, DDT, Chlordane, and carcinogenic pesticides. Now supermodel Cindy Crawford, spokesperson for Malibu Unites, has taken the fight to the airwaves, speaking with NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver about her decision to pull her two kids out of class due to major concerns about the levels of cancer-causing chemicals found in the school. Check out the video here!

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

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Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

Amazing Chandelier Transforms Any Room Into a Fairytale Forest

This stunning Forms in Nature chandelier transforms any room into a fairytale landscape! Inspired by drawings made by German biologist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel, designers Hilden…

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The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its…

What’s the world’s largest solar plant to do when its massive mirrors start frying all of the birds flying by? If the solar plant is Ivanpah, the apparent solution is to institute a…

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Nina Lindgren's Cardboard Floating City Looks Like a Futuristic Movie Cityscape

Nina Lindgren's Cardboard Floating City Looks Like a Futuristic Movie…

The art installation, entitled Floating City, has several versions-they are a series of geometric configurations that look like cityscapes and film miniatures. Condensed into…

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Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power…

Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition.…

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First Bricks Laid for BIG's LEGO House in Denmark!

First Bricks Laid for BIG's LEGO House in Denmark!

Construction on Bjarke Ingels Group's LEGO House just broke ground yesterday, starting with the installation of six LEGO-shaped foundation bricks. Located at The LEGO Group's birthplace…

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