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INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities

INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities

It’s no secret that the world’s most beautiful urban spaces are almost always lined with trees. However, urban forests offers far more than just beautification benefits—trees do wonders for air

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

Treehouses appeal to the child in all of us, but some of them go far above and beyond the simple structures of our youth. These seven treehouses, brought to you by Heiton Buckley and NeoMam Studios,

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Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Solar power and biogas solutions are helping residents of a remote Thai village to create their own grid. Those who live in Pa Deng in Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi, have homes that seem to have remained

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Tommaso Guerra unveils whimsical interior for cat cafe in Rome

Tommaso Guerra unveils whimsical interior for cat cafe in Rome

Romeow Cat Bistrot concept comes from Japanese Neko Cafè and European Cat Cafè, and arrives in Rome becoming something more: a bistro, with sophisticated vegan and raw cuisine and pastry, open from

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DIY: How to build a sweet set of cabinets from disused shipping pallets

DIY: How to build a sweet set of cabinets from disused shipping pallets

Handy with a table saw and a hammer? If you're looking for a new furniture project to take on, then check out the latest tutorial from avid DIY builder and passionate recycler James Higginson. In this

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GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

Increasing traffic congestion—along with energy, pollution, parking and maintenance hassles—are definitely creating a demand for smart, two-wheel solutions for getting around cities, university

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Italian graphic designer helps to beautify “ugly” organic produce

Italian graphic designer helps to beautify “ugly” organic produce

Have you ever noticed that organic produce isn't always as "pretty" as its conventionally grown kin? Most people avoid produce that's misshapen because they assume there's something wrong with it, even

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

Avoiding the worst germs isn't as simple as dodging hand rails and hovering over toilet seats. Did you know that there is 200 times more fecal bacteria on the average kitchen cutting board than on a

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Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans thrive

Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans thrive

Kala cotton is indigenous to the Kutch region of northwest India, and hand-weavers there have been working with that cotton for centuries to create all manner of textiles. Stitch by Stitch,

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Bring the wild indoors with PaperTrophy’s cruelty-free paper animal trophies

Bring the wild indoors with PaperTrophy’s cruelty-free paper animal trophies

If you’re looking to spice up the blank white space in your house, look no further than Berlin-based PaperTrophy’s eye-catching paper craft sculptures. Made from vibrantly colored sheets of

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You can buy one of Wheelys’ new bicycle cafés on Indiegogo!

You can buy one of Wheelys’ new bicycle cafés on Indiegogo!

The team behind Wheelys, the world’s smallest and arguably most eco-friendly café, just launched a new coffee shop on wheels and an Indiegogo campaign to allow entrepreneurs around the world join their

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This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and which countries are in big trouble)

This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and which countries are in big trouble)

As the global climate changes, some countries are going to feel the impact of global warming more than others. Notre Dame has created an annual index showing which countries will get away with a smaller

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Help the Food is Free Project transform your community

Help the Food is Free Project transform your community

Have you heard about the Food is Free Project yet? If not, it's worth looking into! It began in 2012 as a way for people to build community while also growing their own food, and has been sweeping across

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‘Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

‘Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

Set in a 40-foot-long cargo container, Till the Cows Come Home is a Berlin-based slow food kitchen that serves haute vegetarian cuisine. Designed by Natalie Viaux, the shipping container has been

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Sioux is a handmade solid beech coat rack inspired by American Indian culture

Sioux is a handmade solid beech coat rack inspired by American Indian culture

French studio Nab Design created Sioux, a handmade coat rack made from solid beech wood. Inspired by American Indian culture, the Sioux evokes the image of three arrows embedded into a bullseye target.

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Bibliophonies is a public bench that dispenses music, text and light

Bibliophonies is a public bench that dispenses music, text and light

Near the newly-constructed L'Autre Lieu library in Bretagne, France sits a clever little bench that isn't your typical resting spot. Called the Bibliophonie, the bench dispenses sound, text and light to

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Johanson3′s electric cargo tricycles are the perfect answer for the modern commute

Johanson3′s electric cargo tricycles are the perfect answer for the modern commute

Commuting by bike is a great way to get around, but traditional 2-wheel pedal bikes have limited carrying capacity. If you love bikes and are looking to schlep around more than just yourself (perhaps your

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Support this Kickstarter campaign and you’ll find a crop circle in your own bathroom

Support this Kickstarter campaign and you’ll find a crop circle in your own bathroom

Inspired by the magic of crop circles that appear around the world, designer Anatoliy Omelchenko has created a little bit of otherworldly wonder that everyone can revel in: patterned towels that "make

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INFOGRAPHIC: How digital technology is empowering your inner interior designer

INFOGRAPHIC: How digital technology is empowering your inner interior designer

The advent of digital media like Pinterest and other mobile lifestyle apps has made it easier than ever to find interior design inspiration. But the amazing advances in digital technology have brought

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Interactive LED Arcade Cake is the coolest birthday cake we’ve ever seen

Interactive LED Arcade Cake is the coolest birthday cake we’ve ever seen

If you want to go above and beyond the standard birthday cake, consider following in the footsteps of Alexander Treiber, a man who baked an edible, interactive LED cake for his wife’s birthday. To let

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Studio Souffle creates cushy portable spaces that can be inflated almost anywhere

Studio Souffle creates cushy portable spaces that can be inflated almost anywhere

Here's a great way to start enjoying more of your daily activities al fresco. Custom designed and handcrafted by Studio Souffle, these amazing inflatable structures are portable designs that can be popped

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Vegua lets you grow plants and clean your fish bowl at the same time

Vegua lets you grow plants and clean your fish bowl at the same time

Ever thought of producing food with help of your pet fish? The Vegua enables you to grow herbs, vegetables and fruit in a creative and innovative way using the waste produced by your scaly companions. The

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Sign up now for the Organicology food conference in Portland, OR, this February

Sign up now for the Organicology food conference in Portland, OR, this February

From Febrary 5–7, 2015, the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon, will be host to this year's Organicology food conference. Featuring workshops, training sessions,

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Sculptural Etazin lounge chairs are surrounded by spinning rings

Sculptural Etazin lounge chairs are surrounded by spinning rings

Designer Kate Brown designed Etazin, a series of sculptural and interactive outdoor lounge chairs that turn a full 360 degrees to take advantage of surrounding views. Inspired by the Asian moon gate

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INFOGRAPHIC: January is Radon Action Month—Is Your Home Safe?

INFOGRAPHIC: January is Radon Action Month—Is Your Home Safe?

Since January is Radon Action Month, there's no better time to talk about the dangers that may be present in your home or office. A colorless, odorless gas, radon can seep into buildings through cracks

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Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces

Harvesting Station uses urban farming to reactivate forgotten city spaces

As cities grow ever denser with increasing development, so do the number of forgotten, interstitial spaces. To activate those leftover spaces, architect Antonio Scarponi developed the Harvesting Station,

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BioLabyrinthus Garden bridges sustainable development with classic French garden aesthetics

BioLabyrinthus Garden bridges sustainable development with classic French garden aesthetics

  The labyrinth-style garden created by French landscape architects Corinne Julhiet Détroyat and Claude Pasquer won first place at Italy’s Orticulario international creative garden

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WEWOOD designs textured sideboard made from oak and walnut

WEWOOD designs textured sideboard made from oak and walnut

Portuguese joinery firm WEWOOD designed scarpa, a sideboard with a beautiful 3D textured pattern. Made from oak and walnut, the geometric-patterned sideboard can be adjusted in width and height to adapt

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Velodome offes cyclists smart solutions for on-the-go bike repair

Velodome offes cyclists smart solutions for on-the-go bike repair

Bicycling is a brilliantly green way to get around and new products are always being designed to appeal to cyclists. Now, equipment that used to be available only at bike shops or in home basements and

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The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

Matt Fajkus Architecture has created a bright, daylit home in Austin, Texas, and is centered around a huge oak tree on the property. Clad in stucco, the upper level is a floating white box that acts as a

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