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Michigan Gets a Bit More Eco-Friendly with the State’s First Passive House

Michigan Gets a Bit More Eco-Friendly with the State’s First Passive House

The Jung Haus, designed by architecture and construction firm GO Logic, is the first official passive house in the state of Michigan. This 2,440 square foot, three-bedroom residence includes features that

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Students Build Dynamic FIBERwave Pavilion Out of Carbon Fiber Layers

Students Build Dynamic FIBERwave Pavilion Out of Carbon Fiber Layers

Students in the College of Architecture at IIT recently completed FIBERwave, a full-scale carbon fiber pavilion that was built following a successful Kickstarter campaign. Designed as part of the student

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Luminous Paper Sculptures by Yena Young Double as Indoor Lamps

Luminous Paper Sculptures by Yena Young Double as Indoor Lamps

William Morris's famous advice regarding home decor was: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." Occasionally, home decor pieces can be found that can

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São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world's first formal public parklets

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Amazing Origami-Inspired Oru Kayak Folds Flat into a Compact Carrying Case in Minutes

Amazing Origami-Inspired Oru Kayak Folds Flat into a Compact Carrying Case in Minutes

If you're squeezed for space in your tiny city apartment, chances are your beloved but bulky outdoor gear will be the first to go in the downsizing process. The folks at Oru Kayak, however, are hoping to

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FLAP is Making Canada’s Buildings Safer for Birds

FLAP is Making Canada’s Buildings Safer for Birds

It's estimated that between 1 and 10 migratory birds die per building, per year... and in an average city, that means a lot of bird deaths. Toronto alone has over 950,000 registered buildings, which

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Erik Meldahl Wants to 3D-Print this Extraordinary Maasaica Car with Biodegradable Materials in Kenya

Erik Meldahl Wants to 3D-Print this Extraordinary Maasaica Car with Biodegradable Materials in Kenya

Imagine a third industrial revolution where sustainable energy and manufacturing set the standards for production of culturally-relevant cars? Maasaica is a concept from BMW that was built in the

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Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Three Italian product design students from Portugal's Matosinhos School of Art and Design have created Stallo, a set of elegant cups upcycled from glass bottles. Created as an act of protest against

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Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix

Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix

Did you know that over 80 BILLION pairs of disposable chopsticks were thrown out worldwide last year? It might seem inconsequential to toss out that used pair of bamboo or wooden sticks after you've

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Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it Needs

Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it Needs

This net-zero home designed for two Boulder, CO environmental attorneys by HMH Architecture & Interiors is built with sustainable materials throughout. The window design optimizes the amount of

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Urban Cultivator Grows 100% Organic Hydroponic Greens in a Stylish and Fully Automated Indoor Garden

Urban Cultivator Grows 100% Organic Hydroponic Greens in a Stylish and Fully Automated Indoor Garden

Many of us would love to eat fresh and local produce all year round, but doing so can be difficult and expensive unless you have the time and space to grow your own food. With the Urban Cultivator,

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LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling

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ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

ASMO is the first mobile phone charger in the world that does not consume standby power. Every year, energy waste from the world's 6.8 billion mobile phones costs us the equivalent of power produced by

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Eco-Friendly Blackbird Clara Ukulele Boasts a Rich Sound within an Ekoa Composite Body

Eco-Friendly Blackbird Clara Ukulele Boasts a Rich Sound within an Ekoa Composite Body

Ukuleles are beloved by travelers and artists for their compact, easily transportable frame that packs a surprisingly loud sound. Blackbird Guitars took the small and simple instrument to the next level

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Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Population density is a major issue all over the world, and Bucharest is no exception. As the urban core continues to fill with residents, innovative new ideas for living spaces have to follow, and ADN

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Markus Jeschaunig’s Arc de Triomphe Highlights Consumer Waste with Two Tons of Stale Bread

Markus Jeschaunig’s Arc de Triomphe Highlights Consumer Waste with Two Tons of Stale Bread

Did you know that 70,000 tons of edible bread goes to waste every year in Austria? According to designer and sustainability advocate Markus Jeschaunig, the amount of food that Europeans waste every year

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Nesting Block Birdhouses for Trendy Tree Sparrows

Nesting Block Birdhouses for Trendy Tree Sparrows

The design wunderkids over at Zupagrafika have worked their architectural magic yet again, this time creating small buildings that any hipster nuthatch would be happy to call home. The Hispano-Polish

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Trouble-free Funnell Backpack Ejects a Waterproof Jacket to Protect Cyclists from the Rain

Trouble-free Funnell Backpack Ejects a Waterproof Jacket to Protect Cyclists from the Rain

Cycling is one of the most fun ways to get around a city, but getting drenched in an unexpected downpour can put a damper on anyone's day. Enter Funnell, a backpack with a waterproof jacket that ejects

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This Universal Bike Can Be Adjusted to Fit Any Body

This Universal Bike Can Be Adjusted to Fit Any Body

A bicycle that fits your body properly is an absolute pleasure to ride, but many people just don't buy the bike that's right for them. Alternately, they'll buy one that's right for their height, but won't

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INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

By now, it's more than likely that you're familiar with the term "guerrilla gardening"... but if you aren't, it's a great subject to look into. All over the world, people are planting everything from

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MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

Skateboard recycler MapleXO joins forces with boombox maker Case-of-Bass to turn skateboards into music and a ramp that is blowing minds. The ramp is a 4-foot tall quarter pipe covered in the colorful

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Mariclaro Repurposes Landfill-Destined Materials into Stylish and Durable Chameleon Tote Bags

Mariclaro Repurposes Landfill-Destined Materials into Stylish and Durable Chameleon Tote Bags

Canadian design firm Mariclaro recently unveiled Chameleon, a stylish and durable tote bag made from recycled materials that had once been destined for the landfill. Made from a car seatbelt, furniture

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Mischer’Traxler’s Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

Mischer’Traxler’s Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

PCM Design just launched these beautiful ‘Reversed Volume Leaves’ platters, which were designed by mischer’traxler. To create the design, the space between a leaf and the container was filled up

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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OpenReflex: World’s First DIY 3D Printed SLR Launches a Crowdfunding Campaign

OpenReflex: World’s First DIY 3D Printed SLR Launches a Crowdfunding Campaign

Last year, we were blown away by student Léo Marius' OpenReflex, the world's first DIY 3D printed SLR. The fully functional and open source camera is not only easy to assemble, but it's also incredibly

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Your Position: A Standing All-in-One Workspace that Folds Away to Fit in Any Apartment

Your Position: A Standing All-in-One Workspace that Folds Away to Fit in Any Apartment

'Your Position’ is a clever adjustable workspace designed by David Manning that focuses on improving physical and mental wellbeing. The workspace is completely adjustable depending on the user's

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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist, and are far more

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Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

Herndon, VA: June 12, 2014 SunCache, a just-released project on the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, introduces a powerful portable solar charging system integrated into an innovative custom

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Infinity Screen’s FSC-Certified Paper Modules Easily Interlock into Flexible Curtains and Wall Dividers

Infinity Screen’s FSC-Certified Paper Modules Easily Interlock into Flexible Curtains and Wall Dividers

David Weeks Studio recently unveiled the Infinity Screen, a modular and lightweight wall divider that can be easily customized to fit a variety of architectural spaces. The installation is created from

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Nendo Transforms Traditional Kyoto Cooking Utensils into Exquisite Wire Lamps

Nendo Transforms Traditional Kyoto Cooking Utensils into Exquisite Wire Lamps

Japanese design studio Nendo recently unveiled the basket-lamp, a lighting fixture made from ‘kana-ami’, the cooking utensils used for traditional Kyoto dishes. Created in collaboration with

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