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Stanford Scientists Create Self-Healing Material That Responds To Touch

Stanford Scientists Create Self-Healing Material That Responds To Touch

Human skin is an amazing barrier that is able to sense pressure and heal itself. Now, researchers at Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering have created a material that mimics skin

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Building Trust International Highlights Solutions for Affordable, Single-Occupant Housing

Building Trust International Highlights Solutions for Affordable, Single-Occupant Housing

The winning design was produced by London-based Levitt Bernstein Associates. Their design, entitled Pop Up HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment) tackles homelessness in the

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Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Looking to help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but aren’t sure how to make the biggest impact with each donation dollar? New York-based solar company Voltaic may just have the answer. In

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Airbnb is Offering Free Housing for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Airbnb is Offering Free Housing for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

New Yorkers have been opening their homes to one another all week in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and online accommodations marketplace Airbnb announced a way to make

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Architecture for Humanity Teams Up with MTV’s Jersey Shore to ‘Restore the Shore’ After Hurricane Sandy

Architecture for Humanity Teams Up with MTV’s Jersey Shore to ‘Restore the Shore’ After Hurricane Sandy

In between trips to the tanning booth and the gym, the cast of 'Jersey Shore' is dabbling in philanthropy. MTV and their most notorious reality TV cast have joined together with Architecture for

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PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

Many people in Lower Manhattan live in tall high-rise buildings, and without access to power elevators stop working, refrigerators stop working and food spoils, water stops pumping, and it is extremely

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Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar, an area that covers 2,217 square kilometers at the southern tip of Malaysia, is the center of its country’s sustainable development strategy as an ultra-green and socially integrated city of

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Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival

Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival

International architecture and planning firm Hassell recently won multiple awards and commendations at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. One of the projects recognized was Hassell’s Common

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Miller Hull Designs an Airy New Salvaged Center for the Technology Access Foundation in Seattle

Miller Hull Designs an Airy New Salvaged Center for the Technology Access Foundation in Seattle

The TAF’s new home, named The Bethaday Community Learning Space, was a design born from the foundation’s interest in the ScrapHouse project, which was developed by San Francisco-based Public

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Project Pressure’s Breathtaking Photos Document the Decline of the World’s Glaciers

Project Pressure’s Breathtaking Photos Document the Decline of the World’s Glaciers

A professional photographer by trade, Klaus states that it is important that Project Pressure does not make any predictions. Instead, they base their work on scientific evidence about how fast the

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ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

Nearly a fifth of the people on the planet live without access to electricity, and while generators can be used to provide power to these areas, most are too expensive or not portable enough to offer a

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Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Photo by Bruce Damonte One of the most impressive aspects of the Richardson Apartments is that all of its 120 residents were formerly homeless. David Baker joked that these are his most appreciative

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Perkins+Will’s Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center Takes National Healthcare Award for 2012

Perkins+Will’s Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center Takes National Healthcare Award for 2012

This new wellness centre is a facility made up of multiple interconnected program elements, which provide a holisitic approach to well-being for the people of Nairobi. The main elements of the facility

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Get Your Everyday Eco-Friendly Schwag from Designed Good

Get Your Everyday Eco-Friendly Schwag from Designed Good

Designed Good is a new online community that curates the best in design and social good. The new website hand-selects and sells clothing, artwork, gear, gadgets, and accessories, and provides buyers with

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Veilige Veste is a Former Office Building Transformed into a Women’s Shelter in The Netherlands

Veilige Veste is a Former Office Building Transformed into a Women’s Shelter in The Netherlands

The Veilige Veste building was first constructed in the 1970s as a police station. KAW took on the task to recreate the facade with the new diagonally undulating panels in order to help create a better

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Mark Cavagnero Associates’ Center for Philanthropy in Santa Cruz County Achieves LEED Gold

Mark Cavagnero Associates’ Center for Philanthropy in Santa Cruz County Achieves LEED Gold

The building is located on a 30,000 square-foot site at the corner of Soquel Drive and Aptos Rancho Road, and its massing design is heavily impacted by the site’s slope. Mark Cavagnero Associates

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More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

Floods and flooding the streets via Shutterstock A study released on Wednesday by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) finds that 37 percent of the world's largest companies now see extreme weather

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Apple iPhone 5 Launch Marred by Undercover Report of Working Conditions at Foxconn Factory

Apple iPhone 5 Launch Marred by Undercover Report of Working Conditions at Foxconn Factory

Today Apple debuted its latest offering, the iPhone 5 - but not everyone is thrilled with the news. For workers at the Foxconn factory in China, today is the culmination of hours of work under grueling

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McDonalds to Open All-Vegetarian Location in India

McDonalds to Open All-Vegetarian Location in India

A Big Mac may be the international sign for McDonald's, but not in India. The fast-food giant will open its very first all-vegetarian location in the South-Asian country next year, as part of a move to

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Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

In the developing world, disease caused by poor sanitation is the second largest cause of death in children under five years old, and according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million lives are

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DryBath: Waterless Bath in a Bottle Tackles Hygiene and Water Shortage Problems for Poor Populations

DryBath: Waterless Bath in a Bottle Tackles Hygiene and Water Shortage Problems for Poor Populations

South African entrepreneurial firm Headboy Industries has developed a germicidal gel product called DryBath that is formulated as a solution to the dual problems of hygiene and water scarcity faced by

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Miller Hull Partnership and Habitat for Humanity Build ‘The House of the Immediate Future’ for Anniversary of Seattle’s World’s Fair

Miller Hull Partnership and Habitat for Humanity Build ‘The House of the Immediate Future’ for Anniversary of Seattle’s World’s Fair

Miller Hull is no stranger to progressive, sustainable projects for clients that need and deserve good design. Both David Miller and Robert Hull spent time in the Peace Corp before continuing on with

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Anna Heringer’s Rammed Earth MudWorks Installation at Harvard’s GSD Still Standing

Anna Heringer’s Rammed Earth MudWorks Installation at Harvard’s GSD Still Standing

MudWorks is a design project Initiated by Anna Heringer (2012 Loeb Fellow) and Martin Rauch (and expert in clay architecture), and produced by the 2012 Loeb Fellows. In late March, designers and design

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Top 6 Green Supportive and Low-Income Housing Projects

Top 6 Green Supportive and Low-Income Housing Projects

Sierra Bonita Apartments, Hollywood Los Angeles-based Tighe Architecture, run by Sci-Arc trained architect Patrick Tighe, celebrates low-income housing for residents in West Hollywood with the creation

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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David Chipperfield Masterminds 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale on Topic of ‘Common Ground’

David Chipperfield Masterminds 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale on Topic of ‘Common Ground’

Whether common ground is defined as a foundation for mutual understanding, interest, agreement, relationship or discussion, it can easily be defined by famed British architect David Chipperfield as this

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Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Cristiane Kimura started Aurea to not only showcase the natural beauty of golden grass and Brazil, but also to promote traditional techniques and to create economic opportunities for artisans. Run as a

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New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

In a world where consumers are becoming increasingly socially conscious, "conflict minerals" are to electronics what blood diamonds are to jewelry. A new report released by Enough Project, a think tank

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6 Ways Artists Are Recycling Guns for Peace

6 Ways Artists Are Recycling Guns for Peace

Transforming Arms into Tools, Mozambique Since 1995, The Christian Council of Mozambique has managed a program that offers tools (such as bicycles, sewing machines and hoes) to those who bring in their

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Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet

Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet

Bill Gates helped to invent the personal computer and now, through his philanthropic foundation, he plans to help reinvent the toilet. On Tuesday, the billionaire awarded the California Institute of

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