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Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans and bottles and allow

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Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Closely sandwiched between neighboring buildings on the east and west sides, the Queenscliff House uses large fin walls to provide privacy for the upper level bedroom wing. The wedge-shaped home widens at

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Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

In news of the painfully cute, injured koalas in and around South Australia are slowly recovering from burns they sustained as bushfires wreaked havoc on their habitat. Many of these adorable slow-moving

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Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

Energy-efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

The renovated Cut Paw Paw House runs north to south on a long narrow site to take advantage of passive solar gain along the northern aspect and to strengthen the building’s connection to the garden. The

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It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

If the massive droughts and wildfires this past summer weren’t indications enough, new data out of Japan indicates that 2014 was the hottest year on record for planet Earth. According to Discovery News,

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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

The main entryway to the Lookout House is accessed through a large sliding barn door that blends in with the north side’s nearly windowless timber-clad façade wall. In contrast, the other three

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Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

The owners of the Thornbury bungalow tasked Steffen Welsch Architects to create a more sustainable home that met their family's needs. The original home that faces the street was relegated to contain the

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne’s Waterfront

$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne’s Waterfront

Forget napping beneath a tree--Australians could soon be surfing waves on their lunch break in this artificial floating surf park in Melbourne. Damian Rogers Architecture and Arup recently unveiled their

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President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama Pledges $3 Billion to Help Countries Threatened By Climate Change

President Obama just announced that the US will pledge up to $3 billion over the next four years to help poor countries adapt to climate change. The move comes days after the president signed a historic

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NEON’s House of Mirrors is a Trippy, Kaleidoscopic Beach Hut in Australia

NEON’s House of Mirrors is a Trippy, Kaleidoscopic Beach Hut in Australia

Commissioned as part of the Sculpture by the Sea event, the House of Mirrors was installed alongside over a hundred other unique sculptures on the stunning coastline between Bondi and Tamarama. The

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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Help the Homes for Homeless Youth Kickstarter Campaign

Help the Homes for Homeless Youth Kickstarter Campaign

Although most of us are privileged enough to have roofs over our heads, and close friends and family members to support us, this is far from the case for thousands of young Australians who are currently

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Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

The home's wood-clad, geometric form was inspired by the remnants of a hollowed out burnt log found by the Jackson Clements Burrows team on a site visit. Inspired by its raw form, the architects used the

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Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

Despite their name and functionality, the Lune de Sang sheds are not your typical sheds. Built for working and habitation purposes, the concrete-and-stone structures were "conceived as ruins in the

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Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

The Pittwater House’s floor plan is divided into pavilions, one addressing the beach and the other facing the street or “front” of the home. Either side is connected with a sprawling double-height

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Australian Prime Minister Says ‘Coal is Good for Humanity’

Australian Prime Minister Says ‘Coal is Good for Humanity’

Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott raised eyebrows in his country of Australia after declaring “coal is good for humanity” while opening a new coal mine in Queensland. The PM added that coal was

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Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Light-Filled Timber Artist’s Studio Sits Comfortably in an Organic Australian Landscape

Chan Architecture clad the exterior of the structure with two different kinds of wood: darker colored vertical boards that cover the bottom storage volume and horizontal bands of a lighter colored timber

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ODR Architects’ Angular Hunter Street Home Adds Industrial Chic to Suburban Living

ODR Architects’ Angular Hunter Street Home Adds Industrial Chic to Suburban Living

ODR Architects created forms with corrugated sheet profiles which reference the industrial quality of workers’ houses, and hipped roofs that evoke the “saw tooth” typology. The larger urbanistic

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The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

The World’s Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

Designed by Parisian architect Jean Nouvel in collaboration with French artist and botanist Patrick Blanc, One Central Park's living green facade exhibits 250 species of native Australian flowers and

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Solar-Powered Modular Cabin Exists Completely Off-the-Grid in Australia

Solar-Powered Modular Cabin Exists Completely Off-the-Grid in Australia

Commissioned by a client who spends the majority of his time overseas, the 1,033-square-foot dwelling needed to be able to withstand long periods of vacancy and require easy and minimal maintenance.

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A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

The couple had a strong aesthetic idea when they first approached Cousins. Their ideas ranged from Atelier Bow Wow’s Mountain House to other unconventional small spaces by Japanese architects. This

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3XN Wins Bid to Design Edgy Glass-Clad Skyscraper on Sydney’s Waterfront

3XN Wins Bid to Design Edgy Glass-Clad Skyscraper on Sydney’s Waterfront

Danish architecture firm 3XN just unveiled renderings for Sydney's new eye-catching glass skyscraper. The innovative design for the 49-story tower was selected from a multi-stage international

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13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

If you're craving an escape from the city, an agricultural vacation might just be the perfect medicine. You may have considered WWOOFing your way around the planet, but if you'd rather connect to nature

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Trio of “Blossoming” Residential Towers on Brisbane Riverfront

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Trio of “Blossoming” Residential Towers on Brisbane Riverfront

Zaha Hadid Architects recently revealed designs for Grace on Coronation, a trio of futuristic residential towers to be developed by the Sunland Group. Located along the Toowong riverbank just a few miles

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Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google has announced the successful testing of Project Wing, an experimental "unmanned aerial vehicle," a.k.a. a drone. The project has been developed over the last two years under the auspices of the

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Happy 29th Birthday to the World’s Oldest Wombat!

Happy 29th Birthday to the World’s Oldest Wombat!

The world's oldest living and most probably fattest Australian Common Wombat has just celebrated his 29th birthday. Patrick the Wombat has lived at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria since 1986, and

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A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

Among the home's numerous sustainable features is a rainwater collection system that feeds back into the house from an elevated tank. The bathroom is still outside in a storage shed topped with solar

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency

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Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

On Thursday, the newly installed Australian Senate voted to repeal Australia's carbon pricing scheme, fulfilling an election promise made by the country's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Unfortunately, no

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