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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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World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

In what could be a game changer for the solar energy industry, a house in suburban Sydney, Australia has installed the world's first building integrated solar system that generates electricity and heat.

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CSIRO Solar Thermal Plant Sets World Record with Solar-Generated Supercritical Steam

CSIRO Solar Thermal Plant Sets World Record with Solar-Generated Supercritical Steam

In what is being described as a major breakthrough for renewable energy, researchers at Australia's national science agency just set a world record by using solar power to generate supercritical steam at

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Spark Architects’ Bass and Flinders Gateway Mimics Rolling Silver Waves in Australia

Spark Architects’ Bass and Flinders Gateway Mimics Rolling Silver Waves in Australia

To strengthen the development's connections with the surrounding urban fabric, Spark Architects created a series of pedestrian-friendly public spaces between the buildings. The building is terraced and

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Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

The oddly shaped Nannup Holiday House is accessible by a long ramp that stretches across the Australian landscape. Hugged by a forest on one side and a flood plain on the other, the area is known for

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Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

To dispel the image of shipping container architecture as cramped and uncomfortable, Room11 painted the interior bone-white to create the illusion of space. Abundant floor-to-ceiling glazing and planted

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Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

After bush fires decimated areas around Canberra in 2001, the city decided to rebuild by creating the National Arboretum Canberra. Plans for the Arboretum actually date back over 100 years ago, when

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Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Most of the house is encircled by patterned geometric screens, which not only reference the concrete blocks used by Knox, but also create spaces that can be used as courtyards. These screens also act as

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Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Clad in black panels of corrugated iron, the Pump House is a small and quiet lakeside retreat that blends a rustic aesthetic with elegant simplicity. The architects and client used a simple materials

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Australia’s Largest Cargotecture House is a Modern Masterpiece Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Australia’s Largest Cargotecture House is a Modern Masterpiece Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Miller superbly combines textures to create a rich sense of depth in the house's facade. In the front of the house, the corrugated steel of the shipping containers are juxtaposed against warm wood

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD

10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD

Sydney and Melbourne are home to some of the greatest coffee shops and biggest coffee snobs in the world. Coffee is a cult in Australia, but as with any addiction, there are side effects. Perhaps that

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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Girasole House Rotation from Liz Eve on Vimeo DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Australian officials recently announced that the state of Queensland is in the midst of the most widespread drought on written record, with over 80% of the territory desperate for water. While drought is

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

If you thought that diamonds were forever, they have absolutely nothing on the zircon of Jack Hills, Australia. Professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin, John Valley has confirmed that this

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Asymmetrical Karri Loop House is Built Around Indigenous Trees in Australia

Asymmetrical Karri Loop House is Built Around Indigenous Trees in Australia

The project took on a protectionist angle from the start, with the architects convincing the property owners that it was possible to build a beautiful home on the land without cutting down the native

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Australia Plans to Dump One Millions Tons of Mud Near the Great Barrier Reef

Australia Plans to Dump One Millions Tons of Mud Near the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a vibrant marine ecosystem that fosters thousands of different species, many of which may now be threatened due to plans signed off by the Australian government. The

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Scientists Discover Older Trees are Better at Absorbing Carbon

Scientists Discover Older Trees are Better at Absorbing Carbon

Redwood Trees photo from Shutterstock A team of researchers from the University of Melbourne has discovered that old trees are better at storing carbon dioxide than young trees. The study revealed that

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