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Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australian States

Catastrophic Fires and Record Heat Engulf Five of Six Australian States

Bush fires are raging through five out of six Australian states due to record heat and dry conditions. Over the weekend, flames flattened whole townships in the island state of Tasmania, where locals told

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Modscape’s Point Leo Prefab is a Bold & Sustainable Seaside Home In Australia

Modscape’s Point Leo Prefab is a Bold & Sustainable Seaside Home In Australia

Modscape's Point Leo Prefab is a 5 bedroom home with 220 sq m (2,368 sq ft) of space. Entertaining and public spaces are located on the ground floor and private rooms are on the upper level. A large open

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Proposed Light Rail System by HASSELL to Change Transit in Sydney

Proposed Light Rail System by HASSELL to Change Transit in Sydney

As cities all over the world begin to reinvent their sustainable means of transportation, Sydney, Australia is getting on the bandwagon with the help of HASSELL, Arup and Aurecon. The New South Wales

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Melbourne’s New Knox Innovation Opportunity & Sustainability Centre is Dedicated to Eco Education

Melbourne’s New Knox Innovation Opportunity & Sustainability Centre is Dedicated to Eco Education

Completed in April of 2012, the KIOSC combines both sustainable practice in building design along with secondary and TAFE (Technical and Further Education) curriculum. Students in grades 7-10 from

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Wave-Powered Robot Completes Record-Setting 9,000-Mile Journey Across the Ocean

Wave-Powered Robot Completes Record-Setting 9,000-Mile Journey Across the Ocean

Liquid Robotics, a Silicon Valley startup behind the surfboard-sized robots known as Wave Gliders, announced today that the Papa Mau robot completed a record-breaking 9,000 mile trip across the Pacific

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Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Gorgeous Seaview House Rises From the Dunescape of Old Barwon Heads in Australia

Each pavilion is strategically placed to either enhance views, promote social interaction with passersby on the street, or to maximize cross ventilation and solar orientation. The street-front northeast

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Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

For the Ballroom installation commissioned by the Federation Square Creative Program to promote public art at the 3.2 hectare mixed-use space near Melbourne's busiest railway station, Dougherty turned to

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Southern Hemisphere’s First Tidal Energy Facility to be Constructed in Darwin, Australia

Southern Hemisphere’s First Tidal Energy Facility to be Constructed in Darwin, Australia

The first tidal energy facility in the Southern Hemisphere could be located down under. Australia's Charles Darwin University signed a memorandum of understanding with Tenax Energy in the first step

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Studio Levant Uses Recycled Pallets and HDPE Plastics To Make Desks and Tables

Studio Levant Uses Recycled Pallets and HDPE Plastics To Make Desks and Tables

In en effort to transform waste into functional objects, Australian design firm Studio Levant has produced a full line of tables and desks that are made from recycled shipping pallets and recycled

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Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Photo via Shutterstock One of the greatest challenges facing the nuclear power industry is the question of what to do with the dangerous radioactive waste it creates. California-based Kurion, Inc.

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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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Intermode’s Kilmore House is a Series of Efficient Modular Pavilions in Australia

Intermode’s Kilmore House is a Series of Efficient Modular Pavilions in Australia

Intermode's housing model makes use of a variety of pre-designed modules that can be joined together to create homes that are customized for clients' needs. All homes are based around a 1,200 mm spine

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Catherine Nelson Creates Incredible Floating Worlds From Hundreds of Nature Photographs

Catherine Nelson Creates Incredible Floating Worlds From Hundreds of Nature Photographs

Nelson returned to her love of photography in 2008 after lending her talents to such illustrious projects as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 300, Moulin Rouge, and Australia. Drawing upon

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The Grounds Cafe is a Thriving Vintage Throwback to the Pre-GMO Era in Australia

The Grounds Cafe is a Thriving Vintage Throwback to the Pre-GMO Era in Australia

Caroline Choker wanted to retain as much of the industrial chic flavor of the original building as possible. As such, much of the original infrastructure such as wooden trusses and cement beams are left

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The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

Australian shipbuilder Matt Duncan was so affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that he put his engineering skills to use and designed a Tsunami Survival Pod capable of withstanding six tons of

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Sustainable Keast Park Community Pavilion is the Ultimate Lawn Sports Haven in Australia

Sustainable Keast Park Community Pavilion is the Ultimate Lawn Sports Haven in Australia

The original community facility was in disrepair and badly in need of an update, so Jackson Clements Burrows worked with the city and local residents to design a multi-purpose space for everyone. The

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HASSELL Unveils High Speed Rail Vehicle Inspired By 1960′s Muscle Car

HASSELL Unveils High Speed Rail Vehicle Inspired By 1960′s Muscle Car

Approximately eight million people travel between Melbourne and Sydney each year, and that number is set to double within the next 25 years. There is doubt that the country's current infrastructure can

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Sydney’s Historic Majestic Theatre Renovated Into Daylit Apartments

Sydney’s Historic Majestic Theatre Renovated Into Daylit Apartments

Located in Petersham to the west of Sydney, the Majestic Theatre Apartments adaptive reuse project created new housing out of a historic building. The original brick Majestic Theatre was built in 1921

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Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Bionic Vision Australia, a government-funded research consortium in Carlton, Victoria, announced Thursday that it has successfully implanted and tested an early prototype bionic eye. Dr. Penny Allen, a

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Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House is a Net Zero Energy Surfer’s Haven in Australia

Seal Rocks House 4 is organized as a basic square shape on a single level with a large open courtyard in the middle. The home has an area of 219 sq m (2,357 sq ft) with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a laundry area,

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Enormous Anglerfish on Wheels Storm Sydney’s VIVID Light Festival in Australia

Enormous Anglerfish on Wheels Storm Sydney’s VIVID Light Festival in Australia

Follow the Current was easily one of the most exciting installations at this year's VIVID Sydney festival. Comprised of digitally-printed designs on lycra and chiffon, along with fins, bobble eyes, and

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Shearer’s Quarters Country Home Wins Australia’s House of the Year

Shearer’s Quarters Country Home Wins Australia’s House of the Year

The Shearer’s Quarters, as it is called because it serves as a shearer’s shed and retreat for sheep farmers, was designed and is owned by architect John Wardle. The property is still a working farm,

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Studio 505′s Textured Wintergarden Facade in Brisbane is Inspired by Nature

Studio 505′s Textured Wintergarden Facade in Brisbane is Inspired by Nature

The 43,000-square-foot Wintergarden Façade features a complex new steel screen with a web-like structure. The team describes the pastel-colored facade as "a study of nature, geometry and layering that

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East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

East House is a Green Renovation That Doesn’t Need Heat or A/C in Australia

The East House Byron Bay was originally a brick home constructed in the 1990s and the owners of the home wanted to transform it into a modern and sustainable residence that supported their passions, which

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Slides, Treehouses and Worm Holes Turn Sydney’s Blaxland Park into a Field of Fun

Slides, Treehouses and Worm Holes Turn Sydney’s Blaxland Park into a Field of Fun

Using the existing landform to their advantage, JMD Design created a series of sweet worm holes and slides, some that are quite steep, along with a 12 meter high treehouse tower that overlooks the

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Larger-Than-Life LEGO Forest Springs Up In Australia’s Living Desert!

Larger-Than-Life LEGO Forest Springs Up In Australia’s Living Desert!

The life-sized LEGO Forest consists of 15 iconic LEGO ‘pine’ trees, each sized 4 meters in height, and 15 sets of flowers.  Rising from Broken Hill's distinctive red soil, the LEGO Forest pieces

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Ballast Point Park is an Old Industrial Facility Restored Using Recycled Materials in Sydney

Ballast Point Park is an Old Industrial Facility Restored Using Recycled Materials in Sydney

Ballast Point has played a prominent role in the history of Sydney and now the park works to bring that history to life through restoration, installations, and design. Choi Ropiha Fighera's design of the

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Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

Simple Edwardian House Bursts Into a Daylit Cloud in Australia

After nearly one decade of additions and renovations, it seems the Cloud House in Melbourne has finally reached its happy zenith. After passing through the conventional Edwardian threshold, visitors are

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New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

A new type of plasma thruster, currently in development at the Australian National University, could be a game-changer for deep space missions. Researchers at ANU believe that the new plasma thruster

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Monash University Student Housing Promotes Collegiality and Sustainability

Monash University Student Housing Promotes Collegiality and Sustainability

When BVN Architecture was designing the new dormitories for Monash University, they focused on the residents' experience rather than just ensuring they met the spatial requirements. The project consists

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