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Solar Impulse launches sixth leg of round-the-world journey after three-week delay

Solar Impulse launches sixth leg of round-the-world journey after three-week delay

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Chongcqing, China, on March 31, where the team planned to stay for just a few days before embarking on the next leg of their epic solar-powered round-the-world flight.

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Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

The Apple logo might have gone from rainbow to black, but the company is getting greener every day. This week, Apple made two announcements that impressed environmentalists around the world. In the first,

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Cellular Re-Generator Skyscraper grows like a living organism

Cellular Re-Generator Skyscraper grows like a living organism

The project addresses the issues of over-population and unsustainable construction techniques used across the globe. These problems are most acutely sensed in China, where urban sprawl and rapid change of

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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

China's copycat architecture trend has been well documented - so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when

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From trash to Transformers: A father-son team earns over $160,000 building giant robots from junk

From trash to Transformers: A father-son team earns over $160,000 building giant robots from junk

The Transformers empire is big in China, so the recycled larger-than-life models are drawing quite a bit of attention there. Yu Zhilin of Zhangmu saw the exploding success of the films as a promising

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Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing is finally going to kick what’s left of its coal power habit. China’s capital city recently announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016 - in favor of gas-fired

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China’s petite Pinch Library wins big in 2014 design awards

China’s petite Pinch Library wins big in 2014 design awards

In an earthquake-ravaged village in the Yunnan Province of China, architects John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere built the Pinch library, a wave-roofed community center that doubles as a play structure and a

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World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

As reported by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger, Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) has just completed the world's tallest prefabricated building: a 57-storey tower in Changsha, China. The tower, which provides

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Büro Ole Scheeren unveils designs for contemporary Guardian Art Center in Beijing

Büro Ole Scheeren unveils designs for contemporary Guardian Art Center in Beijing

Billed as a “new hybrid institution,” the Guardian Art Center comprises a museum, event space, a 120-room hotel, and cultural lifestyle center. Its sensitivity to Beijing’s historic context was

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Anti-pollution documentary goes viral in China, gaining over 155 million hits in one day

Anti-pollution documentary goes viral in China, gaining over 155 million hits in one day

Last week, a stark, simple 104 minute documentary by Chinese journalist and mother Chai Jing was uploaded to popular video-sharing site Youku. Titled "Under the Dome" Chai describes her experience as a

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Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

The 38,000-square-meter Shanghai Planetarium will be located in the new Lingang District, a rapidly developing town southeast of Shanghai’s central business district and located close to the East China

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China announces one-year ban on ivory imports

China announces one-year ban on ivory imports

In response to growing criticism of Chinese demand for ivory, China's State Forestry Administration has announced that they have implemented a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings. The continued

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5+design stacks a dramatic mountain-inspired mixed-use project atop a transit hub in Shenyang

5+design stacks a dramatic mountain-inspired mixed-use project atop a transit hub in Shenyang

Chinese code ordinances require that residential buildings receive a minimum of two hours of sunshine on the shortest day of the year. Due to that requirement, 5+design faced the challenge of building a

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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Unique Foshan Opera Tower will rise like a stack of patterned blocks in China

Unique Foshan Opera Tower will rise like a stack of patterned blocks in China

Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for an end to “strange-looking” architecture projects in China, yet another unique building is poised to take over a Chinese city skyline—this time, in

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China’s replica Manhattan is a half-built, abandoned ghost town amid economic woes

China’s replica Manhattan is a half-built, abandoned ghost town amid economic woes

China is now well established as the world capital of Duplitecture, with everything from its own rendition of the Eiffel Tower to a mock Venice. But the mock Wall Street financial district, constructed at

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Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Parks in China are used extensively by residents throughout the day to practice tai chi, dance, meet friends, relax or eat. Bailanjing Park along the river is a new development to increase the urban green

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China’s Hanergy to launch five new solar-powered cars this fall

China’s Hanergy to launch five new solar-powered cars this fall

One of the great ongoing discussions as electric cars gain in popularity revolves around the matter of how to ensure that the power source is as green as the vehicle. One Chinese solar company, Hanergy,

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Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

Tron Ice Hotel Suits In anticipation of the release of 3D TRON: Legacy, Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas–Jones created a suite at the famous IceHotel above the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The electric blue

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90 percent of China’s cities failed to meet 2014 air quality standards

90 percent of China’s cities failed to meet 2014 air quality standards

Nearly 90 percent of China's big cities failed to meet air quality standards in 2014, but that was still an improvement on 2013 as the country's "war on pollution" began to take effect, the environment

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World’s largest candy carpet made from 13 tonnes of sweets pops up in Chengdu, China

World’s largest candy carpet made from 13 tonnes of sweets pops up in Chengdu, China

What's sweet, colorful, and covered with adorable panda patterns? Why, it's the world's largest—and sweetest—candy carpet! Made from a staggering 13 tonnes of colorful candy pieces, the nearly

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Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “the criminal culprit” responsible for the increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component

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NL Architects design luxury hotel shaped like a massive amethyst geode

NL Architects design luxury hotel shaped like a massive amethyst geode

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first Amethyst Hotel will be located on the man-made Ocean Flower Island in China, a country known for its literal architecture and reverence for amethyst. The hotel rooms are

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Self-supporting Dome Homes can be lit with the energy equivalent to boiling a kettle

Self-supporting Dome Homes can be lit with the energy equivalent to boiling a kettle

The shells are completely self-supporting and free from columns or pillars. Their outer layers are made from FSC certified timber built to German Passive House standards. They are ultra – low energy

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DOMAT designs low-cost, educational waste and recycling collection prototype in rural China

DOMAT designs low-cost, educational waste and recycling collection prototype in rural China

Waste Recycling Point for a Village School; Hunan, China 
 Waste disposal in villages throughout China is a visible, yet neglected issue. As urban influences have spread to rural areas, old habits of

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HAO unveils cloud-inspired 3D movie museum for Tianjin

HAO unveils cloud-inspired 3D movie museum for Tianjin

Holm Architecture Office (HAO) unveiled designs for the Bolong 3D Movie Museum & Mediatek, an 80,000-square-foot entertainment complex in Tianjin, China. Created as part of an invited design competition,

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Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

The Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park was developed as part of a citywide campaign to improve the urban environment through ecological infrastructure. Turenscape’s design sought to improve water quality,

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LED-studded Han Show Theater lights up like a traditional Chinese paper lantern in Wuhan

LED-studded Han Show Theater lights up like a traditional Chinese paper lantern in Wuhan

Nicknamed “The Red Lantern,” the 2,000-seat theater in Wuhan was built to house the Franco Dragone-directed acrobatic water show, Han Show. Situated on Wuhan’s Donghu Lake, the Han Show Theater was

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Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

There are less than 3,000 tigers left in the world, but that doesn't matter in Mong La, a Myanmar town where tiger parts are big business. A new study based on two decades of data shows that tiger numbers

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Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Santa may need to look for an alternate form of transportation soon. Reindeer populations around the world have diminished greatly over the past few decades, and researchers in China are concerned about

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