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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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Chinese man builds working electric car from wood

Chinese man builds working electric car from wood

Chinese carpenter Liu Fulong spent four months this year building a fully operational, all-electric car out of wood! The car is armored, it features several missiles mounted to the sides and roof, and

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Did you know that 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations are made in a single Chinese village?

Did you know that 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations are made in a single Chinese village?

Ever wondered where plastic Christmas decorations come from? Unfortunately, they are not made by an army of elves at Santa's workshop. (I wonder what their wages would be?) Instead, according to an

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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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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

A gift that will stand the test of time is one that can be treasured by many people - not just the current recipient! Heirloom gifts such as cast iron cookware, pocketwatches, and rare books can

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Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S

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Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

To provide a safe haven in a country notorious for its air pollution, Gensler designed the Glumac office with advanced air purification systems that provide healthy indoor air quality consistently

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Vladimir Putin’s Tiger Blamed For Killing Goats in Northeast China

Vladimir Putin’s Tiger Blamed For Killing Goats in Northeast China

Vladimir Putin loves nature. Well, according to his well publicized and orchestrated photo shoots, he does. Over the years Putin has been photographed leading crane migrations, tranquilizing polar bears,

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The Crystal-Like Greenland Tower Breaks Ground in Chengdu, China

The Crystal-Like Greenland Tower Breaks Ground in Chengdu, China

Located in the center of Chengdu’s booming Dongcun district, the design was inspired by the unique ice mountain topography around Chengdu, which symbolizes the city’s growth and promising future.

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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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China and the U.S. Reach Breakthrough Landmark Climate Agreement to Cut Carbon

China and the U.S. Reach Breakthrough Landmark Climate Agreement to Cut Carbon

The world’s two biggest carbon polluters just reached an unexpected and major climate deal to slash greenhouse gases and increase investment in renewable energy. President Obama and President Xi Jinping

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Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

A team in China led by researchers from the University of California, Davis have discovered the first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur. Ichthyosaurs were dolphin-like marine reptiles that thrived

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Benoy Unveils Designs for Park-Centered Mixed-Use Development in the Heart of Chengdu

Benoy Unveils Designs for Park-Centered Mixed-Use Development in the Heart of Chengdu

The Greenland GIC mixed-use masterplan design includes five residential towers, three commercial towers, serviced apartments, hotel, retail podium, and outdoor pedestrian shopping street. Approximately a

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Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

The Cultural Center features levels connected by a large foyer. The different levels are linked with white ribbon-like walkways. Images of Chinese theater masks greet the visitors. The building houses a

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

Boeing was the first company to fly a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean, and now the company is opening a major operation in China that will be brewing the biofuel they need to run these

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HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

The Binhai Eco City Master Plan is a Sino-Singaporean project created with the support of both governments. Bordered by a planned green belt to the north, the mixed-use plan comprises a new Central

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

Located on a park's riverbank in the city of Nanjing, AZL Architects' brilliant chapel shelters weddings and other religious services. Its distinctive V-shaped roof was covered in dark shingles and rises

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The Guardian reports

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Stunning Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Will Rise Like the Morning Sun in Beijing

Stunning Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Will Rise Like the Morning Sun in Beijing

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel was designed to look like the rising sun, an image symbolic of China's meteoric rise in the global economy. The hotel's 10,000 glass panels are angled to reflect the different

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A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School in China

A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School in China

Land shortage is a common problem in the old but cramped city of Zhejiang, and the nearly 78,000-square-foot area allocated for the elementary school was simply not big enough to comfortably fit

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KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Riverside 66 Opens Today in Tianjin!

KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Riverside 66 Opens Today in Tianjin!

More than just a retail centerpiece for Tianjin's new commercial district, Riverside 66 also serves as a crucial connection node between the Hai He River and the pedestrian realm. The whale-like building

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INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

  Metropolitan areas are growing faster than suburbs for the first time in decades, as more and more people want to live closer to where they work, eat, drink, and play. As populations in

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The Squirrelz: China’s First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai’s Eco Village

The Squirrelz: China’s First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai’s Eco Village

Although the practice of recycling and reuse still remains an integral part of China's resourceful and low-income populations, booming middle and upper-class consumer power in Chinese cities such as

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World’s First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant Given to 12-Year-Old Chinese Boy

World’s First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant Given to 12-Year-Old Chinese Boy

Doctors from the Peking University Third Hospital in China have performed the world's first implant of a 3D-printed human vertebra. After 12-year-old Minghao sustained a soccer injury, subsequent tests

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Apple Cuts Toxic Chemicals to Make iPhones Friendlier to Assembly Workers

Apple Cuts Toxic Chemicals to Make iPhones Friendlier to Assembly Workers

Apple just took a big step towards greening the iPhone by removing two toxic chemicals from part of the production process. While the rare earth elements that go into many modern gadgets might be too

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BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

In Original Copies, Bosker, the senior tech editor at the Huffington Post, presents a thorough analysis of the remarkable building replication phenomenon that has been happening across China. She begins

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