eco design

Skanderborg Sports & Administration Centre Merges the Outdoors with the Indoors

Skanderborg Sports & Administration Centre Merges the Outdoors with the Indoors

The new 18,000 square meter multi-purpose facility will be located on the northern side of Skanderborg, Denmark and it will serve as a home base for the municipality as well as a recreational complex for

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Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

Sea Mirror, also called Miroir de Mer, is Yann Kersalé's newest light project for Sydney. The permanent installation is suspended next to One Central Park with the mirrors directed down towards the

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Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

The Municipal Administration of Moena needed a new carpark and a new bridge for the Longea, which is a popular tourist destination. Originally, the idea was to excavate a side of the mountain, build the

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New Yorkers Are Moving into Mobile Homes to Avoid Expensive Rents

New Yorkers Are Moving into Mobile Homes to Avoid Expensive Rents

Problem: You can't afford the rent in your desired neighborhood. Solution: Move into a mobile home and then just park in your area of choice. The trend is nothing new in other parts of the world (from

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Karolinska Institute’s Green Walled Future Learning Environment is a Home Away From Home for Students

Karolinska Institute’s Green Walled Future Learning Environment is a Home Away From Home for Students

The Karolinska Institute is one of Europe's largest and most prestigious medical universities. Tengbom won a design challenge to further enhance the institute's facilities by revamping an underutilized

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LEED Platinum Pine+Minor Apartments Mix Work & Living in Downtown Seattle

LEED Platinum Pine+Minor Apartments Mix Work & Living in Downtown Seattle

The new Pine+Minor apartment complex sits at the corner of Pine and Minor near the edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Located on the Pine-Pike corridor, the building is conveniently located for access

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Congolese Forest Giraffe Added to List of Endangered Animals

Congolese Forest Giraffe Added to List of Endangered Animals

Okapi photo from Shutterstock The blue-tongued forest giraffe is the latest species to fall under risk of extinction. The animal, also known as the okapi, is the national symbol of the Democratic

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Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Nestled in the wilderness near Finland's Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the Arctic Circle's best views of the Aurora Borealis. The sparse trees and complete lack of light

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Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

As if having the tallest and most expensive skyscraper in the world wasn’t enough, Dubai has shown its decadence once again by building an ice lounge right in the middle of the desert. The Chillout

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Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

Eden’s Paper lets your loved ones grow their own garden after tearing through the wrapping paper on their holiday gifts. The lush vegetable prints on the paper are embedded with seeds, such as carrots,

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Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

Clean energy company Enèji Pwòp is on the mission to transform Haiti with renewable energy. The firm hopes to enhance quality of life within the country's borders through a program that allows immigrant

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Brussels Sprout-Powered Christmas Tree Lights Up London’s Southbank Center

Brussels Sprout-Powered Christmas Tree Lights Up London’s Southbank Center

London’s Southbank Center has unveiled its latest holiday decoration: a Christmas tree powered entirely by Brussels sprouts! Each night, the tree’s lights illuminate thanks to a vegetable-powered

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Al Gore Goes Vegan

Al Gore Goes Vegan

Climate activist and former Vice President Al Gore has committed even more to sustainability - by going vegan. The Nobel Peace Prize winner announced that he is totally giving up animal products, and is

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Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Kalahari Desert photo from Shutterstock Botswana government officials are in hot water over fracking in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is the second largest wildlife preserve in the world.

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Graphene Condom of the Future will be Super-Pleasurable

Graphene Condom of the Future will be Super-Pleasurable

Believe it or not, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working on making sex more pleasurable. The Gates have already given out $1 million in research grants to condom developers who are working to

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Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Treating each tiny Bonsai as if it were a deep-rooted full-sized tree, Aiba creates incredible buildings that wind around the boughs and branches. Using copper line, epoxy putty, plastic, resin and stone

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Score Amazing Green Gifts and Support New Amsterdam School with Their Annual Holiday Auction

Score Amazing Green Gifts and Support New Amsterdam School with Their Annual Holiday Auction

Give lower Manhattan youngsters the gift of education while also purchasing some great green presents for your friends and family. The New Amsterdam School's Annual Holiday Auction is offering up

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love for

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Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Double Nepal’s Tiger Population by 2022

Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Double Nepal’s Tiger Population by 2022

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation just donated a whopping $3 million to help the World Wildlife Fund double the population of wild tigers in Nepal by 2022. The grant will aid the WWF in working with the

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Cupertino City Council Gives Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters the Green Light

Cupertino City Council Gives Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters the Green Light

Jobs called the forthcoming extravagant headquarters the “best office building in the world.” Although his vision won’t be realized until 2016, 14,000 Apple employees will enjoy state of the art

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Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

One Angel Square is a 500,000 sq ft, 14-story building right in downtown of Manchester. Now the largest building in the city, it is part of a larger effort to redevelop the core and is strategically

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Eduoard Martinet Upcycles Junk into Delicate Insect Sculptures

Eduoard Martinet Upcycles Junk into Delicate Insect Sculptures

Martinet’s junk sculptures are unique in their beautiful craftsmanship. Despite being made from clunky elements like used bike chains, typewriter heads and drawer handles, each sculpture appears to be

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NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

Sanya is a popular tourist destination and known for it's tropical climate, and Housing Corporation VANKE is developing a large resort there. As part of the development, they asked NL Architects to design

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Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

The Wildlife Conservation Society has just released a tragic video which captures the audio of an elephant being shot and killed by ivory poachers in Central Africa. The chilling sounds were captured on

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BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

The Museum of the Human Body will be located at the edge of Charpak Park in the newly developed Parc Marianne near City Hall. The museum will be dedicated to the artistic, scientific and architectural

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Cheese Made from Olafur Eliasson’s Tears on Display in Dublin

Cheese Made from Olafur Eliasson’s Tears on Display in Dublin

We’ve heard of making cheese from human breast milk, but now researchers are turning the tears from artist Olafur Eliasson into cheese as well. Giving the saying “don’t cry over spilled milk” a

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Biologists Perplexed as Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Lagoon Goes Almost Dark

Biologists Perplexed as Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Lagoon Goes Almost Dark

Biologists in Puerto Rico are perplexed as the region’s famous Bioluminescent Lagoon has suddenly gone almost dark. The Bioluminescent Lagoon in Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve regularly attracts

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Cook Up Your Own Dodo Burger with a Recipe from the In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Cook Up Your Own Dodo Burger with a Recipe from the In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Lab grown meat still sounds like science fiction to most consumers, but Next Nature wants to inspire future lab meat chefs with its new cookbook. The In Vitro Meat Cookbook, which is due out in 2014,

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Buy Your Very Own Gold Rush Ghost Town on Craigslist!

Buy Your Very Own Gold Rush Ghost Town on Craigslist!

If you’ve ever found ghost towns fascinating, you can now buy your very own right off Craigslist. A small abandoned former gold mining town called Seneca in Northern California is up for the highest

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