eco design

32,000+ LEDs Will Light Up 2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

32,000+ LEDs Will Light Up 2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

New York City will be ringing in 2014 tonight with a dazzling, energy-efficient ball drop featuring over 32,000 LEDs in Times Square. The 11,875 lb. geodesic sphere boasts 2,688 Waterford Crystal

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Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Breakfast pastry Pop-Tarts has transformed a vintage Airstream trailer into an oversized toaster, with giant Pop-Tarts ready for the taking. The silver Airstream toaster rolled up to Park City, Utah,

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SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

Brazilian furniture designer Fernando Jaeger creates modern, functional pieces using local materials, traditional craft and reforested wood out of São Paulo. He has a number of stores in and around the

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The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The site for the Sunlighthouse is on a narrow sloped lot outside of Pressbaum to the west of Vienna. The less than ideal orientation and not much southern exposure made it challenging to utilize solar

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Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One has filtered through its first round of applicants, selecting roughly 1,000 potential Mars-dwellers to advance to the next level of screening. Over 200,000 people applied to join the

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China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

Over 8 million acres of Chinese countryside has been deemed too polluted to grow food. According to the Chinese cabinet, the farm land is too rife with heavy chemicals to support healthy vegetation, and

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AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

Asked to create a design reflecting modernism with an eco-friendly approach, AB extended the home in various directions, incorporating rectilinear volumes and elevated outdoor spaces. With a starting

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Top 6 DIY Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 DIY Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2013 was one of the biggest years yet for DIY fans with tutorials showing you how to make your own natural face creams and build your own vertical mason jar herb gardens topping the traffic charts. Read

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China Rejects GMO Corn and Grain from United States

China Rejects GMO Corn and Grain from United States

The Chinese government has rejected 545,000 tons of corn imported from the United States because of unapproved genetic modifications. China’s Ministry of Agriculture turned away the corn—a genetically

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MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

The Butaro District Hospital serves over 400,000 people and it was built from local materials by local craftspeople and artisans. Not only is the hospital quite beautiful, it also provides much-needed

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Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

2013 saw a number of uplifting stories, but unfortunately, we also saw the dark side of humanity rearing its ugly head too many times. From the extinction of this majestic rhino off the face of the Earth

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Top 6 Art Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Art Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

From a room that let us walk through the rain without getting wet to a repurposed slaughterhouse truck filled with wailing stuffed animals, 2013 saw a vast assortment of eco-art stories that had our

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The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

They say that if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime - and social entrepreneur Veronika Scott is proving that the old adage rings just as

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Python Squeezes Life Out of Security Guard at Bali Hotel

Python Squeezes Life Out of Security Guard at Bali Hotel

Photo of python/Shutterstock A security guard in a luxury hotel in Bali, Indonesia was strangled to death by a python today. The victim, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, attempted to apprehend a python that was

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Old Christmas Trees Hung Under BQE as Life-Size Pine Air Fresheners

Old Christmas Trees Hung Under BQE as Life-Size Pine Air Fresheners

Last year, artist Michael Neff rescued more than a handful of Christmas trees from a sad, dried out, sidewalk fate by installing them as a pine-scented installation beneath the Brooklyn Queens

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Didier Faustino’s Big Bang House is Shaped Like a Starburst

Didier Faustino’s Big Bang House is Shaped Like a Starburst

Architect Didier Faustino's imaginative "Big Bang" house is a dynamic building that appears to explode outwards from a central point. Designed for French developer Christian Bourdais’ Solo Houses

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Santiago Calatrava’s Beautiful Sharq Crossing Bridge Will Bring a High Line Style Park to Doha

Santiago Calatrava’s Beautiful Sharq Crossing Bridge Will Bring a High Line Style Park to Doha

Designed in his iconic style, the beautiful Sharq Crossing gracefully arcs just outside of Doha’s busy skyline, adding a gentle curve over the water. The bridges will help manage Doha’s traffic,

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House of Cards Uses a Laser Cutter to Create Elaborate Works of Pop-Up Paper Art

House of Cards Uses a Laser Cutter to Create Elaborate Works of Pop-Up Paper Art

Tis the season to send creative festive greetings, so here are some quirky 3D pop-up cards to help make the holiday season an inventive one. Made by House of Cards, the laser-cut greetings cards are

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Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Industrial designer Carl Menary (also the maker of the ReTyre Clip) designed a series of four light shades for his wife Victoria to make and sell. They wanted a product made from local materials that

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Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

The Writer's Block cabin is located at the mouth of the Sheepscott River in Westport, Maine. Multi-functional, the cabin works as a studio, sleeping quarters and a boathouse for a canoe. <a

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Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

GINGERBREAD GEODESIC DOME HOUSE There is no doubt that this amazing gingerbread geodesic dome would make Buckminster Fuller proud. The super tasty abode was created by the designers over at Scout

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World’s Largest LEGO Snow Globe Lights Up London

World’s Largest LEGO Snow Globe Lights Up London

LEGO artist Duncan Titmarsh recently unveiled the world’s largest LEGO snow globe in London! Glowing with LED lights, the snow globe shows fourteen London landmarks in LEGO brick grandeur. Titmarsh used

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Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

The first Plus Energy House in Bulgaria recently popped up near Sofia. Designed by Studio APXE, the passive house will generate more energy than it consumes due to the implementation of a photovoltaic

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DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

When you order a Gingerbread Geodesic Dome, you will receive a cardboard template that is very simple to put together. You then bake the gingerbread and cut it into little hexagons that are then "glued"

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Lunar-Powered Kringle Sleigh Delivers Gifts in Style

Lunar-Powered Kringle Sleigh Delivers Gifts in Style

The modern sleigh rests atop two skis, which enable the cozy contraption to easily navigate snowy grounds. Aerodynamic Scandinavian ash was steam-bent, making a lightweight continuous piece of wood for

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Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is a 38,500 sq ft eco school located on a 21 acre wooded site next to the Deschutes River with views of the Mt. Bachelor in the distance. The non-profit school provides an intimate

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Panoramic Round House has a 360-Degree View of the Spanish Countryside

Panoramic Round House has a 360-Degree View of the Spanish Countryside

The Round House is designed for a site in the idyllic Spanish landscape, surrounded by lush almond groves, a glittering lake and distant mountains that frame picturesque views of the Cretas region. The

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Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

This small apartment only has a footprint of 25 sq meters, so Alan Chu had to make the most of the small space. Organized across two floors, the renovated micro apartment has an open floor plan kitchen

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Aussie Artist Crochets a Festive Reindeer from 2,000 Plastic Bags

Aussie Artist Crochets a Festive Reindeer from 2,000 Plastic Bags

Australian designer Angela van Boxtel is celebrating the holidays with a festive reindeer made from 2,000 plastic bags! Set in the Australian sun, the recycled Blitzen was carefully crocheted from

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