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OMA Completes 3-Star Green Rated Shenzhen Stock Exchange

OMA Completes 3-Star Green Rated Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Following on the heels of their CCTV Headquarters, a folded skyscraper in Beijing, OMA has now completed another tower in China, this time on the Pearl River Delta in Shenzhen. Shenzen Stock Exchange

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Architect Designs a Soccer Ball-Shaped House for Famous Footballer Lionel Messi

Architect Designs a Soccer Ball-Shaped House for Famous Footballer Lionel Messi

The One-Zero Eco-House is proposed for the forested land in the Llavaneres Sant Andreu municipality, about twenty miles north of Barcelona. At a birdseye view, the home appears like a soccer ball in

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Dr. John Keung About Singapore’s Green Mark Building Certification System

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Dr. John Keung About Singapore’s Green Mark Building Certification System

If you're a regular Inhabitat reader, you're probably already familiar with LEED, BREEAM, Passivhaus and even LBC, but there's another green building certification program that you should know about -

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Stevens Institute’s Ecohabit Home Stands Out with Photovoltaic Shingles at the Solar Decathlon 2013

Stevens Institute’s Ecohabit Home Stands Out with Photovoltaic Shingles at the Solar Decathlon 2013

The 1,300 square foot home is a simple, low-slung L-shaped construction made up of two modules—a 'dry module' that hosts all of the home's living areas and a 'wet module' containing all of Ecohabit's

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Taylor Cullity Lethlean’s Australian Botanical Garden Wins World Landscape of the Year 2013

Taylor Cullity Lethlean’s Australian Botanical Garden Wins World Landscape of the Year 2013

Taylor Cullity Lethlean created a journey through the various landscapes of Australia, welcoming intrepid visitors to try them all on for size in one fell swoop. The 170,000 plants representing 1700

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C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

C.F. Møller’s Prefab Switchgear Station Routes Renewable Energy Through Denmark

Denmark is currently upgrading its electric grid to accommodate an increase in demand. This involves adding new power plants and improving reliability, and Energinet wants to improve the look of some of

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Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

As we move into the first official week of the Solar Decathlon 2013, the judges are beginning to make their rounds of the 19 beautiful ultra-efficient solar homes. Although all of the designs are

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Luzinterruptus Creates Colorful Fishing in Light Installation Using Borrowed Containers

Luzinterruptus Creates Colorful Fishing in Light Installation Using Borrowed Containers

For a week, Luzinterruptus traveled around the Spanish town borrowing plastic containers, taking note of the names of each original owner. Once 500 were collected, the installation process began. A sea of

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Prefab Moyle Duplex in Yellowknife Comprises a Set of Super Energy Efficient Modern Homes

Prefab Moyle Duplex in Yellowknife Comprises a Set of Super Energy Efficient Modern Homes

The 131 Moyle duplex is the latest of a series of dwellings SMPLy MOD Prefab Homes has built in Yellowknife, NWT. This duplex sits adjacent to their other duplex, 133 Moyle, and remains energy efficient

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London’s Historic Crystal Palace to be Rebuilt by China’s ZhongRong Group and Arup

London’s Historic Crystal Palace to be Rebuilt by China’s ZhongRong Group and Arup

The original Crystal Palace was designed for the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, London, and moved to the south eastern neighborhood of Bromley shortly after. There it was used as a glittering public

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Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

The SCI-Arc-/Caltech home, DALE, which stands for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is an exercise two years in the making that reacts to California's love for super-sized suburban tract homes by

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Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

Team Austria’s LISI Solar Decathlon Home Keeps Cool with a Movable Exterior Curtain

The Solar Decathlon 2013 competition officially kicked off 3 October, 2013; to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony, groups of officials and decathletes gathered to take a much deserved break from all

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Modular Photon Pod Provides Insight into How Light Affects Mood and Health

Modular Photon Pod Provides Insight into How Light Affects Mood and Health

To study the effect of light on health and wellbeing, Phillips, Cantifix and <a href="http://Oxford University" target="_blank">Oxford University teamed up to create a facility in which to

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Gorgeous Auckland Art Gallery Scoops Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival

Gorgeous Auckland Art Gallery Scoops Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival

The art gallery's innovative extension and refurbishment is centered around an open atrium that bridges the renovations, doubling exhibition space. A series of varying height roofs are lined with

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Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Team Las Vegas’ DesertSol Home Brings a Base Camp for Desert Exploration to the Solar Decathlon

Though DesertSol was developed as a second home, or "base camp" for an adventurous couple between the ages of 35 and 75, the home is well-suited to serve as a full-time residence for those with minimal

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MOE’s Daylight-Filled Copenhagen Office Spirals Like a Staircase

MOE’s Daylight-Filled Copenhagen Office Spirals Like a Staircase

Danish engineering company MOE opened its doors for operation at its new headquarters on September 27th near Copenhagen, Denmark. The engineering firm worked closely with Schmidt Hammer Lassen to design

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Sekita Unveils Gorgeous Flat-Pack Paper Chairs that Pop Up in a Snap

Sekita Unveils Gorgeous Flat-Pack Paper Chairs that Pop Up in a Snap

Sekita Design Studio just unveiled a series of beautiful flat-pack paper chairs that pop up in a snap without the use of screws or glue. The modular chairs can be assembled, reshaped, and transformed by

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6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA

Sci-Arc/Caltech & DALE Sci-Arc/Caltech not only have home court advantage for this year's competition being the closest to Irvine, but they also have a experience in previous competitions. Their

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Pumpkin Master Ray Villafane Carves Blue Squash Into Gruesome Faces

Pumpkin Master Ray Villafane Carves Blue Squash Into Gruesome Faces

Villafane is best known for his incredible zombie pumpkin carvings, which are intricately detailed down to rotting seed “teeth” and expertly detailed pumpkin flesh bodies. Already mastering the orange

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First 3Doodler 3D Printing Pens Ship to Kickstarter Backers

First 3Doodler 3D Printing Pens Ship to Kickstarter Backers

The first shipment of 3Doodler 3D pens are making their way to customers across the globe. Like a handheld 3D printer, the 3Doodler lets users make 3D objects, just by drawing them in the air. The first

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LEGO May Introduce 3 Female Scientists to its Minifig Collections

LEGO May Introduce 3 Female Scientists to its Minifig Collections

LEGO-loving girls may soon be represented in the toy block’s repertoire with a brand new line of female scientists. The trio of scientists form part of a Minifigure Set project by Alatariel, which was

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Dindita Makes Gilded Goat Poop for Decor and Fertilizer

Dindita Makes Gilded Goat Poop for Decor and Fertilizer

They say you can’t polish a turd, but Dindita N. 1 begs to differ. The design company is now offering a line of unique decorations made with gilded, organic goat poop. Covered in 23K gold dust, the

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Tiny Moroccan-Themed AirBnB Home Pops Up in the Heart of Downtown L.A.

Tiny Moroccan-Themed AirBnB Home Pops Up in the Heart of Downtown L.A.

Designed and installed in just three weeks, this AirBnB abode pulls inspiration from the Art District's history and cultural diversity to the heavily-textured and geometric Moroccan style. Flooded with

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Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Up on Nicaragua’s West Coast

Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Up on Nicaragua’s West Coast

Nicaraguan wildlife officials are investigating reports that hundreds of dead sea turtles have been washing up on the country’s western coast. The Nicaraguan Sea Turtle Conservation Network has called

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Twelve Architects Design Russian Airport With Elegant Arches as a “Sky-Bridge”

Twelve Architects Design Russian Airport With Elegant Arches as a “Sky-Bridge”

The airport's design also makes reference to the River Don, which is the origin of the city. Facilities in the area such as the train station, car park, hotel and office buildings are connected through

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a spectacular green

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“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

Featured projects at The Fifth Element ranged from the playful to the practical to the poetic. Blow by Florian Dussopt is an interactive LED light installation that is activated by visitors blowing into a

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Portable Bridge Home Cantilevers Over a Flood Plain in Idaho

Portable Bridge Home Cantilevers Over a Flood Plain in Idaho

The main home is situated on concrete piers and hovers above the rushing river with enough lift to sustain up to 500-year flood levels. Supported by a 15-foot deep steel Howe truss system at its center,

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IKEA Announces Plans to Sell Home Solar Panel Systems in the UK

IKEA Announces Plans to Sell Home Solar Panel Systems in the UK

IKEA photo from Shutterstock The next time you go to IKEA, you may be able to pick up a renewable energy system along with disassembled shelving and those delicious cinnamon rolls. The Swedish

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New Video Reveals How Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Will Look When Finished in 2026

New Video Reveals How Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Will Look When Finished in 2026

Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Basilica has been visited by millions of tourists since construction began in 1882 - and it hasn't been finished since. Now, the Sagrada Familia Foundation has released a

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