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Kinglake Residents Rebuild an Earthen Home After Victoria Bush Fires

Kinglake Residents Rebuild an Earthen Home After Victoria Bush Fires

Colin and Michelle Parton commissioned Pease and Benson to re-build their home in Kinglake after the Black Saturday bushfires, on 7 February 2009, that changed their community forever. The Partons are

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Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

The LoftCube is prefabricated, which saves energy and material use, and it's designed to have a minimal footprint. The home's 360-degree windows provide ample daylight and natural ventilation while

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Austrian S House is Elevated on Stilts so a Lush Garden Can Grow Below It

Austrian S House is Elevated on Stilts so a Lush Garden Can Grow Below It

House S straddles a small hill, and it's based at the highest point of the sloping site. The front façade meets the street level, while the back of the house cantilevers over the slope on stilts,

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Jean Nouvel Adorns Lush Barcelona Hotel with Leaf-Shaped Windows

Jean Nouvel Adorns Lush Barcelona Hotel with Leaf-Shaped Windows

The hotel’s striking façade sets it apart from others in the region, with leaf-shaped windows that frame each of the 357 guestrooms. Inside, the ornate windows are shaped like a burst of palm fronds

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How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

The Sea Tree design by architect Koen Olthuis (c) Waterstudio.NL When the movie Waterworld premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick as a fairly ridiculous post-apocalyptic science

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Designers Want to Wrap Burj Khalifa in Reflective Skin for World’s Largest Art Installation

Designers Want to Wrap Burj Khalifa in Reflective Skin for World’s Largest Art Installation

Designers Op-En want to transform the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, into the world’s tallest art installation. Called EXO-BURJ, the design team's project would involve wrapping the 2,717

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Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Industrial designer Mark Richardson has transformed a slew of salvaged materials into an awesome DIY velomobile! The Monash University lecturer began collecting old wheels, bike parts, and wheelchairs to

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Cubo’s Geometric Wooden Hammerhavn Houses Reflect Danish Port’s History

Cubo’s Geometric Wooden Hammerhavn Houses Reflect Danish Port’s History

Cubo Arkitecter designed the buildings to reflect the history and heritage of the port and the local granite industry. Established at the end of the 19th Century, Hammerhavn exported materials to Hamburg

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Austrian Designer Upcycles Bike Parts into Faux Hunting Trophy Bicycle Mounts

Austrian Designer Upcycles Bike Parts into Faux Hunting Trophy Bicycle Mounts

Scheiger was in need of a place to hang his bike. He also needed a place to hang all of cycling caps and since he was thinking about it, a place to hang his umbrella. Scheiger has a thing for bicycles, a

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Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

'm emailing on behalf of owner and artist, Brad Kopek. We would love if you would consider Brad's fully sustainable Gallery/Residence/Work Space for a feature on your website. Brad owns a unique

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

You probably never thought you could go to the gym and then rehydrate at the end of a grueling session with your own sweat, but that possibility now exists. Inspired by NASA astronauts, who are required

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INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

Friedman was one of the top US World Cup Downhillers and a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years before an injury forced him into retirement in 2009. Every year, Friedman was handed a load of new gear

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Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s Iconic Dwellings

Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s Iconic Dwellings

With the addition of the Breeze Aire to their line up, Blu Homes now offers eight different styles as well as the ability to custom design your dream home by tacking on a garage, studio, ADU, office and

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Stanford’s New Pomegranate Super Batteries Could Store 10 Times More Juice

Stanford’s New Pomegranate Super Batteries Could Store 10 Times More Juice

Pomegranates are a superfood for humans, and now they’re inspiring scientists to make super batteries for your smart phone and other devices. Researchers at Stanford University have taken inspiration

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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Tiny, Ultraportable ESCAPE Cabin Can be Moved Anywhere Just Like an RV

Tiny, Ultraportable ESCAPE Cabin Can be Moved Anywhere Just Like an RV

With the idea that bigger is not better, ESCAPE was design with the sensibilities of Frank Lloyd Wright in mind. Although ESCAPE is truly a mobile home, the attention to detail makes the cedar-lined

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Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Researchers at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Scientists have noticed a change in the world’s jet stream paths, and are looking at the warming Arctic as a potential cause. In

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Victorian De Beauvoir Home Revitalized With Green-Roofed Subterranean Extenstion

Victorian De Beauvoir Home Revitalized With Green-Roofed Subterranean Extenstion

The rear facade of the De Beauvoir Road home juts out in oak-clad curves that wind their way down the back of the property. The curves create a sloping eave that extends from a door in the back of the

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Sign This Petition to Help Stop the Killing of Mute Swans in New York

Sign This Petition to Help Stop the Killing of Mute Swans in New York

A proposal by the NYC Department of Environmental Conservation to kill the population of mute swans in Prospect Park has got area animal lovers seeing red. The argument for the plan is that the birds

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Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

With Steve doing the majority of the work on the home, the recently-finished Tin Can Cabin took almost four years to complete. With little building experience, he first consulted with an engineer in order

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a gesture of

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INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

What is most impressive about the curated collection of material reuse architecture that Bahamón and Sanjinés found is the creativity. Peach pits are used as flooring, tire treads are used as roofing

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Benoit Challand’s Stilted Roost House is Inspired by Calatrava and Le Corbusier

Benoit Challand’s Stilted Roost House is Inspired by Calatrava and Le Corbusier

The Roost House’s angular scaffolds are meant to pay tribute to Santiago Calatrava’s sculptural architecture, while the design of the actual home references Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye and Cabanon.

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Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

In designing this private home in Verrières-le-Buisson, France, Nomade Architects first adapted the home to its environment by orientating it to the light, views and natural slope. Modular in concept,

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Thousands of Indonesian Residents Flee as Erupting Mount Kelud Spews Ash 80 Miles Away

Thousands of Indonesian Residents Flee as Erupting Mount Kelud Spews Ash 80 Miles Away

Indonesian citizens near Surabaya are fleeing their homes as Mount Kelud has erupted, spewing ash and debris as far as 80 miles from the volcano. Mass evacuations began yesterday as the volcano in East

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Score a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network’s Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

Score a Free $250 Pass to Social Media Week and Attend Prodigy Network’s Panel Discussion About Crowdfunding Real Estate

We're giving away $250 passes to Social Media Week 2014 to 10 lucky readers, and it's easy to enter. Just comment on this post with a question about how social media and crowdfunding are impacting real

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SOM’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the New Efficient Gateway to Mumbai

SOM’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the New Efficient Gateway to Mumbai

Terminal 2 will take over operations now that it is complete from the original Terminal 1 in Mumbai and serve as a grand entrance into the city and a hub of transportation for 40 million passengers a

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Russian Environmental Activist Yevgeny Vitishko Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail

Russian Environmental Activist Yevgeny Vitishko Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail

Image of Yevgeny Vitishko courtesy of Amnesty International Russian environmental activist and Olympics skeptic Yevgeny Vitishko was sentenced to three years in prison for swearing in public when on

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HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

One Dallas Center, also known as Patriot Tower, was originally designed by I.M. Pei & Partners in 1979, but over the years became financially bankrupt and left vacant. HKS decided to make their new

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PHOTOS: Young Projects’ Playful, Matchmaking Sculpture Pops Up in Times Square

PHOTOS: Young Projects’ Playful, Matchmaking Sculpture Pops Up in Times Square

Young Projects has made it a little bit easier to find love in the big city with their unique interactive sculpture in Times Square. Called "Match-Maker", the intriguing heart-shaped public artpiece

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