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MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

With limited space on the artificial island of IJburg, the tennisclub had to be smart about their new club house. Working with a tight footprint, MVRDV designed a multi-purpose center that would provide

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SpY Transforms Vine-Covered Wall Into Beautiful Botanical Graffiti

SpY Transforms Vine-Covered Wall Into Beautiful Botanical Graffiti

SpY’s gorgeous living artwork is made from strands of leafy vines that once reached upward toward the sun in unkempt spurts. Seeing these wild vines as a canvas, SpY hired a cherry picker manlift and

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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced

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$10,000 Puzzle Piece Home Made from Reused Wood Could Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

$10,000 Puzzle Piece Home Made from Reused Wood Could Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

ECOnnect has developed an innovative puzzle piece home that could provide one solution to the current housing shortage. The Dutch studio created the home after a hurricane hit Haiti and hundreds of

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WWF’s Gorgeous Living Planet Center Achieves BREEAM Outstanding in England

WWF’s Gorgeous Living Planet Center Achieves BREEAM Outstanding in England

The World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) beautiful Living Planet Center in Woking, England has achieved BREEAM Outstanding. Designed by Jason Bruges Studio, the solar-powered complex, which serves as a home base

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Cybernetic Meadow Planters Pair Household Gadgets With Living Plants!

Cybernetic Meadow Planters Pair Household Gadgets With Living Plants!

Why isn't computing more like gardening? The Cybernetic Meadow Collection is a series of handmade objects that seek to reorient our relationship to technology at home. People have accepted WIFI routers,

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Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

A low-income school in Hong Kong was just named one of the "Greenest Schools on Earth" by the U.S. Green Building Council! Sing Yin Secondary School shows that eco-friendly principles aren’t just for

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PHOTOS: Whole Village of Tiny Houses Makes Boneyard Studios a Unique Urban Retreat

PHOTOS: Whole Village of Tiny Houses Makes Boneyard Studios a Unique Urban Retreat

Although Boneyard Studios promotes community and shared amenities, each of the four tiny homes is different - a reflection, perhaps, of their owners' individual personalities. Jay Austin designed The

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Frank Gehry to Design Facebook’s London and Dublin Headquarters

Frank Gehry to Design Facebook’s London and Dublin Headquarters

Facebook's new headquarters for London and Dublin will receive the same treatment as the company's Silicon Valley campus with designs by starchitect Frank Gehry. The London office will take over three

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14 Delightfully Tiny Hobbit Homes

14 Delightfully Tiny Hobbit Homes

Hobbit homes aren't just for Middle Earthlings anymore. Regular humans can now own their very own cozy Hobbit Holes made to order by Wooden Wonders, a Maine-based company. Click here to take a tour

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Gorgeous Beautour Biodiversity Museum Updates Historic French Mansion With Thatched Facade

Gorgeous Beautour Biodiversity Museum Updates Historic French Mansion With Thatched Facade

The historic Durand mansion was used as a starting point for the project, which has been converted to house research labs and event space. The new building is home to permanent and temporary exhibition

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Timber-Clad Villa B is a Green-Roofed Bioclimatic Home Near Lyon

Timber-Clad Villa B is a Green-Roofed Bioclimatic Home Near Lyon

Villa B is oriented for solar exposure, but protected from overheating with a system of Larch wood slats that serve as a rainscreen and encourage natural ventilation. The ground floor features an office,

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X-Men’s Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee

X-Men’s Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee

Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man coffee not only provides a stellar cup of good joe, but also supports struggling communities around the world. Founded in 2011 with his partner David Steingard, Laughing Man

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar's

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Paul Cocksedge’s Living Staircase Spirals From Floor to Ceiling With Lush Greenery

Paul Cocksedge’s Living Staircase Spirals From Floor to Ceiling With Lush Greenery

Curving planters line the banisters of Paul Cocksedge's Living Staircase, creating lines of swirling greenery that reach from floor to ceiling. The overflowing plants create a welcoming environment while

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Kyocera Opens Japan’s Largest Offshore Solar Power Plant

Kyocera Opens Japan’s Largest Offshore Solar Power Plant

Kyocera Corporation has just launched Japan's largest offshore solar power plant. Clean energy generated by the 70MW Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant will be sold back to the national grid

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Dozens of Venomous Spiders Burst from a Bag of Sainsbury’s Bananas

Dozens of Venomous Spiders Burst from a Bag of Sainsbury’s Bananas

A London mother’s worst nightmare came to life when she found dozens of venomous spiders crawling over a bag of newly-purchased bananas. Just as Consi Taylor was about to bite into one of the

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India Successfully Launches First Mission to Mars

India Successfully Launches First Mission to Mars

Today India successfully launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars. The 3,000-pound Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) named Mangalyaan (Mars Craft in Hindi) took off from the island of

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Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

The new Eco-Mobius Phone is an upgradable modular phone that helps address the growing problem of electronic waste. Designed by ZTE Corporation, the Mobius phone is made up of a series of individual

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Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Costume Wins Halloween

Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Costume Wins Halloween

It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio has some strong competition when it comes to Citi Bike-loving celebs. For Halloween this year, actress Brooke Shields decided to don a truly unique Citi Bike costume, and

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Glittering, Origami-Inspired High-Rise Pops Up in Paris

Glittering, Origami-Inspired High-Rise Pops Up in Paris

Like iridescent fish scales, the Barclays Headquarters' triangular panels form a pattern on the street-facing façade. Rather than using real marble, the marble effect was achieved by screen-printing

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Scientists Create the World’s First ‘Nutritionally Balanced’ Pizza

Scientists Create the World’s First ‘Nutritionally Balanced’ Pizza

Scientists in Glasgow have created the world’s first "nutritionally balanced" pizza. After careful research in the lab, the scientists created a pizza that has balanced amounts of salt, fat,

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The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

Opened in August 2013, the Global Change Institute is a research facility dedicated to finding solutions for global challenges. HASSEL Architects designed the project to 'walk the walk' by operating a

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Google’s Mystery Party Barge is Actually a Floating Google Glass Showroom

Google’s Mystery Party Barge is Actually a Floating Google Glass Showroom

Various news outlets are reporting that Google has a new shipping container party barge called the Google X, and it is invite only. The barge will serve as a floating complex of Google Glass showrooms and

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SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

So how does this work? The 200 m2 elm-leaf shaped structure has a PV cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers that in turn convert humidity from the desert air into ice. Verheggen told the

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Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World’s Largest Urban Farm in Detroit

Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World’s Largest Urban Farm in Detroit

Hundreds of vacant lots in Detroit, Michigan will soon be transformed into the world’s largest urban farm. Governor Rick Snyder has just approved the plan proposed by a private company that has bought

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Scientists Launch ‘ZomBee Watch’ Website to Track Parasite-Infected Zombie Bee Sightings

Scientists Launch ‘ZomBee Watch’ Website to Track Parasite-Infected Zombie Bee Sightings

Bee photo from Shutterstock Last year a team of scientists at San Francisco State University discovered that parasitic flies are attacking bees and turning them into zombies that walk around in circles

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Romanian Scientists Make Artificial Blood from Sea Worms

Romanian Scientists Make Artificial Blood from Sea Worms

Image via Shutterstock Scientists in Romania have developed artificial blood made from water, salt and protein that could one day be used in humans. Made from the protein hemerythrin extracted from sea

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Artist Flips Czech Government a Giant Paper Bird

Artist Flips Czech Government a Giant Paper Bird

Czech artist David Cerny has created a giant middle finger sculpture aimed right at the government buildings of Prague. Cerny’s oversized purple hand sculpture floats in the Vltava River, and is a shot

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University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

The new Early Childcare Center West is located on a developing section of campus near the medical center. Ross Barney's design for the daycare center sought to create a playful environment for the

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