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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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Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Not too long ago your TV and computer monitor used CRT technology to project moving images. This glass is extremely thick and shatter-resistant, which makes it durable - but it also makes it hard to

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Micro-Housing Concept Transforms Wasted Space into Tiny Apartments

Micro-Housing Concept Transforms Wasted Space into Tiny Apartments

What is a city to do when it has a surplus of people and a shortage of affordable places for them to live? Korean architect Donghyun Kim's solution to NYC's current housing crisis is a creative workaround

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Ai Hasegawa Imagines Women Giving Birth to Endangered Species for Food

Ai Hasegawa Imagines Women Giving Birth to Endangered Species for Food

Designer Ai Hasegawa has submitted a proposal to fight food shortages, and it is more than a little unorthodox. I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin recruits human women to become surrogates for endangered animals

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Starbucks Unveils New Mobile Coffee Shop on a Train Car in Switzerland

Starbucks Unveils New Mobile Coffee Shop on a Train Car in Switzerland

Whether it's to woo more travelers to take the train or to make it more convenient for passengers to get their espresso, we love the idea of a full-fledged coffee shop on board. The coffee shop sits on

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Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook just announced that its new data center in Iowa will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Projected to open in 2014, the data center will be accompanied by a brand new wind farm that will

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Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Two separate structures make up the design: a two bedroom home with an adjoining office space. The surrounding landscape connects the two structures, adding size and unity to the entire project. The

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Blu Homes Unveils New Balance Metro Prefab Designed for Narrow Urban Lots

Blu Homes Unveils New Balance Metro Prefab Designed for Narrow Urban Lots

Addressing the needs of city dwellers and families looking for their primary residence, Blu Homes reconfigured their Balance prefab to better fit into a narrow infill lot. The Balance Metro is oriented to

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UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio began work on Ardmore Residence back in 2006 and now the residential tower is finally complete. This bespoke tower is unique in its design and form compared to its surrounding block-like peers.

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Ta đi Ôtô is a Mini Mobile Skyscraper and Tricycle Performance Space in Hanoi

Ta đi Ôtô is a Mini Mobile Skyscraper and Tricycle Performance Space in Hanoi

As explained by Bureau A, everything in Hanoi gets reused, upcycled, and reincarnated into a new item. Parts and pieces that find their way into new constructions are used until they can be used no more

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NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects just won first place in a design competition with plans for a sinuous pedestrian bridge in Changsha, China that is modeled after the Möbius strip and Chinese knots. The bridge is designed

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Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists are asking citizens of the world to prepare themselves for increasingly violent storms such as the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines earlier this month. Weather

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Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Photo of offshore wind farm via Shutterstock Japan’s floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima has begun to produce clean, renewable energy for the national grid. The project, a collaboration

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Curvaceous Fibonacci Tree House is a Lofty Eco Retreat for Kids & Adults Alike

Curvaceous Fibonacci Tree House is a Lofty Eco Retreat for Kids & Adults Alike

Blue Forest designed and built the Fibonacci Tree House for a client in Spain who wanted to take better advantage of their woodland. The tree house and its extensive walkways sit on the edge of a garden

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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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