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Japanese Shipwright Sueshiro Sano Creates Stunning Wooden Bicycles

Japanese Shipwright Sueshiro Sano Creates Stunning Wooden Bicycles

Tokyo-based Sueshiro Sano comes from a long legacy of shipwrights - however he’s using his skills to design and produce beautiful bespoke wooden bicycles. Sano’s bicycles are crafted from Honduran

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Walmart Produces More Solar Energy than Any Other U.S. Retailer

Walmart Produces More Solar Energy than Any Other U.S. Retailer

Mega-retailer Walmart has crowned the roofs of their retail locations with enough photovoltaic panels to blast past 39 entire American states with their combined solar capacity. As photovoltaics become

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This Picture is NOT PHOTOSHOPPED! See Shocking Images from the Devastating Hurricane Sandy – One Year Ago

This Picture is NOT PHOTOSHOPPED! See Shocking Images from the Devastating Hurricane Sandy – One Year Ago

It's hard to believe, but tomorrow will mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy - and the Museum of the City of New York will be commemorating the milestone with a powerful collection of

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Green Sweetwater Spectrum Housing Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence

Green Sweetwater Spectrum Housing Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence

Sweetwater Spectrum is a new housing development designed expressly for autistic adults as a safe home that can offer them a purpose and develop more independence. The 2.8 acre site is just a few blocks

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Selected to Design Wind and Solar-Powered Astana World Expo 2017 Site

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Selected to Design Wind and Solar-Powered Astana World Expo 2017 Site

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill's design for the Astana World Expo 2017 will cover 173 hectares in the Esil district of the city. It consists of a central exhibition center surrounded by housing projects,

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Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

Andrew Maynard Extends 15 Foot Wide Solar-Powered Moor House in Victoria

The front of the Moor Street House was left as is, but the back half of the home was removed to make way for a new, modern and more efficient space that the whole family could use. With only 15 feet of

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Striking Pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Striking Pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial

The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art asked Schmidt Hammer Lassen (along with some of China’s most respected architects and selected international architectural

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Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi has once again shown us that greenhouses are more than just homes for plants and veggies. To demonstrate how humans can also benefit from spending time in these large

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Gorgeous Modular Piiri House Seeks a New Owner in Finland

Gorgeous Modular Piiri House Seeks a New Owner in Finland

Piiri is a modular 15 m2 wooden house in Finland that is currently up for auction. Built by students of Aalto University's Wood Program, the prefabricated home has an attractive radial design, plenty of

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Amazon’s Biodome Greenhouses Receive Green Light From Seattle’s Design Review Board

Amazon’s Biodome Greenhouses Receive Green Light From Seattle’s Design Review Board

NBBJ and Amazon have been hard at work for over a year on a compelling, sustainable and publicly accessible design for the internet giant's new headquarters in downtown Seattle. The Design Review Board

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Prefabricated Hangar Homes are Micro Houses on Wheels

Prefabricated Hangar Homes are Micro Houses on Wheels

This stylish mobile home designed by Hangar Design Group will be hitting the markets soon - which means you could actually have one of your very own! These prefabricated micro‐houses on wheels combine a

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Anthony Howe’s Dazzling Kinetic Sculptures Come to Life with a Gust of Wind

Anthony Howe’s Dazzling Kinetic Sculptures Come to Life with a Gust of Wind

When static, Howe’s sculptures are impressive. Extremely detailed and made up of hundreds of tiny parts, the pieces appear like delicate metal infusions that are reminiscent of flower shapes, outer

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Ancient Bees Were Wiped Out with the Dinosaurs

Ancient Bees Were Wiped Out with the Dinosaurs

Researchers recently discovered that today's bee populations are not the first to succumb to environmental changes. Their studies reveal that along with dinosaurs, a species of carpenter bees was

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Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

The Alpine Meadows Cabin is located on sloping, south-facing lot with views out towards the mountains on the northwestern side of Lake Tahoe. The clients requested that their home maximize the views of

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World View Balloon Will Take Space Tourists 19 Miles Above Earth for $75K

World View Balloon Will Take Space Tourists 19 Miles Above Earth for $75K

Space tourism may soon be within arms reach with World View’s high altitude helium balloon. For a cool $75,000, passengers will be able to spend several hours taking in views of the Earth from 100,000

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Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

VA Tech's design/buildLAB program offers third year architecture students the chance to learn while participating in a project that makes a difference. For the third year now in a row, the program has

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3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek’s new Mycelium Chair is an amazing mushroom-sprouting seat that fuses organic materials with modern 3D printing technology. Working with the University of Aachen,

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Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Lead photo by Swire Chin Diamond Schmitt and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) celebrated the opening of the Peter Gilgan Centre on September 17th. The large urban tower is devoted to

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High Line Park Designer James Corner Unveils New Tongva Park in Santa Monica

High Line Park Designer James Corner Unveils New Tongva Park in Santa Monica

Tongva Park's site was previously an unused dirt lot that broke the connection between City Hall and the Santa Monica Pier. The new park is a beautiful, nature-filled space the bridges this gap and serves

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World’s Largest Pumpkin Gets Transformed into a Creeptastic Carnivorous Plant (PHOTOS)

World’s Largest Pumpkin Gets Transformed into a Creeptastic Carnivorous Plant (PHOTOS)

Feed me, Seymour! Gourd carver extraordinaire Ray Villafane returned to the New York Botanical Garden this year to transform the world's largest pumpkin into a scene right from Little Shop of Horrors. Our

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Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

Agriculture Could Go Coastal with Sealeaf Floating Farms

As the global population rises, it's becoming increasingly difficult to feed everyone - particularly in dense urban environments. Innovation Design Engineering recently unveiled an elegant solution: the

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Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Taking advantage of the existing barn on the camp's site, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, in cooperation with local architect Byce & Associates, rehabilitated the structure into Kalamazoo Nature Center

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Smog-Sucking Electric Vacuum Cleaner Could Combat Beijing Air Pollution

Smog-Sucking Electric Vacuum Cleaner Could Combat Beijing Air Pollution

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog

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True Emporium’s Low-Impact ‘Furniture in a Box’ Line Can Furnish Any Room in a Snap

True Emporium’s Low-Impact ‘Furniture in a Box’ Line Can Furnish Any Room in a Snap

True Emporium just launched a set of sustainable furniture designs that fit in a 2'x4' box, making travel and storage simple. The Living Room in a Box, Wine Bar in a Box and Dining Room in a Box are all

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Artists Haas & Hahn Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Paint and Repair Rio de Janiero’s Favelas

Artists Haas & Hahn Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Paint and Repair Rio de Janiero’s Favelas

Haas & Hahn's murals are inspired by the beauty of the favelas poised on the hilltops of Rio de Janeiro. They see the project as an opportunity to improve social conditions while creating beautiful

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Roosegaarde’s Crystal LED Lights Can be Rearranged like ‘LEGOs from Mars’

Roosegaarde’s Crystal LED Lights Can be Rearranged like ‘LEGOs from Mars’

The gorgeous installation lit up a darkened gallery at the former Philips Physics Laboratory during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven - a place significant for its role in the production of traditional

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Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

Bilin has become a central focus of Palestinian protests against Israeli policies in the West Bank, and was the subject of last year’s Oscar nominated documentary "Five Broken Cameras". The daily

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Queensland’s Cairns Institute is Wrapped in a Beautiful Basket-Like Skin

Queensland’s Cairns Institute is Wrapped in a Beautiful Basket-Like Skin

Completed in the summer of 2013, The Cairns Institute is a tropical research facility that will serve as a repository of regional knowledge and research capacity. JCU Vice-Chancellor Professor Sandra

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Stevenson School Passive House Duplex Provides Teacher Housing in Pebble Beach

Stevenson School Passive House Duplex Provides Teacher Housing in Pebble Beach

The Carmel and Pebble Beach campuses of the private Stevenson School educate grades K-8 and 9-12 respectively. Faculty housing at the Pebble Beach campus is currently being upgraded to accommodate twice

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The LEED Gold Greater Texas Foundation Promotes Sustainability & Education

The LEED Gold Greater Texas Foundation Promotes Sustainability & Education

The Greater Texas Foundation supports initiatives that improve math and science education and increase the rate of post-secondary enrollment. Their headquarters site is basically "in the middle of

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