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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

Claude Ponti’s Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

In what may be the most adorable exhibit in the history of art, Claude Ponti's Sleeping Bird Topiary can be seen by those lucky people living in or visiting Nantes, France. Located in the city's botanical

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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France’s Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

France’s Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

The 216 dwellings that make up the first phase of the development are strategically placed to create a community that is economically, socially, and environmentally responsible; the area will eventually

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Postman Builds Incredible Palace from Thousands of Pebbles in Southeast France

Postman Builds Incredible Palace from Thousands of Pebbles in Southeast France

Of the fateful meeting with his muse Cheval wrote in his journal: "My foot had stumbled against a stone which almost made me fall: I wanted to know what it was. It was a stumbling block of such an unusual

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Three-Wheeled Toyota i-ROAD Electric Vehicle Becomes Part of France’s Smart City Car Sharing Program

Three-Wheeled Toyota i-ROAD Electric Vehicle Becomes Part of France’s Smart City Car Sharing Program

Adorable EV alert! With its unique three wheel design and compact footprint, Toyota's i-ROAD electric vehicle represents the future of personal transport. And now drivers in Grenoble, France will have a

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Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

Solar Liv-Lib’ Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

The Liv-Lib' project consists of two elements: “hubs” and “habitation capsules.” The hubs are solar-powered urban infrastructure cores that contain technological and ecological systems necessary

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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist, and are far more

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PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

The main building is completely wrapped with the white mesh-like facade, which is separated from the interior by a patio and glass gallery. The large facade panels are attached to metal posts surrounding

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Cathedral-Inspired Cabins Spring Up at Moselle’s Performing Arts Festival

Cathedral-Inspired Cabins Spring Up at Moselle’s Performing Arts Festival

The Grand Council of Moselle in eastern France, is launching its very first performing arts festival this week, and Les Etablissements Tourneux architect firm was commissioned to create a few pieces for

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Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris photo from Shutterstock A cloud of smog has enveloped Paris - and on Friday air pollution levels were actually worse than notoriously smoggy Beijing. The French capital is taking emergency

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Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

The $34.6 million dollar project includes demolition and reconstruction of the first floor Eiffel and Ferrié pavilions, which house the welcoming center, shops and a restaurant. Upon completion, the

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Mysterious 1960′s Avoriaz Ski Resort is Straight Out of a Fantasy Film Noir

Mysterious 1960′s Avoriaz Ski Resort is Straight Out of a Fantasy Film Noir

The Avoriaz resort was the brainchild of 1960's Olympic downhill gold medal winner Jean Vuarnet. After Vuarnet returned home triumphant from the games, the municipality of Morzine asked the professional

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How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

How’d You Like To Spend The Afterlife As A Diamond?

What are your aspirations for the afterlife? These days there are more options than just traditional burial or cremation. We've explored many different options for green burial, like planters that turn

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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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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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United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

United States’ Bold Vision for 2015 Paris Climate Deal Calls on Developing Countries to Limit Emissions

The United States recently submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change its bold vision for an international climate deal in Paris, France in December 2015. The 11-page

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Efficient Aquitanis Community Housing Complex Initiates a Vibrant Urban Renewal for Small French Town

Efficient Aquitanis Community Housing Complex Initiates a Vibrant Urban Renewal for Small French Town

The Aquitanis complex distributes 36 apartments over the top three floors, each singularly spaced around an open communal patio. The design strategically placed separate but interconnecting blocks

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Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Mikou Studio’s Feng Shui Swimming Pool Provides a Refreshing and Spiritual Oasis in France

Paris-based Mikou Studio recently won a local competition to build a city pool for Issy Les Moulineaux in France. But this winning design is no ordinary public pool complex. While the green roof and

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Ateliers O-S Architectes Unveils Glowing, Daylit Sports Hall in Paris

Ateliers O-S Architectes Unveils Glowing, Daylit Sports Hall in Paris

The south facade of the sports hall was left open to naturally illuminate the interior and to providing views of the nearby practice fields and the River Seine. At ground level, fritted glass panels allow

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OMA Wins Competition to Design Firm’s First Bridge in Bordeaux, France

OMA Wins Competition to Design Firm’s First Bridge in Bordeaux, France

The 144=foot-wide Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Bridge will be the sixth bridge to cross the river Garonne, and the first one by OMA. The project is a joint effort between OMA, engineers WSP, landscape

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Timber-Clad House of the Early Childhood is a Healthy, Energy-Efficient School in France

Timber-Clad House of the Early Childhood is a Healthy, Energy-Efficient School in France

The humble, welcoming House of the Early Childhood provides preschool education for 100 children up to the age of five as well as nursery space. The 1,300 square meter structure is designed to provide a

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The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

The new Voxan Wattman is the world's most powerful electric motorcycle - and it may just be the greenest adrenaline rush on the road. The bike can reach 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds, it's capable of hitting

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Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

The South Korean artist patiently worked for weeks to even months, laboring on the minutiae of her artwork to achieve each frame’s Alice in Wonderland-like dreamscape. The studio, which measures 11.8' x

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Michelin Launches ‘Bio Butterfly’ Program to Develop Greener Tires

Michelin Launches ‘Bio Butterfly’ Program to Develop Greener Tires

Last month, Michelin announced plans to develop alternatives to the synthetic, oil-based materials used in their tires. The company launched the program "Bio Butterfly" to investigate the viability of

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The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

The Amazing Metaphone Concert Hall is the World’s First Interactive Musical Building

To create the sound-related and instrumental features of the building, the architects consulted musician and sound designer Louis Dandrel. The majority of the Metaphone building (the technical spaces and

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133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

In Warsaw, 133 representatives from developing nations walked out of COP 19 climate negotiations. Their exit follows a refusal from industrialized countries such as the United States, Canada, Norway, and

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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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Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Tignespace was originally a gymnasium at the base of an apartment complex overlooking the lake. The gym was replaced with a new, high performance athletic center that will better meet the needs of the

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