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Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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VIDEO: Google is building a giant bubble in Mountain View!

VIDEO: Google is building a giant bubble in Mountain View!

Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google's new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two

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Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

In lieu of their recent accession to the European Union, Bulgaria has commissioned Yanko Apostolov Architects to design a gorgeous new National Museum Complex to house the country’s art collections.

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Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Designer Terry Lischka’s innovative bags transform thrift store men’s items into fashion-forward unisex messenger bags. Designing under the name Sew Much Style, Lichska scours thrift stores for

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Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Barker Freeman Design Office’s new home for Marfa, Texas will keep its residents naturally cool. The multi-family dwelling is made up of three structures that are partially submerged in a rammed earth

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—their teeth are—according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth—the strongest material found in nature.

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Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

As well as providing for its own energy needs with a rooftop solar array, 435 Indio produces zero carbon emissions. As part of its energy-independent design, the office space uses a solar-powered smart

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto Studios, this installation

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Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two stories of open and

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5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the way your home

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LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

If you love pancakes but hate making them, then the LEGO PancakeBot is your dream come true. Designed by Miguel Valenzuela, the LEGO robot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology by using an X and Y

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Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

You won’t have to deal with disgruntled employees at the soon to be opened Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan…since they are mostly humanoid robots. The high tech hotel has employed a fleet of ten

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The zoo is built from a six armed star-shaped level designed to maximize space, views and circulation. It is based on a nucleus or a tree trunk from which emerges six branches, each 20 sq meters in size

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Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

For the past 25 years, adventurer Dan Price has lived in a series of adorable hobbit-like tiny homes on two acres of breathtaking forested land in Eastern Oregon. His most recent structure may be teeny

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the shelter using 100%

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Aladdin City: Construction to begin on Dubai Creek’s epic fantasy towers next year

Aladdin City: Construction to begin on Dubai Creek’s epic fantasy towers next year

Dubai is no stranger to outlandish architectural endeavors, and the latest project to get the go ahead will be no exception. Based on the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, the 4,000 acre Aladdin City project

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Lilian van Daal creates a Biomimicry-inspired, 3D-printed chair

Lilian van Daal creates a Biomimicry-inspired, 3D-printed chair

It’s no secret that the modern-day upholstered couch or chair is a nightmare of processing, materials and almost impossible to recycle. Dutch designer Lilian van Daal is looking at ways to reinvent

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7 creative Valentine’s Day activities to do instead of buying more crap

7 creative Valentine’s Day activities to do instead of buying more crap

valentine's day, valentine's day gifts, last minute valentine's day gifts, things to do valentine's day, valentine's day date ideas, date ideas, non consumerist valentine's day ideas, green valentine's

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Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Triangular-shaped structures are not uncommon in Japan since space on the island is very limited. Although they look tiny and restricted on the outside, these homes are often incredibly spacious, and the

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Millennials choose gas station nachos and Slurpees over healthy eats

Millennials choose gas station nachos and Slurpees over healthy eats

A new study by researchers from the NPD Group has shown that young adults are chowing down on more convenience store junk food than ever. In their 2014 Eating Patterns in America report, researchers

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Make these fun recycled Valentine’s Day crafts out of trash

Make these fun recycled Valentine’s Day crafts out of trash

Ready for a mind-blowing Valentine’s Day fact? About 13 million dollars annually is spent on Valentine’s Day between the flowers, the dinner, the decorations, and the gifts. Though that’s only a

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8 real life love nests built by romantic couples

8 real life love nests built by romantic couples

Your home is where your heart is and these couples have also put their blood, sweat and maybe even tears into their projects to build their love shacks. DIY home construction is no easy feat, so we're

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MU Architecture unveils tiny copper and glass huts for Canada’s Bigwin Island

MU Architecture unveils tiny copper and glass huts for Canada’s Bigwin Island

Canadian architecture firm, MU Archicture studio + MU Architects MU Architects, the Giants of Bigwin, architecture, Lake of Bays, Canada, Bigwin island housing competition, Bigwin golf club,

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MUMA’s Ultra-modern Whitworth Gallery redesign breathes new life into old architecture

MUMA’s Ultra-modern Whitworth Gallery redesign breathes new life into old architecture

Architects MUMA and Landscape Designer Sarah Price have created a fresh modern feel for Manchester University's Whitworth Gallery. Two sparkling new extensions now connect the interior with two new

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Austrian Upside-Down House looks as if it were dropped from the sky

Austrian Upside-Down House looks as if it were dropped from the sky

Photo ©Reuters / Dominic Ebenbichler Visitors may feel as if they are in a movie as they approach the Upside-Down House, which looks like it has fallen from the sky in a scene from “The Wizard of

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