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Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

The Heart of the District welcomes visitors with a new type of space that encourages curious tourists and locals to come in and explore. Rather than a private, guests-only model that most hotels are

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Boeing Introduces New Biofuel that Costs Just $3 per Gallon

Boeing Introduces New Biofuel that Costs Just $3 per Gallon

Boeing is working with the United Arab Emirates to make some serious breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), affiliated with the

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NASA Photos Reveal the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

NASA Photos Reveal the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

The London Array is the world's largest offshore wind farm - and it looks even more amazing from space. NASA Earth Observatory just released these beautiful images of the array, which is located off the

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Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey bees photo from Shutterstock A new report published in the journal mBio shows that the staggering rise in honey bee deaths over the past decade could be partly due to a virus that stems from

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Amazing Bonsai Tree Hobbit Hole is Fit for Frodo Baggins Himself

Amazing Bonsai Tree Hobbit Hole is Fit for Frodo Baggins Himself

Bonsai master Chris Guise combined his green thumb with his love for The Hobbit to create a miniature bonsai hobbit hole fit for The Lord of the Rings! The teeny tiny Bag End Bonsai is fit for Frodo

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Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet

Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet

Even though this crazy hoverbike hasn’t yet left the inventor's neighborhood, the high-flying invention has some amazing potential. Designed by Australian Chris Malloy the bike is capable of traveling

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Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities is a concept for an addition to the coastline somewhere in the United Arab Emirates that will merge with existing cities to create a more organic megalopolis. The inspiration for the

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China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

Smog photo from Shutterstock The massive pollution that covers China has been making its way to the western United States. A new study has shown that pollution from China’s burning of fossil fuels

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Patrick Blanc’s Lush Vertical Garden is a Green Oasis in the Middle of Madrid

Patrick Blanc’s Lush Vertical Garden is a Green Oasis in the Middle of Madrid

In a city warmed by constant sun in the summer, locals are constantly looking for a way for temporary relief from the blistering sun. Blanc’s gorgeous green wall does just that, beckoning visitors to

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SPARE Pendant Light Illuminates 25 Old Incandescent Bulbs With a Single LED

SPARE Pendant Light Illuminates 25 Old Incandescent Bulbs With a Single LED

J.P. Meulendijks's clever SPARE pendant light is made from 25 incandescent light bulbs and a single energy-efficient LED bulb. The LED can be screwed into a light socket, and when the lamp is switched on

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Tom Shields Fuses Old Furniture Into Zany New Designs

Tom Shields Fuses Old Furniture Into Zany New Designs

Tom Shields' works primarily with furniture found in the trash. He takes these unwanted castoffs and repurposes them into different pieces of furniture or as sculptures. The intent behind his work is to

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Historic NYC Building to Be Topped with Shigeru Ban-Designed Rooftop Penthouses

Historic NYC Building to Be Topped with Shigeru Ban-Designed Rooftop Penthouses

A pair of sexy rooftop penthouses designed by Shigeru Ban will soon be topping a historical building in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood. The 2-level additions appear to be quite modern in design, but

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9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

IKEA furniture is often looked down upon for being mass-produced, but its cookie cutter attributes also make it a perfect medium for hacking into cool and original custom pieces. We recently rounded up

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FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

“If I hadn’t have been a part of this program, I would have left school and I wouldn’t have given it a second thought,” explains Stevie Mizelle, a student featured in the new film IF YOU BUILD

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‘Top of Tyrol’ Lookout Platform Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Austria’s Stubai Glacier

‘Top of Tyrol’ Lookout Platform Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Austria’s Stubai Glacier

Perched high atop a peak in the popular Austrian ski area, the Top of Tyrol platform gently extends over the mountain’s edge above the glacial ski area below. The panoramic platform was created to give

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Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

The Heatworks Model 1 is a next-generation water heater that reduces energy use by 40%, slashes water use by 10%, and delivers an instant supply of hot water. This heater energizes water molecules and

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Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies, Sasaki’s urban master plan celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic,

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15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure, which was

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SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles made out of ordinary transparent glass. The attractive

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Curious NY Castle Given New Life by Preservationists

Curious NY Castle Given New Life by Preservationists

Castles are pretty hard to come by in New York, so if you've ever passed by this one on your way upstate, you probably wondered about its history. Named Bannerman Castle, after the Scottish ammunition

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Light Activated Smart Curtains Could Cut Energy Bills by Half

Light Activated Smart Curtains Could Cut Energy Bills by Half

Curtain image via Shutterstock Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are working on a new set of smart curtains that could cut your energy usage in half. Made from fabric embedded with

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Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Simply dubbed the Cement Factory, the complex hosts Bofill’s architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. The

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Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Each module for MF Architect's Pre-Fab Cottage measures 14' x 14' in size and can be assembled in any configuration. For this setup, the owners wanted four modules connected together via a hallway module.

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Haus Fontanella Hugs a Snowy Mountainside in Western Austria

Haus Fontanella Hugs a Snowy Mountainside in Western Austria

Haus Fontanella is a beacon within the beautiful woods surrounding the mountainscape and village of Fontanella. The home is built on a concrete base, with one side partially submerged into the hillside to

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World’s First Cloning Factory in China Clones 500 Pigs a Year

World’s First Cloning Factory in China Clones 500 Pigs a Year

Cloning animals used to be a taboo subject - but not in China, where a Shenzhen facility clones 500 pigs every year. The farm, run by a company called BGI, implants around two pigs a day with cloned

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Explore an Abandoned Catskills Resort That’s Been Beautifully Overgrown with Flora

Explore an Abandoned Catskills Resort That’s Been Beautifully Overgrown with Flora

Photograph taken for Gothamist by Pablo Maurer/@MLSist We don't know what Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel looked like in its heyday, but we think we might actually prefer the beautiful overgrown

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Renzo Piano to Design Residential Tower Next to London’s Shard Building

Renzo Piano to Design Residential Tower Next to London’s Shard Building

London’s controversial Shard building will soon be joined by a 27-storey residential tower also funded by investors from Qatar. Not surprisingly, Italian starchitect Renzo Piano has been picked to

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Infographic: How to Save Energy on Lighting

Infographic: How to Save Energy on Lighting

Did you know that the average North American home has over 30 light fixtures, and energy used for lighting can cost anywhere from $150 to $400 each year? By simply upgrading 15 inefficient light bulbs

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Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

The rear of the pub was renovated this year from a tiny back area into what is essentially a play area for adults. The design work was completed by Techné Architects, who envisioned a space that was very

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Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

The Savannah Project is Julio Garcia's retreat when he's not working in either Miami or Brooklyn. Built from two 40 ft shipping containers, the home is about 800 sq ft and features one bedroom, bathroom,

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