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Pandora-like Arclight mangrove forest pops up in Sydney Harbor

Pandora-like Arclight mangrove forest pops up in Sydney Harbor

Students and staff from the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University created this beautiful light installation that looks like a bioluminescent mangrove forest and is completely recyclable. Named

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Australia’s Pittwater House opens and closes with timber shade facade

Australia’s Pittwater House opens and closes with timber shade facade

The Pittwater House’s floor plan is divided into pavilions, one addressing the beach and the other facing the street or “front” of the home. Either side is connected with a sprawling double-height

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3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

The three new boxes on the roof house a master bedroom, dressing room and bath room, as well as a personal living room and home office. There's a meadow and apple tree in one corner, a courtyard and pine

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Arquitecturia built this darling Girona artist studio in a mere 3 weeks

Arquitecturia built this darling Girona artist studio in a mere 3 weeks

Is there anything more romantic than a Spanish artist? How about a Spanish artist's studio? We're in love with this 861-square-foot garden studio in Girona. Josep Camps & Olga Felip, the talented duo

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

Located on the outskirts of a small agricultural village, the house is surrounded by cherry fields and is graced by a sweeping view of the coast. Zoning only allows for a 25 square meter building (usually

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IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to fight climate change

IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to fight climate change

Swedish mega design retailer, IKEA is proving their allegiance to their eco-consciousness, but pledging 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) toward slowing climate change. Announced by Chief Executive Peter

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Paul Cocksedge’s living staircase spirals from floor to ceiling with lush greenery

Paul Cocksedge’s living staircase spirals from floor to ceiling with lush greenery

Curving planters line the banisters of Paul Cocksedge's Living Staircase, creating lines of swirling greenery that reach from floor to ceiling. The overflowing plants create a welcoming environment while

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Wooden Orchids reimagines the shopping mall as a living, breathing ecotopia

Wooden Orchids reimagines the shopping mall as a living, breathing ecotopia

What if you could go to a shopping center, and without having to search or try very hard, every single aspect of it was genuinely green and sustainable? This is what Vincent Callebaut strives to achieve

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Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo ‘Ninja’ house

Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo ‘Ninja’ house

In 2013, the couple who commissioned the renovation, Tatsumi Terado and his wife Hanae, talked to CNN about their home. Responding to the absence of interior walls, the gaping floor plates stabilized by a

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

The team at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, has raised the bar for environmentalists and fighting deforestation across the globe, planting a whopping 202,331 trees in just one hour! The

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Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Most people don't know where their food comes from anymore, but visiondivision makes it very clear with Hay Stack Café. Invited by the Esther Klein Gallery to explore the role of ecology in society for

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Tropical Box House stays naturally cool with geometric perforated concrete skin

Tropical Box House stays naturally cool with geometric perforated concrete skin

Interior climate control is an important factor when designing homes for the tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur. In order to combat the blistering sun sustainably and economically, WHBC designed a gorgeous

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Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

You're running late for work and your iPhone battery is low (again), but you can't, for the life of you, locate your stupid charger. And anyway, the thing is so frayed it's bound to cause an electric

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Futuristic Urban Algae Folly grows food, fuel and shade

Futuristic Urban Algae Folly grows food, fuel and shade

The future of food is green. Really green. We first saw a prototype of the Urban Algae Folly in 2014 at the Fuori Salone, but London-based ecoLogicStudio has taken their innovative urban concept to new

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6 ways to make your wedding more sustainable

6 ways to make your wedding more sustainable

If you haven’t considered how to have a more sustainable wedding, you’re missing out on more than just a chance to give back to the environment. Making your nuptials a more eco-friendly occasion can

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6 Brilliant Studios Perfect For The Eco Artist

6 Brilliant Studios Perfect For The Eco Artist

Green-Roofed Weaving Studio in Washington Located on the San Juan Islands in Washington is this gorgeous weaving studio designed by Prentiss Architects. Topped off with a grass-covered roof, the spacious

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Europe’s largest living wall unveiled in the UK

Europe’s largest living wall unveiled in the UK

National Grid is the latest group to claim the largest living wall in Europe. This may or may not be true, but that seems tangential to the crux of this story. The site that controls the UK's power

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Video: Anish Kapoor’s “Decension” is a black vortex in the floor of an old movie theater

Video: Anish Kapoor’s “Decension” is a black vortex in the floor of an old movie theater

World renowned artist Anish Kapoor has used a disused movie theater in Italy as part of his most recent medium. Located in San Gimignano, the installation piece has transformed the floor of the aging

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The Urbanite Home rescues oil barrels from landfills to create upcycled modern furniture

The Urbanite Home rescues oil barrels from landfills to create upcycled modern furniture

Every single day MILLIONS of oil barrels are produced and disposed of across the globe, and since they have little scrap value, most of them are tragically discarded into landfills, contributing to global

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Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

What design do you think would represent the planet Earth best if we ever got in contact with other civilizations? Designer Oskar Pernefeldt has an idea- he created a white flower-like geometric shape and

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Nanoleaf’s Gem LED light bulb shines like a glimmering jewel

Nanoleaf’s Gem LED light bulb shines like a glimmering jewel

Unlike the rounded conventional lightbulbs, the Nanoleaf bulbs are crafted with striking dodecahedron shapes. The geometric Nanoleaf Gem is sheathed in frosted white glass and casts the same inviting glow

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Rural writer’s nook overlooks the English channel in northern France

Rural writer’s nook overlooks the English channel in northern France

A family in France commissioned Ziegler Antonin to add a writer's nook and garage to an existing home in Senneville sur Fécamp, located in the Normandie region of northern France. Designed to nurture

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28 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week

28 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week

A photo posted by Inhabitat NYC (@inhabitatnyc) on May 16, 2015 at 10:08am PDT

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ISIS claims it will not destroy ancient architecture in Palmyra

ISIS claims it will not destroy ancient architecture in Palmyra

As violence escalates in the ISIS-occupied city of Palmyra in Syria, the Islamic State group claims they will not bulldoze the ancient city’s architectural wonders. Stated in audio from an apparent

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New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life

New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life

Wearing corrective eye glasses could soon be a thing of the past. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens, invented by Dr. Garth Webb of Ocumetics Technology Corp, claims to be a painless implant that could change

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How to Save Food and Money with a Fridge Triage Box

How to Save Food and Money with a Fridge Triage Box

MATERIALS: - a large box (a clean shoebox works great, especially if it's colorful and eye-catching) - plastic wrap - a piece of paper STEP 1: Line the bottom of the box with plastic wrap to

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Bjarke Ingels will be youngest architect to speak at the Annual Architecture Lecture in London

Bjarke Ingels will be youngest architect to speak at the Annual Architecture Lecture in London

Young starchitect Bjarke Ingels is this year’s guest speaker for the Annual Architecture Lecture at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. At just 40 years old, the Danish architect is the youngest architect

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Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

Located on the largest archipelago in Sweden, the Villa Mörtnäs mirrors its stoic, icy surroundings. The Strömma Projekt, a Swedish property developer, commissioned fourfoursixsix to design a home for

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Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

Originally from a left-wing family from La Paz, 'hermana Libertad' keeps herself busy with the hostel, giving offerings to the lake and teaching bioarchitecture as well as empowering local women in a

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