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The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The $2 billion, 772-bed facility is seeking LEED Silver status and seems likely to precipitate a paradigm shift in the way that health care is done. Architects at Canon Design designed the building with a

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MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

Skateboard recycler MapleXO joins forces with boombox maker Case-of-Bass to turn skateboards into music and a ramp that is blowing minds. The ramp is a 4-foot tall quarter pipe covered in the colorful

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Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

The airplane was transported piece by piece from the San Jose airport to its current resting place on a pedestal 50 feet above the beach. It looks a bit like a model airplane on a stand, and we can only

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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Artist Hillary Fayle Weaves Incredible Embroidery into Leaves (Without Breaking Them!)

Artist Hillary Fayle Weaves Incredible Embroidery into Leaves (Without Breaking Them!)

Hillary Fayle comes from the outskirts of NYC but is currently doing an MFA in Craft/Material Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She works with leaves as a primary material,

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Your Position: A Standing All-in-One Workspace that Folds Away to Fit in Any Apartment

Your Position: A Standing All-in-One Workspace that Folds Away to Fit in Any Apartment

'Your Position’ is a clever adjustable workspace designed by David Manning that focuses on improving physical and mental wellbeing. The workspace is completely adjustable depending on the user's

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This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

"Camping is defined as getting away from an urban area, and enjoying nature, spending one or two nights in a location. As such, the phrase urban camping contradicts itself. "Urban camping informally and

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NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

NL Architects’ Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

Rather than build each school its own gym, the three pooled their resources to build a single Mega-Gym that would provide their students lots of options for play and sport. Inside the Spordtgebouw are

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Google Uses Street View to Create an Incredible Library of Global Urban Art

Google Uses Street View to Create an Incredible Library of Global Urban Art

With cameras scanning the world over, it was only natural for Google to hop on the bandwagon to collect the images captured of street art around the globe. Since it is the nature of street art to be

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

Did you know that if the US cut its energy consumption by just 23% we'd save $1.2 trillion? This infographic from the Institute for Energy and the Environment provides a look at exactly what it takes to

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Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

The new ZNC (Zola No Compromise) window features a slim profile design, with rail mounted rainscreen cladding and powder coated aluminum exterior for longevity. The first window to be certified by both

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Incredible Sculptures You Won’t Believe Are Made of Reclaimed Wood Scraps

Incredible Sculptures You Won’t Believe Are Made of Reclaimed Wood Scraps

Van der Ende isn't just one of those guys who collects the odd scrap here and there - he hoards wood like squirrels stock up on acorns for the winter. His sculptures rely on thousands of pieces of scrap

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a work of art - a la

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is one of the keys to securing a sustainable future for people around the world - but do you know where today's clean technologies came from and what the future holds for the industry?

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you've got a

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Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

True to its name, PetsForPets is an automatic pet feeder designed for cats, dogs and birds. It is composed of a recycled PET bottle integrated into a plastic structure. The simple reservoir can distribute

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Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

The new Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital replaces a 1960's facility with advanced equipment and expanded capacity to house and treat animals. At 77,000-square-feet, the two-story hospital provides space

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Dubbed Milly Film, the mixed-use building is designed to serve as a cinematographer’s residence, production studio, and workspace. The design began with the decision to maintain the existing structure

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MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

The chapel, which was built by Jan Giudici in 1787, had long been neglected and without purpose. The beautiful architecture was revived by MVRDV, and the museum now spills out of into either side of the

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

If you've always dreamed of having a little herb garden in your kitchen, here's a video DIY from our friend Summer Rayne Oakes that can bring that fantasy to fruition today. Follow along as Summer and her

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Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Smiljan Radic’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Photo by Iwan Baan Chile-based Smiljan Radic Studio just unveiled the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. The studio's innovative temporary structure looks like a giant boulder propped up on

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Windfall Lumber Launches ‘Wabi Sabi’ Cladding Made From Reclaimed Wood

Windfall Lumber Launches ‘Wabi Sabi’ Cladding Made From Reclaimed Wood

Windfall Lumber's new Sabi Cladding is influenced by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi. Sabi Cladding is made from reclaimed Douglas fir and hemlock beams taken from deconstructed buildings in the

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Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

The oon is a new type of multi-outlet power cord for living. Combining logical function and thoughtful design, it beautifully organizes plugs and blocky adapters that are ubiquitous in our lives. Three

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Enter This Competition for a Chance to See Your Design Built in New York

Enter This Competition for a Chance to See Your Design Built in New York

Calling all designers, architects and visionaries! FIGMENT is now accepting submissions for its 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. They're looking for creative, forward-thinking designs made using

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Torsten Ottesjö’s “Hönshus-1″ is a Beautiful, Serene Chicken Refuge by the Sea

Torsten Ottesjö’s “Hönshus-1″ is a Beautiful, Serene Chicken Refuge by the Sea

This design is the second in Torsten's series of biomorphic structures that transform ideas from nature and are based on improvisation. His simple concept is also complimented by the more complex idea of

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Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Bespoke Terrapin Camper Handcrafted from Wood Boasts a Domed Roof and Plenty of Daylight

Pavlowich began Casual Turtle Campers by designing and building slide in campers for truck beds. The campers are simple by design and do not include any plumbing, gas, heat or bathrooms. This keeps the

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere

The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate regardless of

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Make Your Own Eco-Conscious Graffiti with Mud Stencils

Make Your Own Eco-Conscious Graffiti with Mud Stencils

Contrary to popular believe, graffiti doesn't have to be ugly or offensive—it can be thought-provoking, challenging, and perhaps most importantly, temporary. Jesse Graves, an artist based in Milwaukee

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Frank Gehry’s Scalloped Glass Louis Vuitton Foundation Center Nears Completion in Paris

Frank Gehry’s Scalloped Glass Louis Vuitton Foundation Center Nears Completion in Paris

The undulating structure is made up of 3,600 panels of glass, which in turn make up giant overlapping “sails.” The angles of each sail will allow natural light inside while also protecting from direct

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