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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation greets visitors with a colorful explosion of paper forms that take flight within the former prison. The dragon is a symbol of power and freedom, however its paper

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The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School was established side-by-side with the non-profit Meranggi Foundation, which develops bamboo plantations by presenting seedlings to local rice farmers. The project also harnessed the

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Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Ibuku (formerly called PTBambu), a design-build firm located outside of Bali’s cultural center of Ubud, is the visionary behind both the Green School and the Green Village. So far one home in the

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

  Sod provided an insulating layer to rooftops and walls in these northerly places, representing the most efficient and sustainable approach to building in the environmental context; a

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

The Shell Residence is immersed in Nagano prefecture´s peaceful conifer forests, where it creates a stark contrast with its durable white facade. The house is located in Karuizawa, a popular weekend

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue with annuals,

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Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

The décor in Alvarez-Diaz Villalon's new headquarters is perfectly coordinated with minimalist paintings on the wall, designer furniture, and a cool slate grey color scheme. Though verdant green color

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it Needs

Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it Needs

This net-zero home designed for two Boulder, CO environmental attorneys by HMH Architecture & Interiors is built with sustainable materials throughout. The window design optimizes the amount of

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Even McDonalds Can Build Green

Even McDonalds Can Build Green

McDonald’s is probably near the bottom of the list of transnational corporations that support the environment and human health. But among the 35,000 McDonalds restaurants, there are a few independently

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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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Spectacular Rangoli Designs Made from Naturally Colored Rice and Flour Pop Up in India

Spectacular Rangoli Designs Made from Naturally Colored Rice and Flour Pop Up in India

The Rangoli motives fill the streets of India during the Diwali, Onam and Pongal festivals but also during weddings and special gatherings. A millenary practice, the Rangolis are traditionally made by

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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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Philip Ross Molds Fast-Growing Fungi Into Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

Philip Ross Molds Fast-Growing Fungi Into Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

We first discovered Ross' unique mycelium material at The Workshop Residence in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood during the 2012 AIA SF's month-long Architecture and the City festival. There, Ross

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Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Standing on a quiet Belgian street, this unique family home still has the original red-bricked facade, some walls, grey concrete floor and industrial roof. Created in steel, wood and concrete, it

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Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Located within the gorgeous Italian Alps, this top-notch shelter has a few sustainable and notable characteristics. It stands on a foundation made from dolomite rock found on site and was built from

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FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

Fndry's Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams created FOUNDHouse as additional student housing needed for the DesignBuildBLUFF (DBB) initiative last year. Designed using the non-profit platform WikiHouse and

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Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

The entrance to Atelier Data's Varatojo House lies at the end of a concrete ramp. A wooden wall made from reclaimed railway ties protects this area from the strong mountain winds. This reused material is

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e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

Located in the south Bohemian region of Pisek, the stunning building was a winning competition entry. Designed by Prague-based e-MRAK, it provides information to visitors while serving as an admin hub for

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20 Inspiring Designs From Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseño 2014

20 Inspiring Designs From Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseño 2014

Tucumán designer Carolina Vera creates unique stools and coat stands made from old broomsticks, as showcased at the fairs' 14th edition this year. Matias Vinograd upcycles old tires into colorful

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Retired Man Sculpts an Extraordinary 100-Foot-Long Dragon Hedge in England!

Retired Man Sculpts an Extraordinary 100-Foot-Long Dragon Hedge in England!

Located at the side of Brooker's home in East Rudham, this 100-foot-long mythical beast sitting comfortably near the road took ten years to complete. A retired fan maker, Brooker said his inspiration

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of California, this

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Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

Located 3,600 feet above sea level, the Moldegaard Cabin boasts fantastic views of a nearby lake and mountains. And it is was built to withstand rough weather conditions such as hurricane-force winds and

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Comprised of two rings surrounding circular decking, the Forest Pavilion is 22 feet tall and has a diameter of 60 feet. Used to host both the opening and closing ceremonies of the art festival, the

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be

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Baumraum’s Tiny Solling Treehouse is a Daylit Dream on a Lake in Germany

Baumraum’s Tiny Solling Treehouse is a Daylit Dream on a Lake in Germany

Treehouse Solling is located beside an old forester’s house in a small valley in Lower Saxony. It stands on stilts without relying on trees for structural support, and it measures almost 400 sq ft over

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