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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

The building dates back to medieval times when it functioned as a fortified structure. As part of a restoration project the old stone structure was restored and renovated in order to accommodate public

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Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

Klaus K. Loenhart’s Austrian forest impressively provides oxygen for 1,800 people per hour—an amount close to 62.5 kg of fresh oxygen per hour. The lush vegetation uses evapotranspiration to create a

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Daniel Libeskind’s Vanke Pavilion cleans the air with pollution-scrubbing tiles

Daniel Libeskind’s Vanke Pavilion cleans the air with pollution-scrubbing tiles

This is the first time in the world expo's history that a private company has its own pavilion and it tells quite a story. Designed by Daniel Libeskind and clad in three dimensional red ceramic tiles

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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

The Rice Cluster is one of nine Expo Clusters, each of which bring different countries together to design around a common theme or food group. Designed to evoke a vast rural landscape, the Rice Cluster is

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Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

A giant corn on the cob has popped up in Milan, but it's probably not very tasty. Logeur Design conceived Mexico's pavilion for Milan Expo as a representation of the country's immense gastronomic history,

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China’s World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China’s World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China has completed their Milan Expo 2015 pavilion on time and it is gorgeous. Designed in collaboration between the Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University and New York-based Studio Link-Arc, the

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The UK’s immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK’s immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK's Hive is one of the first pavilions to open at Milan Expo 2015 and we are buzzing. Designed to simulate a real bee's hive, the soaring 1,910 square meter pavilion "grown in Britain and Northern

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Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the planet, energy for

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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

Heads up design fans - are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to

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Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

When Luciano Pia undertook to design a five-storey, 63 unit residential apartment building in Turin, he sought to break from the homogenous urban development that was consuming the area. What resulted was

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Arup unveils plans for ‘holistic’ new A.C. Milan soccer stadium

Arup unveils plans for ‘holistic’ new A.C. Milan soccer stadium

Arup has just unveiled plans for a new stadium for Italy's rockstars of soccer, A.C. Milan. The venue would integrate a modern stadium with expansive facilities for visitors, including a hotel, sports

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Timber artist’s house and atelier imitates northern Italy’s mountainous landscape

Timber artist’s house and atelier imitates northern Italy’s mountainous landscape

Located on a small and sloping site, the house and atelier’s bifurcated lower level is partially buried underground and built from concrete; large glass windows pour natural light into the lower level,

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Spine-tingling photos of highliners camped out hundreds of feet up in the Italian Alps

Spine-tingling photos of highliners camped out hundreds of feet up in the Italian Alps

The highline meeting on Monte Piana is the biggest slackline festival in Italy. It attracts hundreds of brave people from all over the world who share the love for mountains and the adrenaline of being

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Italy’s First Electric Supercar by Tecnicar Has a Whopping 789 Horsepower

Italy’s First Electric Supercar by Tecnicar Has a Whopping 789 Horsepower

Italy is known for producing some of the world's best supercars from automakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini, but it has yet to produce a fully-electric supercar. That may change now that Italian company

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Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

From afar, Casa Prè de Sura fits the local alpine vernacular with its traditional gable roof and vertically laid wood panels. Upon closer inspection, however, the building's contemporary influences

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This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

What do you get when you combine public art with renewable energy? That's exactly what the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI)'s annual design competition seeks to explore. Every year LAGI asks designers

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13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

If you're craving an escape from the city, an agricultural vacation might just be the perfect medicine. You may have considered WWOOFing your way around the planet, but if you'd rather connect to nature

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RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

The RhOME for denCity team consists of professors and researchers from the Architecture, Business Studies and Engineering departments of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and a department of

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Ai Weiwei’s Magnificent ‘Forever’ Installation Builds a Glimmering Cavern from 1,200 Bikes

Ai Weiwei’s Magnificent ‘Forever’ Installation Builds a Glimmering Cavern from 1,200 Bikes

Cycling is one of the most common forms of transportation in China, but Weiwei manipulates the bicycles by removing their primary function and making them static. The freedom associated with cycling is

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Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular ‘Green Zero’ Modular Getaway in Italy

Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular ‘Green Zero’ Modular Getaway in Italy

The interior relies on a simplistic design, coming to life thanks to accents of color throughout the single bedroom dwelling. Even though the room is made for two, there is ample space to fit many more

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Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular Alpine Pod Home

According to their literature, LEAPfactory's Gervasutti refuge represents the pinnacle of the Italian firm's achievement. LEAP refers to Living, Ecological, Alpine Pods, their speciality, and their latest

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The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a Cozy Sea Cave

The Summer Cave is a Tranquil Italian Restaurant Tucked into a Cozy Sea Cave

The clifftop Grotta Palasezze has 20 rooms overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the old town of Polignano o Mare. Dimly lit and outfitted with furnishings made simply from natural materials in order to blend

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Are Pedro Sousa’s Futuristic Pod Lounges Modern Sculptures or Orbiting Spaceships?

Are Pedro Sousa’s Futuristic Pod Lounges Modern Sculptures or Orbiting Spaceships?

The enormous spherical pods are left a bland, white color on the exterior, but each interior reveals a bold, neon-colored lounge equipped with simple lighting and seating for two. Upon entering the

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Hand-Built Library on Wheels Helps Retired Teacher Spread the Love of Reading

Hand-Built Library on Wheels Helps Retired Teacher Spread the Love of Reading

Antonio La Cava, a retired Italian schoolteacher, decided that after 42 years of teaching, he could do even more to spread the love of reading to children. So in 2003, he bought a used Ape motorbike and

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Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Scientists Criticize Plans to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

Cape Ray photo by Don S. Montgomery The UN has confirmed that a shipment of chemical weapons has left Syria, and is on route to be destroyed by the US Navy in a first-of-its-kind mission at sea. While

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Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Designed in collaboration with Daniele Mainetti, this layered garden is located at the back of a family home in the town of Chiavari on the Italian Riviera. The garden measures 540 x 40 square feet, and

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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists from the

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Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

Carpark Hidden Inside a Green-Roofed Bridge Respects the Mountains in Italy

The Municipal Administration of Moena needed a new carpark and a new bridge for the Longea, which is a popular tourist destination. Originally, the idea was to excavate a side of the mountain, build the

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‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

The Bible tells us to be "good stewards of the Earth," and many religious leaders feel that it's a sin to disregard the planet. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Naples, Italy, where Archbishop

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