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More Bikes Were Sold Than Cars Last Year in 23 European Countries!

More Bikes Were Sold Than Cars Last Year in 23 European Countries!

Bicycle photo from Shutterstock The bicycle and the automobile were invented in Germany, so the European love affair with both modes of transportation goes back a long time. However last year bike

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different

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Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

Raw and Elegant Casa Y is an Energy-Efficient Home Near Turin

The two story geometric volume is built into the hillside to take advantage of both the view and the constant temperature of the earth to buffer climatic changes. Upstairs, Casa Y features three bedrooms,

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Foscarini is Now Offering LED Versions of Classic Lamps

Foscarini is Now Offering LED Versions of Classic Lamps

Italian lighting company Foscarini describes its lamps as "not only lamps but pure emotions." That should give you an idea how seriously the company takes its craft. And now we're pleased to report

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Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

Daylit Turin University Building Features Cantilevered Membrane Roof Designed by formTL

For the past two decades, the University of Turin has been gradually modernizing its architecture as new facilities are constructed on formerly industrial land. Foster + Partners describes its design as

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Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past

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Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

Studio Errante's Sarah Becchio and Paolo Borghino created this adorable shelter at the southern corner of a family home’s patio in Italy. With access from the house and also from the street, the shelter

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Mountaintop Museum for Reinhold Messner in the Italian Alps

Zaha Hadid Unveils Mountaintop Museum for Reinhold Messner in the Italian Alps

Zaha Hadid Architects recently unveiled finalized designs for the new Messner Mountain Museum, which will be located atop a mountain in South Tyrol, Italy. Reinhold Messner is a champion of

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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Green-Roofed Yuppie Ranch House Flows Into the Landscape in Italy

Green-Roofed Yuppie Ranch House Flows Into the Landscape in Italy

The site was originally just empty farmland with a fence built from railroad ties to mark the property boundary. The ties were resurrected and reused in the construction of the home. Seen buried into the

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Plasma Studio Builds Parasite Home on Top of a 60s House in Italy

Plasma Studio Builds Parasite Home on Top of a 60s House in Italy

Due to its strange geometry, full of angles and repetitive frames, it was essential to plan the Esker Haus using a 3D computer model. A ‘parasite’ home, it started by adopting the host’s structure

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Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

The 2010 coastal architecture project for seaside facilities competition for the Sardinian coast asked for new structures and facilities for tourism and recreation in the area. Filippo Taidelli Architetto

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Finnish Artist Kaarina Kaikkonen Creates Dreamlike Landscapes From Second Hand Clothes

Finnish Artist Kaarina Kaikkonen Creates Dreamlike Landscapes From Second Hand Clothes

Kaarina Kaikkonen's huge site-specific installation contrasts with the former factory’s brutalist architecture. It consists of hundreds of second-hand shirts that together to create flowing forms. The

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The Slabs: Gorgeous Italian Pavilion Crowned with a Sky Garden Proposed for Milan Expo 2015

The Slabs: Gorgeous Italian Pavilion Crowned with a Sky Garden Proposed for Milan Expo 2015

Although the glass and marble structure is something of an engineering feat, the materials aren't very soul-enriching, which is why MenoMeno Piu and BE.ST literally incorporated foliage into the design.

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Budri and Patricia Urquiola’s Earthquake 5.9 Collection Reuses Materials Damaged in the 2012 Italian Quake

Budri and Patricia Urquiola’s Earthquake 5.9 Collection Reuses Materials Damaged in the 2012 Italian Quake

5.9 isn’t just any number; it’s the magnitude of the devastating earthquake that struck the Italian region of Emilia May 29, 2012. Italian company Budri was one of the companies affected by the

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La Forgiatura: Industrial Park Transformed Into Verdant Urban Oasis in Milan

La Forgiatura: Industrial Park Transformed Into Verdant Urban Oasis in Milan

Created with the help of developer Real step Property Management, La Forgiatura honors the excellence and history of the metallurgical industry that once operated on its site. The shiny new complex

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ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

Zona Tortona showcases unique, outside-the-box thinking every year during Milan Design Week - and few designers exemplify this better than Italy's IDI Studio. A keen user of FSC certified wood, this

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Juan Soriano Blanco’s New Dimension Tiles Grace the Walls of The Milan Furniture Fair

Juan Soriano Blanco’s New Dimension Tiles Grace the Walls of The Milan Furniture Fair

The city of Milan, Italy is synonymous with high fashion and modern design. Adorning the walls of the this year's Milan Furniture Fair are Juan Soriano Blanco's New Dimension Tiles. These modular

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Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Europe’s TyGRe Project Turns Old Tires Into Energy and Valuable Materials

Photo via Shutterstock When tires reach the end of the road, they often wind polluting the environment in landfills. In Europe alone, 3 million tons of tires are produced each year - and 60-70% of them

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40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

Comfort, environmental sensitivity and livability were among the main driving principles behind this stellar design, which partially explains the use of natural materials that integrate so well with the

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Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

In the 16th century, Italy produced Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, but now many of the world's art museums are filled with trash. Not any old trash, mind you. Pascale Marthine Tayou's latest

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Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi i.Lab is located at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific Technology Park in Bergamo, Italy. The V-shaped building is composed of two wings on either side of a central courtyard to

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Stacked: Ai WeiWei Unveils Tower of 760 Chinese Bicycles in San Giminano, Italy

Stacked: Ai WeiWei Unveils Tower of 760 Chinese Bicycles in San Giminano, Italy

On show until the 16th of February, Ai WeiWei's grand "Stacked" installation was made from 760 bicycles attached to each other. It's not a coincidence that the artist chose to use “Forever” bikes

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Gorgeous Copper and Larch-clad Dolomitenblick Apartments Blend in With the Dolomite Mountains

Gorgeous Copper and Larch-clad Dolomitenblick Apartments Blend in With the Dolomite Mountains

In accordance with planning regulations and the rich local vernacular, PLASMA Studio gave the Dolomitenblick apartment complex a sloping pitched roof and clad the whole thing in larch and pre-oxidized

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Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

First place was awarded to Alexander Laing & Francesco Matteo Belfiore from London, who envisioned the transformation of the wreck by exploring the dichotomy between removal and storage. They proposed

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Italy’s Vertikale Climbing Gym is Clad in an Intelligent Facade That Eliminates the Need for Cooling

Italy’s Vertikale Climbing Gym is Clad in an Intelligent Facade That Eliminates the Need for Cooling

Vertikale Climbing Gym is located in a prominent location adjacent to Brixen's town square and a municipal park. The almost cubic building measures 20 m long, 16 m wide, and 15.7 m high and it's clad in a

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UTOPIA’s Bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet Brings the Golden Ratio Into Your Home

UTOPIA’s Bamboo Fibonacci Cabinet Brings the Golden Ratio Into Your Home

The Fibonacci sequence occurs frequently in nature - from the structure of a nautilus shell to the scales of a pine cone or center of a sunflower. Now Italian design studio UTOPIA has created a bamboo

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The Sgabellissimo is a Two-Legged Stool and Ladder Rolled Into One Precarious Piece of Furniture

The Sgabellissimo is a Two-Legged Stool and Ladder Rolled Into One Precarious Piece of Furniture

The Italians like to keep the design world on the edge of their seats—literally. The Sgabellissimo from Modoloco Design is a two-legged stool that becomes a small ladder when turned upside down.

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Artist Mykl Wells Builds a Gargantuan Upside Down Head Using Recycled Cardboard

Artist Mykl Wells Builds a Gargantuan Upside Down Head Using Recycled Cardboard

For Cartasia, a biennial cardboard and paper art competition held in the medieval walled city of Lucca, Italy, artist Mykl Wells constructed an incredible upside down head using recycled cardboard.

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Nautinox’ Trellised Greenline Bookshelf Encourages Indoor Gardening

Nautinox’ Trellised Greenline Bookshelf Encourages Indoor Gardening

We got our first glimpse of the Nautinox Greenline Collection of planter box furniture back in April at the Milan Furniture Fair, and the Italian furniture manufacturer recently showcased a new bookshelf

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