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Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

Despite conservative attempts to stem sea level rise, the fact remains that unchecked climate change will result in a marked increase in ocean levels. This sea level rise puts millions of lives and homes

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Leonardo Ulian Creates Intricate Mandalas From Computer Circuitry

Leonardo Ulian Creates Intricate Mandalas From Computer Circuitry

Stimulated by the search for perfection in the electronics industry, Ulian began composing ornate mandalas from pieces of circuitry. "I wanted to show what has been hidden from the eyes of the consumer,

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Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

Swooping Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House Boasts a Bold Combination of Stone and Wood

The Solar Decathlon competition is designed to foster creativity and innovation, not winners. As a result, we admire the teams who have risked their chance of winning in order to experiment with new

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Oficina Vidre Negre is a Sculptural, Energy-Efficient Office Building in Italy

Oficina Vidre Negre is a Sculptural, Energy-Efficient Office Building in Italy

Oficina Vidre Negre is a three-story office building located in Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy. The sculptural, prismatic design is a reflection of the client's dynamic business, and the angular volume is seen on

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Green-Roofed Punibach Hydroelectric Plant Melts Into the Landscape of Italy

Green-Roofed Punibach Hydroelectric Plant Melts Into the Landscape of Italy

From afar, all that is visible at the Punibach Hydroelectric Plant is a curvy landscaped roof with a wooden facade. Located in the southern Tyrol province of Italy, the plant was built using earthy

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Freestone Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House by Arts et Métiers ParisTech is a High Performance Prefab

Freestone Astonyshine Solar Decathlon House by Arts et Métiers ParisTech is a High Performance Prefab

Of the numerous projects we have already reviewed ahead of the Solar Decathlon's official opening next week, the Astonyshine has been the easiest to navigate so far. Their website is super clear and

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US Pavilion at Venice Biennale Focuses on Design Actions for Common Good

US Pavilion at Venice Biennale Focuses on Design Actions for Common Good

Although there are too many interventions to mention in this space, we would like to shed some light on a few of our favorites. Projects such as the Aquaponics Container System address issues of

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Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

The museum is part of a larger redevelopment effort in this part of Trento which will include housing, leisure, retail and office space, all to be designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The former

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David Chipperfield Masterminds 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale on Topic of ‘Common Ground’

David Chipperfield Masterminds 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale on Topic of ‘Common Ground’

Whether common ground is defined as a foundation for mutual understanding, interest, agreement, relationship or discussion, it can easily be defined by famed British architect David Chipperfield as this

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MVRDV’s Porous City is a LEGO Model Used to Explore Urban Planning in Europe

MVRDV’s Porous City is a LEGO Model Used to Explore Urban Planning in Europe

MVRDV has teamed up with Winy Maas and The Why Factory to create a model of Europe made with hundreds of LEGO pieces. This is a multi-layered project that will be on display starting August 29th at the

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Pierre Cardin’s Plans for a Futuristic Venice Skyscraper Finds Opposition

Pierre Cardin’s Plans for a Futuristic Venice Skyscraper Finds Opposition

Millionaire high fashion designer and politician Pierre Cardin's plans for a futuristic skyscraper near Venice is turning quite a few heads. The proposed 800ft, nearly $2 billion project, dubbed the

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Simone Bossi’s Duecentosessanta is a Serene Pavilion in the Hills of Italy

Simone Bossi’s Duecentosessanta is a Serene Pavilion in the Hills of Italy

Bossi's artistic pavilion unites stone, wood, water, and air. Visitors can step along the stone path that floats upon a reflecting pool in the middle of a vast green field. At the end of the path, a large

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Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

Slatted Larch Screen Makes Renovated Casa Morchiuoso Erba Look New

In addition to providing a shield against the summer sun, the singular rectangular screen is laid in horizontal strips with gaps in-between that allows natural light to penetrate the home's interior. The

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Studio Albori’s Casa Solare is a Self-Sufficient Home Set High Up in the Alps

Studio Albori’s Casa Solare is a Self-Sufficient Home Set High Up in the Alps

Studio Albori's Casa Solare is perfectly designed to benefit from the sun’s position in the sky, and it includes passive solar design details that allow the house to stay cool on the warmest of days.

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Italian Firefighter House is Carved Into a Cave Like a Superhero Base!

Italian Firefighter House is Carved Into a Cave Like a Superhero Base!

Enclosed with a pair of folding glass doors that reveal the red fire trucks and then protected from falling rocks by a strong pitched wall tinted to resemble burned wood, the fire brigade features three

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Superstudio Designers Shine Bright at the Milan Furniture Fair

Superstudio Designers Shine Bright at the Milan Furniture Fair

This is a gorgeous bio-ethanol stove dubbed Planika caught our attention for its monument-like form. The ARTernative artistic chair by Luca Gnizio caught our eye for its innovative use of

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Meta-Material’s Cactus-Shaped Cardboard Filters Clean the Air in Style at Milan Design Week

Meta-Material’s Cactus-Shaped Cardboard Filters Clean the Air in Style at Milan Design Week

Meta Material showed people at this year’s Milan Design Week that just because you want to breathe clean air does not mean you have to use a clunky and industrial-looking contraption to do the

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Ghigos and LOGh Build a Bizarre Home Extension in Italy Using Recycled Plastic Bags

Ghigos and LOGh Build a Bizarre Home Extension in Italy Using Recycled Plastic Bags

All of the interiors have been made from trash, including a black sack-covered sofa, a plastic hanging light, and striped curtains that add a slight tint to the dirt-proof table and chairs. A

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Raumlabor’s ‘Officina Roma’ is a Villa Built Entirely From Trash by Kids

Raumlabor’s ‘Officina Roma’ is a Villa Built Entirely From Trash by Kids

Located in Rome, "Officina Roma" was commissioned by MAXXI (Museo Nazionale Della Arti des XXI Secolo). The building is composed as a collage, mixing recycled materials and simple

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Alain Gilles’ Nomad Solar-Powered Portable Lamp is Much Safer Than Kerosene

Alain Gilles’ Nomad Solar-Powered Portable Lamp is Much Safer Than Kerosene

Addressing a string of deadly kerosene lamp accidents in slums that have killed hundreds of people and left even more homeless, designer Alain Gilles created a safer alternative called the Nomad solar

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Salewa’s Outdoor Sportswear Headquarters Boasts Italy’s Largest Climbing Wall

Salewa’s Outdoor Sportswear Headquarters Boasts Italy’s Largest Climbing Wall

Salewa's headquarters is located next to the mountains in Bolzano, Italy. As the company designs and manufacturers equipment and sportswear dedicated to the outdoors, Salewa was also committed to having a

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Avatar Architettura’s Recycled Pallet Pavilion Pops up in Italy

Avatar Architettura’s Recycled Pallet Pavilion Pops up in Italy

Italian design firm Avatar Architettura is well-known for their ability to turn recycled wooden pallets into inspiring works of art - like this fun pavilion in Italy. Designed as a temporary art

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IKEA Transforms its Flat Pack Cardboard Packaging Into Funky Furniture

IKEA Transforms its Flat Pack Cardboard Packaging Into Funky Furniture

IKEA is marketing its big annual sale with a line of clever furniture pieces made entirely out of the company's very own flat pack furniture packaging. IKEA commissioned advertising agency AUGE

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The Mod Green CUBE Restaurant Is Now Open For Reservations in Milan

The Mod Green CUBE Restaurant Is Now Open For Reservations in Milan

The concept of The Cube was to create a lightweight restaurant that could easily be assembled and disassembled in order to travel around Europe and find a new location on top of important monuments

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Sicily’s Casa Talia is a Beautifully Renovated Moroccan-Style Retreat

Sicily’s Casa Talia is a Beautifully Renovated Moroccan-Style Retreat

Located on the southeast tip of Sicily in Italy, Casa Talia is the perfect place to spend some time living life at a slower pace. Designed and managed by architects Viviana Haddad y Marco Giunta, this

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CRP Racing Unveil Energica E-Superbike at Italian Motorbike Show

CRP Racing Unveil Energica E-Superbike at Italian Motorbike Show

Electric superbikes enable bikers to travel the roads knowing they are both cool and environmentally friendly. While prototypes have been developed to break speed records, there still isn't a commercial

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Solar-Powered Italian Home Uses Light Wells to Illuminate Its Interiors

Solar-Powered Italian Home Uses Light Wells to Illuminate Its Interiors

The generous family home is organized around a central courtyard, and the different volumes are staggered. The ground floor houses the entrance area, a work room, and a living space oriented towards the

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Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

The project entailed completely upgrading and renovating the entire stretch of railroad between the two coastal towns. Converted to a walking path, the promenade also includes a creation of vantage points

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Red Hot Ferrari Store in Italy Relies on Passive Cooling to Keep from Overheating

Red Hot Ferrari Store in Italy Relies on Passive Cooling to Keep from Overheating

For the first time ever, a brand new store has been built from the ground up for Ferrari, and this one pays homage to Formula 1. Located near the outlet stores, and visible from the main car park, the

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Flourishing ‘Patient Gardener’ Pavilion Made of Living, Growing Cherry Trees Pops Up in Milan!

Flourishing ‘Patient Gardener’ Pavilion Made of Living, Growing Cherry Trees Pops Up in Milan!

Visiondivision and their helpers employed a variety of gentle techniques to mold the trees in a specific way. These include bending, twisting, pruning, grafting, braiding, and weaving. They have even

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