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Grüningen Botanical Garden Greenhouse Nurtures Bananas and Papayas in Switzerland

Grüningen Botanical Garden Greenhouse Nurtures Bananas and Papayas in Switzerland

The four trees designed by Buehrer Wuest arch into a steel canopy topped with a geometric roof that resembles the shapes created in cell division. The greenhouse as a whole is specifically designed to

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Fray Leon House Communes with its Natural Surroundings in Santiago, Chile

Fray Leon House Communes with its Natural Surroundings in Santiago, Chile

A native Peumo tree greets the family as they access the home from the south; likewise an avocado tree is located near the interior hall windows, and an old Cypress boards the east side of the building.

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Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur offers a variety of outdoor activities, but if the weather's too cold or rainy, a repurposed shipping containers and glass pavilion -- topped by a solar-panels roof -- will kindly shelter

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The Facade of China’s Zoomlion Headquarters Mimics Butterflies, Eagles and Frogs

The Facade of China’s Zoomlion Headquarters Mimics Butterflies, Eagles and Frogs

Either end of the new building has a transforming facade made of hinged steel and glass plates that are mounted on hydraulic arms. The northern end is designed to mimic the flight of butterflies and

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PHOTOS: We Explore the Overgrown Ruins of Berlin’s Abandoned Kulturpark

PHOTOS: We Explore the Overgrown Ruins of Berlin’s Abandoned Kulturpark

After walking through a forested trail on the edge of the Spree River, visitors were greeted by a giant brontosaurus and triceratops, which have survived the years with only a few marks from vandals.

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Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Fann prefers to use Eucalyptus branches because they are strong, flexible and last longer than other branches. He harvests them by cutting them off healthy trees, careful not to cause any damage. Then,

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Slides, Treehouses and Worm Holes Turn Sydney’s Blaxland Park into a Field of Fun

Slides, Treehouses and Worm Holes Turn Sydney’s Blaxland Park into a Field of Fun

Using the existing landform to their advantage, JMD Design created a series of sweet worm holes and slides, some that are quite steep, along with a 12 meter high treehouse tower that overlooks the

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Joakim Berglund’s Hurricane Tree Captures Nature’s Beauty and Terror in One Image

Joakim Berglund’s Hurricane Tree Captures Nature’s Beauty and Terror in One Image

In January 2005, a terrible hurricane-force storm swept through Sweden, felling 75,000,000 cubic meters of forest in its wake. Called Gudrun, this monster was even more destructive than the Derecho that

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Larger Than Life LEGO Animals Pop Up at Iowa’s Reiman Gardens!

Larger Than Life LEGO Animals Pop Up at Iowa’s Reiman Gardens!

Reiman Gardens is one of the largest public gardens in the state and serves as the entrance to Iowa State University and the city of Ames. The Nature Connects show is part of Reiman Gardens' 2012 Some

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The World’s Love Of Coffee Is Causing The Destruction Of Natural Habitats And Ecosystems

The World’s Love Of Coffee Is Causing The Destruction Of Natural Habitats And Ecosystems

Put down that cup of coffee! A new report published in Nature has revealed that one of the main causes for the destruction of natural habitats and the potential extinction of numerous species is the

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Sculptural Lago Vista House in Los Angeles is Bathed in Soft Natural Light

Sculptural Lago Vista House in Los Angeles is Bathed in Soft Natural Light

Designed to blend with the native grasses, the small zen-like home is nonetheless a striking feature of the dramatic landscape without being to overbearing. It is oriented to maximize views of the nearby

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Riccardo Belli’s “Grow” Tiles Provide a Nurturing Environment for Plants To Grow in the City

Riccardo Belli’s “Grow” Tiles Provide a Nurturing Environment for Plants To Grow in the City

No matter how much we build, plants always seems to find a way to sprout up through the cracks of human civilization. Inspired by the constrast between the natural world and human culture, Riccardo

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Peter Ananin’s MyBioPod Connects Nature and Technology to Create Miniature Ecosystems

Peter Ananin’s MyBioPod Connects Nature and Technology to Create Miniature Ecosystems

Scottish designer Peter Ananin has created a way to bring a little more of the outside world into our everyday lives by creating personal miniature rural worlds dubbed MyBioPod. MyBioPod provides people

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The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

Strategic orientation of the 51,000 square meter Garden School, construction of which is currently underway, makes optimum use of passive solar design, daylighting, and natural ventilation. Some of the

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Artist Jaroslaw Koziara’s Gigantic Fish Sows Seeds of Unity Between Poland and Ukraine

Artist Jaroslaw Koziara’s Gigantic Fish Sows Seeds of Unity Between Poland and Ukraine

Artist Jaroslaw Koziara grew this gigantic 'crop circle' fish on fields between Horodyszcze (Poland) and Warez (Ukraine) for the Land Art Festival. He wanted to symbolize the history of unity and of trade

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10 Awesome Eco-Activities to Do This Earth Day

10 Awesome Eco-Activities to Do This Earth Day

Happy Hikers, Shutterstock 1. Take a Hike There is no better way to get back in touch with the Earth's rhythms than to actually go outdoors and experience its many wonders. This Earth Day, why not take

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Francis Ooi Takes Beautiful Botanical Portraits of Singapore Flora Found While Jogging

Francis Ooi Takes Beautiful Botanical Portraits of Singapore Flora Found While Jogging

Singapore-based Creative Director Francis Ooi‘s backyard opens into an amazing natural reserve where he enjoys running occasionally. He started snapping photographs of flora that he found along the

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Lakeside Green-Roofed Spa and Hotel Blends into the Swiss Landscape

Lakeside Green-Roofed Spa and Hotel Blends into the Swiss Landscape

Switzerland takes nature conservation very seriously, but good design and style are equally important. This beautiful hotel, if realized, would strike the perfect balance between the two. By stacking the

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Modern Prefabricated LoftCube Pops Up at 19th Century Belgian Castle

Modern Prefabricated LoftCube Pops Up at 19th Century Belgian Castle

The LoftCube in Belgium offers tenants a few unforgettable moments of intimacy and isolation, taking advantage of the bucolic landscape and exceptional daylighting. All of the composite materials are

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Christopher Simmonds’ Beautiful Sustainable Boathouse Sits Peacefully on the Waters of Muskoka Lake

Christopher Simmonds’ Beautiful Sustainable Boathouse Sits Peacefully on the Waters of Muskoka Lake

Christopher Simmonds has given an already gorgeous boathouse in Canada a sustainable upgrade that we can't help but envy. The original boathouse located on Muskoka Lake north of Toronto was feeling a

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Walter Mason Uses Nature’s Gifts To Create Striking Land Art

Walter Mason Uses Nature’s Gifts To Create Striking Land Art

This organic art is only temporary - a fleeting moment of organization in a seemingly chaotic world. Mason often combines leaves into geometric designs, cuts patterns into them or leaves a trail to create

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Baumraum Breaks Ground on Its Awesome Schrems Treehouse Resort in Lower Austria

Baumraum Breaks Ground on Its Awesome Schrems Treehouse Resort in Lower Austria

The best way to enjoy a site that still reflects nature's instinctive proclivity for abundance is to stay in low-impact buildings that exist in total harmony with their surroundings. That's a Baumraum

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New Book Explains How Hugging Trees Could Actually Improve Your Health

New Book Explains How Hugging Trees Could Actually Improve Your Health

Have you hugged a tree today? No?! Well, you should, because it just might improve your health - according to a new book published this year, touching trees and being near nature could actually make you

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Trollstigen Plateau: 500,000 Sq. Feet of Gorgeous Pathways Overlooking Norway

Trollstigen Plateau: 500,000 Sq. Feet of Gorgeous Pathways Overlooking Norway

One of the most important elements of this project was to ensure that the materials used would have a negligible impact on the extraordinary environment in which a visitor center and 500,000 square feet

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Norway’s Seljord Lookout Point Peers Out to the Water Searching for the Selma Sea Monster

Norway’s Seljord Lookout Point Peers Out to the Water Searching for the Selma Sea Monster

The municipality of Seljord commissioned the Oslo-based firm to design a series lookout points around the lake for visitors and locals to experience the water in new ways. The project consisted of two

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Audubon’s “Birding The Net” Social Media Game Brings Competitive Birdwatching To Our Fingertips

Audubon’s “Birding The Net” Social Media Game Brings Competitive Birdwatching To Our Fingertips

The Audubon Society has just created a super fun online experience that brings birdwatching right to your computer screen! They’ve released a virtual flock of feathered friendsfor their new social

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MVRDV’s Dramatic Glass Cube Pavilion Will Raise Ocean Awareness at the 2012 World Expo

MVRDV’s Dramatic Glass Cube Pavilion Will Raise Ocean Awareness at the 2012 World Expo

Visitors to the MVRDV pavilion will learn about the oceans by interacting with this user-friendly cube, which - as our friends at Evolo pointed out - looks a lot like an oversized aquarium. After

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Za Bor Builds a Beautiful Sea Wave Gazebo for a Russian Reality TV Show

Za Bor Builds a Beautiful Sea Wave Gazebo for a Russian Reality TV Show

The designers wanted to create a complex, dynamic gazebo that wouldn't detract from the existing site. It was not only important to them that the helical structure fit in with nature instead of attempting

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