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Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

This past October we brought you a first look at 1 Burrows Pocket Park, a community-driven project launched by Architecture for Humanity, the Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest to

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Massive SuperPier Shipping Container Complex Coming to NYC

Massive SuperPier Shipping Container Complex Coming to NYC

We've been following the development of the massive SuperPier retail complex in NYC for quite some time now, and now the project is taking a big step towards coming to fruition. Located at Pier 57 on

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Joel Cooper Creates Stunning Origami Art From Simple Sheets of Paper

Joel Cooper Creates Stunning Origami Art From Simple Sheets of Paper

The paper used by Joel Cooper is hand-painted, stained or dyed and treated to ensure the resulting art is durable enough to display. Because he doesn't use any glue or cut the paper at all, Cooper's paper

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M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House is located on a tall ridge overlooking Grand Traverse Bay with views that encourage discovery of the landscape. Inspired by the elements of fire, earth, wind and water, the home comprises a

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

A new study shows that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Campus?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Campus?

Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and we're happy to say that universities across the States are doing their part to protect the earth while fostering environmental education. Best College Reviews

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North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

The two-story North Peak House is located at the edge of a neighborhood bordered by sloping woodlands on the south and an open field to the north. Built with regionally sourced limestone, on-site boulders

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New SmartCharge LED Lightbulb Works Even When the Power Goes Out

New SmartCharge LED Lightbulb Works Even When the Power Goes Out

SmartCharge just unveiled a brilliant LED lightbulb that works even during power outages! The innovative bulb features a built-in battery, so it can be switched on in emergency situations when the grid

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A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

Sanzpont Arquitectura was invited to submit a proposal for an international restricted competition to create an innovative, ecological palace in Qatar. Their "A Palace For Nature" proposal balanced

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2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

Before you start thinking the U.S. government is going to kick down your door looking for incandescent bulbs like they’re drugs – that’s not the case. The lighting ban isn’t a true ban; you’re

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Rever & Drage’s Sweet Wooden Sheds Morph from Storage to Cozy Camping Shelters

Rever & Drage’s Sweet Wooden Sheds Morph from Storage to Cozy Camping Shelters

Set on a wooden platform, the cabins are perched at the top of a hill in a forested area overlooking a picturesque fjord near the family’s summer home. The group of three structures surround an elevated

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This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

Images © Graham King “The shopping cart tree symbolizes both generosity and abundance, as well as acknowledging those less fortunate where their whole world may be housed in a cart. We see shopping

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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Buying Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Beginning January 1st, consumers will have to say “Adios!” to the two most common light bulbs - the 40- and 60-watt incandescent - as they will be permanently phased out of production due to federal

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Vertical Cemetery Could Provide Norway With More Space to Bury the Dead

Vertical Cemetery Could Provide Norway With More Space to Bury the Dead

As time goes on, graveyard space is becoming more limited - and Norwegian designer Martin McSherry just proposed plans for a skyscraper cemetery to house the dead. The Royal Danish School of Architecture

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Sriracha Hot Sauce Plant Ordered to Cease Production Due to Presence of Microorganisms

Sriracha Hot Sauce Plant Ordered to Cease Production Due to Presence of Microorganisms

The Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale, California has been ordered to cease production due to the presence of microorganisms in the beloved sauce. The Los Angeles Superior Court ordered Huy Fong Foods

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Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Wonderful Eco Homes for the Indigenous Mapuche People Pop Up in Chile

Located in Huechuraba, Santiago, the 25 built Ruca homes are part of a grand social housing complex. Made from bricks, concrete and local pine, the houses' natural facades were built from horizontal

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INFOGRAPHIC: Homes of Classic Literature

INFOGRAPHIC: Homes of Classic Literature

Do you sometimes dream of building your own Hobbit house? How about a mansion modeled after the Secret Garden? NeoMam Studios recently produced a new infographic for Terrys Fabrics that provides detailed

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JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic is one of Chef Jose Garces' eight restaurants in Philadelphia and Chicago. Located in an atrium in the Cira Center next to the 30th street train station, the restaurant provides a warm and

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School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

Built for the Vento di Terra o.n.g. and the Jerusalem Beduin Cooperative Commitee, the School of Tyres is a practical solution to provide an education for the children of the Al Khan Al Ahmar Bedouin

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Stone Plane Crash Tribute Emerges from Desert, is Visible from Google Earth

Stone Plane Crash Tribute Emerges from Desert, is Visible from Google Earth

Each of the victims are individually represented through the 170 broken mirrors that make up the radial form of the monument. In the center is an upright plane wing that appears to burst from the sand. A

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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and

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INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

INFOGRAPHIC: The World’s Top 10 Solar Countries

In 2003 the world generated 2 terawatt-hours (TWh) of solar electricity. By 2012 that figure jumped to 93 TWh! In the graphic above you can see the explosive growth of solar energy around the globe.

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NASA’s New Valkyrie Robot Looks Like a Futuristic Superhero

NASA’s New Valkyrie Robot Looks Like a Futuristic Superhero

NASA’s new Valkyrie robot looks like a space-age superhero! Created for the DARPA Robotics Challenge by the Johnson Space Center, the six-foot-tall robot is packed with cameras, sensors and sonar to

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INFOGRAPHIC: Make Your Own DIY Decor for the Holidays!

INFOGRAPHIC: Make Your Own DIY Decor for the Holidays!

The holidays are the most festive time of the year - however you don't need to drop a lot of green to deck the halls with seasonal decor. About.com just launched a new infographic packed full of creative

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Beautiful Soho Loft Sectioned into Cozy Rooms Using Prefab Panels

Beautiful Soho Loft Sectioned into Cozy Rooms Using Prefab Panels

When architect Ali Tayar was faced with an overly large Soho loft, he decided to look to the 1960s for inspiration on how to create a more personal space. Based off of late Swiss architect Fritz

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Niko Niko’s Plantable Holiday Cards Bloom Into Fresh Wildflowers

Niko Niko’s Plantable Holiday Cards Bloom Into Fresh Wildflowers

Looking for the perfect Christmas card for the green thumb on your list? Niko Niko has created a series of amazing seed-sown cards that sprout colorful wildflowers when they're planted in soil! The cards

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London to Launch Edible Fireworks Display to Ring in the New Year!

London to Launch Edible Fireworks Display to Ring in the New Year!

Revelers at this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration at South Bank in London will actually be able to taste the annual fireworks display! Thanks to food scientists Bompas & Parr, for the first time

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10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or

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Bramberger Architects Win Competition to Design Ultra-Sophisticated High Tech Campus in Austria

Bramberger Architects Win Competition to Design Ultra-Sophisticated High Tech Campus in Austria

Specifically, the HTC Campus design uses four buildings with four equivalent open spaces connected through a central communication axis referred to as the “Communication Promenade.” This design was

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