sustainable design

Villa in Hakuba Lets Residents Enjoy the Outdoors Under a Giant Transparent Roof

Villa in Hakuba Lets Residents Enjoy the Outdoors Under a Giant Transparent Roof

The villa's expansive transparent roof stretches beyond the house, extending its available living space outside. The clear roof panels are made from durable polycarbonate and they allow daylight to filter

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Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Designer Harry Yoell created this set of sustainable herb pots from his own potato starch-based bioplastic. The green material is very light and strong, and once the pots have served their purpose they

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Photographers Pierre Javell and Akiko Ida Transform Food into Fantasy in MINIMIAM

Photographers Pierre Javell and Akiko Ida Transform Food into Fantasy in MINIMIAM

Derived from a combination of the words for “miniature” and “yummy” in French, MINIMIAM invites the viewer into a fantastical world where eggs are mountains and doughnuts are a terrain in which to

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Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

Animal Planet’s Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr. of “Call of the Wildman” has been accused of grotesque abuse to animals that have appeared on his show. The host has been accused of nearly starving

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Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

The state of Sao Paulo in Brazil has taken a stand against animal cruelty by officially banning animal testing for cosmetics, perfume and personal care. The decision will make animal testing a punishable

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Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Bison photo from Shutterstock A proposal to shoot the last herd of purebred bison in Yellowstone National Park with vaccinated "biobullets" was just rejected by park managers this week. The

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Willem Heeffer’s Mandala Office Retrofit Pops With Bold Colors and Recycled Materials

Willem Heeffer’s Mandala Office Retrofit Pops With Bold Colors and Recycled Materials

A lamp made from a washing machine drum, a stool made from scrap wood; designer Willem Heeffer spots the design potential in everyday waste objects and sets out to give them a stylish new purpose. Heeffer

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See Floorplans for the Apartments on HBO’s Girls – How Does Your Pad Stack Up?

See Floorplans for the Apartments on HBO’s Girls – How Does Your Pad Stack Up?

Hannah, Marnie, Adam and Shoshanna - their love lives might be the main draw of HBO's hit series Girls, but quite frankly we're more interested in their apartments! From Hannah and Marnie's true 2-bedroom

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Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Breaking out of the conventional office mode, Inhouse Brand chose to use an upcycled shipping container as the anchor point for the design of the entire office. They partially replaced the container's

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World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

At long last, the world’s largest solar bridge at London’s Blackfriars station is finally complete. Solarcentury and England’s Network Rail partnered to cover the bridge with 4,400 photovoltaic

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PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens' new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant's own

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen just unveiled preliminary drawings for Hong Kong's new Island School. Working in cooperation with Thomas Chow Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed a plant- and daylight-filled

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Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

The Heart of the District welcomes visitors with a new type of space that encourages curious tourists and locals to come in and explore. Rather than a private, guests-only model that most hotels are

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Boeing Introduces New Biofuel that Costs Just $3 per Gallon

Boeing Introduces New Biofuel that Costs Just $3 per Gallon

Boeing is working with the United Arab Emirates to make some serious breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), affiliated with the

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NASA Photos Reveal the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

NASA Photos Reveal the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

The London Array is the world's largest offshore wind farm - and it looks even more amazing from space. NASA Earth Observatory just released these beautiful images of the array, which is located off the

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Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey bees photo from Shutterstock A new report published in the journal mBio shows that the staggering rise in honey bee deaths over the past decade could be partly due to a virus that stems from

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Amazing Bonsai Tree Hobbit Hole is Fit for Frodo Baggins Himself

Amazing Bonsai Tree Hobbit Hole is Fit for Frodo Baggins Himself

Bonsai master Chris Guise combined his green thumb with his love for The Hobbit to create a miniature bonsai hobbit hole fit for The Lord of the Rings! The teeny tiny Bag End Bonsai is fit for Frodo

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Sebastiaan Dillmann’s Gorgeous Eden Lamps are Made From Found Tree Branches

Sebastiaan Dillmann’s Gorgeous Eden Lamps are Made From Found Tree Branches

In our modern economy everything revolves around consumption. Manufacturers are continuously introducing new designs and models to the market that make existing products outdated or unnecessary, and this

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Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet

Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet

Even though this crazy hoverbike hasn’t yet left the inventor's neighborhood, the high-flying invention has some amazing potential. Designed by Australian Chris Malloy the bike is capable of traveling

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Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

Organic Cities is a concept for an addition to the coastline somewhere in the United Arab Emirates that will merge with existing cities to create a more organic megalopolis. The inspiration for the

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China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

Smog photo from Shutterstock The massive pollution that covers China has been making its way to the western United States. A new study has shown that pollution from China’s burning of fossil fuels

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Patrick Blanc’s Lush Vertical Garden is a Green Oasis in the Middle of Madrid

Patrick Blanc’s Lush Vertical Garden is a Green Oasis in the Middle of Madrid

In a city warmed by constant sun in the summer, locals are constantly looking for a way for temporary relief from the blistering sun. Blanc’s gorgeous green wall does just that, beckoning visitors to

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SPARE Pendant Light Illuminates 25 Old Incandescent Bulbs With a Single LED

SPARE Pendant Light Illuminates 25 Old Incandescent Bulbs With a Single LED

J.P. Meulendijks's clever SPARE pendant light is made from 25 incandescent light bulbs and a single energy-efficient LED bulb. The LED can be screwed into a light socket, and when the lamp is switched on

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Historic NYC Building to Be Topped with Shigeru Ban-Designed Rooftop Penthouses

Historic NYC Building to Be Topped with Shigeru Ban-Designed Rooftop Penthouses

A pair of sexy rooftop penthouses designed by Shigeru Ban will soon be topping a historical building in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood. The 2-level additions appear to be quite modern in design, but

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FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

“If I hadn’t have been a part of this program, I would have left school and I wouldn’t have given it a second thought,” explains Stevie Mizelle, a student featured in the new film IF YOU BUILD

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‘Top of Tyrol’ Lookout Platform Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Austria’s Stubai Glacier

‘Top of Tyrol’ Lookout Platform Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Austria’s Stubai Glacier

Perched high atop a peak in the popular Austrian ski area, the Top of Tyrol platform gently extends over the mountain’s edge above the glacial ski area below. The panoramic platform was created to give

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Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

The Heatworks Model 1 is a next-generation water heater that reduces energy use by 40%, slashes water use by 10%, and delivers an instant supply of hot water. This heater energizes water molecules and

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15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure, which was

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Curious NY Castle Given New Life by Preservationists

Curious NY Castle Given New Life by Preservationists

Castles are pretty hard to come by in New York, so if you've ever passed by this one on your way upstate, you probably wondered about its history. Named Bannerman Castle, after the Scottish ammunition

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Light Activated Smart Curtains Could Cut Energy Bills by Half

Light Activated Smart Curtains Could Cut Energy Bills by Half

Curtain image via Shutterstock Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are working on a new set of smart curtains that could cut your energy usage in half. Made from fabric embedded with

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