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Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Simply dubbed the Cement Factory, the complex hosts Bofill’s architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. The

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Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Each module for MF Architect's Pre-Fab Cottage measures 14' x 14' in size and can be assembled in any configuration. For this setup, the owners wanted four modules connected together via a hallway module.

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Haus Fontanella Hugs a Snowy Mountainside in Western Austria

Haus Fontanella Hugs a Snowy Mountainside in Western Austria

Haus Fontanella is a beacon within the beautiful woods surrounding the mountainscape and village of Fontanella. The home is built on a concrete base, with one side partially submerged into the hillside to

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World’s First Cloning Factory in China Clones 500 Pigs a Year

World’s First Cloning Factory in China Clones 500 Pigs a Year

Cloning animals used to be a taboo subject - but not in China, where a Shenzhen facility clones 500 pigs every year. The farm, run by a company called BGI, implants around two pigs a day with cloned

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Explore an Abandoned Catskills Resort That’s Been Beautifully Overgrown with Flora

Explore an Abandoned Catskills Resort That’s Been Beautifully Overgrown with Flora

Photograph taken for Gothamist by Pablo Maurer/@MLSist We don't know what Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel looked like in its heyday, but we think we might actually prefer the beautiful overgrown

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Renzo Piano to Design Residential Tower Next to London’s Shard Building

Renzo Piano to Design Residential Tower Next to London’s Shard Building

London’s controversial Shard building will soon be joined by a 27-storey residential tower also funded by investors from Qatar. Not surprisingly, Italian starchitect Renzo Piano has been picked to

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Infographic: How to Save Energy on Lighting

Infographic: How to Save Energy on Lighting

Did you know that the average North American home has over 30 light fixtures, and energy used for lighting can cost anywhere from $150 to $400 each year? By simply upgrading 15 inefficient light bulbs

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Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

The rear of the pub was renovated this year from a tiny back area into what is essentially a play area for adults. The design work was completed by Techné Architects, who envisioned a space that was very

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Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

The Savannah Project is Julio Garcia's retreat when he's not working in either Miami or Brooklyn. Built from two 40 ft shipping containers, the home is about 800 sq ft and features one bedroom, bathroom,

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Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Teeny Tiny Windmills Could Power Future Smartphones

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are working on the world’s tiniest wind farm that could fit on a grain of rice and charge your smartphone! The teeny tiny windmill is just 1.88mm

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The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

Hansmeyer and Dillenburger’s 3D printed “room” looks like a historic temple or an architectural fragment from a more decorative era. The room was printed in large chunks over the course of a month,

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Unroll an UrbMat to Grow Fresh Veggies Quickly and Easily

Unroll an UrbMat to Grow Fresh Veggies Quickly and Easily

The new UrbMat by UrbnEarth makes growing your own garden as easy as rolling out a mat! Each mat grows 12 types of non-GMO herbs, vegetables and flowers, which can be planted just about anywhere, and

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Urbanarbolismo’s Magnificent 1500 m2 Vertical Garden Covers the Palacio de Congresos in Spain

Urbanarbolismo’s Magnificent 1500 m2 Vertical Garden Covers the Palacio de Congresos in Spain

The new vertical garden on the exterior of the Palacio de Congresos has a total area of 1,492 m2, with 1,000 m2 made up of a hydroponic vertical garden system and the remainder made up of climbing plants

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INTERVIEW: NuClic Founder David Kim Shares His Green Flooring Tips with Inhabitat

INTERVIEW: NuClic Founder David Kim Shares His Green Flooring Tips with Inhabitat

INHABITAT: Why did you decide to start Nuclic? David: I've always considered myself a creative person and having studied at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), I have surrounded myself with creative thinkers

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100,000 Bats Fall Out of the Sky After Extreme Heat Wave in Australia

100,000 Bats Fall Out of the Sky After Extreme Heat Wave in Australia

Over 100,000 bats fell out of the sky this week in Queensland, Australia due to a major heat wave. While America is suffering a Polar Vortex, Australia has been slammed with temperatures as high as 135

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BOOK REVIEW: KieranTimberlake Publishes Their Second Monograph, ‘Inquiry’

BOOK REVIEW: KieranTimberlake Publishes Their Second Monograph, ‘Inquiry’

Inquiry is a great read for KieranTimberlake fans and followers - it's a celebration of the firm's various projects ranging from residential to commercial, academic and civic buildings. It also provides

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First Simpsons LEGO Set Announced for 2014!

First Simpsons LEGO Set Announced for 2014!

Television’s longest running cartoon has partnered with one of the world’s most popular toys. The exciting Simpsons House set will come with 2,523 Simpsons-related LEGO bricks. The kit will include

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Orproject’s Shimmering Vana LED Installation Grows Like a Tree

Orproject’s Shimmering Vana LED Installation Grows Like a Tree

Orproject's Vana installation consists of four columns that stretch up to the gallery ceiling. The geometric perforations are controlled by a tensile system that bends and compresses the panels to create

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BĀKA Lighthouse: SAALS Architects Transform an Old Pump Station Into a Water Tourism Center in Latvia

BĀKA Lighthouse: SAALS Architects Transform an Old Pump Station Into a Water Tourism Center in Latvia

Before the Soviet-era development of the drainage pump station and fish farm, the site held a single-story silicate brick building, some old water infrastructure, and a pump. SAALS was tasked with

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Green Design Predictions for 2014

Green Design Predictions for 2014

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think it's going to be the year when it finally hits home that we've got to keep most fossil fuel

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INFOGRAPHIC: Philips’ New Instant Fit LED Tubes Cut Energy Use in Half

INFOGRAPHIC: Philips’ New Instant Fit LED Tubes Cut Energy Use in Half

Philips just announced a new instant fit LED lighting tube as a direct replacement for 12 billion fluorescent tube lights which are the most common form of lighting in shops, offices and industrial spaces

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Lovingly constructed over a period of several years with mostly recycled materials and help from friends, the HemLoft is truly one of the most perfect treehouse designs we have seen over the years, and we

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Schwinn’s CycleNav Helps Bicyclists Navigate Without Riding into a Tree

Schwinn’s CycleNav Helps Bicyclists Navigate Without Riding into a Tree

Schwinn’s new CycleNav Smart Bike Navigator helps riders navigate unfamiliar areas safely and simply. The handle-bar mounted device connects to a smart phone via Bluetooth, and gives riders audible

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Polluted Well Water Found Near Drilling Sites in Four States

Polluted Well Water Found Near Drilling Sites in Four States

Well water in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas has been found to be contaminated due to nearby drilling. Over the last two years, locals near oil and gas drilling in each of the states have

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California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state added a whopping 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to their

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Friends Use Recycled Cardboard Boxes to Build Amazing Life-Size Pirate Ship!

Friends Use Recycled Cardboard Boxes to Build Amazing Life-Size Pirate Ship!

Three creative eco-artists have built an incredible life-sized pirate ship out of recycled cardboard! Three Reddit-using friends named Josh, Mikey and Joel made the ghostly ship in just five days for what

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Vermont Woods Studios’ Colorful Polywood Chairs Are Made From Over 90% Recycled Plastic

Vermont Woods Studios’ Colorful Polywood Chairs Are Made From Over 90% Recycled Plastic

Vermont Woods Studios's colorful Polywood all-weather outdoor furniture is made from over 90% recycled materials! It's hard to believe that this high-end, luxury beach and patio furniture is the product

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Scientists Genetically Engineer Omega-3 Rich Seeds as an Alternative to Wild Fish Oils

Scientists Genetically Engineer Omega-3 Rich Seeds as an Alternative to Wild Fish Oils

Scientists in the UK are working on a new crop of seeds rich with essential Omega-3 fatty acids that could be a sustainable alternative to getting them from wild salmon. Omega-3s are vital for our health

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Patrick Blanc Enlivens the Perez Art Museum with Hanging Vertical Gardens

Patrick Blanc Enlivens the Perez Art Museum with Hanging Vertical Gardens

Blanc first worked with Herzog & de Meuron in 2008, when he created a vertical garden wall for the CaixaForum arts center in Madrid. The gardens for the Pérez Art Museum are quite different,

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Marco Gregori’s Flexible Facile Sofa Adapts to Accommodate Extra Guests

Marco Gregori’s Flexible Facile Sofa Adapts to Accommodate Extra Guests

Marco Gregori's clever Facile Sofa features a flexible design that can be adapted to provide extra seating or table space when guests visit. The comfortable cushions can be pulled out easily from the

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