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Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

The designers at toilet empire Kohler want to make your poop smell like… avocados. In addition to an entire toilet system, Kohler has come up with a smart seat that can be bought piece meal to transform

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Architects began the project by adding on a mixed-used addition to the existing education center, which accommodates up to 360 students. The Kollaskolan addition was built as a supplement to the existing

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Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

The Haus Kaltshmieden was renovated on land that has been in the family for generations. Accordingly, the architects took great measures to maintain the farmhouse's character as they enhanced its design

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Toronto’s Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

Toronto’s Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

A new mobile organic food market is making its way around Toronto, bringing fresh fruit and veggies to areas considered to be food deserts. Designed by LGA Architectural Planners, the mobile farmer’s

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Would You Drink Fake Cow’s Milk Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast?

Would You Drink Fake Cow’s Milk Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast?

Fake cow's milk will be hitting the shelves next year. Muufri is a new animal-free milk cooked up by bioengineers from genetically engineered yeast. Unlike soy, rice or almond milk, Muufri was developed

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Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Jackson, WY-based Wheelhaus builds beautiful prefab 'rolling cabins,' which is a much nicer way to say RV homes. Basically these narrow and tiny homes are efficiently designed, sustainably built and

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Impossible Electric Bike Folds Up Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack

Impossible Electric Bike Folds Up Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack

Impossible Technology just unveiled a bike commuter's dream - an electric bike that can fold up small enough to fit inside a backpack! The Impossible Bicycle ensures even weight distribution for a

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Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Skyscraper

Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron’s Triangle Skyscraper

Parisian city council officials have voted against Herzog & de Mueron’s Tour Triangle - a proposed triangular skyscraper that would be the French capital’s third largest structure. City councils

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Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

The sports complex will house two soccer fields, reception area, administration offices, a café, viewing galleries, sports store, private entertainment space, and locker rooms for players. The

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Trek-In Prefab Cabin Offers Luxury Sustainable Lodgings for Campers

Trek-In Prefab Cabin Offers Luxury Sustainable Lodgings for Campers

Trek-In is a cross between the traditional architecture of a home and a tent. The pitched roof design allows for increased sleeping space while the solid wood exterior provides protection from the

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Winning Design for Copenhagen’s Køge North Train Station is a Spectacular Tubular Bridge

Winning Design for Copenhagen’s Køge North Train Station is a Spectacular Tubular Bridge

The Køge Bay Motorway is the busiest highway in Denmark and leads into Copenhagen alongside a track for local trains. Soon, a new double-track high-speed rail line will offer commuters and travelers a

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

This article was originally published in October of 2011. Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is home to

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Roundup Bread: The Real Reason Americans are Intolerant to Wheat

Roundup Bread: The Real Reason Americans are Intolerant to Wheat

The influx of wheat allergies in the United States may not be gluten-related as many have thought, but instead could be attributed to Monsanto's toxic weed killer known as Roundup. Used as a drying agent,

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Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

The stunning building is a showcase for the Ballande group, highlighting their fine wine in an appropriate casing. The storage unit rises in thick white concrete, appearing like a solid volume during the

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Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

Photo © Yale B Quan Forestiere began building the underground arboretum in 1906 when he bought land near Fresno that he thought was fertile, but soon discovered it was hardpan.  Seeking to escape the

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Unit Fusion’s Moveable Modules Could Be the Future Neighborhoods of Hong Kong

Unit Fusion’s Moveable Modules Could Be the Future Neighborhoods of Hong Kong

In regards to Hong Kong’s rising economy, Y Design Office’s solution is to build vertical communities that benefit each of a neighborhood members. The Unit Fusion vertical tower provides modular units

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Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

Beautiful Green-Roofed Barn Extension in France is Barely Visible From Afar

This barn extension in the Pyrénées Mountains has a gorgeous green roof that minimizes its impact on an incredible site overlooking the Adour de Lesponne river valley in France. When the client

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Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy

Scientists Pour Water Into Oregon Volcano to Generate Energy

A team of scientists from Seattle-based AltaRock Energy, Inc. and Davenport Newberry Holdings LLC has announced plans to harness one of Mother Nature's most powerful energy sources by pumping 24 million

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How to Save Food and Money with a Fridge Triage Box

How to Save Food and Money with a Fridge Triage Box

MATERIALS: - a large box (a clean shoebox works great, especially if it's colorful and eye-catching) - plastic wrap - a piece of paper STEP 1: Line the bottom of the box with plastic wrap to

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These Elegant Cascade Pendant Lights are Actually Made From Mushrooms

These Elegant Cascade Pendant Lights are Actually Made From Mushrooms

You might not believe it at first glance, but the elegant pendant lights you see above are not made in a factory - they're grown from living mushrooms! Inhabitat favorite Danielle Trofe has developed a

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Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

The original building, constructed during World War II in Puck Bay, was used as a watch tower and research facility that developed torpedoes, but became abandoned shortly after. With its unique location,

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8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

8 Ultra-Low-Energy Passive Buildings Around the World

  Kaisermuehlenstrasse Apartment Building This multi-family apartment complex designed by Treberspurg & Partner Architects was built in Vienna, Austria. The climate-neutral design is deal for dense

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Pedal-Powered Centrifuge Allows Off-Grid Blood Testing in Rural Areas

Pedal-Powered Centrifuge Allows Off-Grid Blood Testing in Rural Areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a

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Recycled Designs Shine at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur

Recycled Designs Shine at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur

Bora Hong's Cosmetic Surgery Kingdom project draws parallels between the world of design and the plastic surgery phenomenon in South Korea. She performs "chair surgery" on old seats to forcibly make them

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14 Gorgeous Green Designs From Belgium’s Biennale Interieur 2014

14 Gorgeous Green Designs From Belgium’s Biennale Interieur 2014

Dossofiorito invites you to take a closer look at your plants with their quirky Phytophiler pots, which come with built-in magnifying glasses, mirrors, and trellises. Ross Lovegrove teamed up with

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MEMA Pets’ Vegan ALU Dog Collar is Made from Cork and Hemp

MEMA Pets’ Vegan ALU Dog Collar is Made from Cork and Hemp

MEMA Pets is a new pet company dedicated to modern, durable products that make your and your pet's life better. The ALU dog collar is their first design, and it seeks to meet the needs of families looking

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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring video created by VICE for The Creators Project. Eliasson discusses his Little Sun -

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Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur 2014

Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur 2014

If you want to know where the future of design is headed, look to the young designers who are breaking ground today. This maxim rang true at this year's Ventura Interieur in Belgium, where a group of

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Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

According to the jury, the Pediatric Center is an “exceptional” work, which “combines the highest aesthetic standards with the adoption of innovative and more efficient solutions for resource

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