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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV light

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Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

CargoGuitar consists of eight giant steel strings stretched across the interior of the container in a half-twist design. The horizontal bar at one end of the strings holds them in place and frames the

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The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

3,500 aluminum vases were attached to the furniture store's exterior wall via a wire grid and then planted with no fewer than 9,000 seedlings of Espada-de-São-Jorge - a popular plant in Brazil that has

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Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Located on the outskirts of Černín, Vila Hermina is definitely a bit strange looking amidst the other more traditional cottages in the area. Not only is it painted a bright pink, but it does not share a

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Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Building with earth is an ancient practice that has recently been updated to accommodate modern homes. Vallejo built this house using a system called Superadobe, which was originally invented by Iranian

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Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm

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Kenya’s Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

Kenya’s Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

Plant-eating animals may be rejoicing over the global decrease in predator populations, but it may be leaving the environment in a hairy situation. Researchers at the University of British Columbia are

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

Hoodlums will think twice before smashing Pumpktris, which glows thanks to 125 embedded LED lights, rather than a candle. Set to a Halloween-themed version of the ever infectious Tetris soundtrack,

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Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history were in fact vegetarians. The researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni

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Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

In response to California's deepening drought, officials are turning to transforming sewage into potable water. The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, which opened this summer, may be the

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The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Infinity Centre was designed to draw students back to the library by making it the central heart of the campus. Radiating out from the library are two wings that together form protected and private

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Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

The Pittwater House’s floor plan is divided into pavilions, one addressing the beach and the other facing the street or “front” of the home. Either side is connected with a sprawling double-height

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Celebrate Fall With These 6 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes!

Celebrate Fall With These 6 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes!

Vegan Pumpkin Fudge Combine 3 cups sugar, 1 cup unsweetened soy milk, 3 teaspoons light corn syrup, ½ cup pumpkin puree and ¼ teaspoon salt in a saucepan and stir until it comes to a boil, then reduce

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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Daan Roosegaarde Debuts His Solar-Powered Glowing Highway in the Netherlands

Daan Roosegaarde Debuts His Solar-Powered Glowing Highway in the Netherlands

Artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde and producer Heijmans Infrastructure have debuted their test drive of Smart Highways, a sustainable road system for safer driving, on a highway in Oss in the

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Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

Italy's WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) aims to help the world's impoverished by 3D-printing sustainable dwellings using all natural materials. Unveiled at the Maker Faire Rome, the portable 3D

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A Forest Planted in Norway Will Become a Very Special Book in 2114

A Forest Planted in Norway Will Become a Very Special Book in 2114

An anthology of books is growing in Norway. Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s next project involves a future literary collection printed with paper from spruce trees that have just been planted. The

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Sett Studio’s Modern Live Oak Residences in Austin Show that Green Design Should be Standard

Sett Studio’s Modern Live Oak Residences in Austin Show that Green Design Should be Standard

Shown here is 902 W Live Oak, a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home adding up to 2,222 sq ft. You can buy this home right now for $799,000 and it's next door neighbor, 900 W Live Oak is also for sale - for the same

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Zombie-Powered Vertical Farm Keeps Inhabitants Safe from the Living Dead

Zombie-Powered Vertical Farm Keeps Inhabitants Safe from the Living Dead

Just in case Night of the Living Dead becomes a reality, zombie enthusiasts across the globe are gearing up to plan for the potential zombie apocalypse. The folks at Architects Southwest have devised a

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Gaelle Villedary’s Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

Gaelle Villedary’s Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

Situated in the south of France, Jaujac is a tiny commune, right on the bank of the Lignon river. While the city walls are rich with literary history and medieval architecture, they are tucked deeply

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10,000 New Seeds Added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to Safeguard Against Climate Change

10,000 New Seeds Added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to Safeguard Against Climate Change

As climate change becomes a very real global problem, scientists are stocking up the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The vault, which is stationed on a Norwegian island in the arctic, aims to protect the

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Sean Godsell’s MPavilion Blooms Like a Flower With Steel-Clad Pneumatic Arms

Sean Godsell’s MPavilion Blooms Like a Flower With Steel-Clad Pneumatic Arms

Inspired by the temporary pavilions of the Venice Biennale and London’s Serpentine Gallery, the MPavilion was designed to be a multi-functional venue for talks, workshops and performances. Based off of

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Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Artist Wim Delvoye has proven that he is the master of transforming disused machinery and tires into gorgeous works of art. But the artist also has a sinister side, as this his Chapel series illustrates

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect this functional

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Arhitektura d.o.o. designed the Ribja Brv Footbridge for an international design competition to replace a decaying timber bridge built in 1991. The bridge was first conceived by the late architect Joze

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Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

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