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Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zoos sometimes get a bad rap, but they are still wildly popular and a fascinating way to get up close to animals you would never see otherwise. Enter Zootopia - a kindler, gentler, more human zoo that

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

The Städel Museum reopened to the public last weekend after 3 years of renovations and expansions by local Frankfurt firm, Schneider Schumacher. The renovation included an extension placed along the

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India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

The town of Cherrapunji in the Khasi Hills is credited with the world record for annual rainfall of over 75 ft! And in this rainy, wet climate, the rubber fig tree grows with abandon. The tree has a

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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Artemide’s Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide’s Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide's Copernico Luminaire is an out-of-this-world pendant lamp that consists of nine concentric rings stamped from a single plate of lightweight aluminum. 384 white LEDs line the rings, which rotate

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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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Roomoon: Awesome Moon-Shaped Treehouse Tents are Perfect for Summer Glamping

Roomoon: Awesome Moon-Shaped Treehouse Tents are Perfect for Summer Glamping

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Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

Iliui shines new light on old tin cans by turning them into cool modern task lamps. The designers take old tomato or coffee tins and give them a fresh coat of paint before setting them atop wooden bases.

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Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

Recycling skateboards is all the rage lately, but these tiles are the coolest upcycled product we've seen to date. Art of Board is a lifestyle and design brand that embodies the creative spirit, freedom

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

Standing in an artificial islet in the east of the city, the Diamond Island Community Hall will consist of eight 80-ft wide bamboo domes. These cozy cocoons will serve as flexible spaces for holding

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Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

Building a new stadium is always a massive undertaking that requires millions of dollars, substantial physical labor, and a vast amount of electricity to keep it operating. Toyo Ito's design negates this

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Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be

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Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

The Dutch-Belgian practice's wonderful floating bridge provides pedestrian access and an emergency exit from the Ravelijn op den Zoom fortress. Located on a small island and surrounded by a deep-water

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources to build

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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter transforms from a

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which

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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job done. And it was

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OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

If you're in the market for a sublime new lamp, then you might want to check out OLIS, a carefully developed lamp that uses energy-efficient LED technology. Moving away from geometrically defined and

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Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Construction started on the Raval Theatre vertical garden in November of 2013 and it was quickly completed that December. The theater is located in Pedró Square in the Raval District of Barcelona, and

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Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Located in Hei- en Boeico, the Tiny Solar Shed is a necessary update for this historic farm. Previously, a lean-to like shed made of wood and metal was located adjacent to a larger barn. The owners used

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Stackable B-and-BEE Colonies Provide Sweet Shelter for Festival Goers in Belgium

Stackable B-and-BEE Colonies Provide Sweet Shelter for Festival Goers in Belgium

Several companies and designers joined forces to design this fantastic stackable honeycomb shelter in Belgium. Appropriately named B-and-BEE, the shelter was developed specifically to provide

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What Can You Do with Old Incandescent Bulbs? Turn Them into a Dazzling Chandelier

What Can You Do with Old Incandescent Bulbs? Turn Them into a Dazzling Chandelier

The ubiquitous incandescent light bulb has come a long way since its invention 130 years ago, and as we all swap out our old bulbs for energy-efficient LEDs and such, there are countless old glass

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Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden

Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden

The original two storey home was becoming too small for the family of four, who wanted to expand without sacrificing their outdoor space. TYIN responded by building out but only on the upper floor. The

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Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

We are a team of South African artists who wish to support the people of Troyeville in downtown Johannesburg to raise up “iThemba Tower.” This is a 30 meter-high permanent art installation made with

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Meet Bunkie: A Tiny Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Meet Bunkie: A Tiny Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of having your own little house in the countryside, just big enough for you and friend or two to hang out and take in the outdoors? 608 Design and BLDG Workshop have just the thing:

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SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network

SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network

The new West Palm Beach station for the All Aboard Florida rail network will be located on a 2.5 acre site in the heart of downtown. SOM and Zyscovich Architects made sure to improve connectivity to the

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Locke JetSpace: Awesome Hexagonal Book Towers Update Boring School Library

Locke JetSpace: Awesome Hexagonal Book Towers Update Boring School Library

Green Dot Public Schools and No Right Brain Left Behind recently launched Locke JetSpace, a transformed public school library at Locke High School in Watts, California. The 3,000 square foot space

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Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

Flush Your Kids Down the Toilet in a New Exhibition in Japan

The new “Human Waste & Earth’s Future” exhibition at Miraikan in Japan lets visitors experience what it's like when their lives are going down the toilet. The creative exhibition invites kids to

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Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Casa Flotanta is a two bedroom home built on a hillside overlooking the jungle near Puntarenas. Initial designs for the vacation home considered digging into the steep slope and putting up retaining

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