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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

In Original Copies, Bosker, the senior tech editor at the Huffington Post, presents a thorough analysis of the remarkable building replication phenomenon that has been happening across China. She begins

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Rooftops are tough place for plants: they're vulnerable to intense heat, cold, wind and drought, plus they can’t support a lot of weight, so the plants need to grow in just a few inches of soil

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Chocolate LEGO Bricks Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth and the Nerd in You!

Chocolate LEGO Bricks Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth and the Nerd in You!

The modular system offers a new way for building LEGO masterpieces - as well as a new way to indulge your sweet tooth! Mizzuchi’s molds pay incredible attention to detail, including the block’s

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Playful Caravan Beds Make Sleepy Time More Fun for Hyperactive Kids

Playful Caravan Beds Make Sleepy Time More Fun for Hyperactive Kids

Do you have a child who hates going to sleep at night? These wonderful caravan beds might help. Belgian designer Mathy by Bols designs playful minirooms that make sleepy time more fun - like going on a

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Floating Solar Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-Up Restaurants to Singapore’s Waterfront

Floating Solar Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-Up Restaurants to Singapore’s Waterfront

Although The Solar Orchid project is currently only a concept proposal, Spark Architects believes the project would complement the government's recent initiative to develop floating solar islands in

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Kaleidoscopic Temple of Agape Invites Londoners to Experience Love

Kaleidoscopic Temple of Agape Invites Londoners to Experience Love

For the Festival of Love, Southbank Centre commissioned artists and designers to create pieces on seven themes of love from Ancient Greece. Agape, Storge, Pragma, Philia, Philautia, Eros & Ludos are

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Cuteness Alert! 3D-Printed Wheel Cart Gives Chihuahua Pup a New ‘Leash’ on Life

Cuteness Alert! 3D-Printed Wheel Cart Gives Chihuahua Pup a New ‘Leash’ on Life

Robo-cuteness overload! Born without front legs, the ridiculously adorable teeny tiny Chihuahua named TurboRoo has been given a second chance at mobility, thanks to 3D printing! Mark Deadrick of 3D design

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Nele Avecedo’s Melting Ice Figures Pay Tribute to Civilians Killed in WWI

Nele Avecedo’s Melting Ice Figures Pay Tribute to Civilians Killed in WWI

Rather than creating a traditional monument, Azevedo sought to create an installation that reflects the fragility of life. The temporary sculpture change over time, rousing crowds of onlookers with their

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Sunset Magazines’s Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

Sunset Magazines’s Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

The 2013 Sunset Idea Houses were located in the sustainable seaside village of Seabrook, WA, and in 2012 the honor was given to a prefab home in built by Blu Homes in Healdsburg, CA. The 2014 Sunset Idea

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Beautiful Red House Bursts From the Forest With its Eye-Catching Façade

Beautiful Red House Bursts From the Forest With its Eye-Catching Façade

Located beside a small lake in Upstate New York, the striking Red House is topped with a sloping roof that accentuates its geometrical design. Built from standard materials and basic construction

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Mashpi Lodge is a Breathtaking Cloudforest Retreat in Ecuador’s Tropical Reserve

Mashpi Lodge is a Breathtaking Cloudforest Retreat in Ecuador’s Tropical Reserve

The newly opened lodge is nestled at 3,116 feet high in the Ecuadorian Andes nature reserve, close to the capital city of Quito. Much of the structure was pre-assembled in Quito and transported to the

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

Aspen is renowned as a fancy ski town - and now it's become a fancy art town with the addition of the New Aspen Art Museum designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. The previous museum was

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Lucasfilm’s New Singapore Headquarters is a Giant Glass Sandcrawler!

Lucasfilm’s New Singapore Headquarters is a Giant Glass Sandcrawler!

Dubbed The Sandcrawler (after the huge mobile treaded fortresses used by Jawas in the famous film franchise), the building is clad in a state-of-the-art multi-layered glass façade which allows natural

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Glowing Paper Cave Puts the Cubicle to Shame in Japan

Glowing Paper Cave Puts the Cubicle to Shame in Japan

For Paper Cave, Kotaro Horiuchi looked to their own architectural studio as the inspiration for a permanent exhibition that employees could not only live with, but be inspired by themselves. Since the

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Gauzy Fabric Shade Extension Protects Kids from the Sun in Paris

Gauzy Fabric Shade Extension Protects Kids from the Sun in Paris

The new volume extends from the brick building like a transparent uneven box lined with glazed windows to deflect heat. In order to keep the children who attend nursery school there safe from direct sun

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Edmonton Airport Unveils Massive Air-Cleaning Living Green Wall!

Edmonton Airport Unveils Massive Air-Cleaning Living Green Wall!

Visitors to Edmonton International Airport were greeted this week with a breath of fresh air and what is likely the largest living wall installation in an airport. Green Over Grey's latest project is a

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Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology Building spans 200,000 square feet and is constructed from lightweight aluminum, concrete, and glass. These robust materials are elegantly combined

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Daniel Buren’s Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse

Daniel Buren’s Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse

The Cité Radieuse’s rooftop originally served as a gym where residents could let of steam and work out while taking in beautiful city views of Marseille. The concrete volume rises in three distinct

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Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

Each summer Vancouver works to create vibrant pedestrian spaces to help people make the best of the good weather and sunshine. The VIVA Vancouver program supports parklets, hosts concerts and events and

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Baltimore’s New Bus Shelter Lets Straphangers Lounge Inside Giant Letters

Baltimore’s New Bus Shelter Lets Straphangers Lounge Inside Giant Letters

The innovative sculpture provides a double treat by brightening up the streets of Baltimore with thought provoking public art that is also functional. Local bus riders can get creative as well as assume

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

Construction began on Naturbad Riehen in 2013 with the full support of Riehen's residents, who desperately wanted a new swimming pool and elected to go au natural by ditching the chemicals. Herzog &

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Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Controversial artist Damien Hirst has turned his focus from diamond skulls to green building, announcing plans to design an eco-friendly town near Ilfracombe north of Devon, England. Hirst's Southern

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

There’s no butts about it - scientists in South Korea just found a way to recycle smoked cigarette filters into high performing supercapacitors. Researchers from Seoul National University found a way to

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Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Jeffry's House takes its name from a nearby lake called Jeffry's Lough and was built after O'Brien won an architectural competition by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which called for proposals that

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Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

While most teenagers are watching tv and playing video games, thirteen-year-old Sicily Kolbeck has been designing and building a tiny home of her very own - and she just completed construction! Last year

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