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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team

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This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

Toronto designer Montana Labelle has just completed one of her favorite projects to date: a teeny tiny loft project that just happens to be the designer's own live/work space.

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Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Located near Bracebridge, Ontario adjacent to a lake, the Stealth Cabin is a pleasant mix of traditional and modern design. The owners were torn between wanting a traditional log cabin and a modern one,

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Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Mineral Springs is a COR-TEN steel panel and IPE wood-clad living space that sits adjacent to an existing century old farmhouse. The client, a family of four, was in need of more space on their 16-acre

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Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

This home was the original birthplace of comedian and actress Beatrice Lillie (known as Lady Peel), but it now serves as a modern, bright and airy residence in Toronto. The historic home was remade with

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Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Surrounded by thick fields of native grasses, the House in Frogs Hollow is split into two overlapping volumes: an upper level clad in red-stained timber set above a concrete base submerged into the

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Toronto’s Peter Gilgan Centre is a High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Research Lab Devoted to Sick Kids

Lead photo by Swire Chin Diamond Schmitt and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) celebrated the opening of the Peter Gilgan Centre on September 17th. The large urban tower is devoted to

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Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Natural Light Swaths rzlbd’s Totem House in Toronto

Totem House is a modern, three bedroom home built for a couple who collects sculptures and has a keen appreciation for minimalism. The home features bright white finishes inside with simple geometric

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AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

Canadian startup Aerovelo just won the elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize with their incredible human-powered helicopter called Atlas! The Sikorsky rules—which were developed when the competition was

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MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architect’s Curvaceous Absolute Towers Are Now Complete in Canada

MAD Architects won an international competition to design the towers, which is part of a larger 5 tower development project in the downtown area of Mississauga. The project was aimed to provide important

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Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Protestors Temporarily Block the Removal of Toronto’s Jarvis Street Bike Lane

Photo: Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star The city of Toronto clearly underestimated the passion of cyclists when it decided to remove the popular Jarvis Street bike lane. When large street scrubbing trucks

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Toronto’s PwC Tower is a Smart Office Building with an 8,000-Square-Foot Urban Forest

Toronto’s PwC Tower is a Smart Office Building with an 8,000-Square-Foot Urban Forest

The urban forest is essentially a large-scale intensive green roof that helps to reduce the building's heating and cooling needs while preventing excess stormwater runoff. Additionally, the building

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Transit Experts Present a Prototype for Driverless Vehicles at Move: The Transportation Expo in Toronto

Transit Experts Present a Prototype for Driverless Vehicles at Move: The Transportation Expo in Toronto

The P.A.T. is an adaptable cube-shaped pod that would hold up to two people. A network of driverless vehicles would communicate with each other and a smart grid, eliminating congestion, providing swift

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Toronto’s Corus Quay Building Boasts a 5-Story Living Wall and Indoor Slide!

Toronto’s Corus Quay Building Boasts a 5-Story Living Wall and Indoor Slide!

There are plenty of reasons we'd love to work at the Corus Quay building -- especially the three-story indoor slide! The convenient mode of green transportation whisks workers from a third-story lounge

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Ferruccio Sardella’s Flourishing Green Watershed Wall is a Living Map of Toronto’s Waterways

Ferruccio Sardella’s Flourishing Green Watershed Wall is a Living Map of Toronto’s Waterways

Toronto's ravines are one of the city's most distinctive geographical features; the network fans out across the city, and most of them have remained as undeveloped green space. Toronto residents have

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours George Brown College’s New High-Tech Campus in Toronto

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Tours George Brown College’s New High-Tech Campus in Toronto

The most exciting element of the new building is its automation system, which was developed with help from Cisco; because of those energy and atmosphere monitoring systems, the new building will be 50 to

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PHOTOS: Daniel Libeskind’s Knife-Like L Tower Rises in Toronto

PHOTOS: Daniel Libeskind’s Knife-Like L Tower Rises in Toronto

Toronto has its own Green Development Standard for buildings, but as LEED has grown in popularity in the US, it has also been catching on in Canadian cities. According to a recent report in the Toronto

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Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto

Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto

The derelict brick factory in Toronto's Don Valley has been adapted and rehabilitated into the Evergreen Brick Works project. It is now an environmentally-based community landmark to engage visitors in

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Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

After adding 72 meters to the height of the building, Superkül brought in the vertical light shafts that extend across the length of the western wall. This allows light to permeate all the way down to

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Toronto Becomes the Latest City To Ban Plastic Bags

Toronto Becomes the Latest City To Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic bag photo from Shutterstock On Wednesday, a last-minute motion led the Toronto City Council to ban plastic shopping bags in this city of 2.5 million. On January 1, 2013, Toronto will become the

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Mariclaro Transforms Car Upholstery, Exploded Air Bags Into Durable Carryalls

Mariclaro Transforms Car Upholstery, Exploded Air Bags Into Durable Carryalls

There are few things we love more than making use of what would have ended up in a landfill.  Mariclaro picks up the materials that they use for their ultra-durable carry-alls when they've already been

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Toronto Teens Send LEGO Man into Space Using DIY Weather Balloon

Toronto Teens Send LEGO Man into Space Using DIY Weather Balloon

Two Toronto teens have taken the LEGO man to new heights by launching the iconic yellow figure into space using a homemade weather balloon. High school students Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad lifted the

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Nicole Dextras’ Giant Words Made of Ice Depict the Folly of Environmental Destruction

Nicole Dextras’ Giant Words Made of Ice Depict the Folly of Environmental Destruction

Dextras capitalizes on the notion that a single word or set of words juxtaposed against a certain backdrop can create a lasting impression that hopefully shifts people's awareness of their environmental

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Toronto’s Shaft House Maximizes Space & Daylight on a Snug 20 ft Wide Lot

Toronto’s Shaft House Maximizes Space & Daylight on a Snug 20 ft Wide Lot

The Shaft House is so named because of a large void running up through the center of the home. Natural light travels deep into the house via the shaft and no air conditioning is needed as all the hot air

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Top Green Products Found at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto

Top Green Products Found at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto

Modlet plugs into any 120 outlet to monitor and transmit energy usage data to your home computer. Its an easy, inexpensive ways to track your efficiency habit using software supplied by Modlet's

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Artists Turn Abandoned Bikes into Flowering Neon Street Art in Toronto

Artists Turn Abandoned Bikes into Flowering Neon Street Art in Toronto

There are abandoned bikes in every city -- locked to poles long after their owners lost their lock keys or moved away -- and often they are ticketed for being left behind. A group of renegade bike

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Green-Roofed Euclid Avenue House is an Ecologically Sensitive Dream Home

Green-Roofed Euclid Avenue House is an Ecologically Sensitive Dream Home

The compact home is located on a standard 20 foot-wide downtown Toronto lot. To make the 1,550 sq ft home bigger than it seems, the ground floor features tall 12-foot ceilings, an open floor plan, and

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Bright Green Shipping Container Hut Welcomes Visitors to Evergreen Brickworks In Toronto

Bright Green Shipping Container Hut Welcomes Visitors to Evergreen Brickworks In Toronto

For the Welcome Hut, Levitt Goodman repurposed a 20 foot shipping container and painted it bright green, which is Evergreen's signature color. Two barn doors on either side open the space up to welcome

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