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Jihyun Ryou’s Charming Art Objects Save Food From The Fridge

Jihyun Ryou’s Charming Art Objects Save Food From The Fridge

Refrigerators are currently the most popular (and in many cases, only) way to keep our food fresh, but since they run 24/7, they're hardly the most eco-friendly. Wondering what kinds of alternatives we

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Clemson Students Win Design To Zero Competition With Sustainable and Stylish LiveWork Units

Clemson Students Win Design To Zero Competition With Sustainable and Stylish LiveWork Units

LiveWork by Eric Laine and Suzanne Steelman came out on top of the Dow Solar Design to Zero competition for its clever combination of sustainable building strategies and incorporation of both living and

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Ikea Launches New Solvinden Wind and Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights

Ikea Launches New Solvinden Wind and Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights

We've covered Ikea's solar powered lamps in the past, however the Swedish purveyor of affordable design just launched a brand new line of Solvinden lights that are powered by the wind as well as the sun!

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The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The Cube-Shaped Flotane is a Solar-Powered Rest Stop For Hikers in Norway

The parking area has long served as a departure point for hiking trips and as a rest stop for motorists along the Aurlandsfjellet Route. In 2010, the parking area was updated with service facilities,

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Jólan van der Wiel’s Amazing Stools are Shaped Using Magnetic Fields and the Force of Gravity

Jólan van der Wiel’s Amazing Stools are Shaped Using Magnetic Fields and the Force of Gravity

After an investigation into what he could do with gravity and magnetic fields, Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel created these peculiar seats by fusing raw materials with the two natural forces. Called

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Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

Portugal’s Off Grid Garducho Biological Center Promotes Habitat Protection

The aim of the Garducho Biological Center (Estação Biológica do Garducho) is to foster sensitivity to the importance of biodiversity, and to increase scientific knowledge on the species and habitats in

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Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Born in a Jewish-Arab village in Israel called Wahat-al-Salam, Ori Sonnenschein is an optimistic young designer who loves experimenting with everyday objects. One of his latest surprising creations is a

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Pixel Building: Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Building is Now Complete!

Pixel Building: Australia’s First Carbon Neutral Building is Now Complete!

Pixel is a ‘Future Office’ - a prototype for commercial buildings that produce their own power and collect their own water for a future carbon constrained world. The four story building is home to

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MVRDV Unveils Plans for Zero Energy ‘Bastide Niel’ City District in Bordeaux

MVRDV Unveils Plans for Zero Energy ‘Bastide Niel’ City District in Bordeaux

MVRDV Architects and the Urban Community of Bordeaux (CUB) have joined forces to design a brand new eco-community called Bastide Niel on the banks of the Garonne River. Spanning nearly 86 acres of

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Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Working towards the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, Influx_Studio came up with the idea to retrofit Marina City Towers into a renewable powerhouse and incorporate algae production technologies as a way to

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Casa Cedeira: Spanish Prefab Home Sprouts a Lush Forest Motif on its Walls

Casa Cedeira: Spanish Prefab Home Sprouts a Lush Forest Motif on its Walls

Measuring 525 square feet, Casa Cedeira is located within the eucalyptus forests of Galicia in northwest Spain. It is built from galvanized steel, which gives the house a gorgeous red shine as it gets

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Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

Self-Sufficient Thessaloniki Piers Pavilions Are Topped With Shiny Solar Orbs

The Thessaloniki Water Transport system makes use of four piers (Eleutheria Square, Megaro, Aretsou, Perea) around the Greek city to pick up and drop off ferry passengers. Giannikis SHOP proposed a

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University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

University of British Columbia’s CIRS Building is a Living Eco Laboratory in Vancouver

The building includes the BC Hydro Theatre, which utilizes advanced visualization and interaction technologies to engage audiences in environmental topics and climate change scenarios. It also features a

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UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

The University of California at Davis has just opened the doors to the first phase of its West Village complex -- an ambitious net zero energy housing and recreation development that will eventually

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Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

Self-Sustaining Haiti Children’s Academy Breaks Ground Outside Port-au-Prince

Haiti Partners secured a 2.8 acre parcel in Bawosya, in the mountains 4 miles southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project will consist of eight classroom buildings with two classrooms each, as well as

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Defend Against An Undead Attack with These 6 Zombie-Proof Safe Houses

Defend Against An Undead Attack with These 6 Zombie-Proof Safe Houses

In order to defend against an attack from the undead, you'll need a specially equipped house that first of all keeps out the brain hungry zombies. Then you'll need a way to sustain yourself while inside

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Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Stadium du Littoral is a Spectacular Net Zero Sports Complex in France

Located in Grande Synthe in the north of France, the Stadium du Littoral is a tour de force when it comes to sports. The 12 hectare site has three rugby fields, two football fields, an archery round,

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Ariane Prin Creates Brilliant Colored Pencils from Recycled Waste

Ariane Prin Creates Brilliant Colored Pencils from Recycled Waste

French student Ariane Prin developed a fantastic project while studying at London's Royal College of Art that recycles the University's waste into fun and colorful pencils. 'From Here For Here' is an

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Paul Cocksedge Recycles Vinyl Records Into Low-tech Music Amplifiers

Paul Cocksedge Recycles Vinyl Records Into Low-tech Music Amplifiers

London-based designer Paul Cocksedge has transformed old vinyl records into ingenious low-tech amplifiers that give your smartphone's volume a solid boost without the need for wires or electricity. This

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Golfers Can Tee Off on This Zero-Energy Clubhouse’s Green Roof

Golfers Can Tee Off on This Zero-Energy Clubhouse’s Green Roof

The clubhouse serves multiple functions. In addition to becoming an extension of the greater greens, it has an inner courtyard where golfers finishing up their game can enjoy a meal or drink, or collect a

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Gorgeous Ruby Springs Prefab Features Hydraulic Shade Screens That Open Up to the Landscape

Gorgeous Ruby Springs Prefab Features Hydraulic Shade Screens That Open Up to the Landscape

The home acts as a big filter, or a frame, for the landscape, and each window and opening captures a specific view in its cross hairs -- whether that be the fields in front of the house or the mountains

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The North Beach Residence is a Low Impact, Green-Roofed Summer Home on Orcas Island

The North Beach Residence is a Low Impact, Green-Roofed Summer Home on Orcas Island

Oriented perpendicular to the beach fronting the Strait of Georgia, the summer home is set back a bit from the water and placed behind a row of fir trees. Long and rectangular, the home is afforded views

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Elevated Prefab Home On Cusabo Island is Perched To Withstand Fire and Hurricane

Elevated Prefab Home On Cusabo Island is Perched To Withstand Fire and Hurricane

Designed by Seattle-based Woollen Studio and built by Park City, UT-based EcoSteel, the Cusabo Island home is a prefab wonder. Engineered to exceed FEMA flood zone code requirements, with helical

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Elegant No Glue No Screw Lamp is Made From Recycled Wood and a Chinese Lantern

Elegant No Glue No Screw Lamp is Made From Recycled Wood and a Chinese Lantern

Recently spotted at New Designers exhibition in London, this long and lean wooden lamp is made with neither glue nor screws. Designed by recent Plymouth University graduate Dan Murley, the design is made

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Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

Net Zero Savannah iHouse Opens For Tours At Green Bridge Farm

So far, Clayton Homes has built 9 iHomes around the country with their i-House 1.0 concept. These homes are all prefabricated and come with bamboo floors, Energy Star appliances, no VOC paint, CFL

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Ghent University Students Develop DIY Zero Energy E-Cube Building Kit For Solar Decathlon

Ghent University Students Develop DIY Zero Energy E-Cube Building Kit For Solar Decathlon

The goal of the Ghent University students was to create a comfortable, solar-powered house with a lot of space on a small budget. Simplicity is at the core of their design and the home is stripped of

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

Product designer David Bennett created a fantastic machine called Natural Factory that you can bring to the beach for building public seating, while engaging people in a DIY activity. The idea behing the

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