Female role models stand tall over London in honour of International Women's Day

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Fun "Kids Pod" expands a vineyard home with a playfully perforated glazed corridor

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Javits Center's massive green roof doubles as an urban bird oasis

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Looks like birds of a feather really do flock together – on the Jacob Javits Center‘s green roof, that is. The West Side convention center’s massive 29,200-square-foot green roof has been doing double duty as an avian oasis, according to a new study by the New York City Audubon and Fordham University. The report reveals that almost a dozen different species have been spotted on the sedum-covered rooftop since last summer.

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TEST DRIVE: 2015 Kia Soul EV feels more refined than the gas-powered version

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

 

The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all time – building better shelters to keep us warmer, cooler, and drier. Many of the native building techniques employed centuries ago are still reliable in similar climates today, and used as optimal models for environmentally conscious architects. That said, since global acceptance of the air conditioner in the 1950s, the benefits of responding to a unique climate have been left by the roadside.

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World's largest 3D-printed building made from powdered cement unveiled at UC Berkeley

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Architect Leo Qvarsebo's triangular summer home doubles as a climbing wall

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Tiny Heirloom's luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

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"Moneyless man" Mark Boyle builds the world's first free pub

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Mark Boyle, better known as the “Moneyless man“, is bringing his message of unconditional giving to a permaculture project in Ireland called An Teach Saor; Gaeilge for “the free house.” When it’s complete, Boyle’s community center will offer workshops and lectures; food from the on-site orchards, gardens, and greenhouses; performances; accommodation; and a pub called The Happy Pig—the majority of which won’t cost guests a dime.

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Where's the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

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Once upon a time, some folks thought it would be a good idea to cross-breed a buffalo with a domestic cow. The cross-breeding, resulting in a new hybrid species dubbed “beefalo,” was supposed to occur under a managed breeding program that would help the beef industry create more, well, beef with fewer animals and thereby somehow increase production and efficiency. From a business perspective, it might have seemed like a good idea at the time. Nobody planned for what might happen when the beefalo went on the lam.

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Tropical Swiss Thai House wraps a reclaimed wood deck around an azure pool

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Attracting pollinators: flowers that encourage bees, butterflies, and birds to visit

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Cabin 2 is a gorgeous contemporary extension to a mid-century holiday retreat

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New study finds that breathing polluted air in NY can increase stroke risk

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According to new findings from the NYU Langone Medical Center, highly polluted air in parts of New York state could greatly increase the risk of strokes. This is because dirty air can cause the arteries in the head and neck to narrow (Carotid Artery Stenosis), limiting oxygen to the brain. The study, conducted by Dr. Jonathon Newman, examined 30,000 New York area residents and found that the risk of oxygen shortage to the brain increases by nearly 25% in the most polluted areas of the state.

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Climbers on Mt. Everest have caused a really crappy problem

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Summiting Mount Everest is one of the greatest achievements in the world. However, so many people are attempting to conquer the world’s highest mountain that the peak is now covered in human waste. The excrement has become such a problem that Nepal’s mountaineering association believes it could cause pollution and spread disease.

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Design a tiny home community to help fight homelessness and you could win $1,500!

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Unused vacant land and homelessness are two major problems faced by almost every city in the world. To address these issues, the AIA North Carolina Activate14 committee and the…

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New documents prove leading climate change denier was paid $1.2M by fossil fuel companies to fuel

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In an effort to keep America believing that climate change is naturally caused by things like variations in the sun’s energy, politicians have, for years, cited scientists like…

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VIDEO: Google's new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

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Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google's new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video…

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Senate fails to override Obama's Keystone XL veto

Senate fails to override Obama's Keystone XL veto

The Senate put one more nail in the Keystone XL Pipeline’s coffin yesterday when it failed to override President Obama’s presidential veto of the project. With a two-thirds majority…

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Infamous climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon loses funding amid bribery scandal

Infamous climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon loses…

It looks like funders are abandoning Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon, after the prominent U.S. climate change denier may have failed to disclose petroleum companies were paying him. The…

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