Dramatic timber-clad N House turns difficult terrain into a design advantage

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Audi R8 e-tron is a stylish interpretation of the autonomous vehicle

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Audi has just unveiled its latest autonomous concept car. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept was revealed at the CES Asia show in Shanghai, China. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept is based on the fully electric 2017 R8 e-tron, but features a host of scanners, cameras and sensors to allow it to fully drive on its own. Audi says that the piloted driving technology will be available to customers within the next two years.

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Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world's largest timber office building

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Responsive bioclimatic skin wraps around LEED Gold ICTA-ICP building in Barcelona

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Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

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Why didn't the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

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New reports indicate that the California pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean on May 19th is the only pipeline of its kind in the United States without an auto shut-off valve. Several decades ago, the original owner of the Plains All American Pipeline argued in a Santa Barbara County court that since the pipeline is part of an interstate network and federal regulators are not required to have an auto shut off valve, they should also be exempt. They won the argument and the pipeline hasn’t had an auto shut-off valve since.

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Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

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Poop-powered bus breaks world speed record

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The UK’s poop-powered bus has set a speed record for a regular service bus with a top speed of 76.8 miles per hour (123.5kph). The vehicle is called the ‘Bus Hound’ (a tongue-in-cheek homage to supersonic Bloodhound SSC) and it’s powered by biomethane derived from cow manure. Operated by Reading Buses, the Bus Hound is decorated with a black and white skin reminiscent of the Friesian cows used for milk production around Britain, and it’s said to sound like a Vulcan bomber.

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Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

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What design do you think would represent the planet Earth best if we ever got in contact with other civilizations? Designer Oskar Pernefeldt has an idea. He created a white flower-like geometric shape and placed it on a blue background, offering up an emblem that could potentially become our planet’s flag design.

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How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

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Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

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Watch this man set the world record for farthest hoverboard flight

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Catalin Alexandru Duru, an inventor from Canada, set the world’s record recently for the longest flight by hoverboard. Ever since Marty McFly surfed the streets of Hill Valley on a hoverboard, everyone has wanted one. Since McFly’s venture on the hoverboard was actually set in 2015, it only seems logical that Duru’s flight would take place in the same year.

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

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YOD Design Lab's modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine

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Splyt's LED light trees are made from modular parts - so you can build your own!

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Do you ever look at designers and think, wow, I wish I could do that? Well, there’s a way for you to try out your lighting design skills without having to do all the hard work thanks to Jason Krugman and Scott Leinweber, who teamed up in Brooklyn to create a line of interactive lighting systems that are both simple and affordable. We ran into the duo at the ICFF furniture fair, a giant candy store for design aficionados. Hit the jump for a closer look at the Splyt lights and learn how you can create your own.

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Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local…

The aim is to provide creative and comfortable spaces for children where they can grow learn and “play” This is achieved through the proposed modular design that offers the end…

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80% of popular sunscreens don't protect your skin and may be harmful to your health

80% of popular sunscreens don't protect your skin and may be harmful…

It's summertime, which means people are trusting sunscreen to protect them from the sun during outdoor activities. But a new guide released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)…

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Bjarke Ingels chosen to design swanky yet 'affordable' High Line-hugging condos in Chelsea

Bjarke Ingels chosen to design swanky yet 'affordable' High…

HFZ's principal Ziel Feldman told Bloomberg that he aspires for the site to be a "self-contained kind of city", with a porte cochere, street-level retail, restaurants, and a small…

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New EPA water rule will protect streams and add to Obama's environmental legacy

New EPA water rule will protect streams and add to Obama's…

A new EPA water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of…

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FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

Telecommuting saves workers money on subway or gas costs while conserving energy - but it can also mean less exercise. The folks at FitDesk have a solution - a brilliant bicycle/desk…

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