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12 Green Megastructures for an Eco-Fantastic Future


To tackle big problems – like overpopulation, desertification, lack of clean water and a need for cleaner energy – sometimes, nothing but big solutions will do. And these 12 sustainable urban living concepts are not just big. They’re massive megastructures that provide healthy high-density housing, capture or desalinate water, produce renewable energy and sometimes even […]
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That’s No Moon… It’s A Supermoon!

On March 19, 2011 when the Moon loomed to its closest approach to Earth in almost 20 years, the usual gang of doomsayers spewed forth apocalyptic predictions while seeking to link the Extreme Supermoon event with recent natural disasters in New Zealand and Japan. While science has shown the Chicken Little’s laid a colossal egg, at least we were given a plethora of marvelous moon photos to swoon over.
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Art & Design Home & Garden Technology & Gadgets

Single Plywood Piece is the Extreme in Flat-Pack Furniture

While it’s not always true that making something yourself is greener than buying it ready-made, DIY objects are often easier on the planet than mass-produced, factory-made items. Swedish designer Pål Rodenius has a fantastically unique idea for helping DIY enthusiasts fill their homes with inexpensive, custom-made, low-waste furniture: a single piece of plywood that can […]
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Art & Design Home & Garden

Rain Collecting Skyscraper Cuts Water Usage

Gutters aren’t pretty. Most architects, given the choice, try to find a way to conceal them so they don’t turn an elegant roofline into a clunky mess. But when it comes to the ‘Capture the Rain’ skyscraper, gutters are perhaps the most important element of the structure, and they’ve been integrated in a way that […]
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Geography & Travel

Cheap Green Travel: 14 Eco + Budget-Friendly Hostels

Somewhere between luxurious (and pricey) eco-resorts and the most basic of dirt-cheap beds-for-rent are eco-hostels: inexpensive lodgings that are also environmentally friendly and often offer a relaxing place to commune with nature, even in big cities like Berlin and Barcelona. These 14 green hostels around the world range from modern European bunk rooms to incredibly […]
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Art & Design Home & Garden

Living Off Land: 12 Amazing Houseboats & Floating Homes

They come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional-looking contemporary homes that just happen to be floating on water to ultramodern houseboat concepts that look like they might be able to fly, too. Some are high-end, while others are cobbled together from reclaimed planes, trains and automobiles, proving that you don’t have to have a […]
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Art & Design Home & Garden

Novel Ideas: Books as Furniture & Functional Décor

Unloved and unwanted, millions of books are sent to landfills when their text is no longer valuable in itself; the glue in the spine makes them difficult to recycle. But shift their function from repositories for words and pictures to physical building blocks for furniture and décor, and suddenly they once again become desirable objects. […]
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Art & Design Home & Garden

Great Crates: 3 Cool Cases of Shipping Container Reuse

Ultra-portable and long-lasting, shipping containers are ideal building blocks for prefabricated eco-friendly architecture. From emergency shelters in disaster areas to massive urban projects, these steel crates represent endless possibilities and are present in huge quantities in port cities all over the world. The following three recent examples of shipping container reuse show just how versatile […]
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