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Art and design are a part of anything we build, but these designers and artists are particularly informed by the natural order and chaos that surrounds us in our daily lives. Some draw on recycled materials while others find meaning in environmental patterns – some are focused on sustainability with a message and others are interested in aesthetics.

Fairytale Abodes: 15 Tiny Storybook Cottages

With their handmade details and charming imperfections, these 15 fairytale cottages can inspire us to live simpler lives in smaller spaces.

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Christmas Crafts: 13 Projects for Kids & Adults

Make your own natural, recycled and reclaimed ornaments and decor for the holidays including pine cone ornaments, wine cork wreaths and mini branch trees.

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25hours: Reclaimed Shipping Container Hotel in Hamburg

A Hamburg hotel features a reclaimed shipping container and a gritty dockside harbor theme with ship cabin-like rooms and a 'loading dock' in the lobby.

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Crawl Spaces: 10 Amazing Ant Farms Fit For A Queen

These 10 amazing ant farms combine the best features of aquariums, art, furniture and pets in a low-maintenance, eco-friendly, educational medium.

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Trash to Fashion: 13 Chic & Crazy Upcycled Collections

Fashion designers craft plastic shower curtains, forks, paper, panties, parachutes and more into clothing that is sometimes wearable, sometimes wacky.

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Clucked Up: 13 Creative Chicken Coop Designs

Some of these 14 ultra-modern, well-designed chicken coops might be nicer looking than your own house.

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1200 Bicycles Create Cavern at Taipei Art Museum

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei welded 1200 bicycles together into a massive art installation for his Taipei exhibit, "Ai Weiwei, Absent."

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25 Rad Items Made from Reclaimed & Recycled Tires

Millions of used tires litter landfills worldwide. Why not turn them into roof shingles, bracelets, chairs, sculptures and entire houses like these?

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Boats to Bags, Beds & Buildings: 17 Repurposed Vessels

Every part of boats - from sails and oars to the vessels themselves - can be useful long beyond their life at sea as furniture, decor, gardens and sheds.

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Green Halloween: 13 Eco-Creepy Crafts & Decor

Learn how to make 13 spooky and eco-friendly Halloween crafts & decor like a batty table centerpiece, ghost lights and pumpkin garlands from recycled materials.

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Urban Land Project Transforms Commercial to Green Space

There's more to the city than concrete and steel, and artist Tim Plemmons aims to remind residents of that fact with massive, vivid images of nearby nature.

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Tiny Living Worlds in Glass: 12 Terrarium Ideas

Tea pots, cake stands, tiny glass vials: all kinds of unexpected containers can become the basis for beautiful enclosed gardens you can make yourself.

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Disaster Relief for the Digital Age: 13 Innovative Ideas

Technology is enabling faster, more efficient and far more complex disaster aid inventions like self-contained shelters, all-terrain vehicles and even robots.

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Sky High: Stunning Observation Tower Shoots Upward

A beautifully designed nature observation tower in Latvia ascends 120 feet into the sky and features caged balconies from which to enjoy the view along the way.

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Lilliputian Landscapes: Paper Sculptures in Mini Bottles

A Tokyo artist uses his architectural model making skills to create these gorgeous miniature sculptures in tiny glass bottles.

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