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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.

Meet Masdar: World's First Zero Carbon, Zero Waste City

The new city center for Masdar in the United Arab Emirates will feature an amazing group of sunflower-inspired canopies that provide shade and passive cooling.

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Libraries, Aquariums & Outhouses: 14 Reclaimed Phone Booths

What do we do with all of the obsolete phone booths still standing around the world? Here are 14 creative ideas.

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Amazing Monumental Stone Sculptures by Chris Booth

New Zealand sculptor Chris Booth creates incredible, massive stone sculptures that look like woven fabric.

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Green Hurricane Homes for New Orleans by Frank Gehry

Architect Frank Gehry teams up with Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation to create green homes for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

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Emergent Behavior: Objects Swarm Like Insects in Photo Series

Leaves and man-made objects such as bright cups and even cheese balls come together like swarms of insects in Thomas Jackson's series 'Emergent Behavior.'

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Telephone Booth Turned into an Aquarium in France

An artist transforms an obsolete telephone booth into an aquarium in a dazzling display for Lyon's Festival of Lights in France.

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Roadgoing Green: 12 Goofy Grass Covered Cars

Go green... go REALLY green! All these dozen grass-covered cars, trucks, vans & buses ask is that you keep your pedal to the metal and keep off the grass.

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Human-Sized Nests with Ladders and Slides in Big Sur

Artist Jayson Fann crafts branches into amazing human-sized nests with ladders and comfy interiors in Big Sur, California.

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Unwanted Places into Beautiful Spaces: 14 Creative Conversions

Unwanted spaces like abandoned airports, sewage treatment plants and shoe factories become brilliant new gardens, museums, apartment complexes and more.

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Algae World Map Demonstrates Need for Environmental Care

A map of the world, made of algae, can only be kept alive when viewers stand nearby and engage with it in this interactive bio-sculpture by Byron Rich.

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Barcelona Gets a Stunning Garden Wall with Trailing Vines

A residential building in Barcelona gets a stunning makeover in the form of a 70-foot-tall vertical garden with trailing vines.

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Mighty Bright Lights: 12 Amazing(ly Green) LED Displays

No worries about these stunningly artistic light installations being a waste of energy - they use ultra-efficient LEDs for an eco-friendly glow.

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Recycled Shipping Container Houses Mobile Pizza Joint

Del Popolo's in San Francisco is a Neapolitan-style pizza joint running out of a rad reclaimed shipping container with a real, 5,000-pound wood-fired oven.

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Marvelous Mandalas Made of Flowers and Vegetables

Artist Kathy Klein crafts amazingly intricate mandala designs from flower petals, pine cones, leaves and other natural materials.

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Green China: 13 Examples of Innovative Eco Architecture

China might have a bit of a pollution problem, but it's also home to some of the greenest architecture in the world, including these 13 innovative structures.

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