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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.

Vertical Parking Lots: Brilliant Urban Bike Hanger System

Sick of hunting for a space to park your bike? This brilliant concept utilizes unused vertical urban areas (and some people power) to create plenty of parking.

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Designer Drug Deals: Pills + Tablets Make Healthy Gems

After one California artist's fight with cancer, she decided to put her leftover medication to good use creating wonderful wearable works of art.

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Drink it In: 14 Buildings Made from Plastic Bottles

These 14 incredible structures, from simple greenhouses to stunning schools, are built almost entirely out of a pervasive waste material: plastic bottles.

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Get Tanked: Fabulous Faux Swimming Pool Illusions

How weird would it be to gaze deep into a cool, inviting swimming pool and see an entire family walking around on the bottom, smiling and waving at you?

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Stylish, but Sustainable? Synthetic Super-Sized Wood Trees

The massive Metropol Parasol opened in Seville, Spain recently: the product of four years of research, design and construction.

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Stunning St. Petersburg Zoo Inspired by Pangaea

The St. Petersburg Zoo in Russia will move from a crowded urban area to a watery complex outside the city, representing all of the world's continents as a whole.

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Bio-Engineered Bricks Grown from Urine, Bacteria & Sand

Traditional brick manufacturing is wasteful and releases loads of carbon dioxide into the air. This new, greener method could revolutionize construction.

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Food of the Golds: 10 Amazing Ways to Enjoy Eating Gold

People of good taste not only love gold, they love to taste gold – in and on their food & drink. Who knew putting carats on one's carrots could do a body good?

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Nature's Schedules: How Animals Really Spend Their Time

Don't assume that your favorite animals just spend all day hunting for food or napping. Their schedules are actually quite complicated.

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Disaster-Proof Architecture: 13 Super-Strong Structures

These 13 structures, from homes to entire cities, are designed to stand up to nature's harshest disasters including earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.

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Breathe Easy: Building Concept Cleanses Dirty City Air

Could this concept help NYC clean up its air? Plant-filled bubbles would form an air-purifying wall enclosing a dynamic public space.

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Sweet Structures: Art & Architecture Made of Sugar

These 12 works of art, from 16-foot towers and intricate pavilions to edible books and busts of Greek gods, are made from an unexpected material: sugar.

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Detox Towers: Architecture that Cleans Urban Air

The Detox Towers concept uses a dual algae bio-filter and synthetic membrane system to cleanse the air of pollutants, decreasing greenhouse gas levels.

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Earth in a Bubble: Unique Flipped Landscape Photography

The world looks different through a bubble. One young photographer is showing his fans how incredible a simple landscape can be from a different perspective.

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Recycling Flashmob = Street Art + Guerrilla Activism

A group of strangers gathers in a public place to call attention to a growing problem: the ambivalence that most people display toward the environment.

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