WebEcoist | Archived Articles by Author: Steph

Stephanie is one of the most veteran authors on both WebUrbanist and WebEcoist – her work tends toward the design side of things, covering everything from parks and scenic overlooks to dazzling futuristic eco-architecture:

Funny Farms: 12 Cool Agricultural Architecture Conversions

Traditional rural architecture like farmhouses, barns and carriage houses are converted into bright, modern, livable homes that retain a sense of history.

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams: Oldest Known Pictorial Creations

Ancient paintings estimated to be 32,000 years old, found in a cave in France, are explored by director Werner Herzog in the film 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams.'

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Building with Bamboo: 13 Super Sustainable Structures

Growing rapidly in diverse climates, bamboo proves to be an ideal sustainable low-cost building material for these 13 structures, from restaurants to schools.

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Sustainable Schools: 14 Smart Green Learning Facilities

14 schools around the world can teach us all about how environmentally sensitive features can benefit students as well as entire communities.

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7 Wonders of the Plant World: Bizarre Blooms

These 7 flowers represent the world's largest, smallest, deadliest and smelliest, from prehistoric desert blooms to lilies that stand nearly 10 feet tall.

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V Tower: Green Park Paradise in Downtown Denver

Spiraling into the sky, this green residential tower designed for Denver is built atop a volume of retail, restaurants, parks, recreation space and gardens.

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Blue Holes to Infinity Falls: 13 Natural Swimming Pools

Dreaming about a dip in a cool crystal-clear pool? These 13 natural swimming holes around the world, from Alabama to Laos, will tempt you to make travel plans.

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Life Thrives in Strange Places: 14 Urban Ecosystems

From stray dogs that ride the metro in Moscow to a species of mosquito that lives only underground, life has adapted to the modern world in strange ways.

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All Along the Watchtowers: 18 Tourist Lookouts of Europe

These 18 sightseeing towers and overlooks, from urban London to the fjords of Norway, provide incomparable views from dizzying heights.

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Sole Survivor: How 1 Japanese Town Resisted the Tsunami

The town of Fudai escaped the March 11th tsunami nearly untouched despite widespread destruction - all thanks to an ugly, unwanted 51-foot-tall floodgate.

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Paper, Naturally: 48 Gorgeous Works of Paper Art

Coral reefs, lush jungles, butterflies, blooms and birds: nature is brought to life in a most unexpected form by 14 master paper artists.

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Take a Trip: 13 Very Green & Modern Visitor Centers

These 13 visitor centers around the world are worth a stop not just for brochures and information, but for their architecture and sustainability.

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Cool Pools: 15 Super-Scenic Swimming Spots

From an infinity pool 600 feet in the air overlooking urban Singapore to an exotic saltwater lagoon in Spain, these 15 man-made swimming pools are stunning.

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Land of Giants: Towering Icelandic Super-Sculptures


A competition to redesign electric pylons in Iceland produced these 3 standout entries including 'Land of Giants', humanoid sculptures that tower into the sky.

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12 Seemingly Vegan & Vegetarian Foods That Really Aren't

Don't mindlessly munch on peanuts, chips or Hostess cakes; all of these seemingly vegan products and more are often full of gross animal-derived ingredients.

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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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Lost Civilizations: 12 Societies that Vanished in Mystery

What happened to the Indus Valley civilization, the Minoans or the Olmec of Mexico? Alien abduction? Maybe not, but it's still a mystery.

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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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12 Organic Fertilizers & Natural Bug Repellants

Make your garden lush and green and protect it from harmful pests like aphids and slugs with these 12 easy DIY homemade insecticide sprays and fertilizers.

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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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