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The best new affordable boutique hotels in Europe

Chic and contemporary, these beautifully designed boltholes – in Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and beyond – make for stylish short breaks and weekend getaways<p>Coq hotel, Paris<p>This may be a hotel in practice, but it is a members’ club in spirit (coq stands for Community of Quality). Guests are encouraged …

Boutique Hotels

Hospitality Innovations in the Space Between Boutique Hotel and Airbnb

<i>Colin Nagy, head of strategy at Fred & Farid, a global advertising agency, writes this opinion column for Skift on hospitality, innovation, and</i> …

The year's most innovative architectural concepts revealed

<b>(CNN) —</b> A wooden tower in Nigeria, a community food center in Hawaii and a hydroelectric canal in Boston have been named among the most innovative architectural proposals of the year.<p>They join eight other winning projects in a new prize recognizing the biggest challenges facing architects over the …

Hydroelectric Power

Pinecone-shaped treehouse in the Dolomites allows visitors to sleep under the stars

A circular skylight in the tip of this pinecone-shaped treehouse by architect Claudio Beltrame in the Italian Alps allows the occupant to gaze up …

Treehouses

Masseria Moroseta: A Modern-Day Farmhouse by Andrew Trotter

Masseria Moroseta is a sprawling, modern-day farmhouse in Puglia whose use of local materials, traditional building methods and local architectural …

Architecture
Motorsport

cary tamarkin completes island creek house in the hamptons

<b>this family home in the hamptons comprises a simple timber box that sits atop a stone masonry base.</b> the house, which has been designed by …

10 Cozy Chairs That Will Make You Say "Ahhh"

Your living room needs these comfy-chic chairs ASAP.<p>When it comes to decorating your living room, you shouldn't have to sacrifice style for comfort. …

50 Most Iconic Video Game Characters of the 21st Century

Pull together a list of the most iconic video game characters of <i>all time</i> and chances are there would be very few surprises. Classics like Mario, …

Greenbuild: The world's biggest green building expo kicks off TODAY in Boston

The world’s biggest conference dedicated to green building just kicked off in Boston – and you won’t want to miss it! The Greenbuild International …

Green Living

How To Steal Design Ideas (And Not Feel Like A Schmuck)

Lesson No. 1: Steal the right ideas.<p>Stealing is wrong. We all know that, right? Mom and dad said it first, then it’s hammered in by every teacher from kindergarten to senior thesis. No stealing.<p>You can imagine then the shock I felt upon entering the workforce–where “stealing” good ideas is not only …

Visual Design

NASA Wants Your Origami Skills to Help It Design a Spacecraft Radiation Shield

I fly like paper, get high like planes.<p>There's no denying that the ancient art of origami paper folding has given the world reams of brilliant …

Origami

Forest House

Rooted to the ground by a foundation of stilts, the Forest House is a modern campsite in the Northern California woods. The home is comprised of a …

Architecture

Gorgeous modern home makes stunning use of recycled and salvaged materials

Architecture studio tenfiftyfive paired modern luxury with sustainable and nature-centric design in their design of this gorgeous house extension in …

How houses were cooled before air conditioning

It’s too darn hot<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between rounding up historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>On these sweltering midsummer days, it’s natural to want nothing more than to sit in front of an air …

California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing

In California, solar power is booming: The state leads the nation in solar production, and for a brief period on March 11, California pulled nearly 40 percent of its electricity from the sun.<p>But the state’s solar boom isn’t all sunshine, as the Los Angeles Times energy reporter, Ivan Penn, laid out …

Solar Power

This Transforming Chair has More Parts than Meets the Eye

GVAL is a product that brings surprising and playful use to an object as ordinary as an everyday chair. The form of the chair is a careful balance of …

25 typography freebies to make your life easier

Typography is one of the most important skills you can develop as a designer. And however long your career lasts, you never really stop learning.<p>The …

Typography

Studio Elmo Vermijs designs tiny houses for the homeless in the Netherlands

Based on the concept of Skaeve Huse<p>Tiny house villages and communities for the homeless and other vulnerable groups are cropping up all over the United States—and elsewhere, too.<p>One such community is located on the outskirts of the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The Trudo Housing Corporation enlisted …

How Cheap Does Geothermal Need To Be Before It Becomes The Next Solar?

A new startup called Dandelion is drastically reducing the cost of installing the tech to provide residential buildings with heating and cooling from the ground.<p>At a cost of $80,000 and upwards, geothermal systems have often been too expensive for homeowners, even if harnessing the natural …

SolarCity

You're probably terrible at spotting faked photos

Seeing isn't believing.<p>A picture is worth a thousand words. You have to see it to believe it. Pics or it didn’t happen. The trust we put into visual cues is all but encoded into our language. But what happens when the visual information itself is a lie? How effective are we at teasing out fact from …

The Brain

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make | Inc.com

When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation are powerful and can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make common writing and …

Language

Lessons On Branding From A Company That Has No Brand

You start by trademarking a white box.<p>This week, a new startup called Brandless started selling a mix of household goods and food online with the goal of changing consumption habits and making quality food affordable.<p>As the name suggests, Brandless is trying to emphasize the products it sells …

Selling

The House Of Worship The Cheesecake Factory Built

Sacred Architecture<p>A well-funded California religious order announced plans to build a sanctuary. Then the battle lines were drawn.<p>Photographer Aaron …

Islam

Google X unveils new company for geothermal energy, Dandelion

The company is already signing up customers for their affordable and easy-to-install home geothermal energy system<p>Alphabet’s “moonshot factory” is slinging out a new independent company dedicated to bringing affordable home geothermal energy to the masses: Dandelion. For years, the popularity of …

Go way, way off grid at this amazing tiny house Airbnb in Oaxaca

The Tiny Casa in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, is an ultra tiny Airbnb cabin perfect for those looking for a completely off-grid getaway. Inspired by …

Oaxaca

New map reveals the world's most toxic countries

Just about every country in the world grapples with pollution, no matter how rich or poor they are. But you may not be aware of just how toxic your …

Our seas have become a plastic graveyard - but can technology turn the tide?

When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen recording location off the coast of Marseille, she was naturally nervous.<p>The crew had just one chance to document evidence of the build-up of rubbish on the seabed for her award-winning film <i>A Plastic Ocean</i>, but …

Why do we feel hot and cold as pain?

When we feel something too hot or cold, our senses register pain. But why? And what’s causing it?<p>On the face of things, a hot waffle iron wouldn't seem to have all that much in common with a block of ice. But the two objects share the same capacity to inflict pain. Extreme heat and extreme cold are …

Biology