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Holst Architecture wraps curvaceous facades of Portland office buildings in cedar

US firm Holst Architecture took cues from Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí while conceiving a pair of commercial buildings in central Portland.<p>Called …

Bamboo grows up inside narrow Vietnam house by Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects

Plants grow up through the central atrium of this five-metre-wide house in Vietnam, designed by Nguyen Khac Phuoc Architects to offer its residents …

Vietnam

Reclaimed Wood Bar Stools - Clive Stool

Meet Clive -- he's one cool customer with welded metal legs, an artisan-crafted wood seat, and a curved back so that you're as comfortable as he is. …

How The Tiny, Poor Country Of Bhutan Became One Of The Most Sustainable Countries On Earth

The country knows it needs to develop, but it’s making sure the development doesn’t come at the expense of its natural resources.<p>“My country is not one big monastery populated with happy monks.”<p>That’s the first thing that Tshering Tobgay, the charismatic prime minister of the tiny Himalayan nation …

Sustainability

These $150,000 Prefab Houses Don’t Need Any Energy From The Grid

Deltec’s factory-built houses get their power from solar panels—and incredible gains in efficiency.<p>When a home-building company called Deltec Homes first launched in 1968, they focused on designing houses that could survive a hurricane. Now one of their main focuses is a different challenge—how to …

Renewable Energy

How To Design For Autism

The architect behind the Center of Autism and the Developing Brain says the key is to be sensitive to light, sight, textures, and sounds.<p>Problem: many autistic kids are super sensitive to the sight, sound, and feel of their environment. So when New York-Presbyterian decided to build an early …

I Travel Around Germany To Photograph Amazing Staircases

I believe that the message the staircase tell me is that the life is not a straight line – it can go up and down. I also love taking pictures of …

This Brewery Stopped Making Beer So It Could Send 100,000 Cans of Water to Flint

Big corporations like Walmart and Coca-Cola are sending millions in water and money, but some entrepreneurs are are sacrificing more to support the Michigan town in need.<p>When Dale Katechis, the founder of craft beer company Oskar Blues, found out about the Flint water crisis, he decided there was …

Beer

How These Young Rwandan Architects Are Redesigning Their Country

In one of the fastest growing economies in the world, there is great opportunity to design the country more equitably and more sustainably.<p>Growing up in Rwanda, Christian Benimana always wanted to become an architect. But when he was ready to begin training, he had a problem: Rwanda didn’t have a …

Africa

These Streetlights Kill Mosquitoes, Charge Phones, And Send Disaster Warnings

Powered by wind and solar power, these lights represent the future of urban infrastructure–where the building blocks of the city are smart and helpful.<p>If the streetlights on your block don’t do anything other than brighten dark corners, that will probably soon change. New lights in Copenhagen point …

Mosquitoes

How NYC Is Subtly Redesigning The Subway Car For City Dwellers Of 2050

A prototype train car reveals how New York is planning for the future.<p>This week, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced an order of 10 experimental “open gangway” trains that contain a single long, continuous passage.<p>It’s a minuscule order–10 cars represents only about 1% …

Circular Bridge Built To Slow Down Drivers So That They Would Enjoy The View

The end of 2015 saw the completion of a round bridge that stretches across Laguna Garzón between the cities of Rocha and Maldonado on the southern …

The Hills by West 8 opening summer 2016 on New York's Governors Island

A park consisting of towering hills designed by Dutch landscape firm West 8 will open this summer on Governors Island, offering sweeping views of the …

Manhattan

A Floating Forest To Be Installed In Rotterdam

On March 16, 2016, a floating forest of 20 trees will be launched in Rotterdam, Holland. Inspired by an art piece named “In Search Of Habitus,” by …

The “Most Environmental Restaurant In The World” Just Opened

The Perennial, in San Francisco, goes to extreme lengths to be sustainable–but not at the expense of being delicious.<p>It looks like it’s just a piece of toast–albeit a very fancy piece of toast, artfully laden with greens and flower petals and part of a $12 appetizer. But the bread is actually an …

Sustainability

Restaurant Built Inside An Italian Cave Let’s You Dine With Breathtaking Views

What’s more romantic than a candle lit dinner at the seaside? A candle-lit dinner in a grotto restaurant carved into the Italian seaside. Grotta …

Be a Successful Craft Brewery -- 5 Things Your Competition Can Teach You

1) <b>Focus on what makes your brand unique</b> – case in point: Southern Star Brewing Company<p><b>“We were the first to can craft in Texas”</b><p>Let people know what …

Floating Rubbish Bin That Cleans Oceans

Two Australians, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, created the Seabin, a floating rubbish bin that can collect plastic bottles, paper, oil, fuel, and …

Millennial Food Innovators: KinSol Brings Dehydrators to Farmers in Developing Countries

<i>Guest post by Lorena Galvan, Thought For Food ambassador.</i> Millennial food innovators are pioneering a better food future from farm to fork. Our …

Agriculture

based company surprises lucky town with Christmas gifts for all

Warning: The video above may cause tears of joy. It's easy to get caught up in the stress of shopping and traveling during the holidays. However, one …

Christmas

Why 2015 Was Such a Historic Year for Craft Beer

2015 saw a lot of milestones in the craft beer world – perhaps the most notable being the number of craft breweries in the United States surpassed …

The Sheltersuit Is A Wearable Homeless Shelter Made From Sleeping Bags

For people sleeping rough on the streets, the suit can offer some extra protection. And if you’re going to be outside, you might be able to get one, too.<p>The Sheltersuit is a home that you wear. Designed in the Netherlands for use by homeless people, the suit is a water-resistant, insulated jacket …

Solar Power

A 100-Year-Old Church Transformed Into A Skate Park Painted With Colorful Graffiti

A historic church in the Spanish city of llanera was transformed into a skate-park earlier this year by La Iglesia Skate; titled Kaos Temple, it has …

Reinventing Cancer Surgery–By Designing A Better Hospital Experience

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s new $300 million cancer center focuses on the well-being of the patient–even as they move you through the process as quickly as possible.<p>Picture a hospital: Bright lights, buzzing machines, crowded waiting rooms, and frazzled nurses. Anxiety runs high. Customer service is …

Health Care

Five things hotels should be doing with text messages to guests [INFOGRAPHIC]

Text (or SMS) messages remain one of the most effective forms of marketing communications, alongside email.<p>Yet how many hotels are using SMSs to …

Mobile

Kontor: A Souped-Up Pinterest For Office Design

“People have been trying to use Google image search or Pinterest, but they really don’t fit the needs of a serious design conversation.”<p>Say you want to redesign your office. Type “modern office” into Pinterest or Tumblr, and you’ll see a slew of inspiring spaces, but you won’t find much practical …

Architects embrace "the beginning of the timber age"

Wood is taking over from steel and concrete as the architectural wonder material of the 21st century, with architects praising its sustainability, …

Fountain Outside The Cincinnati Public Library

Image credits: Jean-François Schmitz<p>This fountain, affectionately known as the “book fountain,” stands outside of the Cincinnati Main Library. …

Snarkitecture uses steel sheets with garment-shaped cutaways for COS pop-up shop in LA

Brooklyn studio Snarkitecture has used pink-hued steel and floor-to-ceiling mirrors to transform an industrial space in Los Angeles into a pop-up …

These Cities Of The Future Would Be Built Entirely Of Bamboo

Concrete and glass skyscrapers are so 20th century.<p>“Our focus is not necessarily to build a city, but rather to grow a city.” So says Chris Precht, one of the co-founders of Penda, a Beijing and Vienna-based architecture firm that has a new vision for a low-carbon future in China. What if cities …

Construction