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China’s Last Cave Dwellers Fight to Keep Their Underground Homes

GEBENG, China — When armed bandits prowled this remote, mountainous stretch of the southwestern province of Guizhou in the chaotic years before the founding of modern China, the ethnic Miao villagers hid in the region’s enormous caves.<p>And there they have remained, even after China was united under …

China

Calders House / narch

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The house, located in Calders (a small village in the centre of Catalonia), is the new home to a couple …

Architecture

HyTech Power may have solved hydrogen, one of the hardest problems in clean energy - Vox

The “hydrogen economy” may be a thing after all.<p>It is an odd twist of chemistry that there is fuel embedded in the most common substance on earth: water.<p>Hydrogen — the H of H2O fame — turns out to be something of an all-purpose element, a Swiss Army knife for energy. It can be produced without …

Clean Energy

In 2018, We Will CRISPR Human Beings

Ever since 2012, when researchers first discovered that bacterial immune systems could be hijacked to edit DNA in living creatures, CRISPR has been …

The 6 Coolest Material Breakthroughs Of 2017

Car exhaust ink. 3D graphene. A brand new blue–and a brand new crayon.<p>Materials are a designer’s paint and canvas–and for the most part, they’ve remained pretty static in recent decades. But over the past few years, and in 2017 in particular, we saw new advances in material science that gave …

What traditional buildings can teach architects about sustainability

<b>(CNN) —</b> Long before foam insulation and concrete tower blocks, humans were finding ingenious ways to address their needs through architecture. Using local materials and inherited construction techniques, societies have ensured that buildings provide protection and comfort.<p>In Tonga, traditional …

Construction Industry

Here's Why Some People Turn Super-Red After Drinking Alcohol

Blame genetics.<p>If your face goes red when drinking alcohol, you're not alone. More than one in three people with East Asian heritage (Chinese, …

Alcohol

Lessons Learned from the First Generation of Net-Zero Communities

BedZED / WikipediaThe first generation of net-zero communities, which were designed to add no carbon to the atmosphere, are entering their second …

An Architect's Guide to Virtual Practice

Summary<p>Today, a new reality in architectural practice is that most architects are no longer interacting across their workstations. Instead, they are …

Voltaire / SABO project

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The apartment is located in a 1920’s industrial building of Paris’ 11th arrondissement. The initial …

Gallery of Catalan Church Restored Using Ingenious Tensioning System - 1

Image 1 of 23 from gallery of Catalan Church Restored Using Ingenious Tensioning System. © Santi Prats i Rocavert

We've Lost Sight Of The Most Important Rule In Debating Science

It was almost 100 years ago that the most famous debate in science history took place. The topic up for consideration was the nature of the spiral objects in the sky: were they proto-stars in the process of forming, or were they island Universes, similar to and far outside of our own galaxy? …

Hubble Space Telescope

Camera-Specific Outdoor Packs Suck, Here’s What I Use Instead

If you’ve ever loaded up a large camera backpack (like something from Think Tank Photo or LowePro) and hiked a mountain, you’ll be able to fully …

Why Herzog & de Meuron's Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Is Worth Its $900 Million Price Tag

<i>This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Will Elbphilharmonie Be Hamburg’s Guggenheim?"</i><p>So much has already been written about …

How to Build a Coffee Table with Just Two Tools, Make a Secret Compartment Shelf, Create Motion-Activated Bike Lighting & More

Part 2 of this week's Makers Roundup<p><b>Motion Activated Bike Lighting Prototype</b><p>Bob Clagett uses an Arduino 101 board to create a unique bike light. …

These Intricate Architectural Models Will Change How You See Their Famous Full-Size Counterparts

<i>This article was originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Kenneth Frampton on the Art & Artifice of Architectural Models."</i><p>For decades, …

From the offshore Santa Monica freeway to a mini Las Vegas with pyramids and the Parthenon, Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell look at the LA that never happened

Los Angeles

Modern Lake Cabin

The interior layout and large windows in this BONE Structure custom home provide the occupants stunning views of the lake and mountains of this region. The architecture of the house is characterized, among others things, by a huge sloping roof which creates a direct link with the views of …

Does an anomaly in the Earth's magnetic field portend a coming pole reversal?

The Earth is blanketed by a magnetic field. It’s what makes compasses point north, and protects our atmosphere from continual bombardment from space …

Earth Science

7 ‘apartment-in-a-box’ designs for tiny spaces

Small living, made easy<p>As micro apartments become ever more prevalent in cities around the world, architects and designers seem to have grasped firmly onto one idea: the “all-in-one” furniture solution that combines multiple functions into one module. The premise is simple. By tucking in everything …

Living Rooms

Amazing Projects That Take Green Architecture To New Heights

We seem to have reached a point when we’re becoming more concerned about the planet we live on and more aware of our surroundings and their ephemeral …

Huge Barn Transformed Into A Modern Home With An Open Floor Plan

Barns aren’t usually very large. We picture them as cozy little structures made of wood and with those signature doors that we love so much. However, …

Interior Design

Split View | UArchitects, Founder & owner: Misak Terzibasiyan

This family which wanted to build this house was motivated by the change of their living situation and wanted to express this also in their new …