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Exposure Challenge: Designing Gardens that Transition Between Sun and Shade

By Kimberly Toscano<p><i>Versatile plant materials and thoughtful placement are key components of tackling the part sun/part shade garden.</i><p>Few garden beds …

Landscaping

A House With Two Pavilions For Two Generations

The idea of a large house which can be shared by two or more generations such as parents and children or grandparents is not a new concept but is …

Architecture

Deepen Your Understanding of Construction and Materials With These Online Courses

How much do you wish you knew about carpentry, solar energy or masonry? Leonardo Da Vinci said, "the noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding." …

Kahua Kuili House

Situated at the foot of a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, the Kahua Kuili House is inspired by traditional Hawaiian summer camps. The home is made up …

Gabion House

Based in Lonavala, India, the Gabion House adopts its namesake feature as the backbone of the home. The wall is 8 foot wide and runs the entire …

Could graphene ripples be tapped into as a clean, limitless energy source?

As if graphene wasn't versatile enough already, researchers at the University of Arkansas have now found a way for the two-dimensional material to be …

AeroPress Coffee Guide: How to Brew for Different Flavor Profiles

What does your morning coffee taste like? With the AeroPress, that depends on your mood.One of the greatest things about this iconic brewing device …

Incredible bamboo basketball court opens in Thailand

Gorgeous<p>You don’t have to be an athlete to appreciate the gorgeous new open-air sports pavilion at the Panyaden International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. From the outside, the 8,417-square-foot building looks something like a shingled turtle shell—featuring a three-tiered, curved roof with …

New Zealand's backcountry huts inspired this breezy, open home

Indoor-outdoor living at its finest<p>A home inspired by New Zealand’s backcountry huts has been completed in the settlement of Puhoi, just 50 kilometers, or about 31 miles north of Auckland. Designed by the director of local firm LTD Architectural David Maurice for him and his own family, the simple …

Graphic Shows the House Plants That Naturally Clean the Air in Your Home, According to a NASA Study

This is a quick public service announcement. If you believe in science and facts, read on.<p>Back in the 1980s, NASA published a research report called …

Videos Reveal the Power of Dams—and Dam Removal

National Geographic takes a look back at some of your favorite stories about dams.<p>Towering walls of ambition, steel, and concrete, dams have generated power, moderated rivers’ flow, and have dramatically altered aquatic ecosystems the world over.<p>Through the years, National Geographic has covered …

23 Of The Oldest Color Photos Ever Taken

Here's what the world looked like in color, over 100 years ago.<p>In 1907, brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière made history by transforming the monochromatic world of photography into vibrant color with their new invention, the Autochrome Lumière.<p>In the years before this invention, color was usually …

The untold story of QF72: What happens when 'psycho' automation leaves pilots powerless?

In the rear galley, flight attendant Fuzzy Maiava slides his meal into an oven. He can relax slightly after collecting meal trays from passengers. …

Emergency Medicine

An Oregon Home Balances Expansive Views and Serene Interiors

For a Portland residence, architect Tom Kundig blends elegant and linear proportions with the functional agility of a simple floor plan<p><i>This article originally appeared in the December 2010 issue of Architectural Digest.</i><p>Tom Kundig hadn't, at least in recent years, since becoming one of the most …

Architecture

26 Of The Most Inspirational Lines In Literature

"Not all who wander are lost." – J. R. R. Tolkien<p><b>1.</b> “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”<p>– Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan</i><p>Submitted by Gina Clark, Facebook<p><b>3.</b> "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”<p>– L.M. Montgomery, <i>Anne of</i> …

Mom's photo series captures the love between kids and grandparents

Grandparents and grandchildren have a special connection, even if they don't have the chance to see each other as often as they might like.<p>Photographer Ivette Ivens' parents live in Lithuania, where she was raised, but she now splits her time between Hawaii and Chicago, thousands of miles …

Parenting

A Note to Tiger Woods: Victory Isn’t the Only Path to Joy

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Dear Tiger,<p>Out of sight, but not out of the headlines: That’s been your lot in the 81st Masters. A leading man in absentia.<p>I know you don’t read anything that’s written about you, but trust us: More column inches have been devoted to your star-making victory at Augusta National 20 …

Hand-tinted photographs capture Japan on the brink of modernization

Photography changed the way the country saw itself<p>In the 1870s, Japan was a place on the cusp of massive transition. Less than two decades after …

Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It'll Be Gone

On a plate, a single banana seems whimsical—yellow and sweet, contained in its own easy-to-open peel. It is a charming breakfast luxury as silly as …

Forestry

This Modern Montana Home Puts an Elegant Spin on Rustic Living

Interior designer Madeline Stuart and architect David Lake of Lake|Flato Architects collaborate on an enlightened home that settles gracefully into its pristine prairie landscape<p><i>This article originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of Architectural Digest.</i><p>In Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1932 …

These are the science concepts you need to know to understand political life in 2017

It’s early days of 2017 still, but already it’s become apparent that this year science will play a larger role in public discourse than it has in the past, at least in the US. The scientific community has found itself at odds with the new White House administration in countless ways, and is gearing …

EPA

Staples Center architect lists post and beam in woodsy setting for $2.495M

Not far from Malibu Creek State Park<p>Tucked into Calabasas’s Monte Nido neighborhood, this lovely, circa-1970s post and beam residence blends into the native oak trees that surround it. Designed by Malibu architect Douglas Rucker, it was recently renovated by Staples Center architect Dan Meis, who …

Swimming Pools

The Rainforest House

The Rainforest House (Casa Na Mata) is a stunning retreat nestled in the dense vegetation of the Brazilian rainforest. Located on the coast of the …

This woman quit her corporate job at 35 and saved $16,000 to travel the world 'indefinitely'

In November of 2012, Clelia Mattana handed in her letter of resignation.<p>She had an established career as a sourcing coordinator at luxury fashion brand Burberry, a good salary, and her own apartment in London. But something was missing.<p>"I was unhappy because I wasn't following my true nature. All I …

Stunning house in the trees proves that modern design can live in harmony with nature

The architects at Mexico-based Grupo Arquitectura wanted to create a space inspired by the concept of living in harmony with the natural environment, …

How circadian rhythms and Roman baths are transforming Australian cities

The team behind the next generation of sustainable buildings, including Sydney’s Barangaroo, aim to promote wellness along with preventing environmental harm<p>Hidden beneath Federation Square, the heart of civic Melbourne, is a complex labyrinth of concrete cells.<p>This labyrinth – the world’s largest …

Northern Italy

Grilled Pizza Challenge: How Would You Top this Summer Staple?

Bon Appétit asked three bloggers to make their version of a summery grilled pizza. Here's what they came up with—and how to make all three yourself.<p>The scenario: <i>Bon Appétit</i> contacts you and offers to give you a sneak preview of a recipe from the upcoming June issue. There's just one catch: You have …

Avocado Toast Roulette

I feel nostalgic for the good old days when avocado toast was something novel, a little breakfast secret to share with friends. Avocado toast these …

The Food Lab: More Tips for Perfect Steaks

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>This week we're getting back to the basics, exploring a few of the simplest, yet most persistent points of contention amongst steak-fryers and grillers.<p>If you've been a longtime reader of the Food Lab, …