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Gorgeous modern cabin offers airy perch above lake

Swoon<p>The innovative cottage experts at YH2 Architects have been at it again, this time crafting a gorgeous modern retreat overlooking the waters of Lac Plaisant in Quebec. The stark exterior architecture and comfortable interior give it a perfect balance of beauty and practicality.<p>The home has a …

Architecture

Ford made a trucker hat that might save drivers' lives

Truck driving is an exhausting job that requires constant attention to the road. Falling asleep during long stretches is an occasional -- and sometimes lethal -- concern. That's why Ford helped develop the SafeCap, a hat that senses head movements associated with sleepiness and wakes the driver up …

Artificial pancreas uses your phone to counter diabetes

If you live with type 1 diabetes, you have to constantly keep track of your blood sugar levels and give yourself just the right amount of insulin. It's arduous, and more than a little frightening when you know that the wrong dose could have serious consequences. However, researchers might have a …

Human Emotions Really Are Affected by Gut Bacteria, New Study Suggests

Trust your gut.<p>The more we find out about the bacteria that live in our gut, the more we're coming to realise how these microbiota could have an …

Midcentury modern-inspired home is an indoor-outdoor dream in Denver

An interior courtyard makes up the home’s outdoor space<p>Brick City House is a new residence in Denver, Colorado, that takes a page from the book of midcentury modern design. Designed by local practice Studio B, the simple construction is characterized by a flat-roofed rectangular volume arranged …

LOT-EK's carroll house in brooklyn is made from 21 shipping containers

<b>constructed using 21 shipping containers, carroll house is a single-family residence located in brooklyn’s williamsburg neighborhood.</b> sited on a …

Architecture

Silver House

Perched on a limestone cliff on Gower Peninsula, the Silver House brings medieval craftsmanship to the modern day. The home's foundation takes …

This prefab tiny house is built from 24 layers of cardboard

It looks better than it sounds<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>Humble cardboard has been the unorthodox material of choice for Pritzker-winning architect Shigeru Ban, who's already built a cathedral, pavilion, and …

A Perfect Match

Santa Barbara, California<p>Architect Dan Weber calls the Santa Barbara climate – where “it’s never hot, it’s never cold, there are no bugs, no wind, and it never rains” – pretty much perfect. So it stands to reason that his firm, Santa Barbara-based ANACAPA Architecture (which also has an office in …

Architecture

Idaho Desert House

Outpost is a very charismatic construction in the middle of Idaho desert, designed by Olson Kundig, a design cabinet from Seattle. Into a moon like …

Dreamy cabin is a luxurious escape in the New Zealand bush

Cabin envy is real with this gorgeous Back Country house in New Zealand’s Puhoi bush. Designed by David Maurice of LTD Architectural, this …

Photographer Captures Expressive Portraits of Strangers Before and After Kissing Them

With a “constant fascination for new people,” New York-based, Norwegian photographer Johanna Siring often features strangers as the subjects of her work. In a recent series, Siring has taken her love of meeting new people to another level by capturing portraits of total strangers before and after …

These gorgeous glass homes can pop up in 8 hours for under $70k

1/16<p>OOD tiny house<p>Meet ÖÖD, a gorgeous prefab abode that doesn’t compromise privacy for stellar views. Clad in mirrored glass, this sleek tiny home …

Aziz Ansari has great advice for people in creative slumps

When you’re a creatively successful person, people always want to know what you’re working on. The problem is that sometimes the answer is: Nothing much.<p>Actor and filmmaker Aziz Ansari recently offered a refreshing take on the pressure that creative types feel to produce. In an interview with <i>GQ</i>‘s …

Creativity

How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School

The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague.<p>At a recent teaching conference in Richmond, Virginia, a session on “design thinking” in education drew a capacity crowd. Two middle-school teachers demonstrated how they had used the concept to plan and execute an …

A Cost-Conscious House in Sweden That’s a Pinterest Sensation

An unlikely Pinterest sensation: the house of Maria Förstberg, a librarian and weaver, located in Linköping, in southern Sweden. The structure, a …

Architecture

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch animation, and it's amazing

We're only about four months away from the first SpaceX launch of the most powerful rocket ship on the planet, the Falcon Heavy, and now we have an …

Millennials are ditching the cookie-cutter McMansion for the 'McModern'

In recent years, the McMansion has fallen out of fashion for a new type of home: the "McModern." Like the McMansion, the McModern is designed for the masses. But instead of borrowing from traditional architectural styles, McModerns take inspiration from modernist architecture, characterized by an …

Google Earth teams up with National Geographic to take students on voyages

Google rolled out a revamped version of Google Earth a few months back, bringing with it a new look and lots of fresh features.<p>One of the key …

Over Two Hundred Free Art Books Are Now Available to Download from the Guggenheim

Tomes of work by Picasso, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Flavin, Klimt, Rothko, and more are as good as yours.<p>A veritable art history degree's worth of books digitized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum are now available for free.<p>There's Wassily Kandinsky's 1946 treatise, <i>On the Spiritual in Art</i>; books …

Artificial iris responds to light like real eyes

The human iris does its job of adjusting your pupil size to meter the amount of light hitting the retina behind without you having to actively think about it. And while a camera's aperture is designed to work the same way as a biological iris, it's anything but automatic. Even point-and-shoots rely …

Watch your raw memories become mind-blowing abstract art

Imagine if you could turn your memories and emotions into compelling, abstract paintings. It's basically every artist's dream.<p>A London-based creative …

Recycled Shipping Containers as Backyard Swimming Pools

From high rises to housing to kiosks and disaster relief, shipping containers have become a more common architectural tool over the past few years. …

Hemishofen House / Dost

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> A young family’s dream of living by the river comes true in this house’s unique location: the bank of …

Architecture

These Prefab Passive Houses Can Reduce Energy Use by 90 Percent | Inc.com

It seems like everywhere you look these days you see homes covered with solar panels. If Tesla's recent announcement about solar roof tiles is any indicator, this trend is here to stay. While moving to renewable energy is great, designing a house "from the ground up" that naturally consumes far …

Prefab Homes

Glass-roofed heaven in Sweden can be yours for $1.3M

Own a piece of heaven and live among the stars<p>We’ve seen our fair share of gorgeous glass-walled houses for sale, but a home with a glass roof doesn’t come around these parts that often. Located in Gothenburg, Sweden, “Villa Heaven” features a simple gabled construction and a glazed covering that …

House Design Inspiration: 115 Fantastic Modern Styles

House Design

Breezy Family Home With Wonderful Views From Its Infinity Edge Pool

A house with a pool is not exactly an extraordinary thing. But if the house were to have an infinity edge pool things definitely change. The whole …

Outdoor Spaces

Samsung’s New TV By Yves Béhar Is A Framed Piece Of Art, Literally

Samsung’s Frame television blends into your wall by chameleoning framed artwork.<p>“A TV is, in a lot of cases, not really on for more than four hours a day,” says Yves Béhar, founder of the San Francisco design studio Fuseproject. “So the rest of the day, the 20-plus hours, it’s really a black box. …

A 2-Hour Marathon Once Seemed Unthinkable. Could Nike’s Radical New Shoe Be The Key?

Filled with post-EVA foam and a carbon fiber plate, this shoe was designed to increase running efficiency by 6%.<p>No one has ever run a marathon in less than two hours. In fact, the four fastest marathons in history–all within an 18-second margin–are still about three minutes shy of breaking the …