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Practical Architect Uses Design/Build Skills to Erect Beautiful Family Home for $180,000 Less Than Quoted Price

Zui Ng's "Chameleon Shotgun House"<p>This is well worth the watch. Houston-based architect Zui Ng used a host of brilliant principles, intelligent …

Design

Water good idea: Solar-powered home stores energy as hydrogen

There are four family homes in the Phi Suea House development, as well as several other purpose-built buildings. According to project developer CNX …

This Solar Home In England Costs Just $2 A Month To Run

The future is not just green, it's cheap, apparently.<p>For those skeptics who think alternative energy is a waste of time and that going green is for the excessively rich, this home in West Kirby, England should give you something to think about.<p>Designed by Colin Usher, director of UK-based John …

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The best of the Long Read in 2015

The Long Read published 144 pieces in 2015 – our first full year. (If you’re counting at home, that’s about 800,000 words, or roughly the length of the first five Harry Potter novels.) It wasn’t easy to choose 15 favourites, but here they are – perfect reading for your holiday week, arranged in …

Harry Potter

Wind Power Continues Steady Growth Across The U.S.

The U.S. wind power industry is celebrating after reaching a new milestone in November: 70 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity.<p>"That's enough to power about 19 million homes," says Michael Goggin, senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).<p>There are more than …

Li-Fi: 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, tests prove

Li-Fi, a super-fast alternative to Wi-Fi, has been proven capable of sending data at up to 1GBps in real-world tests.<p>At that speed, 100-times faster than current Wi-Fi technologies, a high-definition film could be downloaded in a matter of seconds.<p>In a pilot scheme carried of by Estonian start-up …

In Sweden, an Eco-Friendly House Wrapped Inside a Larger Glass House

Come for the greenhouse, stay for the DIY sewage system<p>In the 1970s, Swedish eco-architect Bengt Warne built his radical Nature House. Essentially a …

Zero Waste

Net-zero Unity home is a solar-powered prefab that pops up in just 3 days

If you aren’t yet sold on factory-built housing, the gorgeous prefab Unity home may have what it takes to change your mind. Unveiled as this year’s …

Prefab Homes

Articles about 10 striking designs indoor outdoor living on Dwell.com - Dwell

Wallpaper is a homes' best friend. The popular material changes boring white walls into incredible murals.<p>Now that the days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising, consider how a courtyard can bring you closer to nature...<p>A foyer, also known as an entryway, is the first thing you see …

The Gene Hackers

A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.<p>At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T. He is also among the most accomplished. In 1999, while still a high-school student, in Des …

Genetics

6 Low Maintenance Shrubs that are Showstoppers

We just did a massive shrub planting in our yard— and by "we," I mean I picked the spots and my partner did all the work— and now I want everyone to …

A guide to lazy gardening: how to create a low-maintenence space

Sometimes the best thing a gardener can do is take a step back and allow wild plants to grow<p>The toughest call any gardener will face is acknowledging when it’s time to do less, either in the short or long term. Gardening grips us, taking on an ever-expanding, enthusiasm-fired life of its own: …

15 Kitchen DIYs That Take One Hour Or Less

Want to spruce up your kitchen but don't have much time on your hands? These 15 super-simple DIY projects take less than an hour to complete.<p><b>1. Repaint your mugs</b><p><i>This Heart of Mine</i><p>Are you the unfortunate owner of a set of mugs you just can't fall in love with? Unless they're a priceless family …

Dining Rooms

DIY Mason Jar Desk Lamp

I love finding new functions for everyday things, especially when it’s something I’d otherwise recycle or donate. We had a 1/2 gallon jug leftover …

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

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Trompe-l'il Paintings of Windows Create Fantastic Optical Illusions in Istanbul

If you were walking past these small and decorative windows, you might not assume that they're fake. But, you'd be mistaken. These windows are actually paintings by the Spanish street artist Pejac. He recently stopped in Istanbul, Turkey to create three new trompe-l'il pieces in the district of …

Articles about sensitive modern house austin texas on Dwell.com - Dwell

An Austin firm creates a home for a family in the Texas capital that sits among the trees.<p>Architect J.C. Schmeil of Merzbau Design Collective recently completed this 4-bedroom, 4-bath house on Lake Austin in Texas,...<p>In Portland, Oregon, a designer creates an open, environmentally sensitive house …

A Couple’s Incredible 550,000-Mile Odyssey Through 177 Countries Over 26 Years. In a Single Car. | Colossal

<p>In moments of peak stress, boredom, or desperation for change, we’ve probably all shared the same dream: why not just drop everything and travel. …

FollowMe: A Portable, Rechargeable Lamp Easy to Carry Around

Launched at this year’s ICFF, the FollowMe lamp left us with a crush that we just had to revisit. From Marset, the Inma Bermúdez-designed lamp is not …

Portable

A Modern Lakefront Home with Separation for Adults & Kids

Alfonso Architects were hired to design a home in Tampa, Florida that would answer the needs of a typical family (two adults, two kids), giving them …

Living Rooms

13 Ways To Know If Your LinkedIn Summary Is A Winner Or A Snoozer

First impressions have gone digital. People are learning about you online before they ever shake your hand. The second they know they are going to meet you or have a call with you, they’re going to type your name into Google. This makes your virtual brand more important than ever. And it means you …

The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Co. noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units and …

Amazing Drone Photo of Nine Mountain Climbers atop a Swiss Mountain Peak | Colossal

<p>An adventurous team of nine mountain climbers sponsored by mountaineering outfitter Mammut snapped this aerial photo of the group atop the Jungfrau, …

One World Trade Center: how New York tried to rebuild its soul

You see it when you whip over the Brooklyn Bridge, or look downtown crossing Sixth Avenue: eight isosceles triangles of blue glass, taller than anything else on the skyline. One World Trade Center, finally approaching completion after 13 years of trauma and backbiting, has become a familiar, serene …

This Sofabed is Sofa King Cool!

A convertible sofa is the most sensible seating for small spaces, but finding one that is both functional and aesthetically appealing can be like …

Take A Trip Around The World In 2 Minutes [Video]

Shutterstock has condensed footage of Earth’s many wonders, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to London’s Gherkin Building and from Egypt’s pyramids to the Northern Lights, into a stunning new video, called “Around the World in 80 Clips.” It’s a virtual world tour that spans just two minutes, …

Northern Lights

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …