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  • SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

    24 October 2014, 1:00 pm by: Bridgette Meinhold

    680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than demolish it, SOM took on the challenge to reinvent it. They
  • Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

    24 October 2014, 12:30 pm by: Lori Zimmer

    Hoodlums will think twice before smashing Pumpktris, which glows thanks to 125 embedded LED lights, rather than a candle. Set to a Halloween-themed version of the ever infectious Tetris soundtrack, Nathan’s step-by-step tutorial takes you through…
  • National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter’s Magical Life with Animal Companions

    24 October 2014, 11:50 am by: Ana Lisa

    Just like Tippi—the French girl who grew up in Africa—Amelia has shared her childhood with the kinds of animals that most of us will only ever see on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic magazines. “Since I was only three, it seemed sort of
  • Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

    24 October 2014, 11:37 am by: Beverley Mitchell

    A recent study carried out in Japan warns of yet another unexpected consequence of climate change: the study shows that male human fetuses are more sensitive to temperature differences than female fetuses and are more likely to spontaneously abort…
  • Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

    24 October 2014, 11:19 am by: Ana Lisa

    The new DublDom home is a modular dwelling fabricated not far from Moscow. Designed by BIO Architects, it can be used as a first home or vacation retreat, and consists of a gabled structure clad in dark metal sheets with a fully glazed end that opens up into
  • Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

    24 October 2014, 10:42 am by: Bridgette Meinhold

    Sou Fujimoto, who designed the 2013 Serpentine Gallery in London, just completed the Many Small Cubes installation in Paris. Commissioned by Galerie Philippe Gravier, Fujimoto's art and architecture installation is a delicately balanced series of metal cubes
  • High-Tech Rogue C6 May Be the First Carbon Commuter Bike on the Market

    24 October 2014, 10:30 am by: Inhabitat

    David Lupafya recently launched a Kickstarter for the Rogue C6, an intelligent carbon hybrid bike that combines the ultra-lightweight and responsive features of a road bike with the technology and comfort of a commuter. Weighing in at just 20.5 pounds, the
  • Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

    24 October 2014, 10:09 am by: Colin Payne

    Scientists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest human DNA sample ever found, a discovery that could help unravel the mystery of how humans spread out over the planet. Phys.org reports that DNA came from a Homo Sapiens femur bone that was found…
  • Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

    24 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Lucy Wang

    The timber-framed Turf House was commissioned by an ambitious couple set on building a low-energy eco-home and was completed for approximately $337,000 USD, including the cost of the land ($64,000 USD). In contrast to the traditional stone crofter's cottages
  • Lyft and Uber Can Now Legally Give You a Ride to San Francisco International Airport

    24 October 2014, 8:00 am by: Marc Carter

    Lyft and Uber can now legally pick you up or drop you off at San Francisco's International Airport as both companies have just signed a new agreement with the airport. This is big news since prior to the signed agreements, for-hire vehicles operating at the
  • MGM Installs the Largest Rooftop Solar Array in the US – and it Only Powers 1/5 of the Hotel

    24 October 2014, 6:00 am by: Kristine Lofgren

    When you think Las Vegas you might not think about sustainability, but that’s all starting to change - in a big way. MGM Resorts announced that it has installed the largest rooftop solar array in the US - the second biggest in the entire world - on top of
  • Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

    24 October 2014, 2:33 am by: Lucy Wang

    aq4 arquitectura designed OKE to engage its immediate environment through views and circulation. The building is set perpendicular to the main street so that its eye-catching form and facade can be seen from a distance. The architects also carved out a new
  • Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

    24 October 2014, 1:00 am by: Lori Zimmer

    Building with earth is an ancient practice that has recently been updated to accommodate modern homes. Vallejo built this house using a system called Superadobe, which was originally invented by Iranian architect Nader Khalili and uses three main elements
  • Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten and They Don’t Appreciate it

    23 October 2014, 5:40 pm by: Colin Payne

    Vegetarians and vegans pay heed, new research shows plants know when they’re being eaten. And they don't like it. That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern Farmer, a new study from the University of Missouri shows
  • Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

    23 October 2014, 5:39 pm by: Lori Zimmer

    Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history were in fact vegetarians. The researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni Vienna claim the bones collected from the city of Ephesos
  • Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

    23 October 2014, 5:35 pm by: Lucy Wang

    AATA Architects first carefully selected the site location and building orientation to the sun in order to minimize the cabin's energy consumption. Special attention was also given to the windows, which were strategically located to allow as much sunlight
  • Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

    23 October 2014, 5:34 pm by: Beverley Mitchell

    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just opened the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant, which will add 140 Megawatts (MW) to the country's national electricity grid. The project is viewed as a major boon for development initiatives and
  • This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

    23 October 2014, 5:30 pm by: Lidija Grozdanic

    The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up with Green Hope Colombia and the Starkey Hearing Foundation
  • South Miami Wants to Secede From Florida Due to the State’s Climate Change Apathy

    23 October 2014, 5:00 pm by: Timon Singh

    What do you do if your state is ignoring the threat of climate change and putting your home and family in peril? Well, if you're a group of officials from South Miami, you take matters into your own hands and pass a proposal to secede from northern Florida
  • INFOGRAPHIC: What’s Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

    23 October 2014, 3:29 pm by: Kristine Lofgren

    Right now there are 7 billion people on the planet and that number keeps growing. To support that many people, the planet's natural resources have been stretched to capacity. Now add 3 billion more people to that total and you have a picture of what the

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