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Gone Green: Vacant 50 Years, Chinese Village Conquered by Ivy

Nestled in the hills on a remote island at the mouth of the Yangtze River in China and full of rich foliage, one could imagine this small fishing hamlet to ...

The Hand of Man: Bonsai Hangs Inside Abandoned Power Plant

Inside the cooling tower of an abandoned power plant, a tiny bonsai tree hangs from a geometric metal frame, its roots exposed. The only other sign of life ...

Retired Buses to Become Mobile Homeless Shelters & Showers

A fleet of still-functional city buses in Hawaii sits idle simply because the vehicles have too many miles for continued use in their current capacity, ...

Free Little Libraries: 25 Contextual Designs & Creative Reuses

Little Free Libraries have been popping up all over the U.S. – and in other countries as well – since 2009. The movement began in Wisconsin, where ...

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Vertical Cities: 12 Towers Take Urban Density to the Skies

Taking advantage of virtually endless vertical space within urban centers, entire cities-within-cities could spring up into the skies, packing in thousands of ...

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2 Tons of LEGO: 10 Architects Construct Interactive Micro-City

Using a staggering volume of LEGO bricks, a series of ten famous architecture firms has constructed a series of miniature built environments, deploying them on ...

Cast-in-Place Steel: Robots to 3D-Print Metal Bridge in Holland

Designed to span a historic canal of Amsterdam, this cutting-edge structure will bridge traditional and automatic construction techniques using continuous ...

Brutalist Playgrounds: Sharp Surfaces + Unforgiving Drops

The phrase ‘brutalist playground’ kind of sounds like a joke, emphasizing the great potential for injury that would seem inherent to a sharp, harsh play ...

A Step Above The Rest: 15 Spectacular Modern Staircases

Going far beyond their practical function of connecting one level of an interior to the next, these modern staircase designs make a striking statement, often ...

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Hoverboard Creators Patent Hovering Homes for Disaster Zones

The creators of the world’s first working hoverboard have turned their sights toward larger-scale projects, patenting a three-part hovering foundation ...