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Japan's Power Plan: Solar Panels for All New Buildings

What's your roof done for you lately? If you're in Japan, it just might be collecting the Sun's most useful renewable resource, solar power. Even better, if a plan due to be announced by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the upcoming G8 summit in Deauville, France, is carried out, by 2030 every new house and building in the country will be fitted with solar panels.

If You Could Talk To Walls - Your Body As An Antenna

Your body is an antenna, and Microsoft Research have worked out a way for you to use it.

Picasso Pad? - Living In A Cube

You really can live in comfort in a small space. The Cube Project is proof.

True Economy - Getting Value For Virtually No Money

The $300 House is a project that enables the poorest of the poor to build the best houses they can for next to nothing.

Hot Stuff! - Airport Saves $8 Million With Geothermal Heat

By using heat that already exists, Portland Jetport will save over 50,000 gallons of oil a year.

Roller Coaster Made of Prius Parts Could Power More Than Just The Coaster

I haven't been on a roller coaster ride in years. They no longer appeal to me like they use to. Pretty soon though, my kids are going to be old enough to want to ride a coaster. It is interesting to think that roller coasters like the innovative hybrid one below may be in their eco-friendly future.

Putting Yuppies To Use - Volunteerism For Urban Professionals

Catchafire connects skilled professionals with nonprofits and social enterprises for unique volunteering opportunities.

Final Turbine at China's Three Gorges Dam Begins Testing

Testing of the 32nd and final turbine at China's massive Three Gorges underground power station has begun, as the hydroelectric project's highly anticipated final completion date draws ever closer.

World's First Solar-Powered, Underwater Ocean Golf Course

I can tell it, but you still may not believe it--a golf course built on the surface of the sea. What will rich dudes think of next?

 


A Winning Design Tor The Primorksiy Zoological Park In St. Petersburg

Two architects from Beckmann N'Thépé and two designers from TN Plus have teamed up to create a winning design for Russia's new Primorskiy Zoological Park in Saint Petersburg.  The layout of the zoo is reminiscent of a Paleolithic Pangea, wherin each continent is represented throughout the zoo.

BRC's Binary Furniture: Would You Like To Sit This One Out?

Can't get enough tech-related stuff to fill your home with? In case that holds true for you, then you might want to consider looking into BRC Designs' Binary Chair and Table. This furniture company specializes in unusual and outrageous pieces but I don't think anything can be wackier than their Binary Collection.

Parkour Meets Mario Brothers: Tempest Freerunning Academy

Run, jump, flip, slide, swing, roll--just make it look good. The Tempest Freerunning Academy is a huge, indoor parkour training camp that includes some equipment inspired by a timeless video game.

Super Sized For A Super Console, Part One: The Giant NES Controller Coffee Table

Remembering the days when you'd hook up your NES and start playing Balloon Fight or Super Mario World for hours on end? Well, I do. And maybe you will too, once you see this larger than life NES controller slash coffee table that you can actually hook up to your gaming console!

Tempest Freerunning Academy: Bringing Your Video Game Fantasies To Life

Imagine a place straight from your favorite Mario World game where you could run and jump around to your heart's content and hit those question marks as you pass them. Now head on over to the Tempest Freerunning Academy to see that world you imagined in real life.

Design Efficient Place To Stash Your Stash

When designing a house, I wonder how many architects think about places to hide.  Maybe places for kids to hide from each other, or for adults to hide when marketers come to their doors.  But what about places to hide stash... valuable stash like money or jewelry?

Ping-Pong Paddle Hotel to Highlight Planned Chinese Sports Complex

Fancy some ping-pong with your Hong Kong? A unique hotel designed to look like a ping-pong paddle has been 'tabled' to highlight a sports-oriented Olympic park planned for the city of Huainan in eastern China.

Clouded Thinking? - Qatar's World Cup Soccer Stadia To Have Artificial Clouds

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University have worked out how to keep their stadia cool for the World Cup: build a cloud.

Tokyo Hotel Delays Closing, Opens Doors to Earthquake Refugees

Tokyo's Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, once a symbol of Japan's robust 'bubble economy', was scheduled to close at the end of March. Touched by the plight of people who barely survived the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, however, the owners of the sumptuous 700-room hotel have offered to extend the closing date in order to house approximately 1,600 disaster evacuees.

The Bombardier Project Eco Train, Completely Solar Powered

Francisco Lupin, an Argentinian industrial designer, created an ecological, ergonomic, and economically efficient design for the Bombardier train competition. Called the Inter Urban Eco Train, eco4, for short, it is designed to offer local transit services for business commuters and students who go back and forth to school or universities. Zero carbon emissions.

A Green Metropolis For China: The Largest Green Development In The World

Projected to be the world's largest green development yet, CK Designworks, a group based in Australia, has unveiled a master plan for a green metropolis to be located in Nanjing, China.  With 10 LEED-certified towers and a monorail connecting them, the project hopes to express modern sustainability as well as Chinese culture and history to the entire world.