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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.

That Blasted Roof! - Capturing Wind Energy On Your Roof

A cheap, unimposing wind turbine that attaches to the roof of your house could be on many horizons in the not-too-distant future.

The Hydra Tower: An Earth Shattering Skyscraper That Harnesses Hydrogen Using Lightning

Winning an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, the Hydra Tower promises to harness energy using lightning to split water molecules for producing hydrogen.  Hydrogen is a valuable alternative energy source but unfortunately requires a great deal of energy to procure; however, using heaven-sent resources could be just the ticket.

Lights Out - A Sensor That Cuts Your Electricity Usage

A single sensor in your home could save you 40% of your electricity costs.

Slim's Gift To Mexico: The New Museo Soumaya In Mexico City

It is unusual for one person to build an art museum and fund it all, especially when no future remuneration is expected in return. But when your name is Carlos Slim Helú and you are the richest person in the world, who happens to own roughly 66,000 coveted works of art, it might cross your mind. 

Big Brother Is Watching You, And You, And You... - Cameras That Know Who You Are

Now cameras can tell who and where you are better than ever before. Feeling secure?

SOM's New York City Green School, Brought To You By The Number Zero

The New York City School Construction Authority's latest endeavor is the planning of the first ever net-zero elementary school.  Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, the Staten Island Elementary School, P.S. 62, will produce as much energy as it consumes.  The school is set to open for the 2015-2016 school year but not without controversy among locals.

In The Gardens We're Seedin' - The Guerilla Gardening Movement

Around the world, people are reclaiming orphaned urban land, and turning it into gardens.

Burnished Bridges - Lighting Bridges To Fix Them

A Princeton team has designed a way to detect faults in bridges and buildings, with light.

Water-Scraper: A Green Metropolis in the Deep Blue

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to live in - well, maybe not.  Evolo's 2011 Skyscraper Competition gave the hO2+ Scraper an honorable mention for its positive impact on the environment as well as the concept of taking the land-loving skyscrapers to the sea.  These underwater, floating structures use wind, solar, wave, kinetic, and bio energy sources for powering an underwater metropolis.

Deserting The Desert - A Plan To Green The World's Deserts

The Sahara Forest Project is a plan to produce fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot deserts. A demonstration center is being developed in Jordan.

Robots Now Parking Cars In Chicago

A new parking garage in Chicago provides a look into the future.

China's First Gated Community Erects 'Great Wall' Against Crime

A Great Wall of China, in my village? It's more likely than you think, especially if you live in the newly wealthy Chinese village of Aodi.

China To Construct World's Largest Radio Telescope

Nothing worth listening to on the radio, you say? Don't tell China – they're building a huge, 500-meter radio telescope that will easily be the world's largest when construction is complete. Stay tuned!

Bjarke Ingles Group Plans a Ski Slope Atop a Waste Incinerator in Copenhagen

Skiers of Copenhagen can relish in the delights of skiing in Denmark as well as the hard truth regarding waste incineration.  Skiing amid CO2 smoke rings coming from a waste-to-energy plant isn't exactly what you'd expect from a recreational trip to Copenhagen; however, it might soon be a reality thanks to plans by Bjarke Ingles Group to combine waste plant and ski slope.