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Recycled Roof Tile Birdhouses Not Just For Clay Pigeons

Japanese designer Tomoko Azumi has found a use for previously non-recyclable ceramic roof tiles: each tile becomes the roof of a birdhouse.

America's Best Restrooms...The Top Five Winners Of 2009

You're not alone if you never knew there was an America's Best Restroom contest, but some must of known about it because these winners were voted for by an online public. It may be that you also never heard of the 2009 winner, the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre restroom, or the location of the winner, Branson, Missouri. But now that the theatre has won the America's Best Restroom (ABR) Award, a lot more folks will know about it and may visit it just to use the restroom!

Wear Nature Smack In The Face, Especially If You’re an Ugly B@$tard

In the city tall buildings, busy streets, unpleasant sounds and unpleasant smells can make living or working in urban life unbearable. What if you could carry a piece of nature with you all day? Would wearing a living accessory make a difference?

Heat up the Night with the Babylon Hanging Fireplace

This 'hanging fireplace of Babylon' from designer Stephane Perruchon promises to heat up the coolest of interiors.

Ribbon Staircase Offers a Vertical Challenge

if you're particularly nimble or enjoy a challenge crossing vertical lines, then this staircase by HSH Architects might be right up your alley.

Latest Runway Trend: Bondage-Style Fashion With Belts As Pants!

Pam Hogg and Vivienne Westwood have been known for the punk and bondage-style fashions, and they've both recently revealed their latest trends in their fall runway shows. The unique trend certainly won't provide much comfort for the cool climates in fall, but it is a hot look that will serve multiple purposes.

Wet and Green Dumpster Diving

Some people throw their trash into a dumpster, others dive right into dumpsters with a big splash. Are they crazy? No! It turns out a few dumpsters have been recycled into dumpster pools by an innovative company really interested, at least for the moment, in sustainable development.

Solar Powered Blimp Across The English Channel?

If you have ever seen a blimp in the sky the Hindenburg disaster in 1937 may have crossed your mind. It's a terrible and scary story. The kind of story that makes a person never want to ride one of these things, but blimps have come a long way since then. In fact, recently a group of French engineers equipped a helium blimp with solar panels. 

Solar-powered Tent

The Orange Concept Solar Tent uses photovoltaic fabric to capture the energy of the sun. A wireless hub with touchscreen LCD allows you to manage your energy consumption.

Urban Amusement Park Entertainment Experience at 5-W!ts

In the heart of Boston is an entertainment experience unlike any other; it's a thrilling ride that's interactive, entertaining, and at times rather terrifying. Read on to learn about the urban amusement park entertainment experience at 5-W!ts.

Paris' Own Bears Cave: a Project by Paul Coudamy

Didn't think you would find a bear's cave smack dab in the urban landscape of the second arrondissement of Paris, France, did you?  Well, Paul Coudamy, French architect, has re-envisioned the urban jungle to include the wild of the forest with the Bears Cave, a revamped office space for his client, an internet company called Bearstech. 

Man Made Trees Invite Natural Species To Return Home

Once an agricultural area, the commercial/industrial city of Leeds, England has displaced millions of birds, bats, and small animals and hundreds of individual species have disappeared completely from the urban landscape.  But Leeds has decided to bring its wildlife back.

Google Maps Shows Massive Pyramids... in China?

China has a lot of secrets that it sweeps under the national rug, but here is one of the most unusual ones. According to World Mysteries, the existence of these pyramids had been rumored for years with one of the most intriguing reports coming from an American pilot half a century ago.

"Magical" Russian Steel Could Re-define Global Construction Standards

Could the steel industry go the way of the Dodo?  A new compound developed in Russia may just signal a new wave in the structural support of large construction projects...

Solar Powered Stadium Complete and Ready To Power Itself In Time For World Games

A stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is the first in the world to completely power itself 100% via solar power. The stadium was built to coincide with the 2009 World Games, which will be held at the stadium in July. When not hosting the World Games the stadium will be used (like most other stadiums) for sporting events and athletics. 

My Favorite 2009 Trash to Treasure Chair Design: FUNature

Once, when I was in high school a boyfriend and I were kicked out of the McDonald's playground ball pit because we were too old to play in it. It was my first time in a ball pit and though I knew we were not allowed in the ball pit something about the pit called out to me, "Play With Me!" Hugh Hayden's ball pit chairs call out to me too.

Get Plenty of DIY Projects From Easy2DIY

Home improvement is easily one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies one can take up, and the internet has proven to be a good place to find information on lots of those particular projects on you "to-do" list.  Easy2DIY is an all-in-one stop for your fixer-upper projects that includes tutorials, shopping, and advice.

Utterly Composed: The Composition Chair

In a remarkable display of patience and attention to detail, Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto of Kyouei Design handcrafted the Composition Chair, a seat composed entirely of bent aluminum.

Running Through Rome: Sight Jogging’s Unique, Fast-Paced Sight Seeing Tours Keep Tourists Active

Sometimes tourists complain that sight seeing tours are too slow paced; often due to the size of the group, people on group tours find they just can't take in all the historical sights and attractions they'd like to see during that vacation. A new company, Sight Jogging, took the slow-paced tourism complaints literally, and offered their own unique form of historical sight seeing action with jogging tours.


Poo To The Rescue Once More: EcoFaeBrick

Before I tell you about this next innovation I want to inform you that I don't have a fascination with dung, despite how much I've written about it. I do however find it fascinating how many wonderful products can be made with this sort of waste. It is even more fascinating how beneficial using it can be. This next innovation, a brick made with cow manure, is a perfect example.