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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. 

Inspired By Nature:The Pixel Carbon Neutral Prototype Office Building

Grocon, a third generation Australian development and construction company, is about to build the world's first carbon neutral office building, complete with fresh air, native grass filtration of rain water, natural daylight, and windows that open!  Sounds revolutionary, doesn't it?

Giant Cell Phone Building Calls Out for Attention

When Japan's Bic Camera wanted their electronics store in Tokyo's Ikebukuro ward to really stand out, they made a few calls on their cell phones... and got the idea for a memorable building everyone can recall.

Crafty Eco-Friendly Ideas To Check Out On Earth Day

Happy Earth Day everyone! After planting your trees, taking a trip to an Earth Day event, and taking advantage of all the free green goodies today finish celebrating Earth Day digging something out of your trash and making it into something useful and or beautiful. Release the eco-friendly artist inside of you. Below are innovative eco-friendly crafty sites and stores to inspire you and or your family. 

Walk Right In To This Gin & Tonic: Alchoholic Architecture

You're advised to wear protective clothing in this bar... the one called Alchoholic Architecture in London. It's a bar with a twist, you might say. A big twist of lime in a gin and tonic, infused into the air. 

24-7 Connection Wall Reunites Friends, Families, And Food

Imagine going into an Internet cafe without your computer.  In this cafe, you are going to have a cup of tea with your parents in London... It's tea time there.

Smithsonian Chooses Design For African American Museum On the National Mall

The final museum on the land designated as the National Mall in Washington, DC will be the architectural creation of Freelon Adjaye Bond and SmithGroup teams. The Smithsonian announced its juried decision yesterday, after reviewing the designs of the six finalists in the international call for submissions. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is expected to be finished in 2012.

Got Legos? Innovative Earth Friendly Ideas To Upcycle Lego Bricks

Thanks to my Lego fanatic husband my kids are Lego fans too. I don't mind. Really! I appreciate it. Lego bricks are a wonderful imagination opening resource for building basic life long art skills that can be used in various careers (ex. architecture), but don't think I don't notice the material they're made with. This is why I've put together a list of earth friendly ways to recycle used Lego bricks. 

Yellow Treehouse: Unique Restaurant Pops-Up In A Redwood Tree!

The Yellow Treehouse near Auckland, New Zealand is among the most recent of pop-up businesses to find themselves in an unusual location. The Yellow Treehouse, which started in part as a sustainability project Pacific Environments Architects Ltd, is located up a redwood tree in a forest, and now that the restaurant project has drawn to an end, the business will hopefully be opened to the public!


Fashion Or Furniture? UK Designer Hussein-Chalayan’s Fashion-Forward Clothing

Twice awarded Designer of the Year, UK native Hussein-Chalayan doesn't have the typical background you'd come to expect of a fashion designer - in fact, he's a tech geek who's translated his knowledge into fashion and that certainly comes across in his unique designs. On exhibit now at the Design Museum in the UK until May 17th, one of Chalayan's exhibits have visitors to the museum asking, is it fashion or is it furniture?


Make Your Military Living Dreams Come True At The Zero Star Hotel

Always wanted to stay in an air-raid shelter or military bunker? A new Swiss hotel, the Zero Star Hotel will let you do just that. If you're used to 5-star luxury accommodations at a hotel, be prepared to lower your expectations when booking your place at the innovative Zero Star Hotel.

Have You Walked Your Green Home Lately?

What has 6 legs, solar panels, windmills, windows and a roof? Give up? It is The Walking House you see pictured above created by N55 and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire.