The Revolve Wheel is a puncture-proof tire that folds into a compact pod

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Idyllic ecolodge tucked into remote Vietnamese mountainside is made of locally-sourced granite

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1970s A-frame cabin transformed into light-filled modern getaway

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Architects squeeze an ethereal art gallery into a narrow Shanghai alleyway

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Mirrored pavilion all but disappears into nature

Portuguese architecture agency depA has hidden a pavilion in plain sight. This camouflaged structure, clad in mirrored panels, appears to disappear into the lush green landscape and houses an impressive artwork for those who manage to find their way inside. Located in Porto’s Serralves Park, the aptly named Liquid Pavilion is a temporary installation belonging to the famed Serralves Museum, Portugal’s leading contemporary art museum.

The mirrored Liquid Pavilion reflects images… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Cold front turns Niagara Falls into a glorious icy wonderland

In case you hadn’t heard: it’s cold in th Eastern half of North America. Very cold. In fact, it’s so cold that the normally roaring Niagara Falls have frozen over, leaving a mesmerizing massive wall of ice.

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The frigid temperatures east of the Rocky Mountains have been setting new records. This week, it has been -15 Faranheit in Niagara Falls, while Edmonton in Alberta felt like -40 degrees… that’s colder than Mars is right… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Artists are turning the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the worlds longest peace-themed mural

As the Trump administration pushes towards building a new border wall, American and Mexican artists are working to turn the old border fence into an over a mile-long gorgeous mural. Mexican-born, American-educated artist Enrique Chiu is leading a binational effort to turn the fence into a work of art which spreads a message of peace to people crossing the border.

Last December, Chiu launched The Mural of Brotherhood, enlisting over than 2,600 volunteers to paint uplifting messages on the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Artist transforms parents home into a gingerbread house for Hansel & Gretel

The home’s frosting and peppermint candy details were fashioned by hand out of lightweight foam board, expertly painted to give depth to the project. Nylon rope was tied together and stretched across the rooftop to give the appearance of icing, as well.

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Neighbors say the home is truly a sight to behold, especially with its nighttime spotlights. The photo of the home may be edited to remove neighboring homes and utility… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Critically endangered red wolf may be forced into extinction by GOP

There is said to be only 45 to 60 red wolves left in the wild, and for Republicans, that is too far many. The Canis rufus, which was declared critically endangered in 1996, has seen only slight upticks in its population growth over the last 20 years. As such, the wolves which had been protected through a recovery program funded by the federal government. However, now with Republicans in control of the Senate, there is a covert push underway to eviscerate the protective agency and force the red… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

19th-century church converted into gorgeous modern lofts in Brooklyn

Protruding from a cliff edge above a river in Japan, this holiday villa for a doctor and his wife provides spectacular views of its surrounding landscape. The two-floor reinforced concrete structure, designed by architecture firm Planet Creations, establishes a delicate balance between rugged and warm materials, with raw wood interiors contrasting the concrete walls.

The villa is located in the Tenkawa village and cantilevers over the Tenokawa River, 56 feet below. It is built into flat bedrock,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building