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White and Colored Solar Modules

At last, photovoltaic (PV) panels are available in colors other than deep blue and black. PV panels collect solar energy and turn it in to electrical power. Deep blue and black absorb the most sun light and make the panels more effective and efficient. However, these color limitations, along with other challenges such as high cost, have mostly relegated them to discreet locations, typically roof tops. Continue reading

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Gdynia Beach Chair

The Gdynia Beach Chair is an absolutely brilliant reinterpretation of the traditional beach lounge chair. First and foremost it gives you plenty of protection from the sun with its long top canopy section. Second, it has a stylish minimalistic design that combines wood and cloth. The cloth can be arranged in several ways so you can have privacy if you want it. The Gdynia is very comfortable and lets you enjoy a perfect day at the beach or on your deck. Continue reading

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Landsdowne House

In an inner city suburb of Montreal that’s rich with historic homes, a new home blends remarkably well. Neo-gothic and arts and crafts style neighbors use ornate asymmetry as their defining elements. The modern house, designed by Affleck de la Riva architects, is like their spirited young offspring. Continue reading

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HoloLens

Microsoft has launched a truly revolutionary technology called HoloLens. It’s based on holograms (yeah! you heard correct) and lets users see the world and interact with digital information in a whole new way. I wonder what they’ll think of next… Continue reading

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Phoenix

The Phoenix Concept Car challenges our perception of what a car should look and feel like. The Pheonix is made from natural materials and is completely biodegradable. Inspired by nature, it has a modern leaf shape design which was created by weavers and artisans in only 10 days. The Phoenix makes a powerful statement- cars don’t have to be made from steel, they don’t have to end up as environmental waste and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Continue reading

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Tucker Lake Cottage

A 20-year-old cottage in Ontario is brought in to the 21st century. Altius architecture designed an addition to the lakeside cottage that doubles its size, views, and versatility. Continue reading

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Port Townsend Timber FabCab

Sustainable building takes on many forms and every effort is valid and worthwhile. A less frequently considered factor in environmental building design is creating a home that allows full access to individuals with varying physical abilities. This is typically called universal design, which should also implement elements that allow individuals to age in place. True sustainability considers long-term functionality. Continue reading

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Closse Residence

Have you ever dreamed of remodeling the home your father built in the 1960s? This client of Nature Humaine architects was fortunate enough to do just that with father-approved common sense and unadorned style. Continue reading

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Manifold Clock

The Manifold Clock is a beautiful designer clock, by Studio Ve, that offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional wall clock. The Manifold doesn’t have any numbers, and instead of regular dials, the hands of the clock are connected by a colorful flexible sheet of paper. The flexible sheet gives the clock a unique 3D effect, while its shape and colors change as time passes by. How cool is that?! Continue reading

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Prince Philip Residence

A 1960s Montreal residence is stretched in to the 21st century with mid-century lines. Thellend Fortin Architectes added a wealth of living space and light to the formerly one-level home. Notched in to the steep site, the two-story expansion is grounded by a contemporary limestone-sheathed gym. Outside, the narrow walk, pool, and terrace are clad in limestone. A wooden terrace and planter box wall add warmth, interest in their varying levels, and privacy. Continue reading