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There was a time when ‘rus­tic cabin’ meant ‘cheap vaca­tion’ – but a true retreat in this day and age is, for many of us, find­ing ele­gance in nat­ural sim­plic­ity and lux­ury in rural soli­tude. One com­pany has made a mis­sion of cater­ing to pre­cisely those peo­ple who want to escape stress­ful city liv­ing and be alone some­where in the woods of a modern-day Walden at the drop of a hat (or at least the low­er­ing of a crane). How­ever, there is more than the Swedish firm Arvesund than sim­ply escapism: they have devel­oped a line of pre­fab­ri­cated barns and sheds that work for any­thing from the most tra­di­tional pur­poses (back­yard stor­age spaces, hunt­ing cab­ins or work­shops) to cre­ative con­tem­po­rary uses (small gar­den stu­dios, guest quar­ters or even sec­ond homes)

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At the DMY Berlin 2010 fes­ti­val , the DMY Award win­ners were announced at the evening Award Ceremony.

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An inter-disciplinary col­lab­o­ra­tion from the Aalto Uni­ver­sity in Fin­land has pre­sented an ultra energy-efficient house for the 2010 Euro­pean Solar Decathlon, to be held from June 18–27, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. Named as ‘Luukku’, which is a Finnish term for ‘hatch’, the house has been designed by col­lab­o­ra­tion at Aalto Uni­ver­sity which includes the Helsinki Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Uni­ver­sity of Art and Design and the Helsinki School of Economics

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[ By Steve in Gad­gets & Geek Art , His­tory & Fac­toids , Travel & Places . ] Cus­tom cars, trucks, motorhomes and recre­ational vehi­cles were all the rage dur­ing the 1960s and 1970s but cer­tain “car­houses” crossed the line into out­ra­geous­ness as they criss-crossed the coun­try. Among the most eyebrow-raising of the bunch was a VW Bee­tle RV con­ver­sion known var­i­ously as the Buga­roo or the MiniHome.

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Rein­forc­ing bars are at the cre­ative core of these upcy­cled objects, com­pli­mented by planes of glass, wood or con­crete depend­ing upon the style and func­tional needs of each result­ing work of urban fur­ni­ture. The results are rugged enough to weather out­door gar­den or patio use, but suf­fi­ciently con­tem­po­rary to rest inside a big-city loft as well.

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Could your child be the next Cris­tiano Ronaldo?

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Now Iron Man Has His Own R2-D2!

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Just a few arti­cles ago, I wrote about how Star Wars and Hello Kitty had joined forces to bring us some strange kind of fusion. Well, maybe not joined forces, but some­one put the two together to form what some call “ Hello Vader ” or “ Darth Kitty .” I totally think that this kind of cre­ativ­ity is what makes the world spin in a more humor­ous way and lends us a smile even though it will only last for a few moments

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AND WE HAVE A WINNER! We’ve got our 2010 Spring Green­ing Con­test win­ners and boy are they impres­sive! This year we invited all of our enter­pris­ing read­ers to see if they could breathe new life into old closet junk and turn them into amaz­ing new trea­sures. What resulted was a stel­lar col­lec­tion of cre­ative DIY projects that blew us away! You saw ‘em, you voted, so we’re guess­ing you prob­a­bly want to know which of your favorite designs got some hon­or­able men­tions from our esteemed judges , and of course, won the GRAND PRIZE! READ MORE > Perma­link | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diy design con­test , found design , green design , house­hold reuse , indus­trial design , inhab­i­tat spring green­ing diy design con­test , Recy­cled Mate­ri­als , refur­bished fur­ni­ture , sus­tain­able design , winners

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(TrendHunter.com) The Jel­ly­fish The­atre will be made from recy­cled and scrap mate­ri­als donated by the pub­lic and sal­vaged from build­ing sites.

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One of the most energy effi­cient sin­gle fam­ily home retro­fits ever attempted in Canada is now under way. The project will be car­bon neu­tral and fea­ture a 3.5 kw PV instal­la­tion, a 10,000 litre cis­tern for rain­wa­ter cap­ture and reuse, and will use healthy and envi­ron­men­tally friendly build­ing mate­ri­als. Con­struc­tion is begin­ning now and occu­pancy is slated for Decem­ber 2010

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