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7 Solar Powered Homes

These seven beautiful homes are harnessing the power of the sun and doing it with modern elegance. Click through for inspiration on how to incorporate solar panels into your own home design and make going green look good.
November 26, 2013
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Contest Spotlights Four Innovative Sustainable Building Materials

The first annual Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge heralds four innovative, sustainable building materials.
November 18, 2013
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Acoustics in Architecture

We share our favorite essays, homes, and products devoted to exploring and celebrating music in the modern world.
November 5, 2013
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7 Green Renovations

Building green can be a challenge to really pull off—not to mention afford—but as the following seven houses from our pages show, the payback is huge.
November 5, 2013
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10 Noteworthy Sustainable Homes

From solar power and recycled materials to thermal energy and rooftop gardens, these 10 homes are both inspiring and functional models for sustainable living.
October 14, 2013
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Design Tips for Privacy: Helpful Products Part One

From sound absorbing acoustic wall tiles to geometric white oak screens, here is a set of five products to increase privacy at home and in the office.
October 9, 2013
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Design Tips for Privacy

As the lines between our public and personal lives become increasingly blurry, designers are helping redefine privacy for the 21st century. Here we explore the new frontiers­—in residential architecture, product design, and furnishings.
October 8, 2013
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Meet the Nest Protect Smoke Detector

Palo Alto–based product design company Nest Labs—known for its slick Learning thermostat—announced its next venture today: the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector. "This is a product category prime for disruption," says Maxime Veron, director of product marketing at Nest. In homes, most technology has been steadily updated—think appliances, security systems, lighting, heating and cooling—but smoke detectors haven't seen much innovation in the past few decades. We can all identify with the qualms of these archaic devices: fussy batteries, false alarms, and ear-splitting noise (it is supposed to get your attention, after all). This version aims to make smoke detectors easier to use, more effective, and something to covet. "Things don't need to be ugly or dumb" says Veron. "This thinks before it speaks." Have a look at some of Nest Protect's features in the following slideshow.
October 8, 2013
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Exploring the Future of 3D Printing: Day 2

The second day of the Media Bistro–sponsored 3D Inside Printing Conference and Expo offered more exploration of the industry, including an exploration of the coding associated with creating 3D objects, and its potential for growth. Here’s what we found on wrapup day.
September 25, 2013