Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

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After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio‘s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon died down as progress on the project stalled. Recently, however, Bowery Boogie published a new rendering of what the building could soon look like, showing one very impressive, ultra-efficient passive house design.

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The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries

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14 Affordable and Green Gifts Under $20

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Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn’t always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, as evidenced by our Gifts Under $20 Guide. From hanging planters to DIY mason jar lamp kits to recycled wine bottle platters, check out all of our wallet-friendly picks here.

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

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NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on citizen-scientists to help make best use of it through the Climate Resilience Data Challenge. The Challenge’s goal is “to imagine new applications of climate data to address climate vulnerabilities.” And as if lending NASA a helping hand wasn’t exciting enough, the Challenge is offering a prize pool of $35,000 for the most innovative ideas. Read on for details.

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Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

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Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY’s Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it’s made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the brewing company’s industrious employees, the tree was constructed out of 300 stainless steel kegs and stands at 23 meters high. Looks like it will be a beery Christmas, after all!

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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

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Australia is destroying indigenous land with fracking

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The Mithaka people of Channel Country, Queensland, Australia have a serious problem: Australia wants to frack their traditional homeland, targeting hundreds of wells beneath their rivers and floodplains for extracting shale oil and gas. Despite staunch opposition from the Mithaka, Queensland’s government is proceeding with fracking plans—including removing protective legislation. Those are legal decisions the Mithaka haven’t been meaningfully consulted on.

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VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world's first bike escalator

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Biking is an awesome way to get around because it helps the planet, saves you money and improves your health at the same time. Awesome, that is, until you encounter a monster hill. Then biking can swiftly turn into a nightmare. Norway is solving the problem with the world’s first bike escalator.

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Reinterpret ceramic floor tiles in the RESTILE competition for a chance at $12,000 in cash prizes!

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Italian ceramics company MIRAGE has launched RESTILE, a design competition for the reinterpretation of the ceramic tile. Aimed at young designers and innovators, RESTILE is specifically looking for a new product design approach to porcelain stoneware and will award over $12,000 in prizes to the three most innovative and appealing designs. The entries will be judged on their creativity and feasibility as a marketplace product. Submissions can be uploaded digitally and the submission deadline is March 1, 2015.

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

To learn how to make an incredible DIY edible snow globe that will impress all of your friends at your next holiday party, read on….

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A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

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Africa's tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

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Zaha Hadid's LEED Platinum-seeking Bee'ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

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Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

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Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design products from the Dwell store. The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today!

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

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Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a…

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

The ICEHOTEL is the world's largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Located in the hamlet of Jukkasjarvi, it was also the first of its kind. While Jukkasjarvi is a small village…

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Desolenator turns the sun's energy into water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator turns the sun's energy into water for less than the cost…

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that can turn heat from the sun into drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own…

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature…

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and…

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Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with…

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with…

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