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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue with annuals,

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6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

Refuge du Goûter by Group-H Standing 12,582 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Goûter is a magnificent Alpine refuge by Group-H. Powered by the sun and wind, the stylish Alpine retreat is the highest

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DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

If you're in the market for a new sofa but don't feel like shelling out too much cash for one, then why not make your own?! Styleitchic posted the ultimate DIY guide to building very cool, recycled

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Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

The stunning Boomslang walkway is a permanent attraction at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and provides amazing views of one of the country's most celebrated arboretums. It was named after a

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B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

Candelaria Chapel sits atop a black clay hill special to villagers, where each year they visit on pilgrimage to honor Candelaria’s Virgin. Previously, the hill only held a concrete altar, but as the

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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a

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World’s First Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

World’s First Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan newspaper may have just found a a way to sustain the struggling print business - and it's helping to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases at the same time. Mawbina newspaper teamed up

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Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Studio Marco Vermeulen believes that we need new building materials that aren't made from increasingly scarce fossil fuels. That's why they are partnering with Nabasco, which uses widely available waste

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

Here at Inhabitat we have already seen household objects and even tiny sculptures created from pencils. But we love the way Tuomas Markunpoika from Studio Markunpoika works them into unique crafty

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Robots Built This Peanut-Shaped Geometric Building From 243 Prefab Wood Panels

Robots Built This Peanut-Shaped Geometric Building From 243 Prefab Wood Panels

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is located in the picturesque town of Gmünd, Stuttgart. It was designed to showcase current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for

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Ibuku Constructs Three Bamboo Homes in Bali’s Gorgeous Green Village

Ibuku Constructs Three Bamboo Homes in Bali’s Gorgeous Green Village

Designed by Ibuku, the Green Village is a neighborhood of beautiful bamboo houses in Bali. Built in much the same way as the nearby Green School, the unique homes are constructed around radial clusters of

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Artist Camila Carlow Crafts Human Organs from Foraged Vines, Flowers and Berries

Artist Camila Carlow Crafts Human Organs from Foraged Vines, Flowers and Berries

Camila Carlow is fascinated by our inner deep-biological structures and has created a collection of 13 images collection to represent what we all have inside. Born in Guatemala but based in Bristol, she

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Located within the gorgeous Italian Alps, this top-notch shelter has a few sustainable and notable characteristics. It stands on a foundation made from dolomite rock found on site and was built from

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Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

The entrance to Atelier Data's Varatojo House lies at the end of a concrete ramp. A wooden wall made from reclaimed railway ties protects this area from the strong mountain winds. This reused material is

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e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

Located in the south Bohemian region of Pisek, the stunning building was a winning competition entry. Designed by Prague-based e-MRAK, it provides information to visitors while serving as an admin hub for

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20 Inspiring Designs From Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseño 2014

20 Inspiring Designs From Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseño 2014

Tucumán designer Carolina Vera creates unique stools and coat stands made from old broomsticks, as showcased at the fairs' 14th edition this year. Matias Vinograd upcycles old tires into colorful

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Retired Man Sculpts an Extraordinary 100-Foot-Long Dragon Hedge in England!

Retired Man Sculpts an Extraordinary 100-Foot-Long Dragon Hedge in England!

Located at the side of Brooker's home in East Rudham, this 100-foot-long mythical beast sitting comfortably near the road took ten years to complete. A retired fan maker, Brooker said his inspiration

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of California, this

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Molo’s Undulating Benchwall is a Super-Strong Hybrid Structure Made from Recycled Paper

Molo’s Undulating Benchwall is a Super-Strong Hybrid Structure Made from Recycled Paper

The 10-feet tall white softwalls are integrated with molo’s softseating structures and cloud softlight, creating meeting rooms and semi-enclosed spaces with flexible seating arrangements. The seating

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How To: Make a Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

How To: Make a Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

Step One: Gather the materials Gather the materials you'll need: A recycled clean plastic peanut-butter jar with a screw-on lid (any size will do) Lid from a large plastic yogurt container Dremel

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Scientists Finally Create Bird-Friendly Glass!

Scientists Finally Create Bird-Friendly Glass!

Nearly one billion birds die from collisions with glass buildings every year, but now scientists have finally developed glass panels with vertical stripes that birds can see. Ornilux panels are

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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The Iconic Eames Shell Chair is Now Available in New Recyclable Fiberglass!

The Iconic Eames Shell Chair is Now Available in New Recyclable Fiberglass!

In a furniture lineup, few chairs are be as recognizable as the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair. This design, by everyone's favorite Modernist design duo Charles and Ray Eames, has become one of the most

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Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Comprised of two rings surrounding circular decking, the Forest Pavilion is 22 feet tall and has a diameter of 60 feet. Used to host both the opening and closing ceremonies of the art festival, the

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Under Cover Camper: An Elegant Two-Person Tent for Eco-Friendly Camping

Under Cover Camper: An Elegant Two-Person Tent for Eco-Friendly Camping

A quick look at the aftermath of any music festival shows just how little tents are valued, these days. Everywhere from Glastonbury to Bonnaroo or Coachella, 1 in 5 tents are left behind once the crowds

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be

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Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects' peaceful rural holiday cottage offers a discount for travelers who arrive on foot or bicycle. The home responds to its rural context by incorporating elements of local building

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Dots Design Studio’s Beautiful PLYbikes are Handcrafted From Wood

Dots Design Studio’s Beautiful PLYbikes are Handcrafted From Wood

Bangkok-based Dots Design Studio makes handcrafted bicycles with glorious timber parts. Their PLYbike is made from strong stripy pieces of sandwiched wood veneer. The bikes are perfect for taking a spin

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