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This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

This Tiny ‘Orange’ Cabin is Naturally Resistant to Fire, Water, Rot, Pests and Extreme Weather

For anyone looking for that perfect off-grid option, Orange is an exceptionally energy efficient mini-structure that is 100 percent free from harmful building materials. The home is constructed with

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

Inhabitat: So to start, tell me about how the Foodini and Natural Machines came together. Lynette: It started a little bit over a year ago. There are four founders in the company and I came in around

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The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

The Jane: Historic Military Chapel Transformed into Edgy Restaurant in Antwerp

In order to mesh a feeling of modernity with the historical interior, Piet Boon Studio decided to focus on preserving the ceiling as a focal point to represent the building’s past. Rather than stripping

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Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

Festo Uses Biomimicry to Design an Energy Efficient Bouncing Bionic Kangaroo

The prospect of a bouncing robotic kangaroo may seem crazy, but German-based engineering company Festo discovered that basing robot motion on the kangaroo’s hop is incredibly energy efficient. Known for

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Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof

Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof

M-M House was built at the bottom of a granite rock slope on land belonging to the client's grandparents, who also live on the property in a 100-year-old blue wooden villa located upslope. To reinforce

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For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

Hardy, easy to cultivate, resistant to disease, and quick to yield, berry bushes are perfect for just about any garden environment. Whether you have a large lot in which to plant fruit-bearing hedges, or

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Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

Plant-e Develops Electricity-Generating Plants to Bring Clean Energy to Off-Grid Locations

A Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy - all that’s needed is a light source, carbon dioxide, water, and, of course, a field or

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European Union Approves Universal Cell Phone Charger Law, Cutting 51,000 Tons of E-Waste Every Year

European Union Approves Universal Cell Phone Charger Law, Cutting 51,000 Tons of E-Waste Every Year

Image via Shutterstock Chances are, if you have owned more than one mobile phone in your life there is a drawer in your home dedicated to a collection of defunct chargers. In order to cut down on

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Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

When you go for a walk in the woods, do you glance around and consider which trees around you may have edible parts? Sure, you might identify maple trees as the source of the wonderful syrup that's great

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Apple Criticized for Toxic Chemicals in Smartphone Sweatshops

Apple Criticized for Toxic Chemicals in Smartphone Sweatshops

Apple is known for its sleek design and pristine stores. Engaging with Apple products feels like stepping into the future, so why is the company's treatment of workers stuck in the Stone Age?

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Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Is Google opening a retail store in New York City? Rumor has it that the tech giant has been shopping around for a storefront space in Soho, and if the shop does come to fruition, it would be the perfect

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Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

The bottles used to complete the structure, all of which were donated by students and the local community, help to regulate sunlight and control the temperature within the nursery. A water inlet tray on

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Tesla’s Lithium-Ion “Gigafactory” to Reduce Battery Costs by More than 30%

Tesla’s Lithium-Ion “Gigafactory” to Reduce Battery Costs by More than 30%

Last week Tesla announced plans to build a new large scale lithium-ion battery "gigafactory" within the next three years, and the automaker just revealed that it will require a massive initial investment

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model S is the Best Overall Car You Can Buy

Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model S is the Best Overall Car You Can Buy

Consumer Reports just released its latest list of the top cars currently on the market, and this year it named the Tesla Model S the Best Overall Car that you can buy. In order to qualify as a top pick a

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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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Artist Creates Steve Jobs Portrait Out of Discarded Apple Products

Artist Creates Steve Jobs Portrait Out of Discarded Apple Products

The old adage "One man's trash is another man's treasure" is definitely true for mosaic artist Jason Mercier, who works almost exclusively with discarded materials. His newest portrait, a strikingly

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Tesla’s Elon Musk Confirms Talks with Apple, Reveals Plans for First Road-Ready Autonomous Car

Tesla’s Elon Musk Confirms Talks with Apple, Reveals Plans for First Road-Ready Autonomous Car

Earlier this week it was reported that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a secret meeting with Apple's merger and acquisitions chief Adrian Perica last year at Apple's headquarters, which sparked countless rumors

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Join Us Online TODAY for a Webcast Conversation on Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing Architecture & Real-Estate

Join Us Online TODAY for a Webcast Conversation on Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing Architecture & Real-Estate

Crowdsourcing architecture webcast is TODAY at 12pm EST - WATCH HERE > Over the last few years, crowdfunding has become a popular way for people to raise the seed money they need to get their dream

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace – Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World

INTERVIEW: We Talk to the Creators of Morpholio and Trace – Two Mobile Apps Ready to Shake Up the Design World

Inhabitat: How did the idea for Morpholio come about? Morpholio: The idea for Morpholio is actually still evolving and hopefully will always be slightly in flux. In 2011, five of us came together to

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Makkink & Bey’s Tiny Caravan in a Box is an Ultraportable Home for the Dutch Countryside

Makkink & Bey’s Tiny Caravan in a Box is an Ultraportable Home for the Dutch Countryside

Makkink & Bey's Buijtenbed is a tiny pop-up holiday home that brings guests closer to nature. It was inspired by the caravans that many Dutch use to go on camping trips in the summer. The tiny wheeled

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The Broad Art Museum Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles

The Broad Art Museum Unveils Plans for a New Public Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hood Design just revealed renderings for a landscaped plaza to be built next to The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles. Designed as a pedestrian friendly space, the 24,000 square

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Ukraine’s Leafy Green ‘Tunnel of Love’ is a Passageway for Trains and Lovers

Ukraine’s Leafy Green ‘Tunnel of Love’ is a Passageway for Trains and Lovers

We love seeing natural architecture here at Inhabitat, and the leafy green Kleven train tunnel is a beautiful example of what happens when nature is allowed to grow freely around manmade infrastructure.

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Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra

Ototo Turns the Produce Aisle into an Extraordinary Organic Orchestra

Ever dreamed of owning a melodic melon, harmonious horseradish, or pitch-perfect pineapple? The Ototo synthesizer developed by London-based Dentaku allows musicians of any level to turn the produce aisle

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Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Exhibit

Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Exhibit

“Message in a Bottle” asked 50 artists to use the ancient tradition of throwing a bottle into the sea as inspiration to convey their own messages. Each was asked to recycle a bottle of their choice,

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to know what

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Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Microplastic Beads from Face Scrub Clog US Waterways and Poison Fish

Image © Shutterstock Your toothpaste, facial scrub, or body wash may be clogging waterways with tiny plastic particles - without you even realizing it. One bottle of facial cleanser may contain as

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Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Charging your laptop may soon be as easy as sitting in the sun, as Apple has been awarded a patent for a new solar-powered MacBook. Still just a novel idea, a small solar panel affixed to the back of the

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New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan

New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan

At first glance it looked too fantastical to be real, but now the completion date for the world’s first vertical forest is drawing near. Located in Milan, Bosco Verticale is Boeri Studio’s answer to

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Mas Provencal’s Secret Garden Offers Diners an Explosive Botanical Experience

Mas Provencal’s Secret Garden Offers Diners an Explosive Botanical Experience

Mas Provencal restaurant in Nice, Southern France is a dreamlike venue overflowing with flowers that could quite easily be mistaken for a greenhouse from the outside. So many plants and flowers adorn

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