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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

For many people who lack access to electricity, the day ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees first nominate

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to

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Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

The students, now-alumni Eric Swanson and Austin Jorn, and current student Megan Archer, received grants from two student organizations to build one solar charging station, build two more, and run

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Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

BioCasa_82 is one of the few private residences in the world to have privately conducted carbon footprint analysis with great results. Built for Diadora CEO, Enrico Moretti Polegato and his wife Claudia,

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World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

Recently, prolific Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans nabbed headlines by installing the world's first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands. The futuristic road is

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Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

Three Technologies Square Off for Floating Wind Farm Supremacy

The renewable energy race is heating up with three new floating wind farm technologies squaring off for top spot. The challenge for floating wind farm engineering is to create a system that can be

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Boston’s Solar-Powered “Soofa” Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

Boston’s Solar-Powered “Soofa” Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

The city of Boston just announced plans to roll out a series of solar-powered 'Soofa' benches that will enable citizens to charge their phones while they rest! The 'Soofas' were developed by Charging

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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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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of sensor-equipped lamp

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New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

New Solar Wind Downdraft Tower Could Revolutionize Wind Power Technology

A revolutionary new clean energy technology is getting set to change the way we think about wind power. The Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, created by Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy Inc. turns the

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City

Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City

Hey Inhabitat readers! Any of you want to work for an awesome online publication with passion, a vision and a mission to make the world a better place through the power of design? Would you like to work

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Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Adobe’s 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

Valerio Dewalt Train Associates also designed Adobe's Customer Experience Center and Work Anyplace space in San Jose. Their latest project for Adobe at 410 Townsend in Mission Bay works off the same

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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team

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Tesla Just Gave All Its Patents Away to Anyone Who Wants to Use Them

Tesla Just Gave All Its Patents Away to Anyone Who Wants to Use Them

Earlier this week we reported that Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk was considering the possibility of opening some of the company’s patents in order to move the electric car industry forward. Today, the company

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Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures

Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures

MIT Media Lab's Changing Places team has created a futuristic device that could make your tiny apartment feel more like a spacious penthouse. Introducing CityHome, a motorized and compact "home in a box"

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Scientists Discover New Rock Made From Human Plastic Waste and Ocean Debris

Scientists Discover New Rock Made From Human Plastic Waste and Ocean Debris

Just in time for World Environment Day, Canadian scientists have announced the discovery of a new type of rock made from the scraps of melted plastic waste and ocean debris. According to researchers at

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Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Solar Roadways have been getting a lot of attention lately after securing nearly $2 million in funding on Indiegogo - but some detractors are decrying the innovation, saying that the idea just won’t

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World’s First Wrench 3D-Printed with Recycled Ocean Plastic Wins Innovation Award

World’s First Wrench 3D-Printed with Recycled Ocean Plastic Wins Innovation Award

Proving that ocean garbage is anything but trash, a Canadian company has built the world's first-ever 3D-printed item made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. The Recycling Council of British Columbia

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Rebuild By Design Competition Winners Announced – $1 Billion Awarded to Protect East Coast From Future Storms

Rebuild By Design Competition Winners Announced – $1 Billion Awarded to Protect East Coast From Future Storms

"The winning proposals are truly transformative and serve as blueprints for how we can safeguard the region and make it more environmentally and economically resilient," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

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MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

Located in one of China's most historically and culturally significant cities, the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center will strive to preserve traces of the city's historic past while celebrating its

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Giuliana Gentile’s Adorable Richie the Hedgehog Brush Helps Children in Need

Giuliana Gentile’s Adorable Richie the Hedgehog Brush Helps Children in Need

This adorable hedgehog hairbrush is not just a clever piece of design - it was created to help a humanitarian cause. Giuliana Gentile designed her Richie the Hedgehog Brush to help raise funds for

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Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single subcells to gather the full spectrum of light. The

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Green Air Hotel Concept Wants to Upcycle China’s Old Hotels into Lush, Pollution-Eating Environments

Green Air Hotel Concept Wants to Upcycle China’s Old Hotels into Lush, Pollution-Eating Environments

According to Lip Chiong and Studio Twist, there are nearly 200,000 independent hotel companies in China that operate out of outdated buildings in urgent need of renovation. Rather than tear those

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Expects ’200 Gigafactories’ Will be Needed to Meet Electric Vehicle Demand

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Expects ’200 Gigafactories’ Will be Needed to Meet Electric Vehicle Demand

Earlier this year Tesla announced plans to build a $5 billion Gigafactory battery plant that will reduce battery costs by 30 percent. This week Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicted that Tesla's Gigafactory will

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Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey Has An Amazing Protective Suit

Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey Has An Amazing Protective Suit

Man’s best friend may be a dog, but beekeeper Manuel Juraci’s best friend is a donkey named Boneco. Juraci is an inventor and beekeeper from the town of Itatira, Brazil. He wears the standard

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

Grove Towers is a 77,000 sq m project designed by 3XN and developed by Ornate Spaces. The base, similar in concept to mangrove stalks braided together at the ground, will feature clusters of retail and

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SNEAK PEEK: David Trubridge to Launch New Jewelry, Modular Furniture and More at Wanted Design 2014

SNEAK PEEK: David Trubridge to Launch New Jewelry, Modular Furniture and More at Wanted Design 2014

Wanted Design promises to be an exciting event for David Trubridge, who will display plenty of new innovations. Trubridge's new Adorn jewelry is modeled after some of his most popular lighting designs,

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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