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12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China

12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China

China’s newest mansion is not only made from recycled materials, but the sprawling 12,000 square foot home was made with 3D printing! Developed by Chinese company WinSun, the luxury mansion was 3D

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FabCafe in Japan lets customers create 3D gummies of themselves

FabCafe in Japan lets customers create 3D gummies of themselves

Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo's FabCafe in Shibuya recently offered nine lucky customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D

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Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

The floating village of Prek Toal in Cambodia is utilizing the power of natural filter wetland plants to soak up contaminants from their raw sewage. Floating toilets supported by Wetlands Work will soon

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Taylor Mazer’s tiny architectural drawings are smaller than a pencil

Taylor Mazer’s tiny architectural drawings are smaller than a pencil

Artist Taylor Mazer’s drawings are as impeccably detailed as they are teeny tiny. Using a super-slender Micron pen, the artist has created a beautiful body of work of industrial and architectural

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Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

With this extension of the JST Malaysia factory, Japanese architect Ryuichi Ashizawa has worked with nature, capturing sunlight, wind, rainwater and geothermal energy to build a living green factory that

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Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Some of the world’s biggest Harry Potter fans have gathered together for a sweet reason- ethically sourced chocolate. The Harry Potter Alliance, an actual group of Hogwarts enthusiasts formed in 2005,

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Green Box: Gorgeous studio completely wrapped in living plants by Act_Romegialli

Green Box: Gorgeous studio completely wrapped in living plants by Act_Romegialli

Rather than renovating the exterior of the garage with paint or siding, Act_Romegialli decided to let nature take its course, extending the idea of a green roof all the way to the ground. Leafy vines and

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Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

The famous Autobahn freeway is getting a green upgrade, as Hamburg just announced plans to build three new public parks on top of it. The 8,000-mile road network runs through Hamburg’s city center,

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Sebastian Errazuriz’s transforming wave cabinet opens with undulating movement

Sebastian Errazuriz’s transforming wave cabinet opens with undulating movement

Presented by Cristina Grajales Gallery at Design Miami in December of 2014, the beautiful cabinet is made from dozens of slats of Baltic birch and stands upright on four sturdy steel legs. Each thin slat

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The Terroir Project transforms seaweed into sustainable chairs and lamps

The Terroir Project transforms seaweed into sustainable chairs and lamps

In their new Terroir Project collection, designers Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt have created a line of sustainable furniture inspired by the ocean that's made from seaweed and paper. The pair, who

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New smart bike warns cyclists of oncoming obstacles with a buzz

New smart bike warns cyclists of oncoming obstacles with a buzz

Biking through city traffic can put some cyclists on edge, but a new smart bike is helping riders keep safe by warning them about oncoming traffic. Developed by the Netherlands Organization for Applied

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Super strong, lightweight cardboard bicycle costs just $10 to make!

Super strong, lightweight cardboard bicycle costs just $10 to make!

Gafni describes the beginning of his cardboard obsession as when he read about a man creating a canoe with the same material. He ran into his shed and began cutting and shaping his old boxes into what

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Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture

Shamia developed her technique while studying at the Department of Industrial Design at Holon Institute of Technology. High and low tables, square stools and long benches in the furniture range are built

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Dinosaur farts may have caused prehistoric global warming

Dinosaur farts may have caused prehistoric global warming

We know that today's cows are responsible for producing staggering amounts of heat-trapping methane gas, a major driver of climate change, but British scientists now claim that dinosaurs with vegetarian

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Federal judge approves Christo’s massive “Over the River” project

Federal judge approves Christo’s massive “Over the River” project

Environmental activists team up to battle a famous environmental artist—not your everyday face-off. Unless, that is, the artist is Christo. A recent federal district court case pitted his proposed

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Pristine Eco POD Hotel is a Snow-Capped Getaway Cabin in Switzerland

Pristine Eco POD Hotel is a Snow-Capped Getaway Cabin in Switzerland

Robust Outdoor Brands builds their mini-houses with FSC-certified wood and use no glue or harmful chemicals in the process. They can be extended or equipped with an advanced solar ventilation system that

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Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Disposable cups are hardly ever re-used, and they often find their end at the local landfill. So to cut back on this paper waste, six innovative designers in Japan have banded together to save the world

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New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

Tracking China’s most devious polluters? Now there’s an app for that, after Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun and his supporters developed an app that can show citizens just who is polluting their

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Turn Clicks into Bricks: Help Build Sustainable Classrooms for a Zimbabwe Primary School

Turn Clicks into Bricks: Help Build Sustainable Classrooms for a Zimbabwe Primary School

Studio Mada is a team comprised of young Norwegian Architects working with a Zimbabwe School that's currently lacking the resources to provide safe buildings to teach in. They came up with the idea to

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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Studio Renier Winkelaar’s convertible wooden table takes cues from Dutch windmills

Studio Renier Winkelaar’s convertible wooden table takes cues from Dutch windmills

Studio Renier Winkelaar’s new wooden table, Craft 2.0, takes cues from furniture of the past that was built to stand the test of time. Inspired by the lasting design of traditional Dutch windmills,

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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Milkovisch was born during the Depression, so was taught at a young age to always reuse and repurpose whatever was brought into the house. Saving old cans in the attic, he got the idea to repurpose them

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Caravan Hotel lets guests live tiny even while on the road

Caravan Hotel lets guests live tiny even while on the road

The adorably-named Rosebud, Pearl and Tandem tiny houses are each fully outfitted with sleeping, living and kitchen areas. The caravan is centered around a common area that includes outdoor and covered

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Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Known for building new homes for families in need, Habitat for Humanity has been forced to switch gears as land prices soar throughout the United States. Rather than building homes from scratch, the

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Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm, the Tarfaya Energy Project, has finally begun producing green energy off Morocco’s Southern Atlantic Coast. Sprawling over 22,000 acres, the 131 wind turbine project began

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The top 7 Inhabitat videos of 2014 — Which was your favorite to watch?

The top 7 Inhabitat videos of 2014 — Which was your favorite to watch?

This year we had a blast producing some incredible DIY videos and video interviews, and you all seemed to like them! From an amazing DIY edible water bottle to a tour of a wild wolf sanctuary, check out

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu, in that I knew I

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Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

At first glance, Hongbo’s sculptural scenes appear to be made of a soft or thin material such as paper, like his other sculptures. However, closer inspection reveals the artist’s incredible feat of

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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