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Anagraphic’s Starry Light LED Lamp Casts Constellations of Stars Across Your Ceiling

Anagraphic’s Starry Light LED Lamp Casts Constellations of Stars Across Your Ceiling

What if you could capture the night sky and bring the light of countless shining stars indoors? Budapest-based design duo Anna Farkas and Miklós Batisz's new Starry Light LED pendant lamp does exactly

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The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

2014 was an incredible year for green design - and here's why. We've seen technological breakthroughs ranging from airborne wind turbines to Tesla's first battery-swapping station and a floating device

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Funniest Inhabitat stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Funniest Inhabitat stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

2014 was a tough year, particularly after the world lost Robin Williams, someone whose incomparable comedic mind helped teach us that sometimes laughter is the only way to see through all of the tears.

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Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Located in northern Romania in the town of Suceava surrounded by a mature forest, Passive House Che enjoys its surrounding environment by engaging with it through large windows. Although most passive

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

GINGERBREAD GEODESIC DOME HOUSE There is no doubt that this amazing gingerbread geodesic dome would make Buckminster Fuller proud. The super tasty abode was created by the designers over at Scout

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

Through a 6 week residency with Verbier 3d Foundation, André Bloc and Claude Parent of Bureau A designed and built the micro shelter which they call Antoine. They were inspired by the writings of Swiss

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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

The TAOsHouse is located in Valverde Commons, which is a sustainably oriented, adult co-housing community just a 15-minute walk from Taos’ historic plaza. The three bedroom, two bathroom house was

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local indigenous community offers

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country's new Attefallshus clause, small structures

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Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Forman began capturing the wonder of the waterways around the world early in life after traveling to remote landscapes with her family. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the artist began to draw the

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would

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Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

The origami master began folding at an early age, getting hooked at age five before developing a lifelong habit of making origami. At 10 he was already creating original origami designs, and then began

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This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

De Smet Vermeulen Architecten wanted the new structure to reference the original house, and so the main material chosen was sustainable timber. The timber frame and cladding was topped with a slanted roof

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HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

MATERIALS: - A long sleeved shirt. The thinner the shirt, the easier it will be to turn it into a satchel. - A gift to wrap (one that will fit in the center of your shirt with at least 6 inches or so to

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house on the popular

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Located on an exposed site above the lake and outside the town of Hønefoss in Krokskogen forest, the home can experience harsh conditions and high winds. However, because of the beautiful landscape, it

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

The concept behind Stéphane Malka's Pont9 is to co-opt existing infrastructure and better utilize the space for residents. In this scenario, a bridge over the Seine is taken over with parasitic

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Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

The Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room opened to the public on December 5, 2014, allowing customers a close up, personal view of how the Reserve coffees are roasted and brewed. It's more than just a

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5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

Everybody loves Hanukkah; the festival of lights that comes but once a year! Every December, we look forward to this joy-filled excuse to stuff our faces with fried potatoes, sour cream, and apple sauce,

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by Tourism

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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

The chunky Jupiter line comes with a dual watch face, with two Miyota movements to let you keep track of time in your top two destinations. We chose the fashionable Blackwood watch, since we all know

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

As part of the grand opening for the new 456-acre park in Dakota County, Minnesota, Whitetail Woods Regional Park also opened three, architect-designed camper cabins. Elevated above the ground and nestled

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14 Faux Christmas Trees to Green Your Holidays

14 Faux Christmas Trees to Green Your Holidays

possibiliTree The holiday decor possibilities are endless with an eco-friendly possibiliTree! Designed by architect Richard Babcock as a natural wood, waste-free alternative to real Christmas trees, the

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8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

Firefly Lights from Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters is carrying these darling mini LED lights, called Firefly Lights, that are seemingly impossible. The strand is a metal wire with integrated

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Sonja Hinrichsen’s Amazing Snow Drawings Bring Viewers Closer to Nature

Sonja Hinrichsen’s Amazing Snow Drawings Bring Viewers Closer to Nature

Seen from a bird's-eye view, Sonja Hinrichsen’s snow drawings appear as intricate, swirling patterns that snake around the landscape, creating imagery between rows of trees, roads, and the water’s

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