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Car-Free Skyvillage Fights Air Pollution Over Los Angeles’ Freeways

Car-Free Skyvillage Fights Air Pollution Over Los Angeles’ Freeways

Submitted by Ziwei Song, the utopian Skyvillage aims to foster social interaction and cultural exchange between the city's four, currently separated quadrants: Downtown, Chinatown, Echo Park, and Temple

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Propagate Skyscraper Converts Air Pollution into a Usable Building Material

Propagate Skyscraper Converts Air Pollution into a Usable Building Material

Propagate Skyscraper converts harmful greenhouse gases into usable building materials! It is a self-propagating structure whose growth is dependant only on the weather conditions and the quality of air

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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Now, first, you're probably asking, how do you make a train go vertical without dumping all the people on their head!? Good question, but don't worry, UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas

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JAJA Architects Reinevent the Parking Garage into a Green Community Gathering Space with Park ‘n’ Play

JAJA Architects Reinevent the Parking Garage into a Green Community Gathering Space with Park ‘n’ Play

The project is located in an area called the Red Neighborhood, named after its historic red brick harbor buildings. In a contextual nod, the concrete garage will be tinted red. Set in contrast to this red

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

The Vertical Farm is an expanded edition of Despommier's earlier essay on vertical farming, which explains the many advantages of vertical farming. As Despommier rallies, vertical farms could enable every

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Snøhetta Unveils Serpentine Lofoten Opera Hotel for a Secluded Norwegian Island

Snøhetta Unveils Serpentine Lofoten Opera Hotel for a Secluded Norwegian Island

Snøhetta Architects has unveiled plans for a stunning, serpentine-shaped hotel for Norway's Lofoten archipelago. Although the Lofoten Opera Hotel's bold design is certainly striking, the curvaceous

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Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

On April 19th, restoration work will begin on the world’s first geodesic dome home in Carbondale, Illinois. The house was built in 1960 by the inventor Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in

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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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Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

A project 30 years in the making, this tiny off-grid retreat on a coastal island in Maine is almost entirely self-sufficient. Designed and built by Alex Porter for her father, the project features a shed

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Doctor Relives Magical Mountain Childhood with Rustic Tellico Cabin in Tennessee

Doctor Relives Magical Mountain Childhood with Rustic Tellico Cabin in Tennessee

The house is located in the Tellico Valley - a historically important place where Cherokee tribes used to gather for important councils. The doctor spent his childhood here, so it holds important

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Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

The pedal powered camper was constructed in April 2008 and is built for one. Attached to a burly tricycle frame made to haul goods, the cab-over easily sits on the back platform. Like a turtle shell this

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Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned the dubious distinction of being the world's most unaffordable major city, in large part due to its housing shortage. AFFECT-T's Bamboo Micro-housing project proposes an inexpensive

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

Very easy to assemble, the Garden Igloo comes with a step by step instruction guide. In fact, it's so simple to build, one person can do it themselves! The tiny shelter doesn’t need foundations and is

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Fujiwarramuro Architects Squeeze Skinny Light-filled Nada House into Tiny Lot in Japan

Fujiwarramuro Architects Squeeze Skinny Light-filled Nada House into Tiny Lot in Japan

Clad in timber, Fujiwarramuro Architects' skinny house rises high above its neighbors in the residential area of the crowded Nada district. The front door is recessed within the large garage opening that

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Planet 3 Studios Weaves Amazing Nest-Like Meeting Room From Recycled Pine Wood Strips

Planet 3 Studios Weaves Amazing Nest-Like Meeting Room From Recycled Pine Wood Strips

The project was inspired by Baya weaver birds known for making complex nests, and its sculptural, fluid form evokes those designs. It twists and turns in an engaging manner and fulfils the programmatic

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

Guérin & Pedroza Architects Revamp Abandoned French War Complex with Brilliant Golden Apartments

Once the desolate land was bought by the municipal government in 2010, individual building plots were sold to local developers, and the community areas around the old military fort were installed with

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Amazing Tiny Treehouse Boasts the World’s Wildest Swing 8,350 Feet Above Sea Level!

Amazing Tiny Treehouse Boasts the World’s Wildest Swing 8,350 Feet Above Sea Level!

The Crazy Swing at La Casa del Arbol can be reach by hiking up the path to Bellavista from the edge of Baños, Ecuador. It sits in between Cordillera Real and has incredible views of the active

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Richard Neutra’s Elegant Mid-Century Pitcairn House Hits the Market for $6 Million

Richard Neutra’s Elegant Mid-Century Pitcairn House Hits the Market for $6 Million

Completed in 1962, the spacious six-bedroom home with amazing views of the surrounding woods is known for modernist details that blend the home into its environment. Clad in natural stone work, PPG double

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World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

Groncol and Paisajismo Urbano have been working on a number of projects in Colombia recently, and they just completed the Green Medellin wall. Located on the side of a residential building in the "el

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

The project, called “A Recipe To Live,” stands in the coastal town of Taiki-cho in Hokkaido. It was designed by students Masaki Ogasawara, Keisuke Tsukada and Erika Mikami to follow the natural cycles

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OMA New York Selected to Build Residential Skyscraper in San Francisco

OMA New York Selected to Build Residential Skyscraper in San Francisco

OMA New York is teaming up with developer Related California to design a 550-foot residential tower in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. Located on a city-owned plot on Folsom Street between First

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Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Can't you just smell the fresh, crisp air surrounding this beautiful leaf-clad home in Greenwich, CT? Called the Art Barn, this multi-functional space is an art gallery, a studio and a residence all in

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‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

Hufft Projects completed the beautiful, modern Curved House for a couple in 2009. Not long afterwards, the owners asked them to design and build a shed to store maintenance equipment. Sited west of the

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6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

Tiny House Family In most traditional homes, we end up paying for space we don't really use. Sure a guest bedroom, office, den, and two car garage sound great, but is it really worth the three times a

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INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

The High Line urban park project in New York City opened last summer to tremendous excitement from locals and tourists alike looking to escape the bustling streets for a more peaceful, green enclave in

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

By now, you've probably heard of the High Line, but did you know that there is also an underground park called the LowLine proposed for downtown Manhattan? It may have seemed like a pipe dream at first

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design Mount Fuji World Heritage Center

Shigeru Ban has won a competition to design the new Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture. Conceived as an inverted pyramid, the $23.5 million building evokes the image of

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