Daniel Flahiff

 

Daniel is an artist-designer-filmmaker who loves to laugh and share green ideas! Trained in Los Angeles at the Art Center College of Design (MFA, '90) and the UCLA Writer's Studio, Daniel went on to Seattle to co-found Big Fig Design Group, a multi-disciplinary group of artists, designers and roustabouts who like to make things. Daniel also edits, (incli)NATION, named a top 20 design blog by the East Coast Architecture Review, and a top 25 architecture blog by Eikonographia [for about 48 hours]. He is design lead at The Mighty House, creators of small, DIY, off-grid housing, and is soon launching Sparkler, hand-made home furnishings and textiles for the modern, green home—upcycled, downcycled and otherwise repurposed objects from our already overpopulated world of objects.

Daniel Flahiff
New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant by New Zealand based Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. (PEL) is a stunning architectural feat perched high above a redwood forest. Appearing for all the world

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Solar Park Transforms Old Viaducts Into Eco Education Centers

Solar Park Transforms Old Viaducts Into Eco Education Centers

Colombian firm Jaramillo-Azuero Architects (J-A) have proposed a plan to transform a series of obsolete Italian viaducts into a network of state-of-the-art, sustainable energy education and

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Top 5 Most Innovative Green Bridges on the Planet

Top 5 Most Innovative Green Bridges on the Planet

Design and engineering innovations over the last two decades have had a dramatic impact on our ability to create beautiful, environmentally sensitive structures that help contribute to a more

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Beautiful Buildings Made From Whole Trees

Beautiful Buildings Made From Whole Trees

According to the Forest Products Laboratory, a whole, unmilled tree can support 50 percent more weight than the largest piece of lumber milled from the same tree. Putting this principle into

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Hangeliers: Clothes Hanger Chandeliers by Organelle Design

Hangeliers: Clothes Hanger Chandeliers by Organelle Design

Clothes hangers are clogging our landfills at a rate of nearly 8 billion per year. We've recently brought you designers who have been developing brilliant ways to tackle the problem through

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Concrete Mushrooms: Transforming Abandoned Bunkers Into Eco Hostels

Concrete Mushrooms: Transforming Abandoned Bunkers Into Eco Hostels

There are reportedly over 750,000 abandoned concrete bunkers scattered throughout Albania, remnants of Communist dictator Enver Hoxha and his policies of paranoid xenophobia. Now graduate

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Top 5 Climate Change Stories of 2009

Top 5 Climate Change Stories of 2009

Today is Blog Action Day, and this year's theme is Climate Change - a topic near and dear to our hearts here at Inhabitat. To kick things off, we took a look back over last the past year's posts

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Human Powered Velomobile Bikes over Land or Sea

Human Powered Velomobile Bikes over Land or Sea

Now that it's clear that the flying cars we were promised as youngsters are not going to appear anytime soon, we can perhaps take comfort in the arrival of the brilliant HEPAV 1.1, a

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Hopworksfiets Bike Bar is a Pedal-Powered Party

Hopworksfiets Bike Bar is a Pedal-Powered Party

Pedal power is clearly on the rise. Bike sharing programs are spreading throughout the world, David Byrne's new book Bicycle Diaries is flying off the shelves, and brilliant new designs like

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Zeppelin House is a Treetop Escape

Zeppelin House is a Treetop Escape

Magically appearing from the trees along Great Ocean Road, Australia is Cocoon, an incredible weekend getaway by the terrific design duo Bellemo & Cat. One part zeppelin, one part

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Hemcrete®: Carbon Negative Hemp Walls

Hemcrete®: Carbon Negative Hemp Walls

Buildings account for thirty-eight percent of the CO2 emissions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Green Building Council, and demand for carbon neutral and/or zero footprint buildings is at an

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The Cosmic Muffin: A Boat Recycled From Howard Hughes’ Plane

The Cosmic Muffin: A Boat Recycled From Howard Hughes’ Plane

At Inhabitat we've brought you some terrific examples of recycled aircraft here, here, here and here. But Dave Drimmer's Cosmic Muffin, the iconic 'plane-boat' made from Howard Hughes' prized

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OFF Architecture’s Visionary Eco-Bridge Spans the Bering Strait

OFF Architecture’s Visionary Eco-Bridge Spans the Bering Strait

In one of the most ambitious examples of speculative architecture of the year, Paris-based OFF Architecture recently unveiled an incredible eco-bridge spanning the Bering Strait from Russia to

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Stunning ‘AquaIris’ Water Purifier by Talia Radford

Stunning ‘AquaIris’ Water Purifier by Talia Radford

In answer to the ever-intensifying global water crisis, industrial designer Talia Radford has created the AquaIris, an elegant, portable water purifier for developing countries with tropical

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The EcoDrain Cuts Water Heater Use by 40%

The EcoDrain Cuts Water Heater Use by 40%

A hot shower is relaxing, but is also a huge waste of energy: we heat our water with massive amounts of natural gas, oil or electricity, then transport the heated water to our tubs for a few

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“Greenest Building in the West” on Hold Pending Investigation

“Greenest Building in the West” on Hold Pending Investigation

After weeks of public outcry , the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to place a hold of at least one year upon the "Greenest Building on the West Coast". Designed by Pelli Clarke

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Shanghai Dragon: Futuristic Office by Morphosis

Shanghai Dragon: Futuristic Office by Morphosis

On the western outskirts of Shanghai, China, a dragon is coming to life. Constructed of concrete, steel and glass, the new corporate headquarters of Giant Pharmaceutical Corp looks for all the

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IS IT GREEN?: Nike Zoom “Trash Talk” Sneakers

IS IT GREEN?: Nike Zoom “Trash Talk” Sneakers

Typical "leather" footwear is nearly impossible to dispose of or recycle properly, is constructed using a combination of chromium-tanned leather and bonded, man-made materials and is usually

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CISTA: Modern Rainwater Harvesting Made Beautiful

CISTA: Modern Rainwater Harvesting Made Beautiful

Generally associated with plastic and wooden 55 gallon drums covered with slimy moss, rainwater harvesting just doesn't seem to capture the imagination like an exotic green roof or a gleaming

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Casa de los Pinos: Close to the Earth, High Above it All

Casa de los Pinos: Close to the Earth, High Above it All

Living 'close to the earth' can mean many things — living in harmony with nature, living in touch with natural processes, or in the case of Casa de los Pinos (House Among the Pines), living on

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The Mode-Gakuen Spiral Towers: a New Twist on School Design

The Mode-Gakuen Spiral Towers: a New Twist on School Design

Scholastic architecture doesn't get much better than these stunning Mode-Gakuen Spiral Towers in Nagoya, Japan. The shimmering towers corkscrew 36 stories [170 m] above the busy streets of

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TWEET-A-WATT! A Power Monitor That Twitters Your Energy Use

TWEET-A-WATT! A Power Monitor That Twitters Your Energy Use

This year's Greener Gadgets Competition is loaded with brilliant ideas. One of our favories is the Tweet-a-watt, a fabulous open-source, power monitoring project from ladyada. One part

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The Waterpod: a Floating Eco-Habitat

The Waterpod: a Floating Eco-Habitat

Waterworld this is not; Waterpod is the real deal! Concieved by artists Mary Mattingly and Mira Hunter, the Waterpod is a visionary, floating habitat set to launch—certainly not

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Governors Island Envisioned as Incredible Eco-Park

Governors Island Envisioned as Incredible Eco-Park

New York's Governor's Island is set to receive an incredible set of renovations that will transform the 172-acre plot of decaying Coast Guard structures into a stunning eco-park. Designed by

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China’s Miyi Tower Project Purifies Polluted River

China’s Miyi Tower Project Purifies Polluted River

Riding the wave of new development in China, Studio SHIFT recently won a competition to design a fantastic new landmark in Miyi County. Miyi Tower will sit on the edge of the Anning river as a

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POLLI Bricks: Build a House with Recycled Bottles

POLLI Bricks: Build a House with Recycled Bottles

The creative minds at miniWIZ recently debuted the POLLI-Brick, a recycled polymer bottle that can be interlocked to build an incredible array of structures. Made from recycled PET bottles, the

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Student Invents Solar-Powered Fridge for Developing Countries

Student Invents Solar-Powered Fridge for Developing Countries

Proving once again that the best ideas are often the simplest, 21-year-old student/inventor/entrepreneur Emily Cummins has designed a brilliant portable solar-powered refrigerator that works

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Handmade Christmas Gifts

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Handmade Christmas Gifts

The handmade movement is taking the country by storm. Make this holiday memorable by choosing to give something one-of-a-kind, made with skill and craftsmanship not found at the mall. And just

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Rain-Powered Illuminated ‘Lightdrops’ Umbrella!

Rain-Powered Illuminated ‘Lightdrops’ Umbrella!

Umbrellas that light up with integrated LEDs are nothing new: from Instructable's DIY illuminated umbrella to patio umbrellas available at Lowes, LED Umbrellas have been around the block. But

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Vatican Goes Solar with $1.6 Million Array!

Vatican Goes Solar with $1.6 Million Array!

Papal social policy is not typically characterized as progressive. Flying in the face of this perception, Vatican City has just installed 2,400 photovoltaic solar panels on the 5,000 square

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