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Partly Sunny Climate Change Exhibition During the DNC

Partly Sunny Climate Change Exhibition During the DNC

Partly Sunny: Designs to Change the Forecast is an exhibition showcasing innovative designs from around the world that focus on solutions to shifting climate conditions. An initiative of

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MAKE IT BETTER! Design Symposium at RISD, March 14th

MAKE IT BETTER! Design Symposium at RISD, March 14th

We all know the inconvenient truth. Now, what can we do, as artists and designers, to make it better? So asks Respond/Design, a student-led initiative at Rhode Island School of Design. On

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RE:VISION Design Competition

RE:VISION Design Competition

So, we know you’ve read a lot about sustainable design and development here at Inhabitat. Now here’s a chance to propose your ideas for how design and technology can transform the urban

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GREEN SEATS: Ford Escape to use Recycled Upholstery

GREEN SEATS: Ford Escape to use Recycled Upholstery

Upping the green ante in the hybrid car market, Ford and InterfaceFABRIC recently announced that the new 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid will have 100% recycled fabric seating – a first in the U.S.

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LIVE BUILDING: Recycled Architecture

LIVE BUILDING: Recycled Architecture

Having come to the end of its useful life, it’s not uncommon for an old building to be unceremoniously bulldozed in advance of new development. Officials at the University of California at

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IVY MODULAR COAT RACK

IVY MODULAR COAT RACK

Here’s a beautiful take on biomimicry and functional wall art: Michael Meredith’s modular coat rack, Ivy. Using Y shaped components and 4 different connectors, Ivy will “grow” all over

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DESIGN LIFE NOW: National Design Triennial

DESIGN LIFE NOW: National Design Triennial

One outing that will definitely be on my agenda the next time I'm in New York City is to visit the third Triennial exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. On view now through

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ARTECNICA’S SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

ARTECNICA’S SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

In an industrial economy that is none too kind to craft labor, its exciting to see a growing number of design companies beginning to prioritize social responsibility in their manufacturing and

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BOTTLED SUNSHINE: Tobias Wong’s Sun Jars

BOTTLED SUNSHINE: Tobias Wong’s Sun Jars

Ever wish you could bottle sunshine? With Tobias Wong’s charming new lighting concept you can. Sun Jars collect solar energy during the day and emit a warm amber glow at night. Containing

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POP!TECH BROADCASTING LIVE

POP!TECH BROADCASTING LIVE

Every year some of the world’s most creative minds converge on the picturesque seaside town of Camden, Maine for Pop!Tech, the internationally acclaimed conference on technology, society, and

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GE RELEASES HYBRID LIGHTBULB

GE RELEASES HYBRID LIGHTBULB

For a laugh, check out the Onion’s recent spoof on hybrid power in the form of an absurd gasoline-electric light bulb from GE. While we support (other kinds of) hybrids as a stepping stone to

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REVERB: New Book on Sustainability from Tricycle

REVERB: New Book on Sustainability from Tricycle

The award-winning sustainable design company, Tricycle, Inc., recently published an “anthology of the moment” about sustainability in the interiors industry. It’s called Reverb

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IAN GONSHER’S BOX TABLE

IAN GONSHER’S BOX TABLE

Designer Ian Gonsher, a recent graduate of the MFA program in furniture design at RISD, offers a refreshing proposal for repurposing cardboard packaging with his origami-like Box Table. A

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GREENING YOUR COFFEE HABIT: Ecotainer Hot Beverage Cup

GREENING YOUR COFFEE HABIT: Ecotainer Hot Beverage Cup

America runs on coffee, and Americans are a people on the run. Every year, we drink more than 100 billion cups of coffee and of those, at least 14.4 billion are served in disposable paper to-go

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MTRL: A New Material Resource for Designers

MTRL: A New Material Resource for Designers

The design community has a valuable new resource with the recent launch of Mtrl - an industry initiative aimed at providing designers with “material about materials.” The brainchild

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HIJACKING IKEA: Renegade DIY Projects

HIJACKING IKEA: Renegade DIY Projects

They say that mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery…. Some people take IKEA's Do-It-Yourself ethos very seriously! By ignoring the retailer's assembly instructions, designer Kieren

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TRASH BAGS: Eco-Friendly (& Fair-trade) Totes

TRASH BAGS: Eco-Friendly (& Fair-trade) Totes

Bags made out of recycled materials have been around for quite some time - but on the whole they've been a pretty frumpy bunch. That's why we are so excited to discover Trash Bags - an

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ASM MATERIAL WORKSHOPS – in Boston next week

ASM MATERIAL WORKSHOPS – in Boston next week

Choosing a material is probably the most fundamental decision a designer makes, and it has a profound impact on the aesthetics, function, and sustainability of an object or structure. That's

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EDENS LOST AND FOUND: PBS Mini Series

EDENS LOST AND FOUND: PBS Mini Series

Be sure to tune into your local PBS station this week for Edens Lost and Found: How Ordinary Citizens are Restoring Our Great American Cities, a new four part PBS mini-series profiling

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GREEN ROOFTOPS CONFERENCE

GREEN ROOFTOPS CONFERENCE

If you're not a little soggy already, you must have heard by now about the deluge of rain that has been soaking New England for the past week, producing the some of the worst flooding the region

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PERCH: bird-related ceramics

PERCH: bird-related ceramics

Another collection we’re excited to check out at BKLYN Designs this weekend is Perch!, Amy Adams’ line of charming slip cast ceramic objects — “sometimes bird-related,

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GREEN ROOFTOPS CONFERENCE IN BOSTON

GREEN ROOFTOPS CONFERENCE IN BOSTON

This week the City of Boston will become a focal point of the green roof industry. Boston, which ranked 4th in the 2004 top ten of green roofed cities, is co-hosting the 2006 Annual

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ARCOLOGY: Paolo Soleri at the Boston Architectural Center

ARCOLOGY: Paolo Soleri at the Boston Architectural Center

Long before green buildings entered popular vocabulary, futuristic eco-architect Paolo Soleri was pioneering his vision of an entire city -- or arcology -- structured in harmony with nature.

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PRITZKER PRIZE GOES TO PAULO MENDES DA ROCHA

PRITZKER PRIZE GOES TO PAULO MENDES DA ROCHA

There's been plenty of excitement the last day or so over the news of this year's Pritzker Prize winner, Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Da Rocha's work is significant for his poetic

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SACRED SOIL: THE RAMMED-EARTH RECONCILIATION CHAPEL IN BERLIN

SACRED SOIL: THE RAMMED-EARTH RECONCILIATION CHAPEL IN BERLIN

Risen literally from the dust of a divided Berlin, the Chapel of Reconciliation stands as one of the most compelling examples of contemporary rammed-earth architecture I've seen in a long time.

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BERLIN’S WINTER BADESCHIFF

BERLIN’S WINTER BADESCHIFF

While students at Berlin's Free University are studying hard inside Foster's glowing domed library, the more leisurly-minded of their fellow citizens might be enjoying another of the City's

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BEYOND GREEN: Towards a Sustainable Art

BEYOND GREEN: Towards a Sustainable Art

Regular Inhabitat readers know all about how sustainability is reshaping the worlds of architecture and product design -- but what about the art world? Beyond Green: Towards a Sustainable

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FOSTER’S GREEN BERLIN LIBRARY

FOSTER’S GREEN BERLIN LIBRARY

Greetings from Berlin! The first installment in my design tour of Germany and Scandinavia brought me to the Philology Library at the Free University of Berlin. Completed just last fall as part

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BERLIN, COPENHAGEN, & GOTHENBURG

BERLIN, COPENHAGEN, & GOTHENBURG

Winter is not, perhaps, the most temperate time of year to head off to Germany and Scandinavia, but the airfare sure is reasonable! I'm excited to report that from February 23 to March 13 I'll

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TONFISK WARM TEA SET

TONFISK WARM TEA SET

We’re not sure why the folks behind Tonfisk named themselves after the so-called “chicken of the sea” (the word means “tuna” in Finnish) but nonetheless we think

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