Helen Morgan

 

Freelance writer and photographer based in Barcelona.

Modern Bio Diversity Center in Southern Spain Melts Into the Agricultural Landscape

Modern Bio Diversity Center in Southern Spain Melts Into the Agricultural Landscape

CUAC Arquitectura's Bio Diversity Center is designed around a traditional patio that was once part of the original building located on the center's site. The project took great care to maintain

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PEGS School: Renovated Australian Academy Features a Striking Silver Facade

PEGS School: Renovated Australian Academy Features a Striking Silver Facade

McBride Charles Ryan designed the PEGS Junior Boys School to integrate into its surrounding neighborhood. The school was originally housed within a singe renovated mansion, and as it grew it

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Reused Bicycle Inner Tubes Woven into Cool Recycled Bedframe Bench

Reused Bicycle Inner Tubes Woven into Cool Recycled Bedframe Bench

Designer Ivars Gansons has turned an old bed frame and a stack of bicycle inner tubes into a beautiful recycled street bench. Each section was inventively created with reused objects interwoven

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Cedar-Clad Malbaie V Residence is Topped With a Flourishing Green Roof

Cedar-Clad Malbaie V Residence is Topped With a Flourishing Green Roof

Mu Architecture's Malbaie V residence is a gorgeous cedar-clad volume that overlooks the ocean through big open windows that suffuse the interior with daylight. Planks of natural wood are used

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Iranian Artist Spells Out ‘Life is Beautiful’ With Kitchen Knives

Iranian Artist Spells Out ‘Life is Beautiful’ With Kitchen Knives

Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri brought his sharp wit to work in his latest installation, which features the words 'Life is Beautiful' formed entirely from kitchen knives stabbed into the wall.

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Thousands of Vacant Houses Set to Bloom into Urban Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio

Thousands of Vacant Houses Set to Bloom into Urban Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio

So far Cleveland has flattened 6,400 homes since 2005, and another 20,000 are slated for demolition throughout the county. Replacing these dilapidated areas will be parks, yards and community

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Life-Size 300 Lb. Stormtrooper Cake Devoured by 600 Sci-Fi Geeks

Life-Size 300 Lb. Stormtrooper Cake Devoured by 600 Sci-Fi Geeks

This enormously sweet offering was dished up after some serious strategic planning. It looks like Amanda's team really went to town and faced the challenge, developing new methods of putting the

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LTL Architects Transforms an Old Theater Into an Illuminated Art House

LTL Architects Transforms an Old Theater Into an Illuminated Art House

LED lights are integrated into the exterior of the art house -- a modern addition to the historic structure that brings the building into visibility at night. The architects envisioned the

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Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Movement Could Help ‘Green’ the City

Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Movement Could Help ‘Green’ the City

Often dubbed a "shrinking city", Detroit has been plagued by urban decay and is known for its vacant houses and abandoned plots of land. But in some areas local residents are reinventing the

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Quirky Seed-Sprouting Paper Pulp Faces Are the Creepiest Way to Garden

Quirky Seed-Sprouting Paper Pulp Faces Are the Creepiest Way to Garden

We've seen lots of quirky gardening ideas here at Inhabitat, but these sprouting seed faces are one of the strangest concepts we've come across. Formed from recycled paper pulp filled with

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Sprout Seeds in an Old Comic With Manga Farming’s Miniature Gardens

Sprout Seeds in an Old Comic With Manga Farming’s Miniature Gardens

Indoor gardening doesn't get much cooler than this awesome Manga Farming planter by Koshi Kawachi. The artist recycles old comic books by turning them into miniature vegetable plots. Seeds are

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Global Green to Give 8 US Cities Free Sustainability Consultations

Global Green to Give 8 US Cities Free Sustainability Consultations

Supporting model green communities across the US, Global Green USA has announced it will give eight communities a free design consultation over the next six months. Each of the chosen

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Mark Powell Reuses Antique Envelopes to Create Amazing Biro Pen Portraits

Mark Powell Reuses Antique Envelopes to Create Amazing Biro Pen Portraits

London-based artist Mark Powell reuses old envelopes as canvases to produce incredible life-like drawings. His sketches are made using only a Biro pen, and they often incorporate original stamps

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Metamor Architects Transforms Aging Industrial Building Into Modern ‘Cineporto’ Studio

Metamor Architects Transforms Aging Industrial Building Into Modern ‘Cineporto’ Studio

Metamor Architects has transformed the abandoned Cineporto industrial facility in Lecce, Italy into a light-filled, modern film center and studio. The architects carefully preserved the site's

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Salvaged Chinese Riverboats Become Sturdy Shipwood Furniture Designs

Salvaged Chinese Riverboats Become Sturdy Shipwood Furniture Designs

Furniture designer Logan Komorowski salvages old Chinese riverboats and reinvents them as beautiful pieces of furniture laden with history and meaning. Dubbed Shipwood, the pieces Komorowski

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Rwanda’s Poo-Powered Prisons Are 75% Fueled by Burning Inmates’ Waste

Rwanda’s Poo-Powered Prisons Are 75% Fueled by Burning Inmates’ Waste

Rwanda's jails are reducing their energy bills this year by turning inmates' waste into energy. That's right, poo power is back, and now 75 percent of the prisons' energy is fueled by a mixture

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Ford to Recycle 2 Million Plastic Bottles Into Fabric for Its Focus Electric

Ford to Recycle 2 Million Plastic Bottles Into Fabric for Its Focus Electric

In the run-up to this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Ford announced a plan to recycle around 2 million used plastic bottles for use in its Focus Electric vehicle. The

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Wave Power Transforms a Dumping Ground into a Sparkling Glass Beach

Wave Power Transforms a Dumping Ground into a Sparkling Glass Beach

A California beach was transformed from an ugly trash-filled eyesore to what is now known as the glittering Glass Beach. Throughout the earlier part of the last century, local residents in Fort

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POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

Last year, the Bill Gates Foundation ploughed US $1.5 million into the first fecal sludge to bio diesel conversion plant in Accra, Ghana. The plant, which is run by Colombia University professor

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Artists Recycle Washed Up Toys on California Seashore into Beach Plastic Artwork

Artists Recycle Washed Up Toys on California Seashore into Beach Plastic Artwork

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang scour one remote beach in Northern California looking for debris to turn into their poppy and artistic 'Beach Plastic' pieces. Combs, toys, disposable lighters

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Impressive Magistral Cabinet Facade Constructed with 80,000 Bamboo Skewers

Impressive Magistral Cabinet Facade Constructed with 80,000 Bamboo Skewers

Encasing Sebastian Errazuriz’s 'Magistral Cabinet' is a protective facade constructed from 80,000 bamboo skewers. Painstakingly hand-crafted by 12 carpenters, the cabinet is built to be opened

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JDS Architects Propose a Spiraling Bicycle Museum for China’s Future Bike City

JDS Architects Propose a Spiraling Bicycle Museum for China’s Future Bike City

JDS Architects designed this extraordinary spiraling Chongming Bicycle Park for a competition to create the future Bike City in China. The museum, multi-purpose hall, and visitor center comes

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Parasite Farm: Brilliant Indoor Garden and Compost System Adapts to Any Kitchen

Parasite Farm: Brilliant Indoor Garden and Compost System Adapts to Any Kitchen

The Parasite Farm is a new indoor gardening system that encourages small space urban gardening while composting waste into fresh, fertile soil. Designed by Charlotte Dieckmann and Nils Ferber,

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Ridekick Electric Trailer Boosts Bike Power Up to 19 Miles Per Hour

Ridekick Electric Trailer Boosts Bike Power Up to 19 Miles Per Hour

"This electric trailer pushes your bike." That's the Ridekick tagline for their inventive electric-powered bike trailer designed to make bicycles zoom off at up to 19 miles per hour. The trailer

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Akademia Park Officium: Hungarian Military Academy Renovated Into Modern Building That Preserves the Past

Akademia Park Officium: Hungarian Military Academy Renovated Into Modern Building That Preserves the Past

We see a lot of amazing renovations here at Inhabitat, but we were particularly impressed by this former military school that has been transformed into a BREEAM excellent building by

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NYIT Students Redesign a Failing Waste Management Unit for a Costa Rican Community

NYIT Students Redesign a Failing Waste Management Unit for a Costa Rican Community

A team of architecture students have put their creative skills to practice to design this waste management solution for a Costa Rican community. Winning the New York Institutute of Technology's

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Surfers Against Sewage Upcycle Water Bottles Into a Christmas Tree

Surfers Against Sewage Upcycle Water Bottles Into a Christmas Tree

Surfers Against Sewage have staged a sculptural protest against beach littering by upcycling Mountain Dew bottles into this awesome Christmas tree. The team took 55 bottles found strewn along

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Dia:Beacon Gallery Rises Within a Beautifully Renovated Industrial Building on the Edge of the Hudson River

Dia:Beacon Gallery Rises Within a Beautifully Renovated Industrial Building on the Edge of the Hudson River

Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in New York State, Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries is a beautiful exhibition space set within a renovated Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) box printing

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Pvilion Develops Flexible Stainless Steel Solar Power Sheets for Architectural Application

Pvilion Develops Flexible Stainless Steel Solar Power Sheets for Architectural Application

Integrating advanced solar technology with flexible stainless steel sheets, U.S. based Pvilion has created an innovative, energy-harnessing material that could eventually be applied to an array

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Azuma Makoto Gardening Club Brings Modern Design to Japanese Concept Center

Azuma Makoto Gardening Club Brings Modern Design to Japanese Concept Center

In the midst of the Ark Hills concept center in Japan, garden designers from Azuma Makoto Gardening Club are regularly working on new designs to reshape green centerpieces in the heart of the

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