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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping cool and staying warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping cool and staying warm

The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all time

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Living Homes

PREFAB FRIDAY: Living Homes

One of the most beautiful, flexible, and complex prefab systems we’ve covered in the last year is the Ray Kappe designed Living Home. For better and worse, it was covered this week in the

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C2C HOME: First Cradle to Cradle house underway

C2C HOME: First Cradle to Cradle house underway

above: entry by Coates and Meldrum Anybody remember the launch of C2C Home a couple of years ago? It was an open competition for residential design using the values of sustainability set

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PREFAB FRIDAY: F3 Arquitectos’ Minga

PREFAB FRIDAY: F3 Arquitectos’ Minga

Our highly scientific reader survey revealed that you want to see more flying houses! So here you go - and as a bonus, we'll throw in some heavy machinery. It is this very image of prefab that

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites

Welcome back to Green Building 101. Last week we covered how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode; this week we'll begin discussing ways you can improve upon

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Location & Community

GREEN BUILDING 101: Location & Community

Where do you want to live? Today kicks off Inhabitat's summer series, Green Building 101, our weekly column covering the fundamentals of green building. This series will be structured around

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Macarthur Gardens Sales Office

PREFAB FRIDAY: Macarthur Gardens Sales Office

Supple Designs of Australia was given a unique brief by a residential client developing 900 lots west of Sydney: a building was needed to be a showcase to entice future homeowners. The

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TSUNAMI MEMORIAL WINNER: Mountains of Rememberance

TSUNAMI MEMORIAL WINNER: Mountains of Rememberance

Five towers will soon loom over the Khao-lak Lamru National Park in Thailand, evoking powerful, mountainous forms created by the same tectonic forces that brought an end to so many lives on

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WESTSIDE LOFTS: A Greener Toronto?

WESTSIDE LOFTS: A Greener Toronto?

Several weeks ago in Toronto, real estate development company Landmark Building Group announced a new design for the Westside Lofts. You may already be thinking, “Not another mid-rise,

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DESIGN A HOUSE OF BAMBOO

DESIGN A HOUSE OF BAMBOO

The wonder material of bamboo continues to amaze us with its potential. From plywood, to salad bowls, to the ethereal structures of Kengo Kuma, this sustainable, structural grass seems to have

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Modern Cabana

PREFAB FRIDAY: Modern Cabana

Say the word “cabana” and most people immediately conjure ideas of banana daiquiris, palm trees and flower print shirts. However, take one look at The Modern Cabana and a totally

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ABSOLUTE Architectural Design Competition

ABSOLUTE Architectural Design Competition

Although slightly larger than most objects we feature on Inhabitat, this sensual skyscraper located west of Toronto was just too beautiful to pass up. Developers in Mississauga, Canada recently

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio 804′s Modular3 Design

PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio 804′s Modular3 Design

For over 10 years, Studio 804 at the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Urban Design has been churning out real projects through their design-build program. Many of these projects

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ABSOLUTE Architectural Design Competition

ABSOLUTE Architectural Design Competition

Although slightly larger than most objects we feature on Inhabitat, this sensual skyscraper located west of Toronto was just too beautiful to pass up. Developers in Mississauga, Canada recently

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Zenkaya

PREFAB FRIDAY: Zenkaya

We are really excited about the potential of Zenkaya, a great new prefab out of South Africa that has been making the rounds lately. Based on the idea of providing “a headache free process

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ASWOON FURNITURE

ASWOON FURNITURE

Aswoon is a collaborative arts and architectural installation company started by Susan Woods in 2003. Their works vary from several product lines for use as screens, paneling, furniture, and

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WUD FURNITURE

WUD FURNITURE

It can often be said that the more complicated things get, the worse off they are: simpler is usually better. Wud Furniture Design seems to prove this philosophy with their clean, contemporary

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Coming Soon: BKLYN DESIGNS

Coming Soon: BKLYN DESIGNS

Once again, BKLYN DESIGNS is back, kicking off New York's Design Week 2006, and will be going on May 12-14. For three days, new and practiced designers alike will be showing their latest

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PREFAB FRIDAY: SUNSET CABIN

PREFAB FRIDAY: SUNSET CABIN

Although it's not your typical prefab, we found the level of design and approachable scale of this Canadian cabin to be irresistibly charming. The owners asked Toronto-based architecture firm

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Karim Rashid’s KIT24 Update

PREFAB FRIDAY: Karim Rashid’s KIT24 Update

Karim Rashid's Kit24 house was revealed several weeks ago at Toronto's 2006 Interior Design Show. When we last wrote about Kit24, we could only gaze at the candy-coated renderings and dream of

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TRANSMATERIAL – Blaine Brownell

TRANSMATERIAL – Blaine Brownell

We love hearing about new materials coming to market, as they offer so much potential to change the way we build, make, or even feel within an environment. Remember Light Transmitting Concrete?

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GREAT (BAMBOO) WALL

GREAT (BAMBOO) WALL

You have probably noticed by now how much we love bamboo here at Inhabitat. We're constantly amazed at the qualities bamboo has to offer as a rapidly renewable resource: it's strong, pliable,

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THE HOME HOUSE PROJECT: the future of affordable housing

THE HOME HOUSE PROJECT: the future of affordable housing

Good Design. Sustainability. Affordability? Rarely could these ever describe the same project, much less a single attitude towards housing. In 2003, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary

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NOMADIC MUSEUM (Ashes & Snow)

NOMADIC MUSEUM (Ashes & Snow)

Designed by well-known Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the Nomadic Museum is the permanent home for the art exhibition “Ashes and Snow,” by Gregory Colbert. Built from 152 stacked

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PREFABULOUS LONDON: the A to Z of Prefab

PREFABULOUS LONDON: the A to Z of Prefab

Going on now through March 18 is the New London Architecture‘s “Prefabulous London” exhibition. The show is organized around the guiding principles that have made prefab such a

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PREFAB FRIDAY: S.H.R.I.M.P. HOUSING

PREFAB FRIDAY: S.H.R.I.M.P. HOUSING

Utilizing the flat-pack techniques of IKEA and the massive container ships that have brought Wal-Mart total domestic dominance, Vestal Designs is taking advantage of international shipping

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KARIM RASHID GOES PREFAB

KARIM RASHID GOES PREFAB

The ever/over-trendy designer Karim Rashid will be premiering his KIT 24 at Toronto's annual Interior Design Show February 23rd thru the 26th. This project is Rashid's first attempt at prefab

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OOBA BABY FURNITURE

OOBA BABY FURNITURE

+ ooba The newest discerning tastemakers demanding modern furnishings are evidently the age-four-and-under set. Well, maybe more specifically, it is their parents. We've seen an explosion of

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FLUTTERING BUTTERFLY LAMP

FLUTTERING BUTTERFLY LAMP

Lauren Moriarty has developed a beautiful lamp based on the optical illusions that are created from layering multiple images in front of a light source. This pseudo-moir? effect comes to life

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SALVAGING SWEDEN’S TIMBER

SALVAGING SWEDEN’S TIMBER

Last winter, Sweden was blasted by the first storm in recorded history to ever deliver hurricane force winds, devastating the country's valuable fir and pine forests. It's been estimated that 75

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