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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

  When I think of monkeys, I don’t think of them living in the desert, namely because primates love trees, water, big juicy leaves, and fruit. In fact, only two primates have even

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Can Biomimicry Inspire Smarter Companies? Help Kickstart This Book!

Can Biomimicry Inspire Smarter Companies? Help Kickstart This Book!

Regular Inhabitat readers will know and love Inhabitat's Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker, who writes the incredible Biomimicry Manual series. Dr. Woolley-Barker has been writing a bio-inspired book all about

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Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

If you've been following Inhabitat for a while, you're probably familiar with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker's brilliant biomimicry articles. For the past year and a half, Tamsin has been pouring her heart

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BOOK REVIEW: “Chizi’s Tale” is the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Zimbabwe

BOOK REVIEW: “Chizi’s Tale” is the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Zimbabwe

"Chizi's Tale: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino" is an eye-opening, real-life children's story of an orphaned baby rhino who was lucky enough to be taken in by a Zimbabwean conservationist and

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

James&Mau's Casa El Tiemblo is an energy-efficient home made of four stacked shipping containers. Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of prefabricated,

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How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

Could the tiny house phenomenon solve America's homeless epidemic? Andrew Heben, urban planner and professional tiny house builder, says it can. His new book Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps

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BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

In Original Copies, Bosker, the senior tech editor at the Huffington Post, presents a thorough analysis of the remarkable building replication phenomenon that has been happening across China. She begins

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INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

We've featured many a tiny house on Inhabitat, but did you know that one trailblazing lady was the inspiration behind many of those miniature homes? Meet Dee Williams: an early pioneer and sustainability

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Recycled Noah’s Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

Recycled Noah’s Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

A modern-day Noah's Ark has popped up at a park in Queens, New York. The overturned boat sculpture made of recycled materials was designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold with the purpose of

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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor shows that helping out the environment does not mean compromising on style. With nearly 300 pages full of beautifully crisp photographs, resources, and design tips,

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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BOOK REVIEW: KieranTimberlake Publishes Their Second Monograph, ‘Inquiry’

BOOK REVIEW: KieranTimberlake Publishes Their Second Monograph, ‘Inquiry’

Inquiry is a great read for KieranTimberlake fans and followers - it's a celebration of the firm's various projects ranging from residential to commercial, academic and civic buildings. It also provides

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Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

 Photo © Shutterstock The National Library of Norway has just announced plans to digitize its entire library of hundreds of thousands of books by the mid-2020s. A new law will require all published

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‘Retrash’ Coffee Table Book Offers Up Inspired Upcycled, Recycled, and Repurposed Designs

‘Retrash’ Coffee Table Book Offers Up Inspired Upcycled, Recycled, and Repurposed Designs

Here at Inhabitat, we love designers and crafters that find innovative ways to turn trash into new, modern treasures. Now there's a book called Retrash that features an array of artists from around the

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‘A Practical Guide to Squatting’ is a Primer on Living a Low-Tech and Self-Sufficient Lifestyle

‘A Practical Guide to Squatting’ is a Primer on Living a Low-Tech and Self-Sufficient Lifestyle

A Practical Guide to Squatting is a subversive how-to guide on the basics of squatting, illustrating the various tactical and strategic predicaments of inhabiting vacant buildings. While the practice of

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INTERVIEW: How Grace Bonney Explores Green Interiors & DIY In Design*Sponge at Home

INTERVIEW: How Grace Bonney Explores Green Interiors & DIY In Design*Sponge at Home

Image ©Lincoln Barbour Inhabitat: There's obviously a strong DIY movement afoot, else you would not have put out this beautiful tome. What do you think spurred this on? Grace: I think the DIY movement

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BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman’s Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman’s Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

Author Angela Youngman has released a guidebook that will immerse you in world of green roofs through case studies, imagery, and must-know terminology related to design, build, and installation of these

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘So Far’ Traces the Evolution of David Trubridge’s Nature-Inspired Designs

BOOK REVIEW: ‘So Far’ Traces the Evolution of David Trubridge’s Nature-Inspired Designs

Here at Inhabitat, we've been following New Zealand designer David Trubridge's career since we first spotted him at Milan Design Week years ago. As one of his country's most celebrated designers,

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Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copycat Architecture Trend

Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copycat Architecture Trend

The Chinese didn't change much in their duplication of Venice's canals. Their version just looks a bit newer and cleaner. In a new book entitled Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary

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America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

A new library is getting ready to open in Bexar County, Texas, but it won't look like a traditional library. The new library will be small, devoid of traditional paper books, and judging from the

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Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s Stunning Collages Reveal Images From Antique Books

Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s Stunning Collages Reveal Images From Antique Books

Much like his contemporary Brian Dettmer's work, Alexander Korzer Robinson continues the tradition of collage with his spectacularly detailed book sculptures. Working with preexisting material, he

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DO GOOD: David Berman’s New Book Inspires Change Through Good Design

DO GOOD: David Berman’s New Book Inspires Change Through Good Design

As people, we have the ability to adapt, create and record and spread knowledge - and that’s exactly what David Berman has done in his book DO GOOD, a must-read for any designer with a will to create

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Christin Ripley Repurposes Disposable Coffee Cups into Notebooks Worth Buzzing About

Christin Ripley Repurposes Disposable Coffee Cups into Notebooks Worth Buzzing About

Caffeine and creativity go hand in hand. So, what happens if you are suddenly inspired and have nowhere to jot down your brilliant ideas? Not to worry, Christin Ripley has you covered. Ripley repurposes

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UCLA Researchers Report American Families Have Too Much Stuff and Too Little Time

UCLA Researchers Report American Families Have Too Much Stuff and Too Little Time

Do you think that American families have too much stuff?  Researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) have a new book, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families

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The A47 Mobile Library in Mexico is a Modern Take on Archaic Reading Rooms

The A47 Mobile Library in Mexico is a Modern Take on Archaic Reading Rooms

The doors are semi-perforated sheets that give the vehicle a certain level of transparency, creating a seamless interaction with the people outside. The design of the bookshelves is the most

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GIVEAWAY: Win Architecture for Humanity’s New Book ‘Design Like You Give A Damn [2]‘

GIVEAWAY: Win Architecture for Humanity’s New Book ‘Design Like You Give A Damn [2]‘

After their success with 'Design Like You Give a Damn' six years ago, Architecture for Humanity has just released Design Like You Give A Damn [2]: Building Change From the Ground Up. This second volume

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Controversial Book Claims Renewable Energy Does Not Offset Fossil Fuel Use

Controversial Book Claims Renewable Energy Does Not Offset Fossil Fuel Use

A controversial new environmental book called Green Illusions, by University of California Berkeley scholar Ozzie Zehner, claims that renewable energy technologies in the US are not offseting fossil

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6 Delightful Pop-Up Libraries To Encourage Reading This Summer

6 Delightful Pop-Up Libraries To Encourage Reading This Summer

Adopt a Phone Booth Library With mobile phones taking over, there seems little need for phone booths anymore, but rather than get rid of the iconic red booths in the UK, local communities are using them

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Michelle Obama Launches Book to Help Encourage Aspiring Gardeners to Plant Edible Patches Across the US

Michelle Obama Launches Book to Help Encourage Aspiring Gardeners to Plant Edible Patches Across the US

First Lady Michelle Obama has launched her first book 'American Grown' as part of her awesome mission to get children across the US off the couch and into gardens to learn about healthy food! With a

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