Botanical

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

Scientists Attempt to Artificially Recreate Photosynthesis in Order to Develop Efficient Renewable Energy

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, nothing can quite compare to leaves. Using chlorophyll to convert light into usable chemical energy, photosynthesis has long been a source of inspiration

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Seed Savour: An Eco-Friendly Kit For Growing and Sharing Heirloom Seeds

Seed Savour: An Eco-Friendly Kit For Growing and Sharing Heirloom Seeds

There are over 7,500 tomato species in the world, yet most people only buy and eat what the local supermarket has to offer -- which isn't much at all. To address this issue, Sebastiaan Sennema (Studio

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Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

Google Earth has already been helpful in such endeavors as monitoring the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and determining the location of landmines. Now, advocates of urban agriculture are using the

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Living Trees Grow Through the Ceiling of Cadaval & Sola-Morales’ Tepoztlan Lounge in Mexico

Living Trees Grow Through the Ceiling of Cadaval & Sola-Morales’ Tepoztlan Lounge in Mexico

Tepoztlan Lounge an ideal space to spend long summer days, as it’s open, breezy and it hugs a nice round pool. It was designed to provide shade and shelter in hot weather, adapting gracefully to the

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Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Flower Power: A Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Sensor That Monitors the Needs of Your Plants

Now and again, even the best green thumb could use a little help taking care of their plants. French electronics company Parrot just unveiled a new gizmo at CES 2013 called the Flower Power that makes it

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Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Photo via Shutterstock As holiday decorations are being packed up and New Years resolutions are being scribbled down, millions of Christmas trees across the country are headed to the landfill or the

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4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

Used Christmas Trees, Shutterstock Did you know that the Christmas time tradition of adorning an evergreen tree with ornaments dates back to Latvia in 1510 when the first decorated tree was recorded?

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Underwater Bonsai Brings New Calm to a Thousand Year Old Tradition

Underwater Bonsai Brings New Calm to a Thousand Year Old Tradition

Inspired by the historic tradition of bonsais in Japanese culture, Azuma is constantly on the quest to explore new ways of viewing the customary plant. Submerging the bonsai figure in water gives it a new

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Corey Corcoran Has Fun With Fungi In His Beautiful Mushroom Etchings

Corey Corcoran Has Fun With Fungi In His Beautiful Mushroom Etchings

Boston-based illustrator forgoes the traditional paper or canvas for the underside of a giant mushroom. His organic backdrops allow for a sculptural quality to his work, each pierced piece taking

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is

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The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

Instead of chopping down a stately conifer this holiday season, give the gift of a real live tree from the Million Trees Project! By designing your own tree online for the price of a cup of coffee, the

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The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

Want to throw down some sick underground beats using vegetables that actually grow underground? Get back to your musical roots by jamming on the BeetBox, a simple musical instrument powered by a Raspberry

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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts for Green Thumbs!

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts for Green Thumbs!

If you've got someone on your list who loves to garden, then 'tis the season to give that green thumb a gift that will help them tend to the world’s plants, flowers and veggies. We’ve rounded up some

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Enchanting Woodland Sculptures Pay Homage to the Witches of Pendle Forest in England

Enchanting Woodland Sculptures Pay Homage to the Witches of Pendle Forest in England

Hardford conceived the idea of a sculpture trail back in 2010 and has since implemented that vision with a host of wonderful, earth-loving installations. Using previously felled trees, one that was wind

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Learn How To Maximize Your South-Facing Windows to Grow Food All Winter

Learn How To Maximize Your South-Facing Windows to Grow Food All Winter

As I write this, I'm chewing on a spicy little arugula seedling that I grew from within the last couple of weeks. Considering that it’s -15C outside right now where I am, and there’s a good 3” of

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Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

These aren't your grandmother's shag carpets - Alexandra Kehayoglou creates incredible rugs that look like miniature pastures and meadows. Each hand-tufted piece is a tribute to the landscape of the

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Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

For the Ballroom installation commissioned by the Federation Square Creative Program to promote public art at the 3.2 hectare mixed-use space near Melbourne's busiest railway station, Dougherty turned to

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DIY Holiday Gift: The Urban Gardener Kit

DIY Holiday Gift: The Urban Gardener Kit

Image © Mike Glass What you’ll need: Bucket or planter Trowel and garden fork Assorted seeds Small watering can Optional: cute trimming shears and coir starter pots As this is a kit

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Portugal’s House: A Living Facade of 4,500 Plants Adorns Green Home in Travessa de Patrocinio

Portugal’s House: A Living Facade of 4,500 Plants Adorns Green Home in Travessa de Patrocinio

An ordinary 248 square meter tower could easily lack all of the necessary daylighting to keep it vibrant and fresh if carelessly designed, but the Travessa de Patrocinio is brimming with light thanks to

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Zundert’s Bloemencorso Parade Features Eye-Popping Sculptures Made From Thousands of Flowers!

Zundert’s Bloemencorso Parade Features Eye-Popping Sculptures Made From Thousands of Flowers!

The Bloemncorso in Zundert takes place the first Sunday of every September. Hundreds of volunteer of all ages help construct the floats. The community's older residents traditionally plant the flowers

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Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building

Santa Monica’s Garden / Garden Project Quantifies the Benefits of Sustainable Building

Here at Inhabitat we've showcased thousands of green building and sustainable landscaping projects that save water, conserve energy, and minimize waste. But did you know just how much more efficient

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Elegant Pirogovo Greenhouse Nurtures Organic Greens and Vegetables in Russia

Elegant Pirogovo Greenhouse Nurtures Organic Greens and Vegetables in Russia

The Pigrovo Resort comprises a wide array of commercial facilities: a house, a yacht club, guest houses, and a restaurant. The greenhouse compliments the overall design approach of the resort: like most

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Spectacular Japanese Vertical Garden Clads the Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France

Spectacular Japanese Vertical Garden Clads the Picardy Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France

The ground floor hall of the new extension spills out into a marvelous Japanese-style garden, while a long bay window provides plenty of natural light. By cladding the north facade with a similar

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Stinging New Study Uncovers More Evidence of Pesticide Harm to Bees

Stinging New Study Uncovers More Evidence of Pesticide Harm to Bees

Poor bees. Not only do they have problems with Colony Collapse Disorder and pollutants affecting the quality and color of their honey, they also have to worry about coming into contact with a barrage of

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Bruce Munro Creates 100 Giant Shining Waterlilies from 65,000 CDs

Bruce Munro Creates 100 Giant Shining Waterlilies from 65,000 CDs

Now that CDs have gone the way of the 8-track tape, what is there to do with all that useless metal and plastic? UK Artist Bruce Munro took 65,000 defunct discs and turned them into 100 shining

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Orla Kiely’s ‘Intimate Garden Shed’ is a Tiny Pop-Up Home Filled With Plants

Orla Kiely’s ‘Intimate Garden Shed’ is a Tiny Pop-Up Home Filled With Plants

Orla Kiely rocked the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year with the Intimate Garden Shed, a vintage tiny home full of plants and flowers. Famous for her prints, the London-based Irish designer wasted no

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O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

Houseplants are wonderful for livening up indoor spaces - but did you also know that many of them are effective natural air purifiers too? If you're looking for a new plant for your home or office,

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The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina

The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina

The Famery has successfully raised $25,000 on Kickstarter to make this project a reality, so if you live in Raleigh, you're in for a special treat. So far they have developed two prototypes along with a

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2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Awarded to BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge!

2012 RIBA Stirling Prize Awarded to BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at Cambridge!

The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize was just awarded to Stanton Williams' BREEAM Excellent Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge! The winning project was a surprising choice - it's neither the fan

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