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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact

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Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Tim Wright, who is the grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher, often spent his summers at Taliesin as a boy. Now he and his wife Karen, who is a board

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Juan Carlos Ramos Unveils Amazing Pyramid House Worthy of a Pharaoh

Juan Carlos Ramos Unveils Amazing Pyramid House Worthy of a Pharaoh

The Pyramid House features glass walls that offer exceptional views of the surrounding landscape and allow natural light to penetrate its deepest corners. The openings vary from narrow slits to large

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Adventurous guests can sleep in the wild of South Africa, safely elevated above the beautiful landscape. Guests can choose from three stilted treehouses. The Chalkley Treehouse hugs an old tree in the

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DJA Unveils Green-Roofed Viewing Pavilion on Latvia’s Krievkalna Island

DJA Unveils Green-Roofed Viewing Pavilion on Latvia’s Krievkalna Island

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture created this beautiful View Terrace and Pavilion in the “Garden of Destiny” memorial park on Krievkalna Island, Latvia. The Garden of Destiny is memorial place for all

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Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower is a $512M project that has increased the emergency department by five times the size, provides specialized mental health and pediatric health, has

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March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

No two wooden fragments match. Some are polished, some rough textured, others feature remnants of colored paint, but all the markings hint at their former lives within a house, a basketball court or as

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Abandoned German Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park!

Abandoned German Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park!

Wunderland Kalkar hosts a range of activities and play areas for the whole family - from high-flying swings to merry-go-rounds, and a carousel. The repurposed site has worked wonders for the area's

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Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Surrounded by thick fields of native grasses, the House in Frogs Hollow is split into two overlapping volumes: an upper level clad in red-stained timber set above a concrete base submerged into the

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PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

The ShareRoller is the world's first portable motor designed specifically for transforming Citi Bikes into electric bikes. The compact, 6-7 lb. device will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow as

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Tiny Home Trend Provides Housing to Homeless Populations Across the United States

Tiny Home Trend Provides Housing to Homeless Populations Across the United States

In Olympia, Washington, a village of nomadic homeless people called Camp Quixote has sprung up on the city’s outskirts. Rather than banishing the less fortuntate, the city has decided to help create a

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7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in design is not

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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic “Flavors Orchard” Farm City in China

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic “Flavors Orchard” Farm City in China

The project is based on the idea of eco-responsible lifestyles and sustainable innovations that enable biodiversity and slow down the massive rural exodus China has experienced over the last decade.

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Tiny Transforming Apartment Maximizes Space for an Artist in Tel Aviv

Tiny Transforming Apartment Maximizes Space for an Artist in Tel Aviv

The artist’s studio is nestled within a 1950s concrete building in Tel Aviv which has particularly problematic natural lighting. The architects carefully divided the windows and placed blinds to allow

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Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

The 2000 square meter building consists of color-blocked concrete volumes stacked one on top of the other. The smallest volume is on the bottom of the building, while larger spaces are located at the

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What Planet Did OFIS’ Crazy Spaceship Football Stadium Come From?

What Planet Did OFIS’ Crazy Spaceship Football Stadium Come From?

Although the exterior of the stadium is certainly eye-catching thanks to the assortment of blob-shaped holes that cover the building, the building's unique design is more than just aesthetic. By using an

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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Hong Kong’s Shocking 40-Square-Foot Apartments Photographed by Chinese Human Rights Group

Hong Kong’s Shocking 40-Square-Foot Apartments Photographed by Chinese Human Rights Group

Could you imagine a family living in an apartment not much bigger than a king-size bed? In Hong Kong, some families are forced to live in 40 square-foot cubicle apartments that have bunk beds overlapping

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High Line Park’s Final Section Will Pay Homage to Its Wild Roots

High Line Park’s Final Section Will Pay Homage to Its Wild Roots

While we enjoy the manicured look of the High Line's first two sections, we're definitely looking forward to seeing the more natural aesthetic of the elevated park's final portion. Called the High Line at

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6 Edible Plants You Can Forage for in New York City

6 Edible Plants You Can Forage for in New York City

Garlic mustard, ramps and blackberries may sound like ingredients you'd spot on a menu at a chichi restaurant, but did you know that they can all be found growing in New York City parks? We recently

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K-Architect Unveils Green-Roofed Da-Yo Fire Station in Taiwan

K-Architect Unveils Green-Roofed Da-Yo Fire Station in Taiwan

The project is located in an existing park. In order to maintain its natural environment without excluding the possibility of building the fire station, the architects decided to elevate part of the

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OFIS Arhitekti’s Cellular-Inspired FC Bate Borisov Football Stadium Nears Completion in Belarus

OFIS Arhitekti’s Cellular-Inspired FC Bate Borisov Football Stadium Nears Completion in Belarus

Though the football stadium was originally scheduled to open in 2012, construction pushbacks have delayed the stadium's inauguration to later this year. Built to accommodate 13,000 spectators, the stadium

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Richard Rogers’ Stackable Y-Cube Prefabs Provide Affordable Housing in the UK

Richard Rogers’ Stackable Y-Cube Prefabs Provide Affordable Housing in the UK

The red Y-Cube might look like a house from the Monopoly board game, but it's not playing around when it comes to innovative design. Each Y-Cube unit costs around $50,000, and they're built in a factory

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Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kuma's eye-catching cake shop stands in the middle of a residential area in Tokyo's Aoyama, with a memorable cloud-like shape. The intricate structure takes inspiration from traditional bamboo baskets,

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Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

The Goodwood Residence has 210 apartments that surround a central courtyard dominated by a large swimming pool and clubhouse. It is a community gathering space complete with a concierge, reading room and

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Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Top image: A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa. © Marcus Bleasdale/National Geographic Captured during a 2004 visit to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Bleasdale's

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Tallest Green Wall in Los Angeles to Adorn Oldest LEED Platinum Building in Southern California

Tallest Green Wall in Los Angeles to Adorn Oldest LEED Platinum Building in Southern California

"Rising Realty Partners is committed to the greening of our city, whether it is a sustainable building or the introduction of a vertical park," said Christopher Rising, RRP President and Chief Operating

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Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living ‘Fields of Tomorrow’ Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living ‘Fields of Tomorrow’ Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

The living wall is purposely representative of the theme of the 2015 Expo, which is "Feeding the planet, energy for life." The vertical wall, constructed using modular tiles fixed to an elevated steel

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Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

Located at the popular starting point for the ascents of Bishorn, Weisshorn, and Les Diablons, the new Tracuit Hut is situated along a ridge caught between a cliff and a glacier. Due to its location, the

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