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ANNOUNCING Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

ANNOUNCING Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

This year, Inhabitat readers impressed us once again with an insanely imaginative slew of entries in our Green Halloween Costume Contest - and now after an intense round of online voting, we’re excited

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Thailand’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Super Tower Will be Southeast Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper

Thailand’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Super Tower Will be Southeast Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper

Bangkok will soon be home to the third tallest building in the world. Leading Thai property developer Grand Canal Land Public Company (G Land) recently broke ground on the Rama IX Super Tower project, a

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9 Great Uses for Pumpkin (Other Than Pie)

9 Great Uses for Pumpkin (Other Than Pie)

Although Halloween has come and gone, you'll still find pumpkins just about everywhere these days, from farmer's markets to grocery store bins. Small one, large ones, white ones, orange ones; all

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Studiomama Gives Historic 18th Century Swedish Home a Monochromatic Makeover

Studiomama Gives Historic 18th Century Swedish Home a Monochromatic Makeover

Studiomama began by getting rid of the years of renovations that the apartment in the home endured, including a series of false walls. Once the original framework was left, the architects decided to leave

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Benoy Unveils Designs for Park-Centered Mixed-Use Development in the Heart of Chengdu

Benoy Unveils Designs for Park-Centered Mixed-Use Development in the Heart of Chengdu

The Greenland GIC mixed-use masterplan design includes five residential towers, three commercial towers, serviced apartments, hotel, retail podium, and outdoor pedestrian shopping street. Approximately a

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Ian McChesney’s Striking London ‘Tree House’ is Clad in Black Glass

Ian McChesney’s Striking London ‘Tree House’ is Clad in Black Glass

The house is located in Sydenham, south-east London, and occupies a piece of land in a conservation area dominated by Victorian houses. In order to comply with the planning restrictions, the architect

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Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume to Decide Who Will Win a Vanmoof B6 Bike (Worth $848)!

Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume to Decide Who Will Win a Vanmoof B6 Bike (Worth $848)!

All Hallows' Eve may have come and gone, but our Green Halloween Costume Contest is still going strong! We asked you to submit your cleverest, funniest, and most creative DIY costumes, and we were amazed

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Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

At the time of its foreclosure in 2011, the property had three separate structures on the lot: a garage, a middle studio, and a rear residence, with not-to-code former renovations. Inspired by homes in

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Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Built in the back garden of a photographer in the southern Kantō region of Japan, Light Shed is a 33 sq meter art studio. The open floor plan space measures 4.5 by 7 meters and is kept simple and

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Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

As the natural glaciers surrounding Ladakh decrease in size year by year due to climate warming, they have begun to release noticeably less water in the early spring. The glaciers then release too much

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Ultra-Minimalist Casa de Madera Celebrates Wood and Glass in Mexico

Ultra-Minimalist Casa de Madera Celebrates Wood and Glass in Mexico

The beauty of the ultra-minimalist Casa de Madera lies in the details. The house is built with various modular pinewood structural elements, metal, extruded polystyrene panels, and glass. It was developed

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Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

The Cultural Center features levels connected by a large foyer. The different levels are linked with white ribbon-like walkways. Images of Chinese theater masks greet the visitors. The building houses a

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World’s First Star-Shaped Superyacht Can Be Yours for Half a Billion Dollars

World’s First Star-Shaped Superyacht Can Be Yours for Half a Billion Dollars

The initial idea for the STAR had humble beginnings as a napkin sketch created by FIRM advertising executive Alex Malybaev in a conversation with Lobanov about the stagnation of creativity in yacht

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Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

Cape Schanck House Boasts Sweeping Views of the Australian Dune Landscape

The home's wood-clad, geometric form was inspired by the remnants of a hollowed out burnt log found by the Jackson Clements Burrows team on a site visit. Inspired by its raw form, the architects used the

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT: How would you describe your signature style? As we all know, we're in the era of the 'iconic building' and the 'starchitect'. However facile this might be, the designs of public institutions

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MAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for Futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicago

MAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for Futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicago

Beijing-based MAD Architects and Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects just unveiled their futuristic designs for "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. The undulating,

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Rusted Steel Fins Define the Interior and Exterior of the Corten House in Belgium

Rusted Steel Fins Define the Interior and Exterior of the Corten House in Belgium

DMOA Architecten's Corten House is a great case study in how it's possible to use the same material both inside and outside of a building without creating a monotonous effect. The building is clad in a

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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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DIY: How to Make Suet Winter Bird Feeders

DIY: How to Make Suet Winter Bird Feeders

What you’ll need: Rendered suet, tallow, or lard, at room temperature (most supermarkets carry it, or you can ask a local butcher to reserve some for you) A bag of mixed wild bird seed (make sure

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Tiny 290 Sq Ft Apartment Boasts a Genius Collection of Space-Saving Furniture

Tiny 290 Sq Ft Apartment Boasts a Genius Collection of Space-Saving Furniture

One of the key pieces in Cherman's space-efficient apartment is an Italian-fabricated multifunctional module that combines a sofa and folding bed into a single compact unit. At night, the bed folds out

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Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

Culture Urbaine - The Cloud Collective from The Cloud Collective on Vimeo. The Cloud Collective's Culture Urbaine Genève was one of the 13 gardens produced for the Genève: Villes et Champs festival.

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Alex Chinneck Builds a Wax House in London Just to Watch it Melt

Alex Chinneck Builds a Wax House in London Just to Watch it Melt

More commonly referred to as the Melting House, Chinneck's latest work is actually a life-sized recreation of an old candle making factory. Using paraffin wax bricks, the artist recreated the two-story

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Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

The tiny house revolution is hitting the college set. Swedish design firm Tengbom Architects designed a portable micro-dorm room that gives students privacy while upholding sustainable living. Called the

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Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture Clads Filipino Courtyard House in Low-Cost Bamboo and Solar Panels

Atelier Sacha Cotture stacked the living and bedroom areas into a three-story structure located at the farthest point from the access road. The first floor comprises the main communal areas, including the

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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these

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6 Stylish Systems to Keep Your Organic Vegetable Garden Growing Year-Round

6 Stylish Systems to Keep Your Organic Vegetable Garden Growing Year-Round

Aqualibrium If you live in the city, chances are you don't have much real estate to grow vegetables. Enter Aqualibrium: a miniature, modular, urban farming aquaponics system that gives renters a

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

Next year will mark thirty years since the construction of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser's iconic Hundertwasserhaus in the Kegelgasse district of Vienna, Austria. Hundertwasser's fantastical artistic

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XploreAir Paravelo: World’s First Flying Bicycle Lifts Off the Ground

XploreAir Paravelo: World’s First Flying Bicycle Lifts Off the Ground

If you love getting some air between you and the ground while doing tricks on your bicycle, then you will love the Paravelo. Designed by two British men who have a passion for both cycling and aviation,

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Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Since Hotel Daniel was unable to expand outwards, its proprietors looked to the sky, deciding to grow vertically to accommodate the new luxury suite. The sleek new LoftCube adds 44 square meters to the

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