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INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents ensure that their

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Tiny Cabin Drop XL is the Perfect Pop Up Hotel for Environmentally Conscious Travelers

Tiny Cabin Drop XL is the Perfect Pop Up Hotel for Environmentally Conscious Travelers

Like its predecessor, organic forms found in nature inspired the design of Cabin Drop XL. The 325 square foot hotel room would be prefabricated off site and can be virtually transported anywhere that the

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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Mishak Henner’s Apocalyptic Photos Show How Factory Farming is Destroying The American Landscape

Mishak Henner’s Apocalyptic Photos Show How Factory Farming is Destroying The American Landscape

The images, discovered by Henner while researching satellite photographs of oil fields, look more like post-apocalyptic wastelands than acreage in America's heartland. "“While I was working on that

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MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA's MR House is perched on steep terrain at El Buchén, on the Chilean side of the Andes Mountains. It was constructed from steel, local timber, and salvaged wood and glass in a forest clearing. The

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Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

This home was the original birthplace of comedian and actress Beatrice Lillie (known as Lady Peel), but it now serves as a modern, bright and airy residence in Toronto. The historic home was remade with

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LEGO Tree Huggers Made of Recycled Bricks Pop Up in New York City

LEGO Tree Huggers Made of Recycled Bricks Pop Up in New York City

Tree huggers come in all shapes and sizes, but did you know that they even come in multicolored LEGOS? In honor of Earth Day, LEGO artist extraordinaire Nathan Sawaya crafted a quirky series of Hugman

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125 Foot Tall Treehouse Teaches Boy Scouts About True Sustainability

125 Foot Tall Treehouse Teaches Boy Scouts About True Sustainability

The Sustainability Treehouse is a towering 125 feet tall, and it rises amidst the forests of West Virginia with its Corten steel frame and luminous wooden box platforms. It is targeting Living Building

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Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Though the site is exceedingly narrow, it is long and the architects used that as an asset to create privacy. The long facades of the house are solid black and windowless to restrict views into the

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UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

Hanwha Group manufactures photovoltaic panels and environmental technology and they felt their office tower no longer reflected their values or met their needs, so they asked for proposals to renovate

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Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal’s Sophisticated Pó House

Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal’s Sophisticated Pó House

The low, rectangular design stems from the architect's desire to take maximum advantage of the solar exposure, while simultaneously minimizing impact on the surrounding environment. The architects took

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

Thomas Heatherwick just unveiled plans for an incredible semi-subterranean public park in Abu Dhabi that features a fragmented canopy to keep visitors cool. Al Fayah Park would transforms the desert into

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster

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Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Founded in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Using the Cradle-to-Cradle

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gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

In addition to its emphasis on sustainable design, the real estate giant has secured a prime location for its new office buildings near the Shanghai South Railway Station. The 900,000 square foot offices

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Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli

Henning Larsen Wins Bid to Design Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli

Henning Larsen Architects used the existing excavations found on site to inform their circulation design and architectural design. Inspired by the Berber underground cave dwellings, the architects dug

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Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

Urban Screen’s ’320 Licht’ Transforms Former Gas Tank into a Magical Cathedral of Light

As the lights display a continuous series of hectic, flashing images on the tank's vast interior, sounds react to the unique acoustics, creating a dizzying atmosphere designed to make viewers lose

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TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

The house was designed for a young couple returning home to their village. Commissioned to design a home which would be modern, yet communicate with tradition and the surrounding mountainous landscape,

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INTERVIEW: Architect James Cleary on Designing the Kitchen of the Future, Today

INTERVIEW: Architect James Cleary on Designing the Kitchen of the Future, Today

James Cleary is a Brooklyn-based architect who has designed many residential buildings throughout NYC Over the last century, the design of the kitchen has changed dramatically. Once a service space

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Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonsai Tree Castles are Miniature Living Worlds

Treating each tiny Bonsai as if it were a deep-rooted full-sized tree, Aiba creates incredible buildings that wind around the boughs and branches. Using copper line, epoxy putty, plastic, resin and stone

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Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

Perkins+Will Gives San Francisco’s Iconic 140 New Montgomery Tower a LEED Gold Renovation

140 New Montgomery is an art deco skyscraper completed in 1925 that was home for the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Company for 80 years. The property recently underwent extensive renovations and

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14 Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photographs Capture the Beauty of the Earth

14 Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photographs Capture the Beauty of the Earth

©Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Altitude Heart in Voh in New Caledonia "Heart in Voh" is a heart-shaped mangrove swamp in New Caledonia. Located in tropical coastal regions, these mangrove swamps contain rich

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building

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Triple-Story Glass Rieteiland House Boasts a Suite of Strategies to Reduce its Environmental Impact

Triple-Story Glass Rieteiland House Boasts a Suite of Strategies to Reduce its Environmental Impact

Towards the West, where the waterfront and parks are located, the building consists almost entirely of glass walls and sliding doors, which give the residents access to beautiful views 24 hours a day. The

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Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia’s Sunshine Coast

Robinson Architects designed the Wallaby Lane House with a linear plan that follows the landscape’s natural contours. The house and the studio space are positioned side by side under a common roof, with

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Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a slight angle.

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Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

The Columbia Building is an educational demonstration of sustainable building techniques. Designed in a radial fashion to track the sun, this single-story concrete building folds seven cast-in-place

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Crazy Transportation Hub Looks Like and Alien Organism Landed on Queens

Crazy Transportation Hub Looks Like and Alien Organism Landed on Queens

The Long Island Rail Road station in Woodside, Queens is currently nothing to write home about, but that could all change if Chad Kellogg and Matt Bowles of AMLGM Labs have their way. The duo recently

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Super Resilient Tsunami House Can Withstand Fierce 85 mph Winds in Washington State

Super Resilient Tsunami House Can Withstand Fierce 85 mph Winds in Washington State

In order to avoid the full force of a tidal wave, the architects decided to locate the main living level nine feet above grade, which left the lower level to act as a multi-purpose space dubbed the 'Flood

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Ambitious Urban Regeneration Plan for Mexico’s Ciudad Deportiva Aims to Reconnect the City with Water

Ambitious Urban Regeneration Plan for Mexico’s Ciudad Deportiva Aims to Reconnect the City with Water

The area that encompases the Ciudad Deportiva is located at the intersection of two of the most important rivers in Mexico City: Churubusco and La Piedad. The project aims to construct an urban wetland

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