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Solar-powered Base Camp embraces nature through energy-efficient design

Solar-powered Base Camp embraces nature through energy-efficient design

Created primarily as a retreat, Base Camp also serves as a primary home for a family of seven. Beautiful hardwood clad the building inside and out, while generous amounts of glazing frame views of the

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Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

The first thing you notice is the reclaimed wood siding Medici Architects applied to the outside of this modern home in downtown Kirkland, WA, which earned Built Green 5 star certification. A voluntary

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NeSpoon dolls up urban centers with large-scale lace street graffiti

NeSpoon dolls up urban centers with large-scale lace street graffiti

Drawing inspiration from traditional embroidery, NeSpoon uses stencils and spray paint to create intricate lace patterns. Her designs, nicknamed “urban jewelry,” bring recognition of the largely

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Interactive Future Food District is the heart of the Milan Expo 2015

Interactive Future Food District is the heart of the Milan Expo 2015

The Expo Milan 2015 is close to opening day and we can't wait to see this 2500-quare-meter interactive pavilion where visitors can interact with food products through technology. Carlo Ratti of Carlo

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Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

Sasaki Architectured convert a former disco club into an office space with floating walls

It is difficult to imagine this sleek office space in Japan was once a disco. The former warehouse club was transformed by local studio Sasaki Architecture into a bright minimalist space with high

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ANIAN is Canada’s first totally off-grid store made almost entirely out of reclaimed materials

ANIAN is Canada’s first totally off-grid store made almost entirely out of reclaimed materials

ANIAN is a Canadian manufacturer of clothing and coastal gear based in Vancouver, BC, and while their custom surfboards (made on-site) and groovy apparel are the highlight of their business, the really

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Contemporary design unites two French schools in historical town

Contemporary design unites two French schools in historical town

The highlight of this structure is the bridge joining the previously separated buildings. This formation houses all of the amenities of student life, including classrooms and study halls. Glass panel

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Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

It's challenging to build contemporary buildings that mesh with a given vernacular, and even more so to do so in a way that minimizes site disturbance. Yet BURO II & ARCHI+I have achieved both with

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Passive solar Nahahum Cabin overlooks dramatic canyon views in the Cascade Mountains

Passive solar Nahahum Cabin overlooks dramatic canyon views in the Cascade Mountains

Built along an east-west axis, the Nahahum Cabin partially submerges its east end into a slope, while its west end is left exposed and mostly glazed to frame sweeping views of the canyon below. Concrete

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Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

London's Canary Wharf will never be the same after tomorrow, when the first Crossrail station is slated to open and revitalize the city's financial nucleus. Designed by Foster & Partners, the seven-storey

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This barcode-like Milan Expo info pavilion design is inspired by traditional Italian farmhouses

This barcode-like Milan Expo info pavilion design is inspired by traditional Italian farmhouses

Berlin-based architecture firm StudioBaft teamed up with Tactile Architecture and architect Laurent Dubuis to design a prefab barcode-like proposal for the info pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. The team

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Barend Koolhaas’ triangular-plan House in Almen has two black wooden walls and a glazed one

Barend Koolhaas’ triangular-plan House in Almen has two black wooden walls and a glazed one

Barend Koolhaas worked for OMA and IDEO before setting up his own studio in Amsterdam and, yes, he is a relative of Rem Koolhaas. His latest project, House in Almen, was designed around one of its three

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Glistening glass tea house built near Kyoto Buddhist temple

Glistening glass tea house built near Kyoto Buddhist temple

Yoshioka explains that traditional ceremonies incorporate elements of nature, usually by having tea houses surrounded by lavish gardens. He brings nature inside via the ripple designs on the interior

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Earthquake levels Nepal’s beautiful historic buildings

Earthquake levels Nepal’s beautiful historic buildings

As the death toll from Nepal continues to rise, impacting roughly eight million people according to the UN, one can't help but wonder how the country will ever achieve its former splendor after this

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Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 resembles billowing wheat fields

Stunning Chinese Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 resembles billowing wheat fields

Entitled ‘The Land of Hope,’ the project integrates Chinese traditional architecture with modern technologies. Its floating roof was designed as a timber structure that references the Chinese

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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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Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Reliable Big Horn wall tent Tents Reliable Tent & Tipi Company has been making tents since 1945, using canvas and natural materials for a variety of different shelter styles. If you're looking for a

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Göktürk 118 apartment building blends into Istanbul’s neighborhoods with a sustainable glass mosaic facade

Göktürk 118 apartment building blends into Istanbul’s neighborhoods with a sustainable glass mosaic facade

The two volumes have different heights-12.5 m and 15.50 m, but meet at the corner to create a unified whole. Two separately perceived prisms act as an extension of the street fronts that dominate the area

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Take a closer look at the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki museum design competition

Take a closer look at the finalists in the Guggenheim Helsinki museum design competition

Submissions are kept anonymous so the jury can remain impartial, yet it is known that the final six consists of the following creators: AGPS Architecture Ltd., Asif Khan Ltd., Fake Industries

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Adorable tiny cottage is a Japanese-inspired teahouse on wheels

Adorable tiny cottage is a Japanese-inspired teahouse on wheels

Lined with light-colored knotty pine, the Tea House includes over a dozen glazed openings to flood the interior with natural light. The walls are fortified with high-density Eco-bat insulation with an

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This elegant, organic LED lamp will make your reading nook cozier than ever

This elegant, organic LED lamp will make your reading nook cozier than ever

LEDs are firmly established as the energy-saving, long-lasting successor to incandescent bulbs, but the next wave might just come in the future of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). With the capacity

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Pratt Institute’s GAUD students show off term work with beautiful digitally fabricated art installation

Pratt Institute’s GAUD students show off term work with beautiful digitally fabricated art installation

The large art installation consists of over 800 custom laser cut panels, each clad with a carefully selected section of student work. The panels were sorted by color and assembled to create an undulating

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Terraced wooden nursery school brings the Japanese landscape indoors

Terraced wooden nursery school brings the Japanese landscape indoors

Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop was challenged to design a nursery school that not only included a variety of programmed spaces but also minimized the number of blind spots for safety reasons. The

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE cladding system,

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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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Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

The client wanted a space that would evoke a cozy and welcoming home-like environment. Thus mode:lina swapped the typical cafe counter with a moveable kitchen island located at the center of the space.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library

Christchurch’s Recovery Plan envisions a “greener, more accessible city with a compact city centre and a strong identity.” In keeping with that vision, the Danish architecture firm designed the New

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a gesture of

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DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers

DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers

Image © handknitted4you Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society's love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods, diapers, and cutlery has created so much

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