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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Have you ever wondered what the tree population and density of the United States looks like? This amazing map shows just that. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center

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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is based in Louisville,

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Architects' TMFA takes the shape of a pentagon - a subtle symbolic representation of Tainan's city flower, the Phoenix Blossom. Beneath the pentagon-shaped canopy, the museum comprises a

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

The new Amazon UK Headquarters is one of the major developments in London, called Principal Place, which will occupy the area between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations in east London.

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Help Dogwood & Hastings Launch Their New Eco-Friendly Homeware Line and Get Cool Perks

Help Dogwood & Hastings Launch Their New Eco-Friendly Homeware Line and Get Cool Perks

Dogwood & Hastings is a new line of eco-friendly homewares designed to bring the beauty of nature to your dinner table. The assortment of organic (GOTS-certified) cotton tablecloths and napkins showcases

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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

To match the color scheme of Palmela's urban landscape, the architects mixed an ochre pigment to the concrete to create a dusky warm tone. The concrete facade also shows a textured finish created from the

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Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

Fumihiko Maki’s Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

Maki and Associates state: "The Museum has been designed as a celebration of light and the mysteries of its various qualities and effects. Utilizing a series of natural materials with differing light

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum “Crest” at the London Design Festival

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum “Crest” at the London Design Festival

The Crest was designed as a demountable sculpture that tests the limits of a new construction technique involving the assembly of aluminum panels into a pre-stressed flat plate which is then lifted into a

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

Mini Modern Side Table This cute and interesting accent piece was great before it was revamped, but looks even better with a two-toned paint job. Modern End Table All it took was a color

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Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij's furnishings are made from e-waste and 3D-printed recycled materials. His collection now includes a lens-like lamp made from recycled synthetics and polished metal, a table made from

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KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

"The aim of our proposal is not [to] compete to create another symbolic icon, but rather a structure that will preserve and enhance the current landscape views," write the architects. The architects also

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Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

Renovated Geneva Ethnography Museum to Open Next Month

The architects designed a new metal roof for the Helene Lancoux media library, which includes more than 40,000 works dedicated to cultural history. The roof's diamond-shaped windows allows pockets of

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

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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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Stunning West Virginia Home Showcases Trees as Living Works of Art

Stunning West Virginia Home Showcases Trees as Living Works of Art

The Hayes Residence is located in Berkeley Springs amidst the lush forest of the West Virginia hills. Instead of cutting the trees down, the architects decided to build around them and include nature into

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Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

Located on a canal in front of Bayer's San Paulo headquarters, the bridge allows for more efficient crossing of the Pinheiros River by extending the walking and bike path used by Bayer employees. The two

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A Forest of Gigantic Inflatable Mushrooms Just Sprouted in Seoul!

A Forest of Gigantic Inflatable Mushrooms Just Sprouted in Seoul!

Moon Ji Bang is a collaborative group consisting on Korean architects Choi Jangwon, Park Cheonkang and Kwon Kyungmin. Their magical installation was inspired by the mythical Shinseon, a creature said to

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The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

Harold and Helena Skow had a traditional Navajo “home build kit” and had already completed a CMU foundation for the traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. The Skows had not finished the house

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G-pod’s Tiny ‘Dwell’ Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

G-pod’s Tiny ‘Dwell’ Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

True to its container heritage, the Dwell can be relocated anywhere a shipping container can be delivered. Once in situ, the unit takes around three hours to set up, with pack down taking the same amount

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Four Visionary Designs Unveiled for D.C.’s First Elevated Park

Four Visionary Designs Unveiled for D.C.’s First Elevated Park

Covering an area greater than three football fields, 11th Street Bridge Park will offer a variety of programming from environmental education and public art to urban agriculture and recreational sports.

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Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

To symbolize the global network of digital fabricators, the design of the Endesa World Fab Condenser is based on a Dymaxion world map, a flattened projection of Earth created by Buckminster Fuller. The

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

The Boa Nova Tea House was one of Álvaro Siza's first completed projects, and it served as a restaurant for many years. Located about 300 meters from the road in Motosinhos to the north of Porto, the

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Zaha Hadid Architects Win Bid to Design Mathematics Gallery in London’s Science Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects Win Bid to Design Mathematics Gallery in London’s Science Museum

The David and Claudia Harding Mathematics Gallery will be delivered as part of the Science Museum's £60 million redevelopment master plan, which will transform a third of the museum over the next five

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College is a small college in northeast Georgia that made a transition from a 2-year college to a 4-year institution in about six years ago. To accommodate new students, the college had to

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Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Sir Paul and Nathalie co-designed the shed with the aim of creating a place to switch off, somewhere to relax. He chose to work with Nathalie, a bespoke furniture designer-maker from London, for her

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These Amazing Dutch Floats Made From Thousands of Flowers Will Blow Your Mind!

These Amazing Dutch Floats Made From Thousands of Flowers Will Blow Your Mind!

The residents of Zundert prepare for the annual flower parade months in advance, and with 20 local districts participating, competition is fierce. "The childhood dream in Zundert is not to become a famous

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Trio of “Blossoming” Residential Towers on Brisbane Riverfront

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Trio of “Blossoming” Residential Towers on Brisbane Riverfront

Zaha Hadid Architects recently revealed designs for Grace on Coronation, a trio of futuristic residential towers to be developed by the Sunland Group. Located along the Toowong riverbank just a few miles

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