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Michael Jantzen Launches Transformable M-Velope Shelters Made from Sustainably Grown Wood

Michael Jantzen Launches Transformable M-Velope Shelters Made from Sustainably Grown Wood

Michael Jantzen's M-Velopes are based on the M-House, a reconfigurable structure that has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Jantzen's recent investigation into interactive,

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France’s 2015 World Expo Pavilion Challenges World Hunger with a Farm-to-Table Design

France’s 2015 World Expo Pavilion Challenges World Hunger with a Farm-to-Table Design

X-TU Architects describe the scheme as a "reversed and spectacular landscape," in that food is grown on the vaulted ceiling and walls rather than on the ground. The French pavilion innovates upon the

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Off Centre’s Delightfully Imperfect Glass Decor Celebrates Little Mistakes

Off Centre’s Delightfully Imperfect Glass Decor Celebrates Little Mistakes

Some say that the secret to happiness is learning to embrace imperfection, and if that's the case, Brooklyn-based Off Centre must be quite content. The design collaborative, founded by Romina Gonzales and

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TYIN Tegnestue’s Bamboo Bathhouse Brings Cleanliness to an Orphanage in Thailand

TYIN Tegnestue’s Bamboo Bathhouse Brings Cleanliness to an Orphanage in Thailand

Ban Tha Song Yang sits on the boarder of Thailand and Burma in a tropical area where good personal hygiene can prevent diseases and keep kids safe. TYIN Tegnestue designed a bathhouse that would provide

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Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

There are 10 domes in all and they come in four different sizes. Depending on the size of each family and budget, visitors to The Dome Garden can request a 12, 16, 20, or 24 ft dome. The skeleton is made

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Records Show That 1,600 Protected Birds Were Shot and Killed at JFK Airport Over Past Five Years

Records Show That 1,600 Protected Birds Were Shot and Killed at JFK Airport Over Past Five Years

Records show that more than 1,600 protected birds such as snowy egrets, red-winged blackbirds and American kestrels were shot over the past five years at JFK airport in Queens, New York. The creatures

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How You Can Make an Edible Water “Bottle” at Home!

How You Can Make an Edible Water “Bottle” at Home!

We were fascinated when we first came across the Ooho, an edible water “bottle” conceived by three students to reduce plastic waste, and decided to make one of our own. Check out our DIY video

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE – We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there's still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold, bluish light that is

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Urban Chandy Founder Cassidy Brush

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Urban Chandy Founder Cassidy Brush

It was pretty much love at first sight when the Inhabitat editors first laid eyes on Urban Chandy's sparkling upcycled light fixtures at BKLYN Designs this year, and we recently got a chance to take a

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Hello Wood Unveils Epic Butterfly House Pavilion for the Budapest Spring Festival

Hello Wood Unveils Epic Butterfly House Pavilion for the Budapest Spring Festival

Hello Wood's Butterfly House covers an area of 300 square meters, and it was built from 20 tons of wood and 9 tons of concrete. The wings are painted with the patterns of the Poplar Admiral, one of

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IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique

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Colorado’s First Certified Passive House Can Save Owners Thousands of Dollars in Utilities

Colorado’s First Certified Passive House Can Save Owners Thousands of Dollars in Utilities

Brookfield Residential partnered with local KGA Studio Architects to design the light-filled, energy efficient home. To meet the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS)'s strict standards, the architects

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Elkamii Turns Wood Scraps into Space-Saving Home Goods with Minimalist Flair

Elkamii Turns Wood Scraps into Space-Saving Home Goods with Minimalist Flair

Looking at these elegant floating shelves, you probably wouldn't guess that they're made of discarded wood scraps. Designed and crafted in NYC, these charming "Peliships" are just a sampling of what

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Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

Tiny Wooden Pods by Cannatà & Fernandes Pop Up in Portugal

The Nautic Club's modern small units stand out within the Abrantas natural park and traditional Portuguese architecture. They have a privileged view of the Tagus River and nearby green mountains.

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Hamonic + Masson Propose to Turn Paris’ Ailing Avenue Foch into the Largest Pedestrian Avenue in France

Hamonic + Masson Propose to Turn Paris’ Ailing Avenue Foch into the Largest Pedestrian Avenue in France

First off, the team proposes to move car traffic from Avenue Foch to the existing side streets, potentially making the avenue into the largest pedestrian avenue in France. With cars out of the way, the

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Inhabitat Talks to Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, About Growing a Green School

Inhabitat Talks to Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, About Growing a Green School

Do you remember the antsy feeling you would get in school while waiting for the recess bell to ring? Luckily, more kids today are spending time outdoors as educators begin to realize the link between

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

Located in the central business district of Beijing, Chaoyang Park Plaza borders the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the largest public parks in Beijing. The mixed-use urban plaza will comprise

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Salvaged Plane Parts Make Up This High-Flying “Aviator’s Villa” in New York

Salvaged Plane Parts Make Up This High-Flying “Aviator’s Villa” in New York

If you've ever dreamed of living in a castle in the sky, Urban Office Architecture's "Aviator's Villa" comes pretty darn close. The project was inspired by the feeling of being inside of an aircraft in

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Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

Battersea Power Station’s ‘Garden of the Elements’ to Include the Largest Glass Atrium in London

Covering over two and a half acres of the industrial complex, the landscape designs include expansive manicured gardens, waterfalls, peaceful walkways and what is being proposed as London's largest glass

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Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Konrad Wójcik designed Pole House for the D3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition and wanted to create a home with virtually no environmental footprint. He came up with an

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Suntory CNC-Mills Icecubes Into Mindblowing Tiny Sculptures for “3D on the Rocks” Campaign

Suntory CNC-Mills Icecubes Into Mindblowing Tiny Sculptures for “3D on the Rocks” Campaign

From a Zen Buddhist temple to the Statue of Liberty, each tiny ice sculpture was precisely milled on a "computer numerical control" (CNC) router. The creative team started with Autodesk's 123 Catch

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Sneak a Peek Inside America’s First Ever Cat Cafe in New York City

Sneak a Peek Inside America’s First Ever Cat Cafe in New York City

New Yorkers looking for that "purr"-fect latte were in for a huge treat this past weekend at Purina One's pop up cat cafe. For four fur-filled days, hundreds of people queued outside the temporary eatery

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Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with

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Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Renovate a 1930s Residence with a Gorgeous Faceted Extension

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Renovate a 1930s Residence with a Gorgeous Faceted Extension

In addition to the five year renovation works, the architects designed an angular rear extension that acts as a counterpoint to the resident's traditional street façade. Multiple sloping surfaces of the

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Artist Chris McVeigh Pays Tribute to Retro Technology with LEGOs

Artist Chris McVeigh Pays Tribute to Retro Technology with LEGOs

The LEGO master has used the retro bricks to pay tribute to some of our favorite technology from the not so distant past. The minimalist designs are clad in the signature tans, browns and yellow hues that

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Exquisite Stacked Lights Are Made From Repurposed Vintage Glassware and Tinted Resin

Exquisite Stacked Lights Are Made From Repurposed Vintage Glassware and Tinted Resin

To make their glazed lights Sander Wassink and Ma'ayan Pesach started by collecting all kinds of glassware from markets and second-hand shops in and around Eindhoven. Once they had a good variety of

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OVA Studio Unveils Plans for Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

OVA Studio Unveils Plans for Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Just like the game Jenga, the shipping containers can be inserted or taken out of the stacked and staggered tower with ease. A metal grid structure, however, would ensure that unlike Jenga, the tower

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Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Solar Roadways Unveils Super Strong Solar Panels for Roads in Prototypical Parking Lot

Not only does the parking lot harvest energy, it also incorporates overhead utilities and repositions underground utilities for more efficient use. Power and data cables line a cable corridor alongside

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VIDEO: Ethical Fur – Is It Possible? And Meet New York’s Wild Wolves!

VIDEO: Ethical Fur – Is It Possible? And Meet New York’s Wild Wolves!

Living in New York City, I often feel like I'm lacking nature in my life. Lucky for me, however I recently got offered the opportunity to go on an "animal adventure roulette" by Subaru to check out some

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