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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Morphosis’ Spectacular Emerson College Campus Set to Open in Hollywood

Morphosis’ Spectacular Emerson College Campus Set to Open in Hollywood

Situated on Sunset Boulevard, the new satellite campus will play host to Emerson College's annual semester-long internship program in Los Angeles. Built over two years for $85 million, this 10-story

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Dutch Students Design Revolutionary Solar Power ‘Skins’ for Historic Homes in the Netherlands

Dutch Students Design Revolutionary Solar Power ‘Skins’ for Historic Homes in the Netherlands

According to Delft University, approximately 60 percent of Dutch citizens live in row houses and 25 percent of those homes are from the post war period. Although beloved by the city's population, these

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Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

If you're one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days 'til springtime, chances are you may have also been daydreaming about gardening as well. March isn't just one of

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Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere 2 Can House 100 People Under the Sea

Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere 2 Can House 100 People Under the Sea

Living under the ocean’s waves may seem like a fantastical concept, but Pauley has designed Sub-Biosphere 2 as a realistic housing option for the near future. The network is made up of a Central Support

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Notice Anything Wrong with These NYC Townhouses?

Notice Anything Wrong with These NYC Townhouses?

Notice anything strange about these doors? They seem pretty difficult to enter or exit through, right? But that's okay because the "townhouses" they're attached to actually aren't what they seem at all.

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Mind-blowing Photographs of Earth Taken From Space

Mind-blowing Photographs of Earth Taken From Space

Updated weekly, ESA's Observing the Earth archive consists of thousands of photographs that date back to 2005. These Earth Observation images capture wide-angle snapshots of various landscapes with a

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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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INCLUDED Creates Shipping Container Community Cubes for Migrant Worker Slums in Shanghai

INCLUDED Creates Shipping Container Community Cubes for Migrant Worker Slums in Shanghai

One configuration sees four repurposed shipping containers combined to create a large classroom complete with three nook areas that can accommodate a small library, quiet play space, and a computer area.

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PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

NY and NJ commuters welcomed an elegant new PATH train platform last week - the first one of its kind to open at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in downtown Manhattan. Called Platform A, the

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Le Atelier Builds Low Budget Tiny Family Home in Leafy Moscow Area

Le Atelier Builds Low Budget Tiny Family Home in Leafy Moscow Area

The Low Budget Home is located on a tight but high value plot belonging to the customer’s parents. Mainly made from wood, its shape is clean, features a sloped roof and the bright orange door stands out

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INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

Inhabitat: What kind of architecture do you create? LIKEArchitects: We try to build projects in which humor, subjectivity, emotion and surprise ally with the desirable functionality of any architectural

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Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

Floating Arctic Harvester Farm Uses Water from Melting Icebergs to Feed Greenland

The floating hydroponic farm uses melting icebergs as a massive resource for growing fruit and vegetables. The structure is shaped as a traditional village-the circular form encompasses a central bay in

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WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

Built at the end of the client's garden, this cedar-clad writer's retreat is a quiet sanctuary that preserves views to the yard and maximizes natural light through skylights and frameless glazing. The

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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact

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Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Tim Wright, who is the grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher, often spent his summers at Taliesin as a boy. Now he and his wife Karen, who is a board

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Juan Carlos Ramos Unveils Amazing Pyramid House Worthy of a Pharaoh

Juan Carlos Ramos Unveils Amazing Pyramid House Worthy of a Pharaoh

The Pyramid House features glass walls that offer exceptional views of the surrounding landscape and allow natural light to penetrate its deepest corners. The openings vary from narrow slits to large

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Adventurous guests can sleep in the wild of South Africa, safely elevated above the beautiful landscape. Guests can choose from three stilted treehouses. The Chalkley Treehouse hugs an old tree in the

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DJA Unveils Green-Roofed Viewing Pavilion on Latvia’s Krievkalna Island

DJA Unveils Green-Roofed Viewing Pavilion on Latvia’s Krievkalna Island

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture created this beautiful View Terrace and Pavilion in the “Garden of Destiny” memorial park on Krievkalna Island, Latvia. The Garden of Destiny is memorial place for all

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Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower is a $512M project that has increased the emergency department by five times the size, provides specialized mental health and pediatric health, has

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March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

No two wooden fragments match. Some are polished, some rough textured, others feature remnants of colored paint, but all the markings hint at their former lives within a house, a basketball court or as

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Abandoned German Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park!

Abandoned German Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Wunderland Kalkar Amusement Park!

Wunderland Kalkar hosts a range of activities and play areas for the whole family - from high-flying swings to merry-go-rounds, and a carousel. The repurposed site has worked wonders for the area's

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Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Eco-Conscious House in Frogs Hollow Sinks into the Rugged Ontario Landscape

Surrounded by thick fields of native grasses, the House in Frogs Hollow is split into two overlapping volumes: an upper level clad in red-stained timber set above a concrete base submerged into the

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PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

PHOTOS: We Turn a Regular Citi Bike into an Electric Bike with the New ShareRoller

The ShareRoller is the world's first portable motor designed specifically for transforming Citi Bikes into electric bikes. The compact, 6-7 lb. device will be available for pre-order starting tomorrow as

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Tiny Home Trend Provides Housing to Homeless Populations Across the United States

Tiny Home Trend Provides Housing to Homeless Populations Across the United States

In Olympia, Washington, a village of nomadic homeless people called Camp Quixote has sprung up on the city’s outskirts. Rather than banishing the less fortuntate, the city has decided to help create a

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7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in design is not

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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic “Flavors Orchard” Farm City in China

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic “Flavors Orchard” Farm City in China

The project is based on the idea of eco-responsible lifestyles and sustainable innovations that enable biodiversity and slow down the massive rural exodus China has experienced over the last decade.

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Tiny Transforming Apartment Maximizes Space for an Artist in Tel Aviv

Tiny Transforming Apartment Maximizes Space for an Artist in Tel Aviv

The artist’s studio is nestled within a 1950s concrete building in Tel Aviv which has particularly problematic natural lighting. The architects carefully divided the windows and placed blinds to allow

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Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

The 2000 square meter building consists of color-blocked concrete volumes stacked one on top of the other. The smallest volume is on the bottom of the building, while larger spaces are located at the

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