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3XN's Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

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Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

by , 09/01/14
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Surfers have been battling with landowners over access to beaches on America’s West Coast for years, but NBC News reports that the highest profile case of the lot to date involves some hard line action from a surprising adversary – billionaire Democrat supporter, Vinad Khosla. Khosla made his fortune by cofounding Sun Microsystems and then poured his money into green energy ventures as well as the coffers of the Democratic Party. He later bought an 89-acre piece of prime real estate on Martin’s Beach, near Half Moon Bay in Northern California – a popular surfing spot to which the property’s previous owners had allowed access. San Mateo County told Khosla he would have to maintain public access to the beach, a dictate that he went to court over and then lost. After allowing access for two years, Khosla decided to go rogue – locking his gate, and adding security guards along with a sign stating “Beach closed, keep out.”

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Victoria One: Melbourne's Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

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Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

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DIY: How to Make Delicious Nutty Coconut Breakfast with Leftover Rice

by , 08/31/14

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You slept through your alarm, the kids are in chaos and the cupboards are bare. What’s a savvy person to do? How about using last night’s leftover rice to make a protein-packed tropical coconut breakfast in just a few minutes. All you need is some coconut milk, nuts, seeds and dried fruits and you are off and running.

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

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Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest!

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It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we’re offering you a chance to win a brand new PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic solar backpack! We’re looking for smart ideas that will lower your environmental footprint for the coming academic year, and our grand prize winner will receive their choice of a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bike decked out with a rear rack, a metal basket, and a brass bell (worth a total of $574!), and three runners-up will each win a Voltaic Converter solar-powered backpack (worth $129) — perfect for keeping your electronics charged for a full day of classes. The deadline for all submissions is September 17th at 11:59PM ET – read on to learn how to enter!

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World's First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

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ModFruGal isn’t a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a “gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.” The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee woods. Put together for just $1500, the treehouse features a sliding door to maximize space, a chalkboard wall for the kids to draw on, and a choice of hammocks in which to relax. Regardless of age, it’s the perfect place for anyone to escape it all and reconnect with nature.

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Henrique Oliveira's Powerful Recycled Wood "Tridimensional" Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

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Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

by , 08/31/14
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It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast recently had the opportunity to do just that when they tasted the chocolate made with their beans for the first time. A correspondent from Metropolis TV visited the farmers and gave them their first-ever chocolate bar – hit the jump to see a video of their reaction.

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99-Year Old Lillian Weber is Making a New Dress Every Day for Needy Kids in Africa

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In 2011, Lillian Weber started sewing dresses for the charity Little Dresses for Africa and she has been sewing one every single day since then. It’s all part of the 99-year old’s mission to make 1,000 dresses for African children in need. At last count she had reached 840 dresses and she shows no signs of stopping.

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Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

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Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a bundle on wasteful filler. Designed by Patrick Sung, the packaging design concept features triangulated perforations that allow it to bend around odd forms. This could also save on fuel for shipping, since all of that wasted box filler is eliminated.

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from…

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Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

Tali Shaul, a psychotherapist, and Hagit Morevski, an ecological pond water treatment specialist, became friends after their two sons started playing together. Sharing similar views,…

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Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

German light bulb maker LEDON enlisted Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada to create the impossible- a light bulb made from wood. Fukusada created the illusionary lamp by wrapping an LED…

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Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel Miniature!

Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel…

The life size pencil set was shown as part of an outdoor exhibition at Open Air Art Museum in Latvia. Pohjalainen created the pieces during the Environmental Art workshop on the…

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human…

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