Design for Health

How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

Dr. Dak Kopec, Architectural Psychologists and Director of the Boston Architectural College’s (BAC) Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Design for Human Health (DHH) led a team of Graduate students in the

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The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

By Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College How human-centered experience is changing interior design Interior design is undergoing transformation

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The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

Touted by its creators as an "appealing, affordable and safe solution for washers as well as wipers," the Blue Diversion Toilet is designed to provide off grid sanitation for low income areas. Not only

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Citizens of advanced age have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

  Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected and tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way, or a lamp that only turns on when you slide your smartphone

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How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

How to build a Passive House off-grid, and without foam

Passive House is known to be one of the strictest energy efficiency building programs in the world. What does it take to build one, and how can you do it with healthy and high performance materials? In

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Students are creating $350 bionic arms for children using 3D printing

Students are creating $350 bionic arms for children using 3D printing

A team of students at the University of Central Florida is using 3D printing to create bionic arms for children. The arms are fully-equipped with a muscle sensor and costs just $350 to make. Find out more

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Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Hydrophobic paint takes the piss out of public urination in St. Pauli

Areas popular with tourists and drinkers are often, pretty, well, smelly. Massive quantities of garbage, loud crowds and late-night acts of public urination can make party neighborhoods feel pretty

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your home more allergy-friendly

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make your home more allergy-friendly

It's likely that we all know someone who is affected by allergies, and it’s hard to keep triggers at bay, especially when some of the most common allergy-triggering culprits can be found in our very

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6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

WINDOWHOP It's easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you've got the sickly pallor to match and it's not nearly as sexy on you). If you're lucky

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

There's a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change - but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set

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How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

Approximately 3 billion people around the world lack access to modern energy, and cook over open flames that billow smoke and cause severe respiratory illnesses. In fact, more premature deaths occur from

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6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

Ambulance Drone Delft University graduate Alex Monton created an Ambulance Drone that can arrive to the accident scene as quickly as one minute after being dispatched. While an ambulance can take about

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Scanadu creates world’s first Star Trek-style medical tricorder

Scanadu creates world’s first Star Trek-style medical tricorder

Scanadu, a startup based at the NASA Ames Research Center, has made the science-fiction of Star Trek a reality by creating a non-invasive tricorder that, within 10 seconds, can gather medical information

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INFOGRAPHIC: How polluted is the air in your home?

INFOGRAPHIC: How polluted is the air in your home?

How clean is the air in your home? Although you might not be aware of them, it's possible that many pollutants are swirling around your living space and affecting your health. Dust mites, mold particles,

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6 designs that could save your life

6 designs that could save your life

Inhabitat readers know that good design can save the world - but did you know design could also save your life? Engineers, designers, and hackers around the world are harnessing cutting-edge developments

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The ‘Carbon Black’ is the slickest wheelchair you’ve ever seen

The ‘Carbon Black’ is the slickest wheelchair you’ve ever seen

Made from ultra-lightweight carbon fiber, the Carbon Black wheelchair is not just a piece of medical equipment; it’s a work of art. Six years in development, the Carbon Black wheelchair is the

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Burn calories and charge your laptop while working on the WeBike

Burn calories and charge your laptop while working on the WeBike

Photo: Gizmag We're huge fans of stand-working here at Inhabitat, so when we spotted this cool work pod that channels the power of pedaling, we were immediately enamored. The WeBike is a

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Misfit and Swarovski reveal the world’s first solar-powered fitness tracker

Misfit and Swarovski reveal the world’s first solar-powered fitness tracker

Gone are the days of replacing batteries and the inconvenience of plugging your device in to charge after Misfit and Swarovski revealed the world's first solar-powered fitness tracker. Misfit is know for

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This Helmet for Skiers and Snowboarders Can Scan for Brain Injuries

This Helmet for Skiers and Snowboarders Can Scan for Brain Injuries

  When folks zip down icy, snow-covered mountains at warp speed, it's only natural that some (OK, most) of those people are going to take a fall. That's why skiing and snowboarding, while fun,

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INFOGRAPHIC: January is Radon Action Month—Is Your Home Safe?

INFOGRAPHIC: January is Radon Action Month—Is Your Home Safe?

Since January is Radon Action Month, there's no better time to talk about the dangers that may be present in your home or office. A colorless, odorless gas, radon can seep into buildings through cracks

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Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Green design will save the world, and this year designers went all out with an incredible range of innovations. Sada brought us an incredible hubless folding bike while Klemmens Torggler introduced the

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VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

The future of prosthetics is here after researchers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory completed a groundbreaking experiment that gave a double amputee the ability to control his prosthetics

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The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The End of Sitting presents an office without any of that sitting-is-the-new-smoking business -- an office far more concerned with the physical and mental well-being of its occupants. RAAAF and Visser

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Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Photo via Shutterstock After the holidays wind down, millions of Christmas trees across the country will be headed to the landfill or the wood chipper. But not so fast! That stately conifer could be

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World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

Ebola has been ravaging parts of Africa, and the deadly virus shows no signs of stopping. Now a new needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100% effective at stopping the transmission of ebola in monkeys,

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Did you know that in the United States alone, over 2 billion disposable razors are thrown in the garbage every year? That's a hell of a lot of plastic and waste metal accumulating in landfills

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Philips Tackles Chronic Psoriasis With First-Ever Wearable LED Light Treatment

Philips Tackles Chronic Psoriasis With First-Ever Wearable LED Light Treatment

Philips, the lighting company best known for their interior lighting solutions, has just launched a pioneering new wearable treatment for psoriasis that utilizes blue LED lights. Psoriasis is a skin

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