Eco-Inspiration

INTERVIEW: Architect James Cleary on Designing the Kitchen of the Future, Today

INTERVIEW: Architect James Cleary on Designing the Kitchen of the Future, Today

James Cleary is a Brooklyn-based architect who has designed many residential buildings throughout NYC Over the last century, the design of the kitchen has changed dramatically. Once a service space

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Spring Cleaning: 6 Green Tips to Organize and Simplify Your Home

Spring Cleaning: 6 Green Tips to Organize and Simplify Your Home

TIP 1: Crush Clutter Nothing creates a feeling of claustrophobia faster than too much stuff. Before you can clean anything, you have to get rid of some those unused items causing clutter. Consider

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9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2014!

9 Fun Things You Can Do During Earth Hour 2014!

Candlelight dinner via Shutterstock Have a candle-lit dinner using menus from celebrity chefs Celebrate the hour with your partner, friends or family and have a candlelit dinner with your own tasty

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Artist Calvin Seibert Sculpts Mindblowing Modernist Sandcastles in Hawaii

Artist Calvin Seibert Sculpts Mindblowing Modernist Sandcastles in Hawaii

Trained as a sculptor's assistant, the New York-based artist uses his skills to craft sand sculptures that straddle the line between architecture and art. Seibert begins each artwork by sculpting the

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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

IDEA 1: Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Cards Nothing says I love you like the actual words, written down on paper. Getting love notes on Valentine's Day is an age-old tradition, so this year, why not

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3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Space for the Lunar New Year Using Feng Shui

3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Space for the Lunar New Year Using Feng Shui

The Lunar New Year, fondly known as Chinese New Year, falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. The year of the water snake will come to a close and the year of the wood horse will begin. According to the lunar

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Sinagpore’s ‘i Light Marina Bay’ is Asia’s First Eco-Friendly Light Art Festival

Sinagpore’s ‘i Light Marina Bay’ is Asia’s First Eco-Friendly Light Art Festival

i Light Marina Bay in Singapore is Asia’s only sustainable light and art festival that showcases innovative installations, the intelligent use of lighting, and an international line-up of creative

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Green Design Predictions for 2014

Green Design Predictions for 2014

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think it's going to be the year when it finally hits home that we've got to keep most fossil fuel

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Inhabitat’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

Inhabitat’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

The media tends to feed on negativity - but if you dig a little deeper you'll find a wealth of uplifting and inspiring stories just below the surface. Sometimes they're about brilliant teenagers who came

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Canada’s Vertigo-Inducing Capilano Suspension Bridge Is Not for the Faint of Heart

Canada’s Vertigo-Inducing Capilano Suspension Bridge Is Not for the Faint of Heart

The bridge was originally constructed in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver. Initially a wood construction, in 1903 the bridge was replaced with a

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Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Rewilding Britain: We Tour the Spectacular Scottish Highlands with Alladale Wilderness Reserve (PHOTOS)

Since purchasing the 23,000 acre estate 10 years ago, Lister has made Alladale an ecological testing ground, replanting over 800,000 indigenous trees, reintroducing red squirrels, managing local red deer

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The MAiZE: Brett Herbst Creates Incredibly Elaborate Corn Mazes Using GPS Technology

The MAiZE: Brett Herbst Creates Incredibly Elaborate Corn Mazes Using GPS Technology

Brett Herbst might just be the King of Corn. He made his first corn maze in 1996, and since then he's created over 2,000 spectacularly elaborate labyrinths as the founder of the company MAiZE. Using

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6 Eco Burial Options for a Green Afterlife

6 Eco Burial Options for a Green Afterlife

Life Gem And Vinyly Eternal Reefs Human Ash Pencils Shelves for Life 3D Cremation Ash Printers Life Gem Your loved ones can forever be reminded of your sparkle, by having your ashes compressed

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Umea’s Spectacular Ice Block Sculptures Bring the Glory of the Northern Lights to Cities Across Europe

Umea’s Spectacular Ice Block Sculptures Bring the Glory of the Northern Lights to Cities Across Europe

Throughout the Caught by Umea exhibitions artists will create impermanent ice sculptures all over Europe. Giant blocks of ice will be placed in strategic locations around each city the exhibition visits,

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Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

The great philosopher Macklemore said it best in his hit song “Thrift Store” that one man’s trash is another man’s come up. This statement rings particularly true for artist and sculptor George

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‘A Practical Guide to Squatting’ is a Primer on Living a Low-Tech and Self-Sufficient Lifestyle

‘A Practical Guide to Squatting’ is a Primer on Living a Low-Tech and Self-Sufficient Lifestyle

A Practical Guide to Squatting is a subversive how-to guide on the basics of squatting, illustrating the various tactical and strategic predicaments of inhabiting vacant buildings. While the practice of

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

Let's say you decided to live in the ocean. Can you imagine the challenges you would face? Lot's of land animals have done exactly that, though the transition from land to sea happens gradually through

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook 'likes' turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, "Those who are

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Giant Neon Recycled Snails Will Invade Sydney’s Streets This Month

Giant Neon Recycled Snails Will Invade Sydney’s Streets This Month

This month, an invasion of snails will over take the streets of Sydney, but don't panic—these snails are not your common backyard pests. Giant, neon, and irresistibly fun, these colorful snails will be

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The frigate bird is a powerful and aggressive seabird, with a deserved reputation as the pirate of the high seas. One of world's fastest birds, he swoops and soars up to 100 miles an hour, spending up to

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sunfish Teach Us About Submarines?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sunfish Teach Us About Submarines?

With a comically tiny mouth and a blunt cauliflower tail, the ocean sunfish is little more than a swimming head. Which is, in fact, its name in German. Grotesquely oversized, these monsters appear to loll

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Whale Teach Us About Fans and Filters?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Whale Teach Us About Fans and Filters?

Humpback whale image from Shutterstock Whales are some of the most extreme creatures on Earth. The 115 foot, 150 foot ton Blue Whale, for instance, is the largest animal that ever lived. These

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can a Thorny Devil Teach Us About Water Harvesting?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can a Thorny Devil Teach Us About Water Harvesting?

Image © Mark Roy One of Australia's more bizarre creatures is the thorny devil or dragon, also known as the moloch. The devil is named for the ancient god Moloch, a hideous demon smeared with the

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

Charles Darwin was a man inordinately fond of beetles. He once caught a rare specimen in one hand, when another, even more remarkable, beetle showed up. He snatched that one up with his other hand.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

You know bats and dolphins 'echolocate' to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment.

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Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

For those of you not familiar with ‘passive heating and cooling design’, it’s a building design strategy based primarily upon knowledge of thermodynamics and how the sun moves through the sky at

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction?

In our newest series, The Biomimicry Manual, we are thinking about design in a different way and asking ourselves "How would nature do it?". Nature's designs are tried and true, and there are a number of

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FABnyc’s 12×12 Pop-Up Project Brings Art to the Public Al Fresco-Style

FABnyc’s 12×12 Pop-Up Project Brings Art to the Public Al Fresco-Style

FABnyc, in partnership with the World Policy Institute, NYC Parks, and First Street Green, present WPI’s installation of The 12x12 Project at First Park in Manhattan’s East Village. This year's 12x12

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Crucifix Toad Teach Us About Adhesives?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Crucifix Toad Teach Us About Adhesives?

Image © paulhypnos This colorful toad may be as tiny as a quarter, but he has got some big tricks up his sleeve. The Crucifix Toad, also known as the Holy Cross Frog, (Notaden bennettii), like all

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