9 Ingenious Ways to Hack IKEA Furniture for Tiny Apartments

by , 01/21/14

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IKEA furniture is often looked down upon for being mass-produced, but its cookie cutter attributes also make it a perfect medium for hacking into cool and original custom pieces. We recently rounded up some of our favorite DIY hacks from Ikeahackers.net from space-saving loft beds to an elegant glass divider wall to a slide-out storage compartment. Click here to see them all.

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FILM REVIEW: IF YOU BUILD IT Examines Design as a Catalyst for Transforming Communities

by , 01/21/14

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“If I hadn’t have been a part of this program, I would have left school and I wouldn’t have given it a second thought,” explains Stevie Mizelle, a student featured in the new film IF YOU BUILD IT, which premiered in New York City last week. The feature length documentary chronicles the story of Studio H design innovators Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller as they turn a Bertie County, North Carolina shop class into a design studio and lead ten high school students in the development and build of full-scale projects of their very own. Forced to think outside of the proverbial box, the kids are pushed to hone both their skills and minds – a task that proves to be challenging yet rewarding. Director Patrick Creadon affectionately likens the film to “Extreme Home Makeover” meets “The Breakfast Club”. Inhabitat attended the premiere and checked the movie out for ourselves – read on to see what we thought!

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

by , 01/14/14

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In business, innovation is non-negotiable. Stay fresh, rot, or go stale. That’s never been truer than today, with volatile prices, weather, regulations, supply chains, and public sentiment. You don’t know what’s going to happen, or when, but you know it will, and there’s a lot of opportunity in being first to recover. Resilience is a hot commodity, and nobody knows resilience like nature. Companies with a premium on out-of-the-box thinking find that really good innovation comes from mixing things up. Nature, however, does it all the time, and it’s a tried and true recipe when the going gets tough. For instance, water fleas (known to scientists as Daphnia) clone themselves most of the year. But as soon as that pond starts to dry up, BAM, it’s sexy time! They will try anything and everything to survive, hoping that they find something works. So is there a method behind this madness, and can we learn something from them? Find out in our newest entry of  The Biomimicry Manual!

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VW's Passat BlueMotion Has the Highest Fuel Economy Rating of any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedans

by , 01/13/14

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PHOTOS: Patrick Blanc Hangs 67 Extraordinary Vertical Garden Tubes in Miami

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Inhabitat Reports LIVE From the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Today!

by , 01/13/14

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Heads up transportation fans – today Inhabitat is reporting LIVE from the floor of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where we’ll be bringing you a first look at this year’s most exciting green vehicles! Ford invited us on a media trip to Detroit to check out this year’s show, and there’s a lot to look forward to – from solar-powered cars to hot new hybrids and all-electric vehicles, so stay tuned as we bring you this year’s best unveils – and make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates!

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DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

by , 01/11/14

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Fun and easy to make, dishcloths and washcloths can be whipped together in a few hours from scrap yarn you may have lying around the house. We can never have too many of them, as they’re as handy for mopping up spills as they are for doing dishes, and they can be used as cleaning cloths once they start to get a bit ratty. You can make pretty ones to give away as gifts, use yarn in your own kitchen or bathroom colors so they match the rest of your decor, and experiment with a variety of different shapes and patterns—the sky is the limit with these babies. Most importantly, these cloths will last for years, and can help you wean yourself off that paper towel habit.

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Win Free Tickets to See the New Movie “If You Build It” at New York’s IFC Center!

by , 01/10/14

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We’re giving away 5 pairs of tickets to a new movie called IF YOU BUILD IT that follows design innovators Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they use the power of design to transform the lives of ten high school students living in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Entering the giveaway is simple – just click here and leave a comment telling us why you want to see this inspiring new film. The tickets could be in your hand by Friday!

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DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

by , 01/08/14
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Some of you might think it’s crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn’t be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside your window, is there any better way to lift your spirits than to think of the warmer weather that’s just a couple of months away, and the amazing garden you can cultivate once it returns? It’s at this time of year that seed catalogs start arriving, and although you can’t dive into the soil or start your seeds just yet (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere!), you can work on some fun DIY projects so they’ll be ready to go as soon as the snow melts.

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

by , 01/07/14

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Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation organizations set up to protect them and help grow their population enough to be re-introduced to the wild. Wolves once inhabited most of North America, from coast to coast, but as humans spread across the states over the last century, these majestic, intelligent creatures (ancestors of “man’s best friend”) have become nearly extinct. Wolves have died out both due to habitat loss and also due to active human hunting and trapping. Today they can only be found in the wild in Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, whereas they once lived everywhere. Wolf sanctuaries are trying to help protect highly endangered wolves and reestablish populations in places where they once lived.

I personally had no idea that there was a population of over 20 wolves living near me in New York City until I heard about the New York Wolf Conservation Center from Subaru as part of an “Adventure Roulette” initiative. I recently had the chance to visit this wonderful wolf sanctuary less than an hour from the city, and it was an incredible experience! It was amazing to meet and be able to “speak” with these magnificent, super-intelligent animals. If you howl at them, they’ll even howl back at you! Read on to find out more about these wolf sanctuaries, as well as where you can meet some wolves in your local area. Surprisingly, they are almost everywhere — probably in your backyard too!

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Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

by , 01/07/14

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We’re excited to announce that IF YOU BUILD IT, a documentary starring Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton, will be premiering this week in New York City. The film follows Emily and her partner, Matt Miller, as they transform the lives of ten high school students living in a town marked by high drop out rates and dismal employment opportunities through design and architecture. Click here to learn more about the film and check out our giveaway for a chance to win tickets!

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Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

by , 01/03/14

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Inhabitat's Top 6 Design Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

by , 12/30/13

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In 2013, architects and designers went above and beyond to push the boundaries of design and build a more sustainable future. But it wasn’t all glossy skyscrapers and high-profile projects – in the past year we showcased the world’s first vertical forest and one of the world’s coolest tiny apartments, while IKEA opened up new possibilities by launching the first augmented reality catalog. Check out our top design stories of 2013 below, and make sure to vote for your favorite!

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Six Scrumptious Eco Cocktails For New Year's Eve

by , 12/30/13

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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…

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Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

2013 saw a number of uplifting stories, but unfortunately, we also saw the dark side of humanity rearing its ugly head too many times. From the extinction of this majestic rhino off the…

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