The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Octopus Teach Us About Touch Screens, Wallpaper, and Invisibility Cloaks?

by , 05/04/14

Cephalopods are the undisputed masters of camouflage. While their relatives, the clams, stayed brainless and safe on the seabeds-of-old, the ancient nautilus (think squid-in-a-shell) made a daring foray into the world of mobile hunting. Today’s cunning stalkers instantly morph into seaweed and rocks, shifting color, pattern, texture, or thermal profile. They become transparent, bioluminescent, or iridescent. How do they do it? Will they teach us? Let’s take a closer look at this remarkable feat of engineering in today’s issue of The Biomimicry Manual.

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How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

by , 04/30/14

Who ever imagined that lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of lawn-eradication, and the Food Not Lawns movement is growing on a daily basis. Lawns were originally cultivated by wealthy European nobles to show off all the land that they didn’t need for growing food, but in an era of droughts, climate change, and imminent food shortages, such wastefulness isn’t a trophy for the elite; it’s pretty much reprehensible.

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DIY: Vegan Cashew Cheese with Cranberries and Walnuts

by , 04/30/14
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Although more and more people are being raised with a wholly vegan diet from day one, there are also many who choose to pursue a plant-based diet after having been omnivorous for several years. If you ask the average vegan if there are any foods they miss from “before”, there’s a pretty good chance that cheese will be somewhere on their list. Spread on toast or stirred into pastas to make them creamy and savory, cheese adds both umami and creaminess to countless dishes, but the good news is that that luscious, cheesy goodness doesn’t have to be dairy based! Vegan cheeses can be absolutely delicious too, so you can celebrate their deliciousness as well as the fact that they’re cruelty-free.

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Could Woven Tree Houses Be the Future of Residential Architecture?

by , 04/29/14

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There are houses built in trees, and then there are treehouses. A few years ago, we had one of our first encounters with a home that was literally made from trees, using the art of weaving (and sometimes grafting) trees together to form structures—a practice ecological designer, Richard Reames, called “Arborsculpture.” This technique of tree-latticing has been used for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, from the living root bridges in India to multi-story tree houses in the Middle East. The Fab Tree Habwas one of the design entries for the Index: awards, emerging from the genius of a crew that included MIT architect Mitchell Joachim, and our friend Javier Arbona of Archinect. The project description emphasized consideration of whole systems (and ecosystems) in creating a truly sustainable built environments, rather than a piecemeal approach that could yield uncertain longterm outcomes.

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How to Green Up Your Sex Life

by , 04/28/14

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HOW TO: Recycle a Tin Can Into a Gorgeous Outdoor Lantern for Summer Parties

by , 04/28/14

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

by , 04/26/14

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6 Nutrient-Packed, Vegan Superfood Smoothies to Boost Your Day

by , 04/25/14

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Winter has finally drawn to a close, so to celebrate the arrival of spring we’d like to share some of our favorite vegan superfood smoothie recipes. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “superfoods” are power-packed foods such as chia seeds and goji berries, which are rich in nutrients and health-promoting properties. Give your blender and your body some love this week by trying out some of these unique smoothie suggestions.

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

by , 04/25/14

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

by , 04/24/14

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On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban’s pro bono work in disaster areas, use of recycled materials and the true meaning of permanence in architecture. We also had a chance to speak to the Japanese architect about his thoughts on sustainability, and were a bit surprised at his answer. Read on to see what he had to say.

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6 Amazing, Sophisticated Vegan Popsicle Recipes for Adults

by , 04/23/14

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

by , 04/22/14

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We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building rehabilitations we’ve ever seen is located in Vienna, Austria. These incredible city-within-a-city Gasometers in Vienna were once gas storage tanks, and thanks to an incredible rehab by an all-star team of European architects, including Jean Nouvel and Coop Himmelblau, they now house over a thousand Viennese tenants in a mixed-use community rich with entertainment, office, and retail spaces. One of Vienna’s most iconic architectural landmarks, these historic Gasometers have also become an inspiring tale of innovative urban design. Click here to find out more about the story behind the amazing upcycled Gasometers.

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

by , 04/22/14

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Our Favorite Green Designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week

by , 04/19/14

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A Second Peek at Milan Design Week's Brera District

by , 04/18/14

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs - What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs - What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

However you feel about eggs - love 'em fried with onions, hate 'em in anything, or are morally opposed to consuming them at all - one thing you can't argue about is that they are an…

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Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just…

Each of SCADpad's tiny mobile units are almost entirely designed and developed by an interdisciplinary team of SCAD students, staff, and alumni. Inhabitat was invited to explore…

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SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking…

Situated between the SCADpad community garden and a parking space-sized exterior courtyard, SCADpad North America features large windows that overlook its adjacent spaces as well as the…

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