8 of the Worst Architectural Disasters of All Time - Infographic

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A lot of careful planning has to go into every architectural design, from choosing the right materials for the job to deciding how to orient a building. As this infographic below shows, the wrong decisions can have devastating results: roofs can collapse, entire floors can cave in, or a shiny facade placed on the wrong side of a building can refract the sun and deep-fry visitors. Read on to learn about some of the biggest gaffes in architectural design history—hopefully we can avoid revisiting them in the future!

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INFOGRAPHIC: The History of the Bauhaus Movement

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If you’re a fan of modern art, design and architecture, you’ve probably seen the work of Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, and Paul Klee – but did you know these iconic figures share something in common? They all trace back to Germany’s Bauhaus art school, which kicked off a revolutionary movement focused on simplicity and the unification of art and craft with mass production techniques. This new infographic from ARAM tracks the history of the Bauhaus movement from its foundation in 1919 to its ongoing impact on the design world today. Check it out after the break!

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"Family cloths" reusable toilet wipes: gross or great?

 

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Many of us who try to lead eco-conscious lifestyles are likely already using many reusable, washable fabric items for both household and personal use. Cotton dish cloths, washable baby diapers, handkerchiefs, and Glad Rags-type menstrual cloths are growing in popularity, but there’s one area in which we may all be eco-offenders: the ‘loo. Enter “family cloths”, also known as reusable toilet paper. These are washable strips of cotton flannel that folks can use to wipe with, but are they just too gross for most people to consider?

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Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

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Near Halloween each year, this young girl’s fancies turn to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the disaster-preparedness kits that we are actually supposed to have. But zombies aren’t real, right? Aside from The Joker’s laughing gas, mass hypnotism, or watching too much Fox TV, there’s no scientific mechanism for turning people into puppets. Or is there? Let’s find out in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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9 simple tips to Feng Shui your home

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Since January is organization month, it’s the perfect time to start the new year off right with a little Feng Shui revitalization at home. Here are 9 simple tips for bringing positivity into your home with Feng Shui. Nine is the most auspicious number in Feng Shui, so if you can manage to do all nine of these, you will attract even more good energy!

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6 vegetarian and vegan snack alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday

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DIY: How to brew kombucha at home

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The first time I heard about kombucha was when a friend of mine sent me a picture of a strange, somewhat bubbly liquid that had a slimy film on top of it. I asked if she was planning to put any of that in her mouth, and she reassured me that it wasn’t just delicious, it was loaded with health benefits. It took months before I was prepared to try it, but it turns out that it really is quite fabulous, and it’s also easy to make at home—you need just a few simple ingredients, and enough patience to let things ferment for a couple of weeks.

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

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LAST CHANCE: Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

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The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids, with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to win one for your little tot just for following our Inhabitot’s Pinterest page. Click on the link below to read the rules and get your kiddo one seriously sweet ride. The contest ends TOMORROW, January 31st at 11:59PM!

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

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6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

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Musicians have sung about environmental stewardship and preservation forever. Think about Woodstock back in the 70′s and now the more recent Bonnaroo festival held in Tennessee every summer. Amount of garbage at music festivals aside, which happens any time you get a lot of people together so don’t harp on that, musicians are some of the most influential people when it comes to getting people to care about protecting the earth. Here are several musicians who are demonstrating how much they care.

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6 designs that could save your life


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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 in material science, biotechnology, and robotics to roll out new solutions that help people live healthier, longer lives. From a device that can seal a bullet wound in 15 seconds to flying ambulance drones and contact lenses that monitor your health, read on for 6 futuristic healthcare designs that could save your life someday.

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Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

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If you have any interaction with the public at all, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of sickly people out there right now. Half my Facebook feed consists of folks who are whinging about their sore throats, hacking coughs, and other less-than-fun symptoms, and chances are that any store you step into will have at least one nose-blowing, wheezing sad sack wandering about. We can try to prevent ourselves from getting sick by eating well, getting enough rest, and washing our hands, but if and when the cold gremlins win out, it’s good to have some soothing home remedies at hand.

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Enter to win a ZumZum kid's balance bike worth $249!

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Know a cool kid who wants to learn how to ride a bike? Inhabitots is now offering up this beautiful new balance bike to one lucky giveaway winner! The ZumZum is the coolest new balance bike on the Kickstarter scene with a state-of-the-art all-terrain suspension system that is ergonomically engineered for a kid’s comfort and gaining confidence in bike riding. This lightweight bicycle is perfect for any adventure, either outdoors or indoors, and can be adjusted for kids from age 18 months up to four years-old! Enter to win a brand new ZumZum bike by January 29th at 11:59PM right here!


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Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped…

In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site…

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New York's fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

New York's fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking…

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How to live comfortably without power if an emergency forces you off grid

How to live comfortably without power if an emergency forces you off…

The power is out. The heat is out. Water is off. Suddenly, you are off the grid. Without the proper gear, this could be an uncomfortable circumstance for a day, a week, or even longer.…

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6 great ways to organize your tiny home

6 great ways to organize your tiny home

Living in a small space can be liberating, believe it or not. Reducing the amount of stuff you own to a point where you just have the necessities and a few of your favorite things can…

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Permaculture Paradise: Laying the groundwork for a food forest garden

Permaculture Paradise: Laying the groundwork for a food forest garden

  A couple of years ago, my husband and I made a huge decision that would change our lives forever: after years of living in downtown Toronto, we decided to take a huge…

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The Everglades were fracked and you didn't even hear about it

The Everglades were fracked and you didn't even hear about it

Earlier in 2014, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. was fined $25,000 for acid fracking near the everglades. Though the method of using hydrofluoric acid to loosen limestone bedrock has been…

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5 Fabulous, Easy Recipes for Jump-Starting a Vegan Diet

5 Fabulous, Easy Recipes for Jump-Starting a Vegan Diet

NUT MILK + 1 cup almonds (or substitute with nuts of your choice) + 5 cups filtered water + 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional) + 1/2 cup soaked and pitted dates (add extra for more…

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to…

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The…

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How to recycle your holiday tree

How to recycle your holiday tree

  As the holidays come to a close, the gifts have been given, the cookies have been eaten, and your holiday tree is more than likely starting to look a little crisp around…

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Six Scrumptious Eco Cocktails For New Year's Eve

Six Scrumptious Eco Cocktails For New Year's Eve

HOT SPICED WHISKEY CIDER Stay nice and toasty with some hot spiced cider mixed with whiskey. Choose organic apple juice and whiskey or pick your favorite batch made nearby. This recipe…

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Inhabitat's top 7 news stories of 2014 - vote for the most important!

Inhabitat's top 7 news stories of 2014 - vote for the most important!

2014 was a huge year for environmental news - and Inhabitat kept you posted on all of the highs, lows and breaking developments as they happened. Studies pointed to the collapse of…

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The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

2014 was an incredible year for green design - and here's why. We've seen technological breakthroughs ranging from airborne wind turbines to Tesla's first battery-swapping station and a…

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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…

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Inhabitat's Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat's Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a…

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