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Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

The hydrofoils, which are similar to airfoils used by airplanes, lift the boat's hull out of the water to decrease drag and allow for greater speeds. The combination of the Fresnel lens and holographic

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Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center library in Hawaii

Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center library in Hawaii

Hawaii is up against the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York, which are the current favorites to win. But Hawaii hopes to earn the honor with a proposal that includes a multi-use

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ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

Faced with grey fiber cement board, this dwelling unit houses a living room/kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom. It stands at just about 3.5 meters tall, and can be altered so that all openings become

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Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that’s big on contemporary style

Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that’s big on contemporary style

Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses had two main design goals when they started the Boulder project: first, to design a tiny house with a more contemporary aesthetic, and second, to complete a high-quality model

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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Milkovisch was born during the Depression, so was taught at a young age to always reuse and repurpose whatever was brought into the house. Saving old cans in the attic, he got the idea to repurpose them

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PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

If asked where this very unique home was located, New York City probably wouldn't be your guess - but that's exactly where it is! The curious Japanese/Victorian mash-up house can be found in the Park

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Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

When heavy metals leach out of Ohio's abandoned coal mines, the sulfide minerals acidify the water and turn streams into sites of slimy toxic sludge, killing fish and destroying ecosystems. Ohio

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Redditor Builds Incredible Hobbit Hole Camper Trailer From Scratch!

Redditor Builds Incredible Hobbit Hole Camper Trailer From Scratch!

Most hobbits seem to be the stay-at-hole types - but there are a few who yearn for adventure. Redditor Samm1t has built an amazing hobbit hole camping trailer to take all the comforts of home with him as

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Energy-efficient Yatsugatake Villa unfolds like an origami fan in Japan’s countryside

Energy-efficient Yatsugatake Villa unfolds like an origami fan in Japan’s countryside

Following traditional Japanese design principles, the Yatsugatake Villa design emphasizes a harmonious relationship with the surrounding natural environment. MDS used passive house techniques to provide a

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LED-studded Han Show Theater lights up like a traditional Chinese paper lantern in Wuhan

LED-studded Han Show Theater lights up like a traditional Chinese paper lantern in Wuhan

Nicknamed “The Red Lantern,” the 2,000-seat theater in Wuhan was built to house the Franco Dragone-directed acrobatic water show, Han Show. Situated on Wuhan’s Donghu Lake, the Han Show Theater was

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Edouard Martinet’s enchanting metal animal sculptures are made from old bike parts

Edouard Martinet’s enchanting metal animal sculptures are made from old bike parts

  The French artist created his jolly running ostrich by securing the assorted metal parts with a few screws and opted not to use a welding iron. His pigeon and a very cute robin sculpture

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Menis Architects’ Agora Garden is a rock-like residential tower wrapped in vegetation

Menis Architects’ Agora Garden is a rock-like residential tower wrapped in vegetation

Agora Garden creates a symbiosis of volumes and vegetation. It was inspired by the shape of primitive rocks emerging from the earth, and continues the architects' interest in organic architecture and

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Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

Four generations live under an energy-efficient and bioclimatic roof in France

The 2 in 1 house derives its name from its spatial layout, which splits the building into two separated dwellings that are connected by a series of shared spaces. The communal areas, which help preserve

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Invisible canoe offers full view of the world under the sea

Invisible canoe offers full view of the world under the sea

Move over, glass-bottom boats: this canoe/kayak hybrid is entirely transparent. You might feel like Wonder Woman cruising in her invisible jet as you glide through the waters with a full view of

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Inhabitat’s top 6 DIY stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 DIY stories of 2014

DIY stories are so inspiring, aren't they? Seeing a project that someone else put together encourages us to put our own creativity and craftiness to work, whether it's a small project like turning

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Inhabitat’s top original photos of 2014

Inhabitat’s top original photos of 2014

  Here at Inhabitat, we're fortunate enough to be able to write about some truly spectacular topics, and occasionally we also have the opportunity to travel around and take great photos to

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Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

This year there was a range of technological innovations that could not only improve our lives but help save the planet as well. We saw a group of 16-year old girls who revolutionized crop yields, an

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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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Tiny prefab Shepherd Hut is a picturesque time portal to the 19th century

Tiny prefab Shepherd Hut is a picturesque time portal to the 19th century

The Shepherd Hut’s old-fashioned look was achieved through Güte’s careful attention to detail and handmade furnishings. For example, the design team installed cast iron wheels instead of regular tube

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Charming timber-clad bungalows blend into Portugal’s bucolic landscape

Charming timber-clad bungalows blend into Portugal’s bucolic landscape

To complement the predominantly rural surroundings, the wooden volumes were crafted with a simple silhouette inspired by the traditional architecture of the Azores. The design encompassed four main

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Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Formerly a systems engineer, Hudson quit his job after months of daydreaming about living and traveling out of a DIY camper van. He took the leap in October 2013, and despite not having any prior building

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Inhabitat’s top 6 art stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 art stories of 2014

People have been creating art to inspire and communicate ideas to one another since we first put handprints on cave walls, and here at Inhabitat, we've been fortunate enough to discover some of the most

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Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the Chesapeake Bay

Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the Chesapeake Bay

Located near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the 2,200-square-foot House on Hoopers Island enjoys views of a pristine estuarine marshland ecosystem, pine forest, and bay. The vacation residence

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Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Although Casa SIP m3 was built from modules, the architects' careful combination and arrangement gave the home a visually dynamic appearance. They designed a variety of 3D modules for the floors, walls,

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

The main entryway to the Lookout House is accessed through a large sliding barn door that blends in with the north side’s nearly windowless timber-clad façade wall. In contrast, the other three

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Cabin-like home in Belgium has 14 different facades

Cabin-like home in Belgium has 14 different facades

m architecture's Thuin house is a modern wooden dwelling that fuses high-quality materials with economical design strategies. Its boxy design consists of a series of interconnected cubes clad in locally

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White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

The 3,283-square-foot south-facing home stretches east to west on a plot of land in the undulating Austrian countryside Althöflein. Large triple-glazed windows line the south facade and overlook a

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Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

To create these images, Nickolay Lamm contacted Remik Ziemlinski from Climate Central, who provided more precise versions of the same maps that were originally featured in the New York Times article. Lamm

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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