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Design Collective Suhab Works With Mexican Artisans to Promote Sustainable Living

Design Collective Suhab Works With Mexican Artisans to Promote Sustainable Living

Suhab’s broad range of eco-products are helping users shift easily towards sustainable habits through smart and sexy products with minimum environmental impact. The Mexican brand describes their work as

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Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to President Obama

Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair Becomes Advisor to President Obama

The Obama Administration recently tapped Cameron Sinclair -- the founder of one of our favorite organizations, Architecture for Humanity -- to serve on an advisory committee for volunteer foreign aid

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Show Your Support for Grassroots Environmentalists and Check Out the Goldman Environmental Prize!

Show Your Support for Grassroots Environmentalists and Check Out the Goldman Environmental Prize!

The nominees for The Goldman Environmental Prize are selected confidentially by an international network of environmental organizations and individuals. From there, a jury made up of environmental leaders

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Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

When the community of Sra Pou, Cambodia was relocated from the city of Phnom Penh to the countryside, their new home was severely lacking in basic infrastructure, a secure environment and a sustainable

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Football Legacy Center in Santa Cruz, Brazil Raises Awareness of Homelessness

Football Legacy Center in Santa Cruz, Brazil Raises Awareness of Homelessness

The 8th Annual Homeless World Cup drew homeless people from all over the world together to play soccer -- and the organization decided to go far beyond just hosting the tournament. They gave even more

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Breezy Bamboo Community for India Pays Homage to Local Culture

Breezy Bamboo Community for India Pays Homage to Local Culture

Great emphasis is put on shared spaces for a community that is accustomed to a vibrant street life. Areas that might be devoted to individual terracing (in a western context) are designed instead to

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Memsys Creates a Solar-Powered Shipping Container Desalination System

Memsys Creates a Solar-Powered Shipping Container Desalination System

Using a shipping container as the system shell, memsys created a solar-powered desalination system specifically designed for disaster relief.

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Norwegian Students Build Airy Bamboo and Teak Library for Thai Orphans

Norwegian Students Build Airy Bamboo and Teak Library for Thai Orphans

Looking for more than a vacation in southeast Asia, an amazing set of young, skilled students from Norway set out to change the future for a group of orphans in Thailand. TYIN Tegnestue is a non-profit

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Nelson Mandela Launches 46664 Clothing Line For Charity

Nelson Mandela Launches 46664 Clothing Line For Charity

Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela is the last person you'd expect to be dabbling in fashion, but then again, he's never been known for sticking to convention.

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Massive Pixilated PoroCity Transforms World’s Largest Slum

Massive Pixilated PoroCity Transforms World’s Largest Slum

The massive structure is based on 3x9 meter blocks that connect to make ever-escalating triangular structural elements. The basic habitation has a north facing terrace to allow private outdoor access. The

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Futuristic Farm House Designed to Collect Rainwater and Shelter Migrant Workers

Futuristic Farm House Designed to Collect Rainwater and Shelter Migrant Workers

Safe, durable and comfortable housing should be a given right for all migrant workers, but often it is not. Endemic's Farm House is a modest 800 sq ft home with a central living space surrounded by

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Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Inspired by Zwide's footprints, Stan Field designed a space for people to walk through, not to. Born in Port Elizabeth during the apartheid era, he felt that long footpaths through a loosely aggregated

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Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Help support design in public education by voting for Project H's high school program, Studio H! The humanitarian design firm has taken on an ambitious project in the poorest county in North Carolina: a

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Prince Charles to Become Slumlord Millionaire of Eco Community in India

Prince Charles to Become Slumlord Millionaire of Eco Community in India

The Prince of Wales is taking time out of his royal activities to work on a new pet project - an 'eco-utopia' in the slums of India. Prince Charles and his charity, The Prince’s Foundation for the Built

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Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Marlon Dabreau wants us all to live in a multifunctional world -- why have many objects that do one thing when you can design everything to be multi-purpose? His Peera toolbox is a perfect example of a

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Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

Almost 11 months after a catastrophic earthquake leveled buildings and killed thousands in Haiti, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has decided to give $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity to go towards their

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NEW PHOTOS: Canstruction Sculptures Made Entirely From Cans!

NEW PHOTOS: Canstruction Sculptures Made Entirely From Cans!

Just last week we brought you a peek at the incredible winners of this year's NYC’s Canstruction competition, which challenges engineers, architects, contractors, and students to create massive

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Emily Pilloton Gives TED Talk on Designing for Social Change!

Emily Pilloton Gives TED Talk on Designing for Social Change!

We’re excited to announce that former Inhabitat editor Emily Pilloton, and superstar founder of humanitarian design organization Project H Design, has just made her TED video debut speaking about her

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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Nano Rescue House Provides Flexible Emergency Housing

Nano Rescue House Provides Flexible Emergency Housing

We've seen a lot of prefab homes designed for emergency habitation, but the Nano Rescue House is one of the most thoughtful designs we've seen yet. Each Nano can nearly double the living space by using a

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MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

This Sunday MoMA will open their latest architectural exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. This exhibit presents 11 architectural projects located in five

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Cardborigami Unfolds Into a Portable Housing Shelter

Cardborigami Unfolds Into a Portable Housing Shelter

During Hovsepian's time at school she explored architectural skins and came up with the idea to design a cheap, transportable emergency housing shelter specifically for the homeless. After many iterations

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US Gives $50 Million for Clean Burning Stoves in Developing World

US Gives $50 Million for Clean Burning Stoves in Developing World

Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a public-private partnership called the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves to which the US government will donate $50 million to increase

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Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minutes

Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minutes

Life Cube offers 144 sq ft of instant emergency space and requires no tools to set up. The shelter arrives in a crate made from post-consumer recycled plastic shipping pallets and can be rolled if

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8 Kids Who Will Inspire You With Their Amazing Eco-Innovations

8 Kids Who Will Inspire You With Their Amazing Eco-Innovations

You may think today's kids just aren’t as crafty as you were back in the day, especially with all this entertainment technology at their fingertips - where's the imagination?! But think again. While

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8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

As kids, most of us spent our days playing hopscotch, toying with action figures, maneuvering Tetris blocks, and wrestling with Donkey Kong. Not these creative tykes, however! These eight amazingly

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OLPC Will Offer $35 Laptop to India’s Children

OLPC Will Offer $35 Laptop to India’s Children

Earlier this summer we reported on One Laptop per Child’s (OLPC) efforts to create an affordable device able to bring technology into the hands of children in developing nations. Since then news has

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Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

It’s often hard not to succumb to the built-in stimuli of digital entertainment - especially when it's everywhere we turn. But we often forget that there’s a lot to be had with just one’s

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Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

German publishing company Hamburger Automatenverlag found a brilliant new use for old cigarette vending machines -- instead of icky cigarettes, the re-purposed "machines" carry a series of condensed

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African Doctor Invents Female Condom with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Sex Assault

African Doctor Invents Female Condom with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Sex Assault

This week, the world is turning its attention to Africa for the World Cup games, but a terrible problem that's been plaguing the continent for years is still going largely ignored. According to Human

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