Australia's Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

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Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

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Philippe Starck's New Wind and Solar-Powered Home Produces 50% More Energy Than it Consumes

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Massive Ancient Mushroom Could Hold the Cure for Many Diseases

by , 10/21/14
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The agarikon is one of the largest, oldest-living mushrooms in the world, and at least one scientist believes it holds the key for a cure to tuberculosis – along with many other illnesses. Paul Stamets, founder of Fungi Perfecti and an advisor at the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School has been hunting for the elusive and endangered agarikon in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest – one of only a few places in the world along with Europe where these massive fungi grow. Why, you ask? Both in ancient spiritual traditions and modern medicine, agarikon are believed to be one of the most potent medicines known to humanity. Indigenous peoples in both North America and Europe used agarikon to treat a host of illnesses and infectious diseases – ranging from coughs to asthma, and arthritis to infections. Even the ancient Greeks knew of agarikon and called it an “elixir for long life” because it was used to treat tuberculosis.

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World's First Plane Made Out of Hemp Flies High Next Year

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Despite an ongoing controversy in parts of the world, hemp is widely used in a large variety of applications, including soap, clothing, building supplies and fuel. But next year we will be able to add a new use for hemp if Canada’s Hempearth can get the world’s first hemp-based and hemp-fueled plane in the air. Last month Hempearth signed a contract with a Florida-based plane manufacturer to build a plane made almost entirely out of the fast-growing Cannabis plant.

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San Francisco’s The Bold Italic Launches The Sum Conference

by , 10/21/14
filed under: Art, News, San Francisco

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San Francisco-based The Bold Italic, a web publication, events producer, online shop, and creative services studio, is presenting The Sum, its first annual two-day creative conference, on November 6th and 7th, 2014. The Sum will bring together people from a variety of industries and disciplines to cultivate their collective creativity and re-imagine possibilities for themselves and their cities. If you are going to be in the Bay Area on those dates, The Bold Italic is offering Inhabitat readers a discount on conference fees, read on for details.

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Rent This Surreal Tikki Beach Barge Complete With Huts and Palms

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Commute-Friendly Vello Bike Folds with a Swift Kick

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There are few who’d deny that a folding bike can be a huge asset for city-dwellers who enjoy cycling around town: not only are they lightweight and portable, but they can be taken onto public transit or fit into small apartments with ease. The folks at Vello Bike have designed a brilliant, high-performance folding bike that requires only a simple kick to fold and roll it into place, allowing the bicycle to be carried or taken onto public transit without any hassle. These bikes include some of the best features of racing and folding bikes, and also integrate functions that are ideally suited to the demands of an urban lifestyle, such as front and rear lights integrated into the bike’s frame, and foldable fenders that protect clothing in all types of weather. Although they’ve already surpassed their Kickstarter goal, now is the perfect time to get one of the first-run bikes in time for the winter holidays.

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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives 834 Miles on One Tank of Fuel in the 2015 Audi A3 TDI

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Plans Unveiled for Greenpoint Landing’s Resilient Waterfront Park

by , 10/21/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

Greenpoint Landing’s Waterfront Park

Greenpoint was once considered one of NYC’s most hardscaped areas, but things are changing slowly and surely for the Brooklyn nabe. New plans for a vibrant waterfront park at the forthcoming Greenpoint Landing complex were recently released and paint a verdant picture of the neighborhood’s future. Taking into account flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the plan by James Corner Field Operations (of High Line fame) calls for resilient features as well as plenty of tranquil green space and a beautiful community-focused waterfront.

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Flussbad Berlin Wants to Build an Enormous Natural Swimming Pool in the City's River

by , 10/21/14

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Nonprofit Flussbad Berlin has proposed a remarkable brownfield rejuvenation project for the center of Berlin: transforming an underutilized canal into an enormous outdoor natural swimming pool for summer recreation. And in winter, the pool would serve double duty as a skate rink. The canal, which flows along one side of the city’s UNESCO heritage-listed Museum Island, would be filtered by gravel beds to ensure public health and safety in the water, and the natural swimming pool, known as a Flussbad, would be a whopping 750 meters in length.

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Terrifying Zombie Pumpkins Invade the New York Botanical Garden [PHOTOS]

by , 10/21/14
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Furniture Designer Hongtao Zhou Resurrected a Creepy, Dripping Zombie Chair

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Zombie chair! Out for your wood scraps! Oozing sawdust and pure carnage! Designer Hongtao Zhou, whom we found playing with ice a while ago, decided to channel the walking dead on a broken, abandoned chair he found on the street in Madison, Wisconsin. The result: a fiendish, dripping zombie chair, risen from the swamp and demanding the chance to sit in your living room looking creepy. Zhou created the drippy effect with wood scraps and sawdust (and probably some monster blood and glue). Expect this chair to show up on your front porch on Halloween night, demanding all the sweet linseed oil you can muster.

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Daan Roosegaarde Debuts His Solar-Powered Glowing Highway in the Netherlands

by , 10/21/14

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Artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde and producer Heijmans Infrastructure have debuted their test drive of Smart Highways, a sustainable road system for safer driving, on a highway in Oss in the Netherlands. Roosegaarde’s design put solar-powered Glowing Lines along the edge of highway N329, providing drivers with three edge strips of green light along their drive. During the day, the lines “charge up” with solar energy, and at night they can glow for up to eight hours, illuminating the route and keeping cars safely on the road. The first test was a success, spurring the project to extend to other areas of the Netherlands.

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Have a Picnic or Sled on Top of Henning Larsen's New Moesgaard Museum in Denmark

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Standing on the side of a hill in a suburb known as Skåde, the new Moesgaard Museum has a green roof that rises from its rural environment. Covered in grass, moss and flowers, it…

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Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle Yarn

Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle…

At Inhabitat, we're always amazed by the many surprising ways designers breathe new life into recycled plastic bottles, and Booq's recently launched Cobra slim bag is no exception. The…

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Park Avenue Skyscraper Becomes Tallest Building In NYC

Park Avenue Skyscraper Becomes Tallest Building In NYC

New York City has once again proven its prowess for producing record-breaking skyscrapers. The swanky new 432 Park Avenue highrise, located between 56th and 57th streets, is now…

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Old Soap Factory Home Features a "Terrarium" Room That Opens Up to the…

Image ©Albert Vecerka/Esto The circa-1884 landmark building was a former soap warehouse, designed by architect George B. DaCunha in the Romanesque Revival style. Its large timber…

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Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

If you are like most Americans, the thought of biting into a nice, juicy cricket probably doesn’t hold much appeal. But many countries around the world consider insects to be a real…

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