In Milan, New Holland’s Earth Screening pavilion raises skepticism about big-ag and sustainable farming

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!

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Anti-Expo protests in Milan erupt in violence, clashes with riot police

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The May 1 opening of the Milan Expo 2015 architectural show has been marred by violent clashes between a group of protesters and Italian riot police. Reuters reports that “thick clouds of smoke from burning cars filled parts of central Milan” as masked individuals threw rocks and petrol bombs, and law enforcement retaliated with teargas. The wider, student-organized No Expo protests—which have otherwise been nonviolent—are speaking out against the immense cost of the temporary Expo at a time when Italy is facing economic hardship.

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Designed by Southern California based Brenda Sacks, this eco-chic line of contemporary table coverings is made from 100% woven fiber sources entirely from recycled plastic bottles.  A consummate entertainer, Sacks couldn’t find a cool, modern tablecloth that was highly functional  and sustainable as well, so she decided to create her own line.  BottleCloth is an out-door friendly, sophisticated line of eco-chic table linens that maintain the look and feel of fine fabric.

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Ceramic clad Vanke Pavilion is topped with a vast rooftop garden at Milan Expo 2015

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Japan's Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden 'bowl of diversity'

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Enel's solar-powered Expo pavilion is a virtual forest made of 650 LEDs

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See how a Tetra Pak carton be re-used as a DIY LED lamp

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Tetra Paks are a great invention. They can keep milk and other perishable items fresh for months without refrigeration. It can also be better than commercial canning because the Paks aren’t lined with BPA. But there has been some controversy as to just how green they are. Some have argued that the only way a small portion of the packs are usually recycled is by turning them into toilet paper. But now, an effort is being made to turn those Tetra Paks into useful items—like LED fixtures.

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This massive LEGO Death Star is made from 500,000 bricks

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In March, California’s LEGOland resort unveiled the latest addition to its Star Wars Miniland; a 1900lb model of the Death Star that is made from over 500,000 LEGO bricks! The replica weaponry, which measures 13 feet high and eight feet wide, hovers above visitors to the exhibition and is equipped with its own [LEGO] planet-destroying super laser.

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Are California's forests pumping out more CO2 than they can absorb?

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Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. Despite being the first state in the United States to make cutting greenhouse gas emissions mandatory, California’s forests are betraying those efforts by pumping out more carbon than they can absorb. Live Science reports that Governor Jerry Brown has set up a special task force, the Forest Climate Action Team, to figure out how to reverse a troubling trend, caused mostly by wildfires, that creates obstacles to the state’s goal to reach 1990 CO2 levels by 2030.

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

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In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed, thanks to companies like Voltaic Systems who are leading the charge with a new generation of affordable, durable, and portable solar panels. When they heard that I was converting my Ford Transit Connect XL into a self-sufficient live and work eco-mobile, Voltaic generously donated a pair of 17-watt solar panels, along with accompanying V72 batteries, that I can use to charge my cell phone and laptop far from any electrical outlet. I decided to pop them on the roof of my van and turn my van into a lean, green live-work machine. And the best part? I didn’t have to drill a single hole in my van to install them.

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BKLYN Designs: See you at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings festival this weekend

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Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

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LEED-certified TMB Headquarters raises the bar for the construction industry

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IKEA's all-natural NIPPRIG line is handmade, and available for a limited time only

IKEA's all-natural NIPPRIG line is handmade, and available for a…

Everyone's favorite furniture store has an exciting new line that rocks our earth-loving world. IKEA teamed up with local producers from Vietnam and Indonesia to produce an exquisite…

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VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

Do you remember eating Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot as a kid? They were some of the most coveted lunch snacks, but they were also packed with sugar and other artificial…

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A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an…

The director of the adjacent winery, his wife, two sons and elderly mother sought a new build to comfortably live near the vineyard without overshadowing it. The architects built the…

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Los Angeles completes city’s tallest vertical garden and DTLA’s first pocket park

Los Angeles completes city’s tallest vertical garden and DTLA’s…

The vertical green wall was designed as an extension of Pershing Square, a historic downtown L.A. public park that lies adjacent to the PacMutual Campus. “We want it to enliven and…

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Check out Brooklyn Butcher Blocks' heirloom-quality cutting boards at BKLYN Designs 2015

Check out Brooklyn Butcher Blocks' heirloom-quality cutting boards at…

With all of the cheese and charcuterie we Brooklynites ingest, it only makes sense that we should have our own Brooklyn-made butcher blocks and cheeseboards to prep and serve it on too.…

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