9 cool and quirky recycled quilts spotted at IIDA NY’s 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction

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We all know that NYC’s architects and designers are talented people, but did you know that they can quilt too? Last week, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New York Chapter took over Soho’s Open House Gallery to host its 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction benefiting Be Original Americas. Over 200 people headed to the gallery to admire the showcase of one-of-a-kind quilts crafted by firms like Gensler, Perkins+Will and Handel Architects out of discarded fabrics.

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Smarter traffic light programming could help cut carbon emissions, MIT study shows

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Idling cars create unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions, so common sense indicates that less time sitting in traffic would lead to a cleaner world. A new study by researchers at MIT shows how reprogramming traffic signals could lead to fewer traffic jams and a world with lower carbon emissions.

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Unexpected Aurora Skyscraper purifies air and water in Chernobyl

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why the shipping container revolution became popular

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Cargotecture is one of our favorite topics on Inhabitat and it should be no wonder why—building with shipping containers can be an affordable way to provide high-quality housing. Inside Portable Accommodation, a company that specializes in portable buildings, has also caught on to the booming shipping container revolution in architecture. In celebration of cargotecture, the Gloucestershire company put together an infographic comprising facts about shipping container architecture, great cargotecture examples from around the world, as well as tips from experts on building with shipping containers.

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TEST DRIVE: BMW i3 vs. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive—which electric car wins?

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Super-efficient graphene LED bulbs to hit the stores this year

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Graphene—everyone’s favorite super-strong carbon material—might just revolutionize the LED. A dimmable bulb is set to be launched in UK stores later this year that contains a filament-shaped LED that is coated in graphene, and promises to cut energy usage by a further 10 percent, sell at a lower price point than many LEDs, and all the while extend the life of the bulb. This all due to the fact that graphene can conduct heat and electricity more effectively than the materials currently used in LEDs. Designed by researchers at the “Home of Graphene,” The University of Manchester, the bulb will also be the first commercially-viable product to contain graphene.

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Facebook to test its enormous internet-beaming solar drone this summer

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As part of their ambitious plan to bring internet connectivity to the estimated 5 billion people who are currently unable to access the internet, Facebook plans to conduct tests of a solar-powered drone that is the size of a commercial airliner. The drone is designed to beam internet signal to communities currently outside the reach of conventional cellular data networks, and could ultimately stay aloft for months, if not years, at a time.

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Elon Musk says Tesla will launch a new product line on April 30 - but he won't say what it is

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Elon Musk announced on Twitter, as is his style, that Tesla will release a new product line at their Hawthorne Design Studio on April 30. He won’t say what it is, except to clarify that it’s not a car. Given Musk’s promise earlier this year about producing a stationary house battery within the next few months, the tech world is in a tizzy in anticipation of the end-of-the-month release. Will Musk unveil the battery that will allow any home to go off the grid? If the April 30 event isn’t centered on the battery, what else does he have up his sleeve? It’ll be a long month full of speculation as we all eagerly wait to find out what else Tesla has in store for the future.

Via The Verge

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Kettal and Patricia Urquiola create Kettal Cottage: a part tiny house, part tent escape

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Facebook’s new Frank Gehry-designed LEED-certified headquarters boasts a beautiful artistic interior

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Help a colorful pavilion made of recycled materials bloom this summer on Governors Island

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This summer, visitors to Governors Island will get to enjoy not one, but two City of Dreams Pavilions made from recycled materials. Izaskun Chinchilla Architects’ gorgeous Organic Growth will be joining BanG’s Billion Oyster Pavilion on the grassy knoll of the island’s parade grounds this year. The colorful canopy will look like a series of flower bouquets from afar, but will be made from recycled elements like old umbrellas and bicycle wheels. If you love the look of Organic Growth, head over to Izaskun Chinchilla’s Kickstarter page and help them get the project off the ground!

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North West Bicester eco-town is the UK’s first zero carbon community

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Tadao Ando's first New York condominium design features one of the largest green walls in the city

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New Zealand guest house fits luxurious living in a tiny space

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Bio-Pyramid turns Egypt’s ancient pyramids into a gigantic desertification-fighting skyscraper

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Portland architecture students build incredible outdoor stage from 520 recycled pallets

Portland architecture students build incredible outdoor stage from 520…

Calling all indie music fans! Oregon's Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival is coming to life this August, and we've got your inside look at the awe-inspiring, sustainably crafted stage…

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Thomas Kroeger Architekt transformed this 19th-century barn into a gorgeous holiday home in Germany

Thomas Kroeger Architekt transformed this 19th-century barn into a…

This 19th century Lanhaus-country house- is located in a small village near Berlin. The architects renovated its large double-height hall, removed damaged and rotten structure, leaving…

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

Many people who take an active role in their own health and well being also tend towards naturally-sourced nutritional supplements and remedies for minor ailments, such as taking a cup…

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don't have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can't grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty…

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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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