Win $5,000 in the 2015 NXT City Prize public space competition

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Have a brilliant idea to improve Toronto’s urban fabric? Submit your ideas to studio Distl and Oxford Properties’ 2015 NXT City Prize and you could win $5,000 to implement your plans. This year’s competition explores the theme of “Opportunity” and how urban design and public space can create new economic, social, and environmental opportunities. In addition to the $5,000 grand prize, category winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize. You must be under the age of 35 to participate. Entries are due July 31, 2015.

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Kengo Kuma's new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof

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Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

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Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

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From bio-refrigerators that cool food with gel to zero-energy clay alternatives, we see a lot of designs that look to make one of the home’s most energy-hungry appliances more efficient. But in Ikea’s Concept Kitchen 2025 installation at the Milan Design Fair, the Swedish furniture giant goes one step further, and suggests that 10 years from now we might forgo fridges entirely in favor of a “modern pantry” that keeps food cool using a combination of smart technology and traditional methods, with an open display to cut down on waste.

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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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BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

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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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Biber Architects exhibit incredible 7200-square-foot vertical farm at World Expo with US Pavillon

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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

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

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…

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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

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

A public building of this size would typically burn 15,000 cubic meters of gas each year to stay warm. Known for their eco designs, Dutch firm 24H Architecture have created a naturally…

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

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

The building features an underground thermal labyrinth and an active thermal slab cooling system which exploit the diurnal temperature range of the local climate to reduce the energy…

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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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