New Zealand guest house fits luxurious living in a tiny space

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips to lower your carbon footprint

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Lowering your carbon footprint at home depends on limiting your electricity usage, since electricity accounts for the majority of residential carbon emissions. If you can’t move to wind or solar, your best option is finding ways to reduce how much electricity you use. This infographic provides a wealth of tips for lowing your carbon footprint at home and may save you a little cash in the process. How low can you go?

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

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Sugru helps you repair and rejuvenate your stuff so you don't have to throw it away

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When you find a hole in one of your boots, or the handle snaps off your favorite tool, what do you usually do? Probably swear a fair bit and then toss the broken item in the garbage, right? Well, there’s a fabulous product out there that can help, and not only does it come in some of the most cheerful colors around, it also has a great name: Sugru. Named after the Irish language word “súgradh” for “play”, Sugru is a hand-moldable glue that feels like Play-Doh, adheres to just about everything, and hardens to a strong rubber overnight. In our modern era of disposable everything, this is a great option for reusing, recycling, and upgrading existing items instead of pitching them into landfills.

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

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Nine Stories gorgeous Elsie cabinets up cycle automotive metal from junk yards

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Nine Stories Furniture Company’s new upcycled Elsie cabinets made their debut at the Architectural Digest’s MADE show this month. The series of casegoods transforms sheet metal from old cars found in junkyards into unique cabinets for any room in your home. Each custom Elsie cabinet pays tribute to its material’s past, with the metal’s textures and colors retained in order to reflect its past life on the open road.

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Soaring city of "Vertical Factories" would produce goods made for New Yorkers by New Yorkers

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Dazed and infused: the Porthole, by Crucial Detail

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007 likes his cocktails shaken, not stirred, but the innovative Porthole creates flavorful cocktails through cold infusion while acting as the main centerpiece in any setting. Originally designed as a custom piece by Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail for the Aviary, a cutting-edge contemporary cocktail lounge in Chicago, the Porthole quickly grew a following. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, the Porthole continues to be enjoyed around the world.

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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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Wolfgang Buttress-Led Team Wins Bid to Design 2015 UK Milan Expo Pavilion

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A team led by artist Wolfgang Buttress just scooped the winning bid to design a beehive-like structure for the UK pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Titled BE, the “pulsating virtual hive” was designed to call attention to the plight of the honeybee. The Nottingham-based artist, whose team includes fashion designer Paul Smith and specialist engineer Simmons Studio, beat out a shortlist of seven finalists that included architect Asif Khan and landscape architects Grant Associates.

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France's oldest tree, alive since Louis IX, hides treehouse chapels within its trunk

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

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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

TEST DRIVE: BMW i3 vs. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive—which…

There are now more electric cars on the market than ever before and not everyone of them is alike, but two EVs will likely be compared to each other more than the others - the BMW i3…

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

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

Graphene—everyone's favorite super strong carbon material—may just be set to revolutionize the LED. A dimmable bulb is set to be launched in UK stores later this year that contains…

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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

Elon Musk says Tesla will launch a new product line on April 30 - but…

Tesla's genius CEO 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,…

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

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

Spanish architect and designer, Patricia Urquiola, creates unique furniture pieces and her collaboration with furniture manufacturer Kettal has resulted with interesting lines of…

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

Facebook’s new Frank Gehry-designed LEED-certified headquarters…

Elevated on stilts above the parking garage, the long MPK 20 building is topped by a nine-acre landscaped roof that’s invited comparisons to New York’s High Line. The…

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