TroutHouse: A fun and functional LEED Gold building with outdoor space on every level

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Pikaplant's self-watering systems are made for the gardener on the go

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Have you ever aspired to care for your own plants yet fear that your busy modern life will lead to the neglect and death of your botanical wards? You need not worry anymore, for 21st century technology will water your plants for you! Pikaplant, a design company based in Amsterdam, is promoting a new series of self-watering products to ensure that your plants will never go thirsty again. Pikaplant’s self-watering line features three different designs to meet the needs of any time and space strapped gardener.

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

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This amazing log cabin in Norway is worthy of a modern day Viking

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Mecanoo and Sasaki’s landmark Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Center is a catalyst for growth in Boston

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Perforated brick screens create private space admist busy Bangkok streets

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Architect Todd Saunders' family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

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Enter Inhabitat's BKLYN Designs Scavenger Hunt to win your face on a vase + $700 worth in design prizes!

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Hey design lovers! It’s time to put your design sleuth skills to the test to win over $700 in awesome Brooklyn-made prizes in Inhabitat’s BKLYN Design Finds Scavenger Hunt! You can win an incredible Fahz face vase which is based on your face! You can play online (without ever setting foot at the BKLYN Designs show), or in person at the live event this coming weekend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Follow the clues below to hunt for six points of interest around the show and post an image on social media using the hashtag #INHABIFINDS. * We will be posting clues ONLINE on Friday, May 8th, for those who wish to enter the scavenger hunt virtually.

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Watch Oregon's Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

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Located in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest, the Lost Lake presents a highly unusual natural phenomenon; each winter the lake bed fills with water from nearby streams, and every spring it drains—rather like a bathtub—down a large hole. Jude McHugh, spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest, told The Bulletin that the hole has been there for as long as anyone remembers, and that the mysterious phenomenon is most likely the result of the regions porous volcanic landscape—the hole itself is believed to be an open lava tube. As for exactly where the Lost Lake’s waters go each spring, no one is entirely sure, but it’s thought that it seeps into the subsurface where it recharges nearby aquifers.

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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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Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

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Re Rag Rugs use textile industry discards to create stylishly sustainable floor coverings

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Re Rag Rug started as an experimental design project that explores the social and ecological sustainability of the rug. Using material that is waste and excess from the textile industry and old clothes – in other words, fabric that would be discarded – Re Rag Rug is an example on how design is a way to work with sustainability, and that a seemingly worthless material can have added value.

Many of the rugs are made with craft techniques that do not require large spaces or machines and could therefore be manufactured as cottage industry in textile-producing countries. This means that using waste could be ecologically sustainable and socially sustainable at the same time.

You can check the stylish rugs out in person if you happen to be near the Textile Museum in Boras, Sweden, where Re Rag Rug is being displayed May 9 to the 30th.

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Fahz lets you turn your loved ones' faces into a vase

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Fahz lets you turn your loved ones' faces into a vaseIt’s your face – in a vase! The brainchild of Nicholas and Martha Desbiens, Fahz is a way for you to turn your loved ones’ profiles into a one-of-a-kind, 3D-printed vase that reveals different faces as you rotate it. If you’d like to see this fascinating project in person, come check it out at

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Foster & Partners wins bid to design an incubator of creative talent for the Dubai Design District

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Foster & Partners released design renders for the second phase of the Dubai Design District (d3), their latest in a series of competitive wins in the United Arab Emirates. Inhabitat readers may recall that Foster & Partners first made a name for themselves with Masdar City’s iconic curved terracotta facades, an exceptional design partially inspired by traditional villages throughout the Middle East. They then emulated this approach for the UAE’s pavilion currently at the Milan Expo. But in Dubai, they are moving in a more edgy, industrial direction with a different material palette, flexible offices and shared workspace to incubate a new generation of creative talent.

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Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

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As part of worldwide efforts by the Clinton Foundation to empower women with economic knowledge and opportunities, Bill Clinton toured a Solar Sister site in the town of Karatu, Tanzania recently, where woman receive training and micro-financing to sell solar-powered lanterns and cookstoves. Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions powered by Women’s Enterprise, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. They have created a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring the potential of clean energy to even the most remote communities in Africa.

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Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium…

Forest fire danger is taking on a new dimension in the Ukraine, where a raging wildfire near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is sending radioactive plutonium particles…

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

Kengo Kuma's new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under…

Kuma's eye-catching community centre is located in a city called Towada, in Japan's Aomori Prefecture.  Topped by spiky, steel, zigzag roof, its clad in vertical strips of Japanese…

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Undulating German pavilion brings a

Undulating German pavilion brings a "field of ideas" to Milan Expo…

The German pavilion, whose form evokes the configuration of the country’s field and meadow landscapes, invites visitors to become active participants in its exhibitions. Design studio…

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HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time…

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Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of…

This is not the first time the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California has rescued Rubbish the sea lion pup. In March the rescue center found him in Santa Barbara suffering from…

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