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Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World

Michael Reynolds Lands One of His Self-Sufficient Earthships at the End of the World

Architect Michael Reynolds's latest Earthship sits near the center of "the southern city of the world", just in front of Antarctica. An initiative of Fundación NAT (by actor Mariano Torre and singer

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Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

As Mr. Robinson watched the day-to-day coverage of the catastrophic event, he began to formulate a resilient design that would be able to withstand the strong forces of a tsunami. After sketching his

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Elegant Folded Orikomi Lamps Support Sustainable Housing for Women in Mexico

Elegant Folded Orikomi Lamps Support Sustainable Housing for Women in Mexico

Blaanc Borderless Architecture just unveiled a series of beautiful folded Orikomi paper lamps that are handmade in Portugal. The geometric shades keep material use to a minimum, and all proceeds go

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Global Green’s 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala Wows With “Green Gatsby” Theme

Global Green’s 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala Wows With “Green Gatsby” Theme

The LEED–certified Bently Reserve in San Francisco was the perfect setting for a 'Green Gatsby' theme with its 1920s Beaux Arts detailing, opulent marble floors, and grand staircases flanking each end.

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IKEA Launches Virtual Flea Market to Encourage Furniture Reselling, Sees 100% Success Rate

IKEA Launches Virtual Flea Market to Encourage Furniture Reselling, Sees 100% Success Rate

Big box retailers like IKEA profit from selling new furniture, so many were surprised to see the Swedish home furnishings giant encourage people to buy used furniture during a recent ad campaign. Created

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

I’m fascinated by creatures that create new ways of life for others. Ecologists talk about ‘keystone species,’ ones which support entire ecosystems, like the central stone in a renaissance archway.

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Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon

The SCI-Arc-/Caltech home, DALE, which stands for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is an exercise two years in the making that reacts to California's love for super-sized suburban tract homes by

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Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

If in general you're looking for some good, natural building workshops to learn about a variety of techniques, designs and options, check out the workshops provided by EcoNest in Ashland, Oregon and the

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6 Tips to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

6 Tips to Protect Your Home from Wildfires

1. Clear combustible debris from around your home The first step is often the most effective, and it's a doable project for a homeowner: clear combustible debris from around the house. This includes

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating

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Spain’s Earthy Espai Ridaura Cultural Center is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Spain’s Earthy Espai Ridaura Cultural Center is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Espai Ridaura consists of two well-defined volumes that "slide" against one another. The center is made from a mix of local earth, cement and gravel, and its earthy color is due to natural pigments. The

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the greenest

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Michael Robbins Handcrafts Beautiful Furniture From Sustainably Sourced Wood

Michael Robbins Handcrafts Beautiful Furniture From Sustainably Sourced Wood

Michael Robbins crafts beautiful furniture in Upstate New York from sustainably sourced wood. Production takes place in an old barn in the Hudson Valley, where every piece of furniture is designed and

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Adobe’s New LEED Gold-Designed Campus Connects with the Outdoors in Utah

Adobe’s New LEED Gold-Designed Campus Connects with the Outdoors in Utah

Located about half an hour south of Salt Lake City in Lehi, UT is Adobe's new campus. Situated right next to I-15 and public transit, the center is centrally located between major population centers and a

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Shu-Chun Hsiao’s Google Bird Houses Point Out the Dwellings of Feathered Friends

Shu-Chun Hsiao’s Google Bird Houses Point Out the Dwellings of Feathered Friends

These playful Google birdhouses by Shu-Chun Hsiao re-imagine typical bird dwellings as points of interest in urban locations. Inspired by the Google Maps landmark icon, Hsiao's modern bird houses mark the

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Tokyo’s Fab Café Serves Up Coffee and Laser-Cut Designs While You Wait

Tokyo’s Fab Café Serves Up Coffee and Laser-Cut Designs While You Wait

There is a wonderful little place in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya where you can have a cup of coffee and laser-cut your own design. Called Fab Café — which stands for both fabulous and fabrication —

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Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

In January 2010, this group of artists, builders, architects, and engineers asked themselves how they could use their skills and talents to help people in Haiti rebuilt their lives. Settling on the

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LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

The Mojave Rivers Ranger Station was designed to convey the Forest Service's conservation roots and the work it does to protect the land. Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects came up with a plan that would

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London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

Small Earth has been creating low-impact landmark buildings in several locations around the world including Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, Brussels and England. For the Earth Creature at the Southbank's Hayward

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3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a New Sofware Application

3D Printing Gets a Boost in Structural Strength Thanks to a New Sofware Application

3D printers are everywhere these days, creating items from racecars to prosthetic beaks for bald eagles. Sadly, one major drawback of this new technology is that the objects made from metals and plastic

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Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Easily visible from afar, the Ta Phin community house sits amid a verdant setting 17km from Sapa, which is popular among tourists. It comes with an herb garden to promote sustainable agriculture, along

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Think Thick: Thermal Mass Construction Produces Energy-Efficient Homes that Resist Fire and Decay

Think Thick: Thermal Mass Construction Produces Energy-Efficient Homes that Resist Fire and Decay

Most of us know that a full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one, because anything’s that denser than air will better store the cold. Opening the door of an empty fridge causes cold air

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10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

We tend to think of the daily commute as time wasted. According to the US Census, more than 32 percent of Americans have a daily commute that takes longer than 30 minutes (2009), and that time can

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City!

Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City!

Hey Inhabitat readers - Calling all writers and designers who want to work for an awesome online publication with passion, a vision and a mission to make the world a better place through the power of

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Christo’s Over the River Approved for a 6 Mile Stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado

Christo’s Over the River Approved for a 6 Mile Stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado

The self-funded project dates back to 1992, with the vision of filling a valley river with a canopy of flowing silver fabric. After engineering tests, prototypes, environmental reports, many public

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Bloom Energy Rumored to be Behind Apple’s Massive End-User Fuel Cell Project

Bloom Energy Rumored to be Behind Apple’s Massive End-User Fuel Cell Project

Apple recently announced that they are planning to build a massive solar array at their data center in Maiden, North Carolina that will be complemented by a pretty sizable fuel cell installation.

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Minho University’s Engineering Research Institute to Feature a Solar Nanotube-Inspired Facade

Minho University’s Engineering Research Institute to Feature a Solar Nanotube-Inspired Facade

The Engineering Research Institute is a new facility planned for Portugal's Minho University which has been designed to break the monotony of the surrounding grey buildings. Covered in a skin inspired by

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Tower of Power is a Wind Energy-Generating Skyscraper for Taiwan

Tower of Power is a Wind Energy-Generating Skyscraper for Taiwan

Inspiration for the Taiwan tower's design came from woven bamboo or bamboo scaffolding - a meshed exterior encases all the programmatic elements. The weaving of the structure creates an intricate pattern

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Facebook’s Fancy New Server Farm Will Be Cooled Naturally By Arctic Air

Facebook’s Fancy New Server Farm Will Be Cooled Naturally By Arctic Air

All of our writing on walls, status updates and pokes cause Facebook’s busy servers to work hard- and produce a lot of excess heat. Most server farms must also include complicated - and expensive - air

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PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the ideal climate for modeling Passivhaus buildings -- summers can get hot and dry, while winters are bitterly cold at an elevation well north of 7,000 feet. Luckily, the sun shines a lot, and

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