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Lock Jet Space: Awesome Hexagonal Book Towers Update Boring School Library

Lock Jet Space: Awesome Hexagonal Book Towers Update Boring School Library

Green Dot Public Schools and No Right Brain Left Behind recently launched Locke Jet Space, a transformed public school library at Locke High School in Watts, California. The 3,000 square foot space

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Nestlé Bottles California’s Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

Nestlé Bottles California’s Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

As Californians stare down the maw of the worst drought they've seen in more than a century, Nestlé is quietly extracting undisclosed amounts of H2O in the state for their bottled water operations.

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Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein brings a cool oasis to Rotterdam locals amidst an otherwise dense urban environment. The square is centered around a multi-use sports field, which can be used for soccer,

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Mischer’Traxler’s Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

Mischer’Traxler’s Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

PCM Design just launched these beautiful ‘Reversed Volume Leaves’ platters, which were designed by mischer’traxler. To create the design, the space between a leaf and the container was filled up

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Modern Belgian Office Nete Rises on Angled Stilts to Avoid Flooding

Modern Belgian Office Nete Rises on Angled Stilts to Avoid Flooding

Since Office Nete was built as the administrative offices for a window manufacturer, it comes as little surprise that the two-story building is covered in abundant glazing. The architects also clad the

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Pre-Hispanic Corn Gods Protest Genetically Modified Maize in Mexico City

Pre-Hispanic Corn Gods Protest Genetically Modified Maize in Mexico City

To meet surging demand for corn and population growth, Mexico currently imports a significant amount of its corn from the United States, and specifically from mega firms like GM-proponent Monsanto.

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Denmark’s Gorgeous Faaborg Harbour Bath Encourages Visitors to Swim in the Sea

Denmark’s Gorgeous Faaborg Harbour Bath Encourages Visitors to Swim in the Sea

The project is comprised of several branching piers connected with ramps and stairs that create different ambiances and environments for visitors to enjoy. Different functions define every pier on the

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

INHABITAT: How did Rebar get its start? MATT: Rebar started around a project called the Cabinet National Library. We were inspired by an art magazine in Brooklyn called Cabinet, which had bought a

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GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

Designer Greg Brown and engineer Dave Fawcett are finessing a design for a jet-propelled car that can reach speeds up to 550 miles in the air, but then converts into a zero-emissions electric car on the

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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job done. And it was

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How You Can Help Save the Tastiest Strawberry in America

How You Can Help Save the Tastiest Strawberry in America

The Marshall strawberry, once regarded as "the finest eating strawberry in America," is facing extinction. Like so many other heirloom fruit and vegetables, it fell out of commercial favor in the 1960s as

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China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

The Chinese legislature has voted in favor of changes to its environmental policies for the first time in 25 years. The new law gives government the ability to levy unlimited fines against polluters in a

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

Located in the central business district of Beijing, Chaoyang Park Plaza borders the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the largest public parks in Beijing. The mixed-use urban plaza will comprise

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A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

A Second Peek at Milan Design Week’s Brera District

  Alessandro Zambelli's "Afillia" light series is named after a botanical term referring to that which is leafless, but not lifeless. The lacy lights are handcrafted from Swiss pine and nylon

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Johanna Riedl’s Saw Dust Chair is Made From Its Own Waste

Johanna Riedl’s Saw Dust Chair is Made From Its Own Waste

Danish designer Johanna Riedl's Saw Dust Chair redefines waste minimization by reusing sawdust from its own manufacture to create a comfy cushion. Sawdust created while constructing the chair's wood frame

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Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney’s Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper

Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney’s Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper

Infinity by Crown is a new multi-residential complex in Sydney that uses pedestrian movement and traffic flow around the building to create a fluid architectural form. Designed by Koichi Takada

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant

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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

China's copycat architecture trend has been well documented - so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when

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Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris photo from Shutterstock A cloud of smog has enveloped Paris - and on Friday air pollution levels were actually worse than notoriously smoggy Beijing. The French capital is taking emergency

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6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

Tiny House Family In most traditional homes, we end up paying for space we don't really use. Sure a guest bedroom, office, den, and two car garage sound great, but is it really worth the three times a

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

The US Environmental Protection Agency just announced that it has ended its government contract ban against British Petroleum (BP) after the company agreed to new safety standards. Following the tragic

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TOMS Coffee Donates One Week of Clean Water for Every Bag You Buy

TOMS Coffee Donates One Week of Clean Water for Every Bag You Buy

TOMS first pioneered the "buy one give one" business model with shoes, and now their newly launched coffee roasting company will donate one week of clean water for every bag of coffee you buy. TOMS is

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

The colossal 2,100 square meter factory has become a testing ground for a number of green ideas. Within the confines of the space, the studio preserved the original factory features, such as old walls,

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Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

The Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas were closed Sunday after a barge collided with a tow boat, causing oil to spill into the Mississippi River. The boats were located between Baton Rouge and New

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Meet the Tiny House Family Who Built an Amazing Mini Home for Just $12,000

Meet the Tiny House Family Who Built an Amazing Mini Home for Just $12,000

The Tiny House Family recently went on Anderson Cooper. As you can see, the actual-size outline of their home in black is even smaller than the show's stage! INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about

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Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

Beijing Passes First Regulations to Reduce Air Pollution

The famously smoggy Chinese capital of Beijing is finally doing something to curb its appalling air pollution. By a vote of 659-23, the Beijing Municipal People's Congress passed a new law that for the

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DIY: How to Make Rose Petal Beads from Your Valentine’s Day Bouquets

DIY: How to Make Rose Petal Beads from Your Valentine’s Day Bouquets

Valentine's Day will soon be upon us, and that means that people around the world will be given bouquets of roses by their sweethearts. Nothing quite compares to a rose in terms of beauty, grace, scent,

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