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World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE cladding system,

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

A new study from the University of Delaware finds that high-altitude wind turbines tethered to the ground like kites could potentially generate enough clean, renewable electricity for the entire world.

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Snøhetta’s Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World’s Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

Snøhetta’s Powerhouse at Brattorkaia is the World’s Northernmost Energy-Positive Office Building

Solar energy forms the crux of the office building, which will use solar cells, heat exchangers and heat pumps to meet most of the building's electricity and heating needs. Rising from the fjord in the

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Nike’s Aerostatic Dome is World’s First Structure Supported Entirely by a Helium-Filled Canopy

Nike’s Aerostatic Dome is World’s First Structure Supported Entirely by a Helium-Filled Canopy

To celebrate the launch of the KOBE 9 Elite Low HTM at this year's Milan Design Week, Nike teamed up with Arthur Huang, founder of upcycling company MINIWIZ, to create a stunning aerostatic dome

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Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Multi Level DIY Saunalautta Raft Boasts its Own Private Sauna – and You Can Rent it!

Finland has a deeply-embedded sauna culture; so much so, in fact, that there are two million saunas in a country that has a population of just 5.3 million people. That's why it makes perfect sense for

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6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists

6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists

Charleston, South Carolina Besides being relatively flat and offering a temperate coastal climate, this old port city boasts a vibrant cycling scene. Downtown Charleston’s Real Estate Studio offers

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Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

LEGO maniac Jason Allerman has used his enthusiasm for the toy bricks to create a fully functioning computer keyboard. Using over 1,500 LEGO pieces, Allerman transformed a discarded broken keyboard into a

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Buy a Stylish Peace Bicycle and You’ll Also Donate a Bike to A Child in Need

Buy a Stylish Peace Bicycle and You’ll Also Donate a Bike to A Child in Need

In the United States cycling is often perceived as a leisure activity for kids or a highly competitive sport, but things are much different abroad. Everyone rides bikes in cities like Copenhagen and

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Rama Llama – the World’s First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

Rama Llama – the World’s First Genuinely Sustainable Sleeping Bag!

Deneb Outdoors has created a high performance sleeping bag made from Llama wool. Yes, Llama! Because of the Llama fibers' hollow construction, it acts like a straw pulling any water away from the body,

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Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World’s Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World’s Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

Palm oil plantations are destroying animal habitats, threatening forest peoples, and ravaging rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. However it doesn't have to be that way - Hondupalma

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Leafy Concept Fashion Store by King George Gives Belgians a Glimpse of their Horticultural Heritage

Leafy Concept Fashion Store by King George Gives Belgians a Glimpse of their Horticultural Heritage

"As people travel these days and can also shop online, they are becoming increasingly spoiled. These spoiled consumers therefore require pampering to an ever greater extent. It’s about service, for

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Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

Following in the footsteps of the world's first cloned village, a Chinese developer has announced plans to build yet another copy of the historic Alpine town of Hallstatt to offer an idyllic rural retreat

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Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

Following the devastating 2011 tsunami, Japan's Fomm designed an electric vehicle that can protect people in areas susceptible to flash floods or tsunamis. The Concept One electric car is not only the

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Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

One of the challenges with solar power is keeping the panels clean, since dust and dirt drastically reduce the efficiency of photovoltaics. That’s particularly challenging for large solar parks, and

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Neurosurgeons Save a Woman’s Life with the World’s First 3D-Printed Skull

Neurosurgeons Save a Woman’s Life with the World’s First 3D-Printed Skull

Last year we heard about a man that had 75 percent of his skull replaced with a 3D-printed replica. Now Wired UK reports a woman from the Netherlands has had the entire top section of her skull replaced

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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Britain’s Booming Offshore Wind Industry Could Shield Country Against Russian Gas Volatility

Britain’s Booming Offshore Wind Industry Could Shield Country Against Russian Gas Volatility

Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but is also vital to national security, says UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey.

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BYD’s All-Electric Bus Sets a New Record with 200 Mile Journey Around Copenhagen

BYD’s All-Electric Bus Sets a New Record with 200 Mile Journey Around Copenhagen

An electric bus recently set a new record for the longest journey on a single charge in Denmark, when it managed to drive more than 200 miles while traveling its normal route. BYD, the Chinese company

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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

Previously on Inhabitat we've written about Made in Space’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station. But how will such technology work when everything is floating? To

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Engineer Makes World’s First 3D-Printed Kayak for Just $500 with a Homemade 3D Printer

Engineer Makes World’s First 3D-Printed Kayak for Just $500 with a Homemade 3D Printer

An engineer for leading 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems, Jim Smith decided to build his own large scale 3D printer at home and then used it to produce the world's first 3D-printed kayak. To print the

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British Researchers Revive Frozen 1,500-Year-Old Moss Encased in Solid Ice

British Researchers Revive Frozen 1,500-Year-Old Moss Encased in Solid Ice

A team of researchers from the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Reading recently managed to revive an ancient patch of moss that was covered by Antarctic ice for 1,500 years! Working on the

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert

While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah's Ark story is about to released in movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert's Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in the Holy

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Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Lately miniature “teacup” pigs have popped up in ads as an adorable alternative to the family dog, but they are also a complete scam. What those ads fail to mention is not only will those adorable

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World’s Largest Ghost City Lies 98% Abandoned After Failed Real Estate Investments

World’s Largest Ghost City Lies 98% Abandoned After Failed Real Estate Investments

When coal was discovered in the Northern Chinese city of Ordos 20 years ago, it underwent a massive boom that was expected to create a wealthy city of one million people, but now it's home to a mere

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Nine Chinese Cities More Polluted than Beijing

Nine Chinese Cities More Polluted than Beijing

Beijing's suffocating smog has been grabbing global headlines for the past year. And the disturbing images coming from the Chinese capital have spurred Premiere Li Keqiang to declare a "war on pollution."

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London’s Electric Car Sharing Program Gets a $166M Boost From French Billionaire Vincent Bolloré

London’s Electric Car Sharing Program Gets a $166M Boost From French Billionaire Vincent Bolloré

Encouraged by the rapid success of the "Boris Bike" sharing program, London has announced plans for an electric car sharing network. French billionaire Vincent Bolloré, the brains and money behind Paris'

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Norway Set to Become First Nation With One Electric Vehicle For Every Hundred Cars

Norway Set to Become First Nation With One Electric Vehicle For Every Hundred Cars

At some point in April, the Nordic nation of Norway will become the first country in the world with one electric vehicle on the road for every 100 cars. Last September Norwegian auto buyers took to the

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The Revolights Arc is the First Integrated Brake Light for Bicycles

The Revolights Arc is the First Integrated Brake Light for Bicycles

You can instantly see when a car slows down due to the bright red brake lights - but the same isn't true for bikes. That's why Revolights just launched the Arc - the world's first integrated brake light

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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