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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

Intro - western drought, particularly California (link to IH posts) Culprits - lawns, etc. What can you do? Save water and cut costs - not to mention maintenance. Drought tolerant plants and

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Rent a herd of goats on Amazon to mow your lawn

Rent a herd of goats on Amazon to mow your lawn

Amazon never ceases to amaze us with their product and service offerings. Sure, they started out as a speedy way to get cheap books, but those days are a faint memory as their lineup has expanded to

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Sharon Davis’s geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

Sharon Davis’s geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

Picture Set on an idyllic patch of land adjacent to the historic Old Albany Post Road, Sharon Davis's 900 square foot country home weaves together exterior and interior to make a small space feel

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10 enchanting gardens around the world will inspire and amaze you

10 enchanting gardens around the world will inspire and amaze you

It's no secret around here at Inhabitat that we love gardens. We love them all: big ones, tiny ones, urban ones, vertical ones, and especially the ones that make you go, "Wow!" We also love how the

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Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

Aerial photos show that celebs are wasting water while California suffers the worst drought in history

New aerial photos show that some of California's biggest stars appear to be pouring water into their lawns and landscaping at an alarming rate, even while the state suffers from its worst drought in

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MVRDV wins bid to design Seoul’s High Line-inspired park

MVRDV wins bid to design Seoul’s High Line-inspired park

Seoul is no stranger to the adaptive reuse of transit corridors: ten years ago, the city famously tore down a 14-lane freeway to develop Cheonggyecheon River Park, a 11-kilometer-long urban recreational

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How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

How a team of students transformed a group home into a haven through Habilitative Design

Dr. Dak Kopec, Architectural Psychologists and Director of the Boston Architectural College’s (BAC) Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Design for Human Health (DHH) led a team of Graduate students in the

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HHD_FUN designs a sprawling green-roofed complex for Chinese horticulture show

HHD_FUN designs a sprawling green-roofed complex for Chinese horticulture show

Beijing-based design firm HHD_FUN created two amazing projects for the the International Horticultural Exposition 2014. The first one -Eartly Pond Service Center- is a green-roofed structure comprising

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MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway

MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway

  BIG's proposal was a bright urban park that bridged the new structures with the site's existing historical buildings. The new addition would be comprised of three towers, the tallest of

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Multilevel Vertical Allotments Turn Decrepit Buildings Into Spectacular Garden Towers

Multilevel Vertical Allotments Turn Decrepit Buildings Into Spectacular Garden Towers

Translating Yona Friedman’s ideas of participation, Lucie Dadakova designed these 'Multilevel Vertical Urban Allotments' as her final year project for an Interior Design degree course. Dadakova focused

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DIY lawn couch for sweet summer lounging

DIY lawn couch for sweet summer lounging

How much oxygen did your furniture produce today? Wouldn't you rather be sitting outside in the back yard, than indoors on your couch? Now you too can have the best of both worlds, and sculpt lawn

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The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

Adventurous Londoners will soon be able to take a dip in the chemical-free King’s Cross swimming pool, a man-made freshwater pond filtered and kept clear through natural processes. Designed by Rotterdam

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This flowering Japanese paper sculpture creates a unique sky gazing experience

This flowering Japanese paper sculpture creates a unique sky gazing experience

Environmental Design student Shoko Konishi was inspired by the sky to create her paper structure "Transition". At first it appears humble, with little clue to it's intended use. Once inside the small

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Hager Partner and nps tchoban voss collaborate to design a green-roofed rec center near Berlin

Hager Partner and nps tchoban voss collaborate to design a green-roofed rec center near Berlin

The city swimming baths at Nauen near Berlin will be transformed by a new green-roofed entrance building and recreation park designed by naps tchoban voss and Landscape Architects Hager Partner. The

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Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Guerilla gardening: strategies for greening up your neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden

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Vincent Callebaut’s City of Science in Rome is turning a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem

Vincent Callebaut’s City of Science in Rome is turning a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem

Città della Scienza in Italy aims to turn a former military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem. The project by Vincent Callebaut Architecture is part of a plan to regenerate the urban area

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James Corner Field Operations unveils plans for 10-mile “Underline” park in Miami

James Corner Field Operations unveils plans for 10-mile “Underline” park in Miami

James Corner Field Operations (JCFO)—the architects behind the New York Highline—have been selected to develop the vision and master plan for a 10-mile linear park dubbed the Miami Underline. The park

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Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel hosts landscape architecture series for Earth Day

Design tours, films, urban farming workshops, and seed exchanges are all part of the fun at the third annual Grow Op exhibition in downtown Toronto this spring. From April 23rd to 26th, 2015, the

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Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

2. Hiriya Park, Tel-Aviv, Isreal Hiriya's horrifying mountain of garbage hit its limit in 1998 after reaching 25 million TONS of waste. After that the facility was finally shut down and an

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Stunning Sculptural Sound Walls Sweep Across Melbourne’s Freeway

Stunning Sculptural Sound Walls Sweep Across Melbourne’s Freeway

Designed to be experienced at high speeds of 110 kilometers per hour, the site-specific sculptural sound walls use repetition, contrasting colors and undulating shapes to create a sense of dynamic

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OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

The design for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. will feature the proposal submitted by a collaboration between OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and Olin Studios. The design by

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Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

The Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park was developed as part of a citywide campaign to improve the urban environment through ecological infrastructure. Turenscape’s design sought to improve water quality,

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BioLabyrinthus Garden bridges sustainable development with classic French garden aesthetics

BioLabyrinthus Garden bridges sustainable development with classic French garden aesthetics

  The labyrinth-style garden created by French landscape architects Corinne Julhiet Détroyat and Claude Pasquer won first place at Italy’s Orticulario international creative garden

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James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco

James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco

The Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service oversaw the seven-month long Presidio Parklands design competition, which sought conceptual ideas on reintegrating

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Architect team weaves the Mississippi River’s only waterfall into Minneapolis’ urban fabric

Architect team weaves the Mississippi River’s only waterfall into Minneapolis’ urban fabric

The powerful St. Anthony's Falls is credited as the birthplace of Minneapolis, a city that used hydropower to become the world's milling capital. To celebrate the site, the city commissioned a design for

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Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin's amazing Mount Center opened in 2010 next to a wild park, meters away from the Nordbanhof S-Bahn train station. After a short training session with an experienced guide, visitors are welcome to

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How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

How the Cheonggyecheon River Urban Design Restored the Green Heart of Seoul

The Cheonggyecheon project is remarkable for its dramatic transformation from a seedy industrial eyesore to a nature-filled public space. In the 1940s, the Cheonggyecheon had deteriorated into an open

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BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

BIG Unveils 20-Year-Plan to Transform the National Mall

BIG's South Mall redesign will have three main goals: to create a more cohesive and easily navigable master plan to tie the museums and gardens together, to improve the visitor experience with expanded

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Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge Gets Green Light from London’s Lambeth Council

Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge Gets Green Light from London’s Lambeth Council

Early renderings of the Garden Bridge show a planted promenade with winding pathways elevated atop two fluted piers. "The Garden Bridge will be an extraordinarily special place, either to race across,

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