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Manhattan Apartment Meets Garden Escape

Manhattan Apartment Meets Garden Escape

Two years ago, Matt Blesso, a real estate developer, bought a 3,100 sq ft apartment in lower Manhattan.  He dreamed of  an apartment with beautiful rooftop gardens, and wanted to be surrounded by nature

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The New Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled!

The New Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled!

After nearly a decade in the making, Renzo Piano's California Academy of Sciences is set to open this week - and Inhabitat recently took a sneak peak inside the incredible new institution! A crowning

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Park(ing) Day is TODAY!

Park(ing) Day is TODAY!

New parks will be popping up all over the country today, thanks to Park(ing) Day, an annual event that turns paved parking spaces into temporary green gardens. The event was started in 2005 by ReBar, an

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Greening Downtown Los Angeles: Park 101

Greening Downtown Los Angeles: Park 101

Amidst an endless expanse of concrete and asphalt, Park 101 looks to provide Los Angeles with a much needed green space atop a half-mile length of the infamous 101 Hollywood Freeway. The proposal was

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Uninventing Suburbia and the American Dream

Uninventing Suburbia and the American Dream

photo by Jill Fehrenbacher With alarming reports of crude oil prices now hovering close to $145 US dollars per barrel, and home mortgage lending going bust, it is increasingly apparent that the

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GRASS ART AT WIMBLEDON: Photos Printed on Grass!

GRASS ART AT WIMBLEDON: Photos Printed on Grass!

We all know that art can come in many forms, but the oh so au-natural form of grass is a new one that takes green to a whole new level. This year at the 2008 Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Grass Art

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GROW BAGS: Urban Gardening hits London

GROW BAGS: Urban Gardening hits London

The re-branded London Festival of Architecture is now in its second week of it's calendar of over 600 events. The Grow Bags: Urban Allotments installation, produced by What If Projects, showcases a

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OBERLIN COLLEGE: Setting a Sustainable Example in Ohio

OBERLIN COLLEGE: Setting a Sustainable Example in Ohio

Just north of I-80, between Toledo and Cleveland, is an unexpected educational facility that is setting a shining example of sustainable building for ecological and human health. Completed in 2000, the

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GARDEN SPOTS: Renegade air gardening for NYC

GARDEN SPOTS: Renegade air gardening for NYC

Any of us who live in NYC know its not always the 'greenest' place - at least when it comes to flora and fauna and botanical spaces. Thats why we are enamored with TODO Design and DAS Studio's urban

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PLANTS FOR HEALTH: Fight Air Pollution With Plants!

PLANTS FOR HEALTH: Fight Air Pollution With Plants!

It has been almost 20 years since the EPA confirmed the dangers of indoor VOCs (volatile organic chemicals), yet so little has been done to make the air inside our homes and offices and less toxic. Poor

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Awards 2008

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Awards 2008

California Academy of Sciences green roof Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has just announced the Awards for Excellence 2008 honoring projects that exemplify the aesthetic and environmental benefits of

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Sunken Subway Cars To Replace Eroding Barrier Reefs

Sunken Subway Cars To Replace Eroding Barrier Reefs

It's a condo boom for sea creatures as retired New York subway cars are being hurled into the ocean deep. The initiative, headed by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,

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Coastal Fog Tower Harvests Chilean Mist

Coastal Fog Tower Harvests Chilean Mist

In the spirit of Daekwon Parks' stunning sustainable Symbiotic Superstructure, we're continuing coverage of the eVolo Skyscraper Design Competition with another incredible entry. This dispatch from the

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VISUALIZE THE WIND: With wind-powered LED light Firewinder

VISUALIZE THE WIND: With wind-powered LED light Firewinder

This might not be the most practical outdoor light in the world, but what the Firewinder lacks in pedestrian utility it makes up for in sheer engaging awesomeness. Transforming wind into light, the

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CHIGAGO’S NEXT LEAD: The Green Alley Project

CHIGAGO’S NEXT LEAD: The Green Alley Project

photo J. Crocker Chicago Mayor Richard Daly, who has already sent a successful wave of green roofs over the Windy City, has turned his sights towards his next environmental challenge: greening the

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AR AWARDS: Taketo Shimohigoshi’s Suspended Gardens

AR AWARDS: Taketo Shimohigoshi’s Suspended Gardens

Architect Taketo Shimohigoshi has overcome the challenge of finding green space among dense, urban skylines with an elevated installation of vegetation. His design concept frames the city sky with slices

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‘Ecoboulevard’ Industrial Revitalization wins AR Awards

‘Ecoboulevard’ Industrial Revitalization wins AR Awards

Ecoboulevard grew from an urban design competition in Vallencas, Spain, that aimed to bring both people and greenery to the city's main street. Ecosistema Urbano Architects brought the community's goals

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PICTURING GLOBAL WARMING: Greenpeace’s Photoclima

PICTURING GLOBAL WARMING: Greenpeace’s Photoclima

Photoclima, a new photography book project produced by Greenpeace Spain, is a call to action for countries globally to examine and address the impact of global warming and climate change both locally and

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CLEANING UP AN OIL SPILL WITH HAIR AND MUSHROOMS?

CLEANING UP AN OIL SPILL WITH HAIR AND MUSHROOMS?

The recent Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay may have just met its match in an eco-cleaning solution that uses human hair and mushrooms! A group of intrepid volunteers has embarked on a

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Solar Cynergy Solar LED Paver Lights

Solar Cynergy Solar LED Paver Lights

Solar Cynergy’s new line of solar LED lights is an eco-friendly, reliable and smart alternative to traditional street lights and home garden lights. Run entirely on solar energy, there’s no battery

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METAPHYS INDOOR GRASS PLANTERS FROM TOKYO

METAPHYS INDOOR GRASS PLANTERS FROM TOKYO

With the goal to bring the lawn indoors, Tokyo based product designer Chiaki Murata of Metaphys has designed a stylish product range of stackable white mod grass planters. The Factory product range brings

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PARK(ING) DAY RETURNS This September

PARK(ING) DAY RETURNS This September

What started as a few grassy plots of sod occupying metered parking spots in San Francisco has blossomed into a world-wide event scheduled to take place September 21st, 2007. Rebar's Park(ing) Day is

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BEIJING’S OLYMPIC GREEN

BEIJING’S OLYMPIC GREEN

The Olympics are less than one year away and construction on Beijing’s Olympic Green and Forest Park is stepping into high gear. The Olympic Green, a massive 1,135 hectares along the historic

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CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES GREEN ROOF

CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES GREEN ROOF

One of San Francisco's most exciting green projects is the construction of the new California Academy of Sciences building, designed by renown architect Renzo Piano, to be topped by an undulating,

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MICKEY MOUSE SUSTAINABLE FARMING at Disney EPCOT

MICKEY MOUSE SUSTAINABLE FARMING at Disney EPCOT

(EPCOT agriculture intern shows off specially grown Mickey-shaped pumpkin) Anyone who's ever been to Florida has probably visited Walt Disney World, and if you have - you've hopefully visited EPCOT

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LED TRAFFIC LIGHTS TAKE TO TAIWAN

LED TRAFFIC LIGHTS TAKE TO TAIWAN

Red lights in Taiwan will soon be much greener. By 2011, all traffic lights on the small island republic will be fitted with efficient LED lights thanks to a NT $229 million (US $7 million) project set to

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THE SONGJIANG SUSTAINABLE HOTEL IN CHINA

THE SONGJIANG SUSTAINABLE HOTEL IN CHINA

Near Shanghai, the Songjiang district has become a popular weekend destination for many tourists with its natural beauty and sprawling landscapes. And now the Songjiang Hotel might just become the newest

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MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES: Our impact exposed

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES: Our impact exposed

Edward Burtynsky's stunning photographs manage to be both beautiful and simultaneously horrifying, and film director Jennifer Baichwal has managed to capture both the aesthetic and concept behind

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GIANT SOLAR POWER FLOWER: London Urban Oasis

GIANT SOLAR POWER FLOWER: London Urban Oasis

Visitors to the recent Chelsea Flower Show in London were no doubt pleasantly surprised to stumble across the London Urban Oasis, a solar-powered urban art installation showcasing an array of clean energy

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TEJO REMY’S PLAYGROUND FENCES

TEJO REMY’S PLAYGROUND FENCES

One of the highlights of our recent Reclaiming Design events in New York was Dutch designer Tejo Remy's presentation. As expected, the Dutch designer spoke about his well known chest of drawers, rag

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