Landscape Architecture

RIZHAO: China’s Solar-Powered Sunshine City

RIZHAO: China’s Solar-Powered Sunshine City

Rizhao 日照 means “sunshine” in Chinese, which is quite an appropriate moniker… Since 2001, Rizhao City (Shandong Province, China) officials have been educating the public and

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CORONA SOLAR LIGHT

CORONA SOLAR LIGHT

One of our favorite discoveries at this year's ICFF (and winner of the ICFF Editor's Choice Award for Best New Designer), was Emi Fujita and Shane Kohatsu's brand new Corona Solar Light, an outdoor

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EDIBLE ESTATES Needs A Home In NYC!

EDIBLE ESTATES Needs A Home In NYC!

From Salinas, Kansas to the pages of the New York Times, Edible Estates, has had a big year. The combination of increased awareness around resource conservation, rising concern over food safety, and the

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WATAIR: Turning Air Into Water

WATAIR: Turning Air Into Water

With an estimated 5,000 children dying daily due to dirty drinking water, Joseph Cory and Eyal Malka's award-winning WatAir design for Arup and WaterAid’s drawn water challenge might be the response

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NATURAL SWIMMING POOLS CATCH ON

NATURAL SWIMMING POOLS CATCH ON

A natural swimming pool is one which is designed to harness the processes of nature to produce clean, clear water. These types of pools have been available in Europe for a while, but have yet to catch on

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LIGHT WIND: Wind Powered Outdoor Light

LIGHT WIND: Wind Powered Outdoor Light

Light Wind, the fabulous new design innovation from Dutch design house Demakersvan, combines lighting technology with clever Dutch design and the clean energy technology of Dutch windmills. Made of

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SKYSCRAPER FARMING: Farming reaches to the sky

SKYSCRAPER FARMING: Farming reaches to the sky

When I saw this fascinating New York Magazine article on skyscraper farming, my first thought was of a much younger and geekier version of myself, who used to play SimCity 2000 a lot on my pc. Towards the

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GREEN TOWERS IN THE PARK: Seoul Commune 2026

GREEN TOWERS IN THE PARK: Seoul Commune 2026

There are green towers and then there are green towers. Subtitled “Rethinking Towers In The Park,” the Seoul Commune 2026 project by Mass Studies is just sheer genius. Aside from its

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ELT EASY GREEN LIVING WALLS

ELT EASY GREEN LIVING WALLS

Our first encounter with a “living wall” was the giant installation in the atrium of the University of Guelph in Canada. Everyone’s always asking whether they can get a similar wall of

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KNITTA PLEASE: Graffiti You Can Cuddle Up To

KNITTA PLEASE: Graffiti You Can Cuddle Up To

Hugging trees is all good, but our arboreal buddies get a lot more snuggly after a visit from one of Houston's most notorious graffiti crews. Knitta Please, a team of 11 women and men who bomb urban

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GREEN ROOF TILES by Toyota Roof Garden

GREEN ROOF TILES by Toyota Roof Garden

While green roofs may be universally accepted as wonderfully sustainable landscapes for a myriad reasons, the thought of installing one atop your own home may nevertheless seem daunting, expensive, and

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GRASS COUCHES HIT THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO

GRASS COUCHES HIT THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO

If you happened to be in San Francisco this Friday, November 17th, you might have noticed the grass couches which sneakily popped up around the Ferry Building and Justin Herman Plaza. The couches were

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SOLAR-POWERED SUN BRICK

SOLAR-POWERED SUN BRICK

Spice up your patio or walkway this fall with Sun Bricks, the solar-powered ground lighting system that will guide people to your front door with their inviting glow. These flush-to-ground patio pavers

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HAPPY GREEN HALLOWEEN!

HAPPY GREEN HALLOWEEN!

Happy Green Halloween from Inhabitat! In the spirit of our favorite fall holiday, we'd like to share with you some ideas for green Halloween decorations.... SOLAR JACK-O-LANTERN PATIO

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D.I.R.T.: Reclaiming America’s Wastelands

D.I.R.T.: Reclaiming America’s Wastelands

One of the largest problems plaguing sustainable development today is the tendency to use the cheapest, most readily available land. More often than not, this results in the degradation of green space and

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RE-CYCLE STAGE: Bike Storage with a Twist!

RE-CYCLE STAGE: Bike Storage with a Twist!

An intriguing project emerged at the London Design Festival's Eco-Design Day: the Re-Cycle Stage. This bicycle storage shed/community event stage is a creation of architect Christos Choraitis. The

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4TREEHOUSE by Lukasz Kos

4TREEHOUSE by Lukasz Kos

What is it about tree houses that we love so much? Their playfulness, the escapism they offer, and the platforms they provide into nature all come to mind. We have written about the 4Treehouse by Lukasz

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WATERSTUDIO’S FLOOD-RESISTANT ARCHITECTURE

WATERSTUDIO’S FLOOD-RESISTANT ARCHITECTURE

As we approach the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, you may notice we're running a little theme on Inhabitat: flood-resistant design and architecture. In the months following Katrina, one of the most

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LIVING THE LIFE AQUATIC ON A WATERLIVING HOUSEBOAT

LIVING THE LIFE AQUATIC ON A WATERLIVING HOUSEBOAT

Sea levels may rise and coastlines may fall but one thing will always remain consistent: the Danish are going to get through life in style. These fabulous houseboats from Copenhagen's Waterliving are but

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PARK(ing) DAY: CALL TO ACTION!

PARK(ing) DAY: CALL TO ACTION!

The Rebar Group, who you'll doubtless remember from their PARK(ing) project, is proving that inspired action can be contagious. The collective of San Francisco greenthumb-artist-activists rolled out sod

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UNPACK A PARK: MOBILE GREEN SPACE

UNPACK A PARK: MOBILE GREEN SPACE

We may never tire of new ways to interject some spontaneous green space into a concrete cityscape. Kevin van Braak's caravan takes a top spot on our urban intervention favorites list. It's a mobile

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LIGHT POLLUTION: The continuing spread

LIGHT POLLUTION: The continuing spread

Nasa's image of the earth at night... You might remember that we've railed against light pollution before, and since we've been talking a lot about lighting this week, we figured now would be a good

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CHICAGO GREEN ROOF PROGRAM

CHICAGO GREEN ROOF PROGRAM

The birthplace of the skyscraper has something new to be proud of: the green roof. Chicago is home to over 200 green roofs, covering 2.5 million square feet, more than any other U.S. city. They sit atop

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INTERVIEW: Paul Kephart of Rana Creek Part II

INTERVIEW: Paul Kephart of Rana Creek Part II

Last week we published the first half of an interview with Paul Kephart of Rana Creek Habitat Restoration and Living Architecture. Paul has brought his ecological brilliance to the design tables of some

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A ROOFTOP MEADOW IN NYC

A ROOFTOP MEADOW IN NYC

Talk about having your cake and eating it, too, a family in the West Village has brought a little country into the city by plopping a bucolic meadow and a classic front porch on the roof of their

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DUTCH TREE WINDMILLS

DUTCH TREE WINDMILLS

On the subject of art imitating trees, check out this awesome design for tree-like windmills, from One Architecture, Ton Matton and NL Architects in the Netherlands. Leave it to the Dutch to come up with

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in seemingless endless supply. Even during droughts, and in spite of ubiquitous advertising about shortages

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites

Welcome back to Green Building 101. Last week we covered how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode; this week we'll begin discussing ways you can improve upon any home

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GREEN PAVING SOLUTION: Salvaverde

GREEN PAVING SOLUTION: Salvaverde

Have you ever wanted to put in a grass driveway, but you found yourself worried about ruining the grass every time the car pulls in and out of the garage? Salvaverde is an interlocking modular system

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GROW YOUR OWN TREEHOUSE

GROW YOUR OWN TREEHOUSE

Photo: Richard Reames, Arborsmith There are houses built in trees and then there are treehouses. Last year, we had one of our first encounters with a home literally made from trees, using the art of

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