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ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

The ESTIA wooden cabin stands on stilts among the mountains of Camigliano, near the San Michele Cave. It was designed to provide shelter from the elements while offering magnificent views into the

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-year-old Samuel Burrow has found a way to scrub the world clean of toxic pollution using materials found in sunscreen and pencils! The teenager developed a white, smog-busting mixture of titanium

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Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Jeffry's House takes its name from a nearby lake called Jeffry's Lough and was built after O'Brien won an architectural competition by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which called for proposals that

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Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

Standing in an artificial islet in the east of the city, the Diamond Island Community Hall will consist of eight 80-ft wide bamboo domes. These cozy cocoons will serve as flexible spaces for holding

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CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

Located in an old area of Tokyo called Torigoe, CC4441 is surrounded by small factories producing leather products, paper crafts and ornaments. It was designed for a husband who needed a small office

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Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Children are usually told to stop playing with their food, but those who never grow out of that particular habit tend to end up as rather brilliant, creative adults. Designer Gert Eussen, whom you may

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue with annuals,

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6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

6 Isolated Luxury Retreats for Off-Grid Living

Refuge du Goûter by Group-H Standing 12,582 feet above sea level, the Refuge du Goûter is a magnificent Alpine refuge by Group-H. Powered by the sun and wind, the stylish Alpine retreat is the highest

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DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

If you're in the market for a new sofa but don't feel like shelling out too much cash for one, then why not make your own?! Styleitchic posted the ultimate DIY guide to building very cool, recycled

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Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

The stunning Boomslang walkway is a permanent attraction at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and provides amazing views of one of the country's most celebrated arboretums. It was named after a

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B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

B_Rootstudio Creates Shade-Giving Chapel from Local Bamboo and Clay

Candelaria Chapel sits atop a black clay hill special to villagers, where each year they visit on pilgrimage to honor Candelaria’s Virgin. Previously, the hill only held a concrete altar, but as the

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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a

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World’s First Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

World’s First Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan newspaper may have just found a a way to sustain the struggling print business - and it's helping to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases at the same time. Mawbina newspaper teamed up

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Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Studio Marco Vermeulen believes that we need new building materials that aren't made from increasingly scarce fossil fuels. That's why they are partnering with Nabasco, which uses widely available waste

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

Here at Inhabitat we have already seen household objects and even tiny sculptures created from pencils. But we love the way Tuomas Markunpoika from Studio Markunpoika works them into unique crafty

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Robots Built This Peanut-Shaped Geometric Building From 243 Prefab Wood Panels

Robots Built This Peanut-Shaped Geometric Building From 243 Prefab Wood Panels

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall is located in the picturesque town of Gmünd, Stuttgart. It was designed to showcase current developments in computational design and robotic fabrication for

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Ibuku Constructs Three Bamboo Homes in Bali’s Gorgeous Green Village

Ibuku Constructs Three Bamboo Homes in Bali’s Gorgeous Green Village

Designed by Ibuku, the Green Village is a neighborhood of beautiful bamboo houses in Bali. Built in much the same way as the nearby Green School, the unique homes are constructed around radial clusters of

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Artist Camila Carlow Crafts Human Organs from Foraged Vines, Flowers and Berries

Artist Camila Carlow Crafts Human Organs from Foraged Vines, Flowers and Berries

Camila Carlow is fascinated by our inner deep-biological structures and has created a collection of 13 images collection to represent what we all have inside. Born in Guatemala but based in Bristol, she

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Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Located within the gorgeous Italian Alps, this top-notch shelter has a few sustainable and notable characteristics. It stands on a foundation made from dolomite rock found on site and was built from

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Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

The entrance to Atelier Data's Varatojo House lies at the end of a concrete ramp. A wooden wall made from reclaimed railway ties protects this area from the strong mountain winds. This reused material is

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e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

Located in the south Bohemian region of Pisek, the stunning building was a winning competition entry. Designed by Prague-based e-MRAK, it provides information to visitors while serving as an admin hub for

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20 Inspiring Designs From Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseño 2014

20 Inspiring Designs From Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseño 2014

Tucumán designer Carolina Vera creates unique stools and coat stands made from old broomsticks, as showcased at the fairs' 14th edition this year. Matias Vinograd upcycles old tires into colorful

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Retired Man Sculpts an Extraordinary 100-Foot-Long Dragon Hedge in England!

Retired Man Sculpts an Extraordinary 100-Foot-Long Dragon Hedge in England!

Located at the side of Brooker's home in East Rudham, this 100-foot-long mythical beast sitting comfortably near the road took ten years to complete. A retired fan maker, Brooker said his inspiration

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of California, this

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Molo’s Undulating Benchwall is a Super-Strong Hybrid Structure Made from Recycled Paper

Molo’s Undulating Benchwall is a Super-Strong Hybrid Structure Made from Recycled Paper

The 10-feet tall white softwalls are integrated with molo’s softseating structures and cloud softlight, creating meeting rooms and semi-enclosed spaces with flexible seating arrangements. The seating

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How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

Step One: Gather the materials Gather the materials you'll need to create your recycled bird feeder. We used: A recycled clean plastic peanut-butter jar with a screw-on lid (any size will do) Lid

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