Green Materials

Stunning Bamboo Forest Continues to Grow Atop Met Museum

Stunning Bamboo Forest Continues to Grow Atop Met Museum

This summer the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art sprouted an incredible bamboo jungle as artists Doug and Mike Starn erected their “Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Don’t and You Won’t Stop”

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Toast Shaped Cork Coasters Make Breakfast More Fun to Eat

Toast Shaped Cork Coasters Make Breakfast More Fun to Eat

Why not make the most important meal of the day a bit more appealing with these cheeky toast-shaped coasters? Made by Oiti, each one is crafted from sustainable cork and looks surprisingly similar in both

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“Smart” Metal to Make Air-Conditioning 175% More Efficient

“Smart” Metal to Make Air-Conditioning 175% More Efficient

You know the drill: the temperature shoots up, the central air-conditioning goes on full-blast, and your electric bill climbs into the stratosphere. A new “smart” metal developed by

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Leaning Shelves and Seating Made from a Dismantled Water Tower

Leaning Shelves and Seating Made from a Dismantled Water Tower

These new shelves designed by Deger Cengiz perfectly embody the contemporary spirit of sustainability. Constructed from reclaimed redwood salvaged from a dismantled New York water tower, Cengiz’s

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One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

With the steady rise of the Passivhaus building system, we are being treated to some brilliant new ideas on how to design to the standard. Architecture Firm Karawitz designed this home in Bessancourt,

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MIT Develops New Multifunctional Fibers with Piezoelectric Sensitivity

MIT Develops New Multifunctional Fibers with Piezoelectric Sensitivity

MIT labs just unveiled its latest technological breakthrough -- a brand new kind of material that combines optical fiber technology and piezoelectrics, meaning it can actually sense pressure changes

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In Vitro Habitat: a House Made of Meat!

In Vitro Habitat: a House Made of Meat!

We've waxed lyrical about botanical walls, green roofs and living treehouses on Inhabitat for years - is the next logical step a home made from animal tissue? Mitchell Joachim from Terreform thinks

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Return Brick Recycling Robot Transforms Rubble into New Bricks

Return Brick Recycling Robot Transforms Rubble into New Bricks

What if there was a machine that could automatically collect rubble from torn-down buildings and transform the material into new bricks? That’s exactly what designers Youngwoo Park, Hoyoung Lee and

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5 Easy and Economical Ways to Green Up Your 4th of July!

5 Easy and Economical Ways to Green Up Your 4th of July!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! If you're stateside you'll most likely be spending this lovely Sunday grilling up some veggie burgers and biting into huge slices of watermelon. But before you get going with the

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LIFE BOX – Brilliant, Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Packaging!

LIFE BOX – Brilliant, Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Packaging!

If you ever engage in online shopping (or even if you don't), you probably recognize how ubiquitous and space-cluttering cardboard packaging is. But what if every cardboard box you got from Amazon came

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The Lamboo Solar Studio is a Curvy Eco Home Built from Bamboo

The Lamboo Solar Studio is a Curvy Eco Home Built from Bamboo

The Lamboo Studio Project is a small solar powered studio that uses a radical S-shaped roof system to help keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter - all made possible by bamboo grass.

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Lumboo: Dimensional Lumber Made from Bamboo

Lumboo: Dimensional Lumber Made from Bamboo

Green designers are well aware that bamboo is a rapidly-renewable resource whose production has less of an environmental impact than the production of other wood products. Bamboo flooring is well-trod

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Modules Made from Material Waste Form Furniture, Walls and Rooms

Modules Made from Material Waste Form Furniture, Walls and Rooms

While the image above depicts a modern and sleek interior space, you’d be surprised to know that the other side of the wall carries an aesthetic debauchery more in line with that of Sweeney Todd. An

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Designloop’s Noshi Stools Are Origami You Can Sit On

Designloop’s Noshi Stools Are Origami You Can Sit On

These Noshi stools by Nick Seymour from Designloop look like they're made from paper, but they're actually made from a single sheet of laser-cut mild steel cleverly folded into a beautifully simple form.

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Phase-Changing GlassX Windows Offer Amazing Performance

Phase-Changing GlassX Windows Offer Amazing Performance

A remarkable Swiss window technology has just recently been introduced in North America. GlassX windows are super high-efficiency windows that use several technologies to make them possibly the most

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Luminous Lamps Made from Recycled Washing Machine Drums

Luminous Lamps Made from Recycled Washing Machine Drums

These spectacular lamps may appear as if they’ve been pulled off the latest superstar designer’s mass-production line, but look again -- they’re actually washing machine drums recycled into amazing

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Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

The homes were packed all week with visitors who gazed at the unusually shaped Fablab house, doted over the cozy interior of the  Luukku House, and reveled over the superior craftsmanship of the Bambu

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The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

The LOW3 combines passive solar architecture with bioclimatic optimization to minimize the house's energy demand. The team chose to use building integrated solar panels (BIPVs) on the roof and sides of

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Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon

Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon

The entire house is panelized to allow it to be flat packed and assembled around 7 square “ribs”. Because of the standardization of the system it can be configured in many different ways. Keeping cool

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Researcher Develops Plant-Based Non-Petroleum Fuel Additive

Researcher Develops Plant-Based Non-Petroleum Fuel Additive

Fuel additives are generally petroleum or chemical based supplements injected into fuel that serve a number of purposes -- cleaning the engine to reduce emissions related to global warming, lubricating

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The Best of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial

The Best of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial

The Cooper-Hewitt is the United State's national design museum -- it's also the only museum in the nation exclusively commited to historic and contemporary design. They focus their exhibits on how design

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Finland’s Luukku House Wins Architecture Prize at Solar Decathlon!

Finland’s Luukku House Wins Architecture Prize at Solar Decathlon!

The first place winner of the architecture portion of the European Solar Decathlon has just been announced, and the prize goes to... Team Finland's beautiful wood-clad Luukku House! The Luukku House (the

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Just in Time for the iPhone 4G Release, A Bamboo iPhone Case!

Just in Time for the iPhone 4G Release, A Bamboo iPhone Case!

Were you one of those iPhone 4 crazed, sleepy-eyed people in line at the Apple store this morning? Well if you were, we've got the greenest accessory for your shiny new gadget -- a bamboo iPhone case!

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Artist Uses 3D Printer to Turn Human Ashes into Objects

Artist Uses 3D Printer to Turn Human Ashes into Objects

Photo by Designboom Dutch Designer Wieki Somers just might have found the next new renewable building material -- human ashes. For the Grand Hornu Images gallery exhibit “In Progress,” she used a

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Minimalistic Living Equia Home Keeps Its Cool at Solar Decathlon

Minimalistic Living Equia Home Keeps Its Cool at Solar Decathlon

The 2010 Solar Decathlon is well underway in Madrid, Spain and a team of three universities from Berlin has already been attracting a lot of attention with their clean-lined Living Equia Home. Designed to

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Sun-Powered Bambu House Sprouts at Solar Decathlon Europe

Sun-Powered Bambu House Sprouts at Solar Decathlon Europe

Tonji University Shanghai's Bambu House at the European Solar Decathlon is a beautiful sun-powered abode inspired by nature. It has two elegant sloping roofs and is almost entirely constructed from

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Eco Friendly Whiteboard Paint Turns Any Wall Into an Artistic Canvas

Eco Friendly Whiteboard Paint Turns Any Wall Into an Artistic Canvas

Turn any blank wall or smooth surface into a white board thanks to Idea Paint’s new line of Tabrasa water based paint! The paint was on display at MDC Wallcovering’s booth at this year’s NeoCon

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Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Wing House

Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Wing House

We love recycled airplane architecture, but (not surprisingly) real-life examples of it are pretty hard to find! That’s why we were stoked when we saw this awesome “Wing House”  right

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Eco Friendly Kids Glass from Skyline Design

Eco Friendly Kids Glass from Skyline Design

Skyline Design unveiled its ultra-fun line of graphic illustrated glass at NeoCon this week and it's a hit - especially with young designers. The material's brightly hued shapes provide the perfect

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