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Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The Winners of the first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge were announced this weekend at the Institute’s Innovation Celebration in New York City. Organized by the Cradle to Cradle Products

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Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

In desperate need of a complete renovation for their outdated two-storey home, the owners specifically sought out a construction company that would provide an environmentally-friendly rebuilding process

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$10,000 Puzzle Piece Home Made from Reused Wood Could Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

$10,000 Puzzle Piece Home Made from Reused Wood Could Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

ECOnnect has developed an innovative puzzle piece home that could provide one solution to the current housing shortage. The Dutch studio created the home after a hurricane hit Haiti and hundreds of

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FiberFix Tape is as Durable as Steel and 100 Times Stronger Than Duct Tape

FiberFix Tape is as Durable as Steel and 100 Times Stronger Than Duct Tape

The days of using duct tape as a go-to solution for fixing problems around the house (or leaky nuclear plants) might be numbered - FiberFix is a new super tape that is 100 times stronger. The high

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Sound Designer Diego Stocco Creates Incredible Music With Plants

Sound Designer Diego Stocco Creates Incredible Music With Plants

US-based composer, sound designer and performer Diego Stocco creates amazing music by recording the sounds of twigs, coconuts, almonds and bees! For his project Music from Nature, Stocco used tiny contact

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Jonas Edvard’s Biodegradable Myx Lamp Grows Edible Oyster Mushrooms

Jonas Edvard’s Biodegradable Myx Lamp Grows Edible Oyster Mushrooms

Designer Jonas Edvard just shared with Inhabitat his new Myx Lamp, which is made entirely from plant fibers and mushroom mycelium. The lamps are grown over a period of two weeks as fungi eat a substrate

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Living Hedge Building is Completely Wrapped in Ivy

Living Hedge Building is Completely Wrapped in Ivy

Andre Kempe and Oliver Thill's Hedge Building is a beautiful garden-clad pavilion that has ivy creeping across every wall! The German architects created a ‘smart screen’ using green walls to introduce

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Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The BFI has just named New York-based Ecovative Design as their top prize winner for the prestigious 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The company will receive $100,000 to further develop their

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Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Presented as part of the 2008's Casa Per Tutti (House for All) exhibition, Casa Umbrella can be used as a pop-up shelter, temporary house, or emergency room. Its 160 square feet were created from 15

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

In the Scale of Carbon is a new exhibition launched by the Materials Council during the London Design Festival that explores the sustainability of different building materials. The exhibit uses cubes to

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UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on next-generation solar cells that are made from organic dyes instead of silicon. The dye solar cells could drive down costs and spread solar

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Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in partnership with Make It Right, was launched in November of 2012. By June of

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Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Nothing rocks harder than sustainability. That is why Otis & Eleanor teamed up with designer Megan Sebold to create a lightweight bluetooth speaker set made from one of the fastest growing plants on

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“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

Featured projects at The Fifth Element ranged from the playful to the practical to the poetic. Blow by Florian Dussopt is an interactive LED light installation that is activated by visitors blowing into a

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Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

British designer Jess Shaw enjoys making imaginative, emotional lighting from all sorts of unusual materials. On past designs she has included goose and cock feathers, wire and rubber, in addition to a

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HEROBike Builds a Beautiful New Bicycle from Carbon Fiber and Bamboo

HEROBike Builds a Beautiful New Bicycle from Carbon Fiber and Bamboo

HERObike, a non-profit initiative in Greensboro, Alabama, is designing and manufacturing bikes made from locally sourced bamboo. After partnering with Inhabitat favorite Bamboo Bike Studio, the

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual, I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big

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Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Located in the town of Mae Sot, MOVING Schools 001 was created through the joint effort of architecture professionals, a social enterprise, volunteers from around the world, kids and adults. This diverse

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Cardboard Glasses and Toilet Brush Lamps Amuse and Provoke at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2013

Cardboard Glasses and Toilet Brush Lamps Amuse and Provoke at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2013

Experiments in lighting were especially striking at Designersblock, with designer Natalie Simpson crafting lamps out of everyday items like whisks, household brushes and hangers. WALTERWORKs transformed

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H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

The geometrical wooden House 205 stands firmly within a thicket of trees and bushes. Designed to have a minimal footprint on the ground it sits, the structure is built on a natural rocky platform atop

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Claesson Koivisto Rune Teams Up With Chilean Craftspeople to Unveil Handmade Wicker Lamps at London Design Festival

Claesson Koivisto Rune Teams Up With Chilean Craftspeople to Unveil Handmade Wicker Lamps at London Design Festival

Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune teamed up with Chilean collective The Andes House to create a series of biodegradable lamps made from mimbre (wicker). 'Medusa', 'Chinita' and 'Bellota' are inspired

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Tregren’s New Genie Kitchen Garden Can Grow Plants Up to Three Times Faster

Tregren’s New Genie Kitchen Garden Can Grow Plants Up to Three Times Faster

If you have a green thumb but lack space or time for gardening, never fear - the new Genie Kitchen Garden from Tregren offers an easy and accessible way to grow plants indoors. Designed by Sebastian

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world's first self-healing polymer - a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention.

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From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

The Adhocracy exhibition features products and concepts that show the wide range of developments in this new industrial revolution - from digital fabrication to open design to distributed manufacturing.

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Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, "Those who are

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1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

The Hood Canal Boathouse was once a lightless and uninspired concrete block shelter for storing boats. Without altering the height or its footprint, Bosworth Hoedemaker have created a totally new

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Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

The four townhouses that make up Urban Villas are constructed on a slope, the main reason to keep their forms as simple as possible. Along the borders of the property are dense bushes and shrubs, as well

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Woodworker Dan Coyle is Creating Fantastic Wood Bike Helmets in His Oregon Workshop

Woodworker Dan Coyle is Creating Fantastic Wood Bike Helmets in His Oregon Workshop

Coyle, a wooden helmet company, is one of those ventures that began as a garage experiment and slowly evolved into a successful business. Coyle makes specialty helmets in Corvallis, Oregon, using a wood

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