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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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Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Modeled after a giant wooden lamp and made entirely from donated and recycled materials, the Story Tower has a roof of 2250 shingles made from Tetra-Pak milk cartons folded and assembled like tiles on top

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American Steel Studios Assembles a Living Wall to Green Up Industrial West Oakland Area

American Steel Studios Assembles a Living Wall to Green Up Industrial West Oakland Area

West Oakland is a sprawling industrial area that's probably better known as the birth place of so much of the pyrotechnic art seen at Burning Man. However, amidst the smell of burning butane and steel

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Designers Learn from the Hagfish About Spandex?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Designers Learn from the Hagfish About Spandex?

The Hagfish is a jawless, spineless horror, scavenging the ocean floor. Unchanged for the past 300 million years, this living fossil wields a fiendishly effective defense. When attacked, it exudes an ooze

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Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

The Alto Nevados Hotel in Chillan is mainly constructed from steel and designed as a pixelated box volume standing out among the gorgeous Andes Mountains. Its unique facade was made from old wooden boards

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Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years' effort by The

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KAIST Develops a Metal-Graphene Composite Material Hundreds of Times Stronger Than Pure Metals

KAIST Develops a Metal-Graphene Composite Material Hundreds of Times Stronger Than Pure Metals

Graphene  © AlexanderAlUS/CORE Materials Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a new metamaterial that is proven to be hundreds of times

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MTRL Design Wants to Bring Sustainably Grown, Harvested and Manufactured Bamboo to the Midwest

MTRL Design Wants to Bring Sustainably Grown, Harvested and Manufactured Bamboo to the Midwest

MTRL Design, a laser-crazy design/build studio from Omaha wants to bring to bring sustainably grown, harvested, and manufactured bamboo panels to the midwest. They're kicking off a brand new IndieGoGo

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