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Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Is Google opening a retail store in New York City? Rumor has it that the tech giant has been shopping around for a storefront space in Soho, and if the shop does come to fruition, it would be the perfect

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Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

D’Ascia looked to the geometry of traditional Moroccan architecture for inspiration, transferring the repeating triangular patterns found on local facades to the framework of train track's structure in

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Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Business Tips – Learned The Hard Way

Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Business Tips – Learned The Hard Way

Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat. Once you gather enough courage and resources to run with your dream, you'll be met with one obstacle after another — all of which are valuable learning

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

There are five "squares" or rooms on a farm in Sasbachwalden village - a tiny community known for its wine-making and wood processing. Named after the kind of wine that was stored in each of the enormous

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Genius Wood Flooring Purifies Air to Create a Healthy Living Space

Genius Wood Flooring Purifies Air to Create a Healthy Living Space

Hardwood floors improve the aesthetics of just about any home, but what if they could also purify the air? Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring has unveiled a groundbreaking new product called Pure Genius

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Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Buckminster Fuller must be smiling down on this DIY geodesic houseboat built for just about $2,000. Buffalo, NY resident Michael Weekes decided to create the floating digs out of sustainable plywood and

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

Just one project under the My Shelter Foundation's good deeds, A Liter of Light uses simple technology originally conceived by Alfredo Moser from Brazil and modified by MIT students for the Philippines to

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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

In a unique collaboration with Sennheiser, artist Kristjana S Williams takes visitors on an audio tour through a bamboo forest. Each visitor is given a set of headphones and a portable player and as they

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See You at Green Festival NYC 2014!

See You at Green Festival NYC 2014!

Green Festival, America's largest and longest-running eco-event will be returning to NYC on April 26th and 27th. The show will have a marketplace featuring over 300 green products from food to clothing to

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BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

The Kimball Art Center has been a fixture on Main Street in Park City since 1976 and has long provided space for art exhibitions, education and events, especially the Sundance Film Festival held every

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere 2 Can House 100 People Under the Sea

Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere 2 Can House 100 People Under the Sea

Living under the ocean’s waves may seem like a fantastical concept, but Pauley has designed Sub-Biosphere 2 as a realistic housing option for the near future. The network is made up of a Central Support

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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Tim Wright, who is the grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher, often spent his summers at Taliesin as a boy. Now he and his wife Karen, who is a board

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Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Image of fat rat / Shutterstock Researchers say that the obesity crisis sweeping across the United States is not restricted to humans. A new study by Pro Publica found that animals are also putting on

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Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Several years ago Inhabitat visited Berlin's abandoned Kulturpark - and the overgrown amusement park can now be yours for the modest sum of 1.62 million Euros! The former Spreepark has been abandoned

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Adventurous guests can sleep in the wild of South Africa, safely elevated above the beautiful landscape. Guests can choose from three stilted treehouses. The Chalkley Treehouse hugs an old tree in the

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

 Jason and Camilla Iftakhar INHABITAT: Tell us a bit about your background in eco-design. What made you decide to focus on scooters? I was first introduced to the concept of sustainability and eco

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Tiny Home Trend Provides Housing to Homeless Populations Across the United States

Tiny Home Trend Provides Housing to Homeless Populations Across the United States

In Olympia, Washington, a village of nomadic homeless people called Camp Quixote has sprung up on the city’s outskirts. Rather than banishing the less fortuntate, the city has decided to help create a

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist himself into

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Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

Henri Gueydan’s Colorful Renovated Apartment Block Breathes Life Into a Japanese Suburb

The 2000 square meter building consists of color-blocked concrete volumes stacked one on top of the other. The smallest volume is on the bottom of the building, while larger spaces are located at the

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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Richard Rogers’ Stackable Y-Cube Prefabs Provide Affordable Housing in the UK

Richard Rogers’ Stackable Y-Cube Prefabs Provide Affordable Housing in the UK

The red Y-Cube might look like a house from the Monopoly board game, but it's not playing around when it comes to innovative design. Each Y-Cube unit costs around $50,000, and they're built in a factory

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Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

South African artist Freya Jobbins recycles doll parts into disturbing new assemblages that will give you and your child nightmares. Inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo's work with fruit and vegetables, and

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Artist Aganetha Dyck Teams Up With Bees to Create Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures

Artist Aganetha Dyck Teams Up With Bees to Create Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures

Dyck has been working with honeybees to make her art works for over 20 years, but the pieces take an especially somber tone since the onslaught of colony collapse disorder has hit North America and

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