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INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

INHABITAT EVENT: Join Us for a Panel Discussion on “How to Green Your Child’s Education”

Reading, writing and 'rithmetic may have sufficed in the past, but nowadays there are many more factors - like health and and environmental awareness - that come into play in a child's education. If

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Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

Eat Inside of a Swimming Pool at this Rooftop Pool Farm in Manhattan

New York City's Ink48 Hotel has taken poolside dining one step further by letting customers enjoy their meals inside of a repurposed pool. Called Pool Farm, the unique culinary experience even features

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Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

"The idea was born out of a personal need to counteract the confinements of a conventional home with one simple and multifunctional design that will cover several different needs," as Till Könneker

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NSFW Photos of Leonardo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower Surface in NYC

NSFW Photos of Leonardo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower Surface in NYC

Our previous article about green celeb Leonardo DiCaprio's new eco-friendly digs was extremely popular with readers, so we were delighted when an anonymous tipster sent us some never-before-seen photos of

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Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

The Port X features a flexible design that can be extended or reduced to provide the perfect amount of space for its owners. The home's curvilinear C-shaped sections are made up of wood and laminate, and

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DIY Perforated Paper Lamp Allows People to Make Their Own Creative Lighting Designs

DIY Perforated Paper Lamp Allows People to Make Their Own Creative Lighting Designs

This striking Take-Off lampshade allows people to make their own creative lighting designs. Fifti-Fifti uses a laser to create a fine pattern of perforated stitches in paper, which is easily attached to

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Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

At the heart of the design is a series of tower blocks, each of which is connected by a central plaza. These include three mid-rise residential towers, a low-rise office tower, and a series of residential

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Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

New York-based artist Andy Yoder spent two years painstakingly assembling a massive globe that is illustrated with thousands of matchsticks. In an act of extraordinary patience and devotion, the sculptor

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Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Ecosistema Urbano’s Amazing LED Energy Carousel is Powered by Play!

Amsterdam’s Carve design bureau invited 10 European design firms to create innovative projects that would appeal to all ages, encourage play, and help make the new Governeursplein Square more fun and

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

New Yorkers may soon have another reason to choose reusable bags over plastic ones. The NYC City Council recently introduced a proposal to enact a 10-cent fee on plastic bags at supermarkets, bodegas,

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Dine Amongst the Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant

Dine Amongst the Dead at India’s New Lucky Restaurant

The New Lucky restaurant in India is like no other - it fuses a historic cemetery with a casual café that serves food. The restaurant’s owner Krishan Kutti simply set up tables amidst the above-ground

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Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

London-based design students just invented an innovative edible water bottle called Ooho that you can cook up in your own kitchen! Made from a gelatinous membrane, the biodegradable bottle can be eaten or

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Jennifer Illet’s Inspiring Moss Graffiti Purifies the Air

Jennifer Illet’s Inspiring Moss Graffiti Purifies the Air

Appearing as part of the Artist Project Toronto 2014 art fair, Ilett was asked to transform her signature illustrative style to a work of greenery. Sprout Guerilla, already known for their innovative

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Beauty is Skin Deep in Linden Gledhill’s Gorgeous Photographs of Butterfly Wings

Beauty is Skin Deep in Linden Gledhill’s Gorgeous Photographs of Butterfly Wings

The intricate details of the colorful wings of butterflies and moths are revealed in Gledhill’s gorgeous photographs, taken with a macro lens for an amazing close perspective. Each photograph shows the

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Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

Incredible Solar-Powered ‘Cumulus’ Parasol Opens Automatically When the Sun Starts Shining!

The Cumulus parasol is a solar powered parasol that inflates itself when the sun starts shining. This artificial cumulus protects you from the sun. Whenever the sun comes out, the parasol inflates

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Michael Johansson’s Precisely Stacked Sculptures Give Found Objects the Tetris Treatment

Michael Johansson’s Precisely Stacked Sculptures Give Found Objects the Tetris Treatment

Michael Johansson’s’s stacked creations can be found taking refuge in the unnoticed empty spaces scattered throughout dense urban sprawl. Whether the works are packed between two buildings or piled

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Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Durable Solidwool Chair is Made from Upland Herdwick Sheep’s Wool

Designer Justin Floyd has cooked up a durable new furniture material made from wool - right in his own oven. Called “Solidwool,” the hard yet warm material can be used to build chairs, countertops and

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Chef’s New App Would Allow Customers to Smell Their Food Before Ordering

Chef’s New App Would Allow Customers to Smell Their Food Before Ordering

Michelin-starred chef Andoni Luis Aduriz is working on an innovative app that would allow customers to smell their food before ordering. Using an attachment called Scentee, food lovers will be able to

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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See Beautiful New Pics of the Eco-Friendly Waterfront Condos Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

See Beautiful New Pics of the Eco-Friendly Waterfront Condos Coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park

It's easy to see why the Pierhouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the most desirable new developments in Brooklyn. When complete, the gorgeous and eco-chic residential building will boast unparalleled

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar Talks to Us About Sustainable Product Design

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar Talks to Us About Sustainable Product Design

The designer behind the One Laptop Per Child Project, Yves Behar is truly a world-class designer, balancing aesthetics, function, and socially-based initiatives. Founder and principal designer of

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All-Electric Horizon Trike Gives Off-Road Mobility to the Disabled

All-Electric Horizon Trike Gives Off-Road Mobility to the Disabled

Designer Jesse Lee has created an all-terrain electric tricycle that gives extreme mobility to adventurers with disabilities. The three wheeled Horizon bike can be controlled with hand or foot pedals,

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New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

Zip-lines, ping-pong tables and a giant slide could be in Queens' future if The Friends of the Queensway have anything to say about it. The group revealed their vision to revamp an abandoned train track

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Google’s Sweet Amsterdam Office is Topped With Stroopwafel-Shaped Ceiling Panels

Google’s Sweet Amsterdam Office is Topped With Stroopwafel-Shaped Ceiling Panels

Like Google's offices in Mountain View, New York, London, Pittsburgh and Dublin, the company's Amsterdam headquarters features a fun and engaging design. Bold colors, textured materials and vibrant

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Green Spirit Creations Introduces New Line of Paper-Based Lights Made with 100% Recycled Materials

Green Spirit Creations Introduces New Line of Paper-Based Lights Made with 100% Recycled Materials

UK-based Green Spirit Creations is the latest team to try its hand at paper-based lighting solutions. Seeking out discarded materials from local shop-owners, they create lamps from 100 percent recycled

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PHOTOS: Tour the LEED Gold Yotel Hotel in Times Square

PHOTOS: Tour the LEED Gold Yotel Hotel in Times Square

Flight-themed rooms, circular beds and a LEGO wall are just some of the unique amenities guests will find at New York's futuristic Yotel. But don't be fooled by this hotel's light-hearted character - it's

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Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Originally designed by Jean-Marie Roy, the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church is a sharply peaked structure with eaves extending almost to the ground. The massive church was renovated to house both the public

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Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

After consulting with locals about the preferred layout of their new micro homes, Ban designed the 31 square meter homes with a bathroom and kitchen that is separated by the living area. This last

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