Kengo Kuma's new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof

Kengo Kuma's new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under…

Kuma's eye-catching community centre is located in a city called Towada, in Japan's Aomori Prefecture.  Topped by spiky, steel, zigzag roof, its clad in vertical strips of Japanese…

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Undulating German pavilion brings a

Undulating German pavilion brings a "field of ideas" to Milan Expo…

The German pavilion, whose form evokes the configuration of the country’s field and meadow landscapes, invites visitors to become active participants in its exhibitions. Design studio…

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HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time…

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Chevy lowers the 2016 Volt's price to $33,995, almost $1,200 less than the current model

Chevy lowers the 2016 Volt's price to $33,995, almost $1,200 less than…

When Chevy unveiled the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevy revealed everything from the Volt's revamped exterior to its longer EV…

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Daniel Libeskind's Vanke Pavilion cleans the air with pollution-scrubbing tiles

Daniel Libeskind's Vanke Pavilion cleans the air with…

This is the first time in the world expo's history that a private company has its own pavilion and it tells quite a story. Designed by Daniel Libeskind and clad in three dimensional red…

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City Library Bruges' new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

City Library Bruges' new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

The clients' brief was to make the library more visible from the street and that it will stand out with its very own identity among other services in the same building. But the…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction…

Whether you work in the building industry or are a backyard hobbyist, chances are that you’d rather spend more time building and less time on calculations and estimates. Luckily, many…

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Solar Impulse is gearing up for five-day solar-powered flight across the Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse is gearing up for five-day solar-powered flight across…

Solar Impulse, the experimental solar-powered aircraft with just enough room for a pilot, is still on its way around the world, despite a number of delays due to poor weather…

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Modular organic farming commune is topped with a green roof in Argentina

Modular organic farming commune is topped with a green roof in…

IR arquitectura designed Yerbas del Paraiso with triangular modules in order to lessen the building’s impact on the landscape. The modular architecture gave the architects the freedom…

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Elegant Zero-Energy Furniture can store heat and regulate indoor temperatures

Elegant Zero-Energy Furniture can store heat and regulate indoor…

Heating and cooling are no longer exclusively an architectural issue, but one that can be tackled with smart furniture design. This elegant-looking Climatic Table can regulate indoor…

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Win $5,000 in the 2015 NXT City Prize public space competition

Win $5,000 in the 2015 NXT City Prize public space competition

Have a brilliant idea to improve Toronto’s urban fabric? Submit your ideas to studio Distl and Oxford Properties’ 2015 NXT City Prize and you could win $5,000 to implement your…

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Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to…

The Expo Milan 2015 is in full effect and the rest of the world is taking peeks at the breathtaking pavilions and their promising messages for the future. The Principality of Monaco has…

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Pickett Furniture showcases playful heirloom furniture at BKLYN Designs

Pickett Furniture showcases playful heirloom furniture at BKLYN…

Inhabitat favorite Jeremy Pickett of Pickett Furniture returned to BKLYN Designs 2015 showcasing stunning new furniture. His Red Hook, Brooklyn-based design studio is known for…

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Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

From bio-refrigerators that cool food with gel to zero-energy clay alternatives, we see a lot of designs that look to make one of the home's most energy-hungry appliances more…

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In Milan, New Holland’s Earth Screening pavilion raises skepticism about big-ag and sustainable farming

In Milan, New Holland’s Earth Screening pavilion raises skepticism…

The Expo Milan 2015 is upon us and for the next six months the world will see varying incarnations of the future of sustainable agriculture. Notable is Holland’s contribution, named…

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Anti-Expo protests in Milan erupt in violence, clashes with riot police

Anti-Expo protests in Milan erupt in violence, clashes with riot…

The May 1 opening of the Milan Expo 2015 architectural show has been marred by violent clashes between a group of protestors and Italian riot police. Reuters reports that "thick clouds…

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BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled plastic bottles

BottleCloths are modern, stylish table cloths made out of recycled…

Designed by Southern California based Brenda Sacks, this eco-chic line of contemporary table coverings is made from 100% woven fiber sources entirely from recycled plastic bottles.  A…

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Japan's Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden 'bowl of diversity'

Japan's Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden 'bowl of…

Japan has taken an almost literal approach to the Milan Expo 2015 theme "Feeding the planet, energy for life" with a three dimensional wooden pavilion that models a traditional Japanese…

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Enel's solar-powered Expo pavilion is a virtual forest made of 650 LEDs

Enel's solar-powered Expo pavilion is a virtual forest made of 650…

Enel, Europe's second largest electricity and gas operators and official partner of Expo Milan 2015, unveiled their 900-square-meter pavilion made of 650 polycarbonate grafted vectors.…

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See how a Tetra Pak carton be re-used as a DIY LED lamp

See how a Tetra Pak carton be re-used as a DIY LED lamp

Tetra Paks are a great invention. They can keep milk and other perishable items fresh for months without refrigeration. It can also be better than commercial canning because the Paks…

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This massive LEGO Death Star is made from 500,000 bricks

This massive LEGO Death Star is made from 500,000 bricks

Later today, Legoland's California resort will unveil the latest addition to its Star Wars Miniland; a 1900lb model of the Death Star that is made from over 500,000 LEGO blocks! The…

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Are California's forests pumping out more CO2 than they can absorb?

Are California's forests pumping out more CO2 than they can absorb?

Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. Despite being the first state in the United States to make cutting greenhouse gas emissions mandatory, California's forests are betraying…

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Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local…

A public building of this size would typically burn 15,000 cubic meters of gas each year to stay warm. Known for their eco designs, Dutch firm 24H Architecture have created a naturally…

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LEED-certified TMB Headquarters raises the bar for the construction industry

LEED-certified TMB Headquarters raises the bar for the construction…

The building features an underground thermal labyrinth and an active thermal slab cooling system which exploit the diurnal temperature range of the local climate to reduce the energy…

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IKEA's all-natural NIPPRIG line is handmade, and available for a limited time only

IKEA's all-natural NIPPRIG line is handmade, and available for a…

Everyone's favorite furniture store has an exciting new line that rocks our earth-loving world. IKEA teamed up with local producers from Vietnam and Indonesia to produce an exquisite…

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A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an…

The director of the adjacent winery, his wife, two sons and elderly mother sought a new build to comfortably live near the vineyard without overshadowing it. The architects built the…

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Los Angeles completes city’s tallest vertical garden and DTLA’s first pocket park

Los Angeles completes city’s tallest vertical garden and DTLA’s…

The vertical green wall was designed as an extension of Pershing Square, a historic downtown L.A. public park that lies adjacent to the PacMutual Campus. “We want it to enliven and…

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Tesla launches pre-owned sales of Model S EV; expects 31% bigger Roadster battery in August

Tesla launches pre-owned sales of Model S EV; expects 31% bigger…

Things at Tesla keeping getting bigger and better. On the evening of April 30, CEO Elon Musk announced details of their Powerwall home battery system, and earlier the same day another,…

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California adopts ambitious goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030

California adopts ambitious goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40%…

California has just thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of North America, when it comes to taking on climate change. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order…

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Steel shell encloses contemporary dairy farmer’s house in Japan

Steel shell encloses contemporary dairy farmer’s house in Japan

Designed for the third generation of a dairy farming family, the contemporary residence is a new extension to the old house. The Fujisawa-based architect made way for the new structure…

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Elding Oscarson floats a green-roofed home above a transparent, glass-clad ground floor

Elding Oscarson floats a green-roofed home above a transparent,…

The inspiration behind the House at Mölle’s daring all-glass ground floor was born out of the Elding Oscarson’s and client’s desire to “recover Mölle’s dormant architectural…

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Slovenia's prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous landscape of its homeland

Slovenia's prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous…

This playful wooden pavilion consists of five prismatic structures, each representing Slovenia's diverse geographical landscape and approaches to sustainable development. SoNo Arhitekti…

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LESH weaves delicate handmade jewelry at BKLYN Designs 2015

LESH weaves delicate handmade jewelry at BKLYN Designs 2015

Inspired by the ancient textiles of Peru’s Sacred Valley, LESH is a line of hand-woven jewelry that will appear at this year’s BKLYN Designs, a celebration of all things…

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X-TU's Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France

X-TU's Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets…

France is known for its fabulous food markets, so it is no surprise that the focus of the country's Milan Expo 2015 pavilion is centered on creating sustainable community center for…

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Yunak Evleri is a 5-star hotel built into ancient Turkish caves

Yunak Evleri is a 5-star hotel built into ancient Turkish caves

Many caves were carved out of the soft limestone cliffs in the region of Cappadocia, whose history dates back to the 6th century.  The hotel was completed in 2000 after extensive…

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a…

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Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap fashion

Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap…

Would you be tempted to buy a T-shirt from a flashy-looking urban vending machine for less than $3? Berliners recently had the opportunity and many pounced, unaware that their attempted…

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Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this year's Milan World Expo

Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this…

Expo Milan 2015 has launched and Inhabitat is showcasing the final conceptions of many of the 145 countries who have risen to demonstrate the future of agricultural sustainability. We…

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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo…

The Rice Cluster is one of nine Expo Clusters, each of which bring different countries together to design around a common theme or food group. Designed to evoke a vast rural landscape,…

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