Watersquare Benthemplein is the World's First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

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Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

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Fordham Hill Apartment Complex's Switch to Combined Heat and Power Can Save It $10 Million

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The Bronx’s sprawling Fordham Hill residential complex is making green news by shifting its systems to combined heat and power (CHP) or cogeneration – integrated power stations that generate electricity and recover normally wasted heat as useful thermal energy. The fuel source can include natural gas, biogas, biomass or waste heat. The conversion to CHP will save Fordham Hill $10 million.

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See How This Studio Apartment Was Converted into a Space-Maximizing 2-Bedroom

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DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

by , 07/07/14

If you’re in the market for a new sofa but don’t feel like shelling out too much cash for one, then why not make your own?! Styleitchic posted the ultimate DIY guide to building very cool, recycled country sofas with used shipping pallets a while ago, and they’re super-easy to make. All you need to do is jet down to a local warehouse or waste yard where you can pick up some valuable pallets, grab a handful of screws, find yourself a few wheels, and collect a secondhand mattress or a set of pillows, and you’ll easily be on your way to having your very own upcycled sofa.

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Geothermally-Cooled Jesuit Community Center Protects Extensive Root System in Connecticut

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Trouble-free Funnell Backpack Ejects a Waterproof Jacket to Protect Cyclists from the Rain

by , 07/07/14

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Cycling is one of the most fun ways to get around a city, but getting drenched in an unexpected downpour can put a damper on anyone’s day. Enter Funnell, a backpack with a waterproof jacket that ejects out to protect you and your electronics from the rain. Designed by Make IT Happen, this innovative two-in-one system eliminates the hassle of stopping to take your backpack off; the user simply pulls two strings and a jacket large enough to cover you and the backpack pops out. The stylish Funnell comes in two designs–one for casual use and the other for business–and is built from high-quality, water-repelling materials. While the Funnell isn’t currently available on the market just yet, you can help bring the backpack to production and score an early bird discount over on the Funnell Kickstarter.

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TAKT's Tiny Copper-Clad Beach Retreat House Captures a Modern Industrial Aesthetic

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New Study Reveals the Great Whale Conveyor Belt is Essential to Ocean Health

by , 07/07/14
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The great whales are the largest creatures on Earth, but their relative rarity in our oceans means they are generally overlooked in favor of the far more abundant algae and planktons when it comes to assessing influences on ocean ecology. However, a new study published by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa evaluates decades of research on the role of baleen and sperm whales — and discovered that they have a much larger impact on marine ecosystems than previously believed.

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INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir "The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir"

by , 07/07/14

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We’ve featured many a tiny house on Inhabitat, but did you know that one trailblazing lady was the inspiration behind many of those miniature homes? Meet Dee Williams: an early pioneer and sustainability advocate of the tiny house movement, she downsized from a three bedroom home into an 84 square foot house she built herself for $10,000 after she was diagnosed with a heart muscle disease. Ten years later, she’s inspired countless others to pursue big dreams in tiny spaces and has just recently published her first book and memoir, “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir.” Unlike the typical how-to construction manual–Williams has already published a DIY tiny house e-book called “Go House Go”–”The Big Tiny” delves into Williams’ motivations and life lessons learned from building and living in a tiny house the size of an area rug. Click through to read our interview with Dee Williams.

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Thousands Without Water in Detroit a Human Rights Violation, UN Says

by , 07/06/14
filed under: News, Water Issues

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Human rights experts from the United Nations have expressed their concern about reports of widespread water disconnections throughout the city of Detroit in households unable to pay water bills. The three experts, who specialise in human rights relating to water and sanitation, adequate housing, and extreme poverty, said that “disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights.”

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Prefab "Mini-Me" House Acts as an Adorable Smaller Sidekick to an Upstate New York Home

by , 07/06/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Did you know that houses can have sidekicks too? When the owners of a sprawling home in Carmel, New York asked Archi-Tectonics to help them design a suitable guest house, they ended up getting an adorable miniature version of the larger dwelling. Appropriately called the “Mini-Me” home, the smaller house was prefabricated off site and fit together to mirror the aesthetic of its big sister.

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Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the "Big 5" in Africa is Conservation

by , 07/06/14

19-year-old Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas, has been hunting big game in Africa with her father for 10 years. Following in the footsteps of the reviled Melissa Bachman, she claims that her efforts to bag the Big 5 — elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and Cape buffalo — are in fact “conservation.” With two online petitions currently being waged to either stop her activities or prevent her from promoting them through social media, it is apparent that many others see the situation differently.

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Brooklyn Company Raises $10M to Grow Cow-Free Leather

by , 07/06/14
filed under: Ecouterre

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Those who are vegan or simply wishing to live a cruelty-free life may soon be able to add leather products back into their fashion consumption. Not real leather made from the hides of animals, of course, but a laboratory-grown substitute that just might fool even the most discriminating leather aficionado. Modern Meadows, a Brooklyn-based company, recently raised $10 million to grow faux leather from animal skin cells obtained through pain-free biopsies. Follow the link below to learn more about the revolutionary technique.

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Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Wins Design of the Year

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9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're now heading into the height of summer and chances are that most of us are spending as much time outdoors as possible. You've probably noticed a…

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8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

This Lower East Side apartment makes 432 sq. ft. of space go a long way with a few simple tricks. Clutter-free surfaces, bright pops of color on a neutral background and a mirrored wall…

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10 Jaw-Dropping Tree Canopies and Tunnels that Amplify the Beauty of Mother Nature

10 Jaw-Dropping Tree Canopies and Tunnels that Amplify the Beauty of…

Although tree monoculture, or the mass planting of one plant species, is generally not the best environmental practice, we can't deny the jaw-dropping effect it has on the landscape.…

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Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the Treetops in Cape Town

Sinuous Boomslang Walkway Gives Kirstenbosch Visitors a Taste of the…

The stunning Boomslang walkway is a permanent attraction at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and provides amazing views of one of the country's most celebrated arboretums. It…

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The "Most Portuguese Town in Portugal" is Built Around, and On Top of…

Monsanto sits on the edge of a mountain not far from Serra da Estrela. The town overlooks the valley below, affording sweeping views of the region from many vantage points. The ancient…

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