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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Tesla's new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery lets you ditch the grid

Tesla's new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery lets you ditch the…

Tesla's hotly anticipated home battery is now on the market. Late last evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk kept his promise for a hotly anticipated announcement about the company's next…

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Jon Stewart and his wife are turning NJ farm into a sanctuary for rescued animals

Jon Stewart and his wife are turning NJ farm into a sanctuary for…

It's pretty much the understatement of the century to say that Jon Stewart, departing host of The Daily Show, has a lot of fans. However, Stewart will gain some new fans as he prepares…

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This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

What happens to a drone when it crash lands? Besides polluting or damaging a potentially sensitive environment, it could also mean, at least for the military, that people you are spying…

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Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

A mysterious green rock called olivine could be the key to fighting climate change. The unique mineral has a curious property - it's able to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere - and it…

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Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports…

The original building, constructed during World War II in Puck Bay, was used as a watch tower and research facility that developed torpedoes, but became abandoned shortly after. With…

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Unatti Foundation girls selflessly cook for thousands of earthquake victims

Unatti Foundation girls selflessly cook for thousands of earthquake…

The young Nepali women of the nonprofit Unatti Foundation have responded to Nepal’s devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake in a big-hearted way. These young humanitarians, aged from 4…

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Beautiful design meets radical self-reliance at Burning Man 2015

Beautiful design meets radical self-reliance at Burning Man 2015

With each passing year, Burning Man architecture is becoming increasingly complex and elaborate, and this year's playa will be serving up quite the visual feast. Three designers from…

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This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

For several years now, tech companies have been at work to develop clear solar panels that can double as windows—but the Current Window provides a gorgeous stained glass twist on that…

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Mexico's sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

Mexico's sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

A giant corn on the cob has popped up in Milan, but it's probably not very tasty. Logeur Design conceived Mexico's pavilion for Milan Expo as a representation of the country's immense…

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MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

Textile factories aren't exactly known for their ethical manufacturing processes. Virginia-based MetaWear wants to change that by launching America's first Global Organic Textile…

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Interlocking windmills make green energy as easy as assembling LEGOs

Interlocking windmills make green energy as easy as assembling LEGOs

The German company EMAMIDESIGN has developed an innovative way to harness the power of wind. Interlocking, compact windmills combine to make the Windflock energy system capable of…

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To protect migrating birds, it's 'lights out' in New York

To protect migrating birds, it's 'lights out' in New York

  New York State is stepping up and shutting off to protect migratory birds from light pollution. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all non-essential outdoor…

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China's World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China's World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can…

China has completed their Milan Expo 2015 pavilion on time and it is gorgeous. Designed in collaboration between the Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University and New York-based…

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Brazil's porous World Expo pavilion erases boundaries with net-like ramps and walls

Brazil's porous World Expo pavilion erases boundaries with net-like…

Brazil has taken a proactive approach at the World Expo and brought a design that, under the slogan “Feeding the world with solutions,” explores the possibility of efficient global…

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The UK's immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK's immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live…

The UK's Hive is one of the first pavilions to open at Milan Expo 2015 and we are buzzing. Designed to simulate a real bee's hive, the soaring 1,910 square meter pavilion "grown in…

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The Milan Expo's modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber louvers enclosing multiple different biospheres

The Milan Expo's modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber…

The Azerbaijan pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 is a three-level structure flanked by wavy timber louvers, constructed from recyclable materials. Three Italian design firms- Simmetrico…

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Vietnam's sustainable bamboo

Vietnam's sustainable bamboo "lotus pods" sprout on time for Milan…

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the…

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Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica's 'bleeding glacier'

Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica's 'bleeding glacier'

Antarctica's Taylor Glacier—better known as 'Blood Falls'—is an awe-inspiring, bone-chilling sight as a deep red, five-storey waterfall steadily seeps through cracks in the…

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UAE's Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert villages

UAE's Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert…

At the heart of this year's Milan Expo sits the curvaceous, desert-inspired pavilion for the United Arab Emirates. Created by Foster + Partners, the design features dune-like walls and…

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Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green…

This minimalist office building in Quebec, Canada, integrates innovative sustainable technologies into its large wood- and concrete-clad volume. STGM Architects designed the building as…

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