Ferrari Designer Ken Okuyama Unveils Super Luxurious Cruise Train for Japan

by , 07/14/14

Read More >

Advertisement

Helsinki Wants Residents Car Free Within Just 10 Years

by , 07/14/14

Helsinki, Finland, public transit, shared transportation, car free

Finland’s capital and largest city Helsinki has put forth a bold plan to integrate public and shared transportation so that in 10 years residents will not need to own a car. The “mobility on demand” system will provide citizens with a “route planner” smartphone app that allows for one-click purchasing that combines all transit options. The cheap and flexible city-wide travel options include public transportation, carpool, bus, taxi, train, ferries, bike sharing and more.

Read More >

A Junior Polar Vortex is Returning to the Eastern US

by , 07/14/14
filed under: News

Polar Vortex, Mini Polar Vortex, Summer Polar Vortex, El Nino, Summer El Nino, Summer Cold Snap, Weather patterns, Summer weather, Typhoon Neoguri, Summer 2014 weather, summer heat, summer cold, July weather, July extreme weather, summer extreme weather

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the dreaded polar vortex is about to rear its ugly head once again. This week, a pocket of cool air is making its way from the Gulf of Alaska, across the Great Lakes and along the East Coast in a chilling (get it?) replay of January’s bone-deep freeze. The normally-sweltering July heat will be pummeled down by cold Alaskan air and rainstorms that might have some people reliving the January vortex all over again.

Read More >

Advertisement

Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond

by , 07/14/14
filed under: News

abandoned, mall, fish, pond, structure, bangkok, thailand, new, world, department, store,

It’s no secret that the American shopping mall is going the way of the dodo as big box stores and online shopping take over. But what to do with the abandoned buildings? Perhaps we should learn from a group of people in Thailand who recently turned an old mall into a giant fish pond. The Bangkok Post reports that the abandoned Bang Lamphu shopping mall in Thailand’s capital city had no roof and got filled with water, creating a 1,640 square foot pond that was a breeding ground for mosquitoes. To rid themselves of both the danger and annoyance, local residents took matters into their own hands by bringing in fish of various species to fill the pond and eat the bugs.

Read More >

INFOGRAPHIC: 2014's Most Promising Alternative Energy Trends

by , 07/14/14

renewable energy, alternative energy, green energy, sustainable design, green design, sugar batteries, spray painted solar cells, solar power, photovoltaics, clean tech, infographic, energy-generating pavement

Households, businesses, and cities around the world are turning to renewable energy to reduce their environmental impact – but which clean technologies are leading the pack in 2014? This new infographic from Toll Free Forwarding explores some of the world’s most exciting advances in clean technology – from sugar batteries and spray painted solar cells to energy-generating streets. Check out the full infographic after the break!

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

Read More >

ART

Luminous Paper Sculptures by Yena Young Double as Indoor Lamps

by , 07/14/14

Yena Young, Mao and Piu, Mao & Piu, Mao, Piu, DMY International Design Festival, sculpture, light, lamp, sculpture lamp, paper, paper lamp, paper light, Korean, Korean light, Korean craft, Korean paper craft,

William Morris’s famous advice regarding home decor was: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Occasionally, home decor pieces can be found that can pull double-duty in that regard, such as the Mao & Piu, paper lamps by Yena Young. Made of mulberry paper and flour glue in a traditional Korean Hanji-craft method, Mao & Piu are imaginary creatures who seek a calm and peaceful life. During the day, these characters stand still, almost invisible in their surroundings, but lending their quiet beauty to the space they’re in. At night, once the lights are on, they gleam as though bathed in moonlight.

Mao & Piu were nominated for Jury Selection at the 2014 DMY International Design Festival in Berlin.

+ Yena Young

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

 

São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini 'Parklets' for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

by , 07/14/14

São Paulo, parklets, Sb Design Studio, Brazil, parking spaces turned into parks, green space, urban planning,

Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world’s first formal public parklets were initially conceived by Italian designer and London resident Suzi Bolognese (Sb Design Studio) and installed in San Francisco in 2010. As of January 2014, 62 parklets have been installed throughout San Francisco, and the program is being emulated in cities around the world. The latest city to introduce the project is Sao Paulo, Brazil. The parklets program fits in perfectly with São Paulo’s attempts to promote a friendlier pedestrian environment, and involves replacing a parking space or two with a new public area. Parklets can incorporate benches, chairs, tables, trees, and bike racks for the public to use and enjoy. Sb design studio has presented the project to mayor Fernando Haddad in 2013 and a temporary parklets experiment took place in parts of São Paulo during Environment Week, with the initiative gaining media coverage as well as being widely applauded by citizens. São Paulo has loved parklets so much, it has integrated them into city planning policy. Now as a result of Decree No. 55,405, São Paulo has rules for the creation and maintenance of parklets, the first Latin American public policy on the issue.

+ SB Design Studio

 

Take a Peek at a Stunning Secret Swiss Villa Hidden Into a Mountainside!

by , 07/14/14

sustainable design, green design, vals, switzerland, search, christian muller, green building, underground house, hill houseIn a location as picturesque as Vals, Switzerland, it’s difficult to imagine any new construction that wouldn’t impose on the beautiful landscape. So, when the rare opportunity was granted to construct a new dwelling just a stone’s throw away from the famed Vals thermal baths, it was of paramount importance to not disturb the tranquil site. Designed by the architects of SeArch and Christian Müller, this underground house exemplifies the notion that thoughtfully constructed buildings can live in harmony with their surrounding environs.

Read More >

6 Smart Tips for Cooking and Entertaining in Tiny Apartments

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

Read More >

SOM Reveals Airy Plans for All Aboard Florida's Ft. Lauderdale Station

by , 07/14/14

All Aboard Florida, Ft Lauderdale station, SOM, Zyscovich Architects, florida, train station, rail network

A new rail network will connect the southern tip of Florida to the center of the state, and SOM just revealed the latest plans for the Ft. Lauderdale Station. All Aboard Florida is a privately owned rail line that will start in Miami at the Multimodal Hub, then travel north through Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and up to Orlando. SOM is working with local architect Zyscovich Architects to design this and all the other stations. These naturally daylit and airy structures will serve as the perfect launching pads for travel up and down the Florida coast for visitors and locals alike.

Read More >

Amazing Origami-Inspired Oru Kayak Folds Flat into a Compact Carrying Case in Minutes

by , 07/14/14

oru kayak, flat pack boat, foldable boat, origami inspired, reader submitted content, reign23, flat pack kayak, foldable kayak, origami kayak,

If you’re squeezed for space in your tiny city apartment, chances are your beloved but bulky outdoor gear will be the first to go in the downsizing process. The folks at Oru Kayak, however, are hoping to change that with the launch of the world’s first origami-inspired flat-pack kayak. Weighing just shy of 25 pounds, the 12-foot-long lightweight and sturdy Oru Kayak folds down to a neat and compact package that can be slung over the shoulder for easy portability. The fully functioning foldable boat includes an adjustable footrest, a foam seat, a rubber strap for accessories, skirt compatibility, and plenty of front and rear storage space. The Oru Kayak is now available for purchase on Reign23 for $1,195 with a limited time $50 discount with the code REIGN50.

+ Oru Kayak


The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

 

ENYA Invites You to Come See the Future of the QueensWay Elevated Park

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

Read More >

Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

by , 07/14/14

Read More >

PHOTOS: Explore Awakening Garden's Tiny Cabins Nestled in the Trees

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

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings

by , 07/14/14

Joe Lstiburek, Building Science, green building, Sustainable building, green building expert, green building expert, ASHRE, LEED, problems with LEED

The term ‘building science’ is used quite often now in sustainable building circles, but much of what we understand of it can be traced back to the work of Dr. Joe Lstiburek, founder of Building Science Corporation. He is anything but your typical engineer or scientist who spends time crunching numbers or hiding away in a lab. Lstiburek has spent most of his career out in the field, testing and examining what works and what doesn’t. Many of the building standards today — from building codes to ASHRE to testing methodology — have his finger prints all over them, and his tough love criticism of building design is undercut with his wry humor and, of course, an encyclopedic knowledge of building construction. Read on to learn where buildings go wrong and what we can do about it.

Read More >

Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered…

Originally built in 1965, the public listed Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto is one of this year's World Cup venues. Topped with 6,000 rooftop solar panels, it doubles as a complete…

Read More >

New Kinetic Boots Could Help Marines Shed Battery Weight

New Kinetic Boots Could Help Marines Shed Battery Weight

Military personnel do a lot of marching. And hiking. And running. They move a lot, whether on base or on a mission. While moving, Marines also carry up to 15 pounds of batteries in…

Read More >

Gorgeous Glass River Inlays Breathe Life into Sustainably Sourced Wood Furniture

Gorgeous Glass River Inlays Breathe Life into Sustainably Sourced Wood…

From coffee tables to large conference desks, Klassen's handcrafted furnishings all include a brilliant inlay of blue-green glass. For most of his pieces, the hand-cut glass is used to…

Read More >

Rocket Scientist Designs 'Flare' Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves Energy

Rocket Scientist Designs 'Flare' Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster, Saves…

Whether you're making coffee, ramen or a gourmet Italian dinner, the odds are that you boil at least a pot of water every day. That adds up to a lot of energy use - but UK kitchenware…

Read More >

Tiny 'Project Gregory' Billboard Homes Provide Free Housing for the Homeless

Tiny 'Project Gregory' Billboard Homes Provide Free Housing for the…

Homelessness is a complex global issue, and finding solutions involves the coordination of many fields and services. Project Gregory seeks to provide alternative dwellings for the…

Read More >

Welcome to Inhabitat, your online guide to the best green design ideas, innovations and inspiration to build a cleaner, brighter, and better future.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >