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Heather Hart’s Western Oracle Installation in Seattle Looks Like a House Sinking into the Earth

Heather Hart’s Western Oracle Installation in Seattle Looks Like a House Sinking into the Earth

Overlooking Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park and Puget Sound, Heather Hart’s newest installation is a A-frame wood roof that visitors can climb and explore. It is the newest addition to a series of

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The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

Image via Shutterstock Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment to be less favorable for a comfortable and enduring

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Tips on How to Protect Your Family and Home from Natural Disasters

Tips on How to Protect Your Family and Home from Natural Disasters

Image via Shutterstock Floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes seem to be more commonplace each and every year. All over the United States, many families are devastated by natural

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating

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The Netherlands’ Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building is Cooled by the Water Surrounding It

The Netherlands’ Volkerak Rijkswaterstaat Building is Cooled by the Water Surrounding It

Rijkswaterstaat DI is a governmental agency that handles public works and water management for the Netherlands - including the construction of waterways and roads and flood protection and prevention. Made

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NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

Reading about the melting ice sheets in the Arctic or desertification in Africa may seem like remote instances, but the effects of climate change also can be seen locally throughout the United States. In

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Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Obama’s Climate Change Action Plan Targets Dirty Coal Power Plants; No Decision on Keystone XL

Image via Shutterstock In a speech today President Obama unveiled the United States' new Climate Change Action Plan, which calls for a three-pronged approach to cut pollution, build resilience, and

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Billionaire Climate Activist Tom Steyer Launches Anti Keystone XL Pipeline Campaign

Billionaire Climate Activist Tom Steyer Launches Anti Keystone XL Pipeline Campaign

Oil Spill photo from Shutterstock Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer just launched an anti-Keystone XL Pipeline campaign that mobilizes President Obama's grassroots supporters to help the

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Spanish Train Station Transformed Into Gorgeous Daylit Office for Casa Mediterraneo

Spanish Train Station Transformed Into Gorgeous Daylit Office for Casa Mediterraneo

Manuel Ocana del Valle was given an interesting brief that pushed the design of Casa Mediterraneo’s headquarters beyond a typical tenant improvement for an existing building. The brief emphasized the

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Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California

Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California

People who live in Berkeley, California are certainly used to seeing some strange things on the streets of their city. But those who live in the neighborhood near 2747 Matthews Street may point out a

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

Photocredits: Architect Koen Olthuis - Waterstudio.NL and Pieter Kers FLOAT! is a beautiful volume that explores the world of floating architecture through historic, current, and future developments as

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Sheep Can Graze on the Grassy Roof of this Earthship Farmstead

Sheep Can Graze on the Grassy Roof of this Earthship Farmstead

Earthship Farmstead’s earth-bermed design helps the family home to blend into the surrounding landscape, with the entrance facing the sun to the east. The sod roof also insulates the interior, keeping

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Minimalist Tred Avon River House Floats Above a Changing Maryland Landscape

Minimalist Tred Avon River House Floats Above a Changing Maryland Landscape

Comprised of three volumes, the Tred River residence has a 36 foot central volume, a 10 foot entry door and side lights, and a contrasting 12 foot volume that plays host to the garage and other service

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1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

Photo via Shutterstock The African Development Bank just announced that private investors have raised enough funds to add a whopping 1.1GW of wind power to Africa's grid. Currently wind power only

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United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

United Nations: World is On Course to Run Out of Water

The world is on a crash course to run out of fresh water, according to United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. At yesterday's UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban Ki-moon

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32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

Photo by Ritu Raj Konwar via IDMC A new report released last week by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) shows that a whopping 32.4 million people were forced to flee their homes

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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UN Scientists Estimate Sea Levels Could Rise 27 Inches This Century

UN Scientists Estimate Sea Levels Could Rise 27 Inches This Century

Photo via Shutterstock We all know that sea levels across the world are steadily rising due to climate change, but just how these changes will affect us remains to be seen. The UN's Intergovernmental

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Inhabitat’s Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

Inhabitat’s Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

Inhabitat's favorite local NYC design show, BKLYN Designs, just wrapped up a three-day run in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, and the Inhabiteam was on the scene to source the latest and greatest

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Perkins + Will Unveils Green-Roofed LEED Silver Instructional Centre for the University of Toronto

Perkins + Will Unveils Green-Roofed LEED Silver Instructional Centre for the University of Toronto

With the University of Toronto Mississauga’s commitment to sustainability in mind, Perkins + Will set out to design a multi-use academic building that not only uses renewable energy, but also embraces

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27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

20 years ago there were an estimated 50,000 rivers running through China - but a recent survey has found that over 27,000 of the waterways have disappeared.  An extensive three-year waterway census

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11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

Climate Central recently reported that 11 billion gallons of untreated human waste spilled into the waterways surrounding New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy ripped through Northeastern United

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to explore and share

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Heavy Rainfall in Chicago Causes Sewage to Spew into Lake Michigan

Heavy Rainfall in Chicago Causes Sewage to Spew into Lake Michigan

Heavy rain overwhelmed Chicago's aged infrastructure yesterday, causing sewage to back up into homes and burst through manhole covers in the middle of the street. The videos make for pretty horrifying

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Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

An Ekinoid Home is 34 feet in diameter and sits elevated above the ground on supports. Accessed via a spiral staircase, which also doubles as the hydroponic garden, the home provides 2,500 sq ft (239 sq

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Italy’s Green-Roofed Antinori Winery is Topped With a Vineyard!

Italy’s Green-Roofed Antinori Winery is Topped With a Vineyard!

Constructed with natural materials such as terracotta that not only fit in with the vernacular architecture but also help to control temperatures without excessive mechanical intervention, the winery's

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Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International’s competition called for entrants to design homes that could withstand flooding and offer a safe and secure home for low income families – all for the price of $2,000.

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Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock Haiti's hills were once lined with lush greenery - but now it's 98 percent bereft of plant coverage, making it one of the least forested nations on earth. To address the issue

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Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

Two main interventions allowed 51N4E to transform the dinky old building into a contemporary marvel that now takes up a big chunk of a large city block. First they cut out a giant pentagonal "void" from

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Gardeners Plant Strawberries and Tomatoes in the Arctic Valleys of Greenland for the First Time

Gardeners Plant Strawberries and Tomatoes in the Arctic Valleys of Greenland for the First Time

Although global warming has a negative impact for most of the planet, some are finding that it has some unexpected benefits. In the Arctic Valleys of Greenland, gardeners are finding that strawberries,

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