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Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid Concept Previews VW’s Future in Shanghai

Volkswagen CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid Concept Previews VW’s Future in Shanghai

Volkswagen has unveiled its newest concept, the CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid, which will debut this week at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. According to Volkswagen, the CrossBlue Coupe Hybrid concept offers a

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Eco-Luxe Treehouses at Ngong House Provide an Epic “Out of Africa” Experience

Eco-Luxe Treehouses at Ngong House Provide an Epic “Out of Africa” Experience

While rustic on the outside, each of the tree houses is adorned with luxury furnishings - mostly made with natural materials - for optimum comfort. Naturally lit and ventilated thanks to wide openings,

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Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

Hybrid Energy Harvester Uses Both Sunlight and Vibrations to Generate Electricity

Why just harness light or vibration individually when you can use both to create electricity? Making sure to fully exploit both sun and sound simultaneously, researchers from Sungkyunkwan University and

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BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

BIG Unveils Winning Plans for Massive Green-Roofed Europa City Outside of Paris

Bjarke Ingels Group competed in an international design competition against the likes of Valode & Pistre, Snøhetta and Manual Gautrand to win the award for Europa City. The project began with the

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Stephen Hawking Urges Continued Space Exploration So As We Can Outlive Our “Fragile Planet”

Stephen Hawking Urges Continued Space Exploration So As We Can Outlive Our “Fragile Planet”

When Stephen Hawking speaks, you listen. The world-renowned physicist gave a speech recently as he toured the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to support research for Lou Gehrig’s disease, a condition from

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Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hey Inhabitat readers! In case you missed it, we just wrapped up our broadcast of the Design with a Conscience conference in San Francisco, CA! We teamed up with Ford Motor Company and the American

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CICADAPOCOLYPSE: Billions of Cicadas to Invade Tri-State Area This Spring

CICADAPOCOLYPSE: Billions of Cicadas to Invade Tri-State Area This Spring

Photo from Shutterstock The weather may be warming up, but East Coasters won't want to put away their earmuffs just yet. According to entomologists, billions of cicadas that have been underground for

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Gateway Villetaneuse Footbridge Unfurls Like a Leaf Over Train Tracks Outside of Paris

Gateway Villetaneuse Footbridge Unfurls Like a Leaf Over Train Tracks Outside of Paris

The transportation network around Villetaneuse was recently upgraded, and though it was necessary, the project unfortunately created a division in the town's pedestrian network. DVVD designed a footbridge

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New, Cheaper Tesla EV to Hit the Market by 2017, Says Elon Musk

New, Cheaper Tesla EV to Hit the Market by 2017, Says Elon Musk

As the Tesla Model S sedan rockets in popularity and sales, and as the electric automaker begins to turn a profit, Elon Musk just announced that the next Tesla production model will go on sale "hopefully"

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Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen Natural Swimming Pool Breaks Ground in Switzerland

Herzog & de Meuron’s Naturbad Riehen Natural Swimming Pool Breaks Ground in Switzerland

Construction on Naturbad Riehen just began, and the project is set to be completed sometime in early 2014 in time for the summer season. Herzog & de Meuron originally designed a pool for the town in

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Paris Officials Hire Sheep to Mow and Fertilize City Green Space

Paris Officials Hire Sheep to Mow and Fertilize City Green Space

Last week, four shaggy black sheep were put to work grazing on the grass in front of Paris' municipal archives building. The sheep are being used as a pastoral alternative to gas-guzzling and noisy

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Yannick Read Designs a Pedal-Powered Popemobile for the Vatican

Yannick Read Designs a Pedal-Powered Popemobile for the Vatican

It sounds like a late April Fools’ joke, but the Pope may be acquiring a pedal-powered vehicle to demonstrate his commitment to sustainability. The carbon-neutral Popemobile was designed by the

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LIVE WEBCAST: Participate in ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast and Talk to Leading California Architects & Automotive Design Experts

LIVE WEBCAST: Participate in ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast and Talk to Leading California Architects & Automotive Design Experts

Interested in the intersection of car and building design? Wondering what happens when architects and automotive designers get together to talk about design innovation? Here's your chance to learn more

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GSK’s US Headquarters Awarded Double LEED Platinum in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

GSK’s US Headquarters Awarded Double LEED Platinum in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard

Image ©Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP GSK's US Headquarters is the newest addition to Philadelphia's Navy Yard project to the south of downtown along the river. The

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Skate Guitar: One­-of-­a-­Kind Handmade Electric Guitars Made from Retired Skateboards

Skate Guitar: One­-of-­a-­Kind Handmade Electric Guitars Made from Retired Skateboards

Combining their respective expertise in things that rock and things that roll, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso and professional skateboarder Gianfranco de Gennaro Gilmour hatched an idea to breathe new

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Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Finn's first foray into micro home construction was called the Potomac Cabin and featured a five foot loft, from which his cat 42 stared out into the landscape. He built a second just like it, which sold

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San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

We're still about 4 years away from the completion of the Transbay Transit Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot facility that will serve as the terminus for this high speed rail line in California. Stretched

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Dash Makes Delicious Additive-Free Greek Yogurt from Any Kind of Milk

Dash Makes Delicious Additive-Free Greek Yogurt from Any Kind of Milk

NYC-based Dash company recently debuted a prototype of a Greek Yogurt Maker that makes delicious, creamy yogurt free from fake sugars and preservatives. Not only does this product have style, but it

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Pittsburgh Announces 50-Station, Solar-Powered Bike Sharing Program

Pittsburgh Announces 50-Station, Solar-Powered Bike Sharing Program

Bike commuting is a boon for urban environments - and soon, the bustling City of Pittsburgh, Penn., is about to have a lot more of it. The city's Mayor Luke Ravenstahl recently announced plans to

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Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

We had a chance to chat with Andy about the genesis of Stilts, which was carefully designed to have the smallest possible impact on this section of Coral Rag Forest. While the Kenyan-born business owner

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Report Says US Petroleum Consumption and Greenhouse Gases From Cars Could Plummet by 2050

Report Says US Petroleum Consumption and Greenhouse Gases From Cars Could Plummet by 2050

A new report by the National Research Council has some good news for the future of US transportation. By taking advantage of biofuels, new vehicle technology, and policy reform, America has the potential

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Global Warming Might Lead to a Goat Population Explosion

Global Warming Might Lead to a Goat Population Explosion

Photo via Shutterstock We all know global warming has a huge number of devastating effects on the planet - from the melting of the polar ice caps to increased desertification and the extinction of

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Kiyoshi Mino’s Amazing Felt Sculptures Blow Taxidermy Away

Kiyoshi Mino’s Amazing Felt Sculptures Blow Taxidermy Away

Kiyoshi’s collection of eight animal sculptures are now offered through the Chicago design shop ODLCO. Each bear, lamb, pig, cat, horse, duck, chipmunk, and bird sculpture is started with the face in

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Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

An entry in the 2013 eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the Soundscrapers would be constructed near major motorways and railroad junctions, prime locations for capturing ambient vibrations. A sound-sucking

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic “La Miniatura” Millard House Hits the Market for $4.5 Million in Pasadena, California

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic “La Miniatura” Millard House Hits the Market for $4.5 Million in Pasadena, California

The Millard house is one of five concrete block homes constructed by Wright in Southern California — others include the Hollyhock House, the Freeman House (under the care of USC), the John Storer House

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New Zealand Suffering Worst Drought in 30 Years

New Zealand Suffering Worst Drought in 30 Years

New Zealand's lush green scenery brought Lord of the Rings to life - but lately the country has been facing a plight far worse than any sorcerer's curse. The North Island of New Zealand is experiencing

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Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Secretary Salazar Approves 900 MW of New Solar Energy Developments in California

Photo via Shutterstock California is already leading the way in the US in terms of solar power, with over 1 gigawatt of solar energy generation already at work in the state. Now, California has

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Fisker Automotive Founder Henrik Fisker Resigns Over ‘Major Disagreements’ with Business Strategy

Fisker Automotive Founder Henrik Fisker Resigns Over ‘Major Disagreements’ with Business Strategy

Here's a bit of surprising news: Fisker Automotive's founding partner and executive chairman Henrik Fisker has resigned. Fisker Automotive has confirmed his resignation, but with very little details as to

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Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copycat Architecture Trend

Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copycat Architecture Trend

The Chinese didn't change much in their duplication of Venice's canals. Their version just looks a bit newer and cleaner. In a new book entitled Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary

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