Inhabitat's Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat's Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and…

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Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

There's a new type of seismic imaging called Acoustic Zoom, and it's better than older forms of sonar for both dolphins and scientists alike. It works by emitting smaller amounts of…

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Inhabitat's top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

Inhabitat's top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

This year there was a range of technological innovations that could not only improve our lives but help save the planet as well. We saw a group of 16-year old girls who revolutionized…

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First…

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer…

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Cinch! is a solar-powered and spacious pop-up tent that sets up in seconds

Cinch! is a solar-powered and spacious pop-up tent that sets up in…

The camping tent is one of the most essential pieces of equipment for the great outdoors, but it can also be one of the most aggravating because of poor assembly practices and build…

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Inhabitat's top design stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat's top design stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

Green design will save the world, and this year designers went all out with an incredible range of innovations. Sada brought us an incredible hubless folding bike while Klemmens…

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White Castle’s Craver Nation finally open to vegetarians and vegans

White Castle’s Craver Nation finally open to vegetarians and vegans

  Here in Columbus, Ohio, the slider capital of the world, vegetarians and curious carnivores are flocking to White Castle to get their tastebuds on the chain’s first…

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Tiny prefab Shepherd Hut is a picturesque time portal to the 19th century

Tiny prefab Shepherd Hut is a picturesque time portal to the 19th…

The Shepherd Hut’s old-fashioned look was achieved through Güte’s careful attention to detail and handmade furnishings. For example, the design team installed cast iron wheels…

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Inhabitat's Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat's Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a…

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Charming timber-clad bungalows blend into Portugal’s bucolic landscape

Charming timber-clad bungalows blend into Portugal’s bucolic…

To complement the predominantly rural surroundings, the wooden volumes were crafted with a simple silhouette inspired by the traditional architecture of the Azores. The design…

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Brilliant 'rocking knit' chair creates winter hats while you sit!

Brilliant 'rocking knit' chair creates winter hats while you sit!

Technology advances in the blink of an eye - while many are obsessed with the latest high-tech devices, let's not forget that low-tech innovation can also be revolutionary. ECAL…

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Scientists discover that trees yelp when they're running out of water

Scientists discover that trees yelp when they're running out of water

If a tree falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound? According to new research by French scientists, dying trees emit noises that indicate their imminent demise…

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Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile…

Formerly a systems engineer, Hudson quit his job after months of daydreaming about living and traveling out of a DIY camper van. He took the leap in October 2013, and despite not having…

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Russia to create 'Noah's Ark' with the DNA of every animal on the planet

Russia to create 'Noah's Ark' with the DNA of every animal on the…

Moscow State University just received Russia's largest-ever scientific grant in a bid to create a vertible 'Noah's Ark' containing the DNA of every living and extinct creature on the…

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Inhabitat's top 6 art stories of 2014

Inhabitat's top 6 art stories of 2014

People have been creating art to inspire and communicate ideas to one another since we first put handprints on cave walls, and here at Inhabitat, we've been fortunate enough to discover…

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3D printer creates comfortable and affordable prosthetic limbs

3D printer creates comfortable and affordable prosthetic limbs

As if losing a limb wasn't hard enough for a person, often the task of finding, fitting and affording a prosthetic limb can be almost as excruciating. William Root, a 3D designer,…

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Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 - which is your favorite?

Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 - which is your favorite?

2014 was yet another inspiring year for architecture lovers, and there was no shortage of cool stories about the built environment on Inhabitat. From a hair-raising house on the side of…

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New research shows severe drought caused the collapse of Mayan civilization

New research shows severe drought caused the collapse of Mayan…

It appears that severe drought led to the demise of one of the world's most highly developed ancient civilizations, as new research shows that changing climate and dry conditions may…

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Inhabitat's top 6 animal stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat's top 6 animal stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

We've covered some pretty spectacular animal stories over the past year, ranging from "aww"-inspiring to downright freaky. We saw photos of a little girl who grew up with elephant and…

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Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai's World Islands

Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai's World Islands

Snow is a distant dream in a place like Dubai, where the wintertime temperature doesn’t typically drop below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Real estate developer the Kleindienst Group wants…

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in…

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu,…

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Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island's wooden boardwalk with concrete

Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island's wooden…

A decision to reconstruct Coney Island's iconic boardwalk by replacing its historic wooden planks with concrete is drawing a lot of criticism. The city is moving ahead with the…

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Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the Chesapeake Bay

Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the…

Located near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the 2,200-square-foot House on Hoopers Island enjoys views of a pristine estuarine marshland ecosystem, pine forest, and bay. The…

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New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a…

Researchers at the University of Toronto have unveiled a cheap, fast spray-on solar cell process that could enable the creation of solar arrays using the most modest of manufacturing…

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Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled cardboard and newspaper

Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled…

Italian architecture firm Pelizzi Architettura designed the Sukkarboard, a temporary, lightweight shelter made from cardboard boxes and newspaper. Constructed using paper mache…

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Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher's knife blades into delicate nature scenes

Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher's knife blades into delicate nature…

At first glance, Hongbo’s sculptural scenes appear to be made of a soft or thin material such as paper, like his other sculptures. However, closer inspection reveals the artist’s…

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab…

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Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab…

Although Casa SIP m3 was built from modules, the architects' careful combination and arrangement gave the home a visually dynamic appearance. They designed a variety of 3D modules for…

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common…

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China builds new 1100-mile high-speed train route

China builds new 1100-mile high-speed train route

China is creating a new high-speed train route that is so blazing fast it can take people 1,100 miles from Shanghai to Guangzhou in just 7 hours. That’s like traveling from Los…

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Stop Idaho hunters from massacring wolves in cruel wolf-killing derby!

Stop Idaho hunters from massacring wolves in cruel wolf-killing derby!

A radical group of wolf haters is gearing up for a "wolf-killing derby" in Idaho. This year, a group of hunters will gather together to slaughter as many wolves and coyotes as they can,…

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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse…

The main entryway to the Lookout House is accessed through a large sliding barn door that blends in with the north side’s nearly windowless timber-clad façade wall. In contrast, the…

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Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to…

There are less than 3,000 tigers left in the world, but that doesn't matter in Mong La, a Myanmar town where tiger parts are big business. A new study based on two decades of data shows…

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Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Last week, a pipeline outside the Russian town of Tuapse burst, sending a flood of oil into the Black Sea. Cleanup efforts have been slow due to severe storms and unsafe water…

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Maui is winning the war against Monsanto

Maui is winning the war against Monsanto

Maui is winning the war against Monsanto, according to an attorney for the Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina (SHAKA) Movement. On November 4, Maui voters…

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Cabin-like home in Belgium has 14 different facades

Cabin-like home in Belgium has 14 different facades

m architecture's Thuin house is a modern wooden dwelling that fuses high-quality materials with economical design strategies. Its boxy design consists of a series of interconnected…

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Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

The city government of Madrid plans to upgrade every single one of their streetlights to Philips’ energy-efficient bulbs. Philips, the world’s leader in lighting, will finance the…

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Sustainable photoluminescent architecture has the potential to light up the night

Sustainable photoluminescent architecture has the potential to light…

Architect Eleonora Nicoletti has a rather bright idea: she's proposing the use of photoluminescent architecture that glows in the dark without electric power. These structures could…

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Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

Salting a snowy and icy road is standard procedure for most cities and towns. Where that salt ends up is rarely a concern, but according to new research it is concerning because the…

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Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic…

Combining pollution cleanup, green energy, and recycling, a new project in the U.K. investigates the potential of using algae to clean up an old mine site, while producing both…

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