TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community…

The TAOsHouse is located in Valverde Commons, which is a sustainably oriented, adult co-housing community just a 15-minute walk from Taos’ historic plaza. The three bedroom, two…

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Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

The America's Wetland Foundation is calling for a plan that will make restoration of the coast attractive to business, particularly along the Gulf Coast. A meeting held at the…

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy,…

International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the…

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house…

After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio's popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative…

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14 Affordable and Green Gifts Under $20

14 Affordable and Green Gifts Under $20

Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn't always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn't have to mean…

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in…

NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on…

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VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world's first bike escalator

VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world's first bike escalator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec_ujdz-mn0 Biking is an awesome way to get around because it helps the planet, saves you money and improves your health at the same time. Awesome,…

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Reinterpret ceramic floor tiles in the RESTILE competition for a chance at $12,000 in cash prizes!

Reinterpret ceramic floor tiles in the RESTILE competition for a…

Italian ceramics company MIRAGE has launched RESTILE, a design competition for the reinterpretation of the ceramic tile. Aimed at young designers and innovators, RESTILE is specifically…

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Zaha Hadid's LEED Platinum-seeking Bee'ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid's LEED Platinum-seeking Bee'ah headquarters will be 100%…

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the…

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

PLP Architecture designed The Edge for OVG Real Estate, and Deloitte is the building's lead tenant. The project is one of the most innovative and energy-efficient commercial buildings…

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

The ICEHOTEL is the world's largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Located in the hamlet of Jukkasjarvi, it was also the first of its kind. While Jukkasjarvi is a small village…

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature…

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and…

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Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with…

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

Over two billion pallets are used every day to move stuff about, but the humble little transporter is way more versatile than just that. Creative minds have used pallets to…

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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan…

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Edag's Light Cocoon is a 3D-printed car inspired by leaves

Edag's Light Cocoon is a 3D-printed car inspired by leaves

Last spring, EDAG unveiled a 3D-printed car that was inspired by a turtle - and the German engineering firm just unveiled its latest car inspired by nature. The EDAG Light Cocoon has a…

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Obama just banned drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay

Obama just banned drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay

On Tuesday, Barack Obama passed a ban on drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay, saying that the area is "one of America's greatest natural resources ... a beautiful natural wonder." The…

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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was…

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These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

Artist Ido Yoshimoto designed a limited edition set of elegant, hand-turned walnut cups for Edition Local. Inspired by nature and the works of J.B. Blunk, the unique Wide Walnut Cup is…

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Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in…

The Sorte Hus is built out of three main interlocking materials: prefab birch plywood walls, double-glazed windows, and the concrete floor. To maximize the home's small footprint,…

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city's antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging…

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14 Gorgeous and Green Gifts for Her

14 Gorgeous and Green Gifts for Her

Whether you want to woo your wife, charm your mom, sweep your girlfriend off her feet or put a grin on granny’s face, we’ve got a selection of fabulous eco-friendly presents perfect…

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Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public land

Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public…

A new suite of lands bills will protect massive, sweeping areas of American wilderness, including areas in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Washington. The bills will protect…

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Enter your design prototypes to the ICFF Studio competition—Win a spot at ICFF and major media exposure

Enter your design prototypes to the ICFF Studio competition—Win a…

Are you a designer with a working prototype that has yet to reach commercial production? If so, enter your prototype to the juried design competition ICFF Studio and you could get a big…

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets

Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets

For those of us whose pets are practically our children, buying presents and seeing them enjoy their gifts is a delight. Whether you're looking to make your pet feel a little cozier and…

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New York just banned fracking!

New York just banned fracking!

New York just became the first state with sizable shale gas reserves in the United States to ban fracking. In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York cited…

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador's Quilotao Crater

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador's Quilotao…

Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local…

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Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

Almost everyone has heard that there was once water on Mars, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not there is or was life there. But new information from NASA’s…

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IKEA transforms a Moscow movie theater into a giant bedroom

IKEA transforms a Moscow movie theater into a giant bedroom

The cinema teamed up with the Swedish furniture chain in order to attract a new audience. The cinema's marketing director, Nikita Yakovlev, emphasized the difference between the way we…

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3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first time

3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first…

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded in recent years, and one of the most innovative uses for this technology has been that of prosthetics—for people and animals alike. We've…

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Unbelievable Challenge unveils winning designs for Santa Claus' Arctic logistics center

Unbelievable Challenge unveils winning designs for Santa Claus' Arctic…

Launched in spring 2014 by Ruukki Construction, the City of Oulu, Helsinki Design Week, and Snøhetta, the Unbelievable Challenge attracted 243 entries from 59 countries. In addition to…

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Steven Holl Architects wins precedent-setting competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing

Steven Holl Architects wins precedent-setting competition to design…

The competition to design one of India’s oldest museums, also known as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, attracted proposals by several famous offices, including OMA, Studio Mumbai…

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25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes

25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes

It's likely that we've all been in situations where we've been short on cash at the holidays, or scrambled at the last minute to put together presents for people we forgot to add to our…

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DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

Step One: Gather your materials: • Corrugated cardboard box • Box cutter • Utility knife • Scissors • Ruler • Pencil or pen • White paint and paintbrush • Mini…

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia…

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve…

What it looks like when a combined sewage overflow happens (notice the greyish water overtaking the cleaner water). In Atema's words, "Not real pretty." Still image captured from…

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Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang…

You've probably seen heatmaps showing your area's real estate prices, but they often don't show the whole picture. Hoping to tell a more comprehensive story about average home prices in…

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Video: Mona Caron’s blooming murals pay homage to resilient weeds

Video: Mona Caron’s blooming murals pay homage to resilient weeds

Using both on-site animations and murals, Mona Caron highlights the resilience of urban weeds. Born in Switzerland and based in San Francisco, the artist cares for all those beings…

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BMW's i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

BMW's i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the…

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional…

Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary…

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