6 Clever Tips to Make Your Tiny Apartment Feel Larger

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Submit Your Urban Design Projects for a Chance at Winning $50,000 in the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

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The Bruner Foundation just announced their call for entries for the prestigious 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. The biennial award celebrates innovative urban spaces in the United States that are distinguished by their significant social and economic contributions to the nation’s urban fabric. The projects must be real–not just a plan or program–and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. The foundation will award one $50,000 Gold Medal and four $10,000 Silver Medals. There is an application fee of $45.

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VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

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Did you know that the most important source of biodiversity on the planet – the rainforest – is being decimated so that you can have paper towels to wipe up? Did you know that the paper industry is the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases? Without those rainforests to suck up that extra carbon, we’re going to be in a bad state! Learn more about the Secret Life of Paper with Inform, Inc.’s informative and rousing video (after the jump).

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MVRDV's Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

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Is Istanbul's Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

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We are all aware of humanity’s impact on climate change, but are meteorological researchers taking the idea too far by blaming Istanbul’s rapid urbanization for a series of “freak mini-tornadoes” that have recently hit the city? In an article published by Turkey’s daily newspaper, Hürriyet Daily News, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction claims that these strange occurrences could be attributed to the way Istanbul’s new outer edges are built.

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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei's Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

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The UK's First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

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The UK’s first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200kW. The project cost £250,000 ($405,400) and has been installed on a reservoir at Sheeplands Farm near Wargrave. Farm owner, Mark Bennett, has partnered with floating solar pioneers Ciel et Terre, and hopes to spur interest in applying the technology on reservoirs throughout the UK.

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Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

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Burlington, Vermont Now Runs on 100% Renewable Energy

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Burlington, Vermont, a city of 42,000 people, is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources – most of the time, at least. The city set itself this target around a decade ago, and recently completed the transition to renewables when the Burlington Electric Department bought a 7.4-megawatt hydroelectric system on the Winooski River near the city’s border. The hydro scheme joined the city’s existing wind-powered systems and a biomass facility, which processes leftover woodchips from the local logging industry. The only time Burlington may have to draw on nonrenewable sources from now on is if there is not enough wind.

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Europeans Snub America's 'Chlorinated Chicken'

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The US industrial farming system is proving to be a stumbling block in the negotiation of a major free trade agreement between the United States and the EU. As negotiators from the two sides meet in Washington for the seventh round of talks over the creation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), many Europeans are saying they don’t want to eat industrially produced American chicken due to the anti-microbial chlorine baths the birds get before hitting the store shelves. According to NPR, the chlorine bath has been banned in Europe since the 1990s, and many Europeans are concerned about the health effects of consuming American food.

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FRIDAEL "Woodgas" Stoves Use Garden Waste for Fuel

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Cooking outdoors is a wonderful, primal experience, but most camping stoves run on propane or other fossil fuels, which are horrible for the environment we’re trying to protect. Enter the FRIDAEL “woodgas” stove, which runs on wood chips, pine cones, and twigs, so you can use sweepings from your own garden to fuel your cookout or garden party. Its design ensures that the wood is burned efficiently, with hardly any smoke produced in the process. Additionally, the only by-product created is wood ash, which makes a great fertilizer for your garden! This type of mini wood stove is also ideal to keep on hand for emergency situations: as long as you have access to the outdoors, you can gather all the fuel you need from treed areas and gardens nearby instead of worrying about dwindling gas or oil supplies.

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Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee's Wrap

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Clear plastic wrap is both really convenient and really wasteful. However, Vermont farmer Sarah Kaeck has developed a truly ingenious solution this food wrap waste problem with an all natural product called Bee’s Wrap. These washable and reusable organic cotton sheets are infused with a mix of beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. When you apply the heat from your hands to them, they conform easily to bowl rims and wrap half-eaten bread loaves with ease. An extra bonus is the natural antibacterial properties of the jojoba oil and bee’s wax.

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Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

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NYC to Install Solar Panels on 24 Public Schools

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a $23 million investment to install solar panels on 24 public schools by 2016 as part of his One City, Built to Last green building plan to develop 100 megawatts of solar power on 300 public buildings and 250 megawatts on private properties in 10 years. De Blasio joined the recent People’s Climate March and laid out an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.

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World's First Solar-Powered Snowboard Charges Gadgets on the Slopes!

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Next time you hit the slopes on a sunny day there is no need to worry about your gadgets running out of juice. Snowboard manufacturer Signal – the company that recently created the world’s first 3D printed snowboard – just launched the Solar Hybrid board that charges your electronic devices with clean, renewable energy while you cruise down the mountain. The board contains a thin layer of solar cells embedded into the topsheet that harvests energy from the sun to power your electronics as you ride.

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Niko Niko's Plantable Postcards Grow Edible Flowers That You Can Bake into Delicious Cakes

Niko Niko's Plantable Postcards Grow Edible Flowers That You Can Bake…

It's always nice to receive a postcard from a loved one, and Dutch duo Niko Niko wants to make that snail mail experience even more special with their line of plantable violet…

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A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013 CASA FOA Festival

A Glance Back at the Best in Green Design at the Buenos Aires 2013…

Last year's CASA FOA was set at the old Tornquist Bank; a 1926 Neoclassical National Monument right in right Buenos Aires' city center. Architect Julio Oropel's Wine Bar…

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This Amsterdam Hotel's Climbable Mountain-Like Furniture Welcomes Adventurous Travelers

This Amsterdam Hotel's Climbable Mountain-Like Furniture Welcomes…

The Edmund design clusters all the hotel necessities like a bed, bathroom, and storage space into a jigsaw-like mass that mimics the form of a snow-capped mountain. In contrast to the…

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INTERVIEW: MVRDV's Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

INTERVIEW: MVRDV's Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive…

INHABITAT: How did you get your start with MVRDV? Anton: After my architecture studies in Delft, I worked for one year as a freelance researcher at the Netherlands Environmental…

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California Just Signed the Nation's First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

California Just Signed the Nation's First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban…

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation's first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery…

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