Atelier Vens Vanbelle Makes a Copper-Clad Addition to a Traditional Belgian Farmhouse

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Building Inspectors Deem Tilting Shanghai Towers Safe to Live In

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A little bit of tilting is no big deal, right? Just ask the Leaning Tower of Pisa. At least, that’s what officials in Shanghai declared last week after a pair of 15-story high leaning buildings were declared perfectly safe for habitation. The apartment buildings were constructed in 2012 and since then, they have started to lean so much that they appear to be holding each other up. Officials checked the buildings out and despite cracks and crumbling concrete, the buildings were declared safe for habitation.

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Toxic Fracking Waste Water Injected into Clean Water Aquifers in Drought-stricken California

by , 12/02/14
filed under: News, Water Issues

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What’s California’s government doing to help combat the state’s recent record-setting water shortages? According to NBC Bay Area, it’s letting oil and gas companies pump waste water from oil fracking into underground aquifers that could have been used for clean drinking water or irrigation. Such activity is supposed to be off-limits (and the aquifers should be protected by the EPA), but according to the California Department of Conservation it may have been the result of an error in the process.

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Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

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Gensler's New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

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Homespun Design is the Perfect Place for Local, Sustainable Furniture

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It can be difficult these days to find gorgeous furniture that is made in the US using sustainable materials. But Homespun Design is a one-stop shop for all that and more. Most pieces are made in small shops with 10 or fewer employees and the components come from local, sustainable forests or from reclaimed wood. You can even check on the Homespun Design website to see the individual artisans crafting each piece. They’re the perfect stop for anyone in the market for great furniture.

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These Wallets Can Help Save Tigers from Extinction

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Did you know that there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild today? Between loss of prey and habitat, and being hunted to near-extinction (since many people mistakenly believe that tiger body parts have magical medicinal or aphrodisiacal properties), this majestic species is close to being lost to the world forever. Quagga is launching a limited edition line of vegan leather wallets to raise both awareness of tigers’ plight, and to raise funds towards their conservation. 3,200 wallets will be made in total, to mirror the number of wild tigers left alive, and proceeds from their sale will be used to expand their product line in order to help other endangered animal species in total. Check out Quagga’s Kickstarter campaign for more information, and be sure to visit (and share!) their YouTube video as well.

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Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

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10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

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filed under: Features, Film

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Crucial UN Climate Change Talks Begin in Lima, Peru

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UN climate change talks begin today in Lima, Peru, with national representatives meeting to hash out a draft agreement to present at the UN’s Paris Summit in December, 2015. As you may recall, the 2009 Copenhagen Summit ended badly, with countries failing to reach a legally binding agreement for reductions in carbon emissions in a bid to curb global warming at 2°C (3.6°F) above the pre-industrial average. Recent developments, such as the breakthrough emissions reduction agreement between China and the United States, have given fresh hope for success in the current round of talks, and the next two weeks will make for interesting international politics indeed, as the committed and the recalcitrants show their hands.

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Made in Space: NASA Creates First-Ever 3D-Printed Object in Space

by , 12/01/14
filed under: 3d Printing, News

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NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station have created the first-ever object to be 3D printed in space. The 3D printer, which was developed by Made in Space, was delivered to the ISS by a SpaceX mission back in September, and on November 17 Expedition Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore installed and calibrated the device. On November 24 it produced its first component: a faceplate for the printer itself that reads “Made in Space.”

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Formabilio's Volatevia Shelves Poetically Mimic Leaves Blowing in the Wind

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Art doesn’t have to be limited to canvases mounted to the walls—the shelves you use to display your books and keepsakes can be works of art too. Eco-friendly furniture brand Formabilio demonstrates that belief with their sophisticated, nature-inspired Volatevia shelves, which are designed to look like leaves blowing in a gust of wind. Designed by Livia Chisari, the Volatevia shelves are made of bent metal sheets coated with water-based varnishes. The shelves come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are available in the colors white, yellow, or green.

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You're Invited to the Edible Schoolyard NYC Toast and Taste Fundraiser Tonight

by , 12/01/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Who’s hungry? Edible Schoolyard NYC invites you to toast and taste the season at a holiday cocktail party benefiting its efforts to invigorate young New Yorkers through hands-on learning in urban farms and kitchen classrooms. The tastebud-tingling event taking place at Haven’s Kitchen (109 W 17th Street) tonight from 6:30-8:30pm will be hosted by Ali Cayne (Haven’s Kitchen), Sue Chan (Momofuku), Nic Jammet (sweetgreen), Gabe Stulman (Happy Cooking Hospitality), Sophie McNally (Balthazar, Cherche Midi et al) and others, and guests will be able to enjoy food by Chef James McDuffee (Joseph Leonard), Chef Michael Toscano (Jeffrey’s Grocery, Perla, Montmartre), and Chef Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly (Fedora, Bar Sardine), as well as specialty cocktails by Brian Bartels of Happy Cooking Hospitality. Tickets can be purchased for $125 each here with proceeds going to Edible Schoolyard NYC.

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Submit Your Fantasy Architecture Designs to the 2015 Fairy Tales Competition for a Chance at $3,000 in Prizes

by , 12/01/14
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Do you have a fantastical architecture idea that comes from the deep reaches of your imagination? Current technology may be too limited to realize your dream-like designs, but you can still get recognition for your visionary ideas by submitting them to the 2015 Fairy Tales competition. Open to creatives worldwide, the contest seeks architectural fairy tales. Each entry can be depicted in a variety of different graphic styles, but must be accompanied by an English text narrative. The $3,000 prize will be split among the top three winners, who will be selected by a star-studded jury, including Anish Kapoor and Yves Behar. Regular registration ends December 12, 2014 and the submission deadline is January 23, 2015.

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec's Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

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Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Triclosan Shown to Cause Liver Cancer in Mice

Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Triclosan Shown to Cause Liver Cancer in…

"Antibacterial" has become a trusted catchword in recent years, synonymous with cleanliness and immaculate hygiene—but studies are showing that these products are doing more harm…

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The Ultimate DIY Gift Guide: 120+ Handmade, Heartfelt Gifts for Your Loved Ones

The Ultimate DIY Gift Guide: 120+ Handmade, Heartfelt Gifts for Your…

DIY gifts are always extra special. They show the recipient just how much you were thinking of them as you were making their gift, and they allow you to customize to make the gift…

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Tony's Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

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Tony's Farm is located just outside of Shanghai to the southeast and is the largest organic vegetable farm in the area. To provide better service to its customers and create a closer…

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Charge Your Smartphone On-the-Go with Tommy Hilfiger's New Solar-Powered Jacket

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Are you a busy person who constantly forgets to charge her phone? If yes, you may be interested in Tommy Hilfiger's new solar-powered field jacket. Designed to help give mobile…

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The World's Largest T-Shirt is Raising Awareness for Fair Trade

The World's Largest T-Shirt is Raising Awareness for Fair Trade

To help consumers remember the real impact that their clothing consumption has on the people who create it, a group of activists decided to make the world's largest t-shirt. The idea…

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