Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

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Crazy Fliz Bike Trades Pedals for Foot Power

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Without pedals, gears, or a saddle, should the Fliz Bike be considered a bicycle at all? Part hang-glider, part Rube Goldberg device, the Fliz is composed of a lightweight frame that uses a harness to suspend the rider in between a set of wheels. Based on the concept of a velocipede, the German prototype was created to to encourage more cycling within an urban environment.

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What is a "Cotel" and What Does It Mean for the Future of Travel?

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“Cotel” is still a relatively new buzzword, but the unique concept is slowly picking up steam. An amalgam of the words “collaborative” and “hotel”, the new accommodation paradigm was introduced by developers Prodigy Network, who recently announced the winners of a competition to design their future cotel at 17 John Street in New York City. Click here to see the winning projects, which will be implemented at NYC’s first crowdsourced and crowdfunded hotel.

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17John "Cotel": Prodigy Network Unveils Winners of NYC's First Crowdsourced Hotel Competition

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Fascinating New Greenhouse at Aarhus Botanical Garden Changes Transparency at Different Pressures

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These Earthen "Beehive" Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

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Tour the Newly Renovated LEED Silver-Seeking Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (PHOTOS)

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Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

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World Cup fever is in the air – but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during World Cup soccer games because all the smoke from grilling is worsening air conditions in the capital city. Reuters reports that pollution levels in Santiago reached a five-year high last weekend, after Chile played its first match against Australia in neighboring Brazil.

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Archimusic: Federico Babina Reimagines Famous Songs and Musicians as Architecture

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TEPCO Battles to Construct Fukushima Ice Wall to Contain Leaking Radiation

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Over three years have passed since the devastating Fukushima disaster, yet TEPCO, the plant’s operator, is still struggling to contain radioactive water flowing from the site. A few months ago the company announced plans to build a giant underground ice wall to block the flow of water, but the project has ground to a halt as the company hasn’t been able to make the ground cold enough to create a barrier. Experts warn that at this rate, some of the areas around the plant will need to be abandoned entirely.

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Experts Warn That World's Energy Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Climate Change

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Energy companies may shoulder a large portion of the blame for the warming planet – after all, they are responsible for around 40% of global emissions – but a new study shows that they will also suffer a great deal of the consequences as the climate changes. As floods, droughts and extreme weather become more commonplace, many energy plants will find that they are vulnerable, which could threaten energy supplies across the globe.

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

by , 06/18/14

We love treehouses here at Inhabitat, and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim’s visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame structures. We’ve covered these brilliantly playful architectural ideas before on Inhabitat, but now we have a video from Mitchell Joachim explaining the details of how they work. Joachim does much better justice to his future-forward ecological designs than we are able to do in a mere post, so if you have any interest in living treehouses (and we know you do), check out this fascinating video above.

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President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

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This morning President Barack Obama announced sweeping new initiatives to combat illegal fishing and “seafood fraud.” Using his executive power in the name of a major environmental issue for the second time in a month, President Obama announced plans for an ocean reserve in U.S. Pacific waters and pledged U.S. commitment to lead “the fight to protect the world’s oceans.”

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Powerful Images from the Frontline of West Africa's Devastating Ivory Trade

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World's First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

by , 06/17/14

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In what could be a game changer for the solar energy industry, a house in suburban Sydney, Australia has installed the world’s first building integrated solar system that generates electricity and heat. The rooftop array combines thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a solar thermal duct system that warms and cools the air. The top layer produces electricity from the sun just as a normal PV panel would, while heat is trapped between the layers and distributed to the home.

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Gorgeous Iniala Beach House was Inspired by the Ocean's Waves

Gorgeous Iniala Beach House was Inspired by the Ocean's Waves

The Iniala Beach House’s uniquely shaped rooms are capped with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that face the idyllic beach. The glass walls allow guests to sleep in the comfort of the…

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Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an Asymmetric Roof

Funky and Modern KHT House Accommodates Two Families Under an…

Topped by a concave roof, the east side of the house offers a one-story space for the older generation, whereas the two-story space located on the residence's western half accommodates…

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35 Pound Foldable Compact Shelter Provides Lightweight Disaster Housing in Under Two Minutes

35 Pound Foldable Compact Shelter Provides Lightweight Disaster…

The Compact Shelter is made out of a UV stabilized polypropylene, a durable, weather resistant and thermally insulative material. After passing rigorous testing standards, which are set…

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Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to…

Mireia Gordi Vila designed her flexible and reusable packaging for the Royal College of Art's upcoming graduate show. The design was originally conceived for extremely valuable goods,…

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