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Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Easily visible from afar, the Ta Phin community house sits amid a verdant setting 17km from Sapa, which is popular among tourists. It comes with an herb garden to promote sustainable agriculture, along

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Think Thick: Thermal Mass Construction Produces Energy-Efficient Homes that Resist Fire and Decay

Think Thick: Thermal Mass Construction Produces Energy-Efficient Homes that Resist Fire and Decay

Most of us know that a full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one, because anything’s that denser than air will better store the cold. Opening the door of an empty fridge causes cold air

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10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

We tend to think of the daily commute as time wasted. According to the US Census, more than 32 percent of Americans have a daily commute that takes longer than 30 minutes (2009), and that time can

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City!

Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City!

Hey Inhabitat readers - Calling all writers and designers who want to work for an awesome online publication with passion, a vision and a mission to make the world a better place through the power of

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Christo’s Over the River Approved for a 6 Mile Stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado

Christo’s Over the River Approved for a 6 Mile Stretch of the Arkansas River in Colorado

The self-funded project dates back to 1992, with the vision of filling a valley river with a canopy of flowing silver fabric. After engineering tests, prototypes, environmental reports, many public

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Bloom Energy Rumored to be Behind Apple’s Massive End-User Fuel Cell Project

Bloom Energy Rumored to be Behind Apple’s Massive End-User Fuel Cell Project

Apple recently announced that they are planning to build a massive solar array at their data center in Maiden, North Carolina that will be complemented by a pretty sizable fuel cell installation.

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Minho University’s Engineering Research Institute to Feature a Solar Nanotube-Inspired Facade

Minho University’s Engineering Research Institute to Feature a Solar Nanotube-Inspired Facade

The Engineering Research Institute is a new facility planned for Portugal's Minho University which has been designed to break the monotony of the surrounding grey buildings. Covered in a skin inspired by

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Tower of Power is a Wind Energy-Generating Skyscraper for Taiwan

Tower of Power is a Wind Energy-Generating Skyscraper for Taiwan

Inspiration for the Taiwan tower's design came from woven bamboo or bamboo scaffolding - a meshed exterior encases all the programmatic elements. The weaving of the structure creates an intricate pattern

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Facebook’s Fancy New Server Farm Will Be Cooled Naturally By Arctic Air

Facebook’s Fancy New Server Farm Will Be Cooled Naturally By Arctic Air

All of our writing on walls, status updates and pokes cause Facebook’s busy servers to work hard- and produce a lot of excess heat. Most server farms must also include complicated - and expensive - air

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PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

PHOTOS: Balance Project is a Modern Passivhaus For Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is the ideal climate for modeling Passivhaus buildings -- summers can get hot and dry, while winters are bitterly cold at an elevation well north of 7,000 feet. Luckily, the sun shines a lot, and

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Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Great Mosque and National Park Sit Beautifully In the Heart of Mali

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Great Mosque and National Park Sit Beautifully In the Heart of Mali

Photo © Iwan Baan Kéré is a world-renowned architect with projects in India, China, Spain, Yemen, Togo, and his home country of Burkina Faso. His integration of technology and vernacular

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German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

German Village Produces 321% More Energy Than It Needs!

It's no surprise that the country that has kicked butt at the Solar Decathlon competition (to produce energy positive solar houses) year after year is the home to such a productive energy-efficient

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Green Your Multitasking With the HP TouchPad

Green Your Multitasking With the HP TouchPad

What if you could carry an entire library's worth of information in one compact device - without the environmental impact of tens of thousands of printed pages? Enter the HP TouchPad - a super slim tablet

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AT&T Announces It Will Use Bloom Boxes to Power 11 of Its California Sites

AT&T Announces It Will Use Bloom Boxes to Power 11 of Its California Sites

No matter how innovative a new technology is, it's worthless unless people and companies make use of it in the real world, right? Well, that's why we were excited to hear that one of the world's largest

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ASK A TECH GEEK: What Are Some Easy Ways to Reduce My Laptop’s Energy Consumption?

ASK A TECH GEEK: What Are Some Easy Ways to Reduce My Laptop’s Energy Consumption?

Each week renowned gadget expert Peter Rojas from gadget Q&A site GDGT.com answers your questions about green technology in our Ask A Tech Geek Series. Read on for this week’s installment and

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Undulating Bamboo Panyaden School In Thailand Teaches Kids About Green Living

Undulating Bamboo Panyaden School In Thailand Teaches Kids About Green Living

The 5,000 sq m bamboo school is located on a site that was formerly a fruit orchard and is now a collection of pavilions organized along pathways inspired by the shape of the tropical antler horn fern.

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Contemporary French Studio Emerges from Old Garage

Contemporary French Studio Emerges from Old Garage

The conversion features a new façade and a series of rolling doors and window shutters that hide the patio, which is encased in glass. Natural light now penetrates deep into the converted space thanks to

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Frankenstein’s Curious Biodegradable Designs Are Made of Sand, Water and Poo

Frankenstein’s Curious Biodegradable Designs Are Made of Sand, Water and Poo

Natural, local, long-lasting, cheap and biodegradable - adobe just seems to be the perfect sustainable material for experimenting with new shapes! Inspired by her experience in India, designer Karin

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Incredible Modern Rwandan Education Center Made With Local Materials

Incredible Modern Rwandan Education Center Made With Local Materials

This newly completed education center in Nyanza, Rwanda is a subtle design that uses local materials and crafts with a sophisticated layout to provide for a multitude of community needs. Designed

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Kaiser Permanente To Power Seven California Facilities with Bloom Box Fuel Cells

Kaiser Permanente To Power Seven California Facilities with Bloom Box Fuel Cells

Health care organization Kaiser Permanente has partnered with Bloom Energy to put fuel-cell generators at seven facilities in California by the end of the year. In total, the cells will deploy four

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Eco Wellness Retreat Lets You Unwind in Beautiful Rammed Earth Guesthouses

Eco Wellness Retreat Lets You Unwind in Beautiful Rammed Earth Guesthouses

Among the many projects that Mithun worked on for Miraval are the guestrooms, which make use of simple, natural and durable materials suited for the desert environment. The buildings are constructed of

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Asia’s First School Made of Plastic Bottles is 3x Stronger than Concrete

Asia’s First School Made of Plastic Bottles is 3x Stronger than Concrete

From family homes to entire temples, we've seen a lot of bottle architecture here at Inhabitat, but this is the first bottle school we've come across, and we think it makes so much sense. Plastic bottles

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Helical Earthbag Shelter Built by Taliesin Student

Helical Earthbag Shelter Built by Taliesin Student

Each year a number of students at Taliesin take part in the design/build shelter program in order to get a hands-on learning experience in building what they design. Many students as of late are building

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York

Inhabitat is Hiring in New York

Hey New York readers - Interested in working for Inhabitat or know someone who might be? We are currently looking for talented and energetic people for full time positions with Inhabitat in New York

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Zero-Energy Housing Wedge in Denmark Covered in Solar Panels

Zero-Energy Housing Wedge in Denmark Covered in Solar Panels

Housing+ was designed by C.F.Møller in collaboration with Moe & Brødsgaard, Cenergia, Phillips, Schüco, Erik Juul and Vogt landscape. The zero energy development includes 60 residential units in a

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Wind-Powered Memorial Park Envisioned For Turkey

Wind-Powered Memorial Park Envisioned For Turkey

We fell in love with this beautiful concept for a memorial park in Turkey and were very excited to see a number of small-scale wind turbines incorporated into the lawn of the rolling green space. Designed

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Inhabitat is Hiring in NYC!

Inhabitat is Hiring in NYC!

Hey New York readers - Any of you interested in working for Inhabitat or know someone who might be? We are currently looking to fill a couple full time positions with Inhabitat in business operations.

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Inhabitat is Hiring – Ad Sales / Ad Operations

Inhabitat is Hiring – Ad Sales / Ad Operations

Hey New York readers - Are you an ad sales genius or do you know someone who is? Inhabitat is currently looking for ad sales and ad operations professionals in NYC to help us grow our business. If you

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Wuhan’s Lily-Shaped Zero Carbon Energy Center Set to Bloom in China

Wuhan’s Lily-Shaped Zero Carbon Energy Center Set to Bloom in China

A new Calla lily-shaped research center for Wuhan University is set to bloom in China as one of the most sustainable buildings the world. Netherlands-based firm Grontmij, in collaboration with Soeters

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Sea-Based Vertical Skyscraper Farm Has Advantages Over Land-Based

Sea-Based Vertical Skyscraper Farm Has Advantages Over Land-Based

Another day, another vertical farm concept, except this one is set out on the water to avoid taking up valuable land. This food-producing eco skyscraper by Australian architect Ruwan Fernando was one of

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