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Concrete Mode Repurpose Waste Cement Bags into Sturdy Totes

Concrete Mode Repurpose Waste Cement Bags into Sturdy Totes

Concrete Mode is a Thailand-based company that creates incredibly sturdy totes, bags and pencil cases the discarded bags used to transport concrete. Concrete is the most consumed man-made material on

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Turn Your Houseplants into a Work of Art with MDC Interiors’ Indoor Concrete Wall Planter

Turn Your Houseplants into a Work of Art with MDC Interiors’ Indoor Concrete Wall Planter

From furniture made using reclaimed wood to a living table that doubles as a bonsai tree planter, Michael Carpenter of MDC Interiors has been developing a wide range of innovative green interior

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Liverpool Villahermosa Department Store Gets a Twisting Concrete Double Skin

Liverpool Villahermosa Department Store Gets a Twisting Concrete Double Skin

Echeverria was asked to create an innovative and easy to install new skin for the shopping center, which would also be resistant to the extreme humidity of the tropical region. After trying out both

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Bishan Park: Singapore Transforms a Concrete Channel Into a Vibrant Riverside Park

Bishan Park: Singapore Transforms a Concrete Channel Into a Vibrant Riverside Park

Situated in the heart of Singapore, Bishan Park is one of the city's most popular green spaces. Once a utilitarian concrete channel, the site has been transformed into a naturalized river through a

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Totally Tubular TubeHotel In Mexico Offers Up Accommodations In Recycled Concrete Pipes

Totally Tubular TubeHotel In Mexico Offers Up Accommodations In Recycled Concrete Pipes

Inspiration for the Tubehotel came from the work of architect Andreas Strauss and Desparkhotel and the need to adapt an inexpensive room for users. The client liked the concept of the pipe hotel and

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Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Concentrating Solar Power Troughs Combine Concrete With Super Light Pneumatic Mirrors

Airlight Energy began developing its concentrating solar power troughs back in 2007 and has also been working on concentrating photovoltaics, which they recently finished testing. Both their CSP and CPV

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Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Radioactive Concrete From Fukushima Found In New Japanese Building

Following last year's nuclear disaster in Fukushima, there has been a great deal of public concern over the contamination of local food sources and water and now, newly constructed buildings can be added

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SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

SeArc Reintroduces Marine Life in Coastal Cities with ECOncrete

Marine infrastructures create severe stress on natural ecosystems, namely through shoreline degradation and erosion near coastal population centers. The shifting and blocking of land masses at the

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MVRDV and COBE to Transform Danish Concrete Factory Into Rock and Roll Museum

MVRDV and COBE to Transform Danish Concrete Factory Into Rock and Roll Museum

The massive site totals over 147,000 square feet, including 26,000 square feet of existing buildings. The architects' solution was to build on top of the existing halls, adding three new levels. The new

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Chicago Children’s Center Has a Stratified Facade Made of Donated Concrete

Chicago Children’s Center Has a Stratified Facade Made of Donated Concrete

Tight budgets often lead to very creative thinking, which is what Studio Gang had to employ to build this two-story, 16,800 sq ft facility. Faced with unknown and uncertain materials, the firm had to be

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New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

Japanese construction and design firm TIS & Partners has just unveiled a strong and surprisingly low-tech brick that can be rapidly produced in disaster areas, and applied to the quick construction of

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Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Team New Jersey Unveils Durable Concrete ENJOY House for the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Although the home is made to sit comfortably on the beach, a parking lot will have to suffice for now. Two of the home's most striking features are its materials and its size. The concrete slabs hold all

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BRC Polishes Remnant Concrete to Create Glossy Custom Tables

BRC Polishes Remnant Concrete to Create Glossy Custom Tables

We have been digging Benjamin Rollins Caldwell’s innovative furniture - namely his vintage circuit board tables- but we've also become entranced with his new “Money Tables.” Made from salvaged

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Using Recycled Concrete Could Reduce Road Paving Costs by 10-20%

Using Recycled Concrete Could Reduce Road Paving Costs by 10-20%

Civil engineering researchers at Purdue University are currently trying to perfect a process for the handling and reuse of recycled concrete. It is believed that recycling concrete could help reduce

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Concrete Tower is a Dungeon-Inspired Addition To an 18th Century French Greenhouse

Concrete Tower is a Dungeon-Inspired Addition To an 18th Century French Greenhouse

While the orangery is not an obvious part of the project, the family's home addition is connected to the old building on the west side. Built into the hillside, the building's rock base, which contains

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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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Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Researchers at the U.K's University of Newcastle have created a new type of bacteria that generates glue to hold together cracks in concrete structures -- that means everything from concrete sidewalks to

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Precast Concrete Bases Improve Wind Turbine Efficiency

Precast Concrete Bases Improve Wind Turbine Efficiency

Photo © Flickr DraconianRain A recently-released report announced that the use of precast concrete bases can actually make wind turbines sturdier, more efficient, and less resource-intensive to

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Concrete Re-visioned at the Elegant Hanil Visitors Center

Concrete Re-visioned at the Elegant Hanil Visitors Center

The Hanil Visitors Center is positioned between a restored hillside and an industrial complex to the west. As a vivid example of how concrete can be used with a lowered environmental impact, the Center

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Tiny Hut in Spain Built with Concrete and a Cow

Tiny Hut in Spain Built with Concrete and a Cow

Trufa (a.k.a the Truffle) is a tiny (25 square meters or about 270 square feet), single room building that has all the cool characteristics of a stone cave. Though comprised of concrete, it resembles

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CONCRETE CLOTH: Flexible Material Makes Durable Disaster Shelters

CONCRETE CLOTH: Flexible Material Makes Durable Disaster Shelters

When a disaster strikes, it's often difficult to get shelters up in time for displaced residents. Enter Concrete Canvas's new Concrete Cloth, a durable waterproof building material made of cement

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Concrete Mushrooms: Transforming Abandoned Bunkers Into Eco Hostels

Concrete Mushrooms: Transforming Abandoned Bunkers Into Eco Hostels

There are reportedly over 750,000 abandoned concrete bunkers scattered throughout Albania, remnants of Communist dictator Enver Hoxha and his policies of paranoid xenophobia. Now graduate students Gyler

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Plastic Concrete: Building Bricks Made From Landfill Waste

Plastic Concrete: Building Bricks Made From Landfill Waste

Recent RPI Masters of Architecture graduate Henry Miller has devised a way to reuse waste plastic as an aggregate in cement, circumventing the energy-intensive process of plastic recycling. By grinding up

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Form Meets Function in Modular Concrete Home

Form Meets Function in Modular Concrete Home

Whether you think form follows function or function follows form, the Pentimento House proves that form and function can work gracefully together. An elegant and contemporary version of the Lincoln Log

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MIT Discovery Means Next-Gen Concrete Could Last for 16,000 Years

MIT Discovery Means Next-Gen Concrete Could Last for 16,000 Years

Civil engineers at MIT are currently exploring ways to create concrete with reduced creep that will be able to last for 16,000 years. Concrete is one of the most frequently used and widely produced

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Holey Concrete: Pervious Paving Reduces Stormwater Run-off

Holey Concrete: Pervious Paving Reduces Stormwater Run-off

Let’s be clear - paving a surface does not reduce storm water run-off, but if you must create a street, parking lot, driveway, or any other form of this detriment, an apples-to-apples comparison between

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A Clearing in the Streets: NYC Spouts a Meadow Amid Concrete

A Clearing in the Streets: NYC Spouts a Meadow Amid Concrete

As the topic of urban restoration garners more attention, we have seen an increase in the investigation and experimentation relating to NYC's ecological past. NYC Wildflower Week demonstrated a rise in

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Mosstika Moss Graffiti Brings Greenery to the Concrete Jungle

Mosstika Moss Graffiti Brings Greenery to the Concrete Jungle

When it comes to eco-art, it doesn't get much better than Edina Tokodi's awesome green graffiti made from living moss. Inhabitat has been following artist Edina Tokodi and her tongue-in-cheek moss art

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Cracked Concrete Garden Springs up to Claim ASLA Award

Cracked Concrete Garden Springs up to Claim ASLA Award

Think you need an open plot of land with plenty of soil in order to cultivate a garden? Think again. CMG Landscape Architecture's Cracked Concrete Garden proves that many plants have a way of surviving

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IS IT GREEN?: Concrete

IS IT GREEN?: Concrete

Concrete is a familiar substance. Its durable nature and versatile applications have made its usage ubiquitous throughout our cities. However this primary building material is also extremely energy

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