sustainable design

Revolutionary Green Wheel hydroponic garden grows food faster with NASA technology

Revolutionary Green Wheel hydroponic garden grows food faster with NASA technology

The Green Wheel by DesignLibero is a NASA-inspired rotary hydroponic garden. NASA has come up with many ideas over the years, but due to budget and time constraints a lot have been discarded. Among them

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Duncan Meerding transforms tree stumps into lamps that double as tables and stools

Duncan Meerding transforms tree stumps into lamps that double as tables and stools

Who knew tree stumps could have so many uses! Tasmanian furniture designer Duncan Meerding transformed ordinary tree stumps into gorgeous, weather-resistant lamps that can double as indoor and outdoor

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MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

MIT engineers unveil an inflatable shelter for camping on the Moon

Scientists have been exploring dwelling design that will allow astronauts and visitors to sleep over on the moon, but what about good old fashioned camping? Two engineers at MIT have developed a

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House of Hungarian Music’s circular facade intertwines with existing trees to preserve the landscape

House of Hungarian Music’s circular facade intertwines with existing trees to preserve the landscape

MenoMenoPiu Architects’ innovative proposal for the House of Hungarian Music in Budapest preserves the existing environment with a flexible and unique circular design that encourages environmentalism

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TOFU CHAIR – Leonardo Talarico’s Durable Chair Tests The Structural Limits of Tofu

TOFU CHAIR – Leonardo Talarico’s Durable Chair Tests The Structural Limits of Tofu

Vegetarians of the world rejoice — the world's first TOFU chair is here! Designed by Leonardo Talarico, the Tofu Chair lives up to its name and is made entirely from tasty soy bean curd. Using

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Johanna Mårtensson Built a City Out of Bread Just to Watch it Mold

Johanna Mårtensson Built a City Out of Bread Just to Watch it Mold

The Earth will probably continue to turn long after humans are devoured by rat-size snails or flesh-eating zombies, but A Design award winner Johanna Mårtensson wanted to explore the notion for herself.

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The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

The Freedom Room is a Low-Cost Micro Apartment Designed by Prison Inmates

There is a large carpentry shop in the High Security Prison in Spoleto, Italy where inmates build furniture for other correctional facilities. Cibic Workshop and Comodo (Comunicare Moltiplica Doveri)

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10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

It’s a beautiful thing when businesses align profits and purpose for a better world. And with the growth of crowdfunding, the concept of launching a company funded by others, an increasing number of

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PHOTOS: Step inside the world’s largest bamboo maze!

PHOTOS: Step inside the world’s largest bamboo maze!

It takes 1 second to get in and at least 2 hours to find your way out of the world's largest maze. This is the unique and appealing experience offered by the Labirinto della Masone officially, which

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Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Solar-powered Smart Palms provide beachgoers with Wi-Fi and charging stations

Related: + Smart Palm Solar Smart Palms, Al Mamzar beach, solar power, dubai, sustainable design,

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Gorgeous Spiegel Haus uses mirrors to reflect daylight inside

Gorgeous Spiegel Haus uses mirrors to reflect daylight inside

From the street, Spiegel Haus appears like two volumes, connected by an entryway with a large overhanging eave. To the left, a traditional-looking ranch style volume meets a modern two story brick volume

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The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

The Moop: A Modern Modular Prefab Coop For Design-Savvy Chickens

There are hundreds of designs out there for chicken coops - from super simple boxes to elaborate $100k fantasy hen mansions. But not all chicken coops are created equally - and Peter Strzebniok, founder

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Traditional Swiss ski chalet renovated into two modern flex-space units

Traditional Swiss ski chalet renovated into two modern flex-space units

A traditional ski chalet in the Swiss Alps has been transformed into two timber-clad apartments by Dutch architect Christian Müller. Named Casa Sur Ual, the historic home rests in the idyllic village of

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Australia’s Pittwater House opens and closes with timber shade facade

Australia’s Pittwater House opens and closes with timber shade facade

The Pittwater House’s floor plan is divided into pavilions, one addressing the beach and the other facing the street or “front” of the home. Either side is connected with a sprawling double-height

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3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

3 Rooms, 3 Trees and a Meadow Adorn the Roof of House S in Germany

The three new boxes on the roof house a master bedroom, dressing room and bath room, as well as a personal living room and home office. There's a meadow and apple tree in one corner, a courtyard and pine

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Arquitecturia built this darling Girona artist studio in a mere 3 weeks

Arquitecturia built this darling Girona artist studio in a mere 3 weeks

Is there anything more romantic than a Spanish artist? How about a Spanish artist's studio? We're in love with this 861-square-foot garden studio in Girona. Josep Camps & Olga Felip, the talented duo

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises

Located on the outskirts of a small agricultural village, the house is surrounded by cherry fields and is graced by a sweeping view of the coast. Zoning only allows for a 25 square meter building (usually

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IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to fight climate change

IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to fight climate change

Swedish mega design retailer, IKEA is proving their allegiance to their eco-consciousness, but pledging 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) toward slowing climate change. Announced by Chief Executive Peter

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Paul Cocksedge’s living staircase spirals from floor to ceiling with lush greenery

Paul Cocksedge’s living staircase spirals from floor to ceiling with lush greenery

Curving planters line the banisters of Paul Cocksedge's Living Staircase, creating lines of swirling greenery that reach from floor to ceiling. The overflowing plants create a welcoming environment while

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Wooden Orchids reimagines the shopping mall as a living, breathing ecotopia

Wooden Orchids reimagines the shopping mall as a living, breathing ecotopia

What if you could go to a shopping center, and without having to search or try very hard, every single aspect of it was genuinely green and sustainable? This is what Vincent Callebaut strives to achieve

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Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo ‘Ninja’ house

Couple uses ladders to navigate their Tokyo ‘Ninja’ house

In 2013, the couple who commissioned the renovation, Tatsumi Terado and his wife Hanae, talked to CNN about their home. Responding to the absence of interior walls, the gaping floor plates stabilized by a

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative just planted over 200,000 trees in one hour

The team at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, has raised the bar for environmentalists and fighting deforestation across the globe, planting a whopping 202,331 trees in just one hour! The

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Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Hay Stack Café raises goats and hens in the heart of Philadelphia

Most people don't know where their food comes from anymore, but visiondivision makes it very clear with Hay Stack Café. Invited by the Esther Klein Gallery to explore the role of ecology in society for

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Tropical Box House stays naturally cool with geometric perforated concrete skin

Tropical Box House stays naturally cool with geometric perforated concrete skin

Interior climate control is an important factor when designing homes for the tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur. In order to combat the blistering sun sustainably and economically, WHBC designed a gorgeous

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Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

Ditch your iPhone charger with Native Union’s genius KEY cable

You're running late for work and your iPhone battery is low (again), but you can't, for the life of you, locate your stupid charger. And anyway, the thing is so frayed it's bound to cause an electric

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Futuristic Urban Algae Folly grows food, fuel and shade

Futuristic Urban Algae Folly grows food, fuel and shade

The future of food is green. Really green. We first saw a prototype of the Urban Algae Folly in 2014 at the Fuori Salone, but London-based ecoLogicStudio has taken their innovative urban concept to new

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6 ways to make your wedding more sustainable

6 ways to make your wedding more sustainable

If you haven’t considered how to have a more sustainable wedding, you’re missing out on more than just a chance to give back to the environment. Making your nuptials a more eco-friendly occasion can

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6 Brilliant Studios Perfect For The Eco Artist

6 Brilliant Studios Perfect For The Eco Artist

Green-Roofed Weaving Studio in Washington Located on the San Juan Islands in Washington is this gorgeous weaving studio designed by Prentiss Architects. Topped off with a grass-covered roof, the spacious

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Europe’s largest living wall unveiled in the UK

Europe’s largest living wall unveiled in the UK

National Grid is the latest group to claim the largest living wall in Europe. This may or may not be true, but that seems tangential to the crux of this story. The site that controls the UK's power

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