Rusted Steel Fins Define the Interior and Exterior of the Corten House in Belgium

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Machine Turns Syrupy Coca-Cola Back Into Fresh Drinking Water

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These days it seems like cola is absolutely everywhere, but drinkable water may not be. Helmut Smits points out that contradiction with a machine he calls “The Real Thing” that transforms unhealthy bottles of Coke into fresh drinking water. The machine was featured at Dutch Design Week and Dezeen interviewed Smits to get the story behind the idea.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Smart Appliances and The Kitchen of Tomorrow

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Did you know that by 2019 the market for smart appliances is predicted to exceed a staggering $25 billion US dollars? It’s great news for your wallet and the environment at large, since smart appliances can cut your energy and grocery bills while making your life at home easier and more productive. Pennywell Solid Surfaces recently launched a new infographic that tracks the state of the art in smart appliances – from dishwashers with digital interfaces to heating systems you can control with a smartphone. Check out the full infographic after the break!

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

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The Collapsible FLIO Laptop Stand Puts a New Angle on Sustainable Workspaces

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If you’re one of the millions of people who spend their days typing on a laptop, check out FLIO: it’s a slim, collapsible wooden laptop stand that offers an ergonomic viewing height and keeps an angle for easy typing anywhere you go. It was created by Vlad Butucariu, a young designer living in the Netherlands, and is the thinnest wooden laptop stand to date, measuring less than 10mm in thickness. Made from three thin wooden panels that stack together like a small jigsaw puzzle, FLIO elevates your laptop to keep it cool and responsive, while also keeping your posture straight and your wrists at a healthier, more natural angle while you’re working. Stacked, this stand is only 8mm / 0.31″ thick and so light, that it will be almost unnoticeable while on the go. As an added bonus, it’s made from sustainable, high quality wood, so it’s as ethical as it is sturdy and affordable. To get your own, support FLIO’s newly launched Kickstarter campaign.

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Lightning Packs Develops Energy-Generating Backpack for Soldiers and Relief Workers

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Lightning Packs LLC have created an electricity-generating backpack that can “provide wearable renewable electricity for combat soldiers or disaster-relief workers operating in remote locations.” Instead of using disposable batteries, which can weigh up to 20 lbs, the new backpack generates electricity via the kinetic movement of the cargo compartment moving up and down. This not only allows for longer missions, but reduces the demand for resupply operations.

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Plans Unveiled for 'Stilt City' Resilient Art Studio in Rockaway Park

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Brooklyn-based artist Robyn Rennee Hasty has teamed up with Jakitsch Gardner Architects to create Stilt City, an art residency program to be located in Rockaway Park. Design plans were unveiled as the program’s Kickstarter campaign kicked off in November in order to raise funds for the project. But Stilt City will provide more than just a vibrant atmosphere for emerging artists. In fact, the project’s organizers hope to encourage a new model for resilient renovation of Sandy-damaged buildings.

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Large Overhanging 'Hat' Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

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DIY: How to Make Suet Winter Bird Feeders

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Poll Shows Voters Do Want Climate Change Action Despite Silence on the Issue

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A recent survey conducted by YouGov and the Huffington Post has revealed that voters in this week’s midterms consider climate change an issue, even though it is being downplayed in the pre-election rhetoric. Interestingly, given the Republican Party’s evasiveness when it comes to discussing the issue, 44 percent of respondents believe that human activity is driving climate change, 33 percent believe the climate is changing but not as a result of human activity, while only 12 percent believe that the climate is not changing at all. A greater number of those polled said they would be voting for a Republican candidate rather than a Democrat candidate in the midterms.

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New Food Label Expires Along With Food, Could Save Tons of Food Waste

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If you follow the expiry dates on your food, you could be throwing out almost 40 percent of what you buy each month – the average person throws out a shocking total of 20 pounds of expired food each month. However according to Grist, food date labels that say things like ‘best-before,’ or ‘enjoy by’ are just guidelines from the growers or manufacturers that say when their food will remain at its best – it’s often fine for eating days or weeks past the date marked on the label. Bump Mark is a new food label that could change all that.

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Tiny 290 Sq Ft Apartment Boasts a Genius Collection of Space-Saving Furniture

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World Trade Center Opens Again for Business 13 Years After 9/11

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Thirteen years after the tragic 9/11 attacks, the World Trade Center has officially re-opened its doors for business. On Monday, media company Condé Nast began moving into One World Trade Center, which is currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere with a spire that reaches a symbolic 1,776 feet. More than 2,700 people were killed on September 11, 2001 when hijackers flew two commercial airplanes into the Twin Towers. The 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper arose out of those ashes and now dominates the New York City skyline as a symbol of the resurgence of Lower Manhattan.

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Clever Earth-Sheltered House Uses Natural Surroundings to Reduce Energy Needs

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Sustainable homes often feature high-tech bells and whistles but John Grzibowski’s clever house relies on the power of nature to keep it green. Located in Newburgh, NY, about an hour-and-a-half from NYC, the DIY earth-sheltered home strategically uses the surrounding landscape to insulate itself. Even more impressive, the spacious 1,500-square-foot structure, built on 4.7 wooded acres, was built using locally-sourced materials.

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Freeway Algae Garden Turns CO2 Emissions into Energy in Switzerland

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World's First 3D-Printed Laptop Smashes Crowdfunding Goal With $116,000

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The world’s first 3D-printed laptop teaches people how to create their own circuit boards, build 3D-printed objects, and understand electronics. The team behind the PiTop Raspberry Pi…

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Alex Chinneck Builds a Wax House in London Just to Watch it Melt

Alex Chinneck Builds a Wax House in London Just to Watch it Melt

More commonly referred to as the Melting House, Chinneck's latest work is actually a life-sized recreation of an old candle making factory. Using paraffin wax bricks, the artist…

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Denmark Announces Plan to Wean Itself Off Coal Within 10 Years

Denmark Announces Plan to Wean Itself Off Coal Within 10 Years

Denmark made a bold move last week that could cement its reputation as the global leader in clean energy and climate change action. According to Motherboard, the Danish government…

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HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold…

Hardy vegetables like kale, cabbage, chard, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, and beets will over-winter well,  and you'd likely also have a fair bit of luck with…

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Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living…

The tiny house revolution is hitting the college set. Swedish design firm Tengbom Architects designed a portable micro-dorm room that gives students privacy while upholding sustainable…

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