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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Milkovisch was born during the Depression, so was taught at a young age to always reuse and repurpose whatever was brought into the house. Saving old cans in the attic, he got the idea to repurpose them

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Caravan Hotel lets guests live tiny even while on the road

Caravan Hotel lets guests live tiny even while on the road

The adorably-named Rosebud, Pearl and Tandem tiny houses are each fully outfitted with sleeping, living and kitchen areas. The caravan is centered around a common area that includes outdoor and covered

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Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Habitat for Humanity now focusing on renovating rather than building from scratch

Known for building new homes for families in need, Habitat for Humanity has been forced to switch gears as land prices soar throughout the United States. Rather than building homes from scratch, the

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Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm, the Tarfaya Energy Project, has finally begun producing green energy off Morocco’s Southern Atlantic Coast. Sprawling over 22,000 acres, the 131 wind turbine project began

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The top 7 Inhabitat videos of 2014 — Which was your favorite to watch?

The top 7 Inhabitat videos of 2014 — Which was your favorite to watch?

This year we had a blast producing some incredible DIY videos and video interviews, and you all seemed to like them! From an amazing DIY edible water bottle to a tour of a wild wolf sanctuary, check out

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu, in that I knew I

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Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

At first glance, Hongbo’s sculptural scenes appear to be made of a soft or thin material such as paper, like his other sculptures. However, closer inspection reveals the artist’s incredible feat of

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

The owners of the Thornbury bungalow tasked Steffen Welsch Architects to create a more sustainable home that met their family's needs. The original home that faces the street was relegated to contain the

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

You’ll never believe what’s hiding inside this boulder

Through a 6 week residency with Verbier 3d Foundation, André Bloc and Claude Parent of Bureau A designed and built the micro shelter which they call Antoine. They were inspired by the writings of Swiss

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Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

Located in northern Romania in the town of Suceava surrounded by a mature forest, Passive House Che enjoys its surrounding environment by engaging with it through large windows. Although most passive

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Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

GINGERBREAD GEODESIC DOME HOUSE There is no doubt that this amazing gingerbread geodesic dome would make Buckminster Fuller proud. The super tasty abode was created by the designers over at Scout

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A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

The leafy vertical garden contrasts with the smooth pale concrete panels in an attractive juxtaposition of textures. The three-dimensional green wall will give depth and variation to the building all

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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

The TAOsHouse is located in Valverde Commons, which is a sustainably oriented, adult co-housing community just a 15-minute walk from Taos’ historic plaza. The three bedroom, two bathroom house was

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a ‘smashing’ design

BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a ‘smashing’ design

The ICEHOTEL is the world's largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Located in the hamlet of Jukkasjarvi, it was also the first of its kind. While Jukkasjarvi is a small village of just 1,100

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local indigenous community offers

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country's new Attefallshus clause, small structures

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Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Forman began capturing the wonder of the waterways around the world early in life after traveling to remote landscapes with her family. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the artist began to draw the

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would

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Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

The origami master began folding at an early age, getting hooked at age five before developing a lifelong habit of making origami. At 10 he was already creating original origami designs, and then began

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This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

De Smet Vermeulen Architecten wanted the new structure to reference the original house, and so the main material chosen was sustainable timber. The timber frame and cladding was topped with a slanted roof

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HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

MATERIALS: - A long sleeved shirt. The thinner the shirt, the easier it will be to turn it into a satchel. - A gift to wrap (one that will fit in the center of your shirt with at least 6 inches or so to

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house on the popular

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Located on an exposed site above the lake and outside the town of Hønefoss in Krokskogen forest, the home can experience harsh conditions and high winds. However, because of the beautiful landscape, it

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

The concept behind Stéphane Malka's Pont9 is to co-opt existing infrastructure and better utilize the space for residents. In this scenario, a bridge over the Seine is taken over with parasitic

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Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

The Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room opened to the public on December 5, 2014, allowing customers a close up, personal view of how the Reserve coffees are roasted and brewed. It's more than just a

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by Tourism

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