Capsula Mundi burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Capsula Mundi Trees

Most of us have likely had the opportunity to visit a cemetery at some point, and walked through the endless rows of cold marble headstones and weeping angel statues. An Italian design company called Capsula Mundi has a brilliant solution: burial pods made of natural starch plastic that nurture tree seeds as bodies break down. The natural decomposition process feeds the tree above, and over time, burial spaces can be transformed from desolate graveyards into lush memorial forests.

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Stockholm's Insect City and Buzz Building take cricket cultivation to a whole new level

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

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This cool GIF shows the growth of the NYC subway system before your very eyes

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Ever wonder how our city’s incredible subway system started out? The designers at Appealing Industries have created a useful GIF that brings the history of the MTA to life. The illustrative map of the boroughs (seen over at BoingBoing) features color-coded lines that branch out to tell the story of the NYC subway in chronological order. See the GIF in action after the jump.

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Lala Abaddon weaves photos together to create intricately textured artworks

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What does your ideal floating city look like? Submit your ideas to the Seasteading Institute architecture competition for a shot at $2K!

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filed under: Design Competitions

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With population numbers booming and inhabitable land dwindling, organizations like The Seasteading Institute are sizing up the oceans as the next human frontier. As part of their plan to build the world’s first city at sea, The Seasteading Institute and DeltaSync just launched an architectural design contest for the Floating City Project. The call for ideas invites architects, students, engineers, and designers around the world to submit their designs for a small floating city with mixed-use development. Prizes totaling $3,500 will be distributed amongst the top three winners and a people’s choice winner. Registration ends May 28, 2015 and the submission deadline is June 1, 2015.

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Win a wonder sponge that removes bacteria using just water + a luxurious Coyuchi air-weight bath towel

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Perchloroethylene, triclosan, phthalates and 2-butoxyethanol: You may have never heard of these toxic substances, but they could be all over your home if you use common household cleaners. In fact, many popular cleaning agents and multi-purpose sprays contain chemicals that can make our families sick, which is ironic considering that’s exactly what we’re trying to protect them against by cleaning. The Zabada Handy is a non-toxic cleaning pad that eliminates the need for harmful cleansers by wiping away dirt and removing bacteria using just water. We recently had a chance to take the Zabada Handy and Marvel for a spin as well as Coyuchi’s luxurious line of air-weight organic towels. Read on for our reviews and enter to win your own bathroom prize pack including a towel from Coyuchi’s Air Weight Bath Towel Collection ($48 value), a Zabada Bathroom Handy ($30 value) and a Zabada Bathroom Marvel ($30 value).

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Maison Durable Portneuf, Biomur, Kate Alvo

We’ve seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the opportunity to interview Bernat Ferragut and Kate Alvo of Maison Durable Portneuf about the innovative techniques they used to create their eco-friendly, sustainable, elegant home in the woods of Portneuf, Quebec, and how they can help others do the same.

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Egypt just unveiled plans for a gigantic pyramid skyscraper

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Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

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Coffee leaf tea is the latest craze - and it packs more antioxidants than green tea

by , 03/03/15

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Would you like a cup of coffee? No, wait, it’s tea. No, it’s coffee. The hottest new beverage is a delicious tea made from coffee leaves. Brilliant, right? It’s a drink that doesn’t just sound novel; it’s also really good for you. Ranking low in caffeine and packing more antioxidants and polyphenols than green tea, coffee leaf tea provides a stable income for coffee farmers in addition to some really satisfying sips.

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Norwegian students craft fantastic mountain retreat with a wooden tunnel entrance

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Aston Martin launches all-electric DBX sports car concept at the Geneva Motor Show

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Aston Martin is known for building sexy sports cars, but none of them could be described as “green” or environmentally-friendly – until now. The automaker just unveiled its new DBX concept, which is its take on an all-electric sports car, at the Geneva Motor Show. The result? Stunning.

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Vienna set to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper

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Architecture firm Rüdiger Lainer and Partner has unveiled plans to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper in the Seestadt Aspern area of Vienna. The 276ft, 24 story HoHo tower will house a hotel, apartments, a restaurant, a wellness center and offices. 76 percent of the structure will be constructed from wood, which will save a phenomenal 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions over similar structures built out of steel and concrete.

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Google's latest Street View lets you take a zipline trip through the Amazon Rainforest

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Three years ago, Google brought us incredible Street View images of Brazil’s rainforests by placing their 360-degree image-capturing orb atop a boat and sailing it down the Amazon. Now, they have released another extraordinary tour of this ecologically vital area, which they captured by sending their cameras down ziplines! The project, which is conducted in partnership with Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), offers a breathtaking view as you travel from the rainforest’s canopy, down to the forest floor.

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Lada Cube's prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

Lada Cube's prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize…

In 2013 Låda Cube set out to change how we use and think about our walls.   Fueled by our belief that traditional stick-built walls consume needless time, energy, and resources,…

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Bates Masi Architects unveil tiny, daylit Beach Hampton House

Bates Masi Architects unveil tiny, daylit Beach Hampton House

The building was designed for a couple who purchased a quarter acre lot over 40 years ago only 500 feet from the ocean. The largest house that could be built was two storey high…

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Green Car Reports: Tesla home batteries, the mysterious electric Fiat and the battle between hydrogen fuel-cell and battery-electric cars

Green Car Reports: Tesla home batteries, the mysterious electric Fiat…

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with…

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SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy…

Designer of container-based structures SG Blocks (SGBX) built a container-based open-air bar and a hotel room mock-up for Marriott’s Moxy Hotels. The project was unveiled at the…

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Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features

Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features "3 Liter" Energy Efficiency

Looking at this picture, "eco home" isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind. But it turns out this bizarre car-shaped home is surprisingly green. Dubbed the Auto Residence…

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