Uhuru's Shou Sugi Ban Stool is made from Japanese cedar treated with a traditional process that preserves the wood by charring it. The beautifully textured seat is made from a reclaimed cedar pole from
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It sounds like an April Fool's joke, but from what we can tell, the Chinese government is completely serious about their latest high speed rail project. According to multiple news outlets, China plans to
If you're fascinated by origami, you won't want to miss "Surface to Structure: Folded Forms", a new show coming to NYC's Cooper Union in June. The exhibition will showcase the works of some of the world's
A 1982 graduate from the Tokyo National Fine Arts University, Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito first dabbled in metal working before returning to his family business as a stonemason. Rather than focus solely
INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after
A researcher in China has unveiled his super-maglevloop line that could make future trains go at the speed of up to 1,800 mph. This is a big deal, mind you, because currently the fastest
Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic
Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and his team from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory have
Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden
Across the town of Nagoro, which is in the valleys of Shikoko, it seems people can be seen going about their regular activities. Couples garden together, or snuggle on a bench in one of the village’s
3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.
The Indonesian vogelkop bowerbird build intricate stick tower nests to attract mates. They decorate them with flowers, fruits, mushrooms, and even trash left in the forest by tourists. Australian
The three story home features an open plan kitchen and dining room, along with a large living room and countless other interaction spaces. Various staircases interlink the different platforms, which not
Sushi lovers might want to think twice before ordering up that next spicy tuna roll, as scientists just found Fukushima radioactivity in tuna that has migrated from Japan to the Pacific Northwest.
There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique
Who ever imagined that lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of
SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with
More than 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, yet the oceans are still the most mysterious parts of the world. Deep-sea photographer and diver Yoji Ookata discovered something he had never
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, has passed a law that that aims to deter citizens from eating the country's endangered wild animals. The new
Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be
What would you say if I told you there was a car that could never get dirty? That you'd never have to waste time (or money) scrubbing away the dirt and grime that collects on the exterior and dulls the
Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,
Though the site is exceedingly narrow, it is long and the architects used that as an asset to create privacy. The long facades of the house are solid black and windowless to restrict views into the
On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster
The house was designed for a young couple returning home to their village. Commissioned to design a home which would be modern, yet communicate with tradition and the surrounding mountainous landscape,
Italian-Japanese Studio Minale-Maeda has come up with a little clever design that allows people anywhere in the world to make their own furniture. Their versatile Keystone connectors can be used to
Cancer is a devastating killer that takes one out of every eight lives on the planet. While cancer treatments have improved over the years, one key to battling the disease is early detection, which has
From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a slight angle.
Tired of trying to force your kids to eat their vegetables when they'd rather be scarfing down ice cream? A new product line from Häagen-Dazs attempts to combine the two for a healthier dessert option.
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