sustainable design

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Arhitektura d.o.o. designed the Ribja Brv Footbridge for an international design competition to replace a decaying timber bridge built in 1991. The bridge was first conceived by the late architect Joze

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Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

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Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

The amazing ColorUp lamp can mimic any color from a surface or physical object, allowing you to customize your lighting again and again to fit the mood or room. The giant bulb-shaped lamp, designed by

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Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

Last week, Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan died from Ebola at hospital in Dallas, Texas. Duncan was the first patient diagnosed in the United States with the virus. Duncan’s death has brought even more

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Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo’s Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo’s Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

Art lovers can now take in the Sistine Chapel's sprawling painted ceiling with ease, thanks to a new installation of 7,000 LED lights. Viewers have been admiring Michelangelo's 16th century fresco in

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Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

The artist’s striking tell-tale raven emerges from the whittled, rectangular base of the flat carpenter’s pencil. Standing tall and erect on the white painted stub, Diem has carved the raven in a

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Currently situated on FLACC's first floor gallery as part of the Manifest 9 Parallel Events in Genk, Verbandkammer hosts cultural production, work and residential space as well as archival facilities in

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Gerry Barry’s Incredible Land Art Installations Harmonize with the Irish Landscape

Gerry Barry’s Incredible Land Art Installations Harmonize with the Irish Landscape

Water is a key element and influence in Gerry Barry's work. Associated with purity and the source of life, Barry often creates pieces in or around water. Carefully selected rounded stones and rocks of

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Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Snoozebox’s cozy rooms carry all the comforts of home. The rooms sleep two to four guests comfortably, with double beds and adjacent bunk beds. The adaptable rooms also feature drawers and storage to

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PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

A unique new festival is coming to Denver, Colorado this weekend - PalletFest is the nation’s first major upcycling festival, and it has been selected to be the city's first certifiably green event. On

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The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Melbourne home focuses on small and sustainable living, demonstrating just how good design mitigates the need for a larger home. Recycled materials are elevated by the clean, modern lines of the space

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Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts this week at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard ‘trade show’ format and creates a unique

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Aaron Maret’s 200 sqft Pocket Shelter is an Adorable Tiny Home on Wheels

Aaron Maret’s 200 sqft Pocket Shelter is an Adorable Tiny Home on Wheels

Maret incorporated many recycled materials into his home's structure, from the enormous reclaimed windows to the salvaged redwood that was used for the decking, and repurposed pine flooring. The main

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Cubist ‘Scape House’ Resembles a Giant Stack of Blocks

Cubist ‘Scape House’ Resembles a Giant Stack of Blocks

Within each of the cuboid volumes that make up Scape House, designer Kimura inlayed windows that reveal a strategically curated view of the neighborhood. Since the home is set on a hill overlooking a

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TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

With a nod toward a traditional barn house, Hupomone Ranch is clad with a peaked two story glass façade, which floods the interior with light while showcasing the rolling hills of the family’s

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London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames

London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames

A new bicycle lane in London could allow cyclists to float on the River Thames. The Thames Deckway, proposed by River Cycleway Consortium Ltd, would create a bicycle-only path along the river that would

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INFOGRAPHIC: Journey to the Center of the Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Life on earth's surface is pretty great - but have you ever wondered what's lurking in the ground beneath your feet? There's an entire world down there - from high speed train tunnels and flaming gas

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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France.

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Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Charging your laptop may soon be as easy as sitting in the sun, as Apple has been awarded a patent for a new solar-powered MacBook. Still just a novel idea, a small solar panel affixed to the back of the

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3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek’s new Mycelium Chair is an amazing mushroom-sprouting seat that fuses organic materials with modern 3D printing technology. Working with the University of Aachen,

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INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE Architects Unveil Fibonacci-Inspired Green Landscape at the USF Center for Science

INTERSTICE teamed up with the university, an engineering team and the building's architects to conceptualize a “campus walk” that refocused the campus center experience on pedestrians, rather than

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INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

We features lots of sustainably sourced wood furniture here on Inhabitat, and for good reason - wood is a durable, natural, renewable resource that literally grows on trees. But there's hundreds of

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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation greets visitors with a colorful explosion of paper forms that take flight within the former prison. The dragon is a symbol of power and freedom, however its paper

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Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

Praud's Leaning House is a two-storey residence standing on a hilly site near Chungpyong Lake in South Korea. It was designed as a weekend retreat for a couple of retired professors who wanted a space

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

The Stream Belmont is a 6-story, 70-unit apartment building in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood with close proximity to tons of shops, restaurants and transit. In fact, the building is so well situated

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TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota’s 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota’s 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

For the past 20 years, Toyota has been working on a vehicle that could revolutionize the way we get around. It's virtually silent, its emissions are so clean you could drink them, and it's finally ready

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people

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Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

The building’s shape was derived from the native Cree people’s traditional longhouse, called a shaptuan, which was common in the village of Ouje-Bougoumou where the center now stands. The ground floor

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