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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

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LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

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Hey parents! School is in session, and to help prepare your kids for the coming school year we’re giving away $200 worth of green school supplies from our friends at The Ultimate Green Store! Two lucky grand prize winners will each receive $100 to spend on eco school supplies for your kids – including upcycled backpacks, BPA-free lunchboxes, tree-free recycled pencil sets, and much more. The deadline to enter is TODAY September 17th at 11:59PM ET – submit your awesome green ideas here to win!

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

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Yellowstone National Park to Kill up to 900 Bison This Winter

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Yellowstone National Park just announced plans to kill up to 900 bison this winter in an effort to control the size of the park’s herd. Any animals that stray from the park over the winter months will be killed in what could be the largest cull of the US’ last free-ranging pure-bred bison in seven years. Currently, Yellowstone‘s bison population is estimated at 4,900, and the park hopes to reduce this number to 4,000.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon just named Leonardo DiCaprio a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. The Academy Award-nominated actor and committed environmental activist joins 11 others in the role, including Stevie Wonder, primatologist Jane Goodall, author Paulo Coelho, and fellow actors Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron and George Clooney. DiCaprio’s first engagement as a Messenger will be to address the UN Climate Summit in New York on 23 September, 2014.

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

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Restless Futures Showcases Emerging Technologies and their Potential Consequences at the London Design Festival 2014

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

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Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels – but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It’s not as complex as it seems – and this awesome new DIY tutorial from Rapid Online walks you through everything you need to know to make your own solar power generator! The full infographic explains which components you need, provides a step-by-step guide to assembling a photovoltaic system, and contains lots of useful facts about solar generators as well as some important safety precautions – check it out after the break!

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

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The fourth annual Architecture and Design Month is coming to New York City this October. Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions all over New York City. The celebration will offer more than 150 curated programs by 50-plus participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Center for Architecture.

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LimeMakers Debuts 3D-Printed Home Collection at the London Design Festival

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3D printing technology has finally entered the world of mainstream design – and Germany-based LimeMakers just unveiled a cutting-edge line of 3D-printed products at this year’s London Design Festival. The start-up works with fashion and product designers to create unique, conceptual pieces that will knock your socks off!

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New Yorkers Can Now Enjoy a New Pocket Park 'Oasis' with Waterfall in Midtown

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As part of the ongoing East Side Access project, the MTA has opened a new public space in Midtown called the 50th Street Commons. Dr. Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction officially inaugurated the new “urban oasis” yesterday as an inviting and relaxing mini respite for weary commuters. The pocket park was a way for the MTA to give back to the local community after years of construction on the delayed transportation project.

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DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

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Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in some of the projects featured on Inhabitat. Per square foot, it’s the most productive form of agriculture on the planet, and is a perfect example of a living machine: a self-sufficient assembly of plants and animals that functions like an ecosystem, producing food for people without creating waste products or pollution.

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California Architect Couldn't Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

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Ai Weiwei's Jaw-Dropping "Forever Bicycles" Sculpture is Made from 1200 Bikes!

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Ai Weiwei’s towering, geometric Forever Bicycles installation is made from nearly 2,000 stainless steel bicycles arranged into hypnotic forms that loom over viewers and passersby. Although the bikes are stationary, their arrangement gives the impression that they’re constantly in motion. Using bicycles as a building medium has particular poignancy: bikes are symbols of freedom and movement, and being trapped in stasis like this is a strong commentary on aspects of life in China’s city centers, such as employment in mass production warehouses, the frequency of traffic jams, and the absence of many personal freedoms.

 

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term ‘biomimicry‘ and laid the groundwork for an emerging discipline that looks for innovative solutions to pressing global problems by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Since her book’s release more than 15 years ago, Benyus has evolved the practice of biomimicry research through numerous initiatives, including Biomimicry 3.8 — an amazing organization providing business consulting, professional training, and education on what humans can learn from the genius of nature that surrounds us. Though biomimetics is technically not a new idea, the relevance of this field has become increasingly apparent over the past few years as we’ve come to realize that Mother Nature is one of the universe’s most successful and time-tested designers, and we have much to learn from her. Watch our video above to hear from biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus as she chats with us about some of the incredible innovations that have come from Biomimicry, such as velcro, solar power, and more-efficient wind turbines.

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Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Have you ever wondered what the tree population and density of the United States looks like? This amazing map shows just that. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods…

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Build Your Own Bamboo Bicycle with the Bambobee Bike Kit

Build Your Own Bamboo Bicycle with the Bambobee Bike Kit

Following the success of his Bamboobee bicycles, designer Sunny Chuah has launched his next project: the Bamboobee Build it Yourself (BIY) kit. Designed for all age groups, each package…

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Olympic Cyclist's Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist's Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits…

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is…

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Downtown NYC's First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

Downtown NYC's First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

The New Amsterdam School was meticulously designed by James Vira of Viraline Architects, working with a volunteer crew of parents and teachers, to make the space as nurturing and…

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Lexus Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Converted Warehouse Training Facility in NJ

Lexus Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Converted Warehouse…

Luxury car manufacturer Lexus was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Eastern Area Office training facility in…

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