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Students Create Gigantic Dung Beetle from Scrap Metal and Salvaged Tires in Iowa

Students Create Gigantic Dung Beetle from Scrap Metal and Salvaged Tires in Iowa

German artist Mirko Siakkou-Flodin worked with students from Metro Alternative School and Mount Mercy University to create this extraordinary kinetic sculpture inspired by a dung beetle. The 8' x 8' x 12'

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Mark Cavagnero Associates’ Center for Philanthropy in Santa Cruz County Achieves LEED Gold

Mark Cavagnero Associates’ Center for Philanthropy in Santa Cruz County Achieves LEED Gold

The building is located on a 30,000 square-foot site at the corner of Soquel Drive and Aptos Rancho Road, and its massing design is heavily impacted by the site’s slope. Mark Cavagnero Associates

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Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

Lands End Lookout in San Francisco Aiming for LEED Platinum

Set upon a site overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the ruins of the Sutro Baths in the cove below, Lands End Outlook was designed as a space for visitors to quickly step into to get a map, grab a snack, or

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The Leaf House is an Energy-Efficient Tiny Home Built for the Tundra

The Leaf House is an Energy-Efficient Tiny Home Built for the Tundra

  The Leaf House is the second tiny home that 28-year-old Yuka resident Laird Herbert has designed and completed. The home occupies 162 square feet, and is crafted to be both green and

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Earthquake-Proof ‘Wood Luck’ Bed Protects You From Falling Buildings While You Sleep

Earthquake-Proof ‘Wood Luck’ Bed Protects You From Falling Buildings While You Sleep

Many experts suggest that the safest way to ride out an earthquake is to stand in a doorway or hide under a table to protect yourself from falling debris. However a Japanese company, Shinko Industries has

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Preparing Your Home for Green Certification

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Preparing Your Home for Green Certification

Our Green Guide to Prefab series has explored a number of considerations that need to be made when planning for a prefab home, from siting to personal style to financing and loans. But how do you

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Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

The single-story home is held by stilts above a sloping hillside in a forest in Japan. The 10.85 meter square building has a 4.4 meter square courtyard centered within the plan of the home. This box-like

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Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori’s Otherworldly Tree Houses Defy the Laws of Gravity

Terunobu Fujimori had his first building erected at the age of 44 (the Jinchokan Moriya Historical Museum was commissioned by his hometown, Chino City in Nagano). Enveloped by local stones and hand-cut

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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NYC Design Collaborative Shows Communities How To Cook with Ingredients from the Sidewalk

NYC Design Collaborative Shows Communities How To Cook with Ingredients from the Sidewalk

For consumers, knowing where our food comes from and finding alternative sources to the big-box grocery store is an important part of the sustainable food conversation. Luckily, our friends at SPURSE, an

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: How to Make the Most of Your Time When Building a New Home

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: How to Make the Most of Your Time When Building a New Home

Inhabitat's Green Guide to Prefab series has explored all the elements involved in planning and realizing a modern prefab home - we’ve taken a look at the history of the various “branches” of the

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Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Dramatic Dartmoor Treehouse is Woven From Wood Like a Bird’s Nest

Jerry Tate Architects and carpenter Henry Russell worked alongside students taking a 'Spatial Structures' course at this summer’s Dartmoor Arts Week just outside of Exeter. The brief began with a family

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Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Lindau is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance, which sits in between southern Germany and Austria. This lakeside home is 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft) and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an

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“Sprout” is a Pencil that You Can Plant To Grow Herbs and Vegetables

“Sprout” is a Pencil that You Can Plant To Grow Herbs and Vegetables

Writers and poets dream that words could blossom from their pencils like gardens in springtime.  Now they can literally bloom with "Sprout," the pencil from Democratech that you can plant. By scrapping

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Royal Veterinary College Provides Eco Friendly Lodging for Their Clinical Students

Royal Veterinary College Provides Eco Friendly Lodging for Their Clinical Students

The Royal Veterinary College tasked London firm HawkinsBrown to design a new residential development to ensure their clinical students had housing nearby. The development is composed of nine three- and

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Zimmerman and Associates’ Vista Del Valle House in Sonoma, CA is a Luxurious Vision of Sustainability

Zimmerman and Associates’ Vista Del Valle House in Sonoma, CA is a Luxurious Vision of Sustainability

Spaces within the home evolve from a series of intersecting axes, which are emphasized by the gently sloping roof and the horizontal, light colored, cedar siding. A large wing-like roof structure over the

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Building Your Green Prefab Home on Budget

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Building Your Green Prefab Home on Budget

In the last two articles of our Green Guide to Prefab series, we showed you the best way to build a prefab home that suits your lifestyle and makes the most of your building site. In our latest article,

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of the Mobile Home and Its Influence on the Modern Prefab

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of the Mobile Home and Its Influence on the Modern Prefab

Last month we kicked off our Green Guide to Prefab series with an article exploring the history of prefabricated housing. Now we’re back with another article in this series to take a look at mobile

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Johnsen Schmaling Architects’ Modest Stacked Cabin Wins Third Architectural Award!

Johnsen Schmaling Architects’ Modest Stacked Cabin Wins Third Architectural Award!

The common farmstead vernacular found in the Midwest and Plains states includes having three separate buildings; a living quarters, an outhouse, and a tool shed. The client’s tight budget and the

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London’s 2012 Olympic Velodrome is an Elegant Energy-Efficient Stadium by Hopkins Architects

London’s 2012 Olympic Velodrome is an Elegant Energy-Efficient Stadium by Hopkins Architects

The beautiful saddle-like building was carefully engineered to be simple to construct with lightweight materials, and the construction takes advantage of natural resources to operate as a calibrated,

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Tutukaka Beach House Features Moveable Shutters To Bring In Natural Daylight

Tutukaka Beach House Features Moveable Shutters To Bring In Natural Daylight

The Tutukaka House was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects as a refuge for a busy family to use when they wanted to get out of the city. Located about 2 1/2 hours outside of Aukland on the

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London 2012: The Greenest Olympic Games in History?

London 2012: The Greenest Olympic Games in History?

Photo from Wikimedia Commons With less than a week to go until the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony on July 27th, excitement is building. Hundreds of workers are putting the finishing touches on

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World’s First Nissan LEAF Electric Stretch Limo Hits the Streets in Tennessee

World’s First Nissan LEAF Electric Stretch Limo Hits the Streets in Tennessee

A hotel in Nashville, Tennessee has created the world's first electric Nissan LEAF stretch limo. This is probably one of the last cars that you would ever think of seeing converted into a limousine, but

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The Polaris House Is a Modern Solar-Powered Abode Sited Atop a Wooded Hilltop

The Polaris House Is a Modern Solar-Powered Abode Sited Atop a Wooded Hilltop

Sited atop a wooded hilltop near Belmont, Massachusetts, across the street from Habitat, an Audubon wildlife sanctuary, is the stunning LEED certified Polaris House designed by Boston-based

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Connect:Homes 2.0 Is a Contemporary Customizable and Sustainable Prefabricated Home!

Connect:Homes 2.0 Is a Contemporary Customizable and Sustainable Prefabricated Home!

The 640 square foot home packs in a bevy of green building features. Starting on the exterior, a rainwater capturing system harvests rainwater from the roof for landscape irrigation. That same roof has a

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8 Architecture Offices That Will Make You Green With Envy

8 Architecture Offices That Will Make You Green With Envy

Stacked Shipping Container Office by Daiken-Met Architects Daiken-Met was having trouble finding office space to lease, so they decided to build their own temporary office out of stacked shipping

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Ignacia Apartments Take Advantage of the Chilean Sun While Filtering Out Santiago’s Pollution

Ignacia Apartments Take Advantage of the Chilean Sun While Filtering Out Santiago’s Pollution

The project started out with each owner purchasing square footage instead of an assigned space. Mardones and his team then worked to create each apartment within the building’s three complete floors,

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Green-Roofed +House is a Tranquil Woodland Home in Beautiful Ontario

Green-Roofed +House is a Tranquil Woodland Home in Beautiful Ontario

+House has a rectangular form that is nestled into the southern slope so that the house is virtually indistinguishable from the landscape when viewed from above. Along with small skylights, a 4.3 meter

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Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

Vertical Shafts Pump Light into the Industrial Laneway House in Toronto

After adding 72 meters to the height of the building, Superkül brought in the vertical light shafts that extend across the length of the western wall. This allows light to permeate all the way down to

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Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

Tree House Porch Renovation in Texas Turns an Old Home into a Dream Home

The new porch was constructed out of western red cedar native to the western United States, which is ideal for deflecting Texas' vicious summer sun and yet retains some of the delicacy of southern living.

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