Recycled Materials

Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

With Steve doing the majority of the work on the home, the recently-finished Tin Can Cabin took almost four years to complete. With little building experience, he first consulted with an engineer in order

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INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

What is most impressive about the curated collection of material reuse architecture that Bahamón and Sanjinés found is the creativity. Peach pits are used as flooring, tire treads are used as roofing

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Jeremiah Johnson’s ‘House of Worship’ Repurposes the Prescription Pill Bottles He’s Collected Since Getting Sick

Jeremiah Johnson’s ‘House of Worship’ Repurposes the Prescription Pill Bottles He’s Collected Since Getting Sick

First known for his houses constructed from credit card applications, Jeremiah Johnson found a new use for all of the empty pill bottles he's collected since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in

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Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

Designer Michael Neville created these colorful recycled rockers as a material exploration of post-consumer cardboard pulp and natural dyes. The rockers are designed as functional furniture for young

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Schulz's tiny woodland cottage measures 14' x 16', and it was built entirely from materials gathered at a local recycling yard and savaged wood from the surrounding forest. The resourceful instructor also

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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Fantastic Aluminum Origami Kiosks Pop Up in London

Fantastic Aluminum Origami Kiosks Pop Up in London

In order to develop these extraordinary structures, the London-based studio first made several paper models based on Origami shapes. The small humble designs were then translated into real life structures

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Veronique Lamarre Turns Common Household Objects Into Exquisite Recycled Lamps

Veronique Lamarre Turns Common Household Objects Into Exquisite Recycled Lamps

Véronique Lamarre is an innovative industrial designer who is environment conscious from the beginning. After her Bachelor’s degree at the Université de Montréal she works for several years as

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Gas & Air Studios Unveil Stylish New Shipping Pallet Coffee Table & Stool

Gas & Air Studios Unveil Stylish New Shipping Pallet Coffee Table & Stool

London-based Gas & Air Studios has unveiled their latest shipping pallet creation, the classic coffee table and a slate covered stool. Gas & Air Studios is the maker of the XChair and the fold-out

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Machine Turns Old Newspapers into Beautiful Wrapping Paper for Chinese New Year

Machine Turns Old Newspapers into Beautiful Wrapping Paper for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year may go unnoticed by many in the west, but it takes about 1,600 trees and 170,000 liters of petrol to meet the holiday demand for wrapping paper in Hong Kong alone. To raise awareness and

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GalimotoCar Creates Working Cars From Recycled Materials in Tanzania

GalimotoCar Creates Working Cars From Recycled Materials in Tanzania

GalimotoCar is a small business in Tanzania that creates functional vehicles from trash and recycled materials! The GalimotoCar mission is to promote Uhuru (freedom) throughout Africa by building a

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Willem Heeffer’s Mandala Office Retrofit Pops With Bold Colors and Recycled Materials

Willem Heeffer’s Mandala Office Retrofit Pops With Bold Colors and Recycled Materials

A lamp made from a washing machine drum, a stool made from scrap wood; designer Willem Heeffer spots the design potential in everyday waste objects and sets out to give them a stylish new purpose. Heeffer

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The Begyle Brewing Company Gets a Brand New Tasting Room Designed by moss design

The Begyle Brewing Company Gets a Brand New Tasting Room Designed by moss design

The new tasting room for Begyle Brewing Company, by moss design, showcases their love of beer with sleekly finished industrial materials. With pendant lights made from old helium tank caps and salvaged

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SPARE Pendant Light Illuminates 25 Old Incandescent Bulbs With a Single LED

SPARE Pendant Light Illuminates 25 Old Incandescent Bulbs With a Single LED

J.P. Meulendijks's clever SPARE pendant light is made from 25 incandescent light bulbs and a single energy-efficient LED bulb. The LED can be screwed into a light socket, and when the lamp is switched on

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Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Monan had dreamt of building his own home for a while, but lack of funds meant he would have never been able to afford having craftmen build the house of his dreams exactly as he imagined it. So, he took

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Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

© Michael DePasquale  Chapitre Zero started early last year when a group of Paris-based designer friends, encouraged by Gambi and Rizzi, decided to make use of found scrap materials. They first

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Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

These playful Togetherfarm blocks made entirely from recycled plastic allow users to build their own raised garden beds in under five minutes. Inspired by LEGO building blocks, the recycled plastic bricks

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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EnjoyTwice Reinvents Discarded Advertising Cardboard with their Geometric Pendant Lamps

EnjoyTwice Reinvents Discarded Advertising Cardboard with their Geometric Pendant Lamps

Under the flag of design label EnjoyTwice, a handful of designers have been working with difficult to recycle materials since 2009. Their latest product is the EnjoyTwice Light made from recycled

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Werk Studio’s TREE|HUB is a Tiny Wooden Tower Hideout Built for Design Exchange

Werk Studio’s TREE|HUB is a Tiny Wooden Tower Hideout Built for Design Exchange

TREE|HUB is a timber tree house rising 10 feet off the ground. Located in Peckham, it was built by a collaborative team of design students from Goldsmiths University working under the name Werk Studio.

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Guy Laramée Carves a Majestic Lifelike Mountain Range Out of an Encyclopedia Britannica Set

Guy Laramée Carves a Majestic Lifelike Mountain Range Out of an Encyclopedia Britannica Set

Using similar techniques applied to previous sculptures, such as The Great Wall and Guan Yin, the artist created an entire mountain range inspired by his travels to South America. The majestic landscape

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Top 6 Architecture Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Architecture Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2013 has been an amazing year for architecture but our most popular posts among readers definitely seem to be those that defy the status quo. We've seen a lot of stories about people moving into

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Trash Amps Transform Mason Jars into Ecofriendly, Hipster-y Speakers

Trash Amps Transform Mason Jars into Ecofriendly, Hipster-y Speakers

Do you love the cool simplicity of the Mason jar? Trash Amps took the hipster-friendly drinking vessel and converted it from a glass container to a portable speaker and practice amp. The Mason Jar

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AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

Asked to create a design reflecting modernism with an eco-friendly approach, AB extended the home in various directions, incorporating rectilinear volumes and elevated outdoor spaces. With a starting

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How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

Want to get a P.H.D. in what to do with your P.H.W.? (That's short for post-holiday waste in case you didn't know.) While you may not have heard of the term (we kind of just made it up), we're pretty sure

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Awesome Replica of Dorothy’s Iconic Twister-Swept House from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Built with Scraps

Awesome Replica of Dorothy’s Iconic Twister-Swept House from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Built with Scraps

The house project combines architecture, sculpture and installation art. The team led by artist Jared Cowan purposely kept to the 24 hour time limit so that the final piece doesn’t look too neat or

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Nice Architects Propose a Hill Built from Construction Rubble for Adelaide Rocks in Australia

Nice Architects Propose a Hill Built from Construction Rubble for Adelaide Rocks in Australia

The artificial hill in the middle of the block is a multi-layered space built around the principles of sustainability and public accessibility. The proposal comprises a strong urban gesture - a hill built

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

The Upcycle House's building materials come from a vast variety of sources. The load bearing base of the home is made out of two prefabricated shipping containers that are insulated on the outside, which

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