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Reinterpret ceramic floor tiles in the RESTILE competition for a chance at $12,000 in cash prizes!

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Italian ceramics company MIRAGE has launched RESTILE, a design competition for the reinterpretation of the ceramic tile. Aimed at young designers and innovators, RESTILE is specifically looking for a new product design approach to porcelain stoneware and will award over $12,000 in prizes to the three most innovative and appealing designs. The entries will be judged on their creativity and feasibility as a marketplace product. Submissions can be uploaded digitally and the submission deadline is March 1, 2015.

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Zaha Hadid's LEED Platinum-seeking Bee'ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

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Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

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What defines a “green car” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Read on for a selection of their stories from last week.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

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Over two billion pallets are used every day to move stuff about, but the humble little transporter is way more versatile than just that. Creative minds have used pallets to make everything from doggie beds to dressing screens. This savvy salvagers infographic gives you tons of ideas for using pallets in your own home and guides you through the process, from picking safe pallets to gathering your tools, so that you can make your own pallet furniture for your own home. Don’t forget to share all your brilliant creations.

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New Yorker Creates Giant Holiday Card by Biking Across Manhattan

by , 12/18/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad’s is the most labor-intensive one we’ve ever seen. In order to create the giant virtual greeting, which spans almost the entire width of Manhattan, Trinidad traced the path of every letter by riding his bike along it. The delightful result, a tech-assisted geoglyph, is the image you see above.

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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

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Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan who’s being cared for at the IAR Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Center in Borneo, after being confiscated from a man who claims that her mother dropped her and ran away when she saw a stranger in the forest. Rickina has a horrible wound on her head that the man says was caused by his machete when he bent down to pick her up, but considering that mother orangutans will fight to the death to protect their young, his story is “suspect”, to say the least. In this video, Rickina is making some new friends, who will hopefully lessen her anxiety at being away from her mother.

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Edag's Light Cocoon is a 3D-printed car inspired by leaves

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Last spring, EDAG unveiled a 3D-printed car that was inspired by a turtle – and the German engineering firm just unveiled its latest car inspired by nature. The EDAG Light Cocoon has a skeletal, organic structure that’s covered in a fabric membrane featuring a pattern inspired by fall leaves.

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Obama just banned drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay

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On Tuesday, Barack Obama passed a ban on drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, saying that the area is “one of America’s greatest natural resources … a beautiful natural wonder.” The bay is “something that is too precious to just put out to the highest bidder,” he added. The ban makes the area permanently off limits to oil and gas drilling.

 

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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

by , 12/18/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was signed by Governor Cuomo on Monday and includes strict penalties ranging from fines of up to $250 to jail time.

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These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

by , 12/18/14

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Artist Ido Yoshimoto designed a limited edition set of elegant, hand-turned walnut cups for Edition Local. Inspired by nature and the works of J.B. Blunk, the unique Wide Walnut Cup is made from Sonoma Claro walnut and crafted with elegant edges. The special edition cups were milled in West Marin, California and are sold singularly.

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Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

by , 12/18/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city’s antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging stations will offer free Wi-Fi as well as free nationwide phone calls from cell phones. Construction will begin some time in 2015, with plans to install approximately 500 kiosks throughout the city in the program’s first year.

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14 Gorgeous and Green Gifts for Her

14 Gorgeous and Green Gifts for Her

Whether you want to woo your wife, charm your mom, sweep your girlfriend off her feet or put a grin on granny’s face, we’ve got a selection of fabulous eco-friendly presents perfect…

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Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public land

Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public…

A new suite of lands bills will protect massive, sweeping areas of American wilderness, including areas in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Washington. The bills will protect…

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Enter your design prototypes to the ICFF Studio competition—Win a spot at ICFF and major media exposure

Enter your design prototypes to the ICFF Studio competition—Win a…

Are you a designer with a working prototype that has yet to reach commercial production? If so, enter your prototype to the juried design competition ICFF Studio and you could get a big…

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets

Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets

For those of us whose pets are practically our children, buying presents and seeing them enjoy their gifts is a delight. Whether you're looking to make your pet feel a little cozier and…

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New York just banned fracking!

New York just banned fracking!

New York just became the first state with sizable shale gas reserves in the United States to ban fracking. In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York cited…

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