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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

iPad owners can keep an eye on the amount of energy that the building uses, since all of its systems are connected to the web-based Gen7 energy monitoring system. From the solar array onwards, all

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Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur 2014

Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur 2014

If you want to know where the future of design is headed, look to the young designers who are breaking ground today. This maxim rang true at this year's Ventura Interieur in Belgium, where a group of

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107 Million Spiders Found in 4-Acre Nest at Baltimore Wastewater Plant

107 Million Spiders Found in 4-Acre Nest at Baltimore Wastewater Plant

If you're afraid of spiders, avert your eyes - a nightmare straight out of Arachnophobia was just discovered in Baltimore's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Researchers found spiderwebs covering 95% of the

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT: How would you describe your signature style? As we all know, we're in the era of the 'iconic building' and the 'starchitect'. However facile this might be, the designs of public institutions

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Lightning Packs Develops Energy-Generating Backpack for Soldiers and Relief Workers

Lightning Packs Develops Energy-Generating Backpack for Soldiers and Relief Workers

Lightning Packs LLC have created an electricity-generating backpack that can "provide wearable renewable electricity for combat soldiers or disaster-relief workers operating in remote locations."

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Massive Skylight Brings New Life to an Old Historic Church in the Spanish Countryside

Ferran Vizoso designed the renovation of this 1,050 square meter church for the Corbera d’Ebre municipality and the government institution Generalitat de Catalunya. The clients wanted to utilize a

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

Johannesburg-based Architects of Justice were commissioned to design the library, but after the project ran out of money, the design team had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution

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Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

    Although many aspects of the home are crisp and modern, there's also a strong rustic aesthetic that pays tribute to its locale. Built with rustic materials, the exposed beams and barn

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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Marleen Jansen’s See-Saw Table Explores Mealtime Manners

Marleen Jansen’s See-Saw Table Explores Mealtime Manners

Dutch designer Marleen Jansen has brought play-time to the dining room with her re-invention of the quintessential playground toy - the see-saw. The De Tafelwip project is a fun and fanciful table that

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The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

3,500 aluminum vases were attached to the furniture store's exterior wall via a wire grid and then planted with no fewer than 9,000 seedlings of Espada-de-São-Jorge - a popular plant in Brazil that has

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Biome is a Smart Living Flora Terrarium You Nurture With Your iPad

Biome is a Smart Living Flora Terrarium You Nurture With Your iPad

25 The flora terrarium is encased in a high tech capsule that works a little like a live Tamagotchi. Low energy lighting is integrated into the capsule to replicate sunlight, while sensors provide real

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Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Building with earth is an ancient practice that has recently been updated to accommodate modern homes. Vallejo built this house using a system called Superadobe, which was originally invented by Iranian

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Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

The Garden Factory consists of the Manufacturing Plant and Global Parts Center located in the arid climate of northeast Rajasthan in India. The buildings boast photovoltaic panels producing 1.5 Megawatts

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Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

The architects designed the addition as a strong and distinctive space that remains inconspicuous when seen from the outside. The aim was to dematerialize the room by using white walls and an envelope

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos’ Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

Portugal's [i]da arquitectos designed an extension to the sublime Monte Novo da Cruz development as a rural tourist destination. Although they were focused on recovering and expanding the existing

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David Sheppard Architects’ Green-Roofed Chimes House is a Sculptural Home for a Pianist

David Sheppard Architects’ Green-Roofed Chimes House is a Sculptural Home for a Pianist

The owner of the Chimes House settled for a one bedroom, but she insisted on having enough space for her two pianos. The project was designed for minimal living next to her former home, which she sold to

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Reclaimed Wood Clads This Japanese Izakaya’s Origami-Like Interior in Montreal

Reclaimed Wood Clads This Japanese Izakaya’s Origami-Like Interior in Montreal

Montreal's Izakaya Kinoya has been a hit on the city's food scene since its opening in 2012, but Jean de Lessard's recent renovation of the Japanese tapas bar is expected to draw even larger crowds eager

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Vanmoof’s B6 Bicycle is Perfect for Urban Commuters

Vanmoof’s B6 Bicycle is Perfect for Urban Commuters

Need an extra push to get started with bike commuting? You're in luck: Dutch cycling company Vanmoof just launched their amazing B6 Bicycle in the U.S. With in-built high-powered bike lights and puncture

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

By now, you've probably heard of the High Line, but did you know that there is also an underground park called the LowLine proposed for downtown Manhattan? It may have seemed like a pipe dream at first

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering town. The

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Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

The design approach was based on the teaching of the Schola Riccatiana and the concept of absolute beauty achieved through the relationship between architecture, mathematics and music. The architects used

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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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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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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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Fracking Company Paints Drill Bits Pink to Fight Breast Cancer

Fracking Company Paints Drill Bits Pink to Fight Breast Cancer

Accusations of "pinkwashing" have recently been leveled at a partnership between breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen and "oilfield services" company Baker Hughes. To help raise awareness of breast

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