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6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

1. Don't Drive I know, I know. At face value, this doesn't sound like much fun at all. But that's only because you've forgotten how awesome the alternatives can be. Give your car the day off this Earth

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Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Two traditional gabled volumes are unified with wooden louvers, in Kuhnlein Architecktur’s Timber House in rural Germany. The double-peaked home is divided into two sections, keeping living spaces and

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Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel

Playful Melbourne family home by Make Architecture has a community hub feel

Make Architecture have created a playful new extension for an outward looking family in Melbourne. The new gable roofed extension to an old bungalow creates a second front and entrance that connects,

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Japanese design firm Nendo experiments with light, material and space at Milan Design Week (PHOTOS)

Japanese design firm Nendo experiments with light, material and space at Milan Design Week (PHOTOS)

Minimal, abstract and ethereal exhibition at Permanente di Milano showcases the latest Nendo’s works. On the occasion of Fuorisalone 2015 the two floors of the museum are fully packed with evocative

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Modern timber frame oyster shack grows a garden on its roof

Modern timber frame oyster shack grows a garden on its roof

The charming oyster shack is divided into two parts: an oyster hangar and the living spaces comprising the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedroom. A kink in the roof and building help delineate

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Stunning green-roofed Autofamily House features a drive-thru art gallery in Poland

Stunning green-roofed Autofamily House features a drive-thru art gallery in Poland

Access to the 990-square-meter Autofamily House starts at the south-end entrance, where a ramped driveway leads automobiles up into the living room located three meters above ground level. The

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8 of the world’s most inspiring homes

8 of the world’s most inspiring homes

Breathtaking Shipping Container Studio: San Antonio, Texas Texas architect Jim Poteet transformed a 40-foot shipping container into this gorgeous deep blue backyard studio replete with a verdant living

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Element 1 is a modern prefab island retreat that frames views of Puget Sound

Element 1 is a modern prefab island retreat that frames views of Puget Sound

Method Home’s Element 1 was the perfect fit for Karen Kiest, a landscape architect who purchased a plot of land on Marrowstone Island that had stunning views but lacked buildable space. Kiest determined

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Gorgeous rainbow honeycomb mural spruces up Halle, Germany

Gorgeous rainbow honeycomb mural spruces up Halle, Germany

The All You Can Paint Festival Project was part of a revitalization effort for Halle, a German city with a declining population. After Zumi agreed to participate, she was given a difficult building canvas

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to successfully grow an herb garden

INFOGRAPHIC: How to successfully grow an herb garden

Whether you’re looking to beautify your home or save money in the kitchen, growing your own windowsill or indoor herb garden is an economical way to satisfy both goals. While all herbs can adapt to life

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Passively cooled Olympia Residence is a modern home on the prairie

Passively cooled Olympia Residence is a modern home on the prairie

The clients, Eric and Melinda, sought a simple yet contemporary home that emphasized a connection with nature. Unlike the farmhouse aesthetic common in Yelm, the custom-designed Olympia Residence is

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Cantilevered home takes advantage of a tiny, sloping lot in Kirkland, Washington

Cantilevered home takes advantage of a tiny, sloping lot in Kirkland, Washington

Inhabitat favorite Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture is no stranger to tackling challenging design projects. So when the owner of a tiny, steep, vegetated lot in Kirkland, Washington wanted a

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Guidacci develops unconventional Italian home addition out of sustainable zinc siding

Guidacci develops unconventional Italian home addition out of sustainable zinc siding

One solution to the dilemma of needing more space in one’s home, yet only having a small lot on which to build, is to build up. And that is what designer Raimondo Guidacci chose to do with a small home

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10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

Happy Hikers, Shutterstock 1. Take a Hike There is no better way to get back in touch with the Earth's rhythms than to actually go outdoors and experience its many wonders. This Earth Day, why not take

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CORE designs solar-powered holiday home for founder’s family

CORE designs solar-powered holiday home for founder’s family

CORE Architects have designed a gorgeous glass and timber holiday home for founding principal Charles Gane, in the idyllic Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. Set on the edge of the bay, the home is an

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Versatile prefab Passion House M1 snaps together in just two days

Versatile prefab Passion House M1 snaps together in just two days

The environmentally friendly Passion House M1 is constructed mainly out of wood, with a glulam structure frame and cross-laminated-timber wall panels. The windows are made from wood-aluminum and the

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This gorgeous bamboo (f)route POD is perfect for your next glamping getaway

This gorgeous bamboo (f)route POD is perfect for your next glamping getaway

Designed by bamboo architecture specialists Giant Grass, the (f)route POD is a large, portable structure constructed from laminated woven bamboo strips for form an elegant, nature-inspired structure.

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Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

Energy Harvesting Eco-leaf Shade Doubles as a Light Source at Night

The Eco-leaf is a solar shade concept that will lower your carbon footprint and brighten your living room. Eco-leaf's unique energy harvesting design integrates proven-technologies like solar, E ink, and

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Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Energy-positive portable classroom produces four times more energy than it needs

Prefabricated off-site as three modules, the 960-square-foot portable classroom is topped with a distinctive sawtooth roof that uses north-facing windows to optimize ventilation and natural daylight to

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Loom Artist Studio is a Tiny Pink House Boasting Big Eco Strategies in Aspen

Loom Artist Studio is a Tiny Pink House Boasting Big Eco Strategies in Aspen

1 Friday Design Collective began working with the client to remodel their kitchen and then began designing a series of artist studio studies. These studies evolved into the result you see here - Loom, a

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Casa BS is an understated residence clad in locally-sourced flagstone

Casa BS is an understated residence clad in locally-sourced flagstone

The Casa BS is a stone-clad residence designed to blend in with the surrounding treeless landscape in Tapalpa. The horizontal volume, which was designed by Elias Rizo Arquiectos, is discreetly half-buried

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Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension

Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension

From the back of the Sanderson’s yard, the unusual addition appears literally like a colorful fox-shaped structure that sits in front of the original architecture in the grassy garden. Although the

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Chrysalis Childcare Centre uses existing trees as symbolic centerpieces

Chrysalis Childcare Centre uses existing trees as symbolic centerpieces

Large and looming trees can be seen as problematic for commercial development, yet the architects at Collingridge and Smith Architects instead saw a unique opportunity. The site was realized as an ideal

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Modular net-zero net-energy SEED Classroom to debut in Pittsburgh

Modular net-zero net-energy SEED Classroom to debut in Pittsburgh

The Phipps SEED classroom follows the same design principles as the one in Seattle, which the SEED Collaborative built for the Perkins School. Both structures offer a sustainably restorative learning

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Artist David Adey assembles found images and magazine clippings into intricate collages

Artist David Adey assembles found images and magazine clippings into intricate collages

With the patience of a Buddhist monk, David Adey tediously searches for exact, unaltered images to place in his pieces. Hundreds of arms, legs, hands, feet, and lips in varying positions and colors are

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DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

DIY: How to Plant a Personal Garden In a Small Urban Space

Many people bemoan the fact that they can't grow their own food (or even flowers) because they lack any kind of garden space, but guess what? You can actually grow more than you realize in really small

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Telesis v2.0 is an open and airy renovated post-war home

Telesis v2.0 is an open and airy renovated post-war home

Metropolitan Architectural Practice (MAP) revamped an incomplete property that was started in the 1950s to create an open, modernist residence that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living called

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Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

Cepezed transforms turn-of-the-century industrial buildings into the “Creative Cluster Delft”

The three halls on the Ezelsveldlaan were built at the start of the twentieth century as a laboratory for the department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering, to teach the workings of steam and combustion

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House 3 is a green-roofed modern home in Toronto that seems to glow from inside

House 3 is a green-roofed modern home in Toronto that seems to glow from inside

The house is located in the West Queen West neighborhood of Toronto-a two-kilometer strip that runs along Queen West between Bathurst St and Gladstone Avenue which has reinvented itself since the 1990s as

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Modern Scottish retreat is disguised as an old stone mill

Modern Scottish retreat is disguised as an old stone mill

WT Architecture has previous experience with transforming old ruins into stunning new homes. In 2011, we featured their award-winning The White House, in which they turned a crumbling stone facade into an

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