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TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

TGH Architects Gives California’s Hupomone Ranch a LEED Platinum Upgrade

With a nod toward a traditional barn house, Hupomone Ranch is clad with a peaked two story glass façade, which floods the interior with light while showcasing the rolling hills of the family’s

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London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames

London Proposes £600M Bicycle Highway to Float Along the River Thames

A new bicycle lane in London could allow cyclists to float on the River Thames. The Thames Deckway, proposed by River Cycleway Consortium Ltd, would create a bicycle-only path along the river that would

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Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

Spooky Gue(ho)st House Draped in a Melted White Veil Opens in France

The sculptural Gue(ho)st House building is situated adjacent to the Delme Contemporary Art Center, which is housed in a former Synagogue located in a small town in the far northeastern corner of France.

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Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Apple Awarded Patent for Solar-Powered MacBooks

Charging your laptop may soon be as easy as sitting in the sun, as Apple has been awarded a patent for a new solar-powered MacBook. Still just a novel idea, a small solar panel affixed to the back of the

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3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

3D-Printed Mycelium Chair Sprouts Living Mushrooms!

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek’s new Mycelium Chair is an amazing mushroom-sprouting seat that fuses organic materials with modern 3D printing technology. Working with the University of Aachen,

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

The Stream Belmont is a 6-story, 70-unit apartment building in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood with close proximity to tons of shops, restaurants and transit. In fact, the building is so well situated

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Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

The building’s shape was derived from the native Cree people’s traditional longhouse, called a shaptuan, which was common in the village of Ouje-Bougoumou where the center now stands. The ground floor

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Hu2′s Fun Wall Stickers Gently Remind You to Turn Off Lights and Conserve Energy

Hu2′s Fun Wall Stickers Gently Remind You to Turn Off Lights and Conserve Energy

Is there someone in your household who just can't seem to remember to turn off the lights when they leave the room? Give them the gentle nudge they need by posting up a few of Hu2's clever wall decals.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut “Fish Scales” in Copenhagen

The mobile Dome of Visions greenhouse studio and temporary cultural center has set off on a two-year tour of Denmark and its first stop until May is at Copenhagen harbor. Squeezed between Noma restaurant

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The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School was established side-by-side with the non-profit Meranggi Foundation, which develops bamboo plantations by presenting seedlings to local rice farmers. The project also harnessed the

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Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Ibuku (formerly called PTBambu), a design-build firm located outside of Bali’s cultural center of Ubud, is the visionary behind both the Green School and the Green Village. So far one home in the

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Industrial Giant Cargill Announces Promise to Stop Leveling Rainforests

Industrial Giant Cargill Announces Promise to Stop Leveling Rainforests

Mega agricultural and industrial company Cargill has announced at the UN Climate Summit that it will begin to support the New York Declaration on Forests- and stop leveling rainforests. The company, which

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Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

The Soon team set to work on piles of used paper, printed with everything from ads to editorials. The pages were separated into a rainbow of colors, giving the paper crafters easy access for their

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How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as The Clark, originally opened in 1955 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Over the years the museum has expanded to include the Manton Research

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Munchausen’s Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

Munchausen’s Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

You might be forgiven for assuming that LEGOs are just child’s play. Forgiven, that is, until you see this stunning kitchen renovation. Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti created a

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits the Studio of Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits the Studio of Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

Inhabitat recently had the chance to visit the studio of photographer Elena Lyakir and furniture designer Eric Slayton, a couple based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Read on to see what the duo had to say about

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The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is tucked into a hillside in a rural area with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Oriented to take advantage of solar gain, the home faces south, but is properly shielded

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Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Peter Chapman, aka Memphis Slim, grew up in a low-income neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. The collaborative project fuses a desire to preserve an important historical landmark, while also giving back

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The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini Home's exterior materials are comprised of an Iverit façade and a bitumen roof while the floor is laid with hardwood panels. All of the prefabricated modules and add ons, including a compact

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Benjamin Verdonck’s Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

Benjamin Verdonck’s Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

Located in Ghent, Beligum, Verdonck’s piece hangs askew around the thick trunk of an old tree. From afar the tree house’s roof is partially hidden from view, by the tree’s lush leaves and branches.

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Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

The Dollhouse is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Heather Benning, who likes finding old, run down homes and turning them into giant installations. In 2005, Benning found the two-story

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Willow Sculptor Tom Hare Crafts an Enchanting Glowing Tree House as a Surprise for a Friend

Willow Sculptor Tom Hare Crafts an Enchanting Glowing Tree House as a Surprise for a Friend

Long time friends Tom Hare, a celebrated willow sculptor, and Zoe Lathbury have always talked about the dying Cherry tree at the back of Zoe's garden and its potential for one of Tom's fabulous designs.

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a core utility space in

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DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in some of the

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California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco's California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love

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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is based in Louisville,

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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