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Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

If you're one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days 'til springtime, chances are you may have also been daydreaming about gardening as well. March isn't just one of

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INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

Inhabitat: What kind of architecture do you create? LIKEArchitects: We try to build projects in which humor, subjectivity, emotion and surprise ally with the desirable functionality of any architectural

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Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Image of fat rat / Shutterstock Researchers say that the obesity crisis sweeping across the United States is not restricted to humans. A new study by Pro Publica found that animals are also putting on

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Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Several years ago Inhabitat visited Berlin's abandoned Kulturpark - and the overgrown amusement park can now be yours for the modest sum of 1.62 million Euros! The former Spreepark has been abandoned

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

Artist Michael Rakowitz designed a smart urban shelter that uses excess heat from building HVAC systems to keep the homeless warm. Inspired by Bedouin tents that respond to different kinds of desert

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New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

Yoga Mat photo from Shutterstock Until Subway announced it was pulling azodicarbonamide (ADA) out of its bread last week, few people had ever heard of this food additive found in many baked goods. As

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ORNL Developing Ultra Quick 3D Printer That Could Create Objects 500 Times Faster

ORNL Developing Ultra Quick 3D Printer That Could Create Objects 500 Times Faster

The U.S Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has partnered with machine tool manufacturer Cincinnati Incorporated to speed up 3D printing. The joint project aims not only to make

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Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Tortoises are among the most endangered species on the planet, and a good shell can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. In order to protect the world’s tortoises, conservationists are defacing their

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

 Jason and Camilla Iftakhar INHABITAT: Tell us a bit about your background in eco-design. What made you decide to focus on scooters? I was first introduced to the concept of sustainability and eco

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DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter

DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter

At my local grocery store, out here in the middle of nowhere, a head of cauliflower costs $5 and a wilted ball of lettuce might run you $3. It's a far cry from the vibrant fruit and vegetable markets we

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Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead - a pollutant that was widely used in the automobile industry

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WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

Green just became greener. San Francisco-based company, WoodStalk, offers cannabis consumers an all-natural, reusable, sustainable bamboo container to store their cannabis. Similar to reusable grocery

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USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food production.

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world.

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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Xeros Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes

Xeros Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes

While most modern washers cut down on the massive amount of time and physical labor they used to require, they still hog a great deal of electricity, water, and detergent. The Xeros washing machine

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Finnish Reindeer Sprayed with Glow-in-the-Dark Liquid to Prevent Traffic Accidents

Finnish Reindeer Sprayed with Glow-in-the-Dark Liquid to Prevent Traffic Accidents

The Finnish government has embarked on a pilot project that involves spraying a special glow-in-the-dark liquid on reindeer in an attempt to prevent traffic accidents. It's estimated that the local

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Massive BigRep One 3D Printer Can Create Life-Size Furniture

Massive BigRep One 3D Printer Can Create Life-Size Furniture

By now you've probably seen desktop 3D Printers capable of churning out knick-knacks and tchotchkes - but the new BigRep One 3D printer is capable of printing life-size furniture! The massive fabrication

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INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

Friedman was one of the top US World Cup Downhillers and a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years before an injury forced him into retirement in 2009. Every year, Friedman was handed a load of new gear

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New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

While they might give you a glowing complexion, the tiny microbeads found in your face and body washes pose a big threat to waterways and aquatic life. In order to prevent the small but harmful beads from

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Endless Cycling is Cáceres Céspedes' first prototype, created as a mobile construction that can be used for bike training, racing or touring purposes. Already tested in Chile’s Central Valley,

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Artist Calvin Seibert Sculpts Mindblowing Modernist Sandcastles in Hawaii

Artist Calvin Seibert Sculpts Mindblowing Modernist Sandcastles in Hawaii

Trained as a sculptor's assistant, the New York-based artist uses his skills to craft sand sculptures that straddle the line between architecture and art. Seibert begins each artwork by sculpting the

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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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Heart & Noble Repurposes Plastic Cable Ties As Conceptual Jewelry

Heart & Noble Repurposes Plastic Cable Ties As Conceptual Jewelry

Most of us wouldn't look for fashion inspiration at the hardware store, but that's exactly where Cristina Gabriele's London- and New York-based label, Heart & Noble, found ideas for their newest line

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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

A newly-published study describes how for the first time, scientists have been able to generate more energy through an experiment than was used to initiate nuclear fusion. For more than 50 years,

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New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

New Solvent Could Shrink the Paper Industry’s Energy Footprint By 40 Percent

Paper photo from Shutterstock Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology recently teamed up with paper industry specialists to develop a new solvent that could drastically change the way the

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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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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

IDEA 1: Eco-Friendly Valentine's Day Cards Nothing says I love you like the actual words, written down on paper. Getting love notes on Valentine's Day is an age-old tradition, so this year, why not

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