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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Bicycle Haüs is a Gleaming Green Mecca for Cycling Enthusiasts

Bicycle Haüs is a Gleaming Green Mecca for Cycling Enthusiasts

The recently re-located bike shop is a two-story wedge structure that uses a combination of resilient materials, solar power and strategic window placement to conserve energy. Along with the metal

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Fantastic Plastic ‘House with Big Window’ is Extremely Energy Efficient

Fantastic Plastic ‘House with Big Window’ is Extremely Energy Efficient

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this 19th century home has recently undergone through a massive renovation. The Turin-based architects stripped away the aged building materials and replaced them with

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Google’s Sweet Amsterdam Office is Topped With Stroopwafel-Shaped Ceiling Panels

Google’s Sweet Amsterdam Office is Topped With Stroopwafel-Shaped Ceiling Panels

Like Google's offices in Mountain View, New York, London, Pittsburgh and Dublin, the company's Amsterdam headquarters features a fun and engaging design. Bold colors, textured materials and vibrant

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Karel Verstraeten Transforms Abandoned Trailer into Comfy Family Cabin

Karel Verstraeten Transforms Abandoned Trailer into Comfy Family Cabin

Previously used as an office on a construction site, the trailer was reformed for the family under the supervision of Verstraeten. First the exterior of the trailer was clad with rustic oak panels. A

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Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Despite being incredibly remote, Fogo Island is still susceptible to human impact. The Shorefast Foundation is eager to protect both the dynamic, rough natural surroundings without disrupting an

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Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Have you heard of Edith Macefield? This old lady turned down a million dollar offer to sell her home to make way for a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington. Without Edith's land, the developer had to

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof

Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof

M-M House was built at the bottom of a granite rock slope on land belonging to the client's grandparents, who also live on the property in a 100-year-old blue wooden villa located upslope. To reinforce

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For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

For Perennial Fruit Gardens, Berries Are the Way to Grow

Hardy, easy to cultivate, resistant to disease, and quick to yield, berry bushes are perfect for just about any garden environment. Whether you have a large lot in which to plant fruit-bearing hedges, or

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Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

The Solar Sinter is made up of seven stations: a photovoltaic panel, the focal point for drawing the sun’s rays, a sun tracker, fresnel lens (for magnifying the rays), a battery, controlling

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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Richard Neutra’s Elegant Mid-Century Pitcairn House Hits the Market for $6 Million

Richard Neutra’s Elegant Mid-Century Pitcairn House Hits the Market for $6 Million

Completed in 1962, the spacious six-bedroom home with amazing views of the surrounding woods is known for modernist details that blend the home into its environment. Clad in natural stone work, PPG double

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World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

Groncol and Paisajismo Urbano have been working on a number of projects in Colombia recently, and they just completed the Green Medellin wall. Located on the side of a residential building in the "el

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

The project, called “A Recipe To Live,” stands in the coastal town of Taiki-cho in Hokkaido. It was designed by students Masaki Ogasawara, Keisuke Tsukada and Erika Mikami to follow the natural cycles

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6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

Tiny House Family In most traditional homes, we end up paying for space we don't really use. Sure a guest bedroom, office, den, and two car garage sound great, but is it really worth the three times a

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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Raw Architecture’s Scottish Highlands House has Perfect Views of Mountain Sunrises and Island Sunsets

Raw Architecture’s Scottish Highlands House has Perfect Views of Mountain Sunrises and Island Sunsets

Raw Architecture Workshop set the home's living spaces on the upper portion of the plot, while the sleeping areas and entry level are stacked beneath. The home's exposed concrete base is overshadowed by

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Charming Vega Cottage is a Romantic Getaway in the Wild Arctic Landscape

Charming Vega Cottage is a Romantic Getaway in the Wild Arctic Landscape

Kolman Boye Architects wrapped Vega Cottage in a continuous timber skin weathered to an attractive silver-gray patina that matches the muted and natural tones of the landscape. Situated on top of a rock

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Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen’s California Food and Agriculture Pavilion Produces Crops and Green Energy

Michael Jantzen's pavilion proposal is designed as a tourist attraction for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Its design is intended to sustainably celebrate the great diversity, and the

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25hour Bikini Berlin Hotel is an Urban Oasis with Panoramic Views

25hour Bikini Berlin Hotel is an Urban Oasis with Panoramic Views

The designers approached the project with a variety of green infusions, incorporating plants into the open modern design of the hotel. Throughout the hotel, hanging bag-planters are slung over exposed

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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Bahadir Kul Architects’ Kayseri Ice Rink Sports Candy-Colored Windows in Turkey

Bahadir Kul Architects’ Kayseri Ice Rink Sports Candy-Colored Windows in Turkey

Located less than 6 miles from the city center, the Kayseri Ice Rink is easily accessible via public transportation. Inside, the two-story building is split into a ground floor dominated by the ice rink

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Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Over the course of 12 months, Queens University Belfast worked alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, England to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.

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6.9 Earthquake Hits Northern California

6.9 Earthquake Hits Northern California

A 6.9 earthquake shook California yesterday, striking just off of the northern coast near Eureka, followed by at least a dozen aftershocks with a magnitude as high as 4.6. The earthquake struck about 50

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Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

In a unique collaboration with Sennheiser, artist Kristjana S Williams takes visitors on an audio tour through a bamboo forest. Each visitor is given a set of headphones and a portable player and as they

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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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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

Built at the end of the client's garden, this cedar-clad writer's retreat is a quiet sanctuary that preserves views to the yard and maximizes natural light through skylights and frameless glazing. The

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