eco design

Beautifully Renovated Rierson-Salmons Cabin is Wrapped With an Energy-Efficient Envelope

Beautifully Renovated Rierson-Salmons Cabin is Wrapped With an Energy-Efficient Envelope

The exterior of the Rierson-Salmons Cabin features a thoroughly modern facade accented by linear forms. The black exterior cladding contrasts with the whitewashed masonry texture and naturally-aged wood

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FARMM’s b-Shack is an Urban Hive and Bee Study Center for McGill Students

FARMM’s b-Shack is an Urban Hive and Bee Study Center for McGill Students

The brilliant b-Shack developed by McGill School of Architecture students is an urban beehive that doubles as an educational facility. The project will bring urban beekeepers and volunteers together to

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Ron van der Ende Builds Giant Mixtapes and Car Sculptures with Found Wood

Ron van der Ende Builds Giant Mixtapes and Car Sculptures with Found Wood

Van der Ende looks at the fragments of found wood that he collects as elements of a mosaic. Sorting each plank, remnant and small piece into piles of color and texture, the artist has the incredible

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Treehouse Point Eco Resort Helps You Reconnect With Nature in Washington

Treehouse Point Eco Resort Helps You Reconnect With Nature in Washington

Treehouse Point is an eco resort outside of Seattle, adjacent to a river and located in a beautiful fern-covered forest. Owned and operated by Pete and Judy Nelson, Treehouse Point's mission is tri-fold:

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Sustain Design Studio Packs Serious Functionality into 480 Square Foot Solo 40

Sustain Design Studio Packs Serious Functionality into 480 Square Foot Solo 40

Sustain Design Studio recently unveiled their latest prefab model, the Solo 40, a smart and efficient modular home that packs in a lot in just 480 sq ft. Sustain Design Studio is the brainchild of Candian

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Low-Carbon Limpley Stoke Eco-House is Packed With Green Building Strategies

Low-Carbon Limpley Stoke Eco-House is Packed With Green Building Strategies

Hewitt Studios recently completed the Eco-House in Limpley Stoke Valley using local and low-carbon materials. Locally-sourced straw bale wall panels offer breathable carbon negative insulation. Carbon

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Goncalo Campos’ Wallmonds Hanger Frame Gives a Much Needed Update to the Coat Hook

Goncalo Campos’ Wallmonds Hanger Frame Gives a Much Needed Update to the Coat Hook

Goncalo Campos' Wallmonds Hanger frame is the perfect solution for keeping things at hand in an elegant and sculptural way. Robust and made for everyday use, this modern hanger was designed to stand out

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Zecc Architects Transform Utrecht Church into Striking Modern Home

Zecc Architects Transform Utrecht Church into Striking Modern Home

The church originally featured tall lofty ceilings, so Zecc broke up the open space while creating more living area by inserting modular floors and stairways. The modular additions were built with respect

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Gas & Air Studios Unveil Stylish New Shipping Pallet Coffee Table & Stool

Gas & Air Studios Unveil Stylish New Shipping Pallet Coffee Table & Stool

London-based Gas & Air Studios has unveiled their latest shipping pallet creation, the classic coffee table and a slate covered stool. Gas & Air Studios is the maker of the XChair and the fold-out

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Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Exhibit

Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Exhibit

“Message in a Bottle” asked 50 artists to use the ancient tradition of throwing a bottle into the sea as inspiration to convey their own messages. Each was asked to recycle a bottle of their choice,

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Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

Renovated Ossermann House Opens Up to the Beautiful Namibian Landscape

The residents of the home wanted a renovation that created flexible living spaces, since their children had grown and moved out. Wasserfall Munting took inspiration from the surrounding natural

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The Aquaterra Environmental Center Rehabilitates a Former Coking Plant in France

The Aquaterra Environmental Center Rehabilitates a Former Coking Plant in France

The Aquaterra Environmental Center sits on what used to be the Drocourt coking plant, which began operation in 1925. The plant was one of the largest coke production plants in Europe before it was shut

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Artist Ian Strange Gives Homes Affected by the Christchurch Earthquake One Last Breath of Life

Artist Ian Strange Gives Homes Affected by the Christchurch Earthquake One Last Breath of Life

Strange began seeing the beauty in condemned homes during his first project Suburban, in which the artist transformed foreclosed homes across seven cities in the United States. Final Act picks up where

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Times Square to Host Playful Matchmaking Sculpture for Valentine’s Day

Times Square to Host Playful Matchmaking Sculpture for Valentine’s Day

New York's Times Square will soon play host to a Lovers (and wannabe lovers) from around the world will have a new public art piece to admire this Valentine's Day in Times Square thanks to Young

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Tiny Window House Offers Unobstructed Views of Japan’s Sagamo Bay

Tiny Window House Offers Unobstructed Views of Japan’s Sagamo Bay

The tiny Window House sits on a small plot that is just 10 by 26 feet along the water’s edge at Sagamo Bay. Yoshimura designed the home so that when the owner is not there during the week, the gorgeous

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The House That Jack Built: Olson Kundig Imagines a Cabin on Stilts High Above a Polluted Lake

The House That Jack Built: Olson Kundig Imagines a Cabin on Stilts High Above a Polluted Lake

"The House That Jack Built" imagines a stilted refuge house high above a fictional polluted lake. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the project was created by conceptual artist Jack Daws, who penned a

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to know what

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

INHABITAT: How did Rebar get its start? MATT: Rebar started around a project called the Cabinet National Library. We were inspired by an art magazine in Brooklyn called Cabinet, which had bought a

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Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Casa Flotanta is a two bedroom home built on a hillside overlooking the jungle near Puntarenas. Initial designs for the vacation home considered digging into the steep slope and putting up retaining

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Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Konrad Wójcik designed Pole House for the D3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition and wanted to create a home with virtually no environmental footprint. He came up with an

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2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring are planning to transform the passageways under London’s Northern Line into the world’s largest subterranean farm. The project, named “Growing

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Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

Cantilevered Green Shield Protects McDonalds’ Customers from Adjacent Fuel Station

The monolithic three story fast food joint and fuel station seem oddly out of place in what appears to be a rather run down area of the city, even if it is emerging as a new urban center. Stranger still

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Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Singapore has no shortage of green buildings, but when it comes to energy-efficiency, there is one that surpasses all others. Home of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority Academy, the Zero

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Build With Chrome Game Lets You Make Virtual LEGO Creations Anywhere in the World

Build With Chrome Game Lets You Make Virtual LEGO Creations Anywhere in the World

LEGO fans will be excited to hear that Google Chrome just launched a LEGO game that lets you build with the iconic bricks anywhere in the world. The Build With Chrome app lets you create fantasy life-size

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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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7 Teensy Tiny Tumbleweed Homes for Small-Space Living

7 Teensy Tiny Tumbleweed Homes for Small-Space Living

Check out 7 Tiny Tumbleweed Homes: Anderjack Beaven Gifford Stamper Weller Zinn Walden Anderjack The Anderjack home has 2 columns flanking either end of its entrance that are supported

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9/11 Museum Slated to Open as Early as This May

9/11 Museum Slated to Open as Early as This May

After numerous delays caused by financial disputes and weather issues, the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum says it is finally set to open to the public as early as this May. While many New Yorkers look

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Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Plastic bags / Shutterstock  A group of scientists in India have developed a process to transform disused plastic bags into usable fuel. Researchers at the National Institute of Technology and the

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PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Designed by Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, Gardens by the Bay is a public park built on 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore. The gardens are located at 18 Marina Gardens Drive adjacent

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

Typically, on Inhabitat, we call a prefab home one that is mostly manufactured in a factory setting, but Koones expands the definition to include any home built with prefabricated materials. While she

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