Sustainable Design

Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

It's challenging to build contemporary buildings that mesh with a given vernacular, and even more so to do so in a way that minimizes site disturbance. Yet BURO II & ARCHI+I have achieved both with

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Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

London's Canary Wharf will never be the same after tomorrow, when the first Crossrail station is slated to open and revitalize the city's financial nucleus. Designed by Foster & Partners, the seven-storey

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Do-gooder teenagers have built an incredible tiny home community for homeless adults in Seattle. The project, called Impossible City and run by Sawhorse Revolution, teaches teens basic construction and

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Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

If you find yourself wandering the countryside north of Auckland, do not be alarmed if you encounter a very funky rubber tree. No, this forty foot folly is not a giant Wookiee or a rejected Muppet. Named

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Authorities have intercepted more than three tonnes of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was opened to reveal 511

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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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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Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

We can take our hats off to Germany, leading the way with investment in renewable energy, pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany's Earthship builders point out that

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love for

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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

Solar Fire Concentration Ltd hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world- by crowd funding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun campaign, which

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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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6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

VINTAGE TEACUP CANDLES You've probably seen fancy candles like these selling for exorbitant prices, but you can make your own for just a few bucks. Just use teacups you already own or pick up a few at

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Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

When closed, the PIA looks like a typical wardrobe cabinet. Available in varying finishes like white, black and wood, the cabinet can be outfitted with outer shelving to hold knickknacks, artwork, or even

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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog

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This video camera captures light to generate its own power

This video camera captures light to generate its own power

A team from Columbia University's School of Engineering has created a groundbreaking video camera that converts the light captured when creating an image into electrical power to create a self-contained

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12 fresh designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week 2015

12 fresh designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week 2015

Every year, Designersblock showcases emerging and established designers through different events ranging from product design to graphics and illustration, architecture and fashion Installations,

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PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

This past weekend, the Philadelphia Zoo opened a new art exhibition that celebrates larger than life installations made entirely from recycled materials. Second Nature: Junk Rethunk features the work of

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Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

In order to create privacy, the ground floor was positioned parallel to the road, acting as a wall to keep the back yard in seclusion with a nearly solid brick façade. Around the back of the home, the

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7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

“Mood – Object” is an exhibition at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair that is dedicated to the works of Chinese designers. The exhibition is a spiritual spot at Fuorisalone at University of Milan

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Sky garden-lined hotel in PyeongChang is a sustainable retreat for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Sky garden-lined hotel in PyeongChang is a sustainable retreat for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Planning Korea Designs’ green terrace-lined hotel for PyeongChang, South Korea will snake in cascading curves that form an infinity shape. Designed for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the tourist-friendly

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The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

By Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College How human-centered experience is changing interior design Interior design is undergoing transformation

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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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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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Are Dutch Docklands’ Floating Islands a Sustainable Alternative to Dubai’s Sinking World Islands?

Are Dutch Docklands’ Floating Islands a Sustainable Alternative to Dubai’s Sinking World Islands?

This is not the first time that floating islands have been proposed as a solution to the struggling "World" islands project, in which hundreds of little islands collectively shaped like the world are

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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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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect this functional

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