sustainable design

LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

Hey parents! School is in session, and to help prepare your kids for the coming school year we're giving away $200 worth of green school supplies from our friends at The Ultimate Green Store! Two lucky

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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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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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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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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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DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

We're now entering the dog days of summer and temperatures are soaring across the states - but don't reach straight for the AC just yet. Did you know that one of the most efficient ways to cool your home

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

The stunning Mashpi Rainforest Eco-Lodge has been honored with a 2014 World Travel Award as Ecuador's Leading Green Hotel. Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge is dedicated to

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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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Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Did you know that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits - including reducing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis? Unfortunately, most breast pumps

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

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Underwater Bonsai Brings New Calm to a Thousand Year Old Tradition

Underwater Bonsai Brings New Calm to a Thousand Year Old Tradition

Inspired by the historic tradition of bonsais in Japanese culture, Azuma is constantly on the quest to explore new ways of viewing the customary plant. Submerging the bonsai figure in water gives it a new

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Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

The garage renovation was designed by PATH Architecture to create a versatile space for the client that could be used as a guesthouse, an apartment, an artist’s space, or a yoga studio. An updated

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Rotterdam’s Cube Houses Look Like They’re About to Topple Over!

Rotterdam’s Cube Houses Look Like They’re About to Topple Over!

They may look like they're about to topple over, but these cube-shaped houses actually form a small village within the city center of Rotterdam, NL. A modern concept designed by the late architect Piet

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The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

Harold and Helena Skow had a traditional Navajo “home build kit” and had already completed a CMU foundation for the traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. The Skows had not finished the house

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College is a small college in northeast Georgia that made a transition from a 2-year college to a 4-year institution in about six years ago. To accommodate new students, the college had to

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Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Sir Paul and Nathalie co-designed the shed with the aim of creating a place to switch off, somewhere to relax. He chose to work with Nathalie, a bespoke furniture designer-maker from London, for her

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Watch the World’s Happiest Dog Plunge into the Ocean with a GoPro Strapped to His Back (Video)

Watch the World’s Happiest Dog Plunge into the Ocean with a GoPro Strapped to His Back (Video)

Have you ever dreamed of coming back as a happy dog? Now you can get a taste of this happiness thanks to the new Fetch harness by GoPro. The adventure camera company has unveiled an awesome sample reel by

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Work began on the South Surrey Passive House designed by Vancouver-based Marken Design + Consulting in 2012 and it was completed in 2013 with three generations of a family living in it - grandparents,

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

James&Mau's Casa El Tiemblo is an energy-efficient home made of four stacked shipping containers. Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of prefabricated,

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Modscape’s Cliff House Hangs Perilously Over a Cliff’s Edge in Australia

Modscape’s Cliff House Hangs Perilously Over a Cliff’s Edge in Australia

Australian prefab architecture specialists Modscape Concept have designed an exciting five story home that clings to a cliff’s edge. Aptly called Cliff House, the design was created in response to a

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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Lovingly constructed over a period of several years with mostly recycled materials and help from friends, the HemLoft is truly one of the most perfect treehouse designs we have seen over the years, and we

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New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona’s Organics Restaurant

New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona’s Organics Restaurant

Urbanarbolismo and Unusualgreen just unveiled one of their latest vertical gardens, this time at the entrance to the Organics Restaurant in Barcelona. Low maintenance design and operation plus hardy

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Crazy Hot Art Paintings Double as Energy Efficient Infrared Heaters!

Crazy Hot Art Paintings Double as Energy Efficient Infrared Heaters!

BRZBrands' Hot Art brings paintings to your home that do more than just warm your soul -- each work of art doubles as an energy-efficient infrared heater. Hot Art brings spa quality heat to any room

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Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

The Municipality of Amsterdam granted space&matter and their associates access to the De Ceuvel site with a 10-year lease. Because of the temporary nature of the project, the designers’ budget was

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

ModFruGal isn't a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a "gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty." The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee

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Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Initially a painter, Oliveira was inspired by an old wooden fence he saw through his window across the street from his studio in Sao Paulo. The wood was so weathered that it split into layers, which

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Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

German light bulb maker LEDON enlisted Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada to create the impossible- a light bulb made from wood. Fukusada created the illusionary lamp by wrapping an LED bulb in a thin

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