BMW's i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

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Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the car while it parks itself—until now. BMW has revealed a unique i3 prototype that features the company’s newest technology, which allows the i3 to drive to a parking spot and fully park itself while its driver walks off.

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

by , 12/17/14
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Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary material for the home’s furniture and a distinguishing dividing feature within the compact layout. The finished Plywood Trio apartment offers residents an elegant, efficient living space.

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Espresso is a compact urban bicycle designed for Asian cities

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Most bicycles on the market today cater to Caucasian riders, which is why Taiwanese design studio Gearlab designed Espresso, a smaller and more compact bicycle created for the average East Asian rider. Designed to help convince Taipei locals to swap their cars for two wheels, the Espresso Urban Bike is equipped with smaller 20-inch-rim wheels, making it easier to tout around in the cramped living spaces characteristic of high-density Asian cities. The majority of the bike is hand-assembled in Gearlab’s Taipei studio and comes with a front basket, chain guard, kickstand, fenders, and a built-in locking solution. Espresso was awarded with the 2014 Best Design award in the Golden Pin Design Awards.

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VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

by , 12/17/14
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New York City's First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

by , 12/17/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

Want to know what it’s like inside the Meow Parlour cat cafe? Come along with me…

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Greenland's ice is melting faster than previously thought

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Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at a much faster rate than expected according to a new study released Monday in Nature Climate Change. Data from satellites led the study to conclude that Greenland is likely to develop more lakes “that speed up melt,” which would add as much as 20 feet to sea levels.

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15 Affordable Green Gifts Under $50

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Want to get your friends and family great green gifts but don’t have a lot to spend? Our 2014 Gifts Under $50 Guide is chock full of interesting, eco-friendly and off-the-beaten path presents everyone will love. From this cool cutter that turns old bottles into glasses to a handmade scarf that doubles as a purse to a handy kit that lets you can your own food at home, check out all of the affordable gift ideas in our guide here.

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Glumac's pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

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INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

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Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents ensure that their children’s classrooms are as green as they can be? We recently spoke to Aimee Arandia Østensen of the Manhattan Country School about the best ways to implement an eco-friendly curriculum at your child’s school. Read on for her tips here!

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The new male birth control pill could be up to 99% effective!

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Men! The responsibility for whether you have children or not could soon be completely upon you. According to scientists from Airlangga University in Indonesia, a male contraceptive pill derived from the plant Justicia gendarussa is ’99% effective,’ meaning that the responsibility of birth control may soon no longer lie solely with women…not that it should. However, remember guys, Inhabitat believes in safe sex, so please still use protection!

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Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

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VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats your home for pennies a day

Would you believe that you can heat your space with a few candles and a couple of flower pots, all for just pennies a day? It might be difficult to imagine, but it’s easy to do, as this video shows in a brilliant step-by-step demonstration. With just a few items that are readily available at your local hardware store, you can create an electricity-free radiant heater that’ll keep a room toasty and comfortable, for less than the cost of a fancy latte. Click through to learn how you can DIY one of these heaters for yourself:

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Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy science fiction world

by , 12/16/14
filed under: Art, gallery, Urban design

A fantastic light installation by artist Pablo Valbuena lit up the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris using light projectors, sounds systems and architecture to create a trippy artificial reality. Valbuena’s 546-yard-long Kinematope installation turned a railway station into a science fiction set that responds to its environment using light and sound that travel from one side to the other at varying speeds

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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next “Big One” – a massive earthquake that could open California’s San Andreas Fault. According to scientists, there’s a 46 percent chance of 7.5 or larger quake in the Southern California area in the next 30 years.

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The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5…

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This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

Every year for the past 6 years, artist Harald Geisler has been creating a brilliant Typographic Wall Calendar made entirely out of recycled keyboard keys. Geisler uses the exact…

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Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back to rural settings

Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back…

In a project that aims to attract China’s farmers back to the rural landscape and address the ecological and social problems that are a result of China’s rapid urbanization, a team…

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DIY: Recycle last year's Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

DIY: Recycle last year's Christmas cards into a colorful bunting…

Step One:  Gather your materials Old Christmas cards Colorful paper or card stock Twine, string, yarn or thin ribbon Double-sided tape Ruler Pen Scissors Needle and…

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How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds…

It's one thing to make the decision to go solar, but depending on where in the U.S. you live, the ease with which one connects a household rooftop array to the grid—i.e., actually…

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