Researchers from the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology have found that planting sugarcane on land previously occupied by other crops will cool the local area. It was found that the plant
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Here at Inhabitat, we've got a whole lotta Lego going on, but even we couldn't come close to Sao Paulo's love for the colorful building blocks. Breaking last year's record set by Chile, Brazil built the
The 8th Annual Homeless World Cup drew homeless people from all over the world together to play soccer -- and the organization decided to go far beyond just hosting the tournament. They gave even more
The office building is deceptively simple from a distance, appearing as a 3-story vertical grid of screened windows on one side flanked by concrete walls. Visitors who venture closer discover an
Swedish furniture company IKEA impressed us once again with its announcement on Wednesday that it wants all of the cotton it uses to adhere to Better Cotton Initiative standards. The BCI, a
This cheery community center in the Cardedeu area of Barcelona, Spain, combines three of our favorite things - recycled materials, an emphasis on the surrounding environment, and a green rooftop. Designed
Recently completed in 2010, the five-story Stelmat Headquarters is like a stack of cards with each layer placed to create new rooftop and balcony spaces. Walking up to the building, one is greeted by a
A group of Brazilian scientists found that minced banana peels can remove toxic metals from wastewater up to 20 times better than some commonly used materials.
When is cleaning the sidewalks a crime? When you’re doing it to create art. Obviously. A number of street artists around the world have taken to expressing themselves through an innovative practice
The cardboard structure can hold four passengers who, with the amusing charm of the Flintstones, take to their feet and run along the concrete roads. Attracting attention across the city, the combi causes
Gasland Gasland is the a visually provocative story by writer director Josh Fox who was inspired to explore the dangers of gas drilling when he was offered money to drill at his property in Pennsylvania.
This summer, Heinz will being using Coca-Cola's PlantBottles for all 20 oz. ketchup packaging.
This minimalist table by Brazilian designer Domingos Tótora appears to feature a collection of sandstones below a glass tabletop -- but its base has actually been created from recycled cardboard! The
The Eugenia House by Brazilian Architect João Diniz tells a story of sunlight, cool breezes and art. The home's tall, simple roof creates a large open living space that is light, airy and provides views
This Bahian house in Salvador is a five-bedroom home designed as a square with an interior courtyard. A reflecting pool on one side of the courtyard helps cool the air as breezes blow across it. Two large
Good news for aviation and biofuel buffs: TAM Airlines (Brazil's largest carrier) and Airbus recently completed the first jatropha biofuel-based test flight. The flight, conducted on an A320, was juiced
A group of students in Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently constructed a giant monkey out of thousands of flip-flops! Designed for the Pixelshow 2010 this fun sculpture currently lies innocently in a local park
More frightening than those bruises or arthritis, your old skateboards have come back to haunt you. Carved by designer Beto Janz, these creepy heads mysteriously started to appear around the town of
This Sunday MoMA will open their latest architectural exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. This exhibit presents 11 architectural projects located in five
The Grid House sits on a parcel of land where walking paths converge, leading away to the jungle and off towards hill tops with views. This protected little valley comprises about 16 acres and it is the
Electricity's most fundamental riddle: How does it form in nature? Even centuries after Ben Franklin so famously harnessed lightning, recreating this natural phenomenon has remained an unsolved mystery
It's generally agreed the world over that transportation is the largest contributor to global warming. As such, governments have begun heavily investing in high-speed rail projects and other transport
Some consider wind turbines to be garish blips on serene landscapes. Not so with this Windstalk concept, which utilizes a series of 1203 kinetic energy-generating “stalks” to harness power.
Brazil recently unveiled one of its first eco communities equipped with wind and solar energy! A total of 58 houses in a village on the coast of the country have been built on the concept of zero waste --
Ghetti, who is originally from Brazil, uses his little lead canvases to explore all types of subjects. The image above depicts a part of his 26 pencil letter series - one pencil tip for each letter of
The Dune Hotel is a prefab modular idea that is intended to fill urban niches and go where the action is. Emerging Brazilian Architect Guilherme de Vasconcelos wants us to take a look at those unused
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