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Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Studio Marco Vermeulen believes that we need new building materials that aren't made from increasingly scarce fossil fuels. That's why they are partnering with Nabasco, which uses widely available waste

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Mischer’Traxler’s Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

Mischer’Traxler’s Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

PCM Design just launched these beautiful ‘Reversed Volume Leaves’ platters, which were designed by mischer’traxler. To create the design, the space between a leaf and the container was filled up

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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Artist Hillary Fayle Weaves Incredible Embroidery into Leaves (Without Breaking Them!)

Artist Hillary Fayle Weaves Incredible Embroidery into Leaves (Without Breaking Them!)

Hillary Fayle comes from the outskirts of NYC but is currently doing an MFA in Craft/Material Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She works with leaves as a primary material,

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INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for

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OpenReflex: World’s First DIY 3D Printed SLR Launches a Crowdfunding Campaign

OpenReflex: World’s First DIY 3D Printed SLR Launches a Crowdfunding Campaign

Last year, we were blown away by student Léo Marius' OpenReflex, the world's first DIY 3D printed SLR. The fully functional and open source camera is not only easy to assemble, but it's also incredibly

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

We met up with Max at the Techshop in San Francisco, CA to see the Lumio first hand. At first glance the lamp looks like a simple hard-bound book or journal, but once you open it, the book unfolds several

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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist, and are far more

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Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

Herndon, VA: June 12, 2014 SunCache, a just-released project on the popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, introduces a powerful portable solar charging system integrated into an innovative custom

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Infinity Screen’s FSC-Certified Paper Modules Easily Interlock into Flexible Curtains and Wall Dividers

Infinity Screen’s FSC-Certified Paper Modules Easily Interlock into Flexible Curtains and Wall Dividers

David Weeks Studio recently unveiled the Infinity Screen, a modular and lightweight wall divider that can be easily customized to fit a variety of architectural spaces. The installation is created from

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Alex MacLean’s Aerial Images of Tar Sands Reveal Shocking Details About Keystone XL Source

Alex MacLean’s Aerial Images of Tar Sands Reveal Shocking Details About Keystone XL Source

Having worked on projects in the past with renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben, MacLean considers himself a “quasi-activist.” He saw some images by other photographers working in the tar sands

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Geometric Green-Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

Geometric Green-Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

The angular, mountain-inspired rooftop comprises sedum-covered triangles framed by metal vectors that represent the slopes of the nearby mountain range. The sides of the building located above ground are

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Nendo Transforms Traditional Kyoto Cooking Utensils into Exquisite Wire Lamps

Nendo Transforms Traditional Kyoto Cooking Utensils into Exquisite Wire Lamps

Japanese design studio Nendo recently unveiled the basket-lamp, a lighting fixture made from ‘kana-ami’, the cooking utensils used for traditional Kyoto dishes. Created in collaboration with

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Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

The new ZNC (Zola No Compromise) window features a slim profile design, with rail mounted rainscreen cladding and powder coated aluminum exterior for longevity. The first window to be certified by both

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Tesla’s First Service Center in New Jersey Gets the Green Light

Tesla’s First Service Center in New Jersey Gets the Green Light

Despite recent battles with the state of New Jersey, Tesla has just received approval to build its first service center in north New Jersey. Last week, the Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously

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Ray: Interactive “Talking” Solar-Powered Sculpture Kicks Up a Colorful Whirlwind at Vivid Sydney

Ray: Interactive “Talking” Solar-Powered Sculpture Kicks Up a Colorful Whirlwind at Vivid Sydney

Every year, Sydney is transformed into a psychedelic show of lights, music, and ideas for the public arts event Vivid Sydney. Design team amigo & amigo created this year's most popular structure: Ray,

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INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

INTERVIEW: 5+Design’s Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America, and countries around the world are quickly following suit. One thing most health and nutrition experts can agree on is that there's no one solution for

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This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

Large-scale energy storage is one of the major challenges facing renewable energy, but a recent breakthrough could be a real game changer. Scientists at USC, led by professor Sri Narayan, just developed a

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Swarm of Tiny ‘Minibuilder’ Robots Can 3D Print Giant Buildings On-Site

Swarm of Tiny ‘Minibuilder’ Robots Can 3D Print Giant Buildings On-Site

The Minibuilders comprise three robots, each programmed to carry out different functions for the three separate stages of the building process: Foundation, Walls and Ceilings, and Reinforcement. First,

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Despite being accused of corruption earlier in June, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) released a video of the new host venue planned for the 2022 tournament. Employing the latest

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SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev ‘Hover Monorail’ in Israel

SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev ‘Hover Monorail’ in Israel

SkyTran Inc. and Israel Aerospace Industries just signed an agreement to build a high-speed, levitating, energy-efficient transportation system at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod,

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is one of the keys to securing a sustainable future for people around the world - but do you know where today's clean technologies came from and what the future holds for the industry?

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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they

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Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

Here at Inhabitat we have already seen household objects and even tiny sculptures created from pencils. But we love the way Tuomas Markunpoika from Studio Markunpoika works them into unique crafty

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you've got a

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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