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Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Nature can be an incredible source of inspiration. Just ask the researchers at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who took a look at the beautiful and carnivorous pitcher plant and

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Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Arranged with a central hall linking various single-story rooms, the home sits on a pre-leveled plot of land with enviable views. Built with sustainably-sourced materials, the home is also organized to

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MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

Maquinnext is a proposal for a dramatic mixed-use shopping and residential development in Barcelona. At the core of the project is an open-air shopping center designed to draw new people to the area and

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The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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Gensler Tops Out World’s Second Tallest Tower in Shanghai!

Gensler Tops Out World’s Second Tallest Tower in Shanghai!

Today Gensler announced that the world's second tallest skyscraper has been topped out in Shanghai. The twisting, mixed-use Shanghai Tower soars up to 632 meters - a height only eclipsed by the the Burj

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HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

The recently completed hospitality and restaurant complex is built on an isthmus between two man-made pools. Water is central to the design of the project and the pools seep into the pedestrian courtyard

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Climate Change Happening 10 Times Faster Than at Any Point in the Past 65 Million Years

Climate Change Happening 10 Times Faster Than at Any Point in the Past 65 Million Years

Photo via Shutterstock While much of the world plays political games and squabbles over economics, a much bigger threat is wrapping its hands around the neck of our species. Climate change. Yes, the

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Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

One of the greatest challenges to the widespread adoption of renewable energy and electric cars has been the issue of affordable, high-volume energy storage. To scientists at Penn State however, the

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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EcoDesignFinca’s Prefabricated Passive House Offers a Luxurious Eco-Retreat in Mallorca

EcoDesignFinca’s Prefabricated Passive House Offers a Luxurious Eco-Retreat in Mallorca

Through his company, EcoDesignFinca, Stephen Nickel builds innovative, energy-saving and aesthetically pleasing low-energy and passive houses. This luxury retreat in Mallorca is the first of his projects

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Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

The Sunset Idea Town 2013 includes two Idea Houses and courtyard guest cottages with a shared courtyard and outdoor living space. The homes are within a close walking distance to Seabrook's local

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Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Metalsa SA and Brooks + Scarpa unveiled the plans for the dramatic industrial building back in 2012 and we're thrilled to see it completed and in operation. The project is located in a new Research and

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Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Passive House Infographic Shows the Benefits of Building Efficient, Tightly Insulated Homes

Does insulation excite you? No? Well how about a house with zero heating bill? If you've been reading Inhabitat for a while there's a good chance you know what a passive house is. These super insulated,

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Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Decathlon China Prefab is Based on Ancient Building Traditions

Team Israel's "All [e] Land" home is a net zero prefab that blends Israel's traditional building techniques with new technologies and sustainability. The design is based on a Mediterranean “4 Room

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UNStudio’s Yongjia World Trade Center Features Gem-Like ‘Vertical Neighborhood’ Towers

UNStudio’s Yongjia World Trade Center Features Gem-Like ‘Vertical Neighborhood’ Towers

Spanning over 5 million square feet, UNStudio's Yongjia World Trade Center consists of a series of multi-use buildings that serve as vertical neighborhoods. Each building provides all of the essentials

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7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

As the summer heat intensifies, the temptation to blast the air conditioner can be unbearable - but it's bound to take a toll on your energy bill and the environment. Fortunately, there's lots of ways to

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Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

Energy-Efficient Waverley House Embraces the Outdoors in Sydney, Australia

The client's run-down home was bordered to the north by a much larger building that shades the lot. Despite that limitation, Anderson Architecture worked to design a new home that could still bring in

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Gehry’s National Art Museum of China Design Sports a Rooftop Garden Gallery

Gehry’s National Art Museum of China Design Sports a Rooftop Garden Gallery

If constructed, NAMOC will be one of the world's largest art museums with enough room to circulate 38,400 visitors a day and 12 million a year. Gehry mitigates any potential mayhem with four entryways and

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6 Smart and Sustainable Ways to Escape the Summer Heat at Home

6 Smart and Sustainable Ways to Escape the Summer Heat at Home

1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES 2. KEEP THE HEAT OUT 3. GET THE AIR MOVING 4. USE COOL NIGHTS TO CREATE COOL DAYS 5. BUTTON UP THE HOUSE 6. TUNE-UP THAT AC 1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES After the Fukushima

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The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

Image via Shutterstock Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment to be less favorable for a comfortable and enduring

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1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

Located on an artificial island just north of Copenhagen's city center, UN City houses 1,700 UN staff. The eight-point star represents the UN's involvement in all reaches of the globe, and the perforated

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Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Located in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City, KS, the Cowden House is built on a lot formerly occupied by another house. The old house was deconstructed with all the waste recycled. Even the

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The World’s Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich

The World’s Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich

In order to raise the bar on the building's energy efficiency, the science and research team sought to maximize the building’s passive energy use, driving down energy consumption and introducing

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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

The city of Taichung in western Taiwan recently held an international design competition to build a new library and cultural center in the city center. The competition has brought out some seriously

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from a neighboring

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PHOTOS: Sister Cities Park & Green-Roofed Cafe is a Perfect Lunch Spot in Philly

PHOTOS: Sister Cities Park & Green-Roofed Cafe is a Perfect Lunch Spot in Philly

Located on the east side of Logan Square in downtown Philadelphia, Sister Cities Park is just a stone's throw from the Academy of Natural Sciences and across the street from the Basilica Cathedral of

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Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

The three story building has a perimeter of balconies that helped to reduce the building's energy consumption. In winter, heating expenses are curtailed thanks to the solar heat collected on the

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

Photocredits: Architect Koen Olthuis - Waterstudio.NL and Pieter Kers FLOAT! is a beautiful volume that explores the world of floating architecture through historic, current, and future developments as

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Auckland’s Glittering Green Geyser Office Wins New Zealand Architecture Award

Auckland’s Glittering Green Geyser Office Wins New Zealand Architecture Award

The Geyser complex actually consists of five sub buildings, which are linked together by an interior courtyard. The buildings are arranged like a village, with the inner courtyard serving as the town

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Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Lavaflow 7 is sited on 5 acres of dense Ohia forest, which is filled with the type of vegetation that takes over after a lava flow. Built upon the rocky remains of a 1955 lava flow on the slopes of

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