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6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

The Dragspelhuset Accordion House This is an 1800s cabin retrofitted to comply with Sweden's modern environmental building regulations. The solar-powered, off-grid cabin is owned and designed by

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Gorgeous Glass House In the Mountains of Kazakhstan Encircles an Entire Tree

Gorgeous Glass House In the Mountains of Kazakhstan Encircles an Entire Tree

A. Masow Design Studio just unveiled plans to build a gorgeous glass house that wraps around an entire tree in the woods of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The home's circular glass façade envelops the entire trunk

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Extravagant Ring-Shaped Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort Spares Energy in China

Extravagant Ring-Shaped Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort Spares Energy in China

The design is based on the idea of unity and infinity. At night the ring is reflected in the lake and looks like a full luminescent moon. The luxurious development has porticoes and ceilings inlaid with

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The World’s First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

The World’s First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

Image © Shutterstock Just months after Sanaria researchers created the world's first malaria vaccine, UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has made a similar breakthrough in its own large-scale Phase III

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Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Each pod rests its weight on various galvanized steel legs allowing only a small part of the surface to touch the floor. For this reason, they are foundation free and cause minimal impact to the land and

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LED Fish Bellies Celebrate Biological and Human Diversity in Texas

LED Fish Bellies Celebrate Biological and Human Diversity in Texas

The fish bellies installed on campus are made with layers of frosted acrylic. During the day they are translucent but at night they are illuminated with a rich palette of colored LED lights. The

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Minimalist Morpho Eco-Retreat Soars Above the Clouds in Costa Rica

Minimalist Morpho Eco-Retreat Soars Above the Clouds in Costa Rica

A home base for ecological workshops and biomimicry studies, the Morpho Eco retreat is situated on a high plateau about 850 feet above sea level, which means it basically floats among the clouds and peers

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Walking Shelter: a Mobile Habitat that Tucks into Shoes

Walking Shelter: a Mobile Habitat that Tucks into Shoes

"Where ever you roam, there is home" has never been truer than now with this extraordinary Walking Shelter, a mobile habitat that tucks into a pair of shoes! Designed by an Australian collective, Sibling,

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Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort is a quiet retreat in the Parque de Pedras Salgadas, a pristine national park in northern Portugal. The popular spa & nature park started with seven little cabins perched on

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Vermont Woods Studios Aims to Reduce the Impact Furniture Making Has on Rainforests

Vermont Woods Studios Aims to Reduce the Impact Furniture Making Has on Rainforests

Vermont Woods Studios is a sustainable fine furniture company founded by Vermont native, Peggy Farabaugh. Shocked by the waste produced by the wood industry each year, Peggy was wanted to help decrease

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Frank Lloyd Wright Student Builds Tiny Desert Dwelling That Fits Only a Bed

Frank Lloyd Wright Student Builds Tiny Desert Dwelling That Fits Only a Bed

Frazee used the existing stone chimney and concrete walls as a base for his shelter project, placing the steel and glass box on its sturdy concrete pad. Harmonizing with the landscape, the glazed glass is

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8 Summertime Tips for Leave No Trace Camping

8 Summertime Tips for Leave No Trace Camping

Backpacker, Shutterstock Perfect Preparation Whether you are headed to the tops of a mountain or the edge of the shore, make sure to research all of the rules, regulations, and weather conditions for

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UN Issues 17 Prospecting Licenses for Deep Sea Mining Across Three Oceans

UN Issues 17 Prospecting Licenses for Deep Sea Mining Across Three Oceans

Photo via Shutterstock As if the oceans are not struggling enough with climate change, pollution and overfishing, the United Nation's International Seabed Authority (ISA) has issued 17 prospecting

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Bossley Architects’ Thorne Bay House Grows Around Trees on a New Zealand Beach

Bossley Architects’ Thorne Bay House Grows Around Trees on a New Zealand Beach

The site of this residence grows from the black volcanic stone that litters the beaches outside of Auckland. The site also has many pohutukawa trees growing on it, and since the owner and design team

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Venezuelan Eco Cabanas Light Up with Recycled Glass Walls

Venezuelan Eco Cabanas Light Up with Recycled Glass Walls

The Eco Cabanas are a comfortable and inexpensive housing solution for developing countries, giving residents a safe place to live, and also the pride of a beautiful home. Each Eco Cabana is elevated on

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Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

We love featuring treetop lounges and forest escapes here at Inhabitat - but not everyone has the good fortune to live amidst a lush green wilderness. For those who yearn to take leave of the city and

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Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

The Tree Tent is the culmination of three years of work and research into sustainable shelter systems, fabric structures and timber engineering by Luminair. The company sought to create an easily

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Mexico’s Thatched-Roof CocoCabañas Resort is Powered Entirely by Solar Energy

Mexico’s Thatched-Roof CocoCabañas Resort is Powered Entirely by Solar Energy

Resort life at CocoCabañas is more like an intimate bed and breakfast than a large luxury hotel. Visitors will find themselves in a beach getaway fantasy, complete with comfortable bi-level thatched roof

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Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

We traveled to the house by boat and were surprised to find it concealed from the shoreline, hidden as it is by a large acacia tree left intact by the designer. This complete adoration of nature is

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ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

ExxonMobil Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Reignites Keystone XL Debate

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have long warned of the catastrophic impacts of a major spill if the infrastructure were to fail. On Friday, the nation no longer had to imagine how a tar sands

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Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Fully licensed by all of the relevant authorities, the floating bar has a remarkable capacity of roughly 250 people. This is made possible by the drums, which are virtually impossible to sink. All of the

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Awesome Dad Builds Son a Calvin and Hobbes-Themed Nursery with a Tree Fort Bed

Awesome Dad Builds Son a Calvin and Hobbes-Themed Nursery with a Tree Fort Bed

Any young boy raised on Calvin and Hobbes has dreamed of retreating to a tree fort to hurl snowballs and Susie Derkins and host G.R.O.S.S. (Get Rid Of Slimy girlS) meetings. One amazing dad created a

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Construction Set to Begin on North America’s Tallest Wooden Structure

Construction Set to Begin on North America’s Tallest Wooden Structure

Michael Green Architects just announced plans to break ground on the tallest building made of wood in North America. The Wood Innovation and Design Center in Prince George, British Columbia is a

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Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where They Are Needed Most

Modularflex Disaster Shelters Pop Up Where They Are Needed Most

Anyone who has ever struggled to pitch a tent can attest to how difficult it can be to assemble a temporary shelter. Add the stress of a natural calamity, and every second saved by quick and simple

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TransCanada Boss Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have ‘No Impact On Climate Change’

TransCanada Boss Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Have ‘No Impact On Climate Change’

We have heard some tall tales in our time, but this one reaches the stratosphere. On Tuesday, Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada's president for energy and oil pipelines, said that "You could shut down oil sands

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Spend the Night in a Fantastical Trojan Horse-Shaped Hotel in Belgium!

Spend the Night in a Fantastical Trojan Horse-Shaped Hotel in Belgium!

Guests can imagine their horse hotel room being wheeled into the city of Troy by the Greeks, epically tricking the Trojans during the legendary Trojan war. Appropriate to this tale, the interior have been

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New Study Shows that Anti-Anxiety Meds in Waterways Alter Wild Fish Behavior

New Study Shows that Anti-Anxiety Meds in Waterways Alter Wild Fish Behavior

Photo via Shutterstock A new study has shown that pharmaceutical drugs polluting the world’s waterways may significantly change the behavior of wild fish. A study of wild perch found that the

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Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Antwerp’s MAS Museum lent the people at Time Circus an old unused crane on which the collective built their cool green space. Anchored at Bonapartedok, the experimental space is designed to engage

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Maja’s House: A Teeny Weeny Replica of Herzog & de Meuron’s Rudin House Rises in Poland

Maja’s House: A Teeny Weeny Replica of Herzog & de Meuron’s Rudin House Rises in Poland

Maja helped to design the six square meter tiny house. Though the architects implored her to consider a flat-topped house, she insisted on the archetypal gabled home with a chimney. She even made a small

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Roeland Otten Camouflages Ugly Public Utilities with Giant Photographic Installations

Roeland Otten Camouflages Ugly Public Utilities with Giant Photographic Installations

From afar, passersby may not notice Otten’s awesome photographic installations at all. Taken from the same vantage points at which they are mounted, each side of his photographic coverings depict the

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