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Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

The owners of the Altbau will invest to refurbish the rooftop and possibly replace old electrical appliances, fix windows and the façade and renew the heating system. The modular addition can be

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10 Jaw-Dropping Tree Canopies and Tunnels that Amplify the Beauty of Mother Nature

10 Jaw-Dropping Tree Canopies and Tunnels that Amplify the Beauty of Mother Nature

Although tree monoculture, or the mass planting of one plant species, is generally not the best environmental practice, we can't deny the jaw-dropping effect it has on the landscape. From rows of dazzling

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a work of art - a la

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

With a footprint of just under 1,000 square feet, the new house was constructed using clay, sand, straw, and water bricks clad in recycled sheets of aluminum, and then accented with recycled shipping

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Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Reliable Big Horn wall tent Tents Reliable Tent & Tipi Company has been making tents since 1945, using canvas and natural materials for a variety of different shelter styles. If you're looking for a

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Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Viet Nam

Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Viet Nam

Planted in more than 1.5 meters of soil, Banyan trees were chosen for the roof tops because of their above-ground rooting system. The five tower-like buildings were built with reinforced load-bearing

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INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

Plants are wonderful on so many different levels. They purify the air around us, and we can eat them, use them as medicine, build with them, and even just enjoy them for their healing, calming presence as

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‘The Body’ Could be the World’s Most Adaptable Chair

‘The Body’ Could be the World’s Most Adaptable Chair

Simple in design, The Body is a flesh-coloured strip of canvas with seams stitched along its six-meter length. The entire structure is filled with grains of rice, a material that's been employed in Japan

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China is Building Artificial Islands in Disputed South China Sea Territory

China is Building Artificial Islands in Disputed South China Sea Territory

New reports from The Philippines and Vietnam reveal that China is building a network of artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago in a bid to bolster its territorial claims. It's the latest

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35 Pound Foldable Compact Shelter Provides Lightweight Disaster Housing in Under Two Minutes

35 Pound Foldable Compact Shelter Provides Lightweight Disaster Housing in Under Two Minutes

The Compact Shelter is made out of a UV stabilized polypropylene, a durable, weather resistant and thermally insulative material. After passing rigorous testing standards, which are set by various aid

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Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26' RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren't really

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Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

F8 Architecture established a set of key principles while designing the Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage: Reduce solar gain, embrace natural ventilation, and improve thermal mass. To this end, hollow

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to know what

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Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Intershelters were designed to provide a comfortable place to stay just about anywhere. They’ve been used in deserts, deep in the forest, and even on the side of glaciers, providing sleeping shelters,

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

"Art changes people and people change the world". This idea was put forth by British artist Char Evans of Eco Art Installations, and her new collaborative art installation in Auroville, India, is proof of

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How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

Step One: Gather the materials Gather the materials you'll need to create your recycled bird feeder. We used: A recycled clean plastic peanut-butter jar with a screw-on lid (any size will do) Lid

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Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Yudell and Beebe used to have a larger house on the ocean in Malibu, but they grew tired of their commute into Santa Monica where they both work at Moore Ruble Yudell. To be closer to work, friends and

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Eco Park in Uruguay Hopes to Fuse Eco-tourism with Non-Profit Sustainable Projects

Eco Park in Uruguay Hopes to Fuse Eco-tourism with Non-Profit Sustainable Projects

  Inhabitat recently took a trip down to visit Ecoparque Uruguay; a sustainable conservation project located within around 100 acres of stunning unspoiled wilderness. It all began three years

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How to Prolong the Life of Your Favorite Eco-friendly Cosmetics

How to Prolong the Life of Your Favorite Eco-friendly Cosmetics

Image via Shutterstock The Big Bads: Heat, Light, Air, & Moisture Don't double task! Most of us do our hair, makeup and everything else all at once, near the bathroom sink or in a steamy bathroom

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Malouin’s Amazing Umbra Shift Hanging Chairs are Stored Like Clothes

Malouin’s Amazing Umbra Shift Hanging Chairs are Stored Like Clothes

Living in a tiny urban home? Then you'll love Philippe Malouin's new Hanger Chair that hangs just like clothing! Part of a collection launched by Canadian design brand Umbra, these folding chairs use a

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

We've featured TOBYHouse's resin beach ball lamps in the past - and the designer just unveiled a new inflatable version that will be available in stores! The colorful clustered lights are made from

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Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Locals in the remote Nordic district of Lista called upon TYIN Tegnestue to create an architectural piece that would attract visitors and potential investors to the area. So with the help of architecture

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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SNEAK PEEK: David Trubridge to Launch New Jewelry, Modular Furniture and More at Wanted Design 2014

SNEAK PEEK: David Trubridge to Launch New Jewelry, Modular Furniture and More at Wanted Design 2014

Wanted Design promises to be an exciting event for David Trubridge, who will display plenty of new innovations. Trubridge's new Adorn jewelry is modeled after some of his most popular lighting designs,

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Super-Smart Lightweight Valour Bike Warns Cyclists When Cars Enter Their Blind Spots

Super-Smart Lightweight Valour Bike Warns Cyclists When Cars Enter Their Blind Spots

The ultra-light carbon fiber Vanhawks Valour bike uses sensors to warn you when cars enter your blind spots. The bike's handlebars vibrate when it picks up nearby cars, and it has a Bluetooth connection

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MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects designed the typhoon-resilient school as part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that crowdsourced design concepts for an affected area where Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 4,500 schools.

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Under Cover Camper: An Elegant Two-Person Tent for Eco-Friendly Camping

Under Cover Camper: An Elegant Two-Person Tent for Eco-Friendly Camping

A quick look at the aftermath of any music festival shows just how little tents are valued, these days. Everywhere from Glastonbury to Bonnaroo or Coachella, 1 in 5 tents are left behind once the crowds

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