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3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

Grove Towers is a 77,000 sq m project designed by 3XN and developed by Ornate Spaces. The base, similar in concept to mangrove stalks braided together at the ground, will feature clusters of retail and

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Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Not everyone has a green thumb, but Swedish gardening house Coloni has found a way to allow anyone to create a beautiful indoor garden of their own. They've scoured the globe for some of the prettiest

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DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

You may have seem some brilliant book planters on Pinterest or Tumblr and marvelled at how such a simple project can yield such beautiful results—I know I have! The folks over at Gartenkultur

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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Now, first, you're probably asking, how do you make a train go vertical without dumping all the people on their head!? Good question, but don't worry, UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas

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Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia: World’s Deepest Hole Yields Surprising Data

Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia: World’s Deepest Hole Yields Surprising Data

The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the world's deepest human-made hole. Located high up on the Kola Peninsula in Russia, near Finland, work began on the site in May, 1970. A Cold-War-era relic, the hole began

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Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

The Platonian Tower is a competition entry for a redevelopment site in Lima, Peru. Starting from the site's boundaries and code for height and extents, Tammo Prinz designed an expressive residential

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Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

The categories of the program included: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design, Creating Community Connection Award, Community-Informed Design Award and Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award.

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Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

Snøhetta’s Energy Positive Powerhouse Kjorbo Opens its Doors

In addition to Snøhetta, other experts in the field, including Entra Eiendom; Skanska; ZERO; Hydro; Sapa og; and Asplan Viak, were called upon to help transform the existing buildings into energy

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Vegan Almond Feta Cheese: Amazing Both Raw and Baked

Vegan Almond Feta Cheese: Amazing Both Raw and Baked

We've already touched upon the sublime deliciousness that is vegan cashew cheese, but why stop there?! So many vegan "cheeses" are stunningly delicious, and this incredible recipe come from my friend

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Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

Electree Mini uses the same technology as its predecessor. It captures light through flexible mini solar panels held by the branches, mimicking the process of photosynthesis. The completely autonomous

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Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

A researcher in China has unveiled his super-maglevloop line that could make future trains go at the speed of up to 1,800 mph. This is a big deal, mind you, because currently the fastest

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GSky Spruces up Organic Avenue’s New Flagship Store with a Verdant Living Wall

GSky Spruces up Organic Avenue’s New Flagship Store with a Verdant Living Wall

Green walls are gaining popularity in design circles all over the world, so naturally they're going to make a solid appearance in trendy health food/vegan cafes in NYC as well. Organic Avenue, a health

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Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic

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Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Mineral Springs is a COR-TEN steel panel and IPE wood-clad living space that sits adjacent to an existing century old farmhouse. The client, a family of four, was in need of more space on their 16-acre

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NASA’s Next Rover Could Carry a Greenhouse to Mars

NASA’s Next Rover Could Carry a Greenhouse to Mars

For some time now NASA has been developing projects that would create renewable food sources for its future crew on Mars. Some of the projects include aquaponic systems and greenhouses. One of the

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ESA Space Recycling System Converts Urine into Water for Moroccan University

ESA Space Recycling System Converts Urine into Water for Moroccan University

Water recycling systems are generally used in remote locations, such as on board the International Space Station and Antarctica-based research bases. But a similiar system, which turn urine into drinking

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Daylit Indoor Swimming Pool in Germany is Enveloped in a Playful Undulating Glass Facade

Daylit Indoor Swimming Pool in Germany is Enveloped in a Playful Undulating Glass Facade

The pool is housed in a pavilion located in a park close to a school and a community center. The building consists of various convex and concave shell areas which establish a strong connection with the

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Dachi Papuashvili’s Cross-Shaped Micro Home Could Offer Solar-Powered Salvation

Dachi Papuashvili’s Cross-Shaped Micro Home Could Offer Solar-Powered Salvation

Built to house a single occupant at a time, the micro house offers a full suite of amenities in a compact energy-efficient space. The wood-clad shipping container structure can be prefabricated off-site

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The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

The Dragonfly: A Giant Winged Vertical Farm for New York City

In this utopian superstructure offices, research labs, housing, and communal areas are interspersed between orchards, farms, and production rooms. Plant and animal farming is arranged throughout the

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Guerilla Gardening: Strategies for Greening Up Your Neighborhood

Guerilla Gardening: Strategies for Greening Up Your Neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden

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Hubless Sada Bike Can Be Folded to the Size of an Umbrella

Hubless Sada Bike Can Be Folded to the Size of an Umbrella

Foldable bikes have been around for some time, but Sada Bycicle pushes the limits of space-saving design by folding to the size of an umbrella. This hubless bike features a frame that folds away for

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Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Industrial design consultancy MAP just saved Virgin Atlantic millions of dollars in fuel costs by simply redesigning the airline's in-flight meal tray. By streamlining the tray's design, the British firm

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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Bangkok Builds Low-Cost Temporary Dormitories Out of Recycled Timber for Myanmar Refugees

Bangkok Builds Low-Cost Temporary Dormitories Out of Recycled Timber for Myanmar Refugees

Refugees and immigrants from the armed conflict in neighboring Karen State of Myanmar come to Thailand in a daily flow and settle in places located just a few kilometers from the border. One of the

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Luke Jerram’s Massive Blue Water Slide Stops City Traffic for a Day in Bristol

Luke Jerram’s Massive Blue Water Slide Stops City Traffic for a Day in Bristol

A strip of blue plastic coated straw bale, surrounded by excited onlookers allowed thrill seekers to sail down the middle of an iconic Bristol street from the Wills Memorial building and City Museum at

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Microbial Hitchhikers Could Colonize Mars Ahead of Humans

Microbial Hitchhikers Could Colonize Mars Ahead of Humans

We’d always assumed that humans would be the first life form to colonize Mars, but that might not actually be the case. Super hearty microbes could possibly hitch a ride on a space shuttle and hunker

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House Unimog Creatively Stacks Contemporary Living Atop a Light-Filled, Translucent Garage in Germany

House Unimog Creatively Stacks Contemporary Living Atop a Light-Filled, Translucent Garage in Germany

Located near Tübingen, Germany, House Unimog is sited on a small plot of land adjacent to a busy road and surrounded by multistory residential and rural buildings. To minimize the building footprint, the

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Designs Green Roofed Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labor Union

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Designs Green Roofed Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labor Union

Built to accommodate the almost 3 million Ningbo Labor Union members, the cultural hub is split into two separate buildings that are terraced downwards toward the center of the site, where a landscaped

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Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Comprised of two rings surrounding circular decking, the Forest Pavilion is 22 feet tall and has a diameter of 60 feet. Used to host both the opening and closing ceremonies of the art festival, the

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