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Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

  The challenge for this year's Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding

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WaterMade’s Handmade Ugandan Jewelry Funds Sustainable Water Projects in Africa

WaterMade’s Handmade Ugandan Jewelry Funds Sustainable Water Projects in Africa

UK-based nonprofit WaterMade is a social enterprise that raises money for water projects across East Africa by selling jewelry handmade from recycled materials by women's groups in Kampala, Uganda.

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Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

You probably already know that dropping a brick in your toilet could help your household save up to 50 gallons of water every week, but the concrete or ceramic bricks that most folks place in their

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Art of Board Launches First-Ever Recycled Skateboard Floor Collection

Art of Board Launches First-Ever Recycled Skateboard Floor Collection

Lifestyle brand Art of Board recently launched the first-ever floor collection made from recycled skateboard decks collected through their ‘I Ride I Recycle’ program. The collection comprises 12 large

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Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans

Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans

The 323-square-foot circular Wunderbugs pavilion was constructed from wood using a combination of CNC machinery and traditional woodworking techniques. The designers created Wunderbugs' distinctive shape

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Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

We tend to take for granted the bridges that bind the world around us, but where would we be without gap-spanning marvels of modern construction? The Ohio University's Masters in Civil Engineering program

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PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

A unique new festival is coming to Denver, Colorado this weekend - PalletFest is the nation’s first major upcycling festival, and it has been selected to be the city's first certifiably green event. On

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Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Washi paper has been created in Japan for centuries, and now, the Taniguchi Aoya Washi company teamed up with Nendo to create three-dimensional forms with it—like these gorgeous lamps. Using

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Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

Analog Watch Co. has designed a gorgeous set of minimalist watches made from the offcuts of lumber. Unlike other wooden watch manufacturers, this Philadelphia-based company is the first to fit each watch

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Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

A group of year one BA (Hons) Spatial Design students at the London College of Communication were given a live project to promote sustainable design within LCC. Joy Williams and Ashleigh Nutton

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Paolo Manganaro Designs Unconventional Vialattea Pendant Lamp for Formabilio

Paolo Manganaro Designs Unconventional Vialattea Pendant Lamp for Formabilio

Designer Paolo Manganaro has created an unconventional suspended lamp for Formabilio, an Italian brand that specializes in eco-friendly furniture and home accessories. Designed for an owner who can't just

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Help Smart Hydro Power Bring Clean, Green Energy to a Peruvian Cocoa Plantation

Help Smart Hydro Power Bring Clean, Green Energy to a Peruvian Cocoa Plantation

Based in Feldafing, Germany, Smart Hydro Power is a start-up company with an incredible mission: they've been developing a power source that's fuelled by flowing river water. The SMART kinetic hydro

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Aaron Maret’s 200 sqft Pocket Shelter is an Adorable Tiny Home on Wheels

Aaron Maret’s 200 sqft Pocket Shelter is an Adorable Tiny Home on Wheels

Maret incorporated many recycled materials into his home's structure, from the enormous reclaimed windows to the salvaged redwood that was used for the decking, and repurposed pine flooring. The main

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Rice Architecture Students Design Interactive Sculpture That Creatively Eavesdrops Across Campus

Rice Architecture Students Design Interactive Sculpture That Creatively Eavesdrops Across Campus

Most college students see contemporary sculpture as puzzling landmarks--useful only as visual markers and not to be touched. Rice University's recently installed Soundworm! sculpture, however, rejects

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The Natural Symphony Housing Project Conceptualizes Self-Sustainability in Architecture

The Natural Symphony Housing Project Conceptualizes Self-Sustainability in Architecture

    Designed by Cristian Ferrera Architecture, "Natural Symphony" is an exploration of architectural sustainability, with a prototype designed to house four people per unit. Centered

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Catch Oil Polluters in Your Own Backyard With This Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Catch Oil Polluters in Your Own Backyard With This Homebrew Oil Testing Kit

Have you ever wondered what kind of pollutants could be leaking into your backyard? Public Lab recently unveiled a DIY open source kit that lets you identify oil pollution by type and determine where it

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INFOGRAPHIC: Journey to the Center of the Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Life on earth's surface is pretty great - but have you ever wondered what's lurking in the ground beneath your feet? There's an entire world down there - from high speed train tunnels and flaming gas

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The DIY Pet House is an Animal Shelter Made From Recycled Bottles

The DIY Pet House is an Animal Shelter Made From Recycled Bottles

Pet House is a conceptual sustainable DIY kit designed by Dr. Hakan Gürsu that transforms waste water bottles into a shelter for animals. Thanks to its easy assembly, anyone can build it for their

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Computer equipment and residential electronics represent 15 percent of the energy that residents consume worldwide, and that number is expected to triple over the next couple of decades unless steps are

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Bouroullec Brothers Craft Delicate Watercolor-Like Ruutu Vases for Iittala

Bouroullec Brothers Craft Delicate Watercolor-Like Ruutu Vases for Iittala

Designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec recently unveiled Ruutu, a collection of ten exquisite mouth-blown glass vases designed for the Finnish brand Iittala. Each vase takes seven craftsmen 24 hours to

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INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

We features lots of sustainably sourced wood furniture here on Inhabitat, and for good reason - wood is a durable, natural, renewable resource that literally grows on trees. But there's hundreds of

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Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

Canadians Matt Becker and Andres Pang are working together to create an eco-community through crowdfunding efforts. With ecotourism as the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector, and increasing

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WineHive: Modular 100% Recycled Aluminum Honeycomb Rack “Grows” with Your Wine Collection

WineHive: Modular 100% Recycled Aluminum Honeycomb Rack “Grows” with Your Wine Collection

If you're a wine lover tight on living space, you'll love the space-efficient Winehive, a modular wine rack inspired by the honeycomb structure. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, the WineHive uses a

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FRIDAEL “Woodgas” Stoves Use Garden Waste for Fuel

FRIDAEL “Woodgas” Stoves Use Garden Waste for Fuel

Cooking outdoors is a wonderful, primal experience, but most camping stoves run on propane or other fossil fuels, which are horrible for the environment we're trying to protect. Enter the FRIDAEL

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Niko Niko’s Plantable Postcards Grow Edible Flowers That You Can Bake into Delicious Cakes

Niko Niko’s Plantable Postcards Grow Edible Flowers That You Can Bake into Delicious Cakes

It's always nice to receive a postcard from a loved one, and Dutch duo Niko Niko wants to make that snail mail experience even more special with their line of plantable violet postcards. The two

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Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

The oldest green roof association in the world, FBB (Fachvereiningung für Bauwerksbegruenung e.V.), has awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30-year-old green roof atop the Allianz

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn How to Defend Yourself Against Harmful Chemicals Hidden in Your Home

INFOGRAPHIC: Learn How to Defend Yourself Against Harmful Chemicals Hidden in Your Home

Did you know that dangerous toxins are hidden in many of our everyday household objects? We all want to feel safe in our homes, but studies have shown that prolonged exposure to these hidden, but

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Rise of Cycling in Copenhagen

INFOGRAPHIC: The Rise of Cycling in Copenhagen

Bicycle infrastructure in the US is improving, but it still lags far behind Europe's bike capitals - did you know that bicycles outnumber people in Copenhagen? There's even 5 times more bikes than there

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Can You Spot this Moss-Covered “Invisible Bike” Hiding in the Forest?

Can You Spot this Moss-Covered “Invisible Bike” Hiding in the Forest?

Designer and cycling enthusiast Lorenzo Martone designed this "Invisible Bike" - a moss- and foliage-covered bicycle that appears to disappear when placed against a lush outdoor background! Inspired by

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