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Ray: Interactive “Talking” Solar-Powered Sculpture Kicks Up a Colorful Whirlwind at Vivid Sydney

Ray: Interactive “Talking” Solar-Powered Sculpture Kicks Up a Colorful Whirlwind at Vivid Sydney

Every year, Sydney is transformed into a psychedelic show of lights, music, and ideas for the public arts event Vivid Sydney. Design team amigo & amigo created this year's most popular structure: Ray,

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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you've got a

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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INFOGRAPHIC: Retail in Real Time Highlights Trends in Our Consumption-Driven Society

INFOGRAPHIC: Retail in Real Time Highlights Trends in Our Consumption-Driven Society

Did you know that $11 million is spent on US-made apparel every day? To help visualize that staggering number, Retale developed a real-time visualization of how and where Americans are spending their

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Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

True to its name, PetsForPets is an automatic pet feeder designed for cats, dogs and birds. It is composed of a recycled PET bottle integrated into a plastic structure. The simple reservoir can distribute

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Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

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: A Guide to the Most Environmentally-Friendly Cars

Infographic: A Guide to the Most Environmentally-Friendly Cars

Are you thinking about buying a green car but don't know where to start? Or maybe you can't afford a new car and want to improve the one you have? If so, this infographic from Southside Motor Factors

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IPT Architects’ Timber Dream Pavilion Changes Shape Depending on Your Vantage Point

IPT Architects’ Timber Dream Pavilion Changes Shape Depending on Your Vantage Point

London-based firm IPT Architects recently unveiled this year's Summer Triumph Pavilion for the V & A Museum of Childhood's Museum Gardens. Titled the 'Dream Pavilion,' this self-supporting structure

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Windfall Lumber Launches ‘Wabi Sabi’ Cladding Made From Reclaimed Wood

Windfall Lumber Launches ‘Wabi Sabi’ Cladding Made From Reclaimed Wood

Windfall Lumber's new Sabi Cladding is influenced by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi. Sabi Cladding is made from reclaimed Douglas fir and hemlock beams taken from deconstructed buildings in the

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SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

"Two college kids trying to save the world". That's the slogan put forth by the team who designed SPOR, and they might very well succeed in that endeavor. SPOR is a self-regenerating solar battery

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Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

The oon is a new type of multi-outlet power cord for living. Combining logical function and thoughtful design, it beautifully organizes plugs and blocky adapters that are ubiquitous in our lives. Three

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Beautiful ‘A Glacier Adrift’ Hand Soaps Call Attention to Climate Change

Beautiful ‘A Glacier Adrift’ Hand Soaps Call Attention to Climate Change

Designer William Lee and Young Stellar Object have created A Glacier Adrift, a set of hand-crafted soaps that call attention to the dire threat of climate change. Inspired by the massive bodies of melting

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Green Guide to Cleaning your Home

INFOGRAPHIC: The Green Guide to Cleaning your Home

Spring cleaning season has come and gone - but if your home could use a once-over for the summer months ahead, we've got just the thing. Cleaning Services Group just launched a great Green Guide to

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Recycled Cork Surfboards from Richpeoplethings: Respecting Both Earth and Ocean

Recycled Cork Surfboards from Richpeoplethings: Respecting Both Earth and Ocean

Richpeoplethings is a social enterprise located in Murcia, Spain, that was born from the idea of suggesting creative alternatives to an otherwise difficult current situation. "Connecting the corks" is an

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New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

São Paulo, Brazil is making history with newly signed legislation for a permanent parklet program in the city. The new decree, which marks the first legal change of its kind in Latin America, follows the

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VIDEO: Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World’s Oceans

VIDEO: Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World’s Oceans

http://vimeo.com/58461689 Studio Swine's brilliant Sea Chair is made of plastic waste collected from the world's oceans - and RSA Films director Juriaan Booij recently made a beautiful film that

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INFOGRAPHIC: Demystifying “Natural” and “Organic” Labels on Personal Care Products

INFOGRAPHIC: Demystifying “Natural” and “Organic” Labels on Personal Care Products

When you go grocery shopping, chances are that you notice that most (if not all) produce items have labels on them to signify whether they're organic or not. Well, just like food, personal care products

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Michael Jantzen Designs Solar-Powered Global Climate Change Pavilion

Michael Jantzen Designs Solar-Powered Global Climate Change Pavilion

Prolific designer Michael Jantzen completed a conceptual proposal that uses engaging design to spur greater global climate change debate and education. Titled the Global Climate Change Pavilion, this

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why We Should All Eat Insects

INFOGRAPHIC: Why We Should All Eat Insects

Though some may balk at the proposal, eating insects can change the world for the better. They're efficient to produce, healthy, and absolutely delicious. They take only 8-10% of the resources needed for

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Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

Born in the South of France, artist and artisan Guy Bucchi spent many years as a psychiatric nurse before moving to New Zealand to begin a new life. Using recycled materials such as wood, rope, copper or

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FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

The slightest splash of greenery can do wonders for transforming a concrete jungle into a more livable and enjoyable environment. To help city dwellers add a bit more green into their park-starved

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Vinylize Launches Groovy Lamps Made From Repurposed Vinyl Records

Vinylize Launches Groovy Lamps Made From Repurposed Vinyl Records

Budapest-based design studio Vinylize just launched a new lamp with a shade made from a repurposed vinyl record! The lamp is made from aluminum, and its cable, switch and plug hark back to the old days of

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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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Solar Taxis Offer a Clean Energy Solution for Environmentally Conscious Cities

Solar Taxis Offer a Clean Energy Solution for Environmentally Conscious Cities

Energy efficiency is a major concern for modern cities, and continually pumping our vehicles with finite fossil fuels is clearly not the answer. To offer a more environmentally conscious solution,

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Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Millions of people around the world live without access to electricity - and upon nightfall, many families are forced to use dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps. The Infinite Light is a high quality

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The Future of Plastic: A “Growing Lab Art” Exhibit that Uses Fungi as a Building and Binding Material

The Future of Plastic: A “Growing Lab Art” Exhibit that Uses Fungi as a Building and Binding Material

Artist Maurizio Montalti will be exhiting his Future of Plastic exhibit next month at the Fondazione PLART in Napoli, Italy. His exhibit embodies a vision of what plastics are going to look like in the

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Artist Virginia Melnyk Builds Summer Igloo Out of Inflatable Pool Toys for 2014 Beijing C!HERE Art Crawl

Artist Virginia Melnyk Builds Summer Igloo Out of Inflatable Pool Toys for 2014 Beijing C!HERE Art Crawl

An igloo might be the last thing you'd expect to see in the summer, but artist Virginia Melnyk successfully brought the wintry icon to life as Summer Igloo, a cradle-to-cradle pavilion at the 2014 Beijing

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SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

Royal College of Art graduate Diana Simpson Hernandez has designed the percussion shaker SPARK, which converts the energy from playing it into electricity. Users can plug in a light or charge up a mobile

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WHIM Architecture’s Floating Recycled Park Proposal Cleans Up Plastic Litter

WHIM Architecture’s Floating Recycled Park Proposal Cleans Up Plastic Litter

WHIM Architecture recently unveiled their renderings for Recycled Park, a floating recreational space that retrieves plastic waste from the Netherland's Nieuwe Maas river right before it reaches the North

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