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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

The cost of living is rising at an unprecedented rate in San Francisco, and recent reports show that the city has some of the most expensive housing prices in the nation - but just how high have rents

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San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco’s Castro District to Install Rainbow Crosswalks

San Francisco's Castro district has long been famous for its vibrant LGBT community, its commitment to civil rights, and its fabulous festivals. Last week, a spokeswoman from the Castro/Upper Market

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It’s Official! San Francisco Bans Bottled Water on City Property

It’s Official! San Francisco Bans Bottled Water on City Property

In a permanent extension of a 2007 law, San Francisco has made it illegal for the City to buy or distribute plastic water bottles. Bottled water contributes to massive amounts of litter and plastic waste

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

San Francisco is world-famous for its clam chowder, but a new report from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board threatens to make the city notorious for another, less appetizing kind of soup.

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

INHABITAT: How did Rebar get its start? MATT: Rebar started around a project called the Cabinet National Library. We were inspired by an art magazine in Brooklyn called Cabinet, which had bought a

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SNEAK PEEK: Check Out Gensler’s New SFO Terminal 3 Before it Opens Tomorrow

SNEAK PEEK: Check Out Gensler’s New SFO Terminal 3 Before it Opens Tomorrow

The newly renovated Terminal 3 at SFO is the inspired work of the same design team behind SFO's LEED Gold Terminal 2. Gensler has created a welcoming, light-filled space to make how we travel more

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

We met up with Max at the Techshop in San Francisco, CA to see the Lumio first hand. At first glance the lamp looks like a simple hard-bound book or journal, but once you open it, the book unfolds several

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California Tries Cloud Seeding to Make Up for Unusually Dry Winter

California Tries Cloud Seeding to Make Up for Unusually Dry Winter

For the second straight year, California has experienced unusually dry winter weather, leading desperate water agencies to try to make up for the shortfall using cloud seeding. By spraying fine particles

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San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest

San Francisco’s Bottled Water Ban Set to be Among the Nation’s Strictest

Photo via Shutterstock San Francisco's Board of Supervisors are poised to approve one of the strictest bans on the sale of bottled water in the nation. The ban would extend legislation passed in 2007

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Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

Snøhetta’s Designs Updated for Golden State Warrior’s New Pavilion in San Francisco

This updated design of the Golden State Warriors’ new home comes almost three years after Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over the franchise. “Going into this project, we wanted to build a world-class

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Billionaire Closes Off Access to One of California’s Best Public Beaches

Billionaire Closes Off Access to One of California’s Best Public Beaches

Photo of closed beach via Shutterstock When wealthy venture capitalist Vinod Khosla shut down public access to Martin's Beach--one of California's "hidden jewels"--he incurred the wrath of the local

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Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

San Francisco's Richard Johnson Design took an aging cottage made of materials salvaged from the 1906 earthquake and transformed it into a gorgeous "urban cabin" that opens up to the outdoors and welcomes

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Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Community-driven urban design just scored a big win in San Francisco with a newly announced public-private investment that will transform an underutilized street into a green pocket park. Architecture for

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Paulett Taggart Architects’ Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Paulett Taggart Architects’ Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

Paulett Taggart Architects responded to the need for more natural light in the interior of the home by adding a dramatic full-height exposed stair and a new glass wall at the side of the house, opening up

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CANstruction Sculptures Made from Nearly 30,000 Cans of Food Fight Hunger in San Francisco

CANstruction Sculptures Made from Nearly 30,000 Cans of Food Fight Hunger in San Francisco

This year's CANstruction exhibition was part of the Architecture and the City Festival, and it was displayed in the atrium of the downtown Rincon Center, a popular lunch spot for office workers in San

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Man Invents ‘Water Bicycle’ to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

Man Invents ‘Water Bicycle’ to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

When Judah Schiller discovered that the new portion of the Bay Bridge bike path in San Francisco would only go halfway across, he decided to adapt his own bike to get to work - on water! With previous

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Stanford University’s Prefab Start.Home Empowers People to Live More Sustainably

Stanford University’s Prefab Start.Home Empowers People to Live More Sustainably

This is the first time Stanford University has competed in the Solar Decathlon competition and is one of 20 teams who will test their smart home design in Irvine, California this fall. Their goal isn't to

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Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

The UN and the World Health Organization define access to water and sanitation as a basic human right, yet many homeless go without. In San Francisco alone, there are 16 public showers for the 3,100+ men,

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Urban Putt to Launch Indoor Miniature Golf Course in San Francisco’s Mission District [PHOTOS]

Urban Putt to Launch Indoor Miniature Golf Course in San Francisco’s Mission District [PHOTOS]

This past weekend Urban Putt opened its doors so that visitors could tour the building, which is a former mortuary that has been vacant for more than a decade. Fox and his team of designers and builders

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Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Calling all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! We're excited to announce the launch of one of our favorite annual events - the AIA SF Architecture and the City Festival! We're looking forward to an

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Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

San Francisco's launch of Bay Area Bike Share has pushed the United States bicycle sharing fleet above 18,000, more than double the number of bikes in service since the beginning of the year. Bay Area

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The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

Thousands of firefighters have descended upon the "Rim Fire" blazing in Yosemite National Park. A new online tool launched by Southern California radio station KPCC allows visitors to monitor the progress

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State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Power, Water

As the 200 square mile 'Rim Fire' continues to grow across Northern California and into Yosemite National Park, Governor Jerry Brown has taken the unusual step of declaring a State of Emergency for the

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

Inhabitat readers might remember that we interviewed California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in 2009, back when he was the mayor of San Francisco in a live webcast that was open to any of our readers

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Andy Goldsworthy Uses Natural Materials to Make Ephemeral Art Installations at the Presidio in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy Uses Natural Materials to Make Ephemeral Art Installations at the Presidio in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy is a world-renowned artist, known for constructing complex and elaborate site-specific sculptures from natural materials. He has produced works using everything from icicles and mud to

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Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

The original home was built in the 1950s, but was in need of some updating to make it work better for the new owners. It was expanded to include more entertaining space with a loft-like living space and

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SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

SOAK Pop-Up Shipping Container Spa Promotes Health & Sustainability in San Francisco

Spas are a luxurious place to relax and heal, but that doesn't mean they need to be wasteful power hogs flushing water down the drain. San Francisco startup SOAK wants to bring healthy and sustainable

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San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

Located in the heart of SoMa on Harriet Street is the SmartSpace micro housing project. Inside are 23 units each at 295 sq ft that include a full kitchen, a queen bed, dining room table, full bathroom and

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