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The Lifepod: Yurt of the Future for the Modern Nomad

The Lifepod: Yurt of the Future for the Modern Nomad

If the idea of escape seems all the more enticing now that the rest of the world is caught in the back-to-school rush, here's another amazing prefab remedy for your wanderlust. Escape to the beach, the

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Slow Food Nation Comes to San Francisco!

Slow Food Nation Comes to San Francisco!

There are few experiences closer to foodie heaven than the stunning table set by this year's Slow Food Nation. Hosted in collaboration with the 2008 Architecture and the City Festival, the event saw San

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All of Boston’s Taxis to Go Green by 2015!

All of Boston’s Taxis to Go Green by 2015!

Recently the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, made a major step forward for urban transportation by proposing that all off the city's taxis be replaced with hybrids by 2015! The progressive measure will

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ANNOUNCING: The 2008 Architecture and the City Festival!

ANNOUNCING: The 2008 Architecture and the City Festival!

Attention all Bay Area architecture aficionados! This September AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design will be presenting the fifth annual Architecture and the City Festival. The

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1960′s Meets Sustainable Modern: The Choy Residence

1960′s Meets Sustainable Modern: The Choy Residence

Nestled in Noe Valley, a San Francisco neighborhood known for its contradictions, rests the Choy Residence, a newly remodeled 1960’s home turned modern dwelling. Terry & Terry Architecture took a

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Asiatica’s Recycled Japanese Textiles

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Asiatica’s Recycled Japanese Textiles

We are constantly digging deeper for eco designers who are reworking the threads of sustainable style with new offshoots of innovative textiles and refashioned couture. There seems to be quite a few

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Victory Gardens and the Sustainable Living Roadshow

Victory Gardens and the Sustainable Living Roadshow

I was one of many folks who toured the country in a veggie-fueled bus several years ago, when biodiesel was becoming more well-known. The concept of a fuel made from a waste product was so exciting that

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Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea

Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea

This Fall the Miss Rockaway Armada will be born again as the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea. It's the same fun idea: recycled rafts and boats floating down a river, touting all things sustainable and

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McDonough + Partners’ Groundbreaking Isola Office

McDonough + Partners’ Groundbreaking Isola Office

Sustainable design greats McDonough + Partners will soon be bringing Cradle to Cradle thinking to a city often known first for its fashion: Milan, Italy. Their Isola Office building will be aiming for

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San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral Going Solar-Powered

San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral Going Solar-Powered

Taking a cue from eco-friendly skyscrapers and cars, religious places have started adopting sustainable technologies in the right earnest. The latest to join the green bandwagon is San Francisco’s Grace

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GET READY for Park(ing) Day 2008!

GET READY for Park(ing) Day 2008!

Transportation Tuesday is usually focused on getting from one place to another, but sometimes you've got to slow down and take a break from transit. It’s time to mark your calendars, plan your park, and

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Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags!

Los Angeles Bans Plastic Bags!

Welcome Los Angeles to the growing list of countries and municipalities that are taking a stand against plastic bags. Following in the footsteps of Australia, China, Israel, Melbourne, San Francisco and

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California Approves First Statewide Green Building Code!

California Approves First Statewide Green Building Code!

It's been a banner week for environmental policy as the California Building Standards Commission recently broke news of the nation's first statewide green building code. The measure mandates significant

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IDSA’s DIGGING DEEPER: Panel on Eco Design

IDSA’s DIGGING DEEPER: Panel on Eco Design

A diverse panel of sustainable design experts converges on San Francisco next Tuesday, July 22nd when IDSA (Industrial Designer’s Society of America) San Francisco presents, Digging Deeper: Building

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SHIPPING CONTAINER PLAYGROUND by Phooey Architects

SHIPPING CONTAINER PLAYGROUND by Phooey Architects

We're always impressed with creative design reuse, but this children's playground made from recycled shipping containers takes the cake for one of the most imaginative examples of shipping container

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SUMMER ECO STYLE: Kelly B Organic Bathing Suit

SUMMER ECO STYLE: Kelly B Organic Bathing Suit

Summer is now fully upon us, and when you're feeling the heat, there's nothing more refreshing than taking a cool plunge in a local body of water. We hope that with Inhabitat's Sustainable Style Sunday

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Solar Energy Cogeneration Solution from SolarWall

Solar Energy Cogeneration Solution from SolarWall

Solar photovoltaics are, depending on the day, between 8-15% efficient meaning much of the sun's energy's is lost as heat. While solar thermal systems offer a way to harvest this heat energy for heating

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Coal Fired Power Plant Turned “Eco-Dome” in London

Coal Fired Power Plant Turned “Eco-Dome” in London

There is nothing quite like a creative redux on a post industrial site. When done right, innovative reuse and repurposing of obsolete structures can set some pretty amazing examples for a sustainable

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Broadstar’s AeroCam Breaks the Wind-Watt Barrier

Broadstar’s AeroCam Breaks the Wind-Watt Barrier

Amid veritable fields of wind turbine options the Broadstar AeroCam stands out with an innovative design that packs a powerful turbine into a compact form factor. Constructed to spin on a horizontal axis,

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READER TIP: Air Tram Concept for San Francisco

READER TIP: Air Tram Concept for San Francisco

Spurred by environmental awareness or, more likely, the impending oil shortage, public transportation will soon see an unprecedented growth spurt. If our current infrastructures are too cumbersome to

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REVERSE GRAFFITI: Clean Green Street Art hits San Francisco!

REVERSE GRAFFITI: Clean Green Street Art hits San Francisco!

Here's one instance of green-washing that we're 100% behind. The Reverse Graffiti Project imbues the guerrilla tactics of street-art with an eco-friendly element, detourning the definition of graffiti by

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Largest City Solar Initiative gets greenlight in San Francisco

Largest City Solar Initiative gets greenlight in San Francisco

San Francisco has made solar energy a top priority with the passage of the Solar Energy Initiative Program - the largest solar energy subsidy program of any city in the United States. An annual budget of

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Las Vegas CityCenter Set to Green Sin City

Las Vegas CityCenter Set to Green Sin City

Las Vegas is taking the lead in green development by planning the largest privately financed development in the history of North America vying for the USGBC's LEED certification. At 18 million square

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Ergonomic Eco Echo Lounge by Plug Design

Ergonomic Eco Echo Lounge by Plug Design

We spotted a lot of great designs at ICFF this year, but one of the gems that really stopped us in our tracks was this gorgeous eco Echo Lounge Chair which boasts a customizable ergonomic cushion system

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CASA VERDE: Sunset’s Green Dream Home in San Francisco

CASA VERDE: Sunset’s Green Dream Home in San Francisco

This weekend, I attended the NEN's Clean and Green Summit which included a wonderful green walking tour of San Francisco's Mission district. We strolled by beautiful gardens and saw some great community

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San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal gets the green light

San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal gets the green light

San Franciscans rejoice! The Transbay Joint Powers Authority just approved a stunning green design for the new Transbay Transit Center to be constructed in downtown SF. Planned by Pelli Clarke Pelli

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Scientific breakthrough decomposes plastic bags in 3 months!

Scientific breakthrough decomposes plastic bags in 3 months!

This month heralds a world-changing scientific breakthrough as a teenage prodigy has developed a new way to decompose plastic bags in just three months! A 16 year old named Daniel Burd conducted his

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ICFF SNEAK PEEK: Mora Mobile by Adrift

ICFF SNEAK PEEK: Mora Mobile by Adrift

Spring may have sprung, but we’re still captivated by the lofty lilt of this “Mora” fallen leaf mobile by San Francisco based Brian Schmitt. We’ve been longtime fans of

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Pollution Sensitive EPA Dress by 2nd Skin

Pollution Sensitive EPA Dress by 2nd Skin

It is one thing to be concerned about a ‘bad hair day’, but imagine wearing smart fashion that alerts you to the threat of a stinky ‘bad air day’. Stephanie Sandstrom's EPA Dress, currently on

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Bringing Wind Power to Off-Grid Guatemalan Villages

Bringing Wind Power to Off-Grid Guatemalan Villages

Wind power holds much promise but often meets obstacles in small-scale application. Enter Engineers Without Borders. Volunteers from this humanitarian group, including Malcolm Knapp and Heather Fleming

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