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Park(ing) Day 2008

Park(ing) Day 2008

Park(ing) Spot Picnic at the Curiosity Shoppe. Yesterday was Park(ing) Day, an all-day long event that converted paved parking places across the US into verdant refuges. Since its inception in 2005,

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Park(ing) Day is TODAY!

Park(ing) Day is TODAY!

New parks will be popping up all over the country today, thanks to Park(ing) Day, an annual event that turns paved parking spaces into temporary green gardens. The event was started in 2005 by ReBar, an

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The Shotwell Residence: An Edwardian Delight

The Shotwell Residence: An Edwardian Delight

photo courtesy of David Baker + Partners Architects During the past weekend’s AIA Home Tours, one of our favorite residences was a rehabilitated Edwardian home on Shotwell Street designed by Jane

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Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders’ Stunning New Office

Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders’ Stunning New Office

photo by Melanie McGraw for the American Institute of Architects A flurry of architectural enthusiasm took over San Francisco last weekend as the AIA Home Tours shifted into full gear, exhibiting an

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AIA Home Tours Launch at the Autodesk Gallery!

AIA Home Tours Launch at the Autodesk Gallery!

Photo by Alexis Mansinne of Dwell Magazine This year the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco kicked off the AIA Home Tours with an excellent architect's forum held at the new, cutting

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ANNOUNCEMENT: SF Living: Home Tours This Weekend!

ANNOUNCEMENT: SF Living: Home Tours This Weekend!

This weekend some of the most stunning residences in San Francisco will be opening their doors for the sixth annual Living: Home Tours! Hosted by AIA SF as part of the Architecture and the City Festival,

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San Francisco Announces 10 Million Gallon Biodiesel Plant!

San Francisco Announces 10 Million Gallon Biodiesel Plant!

Hot on the heels of San Francisco's recent celebration of locally-sourced Slow Food, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced a new plan to provide the city by the bay with a local source for sustainable fuel. On

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Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands!

Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands!

Here at Inhabitat we love to see innovative reuses for organic waste, and so we're perpetually fascinated by the potential of poo to be used as a renewable source of energy. Last week Dutch agriculture

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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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