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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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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 Brian's work, ever since we first

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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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METROPOLIS NEXT GENERATION 2008 Winner Announced!

METROPOLIS NEXT GENERATION 2008 Winner Announced!

The 2008 Metropolis Magazine Next Generation design competition challenged young architects and designers to create a sustainable solution to make the world better, and safer, with ideas related to the

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON EARTH DAY?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON EARTH DAY?

Happy Earth Day! This Earth Day, we find our Inhabitat team has grown to span nearly every corner of the globe. Since Earth Day is supposed to be about finding a global perspective on the state of our

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Gyongy Laky Sculpts the NY Times Magazine’s GREEN ISSUE

Gyongy Laky Sculpts the NY Times Magazine’s GREEN ISSUE

The greening of typography might be a new concept on the sustainable design frontier, but San Francisco-based artist Gyongy Laky already has a foothold with her eco-friendly process for creating

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12 New Solar America Cities Chosen

12 New Solar America Cities Chosen

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 12 new Solar America Cities, bringing the number from 13 to 25 in total, and moving along the $2.4 million initiative to provide up to $200,000 per city to

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POWERCUBE: Rock-Solid Solar Generator To-Go

POWERCUBE: Rock-Solid Solar Generator To-Go

Portable green power sources are steadily gaining momentum as alternative energy tech gears up to help shoulder the strain of our overloaded energy grids. This recently released generator, dubbed the

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LIGHTS OFF EVERYONE: Global Earth Hour is Tonight!

LIGHTS OFF EVERYONE: Global Earth Hour is Tonight!

Last year, more than 2.2 million Earth Hour participants shut off their lights throughout Sydney in a powerful stand in support of protecting the environment. Tonight, the lights off action is going

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Rocio Romero LV Prefab Home Opens in Napa, California!

Rocio Romero LV Prefab Home Opens in Napa, California!

Up until fairly recently, Rocio Romero fans could only visit a fully realized public version of her enormously successful LV prefab in Missouri. Then, last month, a privately-owned and newly completed

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New Green Prefab from LivingHomes & KieranTimberlake!

New Green Prefab from LivingHomes & KieranTimberlake!

LivingHome's KT1.1 Expandable Single Family Residence The environmentally conscious, award winning architects KieranTimberlake always manages to amaze us with stunning residential designs that define

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POO POWER: Giant Vat of Crap to Produce Natural Gas for CA

POO POWER: Giant Vat of Crap to Produce Natural Gas for CA

Poop-power is not a new phenomenon, as methane-powered generators have existed for a while, and even larger scale developments have used poo-power as a way to meet energy needs. But powering a state with

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Super Cute Electric Zero Emissions THINK car

Super Cute Electric Zero Emissions THINK car

If you're a fan of the Mini Cooper but want something a little greener, the Norwegian THINK car might just be your answer. It's compact, it's electric, it's a zero-emissions zippy little car that's a feat

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SAN FRANCISCO IN 2108? – The Hydro-Net Vision of the Future

SAN FRANCISCO IN 2108? – The Hydro-Net Vision of the Future

San Francisco is already one of the greenest cities in the US, but check out this wild new concept from IwamotoScott Architects to completely remake the city into an ecotopia by 2108. The design,

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Recycling and Upcycling Collections

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Recycling and Upcycling Collections

FromSomewhere's recycled tweed remixes, Autumn/Winter 07/08 After all the hoopla from the recent New York, London, Paris, and Milan fashion shows, it is nice to get back to basics and think about what

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Mayne’s Federal Building Too Sophisticated for LEED

Mayne’s Federal Building Too Sophisticated for LEED

It looks as though LEED, the leading measure of green building standards in the US, is already having problems keeping up with the new building technologies related to sustainable design. Original press

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Container House by Leger Wanaselja

PREFAB FRIDAY: Container House by Leger Wanaselja

We've featured a variety of different shipping container homes, from a quick emergency shelter, to LOT-EK's container home kit, student housing , and even an entire container city in London. One thing's

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