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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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San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

San Francisco to Promote Sustainable Development with New Eco Districts

Photo via Shutterstock Last summer, the San Francisco Planning Department announced plans to create four different types of "eco-districts" within the city that would lower greenhouse gas emissions and

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Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Greeted by Energy-Efficient Prefab Welcome Center

Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Greeted by Energy-Efficient Prefab Welcome Center

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated it's 75th year anniversary in 2012 and as part of the celebrations, the Golden Gate District and National Parks Conservancy rallied together to improve the facilities

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David Baker’s Station Center Affordable Housing Development Transforms a Brownfield Site in Union City, CA

David Baker’s Station Center Affordable Housing Development Transforms a Brownfield Site in Union City, CA

Station Center Affordable Housing is part of the larger Union City Master Plan and revamping of the transit centers. The site for the project is sandwiched between a freight line and a commuter rail line,

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Reclamation Etchworks Creates Modern Spirit Decanters From Recycled Glass Bottles

Reclamation Etchworks Creates Modern Spirit Decanters From Recycled Glass Bottles

Reclamation Etchworks creates modern day spirit decanters for your home bar by upcycling bottles collected in local San Francisco restaurants. With the help of an entire community of bartenders they were

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Tour Some of Marin County’s Best Homes at AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours

Tour Some of Marin County’s Best Homes at AIA SF’s Marin Living: Home Tours

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - AIA SF's 2013 Marin Living:Home Tours is back again! For the past three years, the owners of some of Marin County's most impressive homes have opened

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San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones

San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones

Photo via Shutterstock Citing high costs and extreme resistance from the mobile phone industry, San Francisco has dropped a law that would have required a radiation warning label to be placed on all

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the greenest

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Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is a state-of-the-art youth education facility that includes classrooms, a science lab, an art room, an administrative space and the Beach Hut cafe. Children from around the Bay Area

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San Francisco’s Exploratorium Reopens as the Country’s Biggest Net-Zero Energy Museum

San Francisco’s Exploratorium Reopens as the Country’s Biggest Net-Zero Energy Museum

When the Exploratorium opened in 1969, it pioneered a new type of interactive science museum that has come to be the norm at museums around the country and the world. Now, the Exploratorium is forging new

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Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

Pianos aren't generally thought of as the most portable of musical instruments, which makes tickling the ivories almost always an indoor activity -- but staying cooped up inside to play wasn't what

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Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Sited close to the Bay Bridge with views out over the water, Wharton's new San Francisco campus is also conveniently located near public transit. The school offers up graduate level classes and an

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Breaks Ground on the Transbay Transit Tower in San Francisco

Pelli Clarke Pelli Breaks Ground on the Transbay Transit Tower in San Francisco

The new 60-story tower, located at 101 First Street, will be the flagship project next to the new transit station and park. Both of the projects were designed by Pelli Clark Pelli, which creates a

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San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

We're still about 4 years away from the completion of the Transbay Transit Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot facility that will serve as the terminus for this high speed rail line in California. Stretched

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Celebrate World Water Day by Surfing a 14-Foot Wave Made of Plastic Bottles in San Francisco

Celebrate World Water Day by Surfing a 14-Foot Wave Made of Plastic Bottles in San Francisco

For the past 20 years, the world has observed World Water Day on March 22nd - and to mark the occasion this year, the Dopper Foundation has erected a 14-foot wave made from reclaimed plastic bottles in

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Snohetta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion to Break Ground this Summer

Snohetta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion to Break Ground this Summer

The sloped expansion will be fifty feet higher than the neighboring Botta building and will be accessible from two sides, aligning with the new Transbay Transit Center under construction two blocks away

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Free Pass to Compostmodern 2013 in San Francisco (Worth $575)

GIVEAWAY: Win a Free Pass to Compostmodern 2013 in San Francisco (Worth $575)

Compostmodern kicks off next month in San Francisco, and we can't wait to see what the world's green thinkers have in store for us at this fantastic two-day event! This exciting conference will provide a

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NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

NBBJ Unveils Samsung’s New Garden-Filled San Jose Campus That Could Rival Them All

Samsung's new campus will expand the company's existing US reach and set it on a more level playing field with the other tech companies with headquarters in Silicon Valley. The San Jose campus will

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