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Compostmodern 2013 Kicks off Next Month in San Francisco – Register Today!

Compostmodern 2013 Kicks off Next Month in San Francisco – Register Today!

Heads up sustainable designers, architects, and green thinkers! We're excited to announce that one of our favorite San Francisco Bay Area design events is kicking off next month - get ready for

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Aether’s New San Francisco Store Takes Shipping Container Architecture to New Heights

Aether’s New San Francisco Store Takes Shipping Container Architecture to New Heights

High-end clothing store Aether Apparel just launched its first standalone retail shop in San Francisco - and it's made from three recycled shipping containers stacked one atop another! The sophisticated

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Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

At a West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to not only get a sneak peek of the Michelle Kaufmann mkLotus prefab house, but also to speak with the designer herself to get the

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Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is located on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Oakland. The dense project worked to match the surrounding feel of the residential homes as well as address the visual and noise impact

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San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

Soon San Francisco Bay Area commuters will have something more entertaining to stare at in traffic than the tail lights of the car in front of them. As the Bay Bridge enters its 75th year in 2013, it is

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Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

Silicon Valley office building photo from Shutterstock Even the Internet is not immune to the effects of climate change. Many of the world's most famous tech giants, such as Facebook, Oracle, Google,

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Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Originally the Golden Gate Valley Library was named the Carnegie Library and was completed in 1918 in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Ernest Coxhead. The basilica-shaped library needed a renovation and

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Noriega Street Parklet is a Succulent Meeting Spot Crafted by the Community in San Francisco

Noriega Street Parklet is a Succulent Meeting Spot Crafted by the Community in San Francisco

Noriega Street Parklet is built in the shape of a parallelogram outside Devil's Teeth Bakery on the north side of Noriega Street in the Outer Sunset District. The 45 deg angle provides an interesting

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San Francisco Joins the Micro Apartment Craze and Approves 220-Square-Foot Units

San Francisco Joins the Micro Apartment Craze and Approves 220-Square-Foot Units

Image ©pchurch92 Micro-apartments have been the hot topic in New York lately, but the craze is heading west! The SF Board of Supervisors has approved a trial run that will make 220-square-foot

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David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

Zero Cottage is located in the backyard of of an urban lot in the Mission District fronted by StoreFrontLab, a community-focused cultural initiative that gives the historic commercial space a new public

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The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but

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Incredible Oru Origami Kayak Launches Today on Kickstarter!

Incredible Oru Origami Kayak Launches Today on Kickstarter!

Earlier this year, Inhabitat was excited to introduce you to Oru, the Origami Kayak. The 12-foot-long, 25-inch-wide elegant, one-man kayak folds into its own compact carrying case, making it easy to throw

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Check Out Architecture for Humanity’s Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! Today in San Francisco

Check Out Architecture for Humanity’s Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! Today in San Francisco

Today Architecture for Humanity‘s 3rd Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! conference is bringing San Francisco a schedule of panels and workshops that “bring together designers, architects,

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Top 6 Autumn Hikes Around the San Francisco Bay Area – Get Outside!

Top 6 Autumn Hikes Around the San Francisco Bay Area – Get Outside!

Image courtesy of The Gambolin' Man Steep Ravine via Matt Davis Trail at Mt Tamalpais State Park Overview: Over 200 miles of trails are accessible in the Mt Tamalpais State Park just north of the

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San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival Showcases 23 Urban Innovation Projects

San Francisco’s Urban Prototyping Festival Showcases 23 Urban Innovation Projects

UP:SF was the second stop on the tour (the festival has already been to Singapore), and it was presented by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in partnership with Intersection for the

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Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Photo by Bruce Damonte One of the most impressive aspects of the Richardson Apartments is that all of its 120 residents were formerly homeless. David Baker joked that these are his most appreciative

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SFOSL’s Stunningly Renovated 20th Street Residence in Portrero Hill Tops AIA SF Homes Tours

SFOSL’s Stunningly Renovated 20th Street Residence in Portrero Hill Tops AIA SF Homes Tours

One of the most impressive aspects about this project is the budget. At just $176 per square foot, SFOSL's home remodel on 20th Street cost significantly less than most 'affordable' housing projects in

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Lauren Dicioccio’s Embroidered Tote Bags Are Perfect Replicas of Banned Plastic Bags

Lauren Dicioccio’s Embroidered Tote Bags Are Perfect Replicas of Banned Plastic Bags

In 2007 San Francisco banned the use of non-compostable plastic bags by large supermarkets and pharmacies. On October 1, that ban will be extended to all retail stores, and on January 1 it will apply to

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100% Recycled Ditto Hangers Support the Arts and the Environment

100% Recycled Ditto Hangers Support the Arts and the Environment

Unlike the infamously undesirable wire hangers, Ditto hangers are free of heavy metals, chlorine and formaldehyde, which is commonly present on both fabric and paper attachments on hangers. These

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Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco!

Scoot Launches Electric Scooter-Sharing Program in San Francisco!

Bike sharing programs are great, but pedaling up San Francisco's steep hills can be a pain. And car sharing is cool, but finding a parking space in the city can be tough. Enter Scoot Networks, an

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Awesome Oru Origami Kayak Folds Into its Own Compact Carrying Case

Awesome Oru Origami Kayak Folds Into its Own Compact Carrying Case

Campers and backpackers carry their tents, sleeping bags, and climbing gear with them - so why not their boats? Oru, The Origami Kayak is a full one-person boat made from heavy-duty corrugated

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Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Three Legged Pig’s Eddie House is a Green Renovation of an Edwardian Era Home in San Francisco

Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer We toured the Eddie House this weekend as part of AIA SF's 10th annual San Francisco Living: Homes Tours, and came away impressed with Three Legged Pig's handiwork. The

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Visit the LEED Gold Lorry Graduate School of Business on the 2012 Greenbuild Conference Tour

Visit the LEED Gold Lorry Graduate School of Business on the 2012 Greenbuild Conference Tour

The 28,000 square foot Lokey Graduate School of Business building sits as the symbolic gateway to Mills College. The building’s L-shaped plan is oriented to the southwest to optimize sun exposure, and

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Guerrilla Grafters Secretly Graft Fruit-Bearing Branches onto San Francisco Trees

Guerrilla Grafters Secretly Graft Fruit-Bearing Branches onto San Francisco Trees

We've heard of guerrilla gardening, and we've heard of grafting plants -- but guerrilla grafting? That's new to us. For the past two years, a group that calls themselves Guerrilla Grafters have been

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Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Pacific Heights Townhouse Renovated into Light-Filled Eco Home in San Francisco

Feldman Architecture was hired by the owners to update and reconfigure this 1906 stucco-clad Victorian. The clients requested to keep the building's traditional feel, but they wanted to infuse modern

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“Hive” by Philip de los Reyes Brings Architectural Style to Backyard Beekeeping

“Hive” by Philip de los Reyes Brings Architectural Style to Backyard Beekeeping

Honey bees are some very hard-working ladies. Why not show them a little love with a beautiful, comfortable place to come home to after a hard day of pollinating? Industrial designer Philip de los Reyes

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Students Show Ways to Revitalize San Francisco Freeway into a Sustainable Eco District

Students Show Ways to Revitalize San Francisco Freeway into a Sustainable Eco District

How many times have we seen the pattern where a freeway - once the emblem of the futuristic city - has turned neighborhoods into bleak, inhuman environments? San Francisco, like many American cities, is

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