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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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Deconstructed 1940s Citroën H Van Transformed into a New Parklet for San Francisco

Deconstructed 1940s Citroën H Van Transformed into a New Parklet for San Francisco

The old truck was donated by the Rapha Cycle Club, which had an old Citroën that someone had found "in a barn in France in the 1940s," the Cycle Club's John Maniquis told The Atlantic Cities. Beyond

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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, real estate

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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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