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Ultra Adaptable Green Horizon Prefab Debuts at West Coast Green!

Ultra Adaptable Green Horizon Prefab Debuts at West Coast Green!

Today is the first day of West Coast Green, and this year's showhouse is a stunner! Designed by San Francisco-based Green Horizon, the self-sustaining prefab home is an immediately deployable emergency

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West Coast Green Kicks off Tomorrow!

West Coast Green Kicks off Tomorrow!

Heads up San Francisco Inhabitants! West Coast Green kicks off tomorrow, and Inhabitat will be live on the scene at Fort Mason to bring you all of the fresh green designs on display! Taking place from

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Urban Infill Strikes Gold in San Francisco

Urban Infill Strikes Gold in San Francisco

Of all the pads chosen for this year's AIA San Francisco Living: Home Tours, only one found me smiling from start to finish. I wondered why as I wandered through this intriguing Glen Park residence...

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PARK(ing) Day 2009 Transforms Parking Spaces Into Public Parks

PARK(ing) Day 2009 Transforms Parking Spaces Into Public Parks

Park(ing) Day! Parking space invasion day! The day to roll out some sod, fire up the barbeque, and set out in the street like it's your front porch. If you didn't hear about it from us, from the event

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PARK(ing) Day is TODAY!

PARK(ing) Day is TODAY!

HAPPY PARK(ing) DAY! Keep your eyes open today for impromptu public parks popping up in parking spots around the world as hundreds of peeps take part in PARK(ing) Day! Wow, that was a tongue-twister if

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Stunning Victorian Renovation Showcases Decades of SF History

Stunning Victorian Renovation Showcases Decades of SF History

One of our favorite projects from last weekend's AIA Home Tours was a stunning historic victorian that was constructed in San Francisco's Cole Valley in 1896, weathered the trippy 60's and 70's, and was

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LSarc’s Randall House Bridges Indoors and Outdoors

LSarc’s Randall House Bridges Indoors and Outdoors

One of our favorite projects from last weekend’s AIA Homes Tours was the Randall House in Glen Park, by LSarc design team. The site, typical of San Francisco contours, slopes nearly four stories from

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San Francisco to Have World’s First Airport Carbon Kiosks

San Francisco to Have World’s First Airport Carbon Kiosks

Starting today, eco-conscious travelers through San Francisco's International Airport (airport code: SFO) will be able to purchase carbon offsets for their flight right on the way to their gate! The

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Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots

Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots

One trend we noticed in this year’s AIA Homes Tours in San Francisco was how the frugal use of floor space and an abundance of natural light can add volume to otherwise downsized floor plans. Boor

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PARK(ing) Day 2009 is This Friday!

PARK(ing) Day 2009 is This Friday!

This Friday impromptu public parks will be springing up around the world for PARK(ing) Day 2009! Created by San Francisco art collective REBAR, this one-day celebration of public space encourages people

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Environmental Art at Swarm Gallery, San Francisco

Environmental Art at Swarm Gallery, San Francisco

If you're in the Bay Area and want to catch a glimpse of some on-point environmental artwork, head out to Swarm Gallery this weekend (hey, the Bay Bridge is back open, right?). On display at the gallery,

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Solarthon 2009: Low-Income Families Get GRID Alternatives

Solarthon 2009: Low-Income Families Get GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives will lead 200+ community and industry volunteers to install sixteen 1.8-kilowatt solar electric systems in their annual Solarthon this Saturday, September 12th, 2009 at Habitat for

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INTRODUCING: Inhabitat LOCAL!

INTRODUCING: Inhabitat LOCAL!

HEY NEW YORK & SAN FRANCISCO READERS! We've got some exciting news for you! Recognizing that many of our readers (and many of our writers) are concentrated in New York City and in the San Francisco Bay

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Treasure Island Reveals New Sustainable Development Plan

Treasure Island Reveals New Sustainable Development Plan

This week the Architecture + The City Festival took us to Treasure Island for an upclose view of the proposed sustainable development plan and a not so shabby panoramic view of the whole San Francisco Bay

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Refract House | Solar Decathlon + Architecture City

Refract House | Solar Decathlon + Architecture City

Project managers open the doors to Refract House, ready for Solar Decathlon 2009, Photo by Kevin Gardner What happens when an architect and an engineer walk into a Jesuit university in Silicon Valley

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ECO LANDS: SF’s Outside Lands Festival Grows a Green Heart

ECO LANDS: SF’s Outside Lands Festival Grows a Green Heart

This past weekend the Outside Lands festival rocked San Francisco, drawing thousands of people to bask in the sunshine and music that filled Golden Gate Park. Greening an event as massive as a festival is

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Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Today!

Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Today!

Bay Area architecture fans get ready to rock - today marks the start of the 2009 Architecture and the City Festival! We're looking forward to an entire month packed full of fun events, and our San

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Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Next Week!

Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Next Week!

Heads up all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! Next week marks the start of the 2009 Architecture and the City Festival, and this year they're pulling out all the stops with another incredible

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Collectively GRASP, Eco Art Gallery, Releases Its Hold On SF

Collectively GRASP, Eco Art Gallery, Releases Its Hold On SF

This Saturday, join environmental art gallery Collectively GRASP for its closing reception. After more than a year of exhibiting eco-art, gallery Owner/Director Aileen Meehan will be closing the art space

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Futuristic Designs Protect SF Bay From Rising Tides

Futuristic Designs Protect SF Bay From Rising Tides

In the San Francisco Bay, water levels may rise 55 inches over the next 100 years. That doesn't sound like much initially, but around the coastline, that makes a huge impact. High water levels are a

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San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

The Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco is a former naval shipyard filled with radiation and industrial toxins. It's so dangerous that the U.S. Environmental Agency has designated it as one of the

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Hey Bay Area readers – come to our reader meetup TONIGHT!

Hey Bay Area readers – come to our reader meetup TONIGHT!

Hey Bay Area Inhabitat readers! We're having our first ever San Francisco Inhabitat reader meetup tonight at Stable Cafe in the Mission district and we'd love to see you there! We'll be convening for

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SAN FRANCISCO READER MEETUP – Thursday July 30th!

SAN FRANCISCO READER MEETUP – Thursday July 30th!

Hey San Francisco Inhabitat readers! It's official! We're having our first ever San Francisco Inhabitat reader meetup at Stable Cafe from 5-8pm tomorrow. Because we are planning this so last minute,

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San Francisco Inhabitat Reader Meetup?

San Francisco Inhabitat Reader Meetup?

Hey San Francisco Inhabitat readers! I'm out visiting the Bay Area right now, and the San Francisco Inhabitat crew is thinking that it would be fun to host a casual reader meetup somewhere in the city in

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Greenest County Fair on Earth Boasts Solar Powered Carousel

Greenest County Fair on Earth Boasts Solar Powered Carousel

Few events capture the sun-soaked glory of summer better than a county fair, and when the whirling lights and sounds are powered by clean green energy, what's not to love? Sponsored in part by PG&E, this

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SOLAR SPEEDSTER: UC Berkeley’s Gold Rush Racer

SOLAR SPEEDSTER: UC Berkeley’s Gold Rush Racer

Engineering students at UC Berkeley recently showcased a slick solar race car clad in photovoltaic panels that looks for all the world like UFO hovering a few feet over the earth. Dubbed the GoldRush, the

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MotoArt Recycles Airplane Parts Into High-Flyin’ Furniture

MotoArt Recycles Airplane Parts Into High-Flyin’ Furniture

We've seen designers recycle airplane parts to create desks, tropical eco-hotels and a hostel, and now we can add couches and beds to the lofty collection! MotoArt is a team of designers who transform

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Beautiful Solar Storage Barn Built From Raw Materials

Beautiful Solar Storage Barn Built From Raw Materials

Who says materials have to be scraped, buffed, and varnished to be beautiful? Recently, we spotted a beautiful storage barn that proves raw materials can make a breathtaking exterior. The building's site

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PG&E’s Solar Powered Sound System Rocks Novato Wine Festival

PG&E’s Solar Powered Sound System Rocks Novato Wine Festival

Our inhabitat founder and editor-in-chief, Jill Fehrenbacher, grew up in the small, sleepy Northern California town of Novato - so you can imagine how excited she was when we heard that a solar-powered

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San Francisco Signs Mandatory Recycling & Composting Laws

San Francisco Signs Mandatory Recycling & Composting Laws

Just yesterday On June 23rd, the City of San Francisco signed into effect the nation's first law mandating that all residents and businesses separate their recycling and compost material from normal

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