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Sliding Recycled Cardboard Pencil Cases Are Too Cool For School

Sliding Recycled Cardboard Pencil Cases Are Too Cool For School

Inspired by the classic solid wood slide top pencil case, designer and craftsman Santiago Morahan re-designed this 'old school' classic out of cardboard. Founder of Disenio Cartonero, a brand that makes

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BCXSY Showcases Rugs Woven By Bedouin Women from Locally Sourced Wool

BCXSY Showcases Rugs Woven By Bedouin Women from Locally Sourced Wool

The Bedouin tribe have survived the harsh conditions of the Negev desert in Israel for hundreds of years. Recently, though, they have been displaced by encroaching development. BCXSY's project enables the

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Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping containers as

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Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Alan Garcia, the President of Peru, just announced that the country will be handing out their one millionth XO laptop by the end of this year and will soon be building manufacturing facilities to build

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Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

As the nation plows an average of $4 million dollars into each mile of fence, the only benefit is the slowed pace illegal crossings. Rael imagines a border blockade that enhances the communities by

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Stunning Open Air Library in East Germany Wins the 2011 Brit Insurance Architecture Award

Stunning Open Air Library in East Germany Wins the 2011 Brit Insurance Architecture Award

What began as an assemblage of 1,000 empty beer cartons pulled together by residents in East Germany has now evolved into an incredible open air public library. Designed by Karo Architekten in

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Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Inspired by Zwide's footprints, Stan Field designed a space for people to walk through, not to. Born in Port Elizabeth during the apartheid era, he felt that long footpaths through a loosely aggregated

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Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Help support design in public education by voting for Project H's high school program, Studio H! The humanitarian design firm has taken on an ambitious project in the poorest county in North Carolina: a

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Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

Almost 11 months after a catastrophic earthquake leveled buildings and killed thousands in Haiti, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has decided to give $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity to go towards their

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Serbian Pavilion Creates Interactive Garden of Curious Games

Serbian Pavilion Creates Interactive Garden of Curious Games

The Serbian installation at the 12th Annual Venice Architecture Bienniale is a fantastic example of stripped-down, simple green design inspired by a sense of community. For the exposition’s theme,

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Turning Downtrodden Detroit Into a Farm Town Could Revitalize It

Turning Downtrodden Detroit Into a Farm Town Could Revitalize It

Detroit was one of the places hit hardest by the economic crisis, and as such it's dotted with an abundance of empty lots sitting completely unused. The fallow spaces have become a constant reminder to a

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“Growing Cities” Transform Your Furnishings Into Farms

“Growing Cities” Transform Your Furnishings Into Farms

We've seen Farm Fountains, and the idea of fish-waste-into-fertilizer has inspired many a green design. But Growing Cities is on a mission to grow crops in every corner and nook of available urban space

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Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

These eight-foot pink snails will claim Miami on November 19th - not because they want to take over the Earth, but because they're an installation by the Cracking Art Group and Galleria Ca’

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

This Sunday MoMA will open their latest architectural exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. This exhibit presents 11 architectural projects located in five

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LEED Gold Community Springs up in Hunters Point, SF

LEED Gold Community Springs up in Hunters Point, SF

Located along the highly anticipated Third Street Light Rail in San Francisco’s Bayview District, the project is part of a larger transit-oriented development that will set the precedent for future

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A (PARK)ing Spot from STUDIOS Architecture and SWA Group!

A (PARK)ing Spot from STUDIOS Architecture and SWA Group!

Last Friday we brought you some of our favorite pop-up parks from Park(ing) Day 2010, and we've just received word of another great project by STUDIOS Architecture and SWA Group! The team set out to

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Celebrates PARK(ing) Day Coast to Coast!

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Celebrates PARK(ing) Day Coast to Coast!

Inhabitants Mike Chino, Diane Pham, Philip Proefrock, and Lea Bogden happily spent part of their Fridays pedaling around their cities looking for these impromptu green spaces. Definitely a day of

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Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

German publishing company Hamburger Automatenverlag found a brilliant new use for old cigarette vending machines -- instead of icky cigarettes, the re-purposed "machines" carry a series of condensed

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Green-Walled Living Pavilion Garden Sprouts on Governors Island

Green-Walled Living Pavilion Garden Sprouts on Governors Island

This past April we got excited for this year's FIGMENT Festival after taking a sneak peek at the design drawings and plans for the event's Living Pavilion. Now that the annual festival has come and gone,

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VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

Architecture for Humanity is network of over 40,000 design professionals around the world who donate their services to helping to improve lives of people in need. Every year they build buildings and

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Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV

Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV

Swiss not-for-profit Solafrica has provided a portable solar power station that runs a large donated TV where residents of Kibera, Africa's largest slum, can gather to watch the World Cup.

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Mobile Smart Cart Farms Bring Urban Agriculture to Chicago Residents

Mobile Smart Cart Farms Bring Urban Agriculture to Chicago Residents

Photo by Mason Pritchett Fresh food is on the move and may be coming to a neighborhood near you – if you live in Chicago. Our friends at The Architects Newspaper tipped us off to Archeworks latest

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Seed-Sprouting Flower Grenades Explode in the UK

Seed-Sprouting Flower Grenades Explode in the UK

The typical seed bomb explodes in slow motion -- the ball of compost, mud, and seeds dissolves as the plants sprout and colonize the bomb site. These flower grenades from suckUK explode very literally.

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DIY Kite Photographs the Gulf Oil Spill to Map its True Size

DIY Kite Photographs the Gulf Oil Spill to Map its True Size

The news media has been snapping photos of the destruction that the oil spill is causing as it floats toward shore, but recently the government and BP have been restricting aerial photographs of the spill

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World Cup 2010: South Africa’s Top 5 Stunning Green Stadiums

World Cup 2010: South Africa’s Top 5 Stunning Green Stadiums

At number five is the elegant Green Point Stadium. Since it is situated at the foot of Signal Hill between downtown Cape Town and the Sea Point neighborhood, the high-profile location demanded a very

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The 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute 2010 Challenge Winner!

The 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute 2010 Challenge Winner!

Buckminster Fuller was an amazing visionary of a man: architect, engineer and one of the first true "green designers" of the modern era, so it should come as no surprise that we're big fans of the man

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Buy It Now! Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Airstream

Buy It Now! Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Airstream

Project H's Design Revolution Road Show Airstream trailer is now up for auction on eBay! The shiny silver rig just finished its 9,500-mile, 36-city trek across the country promoting humanitarian product

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Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Check out these cheerful candy-colored buildings! Murals are a fantastic way to sugar-coat concrete and brighten up otherwise drab buildings. Artists Haas and Hahn have adorned several concrete

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Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

One our favorite design organizations Project H just launched their latest initiative which focuses on transforming the educational landscape through design. An organization founded by former Inhabitat

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