Sustainable Design Organizations

Urban Farming Movement Sweeps Across Havana, Cuba Providing 50% of Fresh Food

Urban Farming Movement Sweeps Across Havana, Cuba Providing 50% of Fresh Food

Urban agriculture is a refreshing sign of people localizing food production by bringing it into the city. But in Havana, Cuba, the farming movement has evolved as an amazing response to the loss of food

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Passivhaus Institute Ends Relationship With Passive House Institute US

Passivhaus Institute Ends Relationship With Passive House Institute US

The founder of Passivhaus and director of Passivhaus Institute PHI, Dr. Wolfgang Fiest, has just sent word that the Passive House Institute United States (PHIUS) will no longer be able to provide building

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NREL And Verizon Announce Partnership To Implement Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Tech

NREL And Verizon Announce Partnership To Implement Cutting-Edge Energy Efficiency Tech

Yesterday, the National Renewable Energy Lab NREL in Golden Colorado announced a first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding with telecom giant Verizon to help develop and implement energy efficiency

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The BeeCrib is a Flat-Pack Bee Hive to Make Urban Beekeeping a Snap

The BeeCrib is a Flat-Pack Bee Hive to Make Urban Beekeeping a Snap

With bee populations declining globally and monoculture farming destroying their habitats, the BeeCrib focuses on re-designing a beehive for the urban environment. Using CNC routing, the designers, from

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Massimo LoBuglio About Sustainable Building and Cupcakes

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Massimo LoBuglio About Sustainable Building and Cupcakes

Inhabitat: Your new SoHo location has some very cool green materials and features. Can you tell me about them? ML: The build-out started with diverting demolition waste from the landfill to a recycling

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Marine Conservation Group Blue Ventures Wins 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Marine Conservation Group Blue Ventures Wins 2011 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Blue Ventures, a conservation organization that works to protect marine ecosystems while improving the lives of the people depending on them, has just been named the winner of the 2011 Buckminster Fuller

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Win $1000 in the Better World, Better Coastline Challenge

Win $1000 in the Better World, Better Coastline Challenge

Calling all students! Do you have a smart design solution that will protect vulnerable coastal communities against climate change? Then submit your design for a better coastline to the Better World

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Art of Board Shows Off Its Skate Decks Repurposed into Rad Wall Tiles at ICFF

Art of Board Shows Off Its Skate Decks Repurposed into Rad Wall Tiles at ICFF

Attention all skaters - how many of you have damaged your skateboards beyond repair after unsuccessfully trying to nail a rail or grab some air?  Before you go throwing your board into landfill, you may

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SOM’s CBD Center for Beijing Wins AIA Regional and Urban Design Award

SOM’s CBD Center for Beijing Wins AIA Regional and Urban Design Award

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's plan for a new sustainable Central Business District in Beijing was met with much fanfare when it was first announced, and now SOM has garnered even more attention by

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Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

A group of designers are teaming up with artisans from the Oaxaca region of Mexico to host a program that will provide training, collaboration, promotion and fair commercialization of their work. This

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PHOTOS: A First Look Inside Masdar: Foster + Partner’s Carbon-Neutral Eco City

PHOTOS: A First Look Inside Masdar: Foster + Partner’s Carbon-Neutral Eco City

The Market @ Masdar kicked off at 10am on Friday. After parking their lowly fossil-fueled vehicles in the entrance parking lot, visitors rode driverless pod cars through a rather dull (but prefabricated

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Puckapunyal Memorial Chapel Moves Visitors With an Inspiring Play of Light

Puckapunyal Memorial Chapel Moves Visitors With an Inspiring Play of Light

Originally founded in the 1970’s, BVN Architecture has carried its work well into the 20th century and beyond with its contemporary and subtle integration of eco design principles. Equally as

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Matty Smith Wins Tasmanian Design Centre Award for Quirky Sustainable Shortdivison Cabinet

Matty Smith Wins Tasmanian Design Centre Award for Quirky Sustainable Shortdivison Cabinet

At Inhabitat we love to keep an eye out for designers around the globe who are scooping up awards for their innovative approach to sustainable design. So it is with great pleasure we share with you new

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8 Green Design Valentines for the Designers We Love

8 Green Design Valentines for the Designers We Love

Design crush: Bjarke Ingels Ode to Bjarke: Buildings worthy of climbing, cascading roofs of green, on you I am so keen. Do you happen to have a wife, your designs are larger than life. From New York

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Tribe Studio Creates a Spectacular Sustainable Ceiling Installation

Tribe Studio Creates a Spectacular Sustainable Ceiling Installation

What would you create if your design brief was to craft an artistic installation that would not only be festive and playful, but also encourage dialogue on sustainability? The creative team at Tribe

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‘Life Pscycle-ology’ Film Animates the Lifecycle of a Mobile Phone

‘Life Pscycle-ology’ Film Animates the Lifecycle of a Mobile Phone

Do you get excited when it comes time to get a new mobile phone? There is an almost overwhelming list of factors to weigh – functionality, technological advancements, style, price and much more. But

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LEED for Homes Winners are as Affordable as They are Green

LEED for Homes Winners are as Affordable as They are Green

The now famous 100K House in Philadelphia is all about maximizing efficiency and design while squeezing the most out of a small budget. The efforts of developer  Postgreen and designer Interface Studio

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Pit Industry is a Mini Greenhouse for Your Windowsill

Pit Industry is a Mini Greenhouse for Your Windowsill

Pit Industry is a small hand-blown glass house for your windowsill. Just drop some seeds or pits through the chimney and water them daily to create a miniature greenhouse right in your own home. Designed

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Help JELLOWARE Develop Their Biodegradable Vegan Cups Made of Jello

Help JELLOWARE Develop Their Biodegradable Vegan Cups Made of Jello

The first time we encountered these jiggly JELLOWARE cups, we were pretty enamored with them, so we're psyched to announce that they could be going from concept to actual product. New York based design

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Giant Robots Made of Recycled Yellow Beer Crates

Giant Robots Made of Recycled Yellow Beer Crates

Move over, Optimus Prime. There are two new mega-sized robots in the house and they're both made almost entirely of ordinary, yellow beer crates. Spain-based External Reference Architects came up with the

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Top 6 Delectably Modern Green Gingerbread Houses!

Top 6 Delectably Modern Green Gingerbread Houses!

HOK LEED PLATINUM GINGERBREAD HOUSE Did you know that gingerbread homes could achieve LEED certification too? We didn't either until we saw HOK’s LEED Platinum home outfitted with Hershey’s Chocolate

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Greenbuild 2010 Kicks Off Next Week in Chicago!

Greenbuild 2010 Kicks Off Next Week in Chicago!

Attention green building aficionados! If you can’t make it to Chicago for the Greenbuild conference next week, don’t panic -- we've got you covered! We'll be walking the expo hall, hitting the

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Shimizu Corporation’s Carbon-Negative Artificial Islands

Shimizu Corporation’s Carbon-Negative Artificial Islands

Shimizu Corporation is researching the construction of artificial islands in the equatorial ocean that would essentially be self-sufficient, carbon-negative cities with zero waste. Measuring one kilometer

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Joshua Tree Boulder House is a Study in Stone and Steel

Joshua Tree Boulder House is a Study in Stone and Steel

Designed by Garrett Carlson, the house has a rustic feel that contrasts nicely with its modern amenities. While the large boulders that make up the walls (which were erected by engineer Hossein Zand) are

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Oakland’s DIY “Scraper Bikes” Foster Youth Creativity

Oakland’s DIY “Scraper Bikes” Foster Youth Creativity

In a city struggling with violence and misguided youth, Oakland, California's Scraper Bike Project has done amazing work to give kids a positive outlet that promotes the green movement through customizing

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Wiggly Cups Made of Jello Are Biodegradable and Edible!

Wiggly Cups Made of Jello Are Biodegradable and Edible!

We've been touting biodegradable tableware for some time now, but these wiggly cups made of Jello take things to the next level! Conceived by design consultancy The Way We See the World for the 2nd annual

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One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

One of France’s First Passivhaus is a Wonder of Green Design

With the steady rise of the Passivhaus building system, we are being treated to some brilliant new ideas on how to design to the standard. Architecture Firm Karawitz designed this home in Bessancourt,

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Vibrant Folding Chairs Upcycled from Old Shipping Pallets!

Vibrant Folding Chairs Upcycled from Old Shipping Pallets!

These colorful Fold-out Pallet Chairs from Gas & Air Studios combine strength-of-form with environmentally-aware design. Each chair is hand made from a single recycled wooden pallet - thousands of

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Spot Dessert Bar Is a Sweet Green Re(treat) in NYC

Spot Dessert Bar Is a Sweet Green Re(treat) in NYC

I had the opportunity to check out Spot in person last week, and spoke to managers Rex Rhee and "Aob" Parnuwat Sridaranop about its green features. Upon entering the space, the most noticeable design

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Stylish, Super-Efficient Swiss Home Wins the 2010 Passivhaus Award

Stylish, Super-Efficient Swiss Home Wins the 2010 Passivhaus Award

The winner of the 2010 Passivhaus Architecture Award is a fantastic three-apartment building on the outskirts of Bern, Switzerland. Built by architect Peter Schurch, principle of Halle 52, the building

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