Sustainable Design Organizations

Modular Foodlab on Wheels for Those Who Appreciate Flexibility in the Kitchen

Modular Foodlab on Wheels for Those Who Appreciate Flexibility in the Kitchen

The elements include all the storage and counter spaces of a generously organized kitchen, but are, unlike typical kitchens, completely mobile. Wooden modules, resembing industrial crates and casters,

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Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Did you know that in the United States alone, over 2 billion disposable razors are thrown in the garbage every year? That's a hell of a lot of plastic and waste metal accumulating in landfills

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Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Across the Himalayas, rural farmers and villagers rely on open, wood-fuelled fires inside their homes to cook their meals. The sheer amount of smoke created in these unventilated homes makes thousands

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Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

  The challenge for this year's Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding

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Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Washi paper has been created in Japan for centuries, and now, the Taniguchi Aoya Washi company teamed up with Nendo to create three-dimensional forms with it—like these gorgeous lamps. Using

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Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

A group of year one BA (Hons) Spatial Design students at the London College of Communication were given a live project to promote sustainable design within LCC. Joy Williams and Ashleigh Nutton

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CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

The 10,000-square-foot center is located on less than an acre of its 118-acre site of fragile marshland on the Lynnhaven River known as Pleasure House Point. The area was slated for an 1,100-home

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Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

Canadians Matt Becker and Andres Pang are working together to create an eco-community through crowdfunding efforts. With ecotourism as the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector, and increasing

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Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

People who love architecture tend to love wild spaces as well: after all, buildings and landscapes complement one another, right? Well, imagine being able to study architecture design in a forest

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Solheimar was founded in 1930 by Mrs. Sesselja Hreindis Sigmundsdottir as a children's home and organic farm, and that tiny settlement has grown into the prosperous community that it is now. Sesselja had

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Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

Any car owner knows that the inside of a vehicle can get really "aromatic" over time, especially if pets and kids are regular passengers. Fortunately, a group of young entrepreneurs has a solution to

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3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

Portable solar power has already taken off, but what about when the sun goes down? Could massive wind turbines be scaled down for personal use? Poznan, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer Omni3d has

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger

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VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

Urban farming is on the rise across the globe; people all over are bringing their food source closer to their doorstep by farming in abandoned lots and on empty rooftops. Ian Marvy, the Executive Director

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Dr. John Keung About Singapore’s Green Mark Building Certification System

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Dr. John Keung About Singapore’s Green Mark Building Certification System

If you're a regular Inhabitat reader, you're probably already familiar with LEED, BREEAM, Passivhaus and even LBC, but there's another green building certification program that you should know about -

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VIDEO: The Buckminster Fuller Institute

VIDEO: The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is an organization after Inhabitat's own heart. It was formed by the visionary eco architect/designer's family in 1983 to champion Buckminster Fuller's amazing

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

Although most citizen-savvy cities these days recognize that community public space is as much a civic right as it is a priority, some small communities unfortunately find themselves lacking the resources

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‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

Designers at Studio Ooms have been working on a fantastic social project in Indonesia that helps to lift people out of poverty while creating great recycled products. So far, the team has spent five weeks

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Honest Buildings’ Social Media Site for Property Gets a Huge Cash Injection

Honest Buildings’ Social Media Site for Property Gets a Huge Cash Injection

Honest Buildings, the new real estate site that is looking to be the new social media hub for buildings, has just received a sizable cash injection topping $1 million. The site features over 600,000

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US Pavilion at Venice Biennale Focuses on Design Actions for Common Good

US Pavilion at Venice Biennale Focuses on Design Actions for Common Good

Although there are too many interventions to mention in this space, we would like to shed some light on a few of our favorites. Projects such as the Aquaponics Container System address issues of

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Africa’s First Online Green Network Launches in Cape Town

Africa’s First Online Green Network Launches in Cape Town

Green Africa Directory, the first online pan-African sustainability directory and network, was recently officially launched in Cape Town, South Africa. This green networking ‘hub’, which is expected

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USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

With a flurry of controversial discussions surrounding the 4th installment of LEED (formally known as LEED 2012), the USGBC has found themselves on a collision course with powerful construction

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A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

  If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,

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Reforest Patagonia Announces Plans to Plant One Million Trees in Chile

Reforest Patagonia Announces Plans to Plant One Million Trees in Chile

An ambitious citizen campaign called Reforest Patagonia is hoping to plant one million trees in Chilean Patagonia in what has been considered the largest, most ambitious native tree reforestation campaign

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Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

AmbiHive is a beautiful new design from NBT Studio that merges an ambient wall light and a speaker. The piece is made with ICB (Inverted Corrugated Board), LEDs and a ceramic sound chip. The chip,

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VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX' eco-sculptures serve as both artworks and oxygen replenishers. VERDMX's work, sponsored by Nissan, serves as an example of how nonprofit organizations, businesses and local governments

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Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

When we first broke the news of the split between Passivhaus Institute (PHI) and Passive House US (PHIUS), it was a murky proposition to project what the results would be. That answer has become much

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The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT has been on a world tour, and it finally reached the North American leg of its excursion, hitting the sparkling streets of the US just yesterday! The solar car was sent off on its

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