Sustainable Design Organizations

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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Lumenhaus Pulls Ahead at the Solar Decathlon With Smart Adaptable Design

Lumenhaus Pulls Ahead at the Solar Decathlon With Smart Adaptable Design

The home is modest is size. In fact, you can simply hook a semi to it and move it anywhere you want. But don’t be fooled -  they packed a lot of living into the Lumenhaus. The center of the home houses

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Ultra-Efficient Wuppertal House Blazes a Trail at Solar Decathlon

Ultra-Efficient Wuppertal House Blazes a Trail at Solar Decathlon

Team Wuppertal brought an intimate but expansive vision to the Solar Decathlon Europe this year. Their sun-powered house is flanked by solar walls, capped by a solar roof, and provides multiple spaces to

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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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Japan’s First Passive House Showcases Energy Efficient Building

Japan’s First Passive House Showcases Energy Efficient Building

This simple yet elegant home by Key Architects is not just an intriguing example of modern Japanese design -- it's also is the first certified Passive House in Japan. Simplicity has its rewards, and when

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VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

Over a billion people in the world don't have access to transportation. Worldbike is trying to fight that problem with great design as their weapon. Founder Ross Evans created Worldbike a decade ago on a

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Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Talk about "green design to save the world" -- Appropriate Technology Collaborative has developed a solar powered refrigerator for vaccines that stands to save millions of lives lost each year due to

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Operation Hope Wins 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Operation Hope Wins 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

We're thrilled to announce that The Buckminster Fuller Institute has just announced the winner of their third annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and this year's award goes to... Allan Savory for

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Oregon’s Zero-Energy Office Tower

Oregon’s Zero-Energy Office Tower

The Oregon Sustainability Center is getting ready to build the largest Living Building Challenge-certified office tower in the world. The Portland-based skyscraper is being developed using the LBC’s

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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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Is LEED Still Leading the Way for Green Building?

Is LEED Still Leading the Way for Green Building?

For the past five years Inhabitat has written about many LEED buildings. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification system has proven to be enormously successful at pushing commercial

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Indian Students Design $22 Solar and Wind Powered Bike Helmet

Indian Students Design $22 Solar and Wind Powered Bike Helmet

Wish your morning bike commute could charge up your cell phone on the way to work? Well, two enterprising engineering students from the Nirma University of Ahmedabad, India have designed a handy wind and

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