Sustainable Materials

Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

In a unique collaboration with Sennheiser, artist Kristjana S Williams takes visitors on an audio tour through a bamboo forest. Each visitor is given a set of headphones and a portable player and as they

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Madeover Maine Bus is a Groovy Guest Home on Wheels

Madeover Maine Bus is a Groovy Guest Home on Wheels

Complementing the micro home movement, bus renovations allow people to not only minimalize their lifestyle, but enjoy the benefits of traveling while doing so. The Maine Bus renovation was built for a

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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

In 2007, Skateistan began working with children aged 5-17 in Kabul as a "sport through development" project. Skateboarding was the best option for the program because Afghanistan law prohibits girls from

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

With Steve doing the majority of the work on the home, the recently-finished Tin Can Cabin took almost four years to complete. With little building experience, he first consulted with an engineer in order

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Spectacular Land Art Sculptures Made From Sticks and Stones Reflect Natural Cycles

Spectacular Land Art Sculptures Made From Sticks and Stones Reflect Natural Cycles

Hill and Jones often build a semi-circle from natural materials and set it amidst a dazzling lake. Then they wait for the sun to hit at the right moment to create a perfect reflection that completes the

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Mollusk-Inspired Super Material is 200 Times Stronger than Standard Glass

Mollusk-Inspired Super Material is 200 Times Stronger than Standard Glass

Abalone Shell photo from Shutterstock Cracked smartphone screens and shattered windows may be a thing of the past. Scientists at McGill University in Montreal have created a new type of glass that is

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Designer Harry Yoell created this set of sustainable herb pots from his own potato starch-based bioplastic. The green material is very light and strong, and once the pots have served their purpose they

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Stuart Haygarth’s Opulent Chandeliers Are Made Entirely from Recycled Objects

Stuart Haygarth’s Opulent Chandeliers Are Made Entirely from Recycled Objects

Designer Stuart Haygarth creates dazzling functional art entirely from upcycled, discarded objects. For the past decade Haygarth has collaged toys, auto parts, and even eye glass parts into luxurious

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Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Monan had dreamt of building his own home for a while, but lack of funds meant he would have never been able to afford having craftmen build the house of his dreams exactly as he imagined it. So, he took

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First Simpsons LEGO Set Announced for 2014!

First Simpsons LEGO Set Announced for 2014!

Television’s longest running cartoon has partnered with one of the world’s most popular toys. The exciting Simpsons House set will come with 2,523 Simpsons-related LEGO bricks. The kit will include

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The Wedgie is an Adorable Multi-Colored Tiny Home on Wheels

The Wedgie is an Adorable Multi-Colored Tiny Home on Wheels

Not only the latest in a long line of innovative tiny structures from the company, the Wedgie is also affordable and sustainable. According to Mr. Everson, the Wedgie is completely off-grid. The home was

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Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

These playful Togetherfarm blocks made entirely from recycled plastic allow users to build their own raised garden beds in under five minutes. Inspired by LEGO building blocks, the recycled plastic bricks

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Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Although the size of new home is a fairly compact 1,500 square feet, the open and minimalist features of the structure provide a welcoming atmosphere closely connected with the area's beautiful landscape.

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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Iceculture’s Incredible 15,000 Pound Ice Truck is Totally Roadworthy

Iceculture’s Incredible 15,000 Pound Ice Truck is Totally Roadworthy

The ice truck started off its journey in Texas where the frame originated. In the lone star state Bronson Automotive stripped the cab and body before lowering the engine bay's height and width. The truck

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Lunar-Powered Kringle Sleigh Delivers Gifts in Style

Lunar-Powered Kringle Sleigh Delivers Gifts in Style

The modern sleigh rests atop two skis, which enable the cozy contraption to easily navigate snowy grounds. Aerodynamic Scandinavian ash was steam-bent, making a lightweight continuous piece of wood for

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Matt Gagnon’s Knit Fort Built with Reclaimed Wood Makes a Perfect Hideaway Cocoon

Matt Gagnon’s Knit Fort Built with Reclaimed Wood Makes a Perfect Hideaway Cocoon

Whether it's used as a relaxing time out space in a bustling office, a child's playroom, a chill out zone in the back yard or an exterior shade cabana in an exotic location, Gagnon's Knit Fort is one very

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Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

The Upcycle House's building materials come from a vast variety of sources. The load bearing base of the home is made out of two prefabricated shipping containers that are insulated on the outside, which

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Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Recent scientific findings that unveil the remarkable structural performance of plants could completely change what we think of as "green architecture." Researchers at Purdue University who conducted an

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Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

Agüevo is a new modern egg cup made from natural cork! Designed by IN-TENTA, these water-repellent, lightweight anti-slip egg cups protect soft-boiled eggs and keep them warm thanks to the great

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Timber-Clad House of the Early Childhood is a Healthy, Energy-Efficient School in France

Timber-Clad House of the Early Childhood is a Healthy, Energy-Efficient School in France

The humble, welcoming House of the Early Childhood provides preschool education for 100 children up to the age of five as well as nursery space. The 1,300 square meter structure is designed to provide a

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Niko Niko’s Plantable Holiday Cards Bloom Into Fresh Wildflowers

Niko Niko’s Plantable Holiday Cards Bloom Into Fresh Wildflowers

Looking for the perfect Christmas card for the green thumb on your list? Niko Niko has created a series of amazing seed-sown cards that sprout colorful wildflowers when they're planted in soil! The cards

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The Rock Bottom is a Tiny Off-Grid Reading Cabin Built for Just $300 in Vermont

The Rock Bottom is a Tiny Off-Grid Reading Cabin Built for Just $300 in Vermont

The construction cost of the Rock Bottom Cabin was incredibly low thanks to Diedricksen's deft scrap scavenger abilities. In fact, most of the cabin is made up of recycled parts and creatively reused

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Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

The two story villa, which is almost 50 meters long and 19 meters wide, is built on one of the many historic beach ridges located in Bergen. While most private development projects in the area try to

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Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Swedish Students Design Passive Home Powered by the Sun

Measuring 645 sq foot, HALO takes its name and shape from the rainbow-like optical phenomenon around the sun. It was designed with small private rooms and large entertaining areas to shift people away

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