Sustainable Materials

Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

The Woodcube was made for the International Building Exhibition, which Hamburg is hosting this year on the island of Wilhelmsburg. The event, which showcases a wide variety of innovative green building

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Mihaus Studio is a Highly Flexible Modular Space Built with Hemp

Mihaus Studio is a Highly Flexible Modular Space Built with Hemp

As many great ideas have, Mihaus Studio came from personal necessity. Harper needed a highly adaptable addition to her own home. She used her design expertise to create this modular...we'll just say

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History Meets High Design in Bruno Erpicum’s Adaptive Reuse of a Dusseldorf Warehouse

History Meets High Design in Bruno Erpicum’s Adaptive Reuse of a Dusseldorf Warehouse

Bruno Erpicum took great care to respect the building’s past. The existing materials and structure play a strong role in the design. The furniture was even custom designed by Erpicum and finished with a

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Jillian Salik Carves Ornate Baroque Frames from Cardboard

Jillian Salik Carves Ornate Baroque Frames from Cardboard

The Baroque period is known for its hugely ornate, filigreed adornments in its architecture and interiors. The time and skilled craftsmanship required to create the flowers, leaves, and scrolls is

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Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

In order to make the rich earthy colors, the design team made paint mixtures from local soils and clay. These were hand-painted on jute fabric, sealed with silicate mineral paint and linseed oil, and then

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Los Angeles Completes the World’s Largest LED Street Light Retrofit

Los Angeles Completes the World’s Largest LED Street Light Retrofit

According to an article by Justin Gerdes for Forbes, last month the city of Los Angeles completed the world’s largest LED street light retrofit, changing over 141,089 street lights to energy efficient

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Naoya Matsumoto’s Yoshi Bar is Made from Hundreds of Locally-Sourced Reeds

Naoya Matsumoto’s Yoshi Bar is Made from Hundreds of Locally-Sourced Reeds

Each year, students at Seian University of Art and Design are challenged to create different projects using locally harvested reeds. The material grows freely around Lake Biwa, making it an easy and

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LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

The light-filled home is lined with floor to ceiling windows, bringing the Texas landscape into each of the living areas. A double height living room is used for entertaining, and opens onto the veranda

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Red Hong Yi Transforms Colorful Flower Petals into Exotic Birds

Red Hong Yi Transforms Colorful Flower Petals into Exotic Birds

Red Hong Yi decided to experiment with using just one material for an entire month, choosing fragile flowers for her medium. Inspired by the shape of each tiny petal and the notion that together they

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MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

MIT's OpenFab is a system designed to make 3d printing easier and cheaper - and it uses a new programming language to create flexible objects with varying materiality. Set to be launched at the end of the

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Peppermint Products Makes Modern Furniture and Accessories from Cardboard

Peppermint Products Makes Modern Furniture and Accessories from Cardboard

Peppermint Products, is a young and dynamic German start-up with the goal of creating modern furniture products out of humble cardboard. Peppermint was started off just over a year ago by four young and

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World’s Largest Legoland Waterpark to Open in Malaysia

World’s Largest Legoland Waterpark to Open in Malaysia

Kids and adults alike can splash around amongst Lego characters in the pools, or down waterslides. Unique to the Malaysian park, fans will be able to play with oversized soft Lego bricks in

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

In comparison with a car or truck, a scooter is a pretty green ride. They are lightweight, use less fuel, and are far easier to park. Yet, no matter how environmentally friendly they may seem, there is

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Nike’s “Making” App Helps Designers Choose the Greenest Materials

Nike’s “Making” App Helps Designers Choose the Greenest Materials

With so many materials available on the market, it can be tricky for designers to ensure that their products are made with those that have the smallest possible environmental impact. In order to make it

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Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

As climate change warms areas of Colorado, mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae) have infested lodgepole pines and drastically reduced their numbers. Of the 1.5 million acres of forest in the

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Artist Kovaleva Anastasia Creates Van Gogh-Like Collages Using Natural Materials

Artist Kovaleva Anastasia Creates Van Gogh-Like Collages Using Natural Materials

Artist Kovaleva Anastasia uses found natural materials as a medium for her deeply imaginative and often very delicate artworks. To make her collages, she uses all sorts of natural and floral materials

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ITZ Creates Exquisite Furniture Using Fallen Wood Reclaimed from Hurricanes and Forest Fires

ITZ Creates Exquisite Furniture Using Fallen Wood Reclaimed from Hurricanes and Forest Fires

ITZ Mayan Wood Furniture specializes in creating gorgeous, modern furniture pieces, but with a keen focus on sustainability. Led by Ania Wołowska and Luis López Antúnez Hassey, the company was

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Russia’s 17th Century Kizhi Pogost Church is One of the World’s Oldest and Tallest Wooden Structures

Russia’s 17th Century Kizhi Pogost Church is One of the World’s Oldest and Tallest Wooden Structures

Kizhi Pogost photo from Shutterstock Two domed timber church buildings and an octagonal wooden bell tower were constructed on Russia’s Kizhi Island in 1714. The Church of the Transfiguration is the

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Marecollege: Beautiful Waldorf School Built with Natural Materials Rises in Leiden

Marecollege: Beautiful Waldorf School Built with Natural Materials Rises in Leiden

24H Architecture left parts of the original building erected in the 1960s and then added a new central hall - a "lemniscate." This is a figure eight structure or two loops that join in a central middle.

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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic Bag photo via Shutterstock Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags.

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Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti is still struggling to rebuild its infrastructure three years after being struck by a devastating earthquake. The nation is also challenged by deforestation and a workforce that lacks skill and

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Beautiful Bishop Edward King Chapel Contains a Forest of Wood Arches Within

Beautiful Bishop Edward King Chapel Contains a Forest of Wood Arches Within

Niall McLaughlin Architects used sand-colored stone to create the criss-crossing pattern on the façade of the Bishop Edward King Chapel. The façade emulates the hue of the trees surrounding the property

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INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping Bioresin Color/Fast Installation

INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping Bioresin Color/Fast Installation

INHABITAT: How does the term Colorfast describe your latest show? R Nelson Parrish: The term Colorfast originally is a textile industry term derived at the beginning of the last century. It defines how a

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MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

MIT Scientists Create 3D-Printed Artificial Bone

Scientists at MIT have figured out a way to produce a 3D-printed artificial bone that is just as lightweight and durable as the real thing. By analyzing the structural patterns found in natural bone and

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Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world's most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint - but researchers recently unearthed clues to a more environmentally-friendly concrete mixture

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Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma's Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a single level building that covers a small area. It is built close to the ground and embodies Kuma's vision of 'small architecture'. The building is made

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World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

The Carbon Buster is the world's first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg per ton). The high-performing masonry product, developed by British

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Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then leads to the

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Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

These days, 3D printers can create just about anything - from human organs to deadly weapons. But one innovation we haven't previously seen in 3D printing? Printer filament made from of planet-friendly

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