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Postman Builds Incredible Palace from Thousands of Pebbles in Southeast France

Postman Builds Incredible Palace from Thousands of Pebbles in Southeast France

Of the fateful meeting with his muse Cheval wrote in his journal: "My foot had stumbled against a stone which almost made me fall: I wanted to know what it was. It was a stumbling block of such an unusual

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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KWK Promes’ Ultra Secure House Protects Against the Zombie Apocalypse

KWK Promes’ Ultra Secure House Protects Against the Zombie Apocalypse

The house is actually designed by architecture firm KWK Promes and is located in Warsaw, Poland. The owners wanted a residence with maximum security, and the architects essentially developed the

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Playful Kindergarten for New Colegio Green Hills Lets Imaginations Run Wild in Mexico City

Playful Kindergarten for New Colegio Green Hills Lets Imaginations Run Wild in Mexico City

Broissin’s idea for the design of this kindergarten can be seen as an abstract attempt to capture the concept of throwing children’s blocks around a playground. The staggered buildings in a layered

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Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Concrete photo from Shutterstock Sooner or later, even the best sidewalk in the country will develop a crack or two. When this happens, workers are deployed to either fill in the damage or lay down

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Luscious Green Roofs Top a Modern Tunnel Monitoring Complex in Austria

Luscious Green Roofs Top a Modern Tunnel Monitoring Complex in Austria

Dietger Wissounig Architekten designed this complex as an integral part of the landscape. It incorporates several green roofs that provide great insulation for the indoora and a fusion with the farms

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Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Photo via Shutterstock In the crusade to cut global CO2 emissions, we tend look to power plants, cars, and manufacturing. Nowadays, our building materials are also garnering attention, and researchers

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REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

The pirate radio broadcasting REM-Island was built in 1964 outside territorial waters in order to avoid Dutch legislation. Constructed completely out of steel, the 262-foot-high structure rests on 6

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Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Photo via Shutterstock Cracks are a road's worst enemy. Once a crack forms, water is able to enter the paved surface, and when it expands and contracts with changes in temperature it destroys the road.

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Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi’s Concrete Pollution-Busting Research Lab Achieves LEED Platinum in Italy

Italcementi i.Lab is located at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific Technology Park in Bergamo, Italy. The V-shaped building is composed of two wings on either side of a central courtyard to

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Living Trees Grow Through the Ceiling of Cadaval & Sola-Morales’ Tepoztlan Lounge in Mexico

Living Trees Grow Through the Ceiling of Cadaval & Sola-Morales’ Tepoztlan Lounge in Mexico

Tepoztlan Lounge an ideal space to spend long summer days, as it’s open, breezy and it hugs a nice round pool. It was designed to provide shade and shelter in hot weather, adapting gracefully to the

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Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

Maison Escalier is a Tree-Like Parisian Home Wrapped With a Leafy Sun Shade

The interior of Maison Escalier is creatively designed with stark white-painted walls that contrast with rich, warm black locust wood floors and ceilings. The black locust wood also covers the central

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Scientists Use Lightning Blasts To Recycle Concrete Debris into New Building Materials

Scientists Use Lightning Blasts To Recycle Concrete Debris into New Building Materials

Photo via Shutterstock Waste doesn't always look like discarded soda bottles or piles of unwanted newspaper. Humans are constantly altering their environments to serve a new purpose or accommodate a

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Miller Hull’s New Cutting-Edge UCSD Engineering Building Seeks LEED Silver

Miller Hull’s New Cutting-Edge UCSD Engineering Building Seeks LEED Silver

The research facility, which is expected to earn  LEED Silver certification, provides UCSD with a space and capacity to research nano-tube technologies and new structural aerospace materials. The

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DAPstockholm’s Energy-Efficient Villa Midgard is Nestled Into the Swedish Countryside

DAPstockholm’s Energy-Efficient Villa Midgard is Nestled Into the Swedish Countryside

Villa Midgard sits nestled into a site cut out of the rocky terrain of a hillside. As visitors approach the site, they are met by a green-roofed garage that appears to grow from the rock of the earth.

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CitizenM Prefab Hotels Now Provide Affordable Luxury in London and Glasgow

CitizenM Prefab Hotels Now Provide Affordable Luxury in London and Glasgow

Back in 2008, CitizenM built its first two prefabricated hotels in Amsterdam as an experiment, and then took the lessons they'd learned to design and build the hotels in the UK. They started with the

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Exit Architects Gives Historical Museum in Spain a Delightful Green Upgrade

Exit Architects Gives Historical Museum in Spain a Delightful Green Upgrade

Recycling cans couldn't get much quirkier or more lovable than these PACMAN containers that gobble-up garbage like their computerized namesake. Designed by Portuguese studio AND-RÉ, the cans are simple

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Superstar Host Dick Clark Lists His Rockin’ Flintstone Home for $3.5 Million

Superstar Host Dick Clark Lists His Rockin’ Flintstone Home for $3.5 Million

There is a lot about this home that satisfies our deepest green desires. For starters, it was explicitly designed to fit in with the surrounding, rolling landscape, which consists of aloes and other

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Beautiful Bridge House Connects Two California Hills

Beautiful Bridge House Connects Two California Hills

All of the bedrooms in the Bridge House are situated on the lower floor, which faces south towards a breathtaking landscape. This section of the home is also carefully shaded in order to mitigate excess

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Rustic Parasol Pavilion Pops Up Atop Renovated 14th Century Spanish Castle

Rustic Parasol Pavilion Pops Up Atop Renovated 14th Century Spanish Castle

Built like a floating yet solid canopy above the terrace, these structures are welded together, and galss fills the spaces in between. The ceiling and its supporting steel columns are painted white,

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Nishorgo Oirabot Nature Centre in Bangladesh is Pierced by Trees

Nishorgo Oirabot Nature Centre in Bangladesh is Pierced by Trees

Commissioned by the Ministry of Environment & Forests Bon Bhaban, the Nishorgo Oirabot Nature Interpretation Centre is a building designed and built within great care. In order to minimize the

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Parasitic Rehearsal Room Hangs Between Two Parisian Homes

Parasitic Rehearsal Room Hangs Between Two Parisian Homes

The square addition creates a serene practice space for the client, a cello player. The room hangs like a parasite between the client’s house and a neighbor’s. A giant plate glass window lines almost

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Paradise Lost But Found Again at Abandoned Taiwanese Factory Turned Greenery Filled Oasis

Paradise Lost But Found Again at Abandoned Taiwanese Factory Turned Greenery Filled Oasis

Long since abandoned, the paper factory has deteriorated from several years of disuse. Although there must have been some temptation to raze the existing structures to the ground and replace them with a

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Slovenia Metal Recycling Plant Proves Industrial Sites Need Not All Be Trashy

Slovenia Metal Recycling Plant Proves Industrial Sites Need Not All Be Trashy

When designing the facility, Deklava Gregoric decided to utilize long-lasting recyclablematerials like concrete and metal. Concrete is used to form the perimeter wall around the sorting plateau as well as

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Air Pollution-Fighting Road Treatment Breaks Down Auto Emissions

Air Pollution-Fighting Road Treatment Breaks Down Auto Emissions

Here at Inhabitat we've covered many designs for greener roadways - from solar streets and kinetic-energy generating roads to that machines lay out fully-assembled streets. However a U.S. company called

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Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Researchers at the U.K's University of Newcastle have created a new type of bacteria that generates glue to hold together cracks in concrete structures -- that means everything from concrete sidewalks to

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Giant Shell Shaped Conch House Made from Local Materials

Giant Shell Shaped Conch House Made from Local Materials

The bizarre home, which sits right on the beach, has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a swimming pool. Even the interior of the house follows the rounded shaped of the outside, and many of the curvaceous

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Villa Bio: House With a Cantilevered Living Roof is a Feat of Engineering

Villa Bio: House With a Cantilevered Living Roof is a Feat of Engineering

One first notices this striking home because of its lush living roof, modern facade and floor-to-ceiling window that cap the end. Upon further study, the home is completely composed of concrete in what

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Plastic Concrete: Building Bricks Made From Landfill Waste

Plastic Concrete: Building Bricks Made From Landfill Waste

Recent RPI Masters of Architecture graduate Henry Miller has devised a way to reuse waste plastic as an aggregate in cement, circumventing the energy-intensive process of plastic recycling. By grinding up

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