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Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26' RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren't really

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale

The Chamfer Home is a tiny self-sufficient shelter with a clean modern design that is made from eco-friendly materials. Designed by S-Archetype, the portable living unit can operate completely off the

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Rainer Mutsch Uses Recycled Fiber to Create His Incredible Sculptural Pendant Lamps

Rainer Mutsch Uses Recycled Fiber to Create His Incredible Sculptural Pendant Lamps

These gorgeous, handmade 'soft light' pendants by Austrian designer Rainer Mutsch are sculpted from eco-friendly materials. Mutsch created a series of pendants for Molto Luce from recycled fiber cement,

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Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Placed on a 3,100 square foot lot, the tiny studio was a labor of love for both John McBride, a carpenter, and Sarah. They sourced all of their own materials and did the design and the construction, which

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Villa Lola is a Beautifully Modern Low-Impact Home in Iceland

Villa Lola is a Beautifully Modern Low-Impact Home in Iceland

Villa Lola is located outside of Akureyri, the largest town in northern Iceland, across from Eyjarfjodur Bay with unrestricted mountain views to the north and south. The client wanted a home that could be

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SmartDeco Builds Eco-Friendly and Easy to Assemble Flat-Pack Furniture

SmartDeco Builds Eco-Friendly and Easy to Assemble Flat-Pack Furniture

If you've been looking for some basic furniture for your home, check out SmartDeco's eco-friendly creations. Founded in 2011, SmartDeco produces 100% recyclable furniture that is proudly made in the USA.

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Bliss House: 6 Men Build 2 Prefab Houses in Just 6 Days in North London!

Bliss House: 6 Men Build 2 Prefab Houses in Just 6 Days in North London!

The two residences are each three stories tall and about 4,000 sq ft with 4 bedrooms and a backyard studio. A concrete foundation is topped with two levels of prefabricated materials that were assembled

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M DESIGN’s Builds Quirky New Designs Out of Trashed Furniture

M DESIGN’s Builds Quirky New Designs Out of Trashed Furniture

As the official “Moving Day” of Montreal, Canada, every July 1st the city streets find themselves littered with abandoned furniture. To save these pieces from dumpster doom, designer

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MisoSoupDesign’s Awesome All-In-One Workstation is Built from Bent Sheets of Bamboo

MisoSoupDesign’s Awesome All-In-One Workstation is Built from Bent Sheets of Bamboo

If you love a minimalist aesthetic, then you're going to love the K Workstation by MisoSoupDesign. A full-on workstation complete with desk, shelves and a place to set your keyboard, this masterpiece was

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PAS Skate House: An Eco Home Where You Can Skateboard On Any Surface

PAS Skate House: An Eco Home Where You Can Skateboard On Any Surface

The PAS House was designed by skateboarder and designer Gil Lebon Delapointe and LA based architect Francois Perrin to be a continuous ribbon of skateable surfaces - essentially, a skate park turned into

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Beautiful Green-Roofed McLeod Home Sits Lightly On The Edge Vermont Nature Preserve

Beautiful Green-Roofed McLeod Home Sits Lightly On The Edge Vermont Nature Preserve

Oriented on an east-west axis, the southern facade was designed to absorb the sun, while the eastern side rises up to look into the nature preserve, and the western side, facing the neighbors, is covered

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Central California Portola Hotel Remodels To Become LEED Silver

Central California Portola Hotel Remodels To Become LEED Silver

Renovating existing buildings in order to reduce environmental impact can be a daunting task, including a complete overhaul of indoor materials, furnishings, lighting, HVAC systems. Achieving LEED (EB)

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Merrill Environmental Center: the Greenest Building Ever?

Merrill Environmental Center: the Greenest Building Ever?

Designed and engineered by SmithGroup, the Merrill Environmental Center is a 32,000 sq ft facility designed for the organization's 90-person staff. Located on the Chesapeake Bay shoreline, about 15

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The Coconut Provides Inspiration for Green Packaging Alternatives

The Coconut Provides Inspiration for Green Packaging Alternatives

One of the most delicious designs nature has to offer, the coconut exemplifies how Mother Nature is one of the best designers around. The coconut shell is a natural packaging design solution that can

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Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Today we're thrilled to kick off a brand new series that explores a greener future for packaging design, brought to you by Eco Chick founder and green journalist Starre Vartan! Each year households

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Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect

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Australians Get a Bike Path Made From Recycled Printer Cartridges!

Australians Get a Bike Path Made From Recycled Printer Cartridges!

(photo credit: Justin Brierty) Australia's National Park Service recently unveiled a new bike path in the West MacDonnell National Park that includes a bridge made out of recycled printer cartridges.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater To Get Underground Eco-Cottages

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater To Get Underground Eco-Cottages

Underground cottages will soon grace the landscape surrounding Fallingwater, the famous masterpiece of Frank Lloyd Wright. Designed by Patkau Architects from Vancouver, the cottages will reside in the

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Son Builds Mom a Bamboo House with a Moon View in Costa Rica

Son Builds Mom a Bamboo House with a Moon View in Costa Rica

What do you give the woman who brought you into this world and raised you? For architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, the answer was a beautiful bamboo retreat in Costa Rica. Some years ago, his mom stole away

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FabCab: A Most Fabulous Timberfame Prefab Cabin

FabCab: A Most Fabulous Timberfame Prefab Cabin

It’s another prefabulous day, this time with the help of the FabCab, short for “Fabulous Cabin”. This cute timberframe home made its debut at the 2010 Seattle Home Show and is more of a

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POO BRICKS: Students Develop Cow Dung Building Bricks

POO BRICKS: Students Develop Cow Dung Building Bricks

A group of students from Prasetiya Mulya Business School in Indonesia recently won the 2009 Global Social Venture Competition with their “EcoFaeBrick“, a quality, easily manufactured, low-cost

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MILAN 2009: The Best of Green Design

MILAN 2009: The Best of Green Design

The 2009 Milan Furniture Fair showcased an incredible assortment of furnishings, lighting, and housewares from all over the world, ranging from the well-established designers showcased in the main

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Outdoor Ad Companies Debut Recyclable Eco Billboards

Outdoor Ad Companies Debut Recyclable Eco Billboards

As of March 1, the three largest outdoor communications companies will no longer be using paper or PVC for their billboards, citing the need to transition to more environmentally friendly materials. As an

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London Design Festival 2008: Inhabitat’s Highlights

London Design Festival 2008: Inhabitat’s Highlights

This year's London Design Festival was an incredible event that showcased some of the world's most acclaimed designers in addition to a host of upcoming talents. From innovative furnishings and lighting

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Cutting-Edge Cardboard Interior in Greece

Cutting-Edge Cardboard Interior in Greece

We love this beautifully sculpted cardboard mille-feuille that lines the walls of Yiorgos Eleftheriades‘ Yeshop in Athens. Dubbed “Papercut”, the project was a collaboration between the

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ECO FLOORS MADE FROM COW POO!

ECO FLOORS MADE FROM COW POO!

While some may look at cows as sources of meat, dairy, or leather, researchers at Michigan State University have found a more sustainable (and abundant!), yet equally useful bovine by-product: you guessed

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MTRL: A New Material Resource for Designers

MTRL: A New Material Resource for Designers

The design community has a valuable new resource with the recent launch of Mtrl - an industry initiative aimed at providing designers with “material about materials.” The brainchild of ASM

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