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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local indigenous community offers

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Car sharing revolution: BlaBlaCar to expand after huge investment

Car sharing revolution: BlaBlaCar to expand after huge investment

The world’s largest long-distance car-sharing network, BlaBlaCar, looks set to transform the way we travel by helping fill empty seats. After a huge $100 million investment by Index Ventures back in

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Tentsile’s new Vista tree tent creates triple-decker treehouses in the sky

Tentsile’s new Vista tree tent creates triple-decker treehouses in the sky

The main tent comes with three layers: the roof, a mesh layer and the floor. To that, you can add extra floors to accommodate the whole troop and all their stuff. The tent is ideal for a hot, tropical

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Off-the-grid truck house transforms into a spectacular fantasy castle

Off-the-grid truck house transforms into a spectacular fantasy castle

The family of three decided to build a home which would suit their active lifestyle and allow them to travel without having to compromise on quality of life. Their castle house has beautifully crafted

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

As part of the grand opening for the new 456-acre park in Dakota County, Minnesota, Whitetail Woods Regional Park also opened three, architect-designed camper cabins. Elevated above the ground and nestled

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Tinywood Homes Come with Their Own Hot Tubs in the UK

Tinywood Homes Come with Their Own Hot Tubs in the UK

Tinywood Homes is a small company in Warwickshire, UK that specializes in building tiny homes for both rentals and for sale. The company rents out four tiny homes on their property to families and

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Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Jackson, WY-based Wheelhaus builds beautiful prefab 'rolling cabins,' which is a much nicer way to say RV homes. Basically these narrow and tiny homes are efficiently designed, sustainably built and

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VIDEO: How to Find and Cook Delicious Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Forest Near You

VIDEO: How to Find and Cook Delicious Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Forest Near You

In 1836, Swedish mycologist Elias Fries called the chanterelle "one of the most important and best edible mushrooms." They are also incredibly nutritious - in addition to containing vitamin C and

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Costa Rica’s Breathtaking Lapa Rios Eco Resort is Powered by Pig Waste

Costa Rica’s Breathtaking Lapa Rios Eco Resort is Powered by Pig Waste

Guests of the resort have the option of enjoying a full sustainability tour of the facilities, including the pig poop feces bio-gas-powered kitchen. The hotel recycles more than 80 percent of the waste

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Camping Reaches New Heights with This 5-Level Campsite Skyscraper!

Camping Reaches New Heights with This 5-Level Campsite Skyscraper!

  Low-budget accommodations aren’t always easy to find, especially in some of the world’s bigger cities. Camping is a great alternative to pricey hotels or limited youth hostels, but

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How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

How the Greensburg Tower Tree Has Survived 115 Feet Off the Ground for Nearly 150 Years

Ms. Hess says the tree draws scores of tourists, especially on the weekends. "I once met some people who traveled all the way from Alabama to Indiana just to spot the tree on top of the roof," she

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Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

1. Food This is an obvious one, but conscientious and green-minded consumers won't want to settle for any old food on the road. Unless you plan ahead, you'll end up eating at Starbucks and Chipotle

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Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America’s Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America’s Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

Consistently rated as one of the most beautiful protected territories in the United States, the 111.2-square-mile glacially-carved Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore boasts incredible splendor: long, winding

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Espejo De Luna Eco-Hotel Restaurant is Set Inside a Grounded Island Boat

Espejo De Luna Eco-Hotel Restaurant is Set Inside a Grounded Island Boat

The complex comprises four wood cabins of different sizes and a restaurant built in the shape of a boat. Aiming to lower the carbon emissions, the architects used locally sourced wood, and the hotel uses

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Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat Standing within the Dutch City of Design & Technology, the Evoluon is a daring and iconic landmark. Its concrete dome is 253 feet in diameter and it was

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Eco Hotel Endemico is a Gorgeous Green Retreat in Baja, Mexico

Eco Hotel Endemico is a Gorgeous Green Retreat in Baja, Mexico

The eco hotel is located on roughly 100 hectares of the Encuentro Guadalupe development outside of Ensenada, which also includes a residential area and a winery. The hotel is made up of 20 EcoLofts, which

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of California, this

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6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

EcoCamp in Chile EcoCamp is immersed in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia. It offers guided treks, as well as luxury camping in solar-powered geodesic domes. Loch

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$3,000 Gets You Inside the World’s Largest, Most Magical Cave (Video)

$3,000 Gets You Inside the World’s Largest, Most Magical Cave (Video)

The cave, dubbed Son Doong Cave (Hang Son Doong in Vietnamese), which means mountain river cave, is located in the Quang Binh province of Vietnam. A local farmer stumbled on the cave in 1991, but he

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Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

There are 10 domes in all and they come in four different sizes. Depending on the size of each family and budget, visitors to The Dome Garden can request a 12, 16, 20, or 24 ft dome. The skeleton is made

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Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects' peaceful rural holiday cottage offers a discount for travelers who arrive on foot or bicycle. The home responds to its rural context by incorporating elements of local building

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Dots Design Studio’s Beautiful PLYbikes are Handcrafted From Wood

Dots Design Studio’s Beautiful PLYbikes are Handcrafted From Wood

Bangkok-based Dots Design Studio makes handcrafted bicycles with glorious timber parts. Their PLYbike is made from strong stripy pieces of sandwiched wood veneer. The bikes are perfect for taking a spin

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Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

Rachel Sussman collaborated with a group of biologists to research and create her stunning photo project. She begins her investigation at “year zero,” photographing the past in the present. She found

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ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous ‘Glamping’ Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

ArchiWorkshop Unveils Gorgeous ‘Glamping’ Tents Shaped Like Doughnuts

Designed for a remote campsite in Yang-Pyeong, ArchiWorkshop's "Glamping for Glampers" tents come in two distinctive shapes. One is a long, curving form that easily adapts to rough terrain. This tent's

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Schulz's tiny woodland cottage measures 14' x 16', and it was built entirely from materials gathered at a local recycling yard and savaged wood from the surrounding forest. The resourceful instructor also

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Treehouse Point Eco Resort Helps You Reconnect With Nature in Washington

Treehouse Point Eco Resort Helps You Reconnect With Nature in Washington

Treehouse Point is an eco resort outside of Seattle, adjacent to a river and located in a beautiful fern-covered forest. Owned and operated by Pete and Judy Nelson, Treehouse Point's mission is tri-fold:

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