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Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

Muniz first creates installations, or “paints” with materials such as sugar, peanut butter, or junk. He then photographs the piece to complete the final artwork. The photos at first look like

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Bottom Up Showcases Giant Spider-Like House Made of Recycled Materials in Barcelona

Bottom Up Showcases Giant Spider-Like House Made of Recycled Materials in Barcelona

A giant spider-like house made of recycled materials is just one of the many surprising projects that could emerge from the Bottom Up festival in Barcelona this weekend. Open to the public at no cost,

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Trash Skips Filled With Found Materials Become Fun Meeting Spots in The Netherlands

Trash Skips Filled With Found Materials Become Fun Meeting Spots in The Netherlands

The skips are deposited in central locations and then filled up with wood, wire, and other recycled materials either found in the local environment or donated by community members. Then, within a week,

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CP Lighting Combines Recycled New Growth Lamp With a Dining Room Table

CP Lighting Combines Recycled New Growth Lamp With a Dining Room Table

Lighting designer Christopher Poehlmann is no stranger to Inhabitat or the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. We've long been a fan of Poehlman's gorgeous, sculptural 'New

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Burton Street Peace Garden’s Learning Pavilion Was Built From Recycled Materials for $3,900

Burton Street Peace Garden’s Learning Pavilion Was Built From Recycled Materials for $3,900

The Peace Gardens were started by local couple who set out to clean up the area and provide a space where youth could learn about environmental and social justice through hands-on experience. The area was

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Pop-Up Boutique in Former Solar Panel Shop Decorated With Recycled Materials

Pop-Up Boutique in Former Solar Panel Shop Decorated With Recycled Materials

Based in Antwerp, Belgium, the design collective works from the former solar panel shop, turning it into an event space at will. They employ recycled and found materials in their décor as a tribute to

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Ethan Hayes-Chute’s Quirky Wooden Shacks are a Delightful Hodgepodge of Found Materials

Ethan Hayes-Chute’s Quirky Wooden Shacks are a Delightful Hodgepodge of Found Materials

In recent years, Hayes-Chute has propelled his work from miniature sculptures of shacks into amazing life size models of self-made abodes. Hayes-Chute envisions the homes as being built slowly over time

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Films On Fridges: Pop Up Cinema Made from Old Refrigerators Rises in London!

Films On Fridges: Pop Up Cinema Made from Old Refrigerators Rises in London!

The brainchild of Lindsey Scannapieco, Films on Fridges was created as a way to animate a vacant lot in a creative way while celebrating the Olympics. Scannapieco was helped out by her business partner

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S. African Designer Heath Nash Builds Shade Structure Out of Recycled Bottles

S. African Designer Heath Nash Builds Shade Structure Out of Recycled Bottles

Upon arrival, Nash walked around the city and was interested how people congregated under the shade of trees to talk, do business or relax. Seeing that shade was vital to day-to-day life, he settled on

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Pulau Joyo Is a Dreamy Driftwood Retreat in Indonesia

Pulau Joyo Is a Dreamy Driftwood Retreat in Indonesia

Made of driftwood harvested from the sea, the Java Joglos and treehouses are completely sensitive to both their cultural and ecological context. All of the palaces are outfitted with King sized beds, en

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Warehouse 8B is An Avant Garde Office Made From Recycled Roof Shingles

Warehouse 8B is An Avant Garde Office Made From Recycled Roof Shingles

Figuring out how to stock and bond the tiles so that they could be used as an interior building material required a lot of thought. It was also important to manage their weight, but the designers

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Crazy-Looking AME-LOT Student Housing is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Pallets

Crazy-Looking AME-LOT Student Housing is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Pallets

The pallets - a remarkably flexible building material that can be manipulated to create a variety of geometric shapes - are connected via horizontal hinges and are built upwards to allow for privacy and

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Quirky Necklaces Made From Buttons Found on the Factory Floor

Quirky Necklaces Made From Buttons Found on the Factory Floor

Following three of Inhabitat's favorite principles - recycle, re-use, revive - Maria McCormick reinvents the artisan element of jewellery design with these beautiful strings of button necklaces.

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WoodTec’s Rustic iPad Docking Stations Made from Logs

WoodTec’s Rustic iPad Docking Stations Made from Logs

Isn't there something perfect about the way these rustic WoodTec docking stations set off the ultra-modern lines of the iPad? Each one has been made by hand in New Paltz, New York from local cedar that

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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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Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Wing House

Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Wing House

We love recycled airplane architecture, but (not surprisingly) real-life examples of it are pretty hard to find! That’s why we were stoked when we saw this awesome “Wing House”  right

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Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Home

Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Home

Here at Inhabitat we're huge fans of recycled airplane architecture, and it turns out that if you're building a house on a sprawling property deep in the hills of Malibu, buying a retired 747, chopping it

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