green design

Artist grows living letters in a Petri dish – with bacteria

Artist grows living letters in a Petri dish – with bacteria

Designer Ori Elisar’s new project puts new meaning in the premise that language is organic. The Jerusalem-based creator’s “Living Typeface” is a collection of letters sprouted from a Petri dish.

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GustaVino is a 3D-printed wine holder that can be endlessly customized for any space

GustaVino is a 3D-printed wine holder that can be endlessly customized for any space

GustaVino is a stylish and versatile Gaudi inspired modular wine rack made from renewable materials that can be reproduced in any 3d printer. The light organic form was inspired by the work of Gaudi,

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Three-legged teahouse in the Netherlands boasts a cantilevering green roof

Three-legged teahouse in the Netherlands boasts a cantilevering green roof

At the request of the local community, Dutch architecture studio GAAGA has designed a welcoming teahouse and gathering place for the neighborhood of Leiden, the Netherlands. Called the Teahouse Leiden

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Old Testament nomadic tents recreated in Tel Aviv with high-tech materials

Old Testament nomadic tents recreated in Tel Aviv with high-tech materials

The structures installed on a rooftop in Tel Aviv, within SCAF’s Zen garden, were inspired by Israel’s use of scientifically calibrated fabric greenhouses which make possible the growing of fruit and

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Register now for San Francisco’s 2015 Architecture and the City festival

Register now for San Francisco’s 2015 Architecture and the City festival

AIA SF's Architecture and the City Festival is bringing a great program of design events to San Francisco this September - sign up now before spots fill up!

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The recycled wood ORION lamp can be adjusted using a sliding weight

The recycled wood ORION lamp can be adjusted using a sliding weight

Interior lamp made by recycled wood. Chippings, derived from manufacturing processes, pulverized and mixed with glue, become wood paste. This paste is used to create the particular shape of ORION. The

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NowLab’s daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman’s pole

NowLab’s daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman’s pole

The heart of the design is the spiral staircase directly illuminated by natural light thanks to a skylight above. Built on the 4th and 5th floors of an apartment building in Kreuzberg, Berlin, the

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Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

The excitement is already building, and this year’s Greenbuild taking place in Washington, D.C., November 18-20, is gearing up to be a Monumental Green event. Greenbuild offers a truly unique

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a solar-powered floating room for a family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a solar-powered floating room for a family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye started his architecture firm in his private home, but soon he had more employees than he had space, so they needed to expand. Tye chose to keep the office on-site and to build a modern space

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Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

Black outbuildings that act as truncated garages line the path leading to the main house defined by white masonry boxed in by two bookends of sorts. Inside, exposed timber columns lend a natural aesthetic

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This floating survival shelter rises above floods

This floating survival shelter rises above floods

The alarming rates of sea levels rise have inspired designers Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao to create a floating emergency shelter that could save lives during floods and tsunamis. Instead of conventional

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5 life-changing projects take home top honors in 2015 INDEX: Design Awards

5 life-changing projects take home top honors in 2015 INDEX: Design Awards

copenhagen, Denmark, Design, Design for Health, Design to Improve Life, eco design, green design, humanitarian design, index award winners, index: award, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, world’s

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Nøjkærhus welcome center features walls made of stacked wood

Nøjkærhus welcome center features walls made of stacked wood

Perched in the center of a clearing in dense highland woods, the initial forest guard buildings served as a homebase for outdoor explorers. The new Nøjkærhus better serves visitors by inviting them

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The streets of Paris will go car-free for one day in September

The streets of Paris will go car-free for one day in September

France is declaring itself the leader of sustainable transportation, by banning all cars on the streets of Paris for one entire day. On September 27th, “A Day Without Cars” will make the French

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BEEcosystem: the world’s first observation beehive to ship with an established colony

BEEcosystem: the world’s first observation beehive to ship with an established colony

Most of us would love to be able to help the bees, but we have no idea how to establish our own beehives. The genius team behind the BEEcosystem aim to change that with their modular indoor observation

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating

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New study finds horse and beaver in specialty ground meats

New study finds horse and beaver in specialty ground meats

A new study on ground meat sold in stores in the United States has shown that more than a whopping twenty percent are mislabeled. Chapman University’s Food Science Program put commercial ground meat to

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Olafur Eliasson’s ship-inspired circle bridge opens in Copenhagen

Olafur Eliasson’s ship-inspired circle bridge opens in Copenhagen

Danish foundation Nordea-fonden commissioned the construction of the pedestrian bridge meat to span Copenhagen's Christianshavn canal. The final design is around 40 meters long (131 feet) and can be

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Mexico City’s busiest avenue returning to residents as a stunning elevated public park

Mexico City’s busiest avenue returning to residents as a stunning elevated public park

One of Mexico City's busiest roads will soon become a pedestrian's dream - a sloping public park with an elevated promenade will transform the 10-lane road that runs west to east between Chapultepec Park

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CastAway makes furniture out of waste that forces us question modern consumerist culture

CastAway makes furniture out of waste that forces us question modern consumerist culture

Can sustainable design thinking help us develop new furniture aesthetics and possibilities? We live in a world dominated by the waste produced by the consumerist disposable society; everybody knows

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Beautiful bakery in Ukraine brings back the look and familiarity of old European patisseries

Beautiful bakery in Ukraine brings back the look and familiarity of old European patisseries

This beautiful bakery in Ukraine encapsulates the rustic quality and domestic atmosphere of old European patisseries. Custom-made furniture, natural materials and local design were the main assets used by

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Undulae lamps are made out of cornstarch-based bioplastic

Undulae lamps are made out of cornstarch-based bioplastic

Undulae is a series of table and pendant lamps made of cornstarch-based bioplastic tubes. Bioplastic is made from the mixture of cornstarch, water, vinegar and glycerin with particular proportion and

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Four overlapping shipping containers make a charming multi- terraced house in Indonesia

Four overlapping shipping containers make a charming multi- terraced house in Indonesia

The modern Container for Urban Living challenged designers Atelier Riri to repurpose four shipping containers at the clients’ request, while making the most of a 150 square meter area of land. Located

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Restored 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream in Mint Condition Travels Off-Road!

Restored 1954 Flying Cloud Airstream in Mint Condition Travels Off-Road!

We love to see an old beat up bus or van restored to its former glory, but we especially swoon over renovated Airstream trailers - and this one is awesome. Originally used as an old hunting and fishing

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Smog-containing jewelry supports the world’s largest air purifier

Smog-containing jewelry supports the world’s largest air purifier

If you're worried about air quality in your city, this might be your chance to do make a difference and have a beautiful piece of design to show for it! You can help fund an air-purifying tower project,

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write 'Cradle to Cradle' (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing attitudes towards

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Lucy is a robotic sunlight reflector that brings light into every dark corner of your house

Lucy is a robotic sunlight reflector that brings light into every dark corner of your house

Every home has a corner that is so far from the sunlight, it practically feels like perpetual night. But this brilliant little device - dubbed Lucy - is about to bring the sun into every space in your

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The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

Hansmeyer and Dillenburger’s 3D printed “room” looks like a historic temple or an architectural fragment from a more decorative era. The room was printed in large chunks over the course of a month,

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