green design

Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

A public building of this size would typically burn 15,000 cubic meters of gas each year to stay warm. Known for their eco designs, Dutch firm 24H Architecture have created a naturally inspired wooden

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a

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Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

Klaus K. Loenhart’s Austrian forest impressively provides oxygen for 1,800 people per hour—an amount close to 62.5 kg of fresh oxygen per hour. The lush vegetation uses evapotranspiration to create a

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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

The Rice Cluster is one of nine Expo Clusters, each of which bring different countries together to design around a common theme or food group. Designed to evoke a vast rural landscape, the Rice Cluster is

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Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

The original building, constructed during World War II in Puck Bay, was used as a watch tower and research facility that developed torpedoes, but became abandoned shortly after. With its unique location,

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Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

A giant corn on the cob has popped up in Milan, but it's probably not very tasty. Logeur Design conceived Mexico's pavilion for Milan Expo as a representation of the country's immense gastronomic history,

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China’s World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China’s World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China has completed their Milan Expo 2015 pavilion on time and it is gorgeous. Designed in collaboration between the Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University and New York-based Studio Link-Arc, the

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The UK’s immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK’s immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK's Hive is one of the first pavilions to open at Milan Expo 2015 and we are buzzing. Designed to simulate a real bee's hive, the soaring 1,910 square meter pavilion "grown in Britain and Northern

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Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the planet, energy for

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Ceramic clad Vanke Pavilion is topped with a vast rooftop garden at Milan Expo 2015

Ceramic clad Vanke Pavilion is topped with a vast rooftop garden at Milan Expo 2015

This is the first time in the world expo's history that a private company has its own pavilion and it tells quite a story. Designed by Daniel Libeskind and clad in three dimensional red ceramic tiles

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Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western France

Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western France

The boathouse sits on a grassy knoll that overlooks the lake, giving visitors an option to enjoy outdoor activities as well as water sports. Guinée*Potin Architectes designed the facility to integrate

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2015 Green Awards at BKLYN Designs!

ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2015 Green Awards at BKLYN Designs!

Check out Inhabitat’s Green Awards Sunday, May 10th at BKLYN Designs! Calling all New York design fans! As one of Inhabitat's favorite design events kicks off, BKYLN Designs sets the stage as one of

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Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

A Tokyo warehouse has been transformed into a sprawling lifestyle store and café by Kengo Kuma and Associates. Now called La Kagu, the industrial warehouse is met with a massive timber and steel

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Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

It's challenging to build contemporary buildings that mesh with a given vernacular, and even more so to do so in a way that minimizes site disturbance. Yet BURO II & ARCHI+I have achieved both with

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Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

London's Canary Wharf will never be the same after tomorrow, when the first Crossrail station is slated to open and revitalize the city's financial nucleus. Designed by Foster & Partners, the seven-storey

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Do-gooder teenagers have built an incredible tiny home community for homeless adults in Seattle. The project, called Impossible City and run by Sawhorse Revolution, teaches teens basic construction and

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a gesture of

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Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Authorities have intercepted more than three tonnes of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was opened to reveal 511

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—their teeth are—according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth—the strongest material found in nature.

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PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

Spanish manufacturer of hand-made lamps, PET Lamp, creates colorful collections of pendant lamps using indigenous craft techniques from all over the world. Their latest collection, Abyssinia, was

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Bottled by Ambientec are cordless lamps that look like glowing wine bottles

Bottled by Ambientec are cordless lamps that look like glowing wine bottles

“Bottled” by Ambientec designed by Ryu Kozeki “Bottled” a cordless lamp made with glass and aluminium, has been the forefront of innovative lighting design. Designed to blend into any décor in

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

Amazing Mapuguaquén “the sound of the earth” speakers combine traditional pottery techniques with modern wireless audio technology. Chilean designer Pablo Ocqueteau makes them on a potter's wheel,

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Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

  Saving energy from our every day life is possible even to store our food! Imagine taking advantage of the fresh earth temperature to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree, a Scandinavian

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love for

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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

Solar Fire Concentration Ltd hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world- by crowd funding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun campaign, which

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