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Vertical Bamboo Village: An Eco-Friendly Skyscraper Made From Quick-Growing Bamboo

Vertical Bamboo Village: An Eco-Friendly Skyscraper Made From Quick-Growing Bamboo

Vertical Bamboo Village is an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional skyscrapers. Bamboo is readily available in Asia, and when it is harvested responsibly it makes a fantastic

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

In contrast to the café, the bar is an enclosed whole that is accessible via stepping stones connecting it to the shore. The structural dome is 10m high, spanning 15m across. The main frame is built from

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Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Sited on a former brownfield next to the Lachine Canal not too far from downtown, the Allez Up gym is a one-of-a-kind facility that is helping to revitalize the area. The former silos of the sugar

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

James&Mau's Casa El Tiemblo is an energy-efficient home made of four stacked shipping containers. Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of prefabricated,

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Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Did you know that home automation systems can lower your electricity bills, improve energy efficiency, and boost your home's security to boot? Today's smart systems allow you to monitor your lights and

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Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen’s Pavilion of the Rising Sun Gathers Solar Energy for Local Communities

Michael Jantzen designed the Pavilion of the Rising Sun, a proposal for a large public space that gathers energy from the sun and distributes it out into the local community. The gathered energy is also

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Janet Echelman’s Stunning String Sculptures Evoke the Aurora Borealis

Janet Echelman’s Stunning String Sculptures Evoke the Aurora Borealis

Echelman first conceived of her elaborate net sculptures during her Fulbright lectureship in India, where she learned net weaving from the local fisherman of the Mahaballipuram region. She has used her

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world.

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Samsung to Donate Sochi Olympics Pavilion Made From 16 Recycled Shipping Containers

Samsung to Donate Sochi Olympics Pavilion Made From 16 Recycled Shipping Containers

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics may have come to a close, but Samsung's colorful shipping container pavilion will live on. As featured on Treehugger, the pavilion was designed by Samsung Galaxy Studio and

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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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Incredible Spiraling Desert Breath Installation Sprawls Across the Sahara Sands

Incredible Spiraling Desert Breath Installation Sprawls Across the Sahara Sands

From a birds eye view, the sprawling installation appears like a massive spiral spinning toward a large circular pool in the center. The spiral is made from two arcing pathways, one of circular pyramids

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

The colossal 2,100 square meter factory has become a testing ground for a number of green ideas. Within the confines of the space, the studio preserved the original factory features, such as old walls,

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Eco-Chic Corkit Flower Pots Are Made From Recycled Wine Corks

Eco-Chic Corkit Flower Pots Are Made From Recycled Wine Corks

Corkits are eco-friendly pots made from recycled cork and non-toxic materials that put a green twist on the traditional flower pot. Corkits are great for small plants such as herbs, spices, and flowers.

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Kinglake Residents Rebuild an Earthen Home After Victoria Bush Fires

Kinglake Residents Rebuild an Earthen Home After Victoria Bush Fires

Colin and Michelle Parton commissioned Pease and Benson to re-build their home in Kinglake after the Black Saturday bushfires, on 7 February 2009, that changed their community forever. The Partons are

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Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

The LoftCube is prefabricated, which saves energy and material use, and it's designed to have a minimal footprint. The home's 360-degree windows provide ample daylight and natural ventilation while

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Austrian S House is Elevated on Stilts so a Lush Garden Can Grow Below It

Austrian S House is Elevated on Stilts so a Lush Garden Can Grow Below It

House S straddles a small hill, and it's based at the highest point of the sloping site. The front façade meets the street level, while the back of the house cantilevers over the slope on stilts,

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Re Rag Rug Makes Socially and Ecologically Responsible Rugs from Textile Waste

Re Rag Rug Makes Socially and Ecologically Responsible Rugs from Textile Waste

Re Rag Rug is an experimental design project that explores the social and ecological sustainability of the rug. Supported by the Swedish Art Grants Committee Konstnärsnämnden, the team behind the

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Jean Nouvel Adorns Lush Barcelona Hotel with Leaf-Shaped Windows

Jean Nouvel Adorns Lush Barcelona Hotel with Leaf-Shaped Windows

The hotel’s striking façade sets it apart from others in the region, with leaf-shaped windows that frame each of the 357 guestrooms. Inside, the ornate windows are shaped like a burst of palm fronds

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How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

How Can We Waterproof Our Future?

The Sea Tree design by architect Koen Olthuis (c) Waterstudio.NL When the movie Waterworld premiered in 1995, people regarded the Kevin Costner flick as a fairly ridiculous post-apocalyptic science

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Designers Want to Wrap Burj Khalifa in Reflective Skin for World’s Largest Art Installation

Designers Want to Wrap Burj Khalifa in Reflective Skin for World’s Largest Art Installation

Designers Op-En want to transform the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, into the world’s tallest art installation. Called EXO-BURJ, the design team's project would involve wrapping the 2,717

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Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Industrial designer Mark Richardson has transformed a slew of salvaged materials into an awesome DIY velomobile! The Monash University lecturer began collecting old wheels, bike parts, and wheelchairs to

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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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Cubo’s Geometric Wooden Hammerhavn Houses Reflect Danish Port’s History

Cubo’s Geometric Wooden Hammerhavn Houses Reflect Danish Port’s History

Cubo Arkitecter designed the buildings to reflect the history and heritage of the port and the local granite industry. Established at the end of the 19th Century, Hammerhavn exported materials to Hamburg

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Austrian Designer Upcycles Bike Parts into Faux Hunting Trophy Bicycle Mounts

Austrian Designer Upcycles Bike Parts into Faux Hunting Trophy Bicycle Mounts

Scheiger was in need of a place to hang his bike. He also needed a place to hang all of cycling caps and since he was thinking about it, a place to hang his umbrella. Scheiger has a thing for bicycles, a

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Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

'm emailing on behalf of owner and artist, Brad Kopek. We would love if you would consider Brad's fully sustainable Gallery/Residence/Work Space for a feature on your website. Brad owns a unique

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

You probably never thought you could go to the gym and then rehydrate at the end of a grueling session with your own sweat, but that possibility now exists. Inspired by NASA astronauts, who are required

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INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

Friedman was one of the top US World Cup Downhillers and a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years before an injury forced him into retirement in 2009. Every year, Friedman was handed a load of new gear

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Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s Iconic Dwellings

Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s Iconic Dwellings

With the addition of the Breeze Aire to their line up, Blu Homes now offers eight different styles as well as the ability to custom design your dream home by tacking on a garage, studio, ADU, office and

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Bamboo Bicycle Club Teaches UK Cyclists to Build Their Own Green Bikes

Bamboo Bicycle Club Teaches UK Cyclists to Build Their Own Green Bikes

The Bamboo Bicycle Club is a London-based workshop that provides people with the knowledge and skills to build their own bamboo bikes. Two passionate bike builders, Ian and James have created a grassroots

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