green design

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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Stanford’s New Pomegranate Super Batteries Could Store 10 Times More Juice

Stanford’s New Pomegranate Super Batteries Could Store 10 Times More Juice

Pomegranates are a superfood for humans, and now they’re inspiring scientists to make super batteries for your smart phone and other devices. Researchers at Stanford University have taken inspiration

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Danielle Trofe’s Brilliant Mush-Lume Lamp is Grown From Fungi!

Danielle Trofe’s Brilliant Mush-Lume Lamp is Grown From Fungi!

We've featured Danielle Trofe's amazing energy-generating hourglass lamps in the past, and the designer just unveiled a new table lamp called Mush-Lume that is grown instead of being manufactured! The

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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Harwyn Pods are Tiny Prefab Workspaces That Can be Assembled in Hours

Harwyn Pods are Tiny Prefab Workspaces That Can be Assembled in Hours

Inspired by the mechanical strength and high protection levels found in European luxury car design, Harwyn pods can be used as art studios, recreation spaces or just a quite, distraction-free place to

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Tiny, Ultraportable ESCAPE Cabin Can be Moved Anywhere Just Like an RV

Tiny, Ultraportable ESCAPE Cabin Can be Moved Anywhere Just Like an RV

With the idea that bigger is not better, ESCAPE was design with the sensibilities of Frank Lloyd Wright in mind. Although ESCAPE is truly a mobile home, the attention to detail makes the cedar-lined

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Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Scientists Blame Lagging Jet Stream on Warming Arctic

Researchers at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Scientists have noticed a change in the world’s jet stream paths, and are looking at the warming Arctic as a potential cause. In

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