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All-Electric Horizon Trike Gives Off-Road Mobility to the Disabled

All-Electric Horizon Trike Gives Off-Road Mobility to the Disabled

Designer Jesse Lee has created an all-terrain electric tricycle that gives extreme mobility to adventurers with disabilities. The three wheeled Horizon bike can be controlled with hand or foot pedals,

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Mind-Blowing Building Built From Thousands of Books

Mind-Blowing Building Built From Thousands of Books

Kren created "Scanner" specifically for MAMbo in collaboration with the Slovakian Centre for Information on Literature. The installation is the seminal event of a local children's book fair -- some of us

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Google’s Sweet Amsterdam Office is Topped With Stroopwafel-Shaped Ceiling Panels

Google’s Sweet Amsterdam Office is Topped With Stroopwafel-Shaped Ceiling Panels

Like Google's offices in Mountain View, New York, London, Pittsburgh and Dublin, the company's Amsterdam headquarters features a fun and engaging design. Bold colors, textured materials and vibrant

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PHOTOS: Tour the LEED Gold Yotel Hotel in Times Square

PHOTOS: Tour the LEED Gold Yotel Hotel in Times Square

Flight-themed rooms, circular beds and a LEGO wall are just some of the unique amenities guests will find at New York's futuristic Yotel. But don't be fooled by this hotel's light-hearted character - it's

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Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Dan Hanganu Architects Transform a 1960s Church into a Gorgeous Glazed Library and Community Center in Quebec

Originally designed by Jean-Marie Roy, the St. Denys-du-Plateau Church is a sharply peaked structure with eaves extending almost to the ground. The massive church was renovated to house both the public

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Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

After consulting with locals about the preferred layout of their new micro homes, Ban designed the 31 square meter homes with a bathroom and kitchen that is separated by the living area. This last

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Shigeru Ban’s Incredible Cardboard Bridge Can Hold 20 People at a Time!

Shigeru Ban’s Incredible Cardboard Bridge Can Hold 20 People at a Time!

You wouldn't expect cardboard to be strong enough to build load-bearing infrastructure, but that's exactly what ingenious architect Shigeru Ban used to build a bridge across the Gardon River in France.

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Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

The first Soradofarm, also known as a Machinaka Vegetable Garden, was built on top of the Ebisu station in Tokyo over four years ago. Now there are thirteen stations around the country with operating

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INHABITAT: Tony, our recent story about your Hemp House in South Africa spurred a lot of interesting discussion. Can you briefly tell us how you initially became interested in hemp as a building

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Staggering Environmental Impact of Funerals

INFOGRAPHIC: The Staggering Environmental Impact of Funerals

We often talk about environmental footprints and lifecycle analysis - but what about the afterlife? Did you know that each year the funeral industry uses 6 billion tons of concrete, 800,000 gallons of

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Tentsile Treehouse Tents Provide a Safe Haven in the Treetops!

Tentsile Treehouse Tents Provide a Safe Haven in the Treetops!

Tentsile is a portable habitation unit that can be suspended amidst trees to provide accommodation for three people. With three anchor points and the use of tension instead of poles, the Tentsile is part

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Incredible ‘Unnumbered Sparks’ Sculpture Floats in the Skies Above Vancouver

Incredible ‘Unnumbered Sparks’ Sculpture Floats in the Skies Above Vancouver

The massive sculpture hung between the rising towers of downtown Vancouver from March 15-22, 2014 in celebration of TED’s 30th anniversary. The collaborative piece was designed at its giant scale using

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers - and for the first time ever there's more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it's

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BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

The Vertical Farm is an expanded edition of Despommier's earlier essay on vertical farming, which explains the many advantages of vertical farming. As Despommier rallies, vertical farms could enable every

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United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

United States Navy Unveils Plan to Beam Solar Power from Space to Earth

The United States Navy Research Laboratory has unveiled two modules they are testing to capture solar energy from space and divert its power to earth. The two designs would use reflectors to concentrate

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Odyssey’s Two in One Water Bottle Flashlight Makes Off the Grid Exploring Easier

Odyssey’s Two in One Water Bottle Flashlight Makes Off the Grid Exploring Easier

The Odyssey water bottle and flash light combo proves that two uses are better than one!  Designed by OKO, the combo device helps hikers and adventurers lighten their loads while illuminating their trek

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring new video created by VICE for The Creators Project. Eliasson discusses his Little

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

Very easy to assemble, the Garden Igloo comes with a step by step instruction guide. In fact, it's so simple to build, one person can do it themselves! The tiny shelter doesn’t need foundations and is

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Yield’s Sweet Suspension Shelf is Inspired by Spanish Colonial Design

Yield’s Sweet Suspension Shelf is Inspired by Spanish Colonial Design

Yield's Pantry Shelf is a modern suspension shelf made in San Francisco from natural pine and heavy-duty bronze cable. The shelf was inspired by the classic kitchen shelves in the old Spanish Colonial

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Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

Solar-Powered 3D Printer Turns Desert Sand Into Glass Bowls and Sculptures

The Solar Sinter is made up of seven stations: a photovoltaic panel, the focal point for drawing the sun’s rays, a sun tracker, fresnel lens (for magnifying the rays), a battery, controlling

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Sealander: A Compact Caravan that Doubles as a Small Boat

Sealander: A Compact Caravan that Doubles as a Small Boat

Made with acute attention to detail, the Sealander is a "swimming caravan" made with cutting edge materials developed exclusively in Germany. It has a fully customizable interior that can be developed in

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Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Solar Powered Sol-Char Toilet Zaps Poop into Fertilizer Bricks

Researchers at the University of Colorado designed a new toilet called the Sol-Char that zaps poop into biochar using nothing but the sun. Led by Karl Linden, the team installed fiber-optic cables that

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World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

Groncol and Paisajismo Urbano have been working on a number of projects in Colombia recently, and they just completed the Green Medellin wall. Located on the side of a residential building in the "el

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The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube

The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube

It only took a few thousand years, but someone has finally reinvented the wheel—and it actually works better than the original. Skateboarder David Patrick’s crazy SharkWheel was discovered by chance

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Ten-Foot Origami Elephant Folded From a Single Sheet of Paper

Ten-Foot Origami Elephant Folded From a Single Sheet of Paper

Artist Sipho Mabona has taken origami to the next level by creating a life-sized paper elephant! The oversized animal was folded from one single, albeit giant, piece of paper. Mabona raised the $26,000

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

Believe it or not, the gorgeous exhibition space you see above used to be a Nabisco box printing factory. We recently visited the beautifully-daylit Dia: Beacon Museum in Beacon, NY to check out the

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Global Warming Could Affect Crops Sooner Than We Thought

Global Warming Could Affect Crops Sooner Than We Thought

A new report by scientists at the University of Leeds shows that global warming may affect crops much sooner than originally thought. The study compared data from 1,700 other studies on climate change and

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Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Can't you just smell the fresh, crisp air surrounding this beautiful leaf-clad home in Greenwich, CT? Called the Art Barn, this multi-functional space is an art gallery, a studio and a residence all in

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‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

Hufft Projects completed the beautiful, modern Curved House for a couple in 2009. Not long afterwards, the owners asked them to design and build a shed to store maintenance equipment. Sited west of the

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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