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Micro-Housing Concept Transforms Wasted Space into Tiny Apartments

Micro-Housing Concept Transforms Wasted Space into Tiny Apartments

What is a city to do when it has a surplus of people and a shortage of affordable places for them to live? Korean architect Donghyun Kim's solution to NYC's current housing crisis is a creative workaround

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Ai Hasegawa Imagines Women Giving Birth to Endangered Species for Food

Ai Hasegawa Imagines Women Giving Birth to Endangered Species for Food

Designer Ai Hasegawa has submitted a proposal to fight food shortages, and it is more than a little unorthodox. I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin recruits human women to become surrogates for endangered animals

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Dualchas Architects’ Boreraig House is a Peaceful Green Retreat on the Isle of Skye

Dualchas Architects’ Boreraig House is a Peaceful Green Retreat on the Isle of Skye

The Boreraig house sits in a natural bowl in the landscape and low to the land to avoid interrupting the surrounding natural beauty. It is divided into three blocks using larch panels taken from fence

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5 Tips for a Green Home Remodel from Eco Architect Sarah Susanka

5 Tips for a Green Home Remodel from Eco Architect Sarah Susanka

While conjuring up comfort in the home seems like a basic principle, it’s a far more complex process for architect & remodeling guru Sarah Susanka, who believes that comfort can significantly

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Starbucks Unveils New Mobile Coffee Shop on a Train Car in Switzerland

Starbucks Unveils New Mobile Coffee Shop on a Train Car in Switzerland

Whether it's to woo more travelers to take the train or to make it more convenient for passengers to get their espresso, we love the idea of a full-fledged coffee shop on board. The coffee shop sits on

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Spacemaker Lets You Walk Inside Virtual Reality 3D Building Models!

Spacemaker Lets You Walk Inside Virtual Reality 3D Building Models!

Spacemaker VR is an exciting new way for designers to create virtual reality models they can walk in using their own 3d design files. Spacemaker was made for giving jaw-dropping presentations to clients

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Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook just announced that its new data center in Iowa will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Projected to open in 2014, the data center will be accompanied by a brand new wind farm that will

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Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Two separate structures make up the design: a two bedroom home with an adjoining office space. The surrounding landscape connects the two structures, adding size and unity to the entire project. The

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Blu Homes Unveils New Balance Metro Prefab Designed for Narrow Urban Lots

Blu Homes Unveils New Balance Metro Prefab Designed for Narrow Urban Lots

Addressing the needs of city dwellers and families looking for their primary residence, Blu Homes reconfigured their Balance prefab to better fit into a narrow infill lot. The Balance Metro is oriented to

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UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio began work on Ardmore Residence back in 2006 and now the residential tower is finally complete. This bespoke tower is unique in its design and form compared to its surrounding block-like peers.

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‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

‘LOCAL: Make The Switch’ Environmental Design Film Series is Looking for Your Support

A new environmental film project exploring the power of acting locally and how design can impact the world is now underway. Aptly named LOCAL: Make the Switch, the project will consist of 25 short films

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Ta đi Ôtô is a Mini Mobile Skyscraper and Tricycle Performance Space in Hanoi

Ta đi Ôtô is a Mini Mobile Skyscraper and Tricycle Performance Space in Hanoi

As explained by Bureau A, everything in Hanoi gets reused, upcycled, and reincarnated into a new item. Parts and pieces that find their way into new constructions are used until they can be used no more

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NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects just won first place in a design competition with plans for a sinuous pedestrian bridge in Changsha, China that is modeled after the Möbius strip and Chinese knots. The bridge is designed

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Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists are asking citizens of the world to prepare themselves for increasingly violent storms such as the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines earlier this month. Weather

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Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Photo of offshore wind farm via Shutterstock Japan’s floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima has begun to produce clean, renewable energy for the national grid. The project, a collaboration

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Architect Pets Makes Modernist Doggy Daybeds and Scratching Posts for Design-Loving Pets

Architect Pets Makes Modernist Doggy Daybeds and Scratching Posts for Design-Loving Pets

Led by the creative direction of recognized pet furniture designer Corey Drew, Architect Pets creates innovative pet products that are simply irresistible to any design conscience home and pet owner.

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Curvaceous Fibonacci Tree House is a Lofty Eco Retreat for Kids & Adults Alike

Curvaceous Fibonacci Tree House is a Lofty Eco Retreat for Kids & Adults Alike

Blue Forest designed and built the Fibonacci Tree House for a client in Spain who wanted to take better advantage of their woodland. The tree house and its extensive walkways sit on the edge of a garden

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MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

With limited space on the artificial island of IJburg, the tennisclub had to be smart about their new club house. Working with a tight footprint, MVRDV designed a multi-purpose center that would provide

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SpY Transforms Vine-Covered Wall Into Beautiful Botanical Graffiti

SpY Transforms Vine-Covered Wall Into Beautiful Botanical Graffiti

SpY’s gorgeous living artwork is made from strands of leafy vines that once reached upward toward the sun in unkempt spurts. Seeing these wild vines as a canvas, SpY hired a cherry picker manlift and

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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced

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WWF’s Gorgeous Living Planet Center Achieves BREEAM Outstanding in England

WWF’s Gorgeous Living Planet Center Achieves BREEAM Outstanding in England

The World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) beautiful Living Planet Center in Woking, England has achieved BREEAM Outstanding. Designed by Jason Bruges Studio, the solar-powered complex, which serves as a home base

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‘Retrash’ Coffee Table Book Offers Up Inspired Upcycled, Recycled, and Repurposed Designs

‘Retrash’ Coffee Table Book Offers Up Inspired Upcycled, Recycled, and Repurposed Designs

Here at Inhabitat, we love designers and crafters that find innovative ways to turn trash into new, modern treasures. Now there's a book called Retrash that features an array of artists from around the

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Cybernetic Meadow Planters Pair Household Gadgets With Living Plants!

Cybernetic Meadow Planters Pair Household Gadgets With Living Plants!

Why isn't computing more like gardening? The Cybernetic Meadow Collection is a series of handmade objects that seek to reorient our relationship to technology at home. People have accepted WIFI routers,

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Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

A low-income school in Hong Kong was just named one of the "Greenest Schools on Earth" by the U.S. Green Building Council! Sing Yin Secondary School shows that eco-friendly principles aren’t just for

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PHOTOS: Whole Village of Tiny Houses Makes Boneyard Studios a Unique Urban Retreat

PHOTOS: Whole Village of Tiny Houses Makes Boneyard Studios a Unique Urban Retreat

Although Boneyard Studios promotes community and shared amenities, each of the four tiny homes is different - a reflection, perhaps, of their owners' individual personalities. Jay Austin designed The

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Frank Gehry to Design Facebook’s London and Dublin Headquarters

Frank Gehry to Design Facebook’s London and Dublin Headquarters

Facebook's new headquarters for London and Dublin will receive the same treatment as the company's Silicon Valley campus with designs by starchitect Frank Gehry. The London office will take over three

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14 Delightfully Tiny Hobbit Homes

14 Delightfully Tiny Hobbit Homes

Hobbit homes aren't just for Middle Earthlings anymore. Regular humans can now own their very own cozy Hobbit Holes made to order by Wooden Wonders, a Maine-based company. Click here to take a tour

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FABRIC Unveils Mesmerizing Wooden Zoetrope Pavilion in Copenhagen

FABRIC Unveils Mesmerizing Wooden Zoetrope Pavilion in Copenhagen

Trylletromler is a temporary installation in the castle gardens made up of 10 circular spaces. The walls are made of slats of Nordic wood that were prefabricated in one-meter sections then assembled on

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Artist Bruce Munro Creates Brilliant Fiber Optic Fields of Light

Artist Bruce Munro Creates Brilliant Fiber Optic Fields of Light

Bruce Munro is a lighting designer with considerable experience in commercial, private and public installations. He is well known for adventurous sculptural light works and is well versed in all types of

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