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Bureau A creates transparent birdhouses meant to remind us of the omnipresence of nature

Bureau A creates transparent birdhouses meant to remind us of the omnipresence of nature

The "Migrant Garden" project consisting of 40 bird nests, designed by 40 different architects, meant to remind us of the omnipresence of natural environment which precedes architecture and continues to

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Drones will soon carry critical supplies to remote areas across Switzerland

Drones will soon carry critical supplies to remote areas across Switzerland

Snail mail is set to be a thing of the past in Switzerland, where testing is underway for unmanned drones able to carry packages up to 10 kilometers away. The Swiss Post has been developing drone

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Graypants’ Mobius Lamp mimics flocks of starlings with sparkling cubes strung from fiber optic cables

Graypants’ Mobius Lamp mimics flocks of starlings with sparkling cubes strung from fiber optic cables

The Möbius strip or Möbius band has become a popular motif in design and it's easy to see why. It's challenging to come up with a piece limited to one surface and one boundary, which is part of the

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Weed growers are a huge drag on Denver’s energy grid

Weed growers are a huge drag on Denver’s energy grid

The rise of legal marijuana in Denver may be bolstering the local economy, but meeting the demands is putting a strain on the local grid. With the pot business booming, the influx of growing facilities

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Stekke + fraas’ Brutopia brings idyllic communal living to Brussels

Stekke + fraas’ Brutopia brings idyllic communal living to Brussels

Brutopia is a sprawling role model of cohousing in Brussels, which combines residential living with urban gardening, business spaces and a service center in the Belgian capital. Designed by stekke +

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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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Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

After Barry Cox traveled the world admiring churches, he decided to build his own--out of trees. Using five different tree species and a tree spade from his work at Treelocations, the New Zealand resident

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Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture teamed up with Method Homes to make a sprawling prefab home in breathtaking Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Set in the footprint of the property’s former home, the

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‘From Piss to Pilsner’ recycles urine to make beer

‘From Piss to Pilsner’ recycles urine to make beer

The urine from the estimated 100,000 visitors to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark this summer will have the odd opportunity to recycle their urine- into beer. “From Piss to Pilsner” hopes to ignite a

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Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

It's no secret that households across the US blast the AC when the summer heat sets in, leading to high electricity loads - but did you know that renewable energy production peaks during the hottest

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Germany plans to shut down coal-fired plants to reach climate goal

Germany plans to shut down coal-fired plants to reach climate goal

Pushing forward on its lofty climate goals for the year 2020, Germany announced Thursday that it plans to shut down some polluting coal-fired plants across the country. The plants, which supply

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Play in a plane crash sculpture and a field of milk bottle dandelions at this art festival in France

Play in a plane crash sculpture and a field of milk bottle dandelions at this art festival in France

For the past nine years, the  festival has introduced visitors to the chemistry that art and nature can have together, with carefully picked, innovative large scale sculpture. Like years past, this

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Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

This eco-friendly villa in Switzerland, designed by Chinese studio design paradigms, is an energy-efficient, green-roofed home for an environmental consultant. The Jewel Box Villa uses both passive and

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6 easy tips to green your 4th of July!

6 easy tips to green your 4th of July!

Summer veggies, Shutterstock 1. Go Meatless for the Day Nothing says 4th of July like a backyard barbecue but the global meat industry has put a terrible strain on the planet. So this year, why not

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These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

British company Pod Space’s prefab pop up pods add garden offices and studio escapes just about anywhere. The sustainable pods are completely customizable, allowing clients to create an eco-space for an

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KAYIWA DINO is a 3D-printed, modular clothes rack that reinvents storage

KAYIWA DINO is a 3D-printed, modular clothes rack that reinvents storage

Just when you thought that clothing racks are to remain forever mundane, KAYIWA excavates the DINO. After eight intensive years of research and development, the DINO clothes rack is now available in three

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Street artist SPY spells CRISIS with 1,000 euros

Street artist SPY spells CRISIS with 1,000 euros

Sprawling across a weathered stone wall in downtown Bilbao, the glittering installation sparkled and glinted in the sun, appearing at first like a mass of sequins. But a step closer, and pedestrians

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Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

Belgian painter and sculptor Stefaan De Croock makes fantastic artwork using reclaimed wooden panels, doors and furniture. He uses the material to create giant geometric faces on the sides of buildings

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Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

The Ruckers Hill House, designed by Gardiner Architects, is a glassy sustainable abode for a young family of five in Melbourne. The sprawling home was designed to give the family members different views

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Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced they will invest another $2billion in renewable technologies to help the fight against global climate change. This good news toward sustainability

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9 low-maintenance plants for the office

9 low-maintenance plants for the office

    Foolproof/Classics Spider Plant Jade Plant Snake Plant   Unusual Water lettuce Terrarium Air Plant   Special Needs/Light Succulents/Cactus

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Schacht Center for Health and Wellness seeks to change attitudes about mental health

Schacht Center for Health and Wellness seeks to change attitudes about mental health

For the Schacht Center, the architects wanted to shatter norms associated with mental health facilities, instead creating a place where all could feel welcome regardless of their issues. Positioned on a

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Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

Barcode Room is a shape-shifting apartment that can be rearranged to create different spaces

The twelve bars include a kitchen bar, a sleeping bar and a living bar that together create a customizable space that changes with the occupants' daily needs. Furniture and storage is built into each of

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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The Archive: Stunning Mirrored Art Studio Melts Into the Landscape

The Archive: Stunning Mirrored Art Studio Melts Into the Landscape

The exterior of The Archive is completely covered in mirrors that reflect the world around it. These reflections serve to conceal the space while maintaining privacy for the artist within. The building's

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Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport

Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport

Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the country's wildlife -

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WE MAKE CARPETS Arrange Dull Household Items into Eye-Popping Carpets

WE MAKE CARPETS Arrange Dull Household Items into Eye-Popping Carpets

With installations that range from small to large, WE MAKE CARPETS have demonstrated that no material is too dull to turn into colorful works of art. Most recently they presented a carpet made of rows and

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The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

This ex-Coast Guard light station located off the coast of North Carolina once helped ships avoid the nearby shallow areas, but today it functions as an extreme hotel with eight ocean-facing rooms. The

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Happy Meadows Courtyard House is a modern, age-in-place, net zero passive house designed by Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter. Constructed primarily of 5500 psi concrete, the

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