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9/11 Museum Slated to Open as Early as This May

9/11 Museum Slated to Open as Early as This May

After numerous delays caused by financial disputes and weather issues, the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum says it is finally set to open to the public as early as this May. While many New Yorkers look

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Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Plastic bags / Shutterstock  A group of scientists in India have developed a process to transform disused plastic bags into usable fuel. Researchers at the National Institute of Technology and the

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PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

PHOTOS: Walk Atop the Treetops at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Designed by Grant Associates and Gustafson Porter, Gardens by the Bay is a public park built on 101 hectares of reclaimed land in Singapore. The gardens are located at 18 Marina Gardens Drive adjacent

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

Typically, on Inhabitat, we call a prefab home one that is mostly manufactured in a factory setting, but Koones expands the definition to include any home built with prefabricated materials. While she

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Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

Reforma Towers is a two tower mixed-used project planned for Mexico City that will be located on Paseo de la Reforma. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners and developed by Diametro Arquitectos, the

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GalimotoCar Creates Working Cars From Recycled Materials in Tanzania

GalimotoCar Creates Working Cars From Recycled Materials in Tanzania

GalimotoCar is a small business in Tanzania that creates functional vehicles from trash and recycled materials! The GalimotoCar mission is to promote Uhuru (freedom) throughout Africa by building a

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Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

Dilapidated 18th Century Barn Transformed into Gorgeous Modern Home in Yorkshire

The original barn had seen better days, with its dilapidated roof and bowed walls not only in ruin but in danger of collapse. In order to preserve the existing building, Snook Architects replaced the

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High Speed Rail Line Proposed to Connect Texas and Mexico

High Speed Rail Line Proposed to Connect Texas and Mexico

High speed rail photo / Shutterstock Texas and Mexico could soon have an improved connection across the Rio Grande with a new proposed high speed rail line. The line would connect San Antonio, Texas

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London’s Tallest Residential Tower Reenlivens a Former Brownfield

London’s Tallest Residential Tower Reenlivens a Former Brownfield

The presence of One St George Wharf has awakened the area surrounding it, encouraging other developers to invest in improving local transportation, education and healthcare programs. The project

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Selgas Cano’s Incredible Glass Office Gives Employees a Bug’s Eye View of the Forest Floor

Selgas Cano’s Incredible Glass Office Gives Employees a Bug’s Eye View of the Forest Floor

Photo © Iwan Baan The office takes the form of an aerodynamic tube, with a long window on one wall that extends into part of the ceiling. Acting as both a window and a skylight, the glass wall floods

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Infographic: Vampire Appliances That Devour Electricity While You Sleep

Infographic: Vampire Appliances That Devour Electricity While You Sleep

Did you know that the average television uses 10 watts of electricity when it's switched off? Every night as you sleep vampire appliances are stalking your house, sucking up energy and raising your

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SNEAK PEEK: Check Out Gensler’s New SFO Terminal 3 Before it Opens Tomorrow

SNEAK PEEK: Check Out Gensler’s New SFO Terminal 3 Before it Opens Tomorrow

The newly renovated Terminal 3 at SFO is the inspired work of the same design team behind SFO's LEED Gold Terminal 2. Gensler has created a welcoming, light-filled space to make how we travel more

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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Villa in Hakuba Lets Residents Enjoy the Outdoors Under a Giant Transparent Roof

Villa in Hakuba Lets Residents Enjoy the Outdoors Under a Giant Transparent Roof

The villa's expansive transparent roof stretches beyond the house, extending its available living space outside. The clear roof panels are made from durable polycarbonate and they allow daylight to filter

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Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Designer Harry Yoell created this set of sustainable herb pots from his own potato starch-based bioplastic. The green material is very light and strong, and once the pots have served their purpose they

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Photographers Pierre Javell and Akiko Ida Transform Food into Fantasy in MINIMIAM

Photographers Pierre Javell and Akiko Ida Transform Food into Fantasy in MINIMIAM

Derived from a combination of the words for “miniature” and “yummy” in French, MINIMIAM invites the viewer into a fantastical world where eggs are mountains and doughnuts are a terrain in which to

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Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

Animal Planet’s Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr. of “Call of the Wildman” has been accused of grotesque abuse to animals that have appeared on his show. The host has been accused of nearly starving

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate light dome

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Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

Sao Paulo Bans Animal Testing with $435,000 Fine Per Animal

The state of Sao Paulo in Brazil has taken a stand against animal cruelty by officially banning animal testing for cosmetics, perfume and personal care. The decision will make animal testing a punishable

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Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Yellowstone National Park Rejects Plan to Shoot Bison With Vaccinated Biobullets

Bison photo from Shutterstock A proposal to shoot the last herd of purebred bison in Yellowstone National Park with vaccinated "biobullets" was just rejected by park managers this week. The

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Willem Heeffer’s Mandala Office Retrofit Pops With Bold Colors and Recycled Materials

Willem Heeffer’s Mandala Office Retrofit Pops With Bold Colors and Recycled Materials

A lamp made from a washing machine drum, a stool made from scrap wood; designer Willem Heeffer spots the design potential in everyday waste objects and sets out to give them a stylish new purpose. Heeffer

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See Floorplans for the Apartments on HBO’s Girls – How Does Your Pad Stack Up?

See Floorplans for the Apartments on HBO’s Girls – How Does Your Pad Stack Up?

Hannah, Marnie, Adam and Shoshanna - their love lives might be the main draw of HBO's hit series Girls, but quite frankly we're more interested in their apartments! From Hannah and Marnie's true 2-bedroom

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Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Inhouse Brands Converted a Shipping Container into 99c’s Colorful Waiting Room in Cape Town

Breaking out of the conventional office mode, Inhouse Brand chose to use an upcycled shipping container as the anchor point for the design of the entire office. They partially replaced the container's

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World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

World’s Largest Solar Bridge Complete in London

At long last, the world’s largest solar bridge at London’s Blackfriars station is finally complete. Solarcentury and England’s Network Rail partnered to cover the bridge with 4,400 photovoltaic

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PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens' new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant's own

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen just unveiled preliminary drawings for Hong Kong's new Island School. Working in cooperation with Thomas Chow Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed a plant- and daylight-filled

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Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

Heart of the District is an Innovative Hotel Lobby that Hangs Like a Parasite Between Existing Buildings

The Heart of the District welcomes visitors with a new type of space that encourages curious tourists and locals to come in and explore. Rather than a private, guests-only model that most hotels are

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Boeing Introduces New Biofuel that Costs Just $3 per Gallon

Boeing Introduces New Biofuel that Costs Just $3 per Gallon

Boeing is working with the United Arab Emirates to make some serious breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), affiliated with the

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NASA Photos Reveal the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

NASA Photos Reveal the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm from Space

The London Array is the world's largest offshore wind farm - and it looks even more amazing from space. NASA Earth Observatory just released these beautiful images of the array, which is located off the

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Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to Tobacco Plant Virus

Honey bees photo from Shutterstock A new report published in the journal mBio shows that the staggering rise in honey bee deaths over the past decade could be partly due to a virus that stems from

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