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Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Millions of people around the world live without access to electricity - and upon nightfall, many families are forced to use dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps. The Infinite Light is a high quality

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Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

Kerferd Place: Beautiful Barn-Like Addition Celebrates Reclaimed Materials and Natural Light in Melbourne

The Kerferd Place addition complements an Edwardian redbrick home in Melbourne by providing it with a new open floor plan living, dining, and kitchen space and an upstairs master suite. Bedrooms for

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These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

Beehive homes can be found in the thick of hot deserts and cities. Most are found in rural farming communities, but there are even villages of them located in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, which has

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Gorgeous Iniala Beach House was Inspired by the Ocean’s Waves

Gorgeous Iniala Beach House was Inspired by the Ocean’s Waves

The Iniala Beach House’s uniquely shaped rooms are capped with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that face the idyllic beach. The glass walls allow guests to sleep in the comfort of the indoors with the

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Jeff Koons’s Over-Sized Chia Pet Rises at Rockefeller Center

Jeff Koons’s Over-Sized Chia Pet Rises at Rockefeller Center

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Those of us familiar with the popular jingle will be excited to learn that acclaimed artist Jeff Koons will soon be unveiling what looks like a sort of over-sized Chia pet at Rockefeller

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Yves Behar’s Vessyl Smart Cup Detects the Nutritional Content of Everything You Drink

Yves Behar’s Vessyl Smart Cup Detects the Nutritional Content of Everything You Drink

There’s more to hydration than simply drinking eight cup of water a day. The new Vessyl cup, designed by Yves Behar, keeps track of what you drink by displaying the fat, sugar, caffeine and caloric

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Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

As if having the tallest and most expensive skyscraper in the world wasn’t enough, Dubai has shown its decadence once again by building an ice lounge right in the middle of the desert. The Chillout

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An Incredible Kitchen Renovated with LEGOs

An Incredible Kitchen Renovated with LEGOs

The Munchausen Lego Kitchen is based around an Ikea island that has been outifftted with more than 20,000 Lego pieces. Not quit an afternoon in the playroom, the entire process took the designers more

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Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

These gardens are not about plants, so much as ideas, and they come from the domain of conceptual art as much as design. The idea is to provoke a reaction in the viewer and arrest their attention with a

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Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

In a quaint subdivision overlooking the St. Lawrence River, one of the brick ranch homes suddenly looks a little different. Local firm Est Architecture re-envisioned the home based on the clients requests

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INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

As populations increase and urbanization intensifies, our water and ecosystems are at risk. Today IBM announced a project that will introduce first-in-Canada technology that uses big data to help protect

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World’s First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

World’s First TransAtlantic Scent Message to be Sent From New York to Paris

Tomorrow the world’s first scent message will be transmitted via text by Harvard Professor David Edwards at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Edwards is also the CEO of Vapor

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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How Brazil’s 12 World Cup Stadiums Hit (or Missed) Their Green Goals

How Brazil’s 12 World Cup Stadiums Hit (or Missed) Their Green Goals

Estadio Nacional Brazil’s capital of Brasilia’s national stadium was remodeled by Casto Mello, who nearly dismantled the 42,000 seat stadium to accommodate over 70,000. The LEED Platinum stadium is

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Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

Photograph by Norman McGrath Why buy a couch, chairs, a bed, tables and storage units when you could just build yourself a set of Superstairs like the ones architect Dennis Holloway came up with back

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CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

The Palo Alto prefab is located on a small lot near Stanford University and replaces an older home. Primarily constructed off site in the Irontown Homes prefab factory in Utah, the modules were then

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Rob Snyder Creates Portraits of Nature by Casting Twigs and Branches in Glass

Rob Snyder Creates Portraits of Nature by Casting Twigs and Branches in Glass

From afar, Snyder’s sculptures appear like translucent baskets tinted in varying natural colors to catch light. But upon closer inspection, viewers can see that the building blocks of these sculpture

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Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

The tiny cottage was originally built in the 1940s as shipyard working housing for Vanport Village. After the village flooded, the house was successfully moved by floating it down river to Sauvie Island

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WikiPearls Deliver Your Favorite Foods in Bite Sized Edible Packaging

WikiPearls Deliver Your Favorite Foods in Bite Sized Edible Packaging

The protective coating of each WikiPearl was inspired by nature’s natural packaging- think the tough skin of grapes, coconut shells, or banana peels. These natural packages keep the yummy inner contents

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EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

You've surely heard about geodesic dome homes by now - but what about geodesic cars? Mauro Fragiotta and Mark Beccaloni drew upon the work of Buckminster Fuller to design EXO - the world's first

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Clunky Old School Bus Converted into a Sweet Earthy Home With a Wood-fired Stove

Clunky Old School Bus Converted into a Sweet Earthy Home With a Wood-fired Stove

It's not always warm up in the mountains, so this beauty has a rustic wood-fired stove that you'd see in any earthy library, except this one is keeping a small bus nice and toasty. To keep it from being

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PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

PHOTOS: Post-Disaster Housing Units Unveiled in New York

It may seem like Hurricane Sandy was quite a while ago now, but many people are still displaced after losing their homes in the storm. In order to make sure the city is better prepared for future

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to know what

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Dutch Students Design a Glittering Ice Version of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Dutch Students Design a Glittering Ice Version of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Students at Eindhoven University are designing a gorgeous model of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia-- out of ice! Taking inspiration from the still incomplete church by Antoni Gaudi, the ice version will be

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Recycled Noah’s Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

Recycled Noah’s Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

A modern-day Noah's Ark has popped up at a park in Queens, New York. The overturned boat sculpture made of recycled materials was designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold with the purpose of

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

INHABITAT: How did Rebar get its start? MATT: Rebar started around a project called the Cabinet National Library. We were inspired by an art magazine in Brooklyn called Cabinet, which had bought a

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Seville’s New Shipping Container Cruise Terminal is a Flexible & Bioclimatic Port Stop

Seville’s New Shipping Container Cruise Terminal is a Flexible & Bioclimatic Port Stop

Despite Seville's inland location, the city does in fact have a port on the River Guadalquivir in the heart of town. River cruises arrive at the port and dock to let passengers on and off, with easy

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Students Recreate Le Corbusier’s Minimalist Maison Dom-Ino as a Pavilion for Venice Biennale

Students Recreate Le Corbusier’s Minimalist Maison Dom-Ino as a Pavilion for Venice Biennale

Architect Valentin Bontjes van Beek and a group of students gave Le Corbusier’s famed Maison Dom-Ino second life as a pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The 1:1 model was built by students of

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Fireclay Tile Debuts Hand Painted Mediterranean and Modern Tiles Made From 70% Recycled Clay

Fireclay Tile Debuts Hand Painted Mediterranean and Modern Tiles Made From 70% Recycled Clay

Inspired by the simple beauty of wall coverings and textiles, Fireclay Tile just launched new lines of contemporary, Moroccan and Mediterranean hand painted tiles that offer modern aesthetics,

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