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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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Watershed Materials’ New Building Block Uses Half the Concrete of a Conventional Masonry Block

Watershed Materials’ New Building Block Uses Half the Concrete of a Conventional Masonry Block

Watershed Materials produces beautiful and sustainable masonry blocks that use half the cement of traditional concrete blocks. Concrete has a giant carbon footprint yet concrete blocks are a ubiquitous

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Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

The Woodlands Community Garden shed is surrounded by raised vegetable beds. It was crafted entirely from cedar wood with an angled roof that forms a puzzling lattice. This way, cool breezes and natural

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Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Measuring 1,000 square feet, the House Under the Oaks is a wide wooden box overlooking a luscious landscape. Its structure was made from prefab FSC timber and assembled on site, reducing

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15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure, which was

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Moger Mehrhof Architects Build Rustic Birdhouses from Reclaimed Materials

Moger Mehrhof Architects Build Rustic Birdhouses from Reclaimed Materials

Moger Mehrhof Architects is using an array of sustainably sourced materials to give a modern reinterpretation to familiar birdhouse forms. Found hickory and oak logs are quartered and left raw for

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Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

© Michael DePasquale  Chapitre Zero started early last year when a group of Paris-based designer friends, encouraged by Gambi and Rizzi, decided to make use of found scrap materials. They first

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8 Wooden Seaside Timrarö Vacation Houses Stand on Stilts in Sweden

8 Wooden Seaside Timrarö Vacation Houses Stand on Stilts in Sweden

There are eight Timrarö Vacation Houses built on stilts on a rocky Swedish archipelago. The wooden and metal stilts ensure the smallest environmental impact while also affording spectacular views.

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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Stunning Arborg House is Covered in Icelandic Moss

Stunning Arborg House is Covered in Icelandic Moss

Located two hours drive from Reykjavik, the Árborg House stands on a hill above the glacial valley of Hvita river. Its exteriors are clad in long lasting hardwearing concrete with vertical lines and

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Exbury Egg: Amazing Self-Sustaining Floating Office Launches in the UK

Exbury Egg: Amazing Self-Sustaining Floating Office Launches in the UK

The Exbury Egg is a collaboration between British design firm SPUD, Perring Architecture + Design (PAD), boat builder Paul Baker, naval architect Stephen Payne, and artist Stephen Turner. The egg is

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

The Abu Dhabi Art Fair commissioned cardboard master Ban to design a temporary mobile pavilion, which was just unveiled this past November. The unique cardboard shelter attracted a great deal of attention

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Dutch Willowman Creates Whimsical Sculptures in Enchanted Forest Settings

Dutch Willowman Creates Whimsical Sculptures in Enchanted Forest Settings

Will Beckers (known as The Willowman) creates stunning, ephemeral, site-specific sculptures made from re-used local materials. He started out working with clay but now incorporates a variety of natural

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Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The Winners of the first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge were announced this weekend at the Institute’s Innovation Celebration in New York City. Organized by the Cradle to Cradle Products

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Sound Designer Diego Stocco Creates Incredible Music With Plants

Sound Designer Diego Stocco Creates Incredible Music With Plants

US-based composer, sound designer and performer Diego Stocco creates amazing music by recording the sounds of twigs, coconuts, almonds and bees! For his project Music from Nature, Stocco used tiny contact

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Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Presented as part of the 2008's Casa Per Tutti (House for All) exhibition, Casa Umbrella can be used as a pop-up shelter, temporary house, or emergency room. Its 160 square feet were created from 15

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Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Tiny ‘Cube in the Woods’ Offers Forest Solitude with a Minor Footprint in Maine

Located inside Harpswell woodland, this gorgeous geometrical studio is the perfect place to find peace. Since it was built just a few hundred feet from a tidal creek, the architect decided to place it on

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

In the Scale of Carbon is a new exhibition launched by the Materials Council during the London Design Festival that explores the sustainability of different building materials. The exhibit uses cubes to

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Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in partnership with Make It Right, was launched in November of 2012. By June of

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Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

British designer Jess Shaw enjoys making imaginative, emotional lighting from all sorts of unusual materials. On past designs she has included goose and cock feathers, wire and rubber, in addition to a

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Alex Duffner Makes Medical Technology Widely Available with Hacked Household Appliances

Alex Duffner Makes Medical Technology Widely Available with Hacked Household Appliances

With the aim of making life-saving medical technology accessible to all, London-based designer Alex Duffner has created a series of medical devices from hacked home appliances. Called Domestic Science

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Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Located in the town of Mae Sot, MOVING Schools 001 was created through the joint effort of architecture professionals, a social enterprise, volunteers from around the world, kids and adults. This diverse

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Beautiful Black Bamboo Community Center in Indonesia Built for Just $2,500

Beautiful Black Bamboo Community Center in Indonesia Built for Just $2,500

The Black Bamboo Community Center in Kampung Pakuncen, Yogyakarta, was built on stilts on top of a drainage channel and in-between houses. Locals and bamboo specialists worked together to construct

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H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

The geometrical wooden House 205 stands firmly within a thicket of trees and bushes. Designed to have a minimal footprint on the ground it sits, the structure is built on a natural rocky platform atop

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Claesson Koivisto Rune Teams Up With Chilean Craftspeople to Unveil Handmade Wicker Lamps at London Design Festival

Claesson Koivisto Rune Teams Up With Chilean Craftspeople to Unveil Handmade Wicker Lamps at London Design Festival

Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune teamed up with Chilean collective The Andes House to create a series of biodegradable lamps made from mimbre (wicker). 'Medusa', 'Chinita' and 'Bellota' are inspired

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From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

The Adhocracy exhibition features products and concepts that show the wide range of developments in this new industrial revolution - from digital fabrication to open design to distributed manufacturing.

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1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

The Hood Canal Boathouse was once a lightless and uninspired concrete block shelter for storing boats. Without altering the height or its footprint, Bosworth Hoedemaker have created a totally new

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Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

The four townhouses that make up Urban Villas are constructed on a slope, the main reason to keep their forms as simple as possible. Along the borders of the property are dense bushes and shrubs, as well

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Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Modeled after a giant wooden lamp and made entirely from donated and recycled materials, the Story Tower has a roof of 2250 shingles made from Tetra-Pak milk cartons folded and assembled like tiles on top

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