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Recycled Slate-ish Tiles Offer a Beautiful Alternative to Mined and Imported Slate

Recycled Slate-ish Tiles Offer a Beautiful Alternative to Mined and Imported Slate

Slate-ish is a beautiful sustainable surface material made from reclaimed paper-laminate scrap. The durable, lightweight tiles offer a great alternative to natural slate stone, which is often mined

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Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

Keri Muller's artworks and installations stand out for their beautiful forms, and the fact that they've been made from books and other debris salvaged from the recycling pile. "I try to give the books

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Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

The world's landfills are literally overflowing. According to 2008 figures (and we've added a few people since then), America alone produces a whopping 1.35 billion pounds of garbage every day - and

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Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques

Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques

In addition to being non-toxic and fireproof, seaweed has been proven to have insulating properties as good as those of commonly used mineral insulation. It has fantastic acoustic properties, reproduces

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The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

One of the most basic and ancient forms of human technology, bread is the result of generations of humans transforming the elements of water, flour, and salt. A food that transcends race, creed, and

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Dogchitecture: Mexican Designers Create Amazing Architectural Homes For Dogs

Dogchitecture: Mexican Designers Create Amazing Architectural Homes For Dogs

Dogchitecture showcases an amazing array of canine-friendly shelters. Specially created for the exhibition, the tiny houses were envisioned by cutting edge Mexican studios including Productora, Rojkind

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E.T., De Niro and Harry Potter Make an Appearance at the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival in England

E.T., De Niro and Harry Potter Make an Appearance at the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival in England

The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival’s fragile works are incredibly detailed and beautifully crafted. This year the theme was  “Hollywood” and several sculptors from around the world gathered on the

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Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Biomimicry 3.8 Founder Janine Benyus Says Biomimicry is the Key to a Green 3D Printing Revolution

Sunflower photo from Shutterstock 3D printing is one of today's most exciting emerging technologies - few other developments have as much potential to shape the way we make things and the world as we

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Bambu Launches Fabulous New Products Made From Renewable Cork

Bambu Launches Fabulous New Products Made From Renewable Cork

Green design firm Bambu just updated their bamboo wares with a new set of products made entirely from sustainably sourced cork! The collection includes elegant bowls, key rings, placemats and iPad travel

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France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

The Metaphone consists of an open concert hall with capacity for 500 seats and 800 standing. The massive structure also boasts a bar, restaurant, a high-tech stage, and a facility for outdoor concerts.

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Sinuous Prefabricated Snow Huts Pop Up in the French Alps

Sinuous Prefabricated Snow Huts Pop Up in the French Alps

Scattered throughout the beautiful ski resort of Serre Chevailer Vallée, Herault Arnod Architectes' habitable sculptures were created for a project called "Snow Culture". The goal of the project was to

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Glass Lab Turns Waste From Local London Businesses Into Beautiful Recycled Products

Glass Lab Turns Waste From Local London Businesses Into Beautiful Recycled Products

Glass Lab is a system for collecting and processing waste glass from small businesses in London. Developed by Royal College of Art student Diana Simpson Hernandez, Glass Lab collects glass waste for free

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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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AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1’s translucent family home is located in the woodsy area of Weissenbach in Lower Austria. It consists of two L-shaped volumes connected by a patio and surrounded by trees and luscious vegetation. The

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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc, the Refuge du Goûter took five years to plan and three more to build. Dubbed a 'high-altitude hotel,' the project

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Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese artist Saeri Kiritani has been playing with food for many years. But it was only recently that she was recognized for her work and named one of the winners of the National Portrait

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Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseno Showcases Brilliant Eco Designs from Across Argentina

Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseno Showcases Brilliant Eco Designs from Across Argentina

In addition to a collection of accessories and home ware made from biodegradable felt, studio Planar displayed "Armando," an elegant modular shelving unit that uses no glue no screws and is extremely

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Annie Evelyn Creates Reclaimed Cypress Chairs with Springy, Geometric Seats

Annie Evelyn Creates Reclaimed Cypress Chairs with Springy, Geometric Seats

Designer Annie Evelyn from New Colony Furniture creates weird and wonderful seats using a technique she developed herself. Her "upholstered" chairs are made from hard materials but can be “squished”

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Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

The new school replaces an old one on the same site and is attended by kids from three villages in the area. Completely made from compressed earth blocks with a layer of waterproof cement, the shelters

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Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then leads to the

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Spain’s Earthy Espai Ridaura Cultural Center is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Spain’s Earthy Espai Ridaura Cultural Center is Topped With a Luscious Green Roof

Espai Ridaura consists of two well-defined volumes that "slide" against one another. The center is made from a mix of local earth, cement and gravel, and its earthy color is due to natural pigments. The

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Oshatz Architects’ Wooden Wilkinson Residence Towers Amidst the Treetops

Oshatz Architects’ Wooden Wilkinson Residence Towers Amidst the Treetops

With a top floor surrounded by treetops, The Wilkinson Residence evokes the feeling of being in a tree house. It’s curvy exterior is covered with different wood tiles and some metal parts that get

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British Artist Laura Bacon Weaves Willow Branches Into Powerful Sculptures

British Artist Laura Bacon Weaves Willow Branches Into Powerful Sculptures

Laura’s work is inspired by the way insects, animals and birds create their own nests using existing structures for support. Each of her intricate sculptures uses either organic or man-made structures

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Alien and Monkey’s Sand Furniture Turns Back to Dust at the End of its Lifecycle

Alien and Monkey’s Sand Furniture Turns Back to Dust at the End of its Lifecycle

The furniture is produced using molds made from reclaimed wood. Alien and Monkey deploy traditional processes of ceramic manufacturing to create the molds for the Sand Furniture. The Sand Packaging

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High-Tech Levitation Bike Generates Electricity and Acts as a Mobile Hot-Spot

High-Tech Levitation Bike Generates Electricity and Acts as a Mobile Hot-Spot

Designed by architect Michael Strain and his team, Levitation is a concept bike designed to power your smart phone that also acts as a mobile hot-spot with unlimited Wi-Fi access. It has an on-board

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Asia Piaścik’s Sugarcloud Lamp Takes Inspiration from Traditional Polish Crafts

Asia Piaścik’s Sugarcloud Lamp Takes Inspiration from Traditional Polish Crafts

Polish designer Asia Piaścik's Sugarcloud Lamp takes its inspiration from a sweet recipe inspired by traditional Polish crocheting techniques. Here, white cotton is first crocheted and then stiffened

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Andrew Mowbray Grows Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

Andrew Mowbray Grows Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

Andrew Mowbray has developed a new kind of natural modular building unit. For the past two years, the artist has been growing Lagenaria gourds in reusable acrylic forms, creating square blocks that can be

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The Guano de Paris Pigeon House Also Collects Bird Poop for Compost

The Guano de Paris Pigeon House Also Collects Bird Poop for Compost

Designer Jean-Sébastien Poncet imagined a multi-use terracotta apartment complex for sheltering urban pigeons and turning their poo into compost. Intended for the French capital, "The Guano de Paris"

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Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Inhabitat favorite, Molo, will be unveiling a brand new series of sustainable lamps in just a few weeks at this year's ICFF in New York City. Founders and designers Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen

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Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN recently unveiled plans for the new Great Fen Visitor Center, a wooden sustainable structure set halfway between the wetlands and dry lands in Cambridgeshire, UK. The organic shelter is made

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