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Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

While the Smart Home is aiming for LEED Gold certification, it is arguably not what one might typically expect from a green home, (and HGTV makes this distinction—see more info on this here). The 2,400

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Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Vancouver architects Susan and David Scott set off to start their own practice and the first project they wanted to work on was their own. They designed and built a snowboard cabin located in an alpine

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WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

A new design for rural schools could revolutionize Kenya's education system. British architects Jane Harrison and David Turnbill worked with Atopia Research to design the WATERBANK school in Nigare Nyiro,

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Jubiltree: A Reusable Wooden Christmas Tree for a Greener Holiday Season

Jubiltree: A Reusable Wooden Christmas Tree for a Greener Holiday Season

Now that November's wound down to a close and Christmas is right around the corner it's high time to start decking the halls - but why sacrifice an entire grown tree for a single season's decor? The

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Piers Saxby Candy Creates Charming Lamps Using a 1930s Copper Jelly Mold

Piers Saxby Candy Creates Charming Lamps Using a 1930s Copper Jelly Mold

Piers Saxby Candy, a Brighton-based designer, hand crafted his Jelly Desk Lamp and Jelly Table Lamp with using oak wood for the stand and cast an original 1930s copper jelly mold for the shade.

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Freegle Brighton Announces Plans to Build Community Center Made Entirely of Local Waste

Freegle Brighton Announces Plans to Build Community Center Made Entirely of Local Waste

Freegle is a UK-based network that allows locals to seek out items other people people are looking to get rid of - including refrigerators, sofas, old doors and windows. Now the Brighton Freegle group

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Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

Steel-Clad Studio for a Composer is an Ethereal Portal to the Woods of Wisconsin

A simple one story volume, the composer's studio in Wisconsin is clad in weathering Corten steel. In addition to harmonizing with its surrounding environment, this and the remaining materials used in

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Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Fann prefers to use Eucalyptus branches because they are strong, flexible and last longer than other branches. He harvests them by cutting them off healthy trees, careful not to cause any damage. Then,

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CP Lighting Combines Recycled New Growth Lamp With a Dining Room Table

CP Lighting Combines Recycled New Growth Lamp With a Dining Room Table

Lighting designer Christopher Poehlmann is no stranger to Inhabitat or the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. We've long been a fan of Poehlman's gorgeous, sculptural 'New

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WikiHouse is a 3D-Printed Home That Uses Zero Bolts (Video)

WikiHouse is a 3D-Printed Home That Uses Zero Bolts (Video)

WikiHouse places emphasis on using locally-sourced materials in a design that is easy to construct so that just about anyone can build their own printed home. Notice that the designers at La Rinascente

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Prefab Mirror Mongayt Has a Pixelated Facade that Reflects Nature in Moscow

Prefab Mirror Mongayt Has a Pixelated Facade that Reflects Nature in Moscow

Mirror Mongayt was built in stages in order to save costs, starting with the lower 180 square meter floor and followed by two 90 square meter additions. The home's universal screw-pile foundation

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ILIDE to Debut Gorgeous Handmade Local Lamps at Milan Design Week

ILIDE to Debut Gorgeous Handmade Local Lamps at Milan Design Week

ILIDE (Italian LIght DEsign) is a new lighting company that will make its debut next week at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair with two collections of stunning handmade lamps. ILIDE's locally-made lamps are

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Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Set in an idyllic landscape of gorgeous national parks, Downley House was erected using the ruins of an old stoned-house. The client wanted a relaxing yet playful environment with good use of natural

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100 Mile House Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Home Using Only Local Materials

100 Mile House Competition Challenges Architects to Design a Home Using Only Local Materials

Prior to the widespread use of polluting fossil fuels, most buildings were made from local materials, using techniques that made sense for the local climate and lifestyle. Now the Architecture

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Night Heron Wind Turbines Made of Scraps Make Rural Kenyans Energy Independent

Night Heron Wind Turbines Made of Scraps Make Rural Kenyans Energy Independent

These amazing Night Heron wind turbines made of locally-sourced scraps give rural Kenyans a whole new lease on life. Based on Hugh Piggot's open source design, the turbines are built from recycled car

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Recycled Sauna in Finland Flies Past Planning Hurdles With Clever Mobile Design

Recycled Sauna in Finland Flies Past Planning Hurdles With Clever Mobile Design

A woman in Finland wanted to convert an abandoned boathouse into a sauna for 12 years, but she couldn't get municipal approval - so Denizen Works traveled from London to her home in Åland and came up

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Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction was very careful to ensure that their Silverbeaver Hausboot was made of the most efficient materials so that the project has a tiny footprint. To this end, they clad the boat in

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Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Standing within a splendid plot covering 2 square miles, House in the Forest is very spacious, light, and cool. Built on a slope, it has different levels of views into the mountains and lake, creating a

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Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

The Tipu Sultan Merkez School in Punjab, Pakistan has a new sustainable building that was designed by German architects Roswag Seiler and built by locals. Using locally sourced and low-impact materials,

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Ultra Minimalist Dogma House Has a Sloping Roof Ramp That Leads to a Lake

Ultra Minimalist Dogma House Has a Sloping Roof Ramp That Leads to a Lake

The ultra minimalist Dogma House features an amazing sloping roof ramp, and it was designed by Alex van de Beld and Haiko Meijer in accordance with the Dogma Rules conceived by a group of Danish movie

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Sand-Brick Sossusvlei Lodge in the Namib Desert Protects the Land, People and Wildlife

Sand-Brick Sossusvlei Lodge in the Namib Desert Protects the Land, People and Wildlife

Sossusvlei's circular rooms were modeled after naturally-occuring "fairy circles" - patches of land devoid of vegetation up to 5 meters in diameter that occur throughout the plains. River sand was sourced

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Sicily’s Casa Talia is a Beautifully Renovated Moroccan-Style Retreat

Sicily’s Casa Talia is a Beautifully Renovated Moroccan-Style Retreat

Located on the southeast tip of Sicily in Italy, Casa Talia is the perfect place to spend some time living life at a slower pace. Designed and managed by architects Viviana Haddad y Marco Giunta, this

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Alemagou Restaurant in Mykonos Takes Inspiration from Traditional Cycladic Architecture

Alemagou Restaurant in Mykonos Takes Inspiration from Traditional Cycladic Architecture

Set on an idyllic beach on Mykonos island in Greece, the Alemagou Bar and Restaurant was designed to sit in harmony with its natural site, rather than exist in discord. Designed by Studio-K, the seaside

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Guilhem Eustache’s Bewitching Fobe House Captures Morocco’s Enduring Mystique

Guilhem Eustache’s Bewitching Fobe House Captures Morocco’s Enduring Mystique

Originally, the Fobe House was going to be a lot larger than it is, but sustainability became a central concern so it was scaled right down. The vast acreage threatened to swallow up the minimalist

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Breathtaking Recycled Timber Home in Tahoe Can Withstand the Heaviest Snowstorm

Breathtaking Recycled Timber Home in Tahoe Can Withstand the Heaviest Snowstorm

The Tahoe Ridge house takes its design inspiration from the region's former incarnation as a Gold Rush town. Vernacular mining architecture, such as stamp mills used to break up hard rock, were vertically

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JAILmake Studio’s Awesome Plantable Table Invites Nature to Dinner

JAILmake Studio’s Awesome Plantable Table Invites Nature to Dinner

Plantable consists of four potted table legs attached to a recycled English oak top. Each leg is hand bent and fillet brazed into a twisting trellis for greenery to grow upon. Simply plant and water your

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Unabridged Architecture Transforms Dilapidated 1891 Building Into Colorful Eco Offices

Unabridged Architecture Transforms Dilapidated 1891 Building Into Colorful Eco Offices

Previously used as a gas station and lawnmower repair shop, amongst other things, the brownfield site required quite a lot of intervention. After pumping out the underground storage tank and replacing

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S. African Designer Heath Nash Builds Shade Structure Out of Recycled Bottles

S. African Designer Heath Nash Builds Shade Structure Out of Recycled Bottles

Upon arrival, Nash walked around the city and was interested how people congregated under the shade of trees to talk, do business or relax. Seeing that shade was vital to day-to-day life, he settled on

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

Product designer David Bennett created a fantastic machine called Natural Factory that you can bring to the beach for building public seating, while engaging people in a DIY activity. The idea behing the

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Lex Pott Turns Fragments of Trees Into Playful Wooden Furniture

Lex Pott Turns Fragments of Trees Into Playful Wooden Furniture

Lex Pott, founded by a Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate, creates inspiring furniture out of processed, and not so processed, trees. His 'Fragments of Nature' collection consist of wooden tables and

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