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Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005 when Rebar Studio converted a single parking space into a pop-up park. The idea is that as long as you feed the meter, the space is yours to use as you please.

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Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a Public Sculpture that Doubles as a Renewable Energy Source

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a Public Sculpture that Doubles as a Renewable Energy Source

Michael Jantzen's Solar Eclipse Pavilion is a sprawling steel sculpture designed to create a shady public meeting space. But instead of serving just one function the artistic installation is capped with a

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Amazing Cooking Strainer Portraits Mysteriously Pop Up in London

Amazing Cooking Strainer Portraits Mysteriously Pop Up in London

Isaac Cordal debuted this style of strainer art a few years ago in London. His urban installations consist of casting shadows from the metal cooking strainers' faces onto the ground using

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Colossal Baobab Tree Made From Recycled Fabric Takes Root in Central London

Colossal Baobab Tree Made From Recycled Fabric Takes Root in Central London

A towering baobab tree made from colorful strands of recycled textiles recently rose on the bank of the River Thames in London. Dubbed “Under the Baobab”, the art installation was created by

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Incredible Sand Installation in Barcelona Recreates an Entire Philharmonic Orchestra

Incredible Sand Installation in Barcelona Recreates an Entire Philharmonic Orchestra

The entire installation was crafted from a mixture of imported sand, water, and glue to help protect the figures from collapsing in the wind. Each of the sand-sculpted musicians are unique, and they're

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Wij krijgen Kippen’s Giant Egg Wanders Amsterdam to Provide Green Energy Education

Wij krijgen Kippen’s Giant Egg Wanders Amsterdam to Provide Green Energy Education

“Wij krijgen Kippen,” which roughly translates from the Dutch to “we pick up chickens,” has an unusual educational tool for informing the public about energy usage — their

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Manifest Destiny! Tiny Cabin Finds a Home Between San Francisco’s Downtown Skyscrapers

Manifest Destiny! Tiny Cabin Finds a Home Between San Francisco’s Downtown Skyscrapers

On display until October, 2012, Manifest Destiny! is the product of a collaboration between two designers; San Francisco-based Jenny Chapman and New York-based Mark Reigelman. Their first project

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Duo-Gard’s Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Sprouts in Minneapolis

Duo-Gard’s Blossoms of Hope Bus Shelter Sprouts in Minneapolis

Incorporating public art into new developments is not a new practice, but one developer in Minneapolis took the idea to the next level, commissioning a bright, vibrant sculpture to be a gateway into the

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Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

Back in 1972, a well-meaning nonprofit group came up with the idea of creating an artificial reef off the South Florida coast using two million old tires. The sunken rubber was supposed to lure game fish

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VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX' eco-sculptures serve as both artworks and oxygen replenishers. VERDMX's work, sponsored by Nissan, serves as an example of how nonprofit organizations, businesses and local governments

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Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Organograph: Giant Kinetic Flower Sculpture is Powered by the Sun

Bill Washabaugh, Chico MacMurtie, and Geo Homsy developed the climate clock with these fundamental elements in mind: the Clock, the Observatory, the Carbon Cycle Simulation, the Incubator Dome, the Time

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Coca-Cola’s Graffiti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

Coca-Cola’s Graffiti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

Apparently Coca-Cola is really into New Orleans lassez-faire lifestyle, so much so that they decided to cover the sidewalks of the historic French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods with company logos as

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Abandoned Buildings Given a Literal “Face” Lift By Russian Street Artist Nomerz

Abandoned Buildings Given a Literal “Face” Lift By Russian Street Artist Nomerz

Talk about a “face” lift! Making waves with his street art that transforms enormous abandoned structures into giant portraits, Russian artist Nikita Nomerz uses details already present at

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Waving Wall: Massive Recycled Bottle Installation Shows the Virtual Water Footprint of Two Pairs of Jeans

Waving Wall: Massive Recycled Bottle Installation Shows the Virtual Water Footprint of Two Pairs of Jeans

Did you know that it takes 140 liters of water to produce a standard cup of coffee - without milk? This is virtual water footprint includes the H20 used to irrigate and process the coffee beans and

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1000 Recycled Doors Transform the Facade of a 10-Story Building in Seoul

1000 Recycled Doors Transform the Facade of a 10-Story Building in Seoul

South Korean Artist Choi Jeong-Hwa used 1000 brightly colored recycled doors to transform a bland 10-story building into an eye-popping visual indulgence. Jeong-Hwa is a master of using found objects to

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Abandoned Buildings Turned Into Incredible Art Installations by Marjan Teeuwen

Abandoned Buildings Turned Into Incredible Art Installations by Marjan Teeuwen

As opposed to excavating the sites, Teeumen fills them with carefully stacked debris - a technique that has resurfaced in her work since 2005. She typically creates films, studio photos and drawings as

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Generous Water Fountain Gently Fills Your Bottle to the Brim

Generous Water Fountain Gently Fills Your Bottle to the Brim

We often ignore water fountains, passing them up for sweet bottled beverages packed into vending machines. So to give an old design some much needed love and attention, Poletic Studio has created the

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JUMP! Hay Filled Wooden Pallet Lets You Dive Into Fun

JUMP! Hay Filled Wooden Pallet Lets You Dive Into Fun

Cities may be full of life, but they can also often fall short when it comes to providing a sense of wonderment. To give more lackluster spaces within the urban landscape an extra bit of cheeriness, RURAL

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Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

San Franciscans love their history. The city has established historical museums of all flavors to celebrate its pioneers and their contributions to civil society. Now, armchair travelers are invited to

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27 Sol LeWitt Sculptures Enliven New York’s City Hall Park

27 Sol LeWitt Sculptures Enliven New York’s City Hall Park

With world-famous parks like the High Line and Central Park, smaller green spaces in New York City often get overlooked. But this summer, the small City Hall Park at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge has

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Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France

Gorgeous Green-Roofed Marcel Sembat School Completed in France

Architecture firm Archi5 has updated six workshop buildings originally built between 1930 and 1960. In addition to these renovations, the new design includes dormitories, staff accommodations, a

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‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

Artist Candy Chang’s spirited “Before I Die” installation transforms the negative connotations attached to abandoned spaces by renewed a disused building in New Orleans to create an

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Amazing Biodegradable Piezo-Art Pavilion by 3XN Generates its Own Energy

Amazing Biodegradable Piezo-Art Pavilion by 3XN Generates its Own Energy

Danish architects 3XN have created a swirling art installation that features some of the most advanced building and energy-generating technologies on earth. Designed for an exhibit at Louisiana's Museum

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Estria Foundation Address the Water Crisis With 10 Murals in 10 Cities

Estria Foundation Address the Water Crisis With 10 Murals in 10 Cities

The Estria Foundation recently unveiled the first of ten murals in their “Water Writes” campaign, which focuses on expressing the perspectives of communities that are highly affected by water issues.

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Roadside Storm Pipes Transformed Into Colorful Works of Art

Roadside Storm Pipes Transformed Into Colorful Works of Art

Many areas of India are undergoing an incredible transformation as existing infrastructure is overhauled in favor of more up-to-date systems. Although most construction projects feature an unwelcoming

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Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

These eight-foot pink snails will claim Miami on November 19th - not because they want to take over the Earth, but because they're an installation by the Cracking Art Group and Galleria Ca’

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UNICEF’s “Dirty Water” Vending Machine Has 8 Flavors of Disease

UNICEF’s “Dirty Water” Vending Machine Has 8 Flavors of Disease

As far as stunt activism goes, dropping a dirty-water vending machine in the middle of Manhattan during World Water Week is one helluva attention-grabber. For UNICEF's Tap Project, however, it also

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Win a Pair of Limited-Edition AliveShoes That Used to be Art (Worth $185!)

Win a Pair of Limited-Edition AliveShoes That Used to be Art (Worth $185!)

It’s a shoe filled Sunday for us here at Inhabitat. But with so many awesome kicks out there, we just can’t help it! This week were giving away a pair of limited edition AliveShoes to one lucky

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