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Top Ten Green Lighting Designs at New York Design Week 2013

Top Ten Green Lighting Designs at New York Design Week 2013

LED Chandelier - by Group-Two Design Group-Two Design's elegant LED Chandelier updates the trope of the classic baroque chandelier with twenty-first century lighting technology, and sleek modern lines.

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Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

Dominican Sisters House of Formation in San Rafael Becomes the First LEED-Certified Convent in the US

During the planning stage, the Dominican sisters studied the Earth Charter, an international document outlining the principles needed to create a just and environmentally sustainable world in the 21st

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

One day, quite by accident, Vanden Heuvel found that his love of cycling combined with metal working skills he developed while running a pig farm made an curious combination. After making his first

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Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

While Urban Chandy currently uses vintage Edison bulbs for their lighting, which critics worry is not the most environmentally-conscious choice, they do aspire to keep their energy as low as possible

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Announcing the Winners of the Inhabitat 2013 BKLYN Designs Green Design Awards!

Announcing the Winners of the Inhabitat 2013 BKLYN Designs Green Design Awards!

This weekend, the Inhabiteam once again got to experience BKLYN Designs, one of our most beloved NY Design Week events, and revel in all of the Brooklyn-made furniture glory that it had to offer. As in

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Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

The Fern Ridge Lake Residence is located on a 40-acre site on a bluff outside of Eugene, Oregon. The home is joined by an artist studio, a three-car garage and a number of outdoor living spaces to enjoy

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Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

The developers of this underutilized parcel in Milwaukee's Walker’s Point neighborhood wanted a building that achieved a mission of economic improvement, social justice, environmental restoration, and

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Aellon Gives Shipwrecks New Life in Unique Furniture Pieces

Aellon Gives Shipwrecks New Life in Unique Furniture Pieces

When it comes to finding unique materials for their gorgeous handcrafted interiors, New York-based design firm Aellon has carved out a special niche - with shipwrecks. Although their team uses regular

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Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Empowerhouse Habitat for Humanity Washington, D.C. The first Passive House in the District of Columbia, the Empowerhouse won first place in the affordability category of the U.S. Department of

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Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Piñata-Inspired Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge to Be Built From Reclaimed Timber in Peru

Madrid-based OOIIO Architecture has designed a new pedestrian bridge, set to be a landmark for the city of Lima. The bridge will span a busy roadway and connect the two thriving districts of Miraflores

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Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Finn's first foray into micro home construction was called the Potomac Cabin and featured a five foot loft, from which his cat 42 stared out into the landscape. He built a second just like it, which sold

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Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

The Cowshed Collective design and build workshop was the third of three focused on creating new infrastructure for Callan, including a river walk and a seasonal bridge design led by LiD Architecture.

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Sasufi Gives a Melbourne Patisserie an Elegant Upgrade with Reclaimed Wooden Doors

Sasufi Gives a Melbourne Patisserie an Elegant Upgrade with Reclaimed Wooden Doors

Designer Sasufi has given a series of reclaimed wooden doors a new life as part of a stylish and green interior belonging to a cute patisserie located in Melbourne, Australia. The idea behind By

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Tony Hobba Architects’ Third Wave Kiosk in Australia is Made from Recycled Sheet Piling

Tony Hobba Architects’ Third Wave Kiosk in Australia is Made from Recycled Sheet Piling

The sheet piles that form the exterior wall of the new Third Wave Kiosk were used along the Murray River during the devastating 2010-2011 Victorian floods. Now, in their new life, they serve an entirely

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Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots by Design Nobis are sustainable cultivation units that are comprised of 100 percent recyclable and reused materials. Made out of simple bent metal pieces and scrap pieces of log, the pots are

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Times Square’s Heart-Shaped Valentines Day Boardwalk Will Be Made from Hurricane Sandy Debris

Times Square’s Heart-Shaped Valentines Day Boardwalk Will Be Made from Hurricane Sandy Debris

This Valentines Day, a new heart-shaped boardwalk made from Hurricane Sandy debris will be installed in Times Square. The “Heartwalk” is being designed by Brooklyn-based Situ Studio, which

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Urban Tree Salvage Transforms Reclaimed Wood into Beautiful ‘Live Edge’ Tables

Urban Tree Salvage Transforms Reclaimed Wood into Beautiful ‘Live Edge’ Tables

Urban Tree Salvage is one of Canada's largest manufacturers of salvaged materials and reclaimed lumber. Their Trinity Table is composed of three legs that would have been tippy on their own, but because

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The Recycled Orchestra Performs Using Instruments Made from Landfill Trash

The Recycled Orchestra Performs Using Instruments Made from Landfill Trash

Cateura is a place, one resident explains, “where a violin costs more than a house.” But despite residents' modest means, the Recycled Orchestra performs in classrooms as well as concert halls,

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Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

At 5994 square feet, Earthwall 2 is no tiny home, but a series of sensitive interventions compensate for its large footprint. Built with the designer's own post-tensioned steel rammed earth construction

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Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Remarkably well-connected to the wild seaside landscape, Coastlands House features a magnificent palette of natural materials - including the stone base which connects the home to the uphill slope.

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Native Trails Uses Reclaimed Wine Barrels To Create Unique Bathroom Furniture

Native Trails Uses Reclaimed Wine Barrels To Create Unique Bathroom Furniture

The San Luis Obispo-based artisan furnishings company Native Trails celebrates culture and the environment by creating inspiring bathroom and kitchen furnishings and fixtures with natural and

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US Army Corps of Engineers Unveils New LEED Gold Headquarters in Seattle

US Army Corps of Engineers Unveils New LEED Gold Headquarters in Seattle

Already on its way to achieving an Energy Star Score of 100, the Federal Center South Building will use one-fifth of the energy used by other air-conditioned buildings in the region. This is partly due to

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Henry Baumann Transforms Old Fruit Crates Into Unique Furniture

Henry Baumann Transforms Old Fruit Crates Into Unique Furniture

Using wooden crates that hold strawberries at street markets, designer Henry Baumann transformed these plain containers into furniture such as stools, tables and lights. Baumann disassembled the crates,

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King County Parks and HyBrid Architecture Unveil Upcycled Shipping Container Camper

King County Parks and HyBrid Architecture Unveil Upcycled Shipping Container Camper

King County Parks just finished a new, comfortable and ecologically-sound camping structure that was created from a 24-foot-long used cargo container. The project, dubbed “Re-Tain” was

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Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Chakaia Booker’s Intricately Textured Salvaged Tire Sculptures Greet Visitors at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Prior to the installation of Booker's recycled rubber sculptures, the NMWA featured very colorful works by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle of dancing women. In contrast, Booker's sculptures have a

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Lorenzo Durantini’s Towering Sculptures Made From Thousands of VHS Tapes Explore Obsolescence and Outdated Media

Lorenzo Durantini’s Towering Sculptures Made From Thousands of VHS Tapes Explore Obsolescence and Outdated Media

London-based artist and curator Lorenzo Durantini has gathered thousands of old unwanted VHS tapes to make towering (and almost menacing) sculptures from them. These monoliths of outdated technology offer

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture Turns Fallen Trees Into Beautiful New Handcrafted Pieces

ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture Turns Fallen Trees Into Beautiful New Handcrafted Pieces

ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture specializes in handcrafting furniture from precious woods in its purest form. Taking wood from fallen trees caused by hurricanes and fires in the Mayan Jungle of southern Quintana

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