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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the "natural beauty found

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16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there's really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones' wider interests lie in

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This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

We've heard of a lot of ways to recycle old Christmas trees, but lingerie? French designer Sophie Young is turning pine needles from old trees into gorgeous underwear. The lingerie is described as being

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Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and holiday gifts

Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and holiday gifts

Swedish company Nudie Jeans recycled 2,700 pairs of their worn-out old jeans and used the material to build incredible furniture pieces and holiday gifts. Around 90 percent of every pair of denim jeans

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Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

The wine shop has bottles from many different parts of the world, an accessories department, and a tapas bar with tasting area. Visitors can buy wine, taste some chorizo and stay to become a pro wine

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Lessmore Showcases Modern, Eco-Friendly Furniture Made Out of Cardboard and Natural Materials

Lessmore Showcases Modern, Eco-Friendly Furniture Made Out of Cardboard and Natural Materials

Italian architect Giorgio Caporaso designed Lessmore, an eco-friendly and modular furniture brand that effortlessly shows how beautiful sustainable design can be. His collection, which was recently

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RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

Buildings influence our behaviour. They are where we live, work, and eat, and they always seem to be evolving. It's part of human nature to constantly look for ways to rethink and redesign our

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Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin's amazing Mount Center opened in 2010 next to a wild park, meters away from the Nordbanhof S-Bahn train station. After a short training session with an experienced guide, visitors are welcome to

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Bruce Munro Illuminates Straw Bales and Plastic for the Winter Light Installation at Waddesdon Gardens

Bruce Munro Illuminates Straw Bales and Plastic for the Winter Light Installation at Waddesdon Gardens

Winter Light at Waddesdon is Munro's third installation at the grandiose British gardens. But four out of the seven pieces on show are completely new and created especially for this winter event. That

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a

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Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Currently inhabited and fully functioning, the Wheel Story House recently opened for public tours earlier this year. Ansah hopes that by inviting others to view his unique house, he will inspire the

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San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

San Francisco’s Minna Dream Shop is an Ultra-Flexible, Daylit Space for Makers

The Minna Dream Shop is located on a small street in San Francisco's Mission district. Interstice Architects renovated the former auto garage into an open space with connections to both the street and a

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

iPad owners can keep an eye on the amount of energy that the building uses, since all of its systems are connected to the web-based Gen7 energy monitoring system. From the solar array onwards, all

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into Creepy-Yet-Still-Delicious Skulls

Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into Creepy-Yet-Still-Delicious Skulls

The Annoying Orange had better beware: this crop of fruit is scary. Tsykalov is known for his provocative work with food: the series of meat sculptures he created a few years ago looks like something

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The UK’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant Silo Boasts a Raw and Minimalist Interior Aesthetic

The UK’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant Silo Boasts a Raw and Minimalist Interior Aesthetic

Brighton's restaurant-bakery-coffee house Silo was meticulously planned with sustainability in mind. It prides itself on having a pre-industrial food system that generates zero waste, has no bin, is

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How to Make Reusable Halloween Window Decals

How to Make Reusable Halloween Window Decals

Halloween can be among the most wasteful holidays if you only buy store-bought, disposable decorations, but it doesn't have to be. One surefire way to lower your Halloween eco-footprint is to make your

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Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life

Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life

Many things are often thrown away just because they aren't "cool" anymore, but Dutch design duo rENs teamed up with global carpet company Desso to prove you can make outdated rugs stylish again with a

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Phoebe Washburn’s Mind-Boggling Installations are Made From Scrap Wood & Cardboard

Phoebe Washburn’s Mind-Boggling Installations are Made From Scrap Wood & Cardboard

Her 2011 installation, Nunderwater Nort Lab at Zach Feuer Gallery in New York City, juxtaposed two seemingly unrelated activities - art and lunch. While not necessarily two subjects you think of

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London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

Weighting 35 tons, the South East Trains' carriage made its way from Essex to Deptford on Valentine’s Day 2008 and was beautifully restored into what is today the Deptford Cafe. Serving delicious home

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Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

Each of Laurel's birds are carefully crafted from beak to tail feather. The iridescent bodies are comprised of hundreds of unwanted fake nails and polishes donated from the likes of OPI with overstock or

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up

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Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards

Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards

More frightening than those bruises, broken bones, or arthritis, your old skateboards have come back to haunt you. Carved from the remnants of shattered boards by designer Beto Janz, these creepy heads

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Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out Jack-O’-Lantern-Shaped Recycled Crayons Instead

Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out Jack-O’-Lantern-Shaped Recycled Crayons Instead

Halloween brings out the creativity in kids perhaps more than any other major holiday, and these Jack-O'-Lantern crayons can inspire some great works of art! Made from melted-down, recycled crayons,

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Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Artist Wim Delvoye has proven that he is the master of transforming disused machinery and tires into gorgeous works of art. But the artist also has a sinister side, as this his Chapel series illustrates

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Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

The Hotel Shabby Shabby's 22-rooms were spread out in unexpected locations including a high rooftop, a bustling market square and a tranquil a riverbank. They were built from found or recyclable

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