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Glowing Plant Project Creates Bioluminescent Plants for Natural Lighting

Glowing Plant Project Creates Bioluminescent Plants for Natural Lighting

Why use a light bulb to illuminate your home when you could just fill it with glowing plants? That's the question asked by Antony Evans, the head of a team of bio-engineers in San Francisco, California.

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San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones

San Francisco Drops Law Mandating Radiation Warning Labels on Cell Phones

Photo via Shutterstock Citing high costs and extreme resistance from the mobile phone industry, San Francisco has dropped a law that would have required a radiation warning label to be placed on all

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Snøhetta and AECOM Unveil New Design for Golden State Warriors Arena in San Francisco

Snøhetta and AECOM Unveil New Design for Golden State Warriors Arena in San Francisco

Last fall, the Warriors announced plans to move from their current home in Oakland's Oracle Arena across the bay to Piers 30-32 in San Francisco. The proposal immediately raised concern that a new stadium

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines

The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the greenest

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San Francisco Board Passes Resolution to Divest $583 Million from the Fossil Fuel Industry

San Francisco Board Passes Resolution to Divest $583 Million from the Fossil Fuel Industry

San Francisco's board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to divest $583 million from the fossil fuel industry. The resolution will move funds from the San Francisco Employee Retirement System

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Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is a state-of-the-art youth education facility that includes classrooms, a science lab, an art room, an administrative space and the Beach Hut cafe. Children from around the Bay Area

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San Francisco’s Exploratorium Reopens as the Country’s Biggest Net-Zero Energy Museum

San Francisco’s Exploratorium Reopens as the Country’s Biggest Net-Zero Energy Museum

When the Exploratorium opened in 1969, it pioneered a new type of interactive science museum that has come to be the norm at museums around the country and the world. Now, the Exploratorium is forging new

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Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

Pianos aren't generally thought of as the most portable of musical instruments, which makes tickling the ivories almost always an indoor activity -- but staying cooped up inside to play wasn't what

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Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Wharton’s Entire San Francisco Campus Earns LEED Gold Certification

Sited close to the Bay Bridge with views out over the water, Wharton's new San Francisco campus is also conveniently located near public transit. The school offers up graduate level classes and an

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Breaks Ground on the Transbay Transit Tower in San Francisco

Pelli Clarke Pelli Breaks Ground on the Transbay Transit Tower in San Francisco

The new 60-story tower, located at 101 First Street, will be the flagship project next to the new transit station and park. Both of the projects were designed by Pelli Clark Pelli, which creates a

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San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin to Save $10 Million

We're still about 4 years away from the completion of the Transbay Transit Center, a 1.5 million-square-foot facility that will serve as the terminus for this high speed rail line in California. Stretched

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Celebrate World Water Day by Surfing a 14-Foot Wave Made of Plastic Bottles in San Francisco

Celebrate World Water Day by Surfing a 14-Foot Wave Made of Plastic Bottles in San Francisco

For the past 20 years, the world has observed World Water Day on March 22nd - and to mark the occasion this year, the Dopper Foundation has erected a 14-foot wave made from reclaimed plastic bottles in

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The Bay Lights Unveiled: World’s Largest Light Sculpture Illuminates San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs

The Bay Lights Unveiled: World’s Largest Light Sculpture Illuminates San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs

The last time we checked in with Leo Villareal, he had just installed a gigantic glowing LED Buckyball in NYC's Madison Square Park. For The Bay Lights, Words Pictures Ideas founder Ben Davis called upon

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Snohetta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion to Break Ground this Summer

Snohetta’s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion to Break Ground this Summer

The sloped expansion will be fifty feet higher than the neighboring Botta building and will be accessible from two sides, aligning with the new Transbay Transit Center under construction two blocks away

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Free Pass to Compostmodern 2013 in San Francisco (Worth $575)

GIVEAWAY: Win a Free Pass to Compostmodern 2013 in San Francisco (Worth $575)

Compostmodern kicks off next month in San Francisco, and we can't wait to see what the world's green thinkers have in store for us at this fantastic two-day event! This exciting conference will provide a

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Deconstructed 1940s Citroën H Van Transformed into a New Parklet for San Francisco

Deconstructed 1940s Citroën H Van Transformed into a New Parklet for San Francisco

The old truck was donated by the Rapha Cycle Club, which had an old Citroën that someone had found "in a barn in France in the 1940s," the Cycle Club's John Maniquis told The Atlantic Cities. Beyond

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Compostmodern 2013 Kicks off Next Month in San Francisco – Register Today!

Compostmodern 2013 Kicks off Next Month in San Francisco – Register Today!

Heads up sustainable designers, architects, and green thinkers! We're excited to announce that one of our favorite San Francisco Bay Area design events is kicking off next month - get ready for

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Aether’s New San Francisco Store Takes Shipping Container Architecture to New Heights

Aether’s New San Francisco Store Takes Shipping Container Architecture to New Heights

High-end clothing store Aether Apparel just launched its first standalone retail shop in San Francisco - and it's made from three recycled shipping containers stacked one atop another! The sophisticated

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Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is located on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Oakland. The dense project worked to match the surrounding feel of the residential homes as well as address the visual and noise impact

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San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

San Francisco Bay Bridge to Be Adorned With 25,000 LED Lights This Year

Soon San Francisco Bay Area commuters will have something more entertaining to stare at in traffic than the tail lights of the car in front of them. As the Bay Bridge enters its 75th year in 2013, it is

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William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

William Duff Architects Use the Fibonnaci Sequence to Create Beautiful, Efficient Wheeler Home

As William Duff Architects explain, they “developed a project that blends elegant, innovative architecture with green building strategies to create inspiring spaces carefully crafted for everyday

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The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

The DOE and NREL Team Up on 3 Projects to Improve Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Photo via Shutterstock The Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just launched a new initiative to improve the battery life of electric vehicles. Announced this past

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Francesca Pastine Carves Artforum Magazines to Make Amazing Sculptural Topographies

Francesca Pastine Carves Artforum Magazines to Make Amazing Sculptural Topographies

San Francisco artist and teacher at the California College of the Arts Francesca Pastine has found a brilliant way to repurpose her old issues of Artforum. By carving each page, she reveals the guts of

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

INHABITAT: Can you briefly tell us what you have in mind for your floating city off the coast of San Francisco? Max Marty: Many entrepreneurs from all parts of the globe want to come to Silicon Valley to

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Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

Originally the Golden Gate Valley Library was named the Carnegie Library and was completed in 1918 in the Beaux-Arts style by architect Ernest Coxhead. The basilica-shaped library needed a renovation and

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Noriega Street Parklet is a Succulent Meeting Spot Crafted by the Community in San Francisco

Noriega Street Parklet is a Succulent Meeting Spot Crafted by the Community in San Francisco

Noriega Street Parklet is built in the shape of a parallelogram outside Devil's Teeth Bakery on the north side of Noriega Street in the Outer Sunset District. The 45 deg angle provides an interesting

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Soma Unveils World’s First Completely Compostable Water Filter

Soma Unveils World’s First Completely Compostable Water Filter

Water filtration company Soma recently unveiled the world’s first entirely compostable water filter. Soma replaced conventional plastic casing filters with a food-based PLA composite that incorporates

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Sharing Is The New Shopping: Yerdle Offers Zero-Cost Alternative To Black Friday Madness

Sharing Is The New Shopping: Yerdle Offers Zero-Cost Alternative To Black Friday Madness

This year, many conscientious consumers are exploring an out of the box (literally) alternative to black Friday madness - one that is made possible by the rise of the sharing economy. Yerdle, which

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David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

David Baker’s Zero Cottage is an Impressive Tiny Backyard House Made From Recycled Materials

Zero Cottage is located in the backyard of of an urban lot in the Mission District fronted by StoreFrontLab, a community-focused cultural initiative that gives the historic commercial space a new public

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The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke

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