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London Designer Creates a Super Futuristic Solar-Powered Concept Car

London Designer Creates a Super Futuristic Solar-Powered Concept Car

London designer Omer Sagiv created this solar-powered concept car that looks like it’s straight out of the latest sci-fi movie. The concept car is referred to as the SPV (Solar Power Vehicle)

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Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

Montreal’s Biosphere Environmental Museum Resides Inside Massive Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome

The Biosphere is one of the only museums of its kind, dedicated solely to the environment and environmental education. Each of the halls in the museum are dedicated to a series of rotating exhibitions,

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HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s Net Zero “Battery Park” for San Francisco Has an Algae Facade

HOK’s San Francisco office received a jury recognition award for their net-zero “Battery Park” design, which features a remarkable algae facade. A combination of load reduction, waste

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US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

US’s Largest Net Zero School Welcomes Students in Irving, Texas

Lady Bird Johnson Middle School's green features are apparent from the moment one approaches the school, as 12 wind turbines rise 45  feet into the air alongside the building. While visually impressive,

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Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion Unveils an All New Kind of Battery Powered Car Charging Station in Texas

Pvilion has been very busy lately developing flexible energy-harnessing materials for a number of uses including solar powered pavilions and architectural applications. Their latest innovation is a

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Solar-Powered Sun Catcher Sculpture Lights Up The Night in Clearwater, FL

Solar-Powered Sun Catcher Sculpture Lights Up The Night in Clearwater, FL

A new solar-powered Sun-Catcher lighting installation recently popped up in Clearwater, FL, where it brightens the night using energy from the sun. Part of the city's Sculpture360 program, the

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PHOTOS: Life at Aconcagua’s Confluencia, a Sustainable Geodesic Base Camp in the Argentine Andes

PHOTOS: Life at Aconcagua’s Confluencia, a Sustainable Geodesic Base Camp in the Argentine Andes

A four-hour bus journey west of Mendoza will leave you at the stone-entrance of the Aconcagua National Park. After a four-hour trekking through small paths up the mountain along Rio Horcones, you will

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BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

BP Drops Its Solar Power Division After 40 Years

After 40 years, BP just announced plans to drop its solar power division. The giant oil company has declared their commitment to spending $8 billion on renewable power by 2015, but it will now fill that

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Gorgeous 19th Century Georgian Farmhouse Gets a LEED Gold Renovation

Gorgeous 19th Century Georgian Farmhouse Gets a LEED Gold Renovation

The farmhouse, built in 1870, is an exquisite example of old world charm, complete with plentiful porches and capped with a cupola on the third floor. The house sits on Hardman Farm, a 173-acre site that

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Bulletproof Solar-Powered Jo-Mojo Electric Roadster to Hit the Streets Next Year

Bulletproof Solar-Powered Jo-Mojo Electric Roadster to Hit the Streets Next Year

Estonian auto company Dartz Kombat is known for making the Prombron -- basically a bulletproof Hummer on steriods - however they recently announced plans to go 'green' by launching a bulletproof

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WTARCH Transforms a Small Garage Into a Twisting Multi-Floor Duplex Residence

WTARCH Transforms a Small Garage Into a Twisting Multi-Floor Duplex Residence

California’s Montrose Duplex began as a simple garage, housing the client’s electric vehicle and charger. Wanting to turn the structure into a green residence, they turned to WTARCH to make the

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EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

Joan Bokaer and Liz Walker were the founding co-directors of EcoVillage Ithaca. Inspired by co-housing projects that appeared in Denmark in the 1960s, the two were drawn to the balance of having a rich

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Gorgeous LEED-H Tiburon House is a Custom-Built Energy Efficient Masterpiece

Gorgeous LEED-H Tiburon House is a Custom-Built Energy Efficient Masterpiece

The beautiful cliff-side site, located on the Tiburon Peninsula, was originally home to a dilapidated structure. The team deconstructed the old home piece by piece, and 95% of the materials were either

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Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Sanyo’s Shimmering Kasai Green Energy Park is Quite Possibly the Most Solar-Paneled-Out Compound in the World

Kasai Green Energy Park's administration building is quite possibly the most solar-paneled out building ever with double-facade panels (these are able to absorb solar rays from both their backs and

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INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

INTERVIEW: University of Maryland Wins Big at the 2011 Solar Decathlon

Here at Inhabitat we're suckers for the Solar Decathlon -- the biennial design/build competition in which university design teams from all around the globe battle it out on the National Mall in Washington

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Refunc’s Solar-Powered Containosaurus Lands at Dutch Music Festival

Refunc’s Solar-Powered Containosaurus Lands at Dutch Music Festival

Here at Inhabitat we have seen many wonderful creations emerge from recycled shipping containers. From piled-up solar-powered houses to entire cities built from them, by comparison, Refunc's big-scale

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Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

Mountainside Sunbrella House Keeps Cool With an Underground Well

The rural town of Ome is lined with a beautiful forest to the north and east, and views of serene mountains can be seen to the south. With such dynamic landscape also comes certain weather effects.

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JDS Architects Design a Geometric Green-Roofed Youth Center for Lille, France

JDS Architects Design a Geometric Green-Roofed Youth Center for Lille, France

Lille has been developing into a destination city for both business and leisure. The JDS Youth Center reflects this constant growth, not only with its dedication to the younger populous, but also in its

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Russia’s First Active House is 7 Times More Efficient Than the Average Home

Russia’s First Active House is 7 Times More Efficient Than the Average Home

The designers managed to slash the building's carbon footprint so that it emits only 110 kWh/ m2 a year by using building-integrated solar panels and passive design techniques that ensure the home is

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The Green Cell: Kengo Kuma’s Design for the Taipei City Museum of Art Has an Insulating Green Roof

The Green Cell: Kengo Kuma’s Design for the Taipei City Museum of Art Has an Insulating Green Roof

Principally a cultural hub, this building is also a mixed-use development complete with retail facilities that creates a bridge to the nearby train station and cable car. The main hall also connects to a

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VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

VIDEO: Announcing the Winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon

If you're anything like us, you've been having Solar Decathlon withdrawal since the biennial design-build competition ended at the beginning of the month. We're still buzzing with excitement from the

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Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

Unique Dome Garden Offers an Unforgettable Eco “Glamping” Adventure Just 2 Hours from London

There are 10 domes in all and they come in four different sizes. Depending on the size of each family and budget, visitors to The Dome Garden can request a 12, 16, 20, or 24 ft dome. The skeleton is made

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Cloud No. 9 House: Old-World Stables Transformed into an Amazing Solar-Powered Home in Australia

Cloud No. 9 House: Old-World Stables Transformed into an Amazing Solar-Powered Home in Australia

The outer shell and infrastructure of the original stables was maintained, but the interior has been radically transformed. And yet, no attention to sustainable detail was compromised in the process.

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City Farm: South Providence’s Urban Agriculture Transformation

City Farm: South Providence’s Urban Agriculture Transformation

City Farm finds its home in the heart of South Providence. It is an area with a turbulent history of conflict and neglect. Originally a marshland, the plot has seen its history of dwellers pass through. A

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Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

Extraordinary Off-Grid Hobbit Home in Wales Only Cost £3,000 to Build

We've noticed a surge in hobbit homes as more people throughout the world seek alternatives to the bigger is better model of living. For example, in Switzerland, one family buried their home but opted for

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House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Says US Can’t Compete With China on Green Jobs

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Says US Can’t Compete With China on Green Jobs

Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations – and he believes we’re just not going to make it in this clean energy race.

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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Solar-Powered LEED Gold Kuwait International Airport

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Solar-Powered LEED Gold Kuwait International Airport

The last time we heard from Foster + Partners, they had just revealed their incredible plans for Apple's new headquarters in California. Now jumping a few ponds over, the firm has announced they will be

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University of Maryland WaterShed House Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

University of Maryland WaterShed House Wins the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The results of the 2011 Solar Decathlon have just been announced, and the winner is University of Maryland WaterShed house! The beautiful water-conservation themed house has been leading the competition

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Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century Take on the Gable House

Team Massachusetts’ 4D Solar Decathlon Home is a 21st-Century Take on the Gable House

The 4D Home beautifully blends traditional architecture with modern building techniques to create an exceptionally efficient off-grid home that can produce more energy than it consumes. The heart of the

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Empowerhouse Takes First Place in Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

Empowerhouse Takes First Place in Affordability at the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

One of the most common arguments against building energy-efficient homes is that the upfront costs are just too high, but this year's Solar Decathlon competition is telling another story. For the first

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