sustainable design

Architect Todd Saunders’ family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

Architect Todd Saunders’ family home cantilevers with a swing set hanging underneath

Building a home for himself meant that Saunders could tailor the designs to fit the desires and requests of his two children and his wife. The family sought to make the most use of outdoor space, so

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Ceramic clad Vanke Pavilion is topped with a vast rooftop garden at Milan Expo 2015

Ceramic clad Vanke Pavilion is topped with a vast rooftop garden at Milan Expo 2015

This is the first time in the world expo's history that a private company has its own pavilion and it tells quite a story. Designed by Daniel Libeskind and clad in three dimensional red ceramic tiles

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Japan’s Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden ‘bowl of diversity’

Japan’s Milan Expo pavilion is an earthquake resistant wooden ‘bowl of diversity’

Japan has taken an almost literal approach to the Milan Expo 2015 theme "Feeding the planet, energy for life" with a three dimensional wooden pavilion that models a traditional Japanese ceramic Utsuwa

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Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

A public building of this size would typically burn 15,000 cubic meters of gas each year to stay warm. Known for their eco designs, Dutch firm 24H Architecture have created a naturally inspired wooden

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IKEA’s all-natural NIPPRIG line is handmade, and available for a limited time only

IKEA’s all-natural NIPPRIG line is handmade, and available for a limited time only

Everyone's favorite furniture store has an exciting new line that rocks our earth-loving world. IKEA teamed up with local producers from Vietnam and Indonesia to produce an exquisite line of handcrafted

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A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

The director of the adjacent winery, his wife, two sons and elderly mother sought a new build to comfortably live near the vineyard without overshadowing it. The architects built the home’s thick stone

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a

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Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

Klaus K. Loenhart’s Austrian forest impressively provides oxygen for 1,800 people per hour—an amount close to 62.5 kg of fresh oxygen per hour. The lush vegetation uses evapotranspiration to create a

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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

The Rice Cluster is one of nine Expo Clusters, each of which bring different countries together to design around a common theme or food group. Designed to evoke a vast rural landscape, the Rice Cluster is

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Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

The original building, constructed during World War II in Puck Bay, was used as a watch tower and research facility that developed torpedoes, but became abandoned shortly after. With its unique location,

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Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

A giant corn on the cob has popped up in Milan, but it's probably not very tasty. Logeur Design conceived Mexico's pavilion for Milan Expo as a representation of the country's immense gastronomic history,

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China’s World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China’s World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

China has completed their Milan Expo 2015 pavilion on time and it is gorgeous. Designed in collaboration between the Academy of Art & Design at Tsinghua University and New York-based Studio Link-Arc, the

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The UK’s immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK’s immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK's Hive is one of the first pavilions to open at Milan Expo 2015 and we are buzzing. Designed to simulate a real bee's hive, the soaring 1,910 square meter pavilion "grown in Britain and Northern

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Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the planet, energy for

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Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western France

Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western France

The boathouse sits on a grassy knoll that overlooks the lake, giving visitors an option to enjoy outdoor activities as well as water sports. Guinée*Potin Architectes designed the facility to integrate

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2015 Green Awards at BKLYN Designs!

ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2015 Green Awards at BKLYN Designs!

Check out Inhabitat’s Green Awards Sunday, May 10th at BKLYN Designs! Calling all New York design fans! As one of Inhabitat's favorite design events kicks off, BKYLN Designs sets the stage as one of

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Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

A Tokyo warehouse has been transformed into a sprawling lifestyle store and café by Kengo Kuma and Associates. Now called La Kagu, the industrial warehouse is met with a massive timber and steel

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Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

Pitched Blanco Oostduinkerke Residence conceals parking under dune grasses in coastal Belgium

It's challenging to build contemporary buildings that mesh with a given vernacular, and even more so to do so in a way that minimizes site disturbance. Yet BURO II & ARCHI+I have achieved both with

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Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

Foster + Partner’s garden-topped Crossrail Place opens tomorrow at Canary Wharf

London's Canary Wharf will never be the same after tomorrow, when the first Crossrail station is slated to open and revitalize the city's financial nucleus. Designed by Foster & Partners, the seven-storey

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Do-gooder teenagers have built an incredible tiny home community for homeless adults in Seattle. The project, called Impossible City and run by Sawhorse Revolution, teaches teens basic construction and

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Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

If you find yourself wandering the countryside north of Auckland, do not be alarmed if you encounter a very funky rubber tree. No, this forty foot folly is not a giant Wookiee or a rejected Muppet. Named

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Authorities have intercepted more than three tonnes of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was opened to reveal 511

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that houses 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent, motionless wind

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

We can take our hats off to Germany, leading the way with investment in renewable energy, pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany's Earthship builders point out that

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love for

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