sustainable design

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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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

Solar Fire Concentration Ltd hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world- by crowd funding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun campaign, which

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Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Two traditional gabled volumes are unified with wooden louvers, in Kuhnlein Architecktur’s Timber House in rural Germany. The double-peaked home is divided into two sections, keeping living spaces and

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6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

VINTAGE TEACUP CANDLES You've probably seen fancy candles like these selling for exorbitant prices, but you can make your own for just a few bucks. Just use teacups you already own or pick up a few at

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Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

When closed, the PIA looks like a typical wardrobe cabinet. Available in varying finishes like white, black and wood, the cabinet can be outfitted with outer shelving to hold knickknacks, artwork, or even

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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog

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This video camera captures light to generate its own power

This video camera captures light to generate its own power

A team from Columbia University's School of Engineering has created a groundbreaking video camera that converts the light captured when creating an image into electrical power to create a self-contained

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12 fresh designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week 2015

12 fresh designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week 2015

Every year, Designersblock showcases emerging and established designers through different events ranging from product design to graphics and illustration, architecture and fashion Installations,

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PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

This past weekend, the Philadelphia Zoo opened a new art exhibition that celebrates larger than life installations made entirely from recycled materials. Second Nature: Junk Rethunk features the work of

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Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

In order to create privacy, the ground floor was positioned parallel to the road, acting as a wall to keep the back yard in seclusion with a nearly solid brick façade. Around the back of the home, the

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7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

“Mood – Object” is an exhibition at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair that is dedicated to the works of Chinese designers. The exhibition is a spiritual spot at Fuorisalone at University of Milan

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Sky garden-lined hotel in PyeongChang is a sustainable retreat for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Sky garden-lined hotel in PyeongChang is a sustainable retreat for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Planning Korea Designs’ green terrace-lined hotel for PyeongChang, South Korea will snake in cascading curves that form an infinity shape. Designed for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the tourist-friendly

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Does BKLYN Designs 2014!

VIDEO: Inhabitat Does BKLYN Designs 2014!

If you weren't able to make it to BKLYN Designs this year, see what you missed in our new video of the Inhabitat editors shouting out their favorite green designs from the show. From reclaimed wood sofas

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The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

By Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College How human-centered experience is changing interior design Interior design is undergoing transformation

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10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

Happy Hikers, Shutterstock 1. Take a Hike There is no better way to get back in touch with the Earth's rhythms than to actually go outdoors and experience its many wonders. This Earth Day, why not take

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CORE designs solar-powered holiday home for founder’s family

CORE designs solar-powered holiday home for founder’s family

CORE Architects have designed a gorgeous glass and timber holiday home for founding principal Charles Gane, in the idyllic Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. Set on the edge of the bay, the home is an

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This gorgeous bamboo (f)route POD is perfect for your next glamping getaway

This gorgeous bamboo (f)route POD is perfect for your next glamping getaway

Designed by bamboo architecture specialists Giant Grass, the (f)route POD is a large, portable structure constructed from laminated woven bamboo strips for form an elegant, nature-inspired structure.

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Are Dutch Docklands’ Floating Islands a Sustainable Alternative to Dubai’s Sinking World Islands?

Are Dutch Docklands’ Floating Islands a Sustainable Alternative to Dubai’s Sinking World Islands?

This is not the first time that floating islands have been proposed as a solution to the struggling "World" islands project, in which hundreds of little islands collectively shaped like the world are

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Loom Artist Studio is a Tiny Pink House Boasting Big Eco Strategies in Aspen

Loom Artist Studio is a Tiny Pink House Boasting Big Eco Strategies in Aspen

1 Friday Design Collective began working with the client to remodel their kitchen and then began designing a series of artist studio studies. These studies evolved into the result you see here - Loom, a

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect this functional

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Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension

Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension

From the back of the Sanderson’s yard, the unusual addition appears literally like a colorful fox-shaped structure that sits in front of the original architecture in the grassy garden. Although the

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This next-gen 3D printer spits out fully assembled products

This next-gen 3D printer spits out fully assembled products

The not-especially-modestly titled Industrial Revolution III (IR3) is a nextgen 3D printer that will not only print out your designs, but will assemble them with your non-printable components to create

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

If you're not yet familiar with the Zayed Future Energy Prize, check it out! It celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The

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7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

It's amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more people

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A swirling green roof tops the gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

A swirling green roof tops the gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

  If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,

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