sustainable design

The Tower of London’s Moat is Bleeding Thousands of Blood Red Poppies

The Tower of London’s Moat is Bleeding Thousands of Blood Red Poppies

Marking 100 years since the Brits’ involvement in the first World War, Cummins was commissioned to create a moving, yet beautiful installation in tribute. The delicate poppies adorn the entire castle

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely an interesting one.

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Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zoos sometimes get a bad rap, but they are still wildly popular and a fascinating way to get up close to animals you would never see otherwise. Enter Zootopia - a kindler, gentler, more human zoo that

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

The Städel Museum reopened to the public last weekend after 3 years of renovations and expansions by local Frankfurt firm, Schneider Schumacher. The renovation included an extension placed along the

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India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

The town of Cherrapunji in the Khasi Hills is credited with the world record for annual rainfall of over 75 ft! And in this rainy, wet climate, the rubber fig tree grows with abandon. The tree has a

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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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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Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

Lucid Design just unveiled a full-sized bicycle that fits into a tiny backpack! The lightweight bike can be broken down into 21 parts that fit snugly within a high quality circular bag. The Kit Bike is

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Artemide’s Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide’s Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide's Copernico Luminaire is an out-of-this-world pendant lamp that consists of nine concentric rings stamped from a single plate of lightweight aluminum. 384 white LEDs line the rings, which rotate

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The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

Hansmeyer and Dillenburger’s 3D printed “room” looks like a historic temple or an architectural fragment from a more decorative era. The room was printed in large chunks over the course of a month,

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Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Mark Baez's MCube is an amazing custom-built modular house in Venice that can be endlessly reconfigured - and it just hit the market for a cool $5,950,000. The home is made from 10-foot cubic modules

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Roomoon: Awesome Moon-Shaped Treehouse Tents are Perfect for Summer Glamping

Roomoon: Awesome Moon-Shaped Treehouse Tents are Perfect for Summer Glamping

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Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

Iliui shines new light on old tin cans by turning them into cool modern task lamps. The designers take old tomato or coffee tins and give them a fresh coat of paint before setting them atop wooden bases.

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Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

Recycling skateboards is all the rage lately, but these tiles are the coolest upcycled product we've seen to date. Art of Board is a lifestyle and design brand that embodies the creative spirit, freedom

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

Standing in an artificial islet in the east of the city, the Diamond Island Community Hall will consist of eight 80-ft wide bamboo domes. These cozy cocoons will serve as flexible spaces for holding

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Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

Building a new stadium is always a massive undertaking that requires millions of dollars, substantial physical labor, and a vast amount of electricity to keep it operating. Toyo Ito's design negates this

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Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be

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Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

The Dutch-Belgian practice's wonderful floating bridge provides pedestrian access and an emergency exit from the Ravelijn op den Zoom fortress. Located on a small island and surrounded by a deep-water

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources to build

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BC’s First Earthship is Still Standing Strong, and Growing Ever Greener

BC’s First Earthship is Still Standing Strong, and Growing Ever Greener

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home features green building

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Rooftops are tough place for plants: they're vulnerable to intense heat, cold, wind and drought, plus they can’t support a lot of weight, so the plants need to grow in just a few inches of soil

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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter transforms from a

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which

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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

It took a full eight years for Aaron to finish building his striking 148 square meter home in the Mojave Desert since he used no contractors, sub-contractors or helpers to get the job done. And it was

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OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

If you're in the market for a sublime new lamp, then you might want to check out OLIS, a carefully developed lamp that uses energy-efficient LED technology. Moving away from geometrically defined and

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Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Construction started on the Raval Theatre vertical garden in November of 2013 and it was quickly completed that December. The theater is located in Pedró Square in the Raval District of Barcelona, and

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Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Located in Hei- en Boeico, the Tiny Solar Shed is a necessary update for this historic farm. Previously, a lean-to like shed made of wood and metal was located adjacent to a larger barn. The owners used

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Stackable B-and-BEE Colonies Provide Sweet Shelter for Festival Goers in Belgium

Stackable B-and-BEE Colonies Provide Sweet Shelter for Festival Goers in Belgium

Several companies and designers joined forces to design this fantastic stackable honeycomb shelter in Belgium. Appropriately named B-and-BEE, the shelter was developed specifically to provide

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