sustainable design

Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

The historic stone chapel was built in 1877 from bluestone. Although the religious effects are long gone, the façade still boasts the original church bell, which rang for the small village that

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Street artist Louis Masai Michel brings attention to colony collapse disorder with murals of bees

Street artist Louis Masai Michel brings attention to colony collapse disorder with murals of bees

Street artist Louis Masai Michel has been using is talent for painting photorealist murals to help bring awareness to dwindling bee populations around the world. Based in London, Michel covered walls in

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Grand Cancun eco island cleans up the ocean while generating renewable energy

Grand Cancun eco island cleans up the ocean while generating renewable energy

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal

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Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

A couple of lucky boys in Dallas have their very own fairytale treehouse that was built for them by their grandparents. Steve and Jeri Wakefield hired James Curvan to design the multi-level treehouse,

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DIY: Make Your Own Herb Planter With NativeCast’s Fun Kits!

DIY: Make Your Own Herb Planter With NativeCast’s Fun Kits!

NativeCast’s biodegradable boxes provide everything you need to create your own indoor garden. The boxes are shaped like hearts, squares, and round shapes, and inside you'll find a cement compound,

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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

Heads up design fans - are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to

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Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

Plastic products labeled as biodegradable may not decompose any more quickly than standard plastics. A new study by Susan Selke and Rafael Auras in the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology,

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Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush Laurentian Forest

Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush Laurentian Forest

The gorgeous la-Chasse-Galerie house is a light filled home designed by Thellend Fortin Architects to harmonize with the wooded area it sits upon. Located in the Laurentian forest outside of Montreal,

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United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees worldwide

United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees worldwide

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) has partnered with social enterprise Better Shelter to move forward on a plan to bring 10,000 of IKEA’s incredible solar-powered flat pack

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Tiny Mogo Freedom trailer transforms into a camper for two

Tiny Mogo Freedom trailer transforms into a camper for two

The adorable and completely portable Mogo Freedom gullwing trailer makes your next road trip an easy overnight experience. The tiny trailer can comfortably sleep two, at night, while toting a bunch of

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Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into a verdant residence

Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into a verdant residence

A disused 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg may be getting a plant-covered overhaul by London-based designers, Adjaye Associates. Headed up by David Adjaye, the design would revamp the Hallmark

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Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Opening a package only to have your apartment flooded with packing peanuts is an annoying, if not archaic, waste of plastic. But researchers Vilas Pol and Vinodkumar Etacheri at the Purdue University

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Philips uses LEDs to bolster urban farming

Philips uses LEDs to bolster urban farming

Leading LED light manufacturer, Philips, has partnered up with indoor farming company Green Sense Farms in an innovative project that could bring indoor farming to cities worldwide. Faced with the effects

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SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

Egypt is getting a new and improved capitol city designed by architecture firm SOM. The privately-funded project consists of a 700-square meter development with an urban park, residential neighborhoods

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Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Rather than traditional marble, plaster or wood, artist Ren Ri has turned to nature to help make his sculptures, by partnering with honeybees! The artist has teamed up with a fleet of pollinators to

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Spiraling green-covered walkway unfurls from an office window

Spiraling green-covered walkway unfurls from an office window

Polish architects Zalewski Architecture Group have designed a lush spiraling walkway that could spruce up the concrete courtyard outside of their offices in Gliwice. Suspended from the surrounding

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Towering Magic Mountain Lodge is a Hill-Like Hobbit Highrise Straight Out of Middle Earth

Towering Magic Mountain Lodge is a Hill-Like Hobbit Highrise Straight Out of Middle Earth

The Lodge sits on a diverse forest region in northern Patagonia and is a base camp at the Hulio Hulio preserve for ecotourists looking to spot a puma or explore the local waterfalls. The hotel is cone

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Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector green house can help farmers in arid climates raise fresh vegetables, even during droughts. Dedicated to creating a system of self- reliant farmers in Ethiopia, the greenhouse

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How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

Bearded visionaries, a tricked out van, and lots of herbs. This isn't a flashback to the 60's - it's just another day at Juniper Ridge. Founded by Hall Newbegin, Juniper Ridge bottles botanicals fresh

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Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

That'll be one sustainable chalupa, please! Taco Bell surprised many SXSW attendees by building a Taco Bell stand out of shipping containers. The modular structure was built in just three days and will be

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Uber customers can now order an electric car ride in Chicago

Uber customers can now order an electric car ride in Chicago

Chicago ride-seekers can now travel in sustainable style, with the local Uber’s new fleet of electric cars. The ride service has added twenty-five BYD e6 EVs cars directly from China for drivers to

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Old Victorian Merton House gets a curvaceous modern update

Old Victorian Merton House gets a curvaceous modern update

A historic Victorian home in Australia was given a modern minimalist extension in a beautiful collaboration between Thomas Winwood Architecture and Kontista + Co. Inspired by the existing home’s bay

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Aqua Mekong is a floating hotel that travels the rivers of Vietnam

Aqua Mekong is a floating hotel that travels the rivers of Vietnam

Noor Design’s gorgeous Aqua Mekong is a sustainable five star hotel masquerading as a ship that cruises in Vietnam and Cambodia. The 205 foot vessel is a pinnacle of eco-luxury, combining sustainable

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JAILmake Studio’s awesome plantable table invites nature to dinner

JAILmake Studio’s awesome plantable table invites nature to dinner

Plantable consists of four potted table legs attached to a recycled English oak top. Each leg is hand bent and fillet brazed into a twisting trellis for greenery to grow upon. Simply plant and water your

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This tiny off-grid Hawaiian home cost just $11,000 to build

This tiny off-grid Hawaiian home cost just $11,000 to build

From her Tiny House on the Prairie in Boise, Idaho, minimalist designer and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe dreamt up her mini vacation home in Hawaii. The funds she saved by downsizing enabled her to build a

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s gorgeous vertical garden house takes root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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INFOGRAPHIC: The greenest buildings in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: The greenest buildings in the world

Sustainability and environmentally friendly design has become an important part of the world of construction. This infographic explores some of the world’s most efficient buildings, ranging from

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

Photo via Shutterstock 1. Thrift Stores Go to any town or city and you are bound to find a thrift store. Whether its run by Salvation Army, Goodwill, SPCA or owned by a private person, thrift stores

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The Cave is a gorgeous rammed earth villa that opens onto the Sierra Madres

The Cave is a gorgeous rammed earth villa that opens onto the Sierra Madres

The Cave is a beautiful rammed earth villa designed by studio Greenfield that harmonizes with the grounds of the Maderas del Carmen natural park in Mexico. Built for the staff of the on site animal

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Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw’s 9,500 mile journey will document the decaying Southwest

Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw’s 9,500 mile journey will document the decaying Southwest

Photographer Nathan Cowlishaw has spent the better part of the last few years traveling the southwest and documenting what he calls “modern Americana.” The photographer has now launched a Kickstarter

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