sustainable design

Sightglass Coffee Opens Daylight-Filled Neighborhood Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District

Sightglass Coffee Opens Daylight-Filled Neighborhood Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District

Sightglass' new coffeehouse set the tone for the exciting experiential architecture theme we saw throughout this year’s AIASF annual Architecture and the City Festival. Architects Seth Boor and Anand

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Industrial Giant Cargill Announces Promise to Stop Leveling Rainforests

Industrial Giant Cargill Announces Promise to Stop Leveling Rainforests

Mega agricultural and industrial company Cargill has announced at the UN Climate Summit that it will begin to support the New York Declaration on Forests- and stop leveling rainforests. The company, which

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Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

After receiving $400,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wayne National Forest commissioned Third Sun Solar to install their 51.6 kW rooftop solar array on the building's

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Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

The Soon team set to work on piles of used paper, printed with everything from ads to editorials. The pages were separated into a rainbow of colors, giving the paper crafters easy access for their

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How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as The Clark, originally opened in 1955 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Over the years the museum has expanded to include the Manton Research

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Munchausen’s Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

Munchausen’s Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

You might be forgiven for assuming that LEGOs are just child’s play. Forgiven, that is, until you see this stunning kitchen renovation. Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti created a

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits the Studio of Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Visits the Studio of Photographer Elena Lyakir and Furniture Designer Eric Slayton

Inhabitat recently had the chance to visit the studio of photographer Elena Lyakir and furniture designer Eric Slayton, a couple based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Read on to see what the duo had to say about

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Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From Around the World!

Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From Around the World!

This past Friday parking spots across the States and around the world turned over a green leaf as pop-up public parks for Park(ing) Day 2014! This annual celebration of public space is one of our favorite

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The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is tucked into a hillside in a rural area with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Oriented to take advantage of solar gain, the home faces south, but is properly shielded

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INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

So you've already swapped out your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and installed a smart thermostat - what else can you do to green your home? Good to Be Home has you covered with a new infographic that shows

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Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Peter Chapman, aka Memphis Slim, grew up in a low-income neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. The collaborative project fuses a desire to preserve an important historical landmark, while also giving back

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The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini Home's exterior materials are comprised of an Iverit façade and a bitumen roof while the floor is laid with hardwood panels. All of the prefabricated modules and add ons, including a compact

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INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an

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Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day, and we'd love to see your photos of the most spectacular pop-up parks near you! If you've never heard of Park(ing) Day before, it's a global event where parking spaces are

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Benjamin Verdonck’s Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

Benjamin Verdonck’s Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

Located in Ghent, Beligum, Verdonck’s piece hangs askew around the thick trunk of an old tree. From afar the tree house’s roof is partially hidden from view, by the tree’s lush leaves and branches.

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Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

The Dollhouse is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Heather Benning, who likes finding old, run down homes and turning them into giant installations. In 2005, Benning found the two-story

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Willow Sculptor Tom Hare Crafts an Enchanting Glowing Tree House as a Surprise for a Friend

Willow Sculptor Tom Hare Crafts an Enchanting Glowing Tree House as a Surprise for a Friend

Long time friends Tom Hare, a celebrated willow sculptor, and Zoe Lathbury have always talked about the dying Cherry tree at the back of Zoe's garden and its potential for one of Tom's fabulous designs.

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INFOGRAPHIC: You Won’t Believe How Many World-Changing Inventions Came From NASA

INFOGRAPHIC: You Won’t Believe How Many World-Changing Inventions Came From NASA

Everyone knows NASA put a man on the moon - but did you know that the agency's R&D has also led to the invention of water filters, memory foam, and the computer mouse? This great new infographic from

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

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

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LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

It's that time of year again - school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we're

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LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

Hey parents! School is in session, and to help prepare your kids for the coming school year we're giving away $200 worth of green school supplies from our friends at The Ultimate Green Store! Two lucky

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a core utility space in

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels - but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It's not as complex as it

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California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco's California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is based in Louisville,

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

We're now entering the dog days of summer and temperatures are soaring across the states - but don't reach straight for the AC just yet. Did you know that one of the most efficient ways to cool your home

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

The stunning Mashpi Rainforest Eco-Lodge has been honored with a 2014 World Travel Award as Ecuador's Leading Green Hotel. Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge is dedicated to

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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