sustainable design

Creative Machines’ Glowing Heart Beacon Lights Up in Sync With Your Heartbeat

Creative Machines’ Glowing Heart Beacon Lights Up in Sync With Your Heartbeat

Creative Machines' Heart Beacon sculpture serves as a symbol of hope and resilience at the Emergency Coordination Center in Portland, OR. Using a touch-activated sensor, people can use their pulse to

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Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconies!

Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconies!

Designed for skylight windows on a pitched roof, the system works by installing two upward- and downward-opening windows instead of just a single skylight. The bottom window sash opens forward, creating a

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101, we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you've been thoroughly educated,

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Could BIG’s “Big U” Proposal Protect New York City From the Next Hurricane Sandy?

Could BIG’s “Big U” Proposal Protect New York City From the Next Hurricane Sandy?

BIG U: A Day in the Life from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. "The Big U is an example of what we call Social Infrastructure," said Bjarke Ingels, BIG's Founding Partner. "The High Line shows how a

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INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

Earlier this week Inhabitat reported that the Solar Impulse 2 launched its maiden flight in preparation for its record-breaking sun-powered trip around the world next year. The lightweight and

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Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Fall House is a long, thin volume that conforms to the natural contours of a sloping cliff above the ocean. The dramatic landscape called for a dramatic solution, and Fougeron Architecture crafted a home

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Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2 Opens Today at 10% Capacity

Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2 Opens Today at 10% Capacity

Following the opening of Terminal 5 designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners in 2008, Heathrow has continued with a redevelopment plan funded by over $18 billion from private investors over the

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

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

The High Line urban park project in New York City opened last summer to tremendous excitement from locals and tourists alike looking to escape the bustling streets for a more peaceful, green enclave in

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Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Intershelters were designed to provide a comfortable place to stay just about anywhere. They’ve been used in deserts, deep in the forest, and even on the side of glaciers, providing sleeping shelters,

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Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular ‘Green Zero’ Modular Getaway in Italy

Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular ‘Green Zero’ Modular Getaway in Italy

The interior relies on a simplistic design, coming to life thanks to accents of color throughout the single bedroom dwelling. Even though the room is made for two, there is ample space to fit many more

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Moss Graffiti!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Moss Graffiti!

  We lurve green graffiti, so when we spotted this DIY moss graffiti recipe over on Green Prophet we just had to share it with you. Stories from Space is experimenting with the perfect formula

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Eco Hotel Endemico is a Gorgeous Green Retreat in Baja, Mexico

Eco Hotel Endemico is a Gorgeous Green Retreat in Baja, Mexico

The eco hotel is located on roughly 100 hectares of the Encuentro Guadalupe development outside of Ensenada, which also includes a residential area and a winery. The hotel is made up of 20 EcoLofts, which

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Federico Uribe Creates Mind-Blowing Sculptures From Hundreds of Colored Pencils

Federico Uribe Creates Mind-Blowing Sculptures From Hundreds of Colored Pencils

Uribe is inspired by the reuse of everyday objects into art materials. For these sculptures, he challenges the conventional use of colored pencils, which are usually pressed to paper to create art, and

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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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SeARCH’s Utopian Dome Home Looks Like a Grass-Covered Hill!

SeARCH’s Utopian Dome Home Looks Like a Grass-Covered Hill!

SeARCH's Yourtopia home emerges from the landscape like a natural grassy hill. The hill is capped with a pointed circular roof that allows light to enter while deflecting rainwater onto the grassy

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SOM Unveils Miami Multimodal Hub for All Aboard Florida’s New Rail Network

SOM Unveils Miami Multimodal Hub for All Aboard Florida’s New Rail Network

Both Florida residents and visitors utilize the heavily congested highways to travel between Central and South Florida. To ease the congestion and take cars off the road, a private company called Florida

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PHOTOS: Artists Breathe New Life into Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

PHOTOS: Artists Breathe New Life into Abandoned Miami Marine Stadium

Designed in 1963 by recent Cuban immigrant Hilario Candela, the stadium was acclaimed for its passive principle design, which keeps visitors naturally cool in the hot Miami sun.  The 6,566 seat stadium

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of California, this

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B9 Architects’ Family Share Residence Maximizes Space & Light in Seattle

B9 Architects’ Family Share Residence Maximizes Space & Light in Seattle

The owner wanted to maximize site use by creating multiple residences, so she hired b9 Architects to design a double family residence. First, the original 1930s home was completely deconstructed by

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Rhino Cubed’s Zulu Queen Micro Container Home is a Living Sculpture

Rhino Cubed’s Zulu Queen Micro Container Home is a Living Sculpture

Rhino Cubed was founded by former high tech executive Jan Burton and architect Sam Austin to combine their love of art and design with tiny homes. The company offers two different sizes of container home

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TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB’s cleverly designed, limited edition bags and accessories are upcycled from a leather factory’s production waste. Collaborating with a factory in India, TRMTAB founders discovered that each

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Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Net Zero Georgina Residence Blurs the Indoor-Outdoor Boundary in Santa Monica

Yudell and Beebe used to have a larger house on the ocean in Malibu, but they grew tired of their commute into Santa Monica where they both work at Moore Ruble Yudell. To be closer to work, friends and

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House in the Clouds is an Old Water Tower Converted into a Bed & Breakfast!

House in the Clouds is an Old Water Tower Converted into a Bed & Breakfast!

When the tower was first being built, Thorpeness residents were worried about introducing an eyesore upon their unspoiled landscape. So their design solution? Disguise it as a sky-high cottage! Problem

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Sao Paulo’s Urban Garden is a Green Paradise in the Center of Brazil’s Most Cosmopolitan City

Sao Paulo’s Urban Garden is a Green Paradise in the Center of Brazil’s Most Cosmopolitan City

Related: Top 5 Urban Farms in New York City The original building was inspired by the Pompidou center in Paris, complete with exposed pipes, multiple entrances, and stacked mezzanine levels. The

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Davy and Kristin McGuire’s Intricately Cut Paper Sets Come to Life with Animation

Davy and Kristin McGuire’s Intricately Cut Paper Sets Come to Life with Animation

Davy and Kristin’s paper art works hover between digital and tactile, creating a hybrid installation bridging two art making methods together. The intricate paper sets are cut carefully to reveal fine

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DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

MATERIALS: For the packaging: A glass jar (we used a stout artichoke jar but you can use any jar you like) A rubber band A square of recycled fabric or tissue paper that will fit over the

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Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Stealth Cabin Eco Retreat Blends With the Forest in Ontario

Located near Bracebridge, Ontario adjacent to a lake, the Stealth Cabin is a pleasant mix of traditional and modern design. The owners were torn between wanting a traditional log cabin and a modern one,

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Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

Your daily cup of coffee to go may get you amped for the day, but the countless paper cups are taking a toll on our landfills. Good to Go wants you to think of your coffee routine like a bike sharing

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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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15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

Has the world gone topsy turvy? You say no - and then the table you’re looking at suddenly shifts into an alternate dimension. The amazing transforming coffee table above is just one of the innovative,

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