sustainable design

Grab a Drink Inside a 6,000-Year-Old Baobab Tree at South Africa’s Sunland Bar

Grab a Drink Inside a 6,000-Year-Old Baobab Tree at South Africa’s Sunland Bar

Also known as the Pub Tree, the unique bar is part of the Sunland Farm near Modjadjiskloof. The massive tree has a circumference of over 108 feet, and its tangle of branches soar to almost 75 feet. The

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Luke Jerram’s Giant Waterslide Could Take Over a Street in Bristol

Luke Jerram’s Giant Waterslide Could Take Over a Street in Bristol

Artist Luke Jerram wants to bring a little fun to the streets of Bristol by transforming a road into the world's biggest slip and slide! If all goes according to plan, the artist’s "Park and Slide"

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Top 10 Green Products from Design Indaba 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa

Top 10 Green Products from Design Indaba 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa

Goodbye Malaria pajama pants are made from locally manufactured South African shweshwe fabric. Proceeds from sales go to help support the fight against malaria in Africa. This recycled cement paper

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces

Here at Inhabitat we often focus on specific buildings - but the urban fabric that connects people and places is equally important. Well thought-out public spaces can create a sense of community, raise

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Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Is Google opening a retail store in New York City? Rumor has it that the tech giant has been shopping around for a storefront space in Soho, and if the shop does come to fruition, it would be the perfect

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Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

D’Ascia looked to the geometry of traditional Moroccan architecture for inspiration, transferring the repeating triangular patterns found on local facades to the framework of train track's structure in

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Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

UK-based Cyclehoop has found a way to use pieces of recycled plastic to keep cyclists safe on the road. Their clever "Armadillo" lane dividers can be easily installed on roads to divide bike lanes from

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Pro Skater Bob Burnquist Busts Moves on an Awesome Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

Pro Skater Bob Burnquist Busts Moves on an Awesome Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

) As part of a campaign to help promote tourism in California, Visit California asked Bob Burnquist to skate on a floating ramp for one of their commercials. Burnquist said yes and did them one better,

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Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Over the course of 12 months, Queens University Belfast worked alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, England to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

There are five "squares" or rooms on a farm in Sasbachwalden village - a tiny community known for its wine-making and wood processing. Named after the kind of wine that was stored in each of the enormous

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Genius Wood Flooring Purifies Air to Create a Healthy Living Space

Genius Wood Flooring Purifies Air to Create a Healthy Living Space

Hardwood floors improve the aesthetics of just about any home, but what if they could also purify the air? Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring has unveiled a groundbreaking new product called Pure Genius

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Smiljan Radic Studio’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Resembles a Stone Age Spaceship

Smiljan Radic Studio’s 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Resembles a Stone Age Spaceship

Chile-based Smiljan Radic Studio was just selected to design the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. The studio's innovative temporary structure looks like a giant boulder propped up on four large

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The Revolights Arc is the First Integrated Brake Light for Bicycles

The Revolights Arc is the First Integrated Brake Light for Bicycles

You can instantly see when a car slows down due to the bright red brake lights - but the same isn't true for bikes. That's why Revolights just launched the Arc - the world's first integrated brake light

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Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Buckminster Fuller must be smiling down on this DIY geodesic houseboat built for just about $2,000. Buffalo, NY resident Michael Weekes decided to create the floating digs out of sustainable plywood and

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein is the World’s First Public Water Park Fed by Collected Rainwater

Watersquare Benthemplein brings a cool oasis to Rotterdam locals amidst an otherwise dense urban environment. The square is centered around a multi-use sports field, which can be used for soccer,

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“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

Just one project under the My Shelter Foundation's good deeds, A Liter of Light uses simple technology originally conceived by Alfredo Moser from Brazil and modified by MIT students for the Philippines to

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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

Designer Phil Pauley has come up with a series of Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles that could navigate through deep floodwaters and around physical obstacles, unlike conventional trucks and emergency

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Dubbed Milly Film, the mixed-use building is designed to serve as a cinematographer’s residence, production studio, and workspace. The design began with the decision to maintain the existing structure

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Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

In a unique collaboration with Sennheiser, artist Kristjana S Williams takes visitors on an audio tour through a bamboo forest. Each visitor is given a set of headphones and a portable player and as they

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SOLO Home Design Creates Chic Contemporary Furniture From Recycled Materials

SOLO Home Design Creates Chic Contemporary Furniture From Recycled Materials

SOLO creates chic one of a kind furnishings and home accessories using recycled and repurposed materials. Based out of Chicago, the studio works with many local businesses to collect objects and give them

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See You at Green Festival NYC 2014!

See You at Green Festival NYC 2014!

Green Festival, America's largest and longest-running eco-event will be returning to NYC on April 26th and 27th. The show will have a marketplace featuring over 300 green products from food to clothing to

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people

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BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

The Kimball Art Center has been a fixture on Main Street in Park City since 1976 and has long provided space for art exhibitions, education and events, especially the Sundance Film Festival held every

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Flooding and How to Stay Afloat When Disaster Strikes

INFOGRAPHIC: The Cost of Flooding and How to Stay Afloat When Disaster Strikes

While the western US suffers the worst drought in centuries, the UK has been battered by powerful storms and rising floodwaters. A new infographic from My Alarm Center looks at the costs of flooding and

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Artist Jason deCaires Taylor Builds an Incredible Coral Reef from Sunken Statues

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor Builds an Incredible Coral Reef from Sunken Statues

We probably don’t have to mention the life-threatening conditions natural reefs are under today due to human behavior. However, artificial reefs, which are quite a new phenomenon, have proved to be a

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Eclipse: a Contemporary Rickshaw Fit for the 21st Century Traveler

Eclipse: a Contemporary Rickshaw Fit for the 21st Century Traveler

Industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue transformed the commonplace rickshaw into Eclipse, a high-tech and stylish means of transportation designed for the 21st Century traveler. The three-wheeled

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