Sustainable Design

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

If you're not yet familiar with the Zayed Future Energy Prize, check it out! It celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The

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7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

It's amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more people

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A swirling green roof tops the gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

A swirling green roof tops the gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

  If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,

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PHOTOS: We explore the overgrown ruins of Berlin’s abandoned Kulturpark

PHOTOS: We explore the overgrown ruins of Berlin’s abandoned Kulturpark

After walking through a forested trail on the edge of the Spree River, visitors were greeted by a giant brontosaurus and triceratops, which have survived the years with only a few marks from vandals.

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NASA-patented technology purifies Vittori Lab’s greenery-filled AirTrain

NASA-patented technology purifies Vittori Lab’s greenery-filled AirTrain

Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let's face it - they aren't exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of

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Gateway Villetaneuse footbridge unfurls like a leaf over train tracks outside Paris

Gateway Villetaneuse footbridge unfurls like a leaf over train tracks outside Paris

The transportation network around Villetaneuse was recently upgraded, and though it was necessary, the project unfortunately created a division in the town's pedestrian network. DVVD designed a footbridge

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Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters boasts an energy class B rating in Norway

Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters boasts an energy class B rating in Norway

Back in 2009, A-Lab won a competition against 40 other entries to design Statoil's new offices. Located in a park-like setting in Fornebu, Bærum, Norway, the office is composed of five rectangular

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Historic Florida home became makeshift Houseboat as it awaited a new plot of land

Historic Florida home became makeshift Houseboat as it awaited a new plot of land

A historic Florida home has ended up stuck at sea after is was was evicted from its seaside plot. The owners of the hundred-year-old Stambaugh Cottage were forced to move it to make way for an encroaching

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Locally-Crafted Farmhouse Furniture Provides Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in Rural China

Locally-Crafted Farmhouse Furniture Provides Sustainable Livelihoods for Workers in Rural China

These beautiful pieces of wooden furniture handcrafted by Scot Laughton are simple prototypes designed to be made locally by villagers in rural areas of China. The collection was recently used in 'The

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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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Unusually brief ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse happens this Saturday

Unusually brief ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse happens this Saturday

In just a few days, unusually brief total lunar eclipse will delight skywatchers in North America, Australia and East Asia. Expected on April 4th, the total eclipse will be its strongest at 6:34 am EST,

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7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our last trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids

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Solar-powered House Lindau blends in with its lakeside surroundings in Germany

Solar-powered House Lindau blends in with its lakeside surroundings in Germany

Lindau is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance, which sits in between southern Germany and Austria. This lakeside home is 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft) and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an

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World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and new design ideas seem to pop up every other day. We've seen some pretty impressive micro dwellings from all over the world, but this miniature

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People-Powered Skyscraper to Claim New “World’s Tallest” Crown in Dubai

People-Powered Skyscraper to Claim New “World’s Tallest” Crown in Dubai

It's been just three months since the Burj Khalifa took the title of "world's tallest building", and already the shifting sands of Dubai have spawned a successor! A paragon of modern architecture, the

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Scientists Create World’s First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

Scientists Create World’s First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

Researchers at Germany's Doppelbock University just opened the door to the future of rapid prototyping technology by developing the world's first 3D-printed 3D printer! Dubbed the Ecophage, the

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Nine Stories gorgeous Elsie cabinets up cycle automotive metal from junk yards

Nine Stories gorgeous Elsie cabinets up cycle automotive metal from junk yards

Nine Stories Furniture Company’s new upcycled Elsie cabinets made their debut at the Architectural Digest’s MADE pavilion last week. The series of casegoods transform sheet metal from old cars found

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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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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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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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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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