sustainable design

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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“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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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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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere 2 Can House 100 People Under the Sea

Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere 2 Can House 100 People Under the Sea

Living under the ocean’s waves may seem like a fantastical concept, but Pauley has designed Sub-Biosphere 2 as a realistic housing option for the near future. The network is made up of a Central Support

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Juniper Ridge Launches New Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne

Juniper Ridge Launches New Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne

Half the country may be buried under snow, but warmer weather is on the way - and we can't wait to spend temperate evenings relaxing around a campfire in the great outdoors. In the meanwhile, Juniper

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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

The Grand Palais is a famous historic site in Paris that holds a number of worthwhile attractions, including an exhibition hall and science museum. Inspired by London's Crystal Palace, the grand hall is

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INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

Inhabitat: What kind of architecture do you create? LIKEArchitects: We try to build projects in which humor, subjectivity, emotion and surprise ally with the desirable functionality of any architectural

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Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

Atlas Teams Up With Solid Concepts to Create 3D-Printed Fitness Tracker

3D printing company Solid Concepts recently worked with Austin-based start-up Atlas to develop the world's first 3D printed fitness tracker. The project represents a unique intersection of many emerging

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Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Blu Homes Unveils a Balance Prefab for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Grandson Near Taliesin

Tim Wright, who is the grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as a documentary filmmaker, writer, and teacher, often spent his summers at Taliesin as a boy. Now he and his wife Karen, who is a board

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Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Image of fat rat / Shutterstock Researchers say that the obesity crisis sweeping across the United States is not restricted to humans. A new study by Pro Publica found that animals are also putting on

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Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Several years ago Inhabitat visited Berlin's abandoned Kulturpark - and the overgrown amusement park can now be yours for the modest sum of 1.62 million Euros! The former Spreepark has been abandoned

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Adventurous guests can sleep in the wild of South Africa, safely elevated above the beautiful landscape. Guests can choose from three stilted treehouses. The Chalkley Treehouse hugs an old tree in the

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Green Planet Architects’ New Platform Connects Eco-Minded Architects and Builders Across the Globe

Green Planet Architects’ New Platform Connects Eco-Minded Architects and Builders Across the Globe

With climate change and environmental destruction threatening our planet, building green has never been more important. Many architects and builders are generally interested in sustainability and dabble

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DJA Unveils Green-Roofed Viewing Pavilion on Latvia’s Krievkalna Island

DJA Unveils Green-Roofed Viewing Pavilion on Latvia’s Krievkalna Island

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture created this beautiful View Terrace and Pavilion in the “Garden of Destiny” memorial park on Krievkalna Island, Latvia. The Garden of Destiny is memorial place for all

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Tiny Home Trend Provides Housing to Homeless Populations Across the United States

Tiny Home Trend Provides Housing to Homeless Populations Across the United States

In Olympia, Washington, a village of nomadic homeless people called Camp Quixote has sprung up on the city’s outskirts. Rather than banishing the less fortuntate, the city has decided to help create a

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist himself into

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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Ward + Blake Architects Use Low-Tech Solutions for High Efficiency School Design in Wyoming

Ward + Blake Architects Use Low-Tech Solutions for High Efficiency School Design in Wyoming

Award-winning Jackson Hole architecture firm Ward + Blake Architects received special funding for its energy-efficient design of a new central administration facility for the Teton County School District

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