sustainable design

The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube

The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube

It only took a few thousand years, but someone has finally reinvented the wheel—and it actually works better than the original. Skateboarder David Patrick’s crazy SharkWheel was discovered by chance

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Ten-Foot Origami Elephant Folded From a Single Sheet of Paper

Ten-Foot Origami Elephant Folded From a Single Sheet of Paper

Artist Sipho Mabona has taken origami to the next level by creating a life-sized paper elephant! The oversized animal was folded from one single, albeit giant, piece of paper. Mabona raised the $26,000

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

Believe it or not, the gorgeous exhibition space you see above used to be a Nabisco box printing factory. We recently visited the beautifully-daylit Dia: Beacon Museum in Beacon, NY to check out the

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Global Warming Could Affect Crops Sooner Than We Thought

Global Warming Could Affect Crops Sooner Than We Thought

A new report by scientists at the University of Leeds shows that global warming may affect crops much sooner than originally thought. The study compared data from 1,700 other studies on climate change and

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Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Art Barn: A Connecticut Live/Work Space Completely Wrapped in a Beautiful Living Wall

Can't you just smell the fresh, crisp air surrounding this beautiful leaf-clad home in Greenwich, CT? Called the Art Barn, this multi-functional space is an art gallery, a studio and a residence all in

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‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

Hufft Projects completed the beautiful, modern Curved House for a couple in 2009. Not long afterwards, the owners asked them to design and build a shed to store maintenance equipment. Sited west of the

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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INTERVIEW: We Interview Reluct’s Founder Joost Van Brug

INTERVIEW: We Interview Reluct’s Founder Joost Van Brug

Joost Van Brug was the man behind Reluct - an excellent design blog that uncovered cutting edge design from 2003-2007. Although Joost is squarely a part of the Dutch design scene and frequently wrote

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INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

  Have you ever watched an episode of The Jetsons or Star Trek and wondered when our tech is going to catch up with all of those flying cars and other space-age contraptions? Well, we're

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25hour Bikini Berlin Hotel is an Urban Oasis with Panoramic Views

25hour Bikini Berlin Hotel is an Urban Oasis with Panoramic Views

The designers approached the project with a variety of green infusions, incorporating plants into the open modern design of the hotel. Throughout the hotel, hanging bag-planters are slung over exposed

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Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

The clients visited BNKR Arquitectura's La Estaancia Chapel in Cuernavaca and loved the feel of it, so they asked the firm to design a private chapel for their own yard at their home. They asked for the

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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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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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“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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