sustainable design

Vermont Woods Studios’ Colorful Polywood Chairs Are Made From Over 90% Recycled Plastic

Vermont Woods Studios’ Colorful Polywood Chairs Are Made From Over 90% Recycled Plastic

Vermont Woods Studios's colorful Polywood all-weather outdoor furniture is made from over 90% recycled materials! It's hard to believe that this high-end, luxury beach and patio furniture is the product

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Scientists Genetically Engineer Omega-3 Rich Seeds as an Alternative to Wild Fish Oils

Scientists Genetically Engineer Omega-3 Rich Seeds as an Alternative to Wild Fish Oils

Scientists in the UK are working on a new crop of seeds rich with essential Omega-3 fatty acids that could be a sustainable alternative to getting them from wild salmon. Omega-3s are vital for our health

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Patrick Blanc Enlivens the Perez Art Museum with Hanging Vertical Gardens

Patrick Blanc Enlivens the Perez Art Museum with Hanging Vertical Gardens

Blanc first worked with Herzog & de Meuron in 2008, when he created a vertical garden wall for the CaixaForum arts center in Madrid. The gardens for the Pérez Art Museum are quite different,

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Marco Gregori’s Flexible Facile Sofa Adapts to Accommodate Extra Guests

Marco Gregori’s Flexible Facile Sofa Adapts to Accommodate Extra Guests

Marco Gregori's clever Facile Sofa features a flexible design that can be adapted to provide extra seating or table space when guests visit. The comfortable cushions can be pulled out easily from the

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

WHITEPOD ECO RESORT, SWITZERLAND HOTEL de GLACE, QUEBEC MONTE ROSA HUT, SWITZERLAND ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN IGLOO VILLAGE OF HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN, FINLAND MOUNTAIN HILL CABIN, NORWAY SKIPARK 360,

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Wildspitzbahn Ski Lodge Harmonizes with Austria’s Alpine Landscape

Wildspitzbahn Ski Lodge Harmonizes with Austria’s Alpine Landscape

Perched on the side of an alpine peak, the Wildspitzbahn welcomes visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the Austrian alps after a tiring day of winter sports. The restaurant, ski lift and visitor center

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Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

We're excited to announce that IF YOU BUILD IT, a documentary starring Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton, will be premiering this week in New York City. The film follows Emily and her

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MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

MOS Architects’ Sustainable Nepal Orphanage is a Green Model For Other Communities

The project grew from a partnership between MOS Architects and the Seeds of Change Foundation, which focuses on educational and environmental work in Nepal. The region where the orphanage will be located

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Studio Twenty Seven Unveils Gorgeous LEED Platinum +2edison7 Home in Virginia

Studio Twenty Seven Unveils Gorgeous LEED Platinum +2edison7 Home in Virginia

This home is a design and research project that sought to revitalize a typical suburban residential building with modern amenities and sustainable retrofits while adjusting the building's spacial program

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Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Scientists have discovered a river of garbage-strewn water deep beneath the upper Thames Estuary in London. The research team from Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum

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Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

A scientist at Aberdeen University has discovered a byproduct of whiskey production that can be used to purify water. Dr. Leigh Cassidy had the idea to use draff, the leftover residue from barley husks

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ONZ Architects Unveil Plans for Tiered, Green-Roofed Ostim Eco-Park

ONZ Architects Unveil Plans for Tiered, Green-Roofed Ostim Eco-Park

ONZ’s Ostim Eco-Park was designed to minimize impact on the existing natural landscape, while also fostering new vegetation. By planting grass and shrubbery in and on the buildings, the project lets

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Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

These playful Togetherfarm blocks made entirely from recycled plastic allow users to build their own raised garden beds in under five minutes. Inspired by LEGO building blocks, the recycled plastic bricks

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Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

TRON ICE HOTEL SUITE QUEBEC'S HOTEL DE GLACE HARBIN INTERNATIONAL ICE AND SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL RUSSIAN ICE PALACE  GEOTHERMAL ICE CASTLES FINLAND'S LUMI LINNA SNOW CASTLE TRON ICE

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One World Trade Center is Set to Open in 2014

One World Trade Center is Set to Open in 2014

We've got a lot to look forward to in the new year, including the opening of the long-awaited One World Trade Center. The tower's construction has faced many obstacles over the past few years, but

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Giant Rubber Ducky Bursts Before a Crowd in Taiwan

Giant Rubber Ducky Bursts Before a Crowd in Taiwan

It’s a sad day for the giant yellow rubber duck that has made its way around the ports of the world. The oversized bath toy designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman suddenly burst before crowds of

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Candlestick Design Creates Awe-Inspiring Off-Grid Light Installation With Solar-Powered LEDs

Candlestick Design Creates Awe-Inspiring Off-Grid Light Installation With Solar-Powered LEDs

These surreal Technicolor trees aren't photoshopped - they're illuminated by solar-powered LED lights! The Brompton Lodge Trees is a semi-permanent, off-grid lighting installation by Candlestick Design.

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Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

The charming eco resort is located at an elevation of 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) in the Swiss Alps and features 7 km of ski slopes with private ski lifts. Guests are encouraged to explore the mountain

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Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Although the size of new home is a fairly compact 1,500 square feet, the open and minimalist features of the structure provide a welcoming atmosphere closely connected with the area's beautiful landscape.

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Move Over Bloody Marys – Asparagus is the New Hangover Cure

Move Over Bloody Marys – Asparagus is the New Hangover Cure

There's a new cure for champagne-induced New Year’s Eve hangovers. We used to think that Bloody Marys or a cup of coffee were miracle hangover cures, but new research shows that a few stalks of

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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32,000+ LEDs Will Light Up 2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

32,000+ LEDs Will Light Up 2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

New York City will be ringing in 2014 tonight with a dazzling, energy-efficient ball drop featuring over 32,000 LEDs in Times Square. The 11,875 lb. geodesic sphere boasts 2,688 Waterford Crystal

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Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Breakfast pastry Pop-Tarts has transformed a vintage Airstream trailer into an oversized toaster, with giant Pop-Tarts ready for the taking. The silver Airstream toaster rolled up to Park City, Utah,

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SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

Brazilian furniture designer Fernando Jaeger creates modern, functional pieces using local materials, traditional craft and reforested wood out of São Paulo. He has a number of stores in and around the

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Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Green technology advances by leaps and bounds - and in 2013 we saw no shortage of incredible innovations. From an ingenious ocean cleanup invention that could combat plastic pollution to a pedal-powered

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The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The site for the Sunlighthouse is on a narrow sloped lot outside of Pressbaum to the west of Vienna. The less than ideal orientation and not much southern exposure made it challenging to utilize solar

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Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One has filtered through its first round of applicants, selecting roughly 1,000 potential Mars-dwellers to advance to the next level of screening. Over 200,000 people applied to join the

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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Design Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top 6 Design Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

In 2013, architects and designers went above and beyond to push the boundaries of design and build a more sustainable future. But it wasn't all glossy skyscrapers and high-profile projects - in the past

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China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

Over 8 million acres of Chinese countryside has been deemed too polluted to grow food. According to the Chinese cabinet, the farm land is too rife with heavy chemicals to support healthy vegetation, and

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Inhabitat’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

Inhabitat’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

The media tends to feed on negativity - but if you dig a little deeper you'll find a wealth of uplifting and inspiring stories just below the surface. Sometimes they're about brilliant teenagers who came

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