sustainable design

Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Copious Natural Lighting Makes Translucent Timber Studio a Photographer’s Dream

Built in the back garden of a photographer in the southern Kantō region of Japan, Light Shed is a 33 sq meter art studio. The open floor plan space measures 4.5 by 7 meters and is kept simple and

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Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

Tibetan Monks to Build Artificial Glaciers to Provide Water for Local Villages

As the natural glaciers surrounding Ladakh decrease in size year by year due to climate warming, they have begun to release noticeably less water in the early spring. The glaciers then release too much

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107 Million Spiders Found in 4-Acre Nest at Baltimore Wastewater Plant

107 Million Spiders Found in 4-Acre Nest at Baltimore Wastewater Plant

If you're afraid of spiders, avert your eyes - a nightmare straight out of Arachnophobia was just discovered in Baltimore's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Researchers found spiderwebs covering 95% of the

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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

Located in Nara, Nara Prefecture this small Japanese home was designed for a young family. The total site area is 107 sq m (1,150 sq ft), but the total living space is only 64 sq m (688 sq ft), making for

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Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

Tengbom Micro Units Pack Dorm Life into 107-Square-Feet of Living Space

The tiny house revolution is hitting the college set. Swedish design firm Tengbom Architects designed a portable micro-dorm room that gives students privacy while upholding sustainable living. Called the

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike!

Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike!

The spirits are stirring, the days are getting shorter, and shadows are stretching across the land - which means it's high time to get started on your DIY costume for Inhabitat's 2014 Green Halloween

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Buttercup the Duck Receives New 3D-Printed Foot

Buttercup the Duck Receives New 3D-Printed Foot

Humans aren’t the only ones benefitting from 3D printed prosthetics. Buttercup is a fluffy duck who was born with a backwards foot, causing her to hobble around the other ducks. Thanks to 3D printing,

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Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

Since Hotel Daniel was unable to expand outwards, its proprietors looked to the sky, deciding to grow vertically to accommodate the new luxury suite. The sleek new LoftCube adds 44 square meters to the

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U.S. Shrimp May Not Be What Consumers Bargained For

U.S. Shrimp May Not Be What Consumers Bargained For

Marine conservation group Oceana has uncovered a nationwide shrimp scandal that has seafood lovers feeling queasy. Using DNA testing, the group examined 143 shrimp dishes from stores and restaurants

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

With the age of technology advancing faster than we can possibly keep up with, we are left with obsolete media. Film cameras have been replaced with digital capture and USB drives render floppy disks

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Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Check out the 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween: GEOtube is a Building That Grows its Own Weblike Saline Skin Ancient London Crypt Resurrected as a Creepy Contemporary Art Gallery Wim

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into Creepy-Yet-Still-Delicious Skulls

Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into Creepy-Yet-Still-Delicious Skulls

The Annoying Orange had better beware: this crop of fruit is scary. Tsykalov is known for his provocative work with food: the series of meat sculptures he created a few years ago looks like something

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Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

Sologic Unveils the First Ever Life-Sized eTree Charging Station

As Gizmag notes, the eTree harks to the Green Sun Rising Solar Benches that offer shade and device charging, as well as Wi-Fi Cows that populated the Glastonbury Festival in England last year. Along with

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Sedlec Ossuary Monastery of San Francisco   San Bernardino alle Ossa Czermna Chapel Capela dos Ossos Our Lady of the Conception of the

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DIY: How to Make an Adorable Chia Pet Dog Costume for Halloween

DIY: How to Make an Adorable Chia Pet Dog Costume for Halloween

What You'll Need: A dog sweater Plastic aquarium plants (which will enable you to recycle this costume next year or give it to a friend) or freshly picked clovers from your lawn Orange felt

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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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Artist Brad Troemel Collaborates with Ants to Make Candy Colored Art Works

Artist Brad Troemel Collaborates with Ants to Make Candy Colored Art Works

Pressed between two pieces of glass much like a traditional ant farm, Troemel has installed a myriad of rainbow gels for the ants to call home. As each day progresses, the ants tunnel through the gels,

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Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

As if exploding out of the entrance to Bloc’s folly, This is Not a Lovesong is Faustino’s first piece, which combines sculpture and architecture. Framing the doors, the installation is made up of a

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Giant Ogre Sculpture Rips Out of Lawn in Budapest

Giant Ogre Sculpture Rips Out of Lawn in Budapest

Hungarian artist Ervin Loránth Hervé’s new sculpture for Art Market Budapest literally rips out of the lawn at Széchenyi Square. The gigantic man, called “Popped Up,” seems to burst out from

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV light

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Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

CargoGuitar consists of eight giant steel strings stretched across the interior of the container in a half-twist design. The horizontal bar at one end of the strings holds them in place and frames the

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The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

3,500 aluminum vases were attached to the furniture store's exterior wall via a wire grid and then planted with no fewer than 9,000 seedlings of Espada-de-São-Jorge - a popular plant in Brazil that has

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Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Located on the outskirts of Černín, Vila Hermina is definitely a bit strange looking amidst the other more traditional cottages in the area. Not only is it painted a bright pink, but it does not share a

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Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Building with earth is an ancient practice that has recently been updated to accommodate modern homes. Vallejo built this house using a system called Superadobe, which was originally invented by Iranian

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