sustainable design

Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Peter Chapman, aka Memphis Slim, grew up in a low-income neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. The collaborative project fuses a desire to preserve an important historical landmark, while also giving back

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The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini House by Jonas Wagell is a Modern Prefab That Pops Up in Two Days!

The Mini Home's exterior materials are comprised of an Iverit façade and a bitumen roof while the floor is laid with hardwood panels. All of the prefabricated modules and add ons, including a compact

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INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an

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Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day, and we'd love to see your photos of the most spectacular pop-up parks near you! If you've never heard of Park(ing) Day before, it's a global event where parking spaces are

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Benjamin Verdonck’s Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

Benjamin Verdonck’s Turned Tree House Springs Up in Belgium

Located in Ghent, Beligum, Verdonck’s piece hangs askew around the thick trunk of an old tree. From afar the tree house’s roof is partially hidden from view, by the tree’s lush leaves and branches.

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Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

The Dollhouse is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Heather Benning, who likes finding old, run down homes and turning them into giant installations. In 2005, Benning found the two-story

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Willow Sculptor Tom Hare Crafts an Enchanting Glowing Tree House as a Surprise for a Friend

Willow Sculptor Tom Hare Crafts an Enchanting Glowing Tree House as a Surprise for a Friend

Long time friends Tom Hare, a celebrated willow sculptor, and Zoe Lathbury have always talked about the dying Cherry tree at the back of Zoe's garden and its potential for one of Tom's fabulous designs.

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INFOGRAPHIC: You Won’t Believe How Many World-Changing Inventions Came From NASA

INFOGRAPHIC: You Won’t Believe How Many World-Changing Inventions Came From NASA

Everyone knows NASA put a man on the moon - but did you know that the agency's R&D has also led to the invention of water filters, memory foam, and the computer mouse? This great new infographic from

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home

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LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

It's that time of year again - school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we're

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LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

Hey parents! School is in session, and to help prepare your kids for the coming school year we're giving away $200 worth of green school supplies from our friends at The Ultimate Green Store! Two lucky

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a core utility space in

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels - but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It's not as complex as it

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California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco's California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term 'biomimicry' and laid the groundwork

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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is based in Louisville,

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

We're now entering the dog days of summer and temperatures are soaring across the states - but don't reach straight for the AC just yet. Did you know that one of the most efficient ways to cool your home

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

The stunning Mashpi Rainforest Eco-Lodge has been honored with a 2014 World Travel Award as Ecuador's Leading Green Hotel. Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge is dedicated to

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Did you know that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits - including reducing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis? Unfortunately, most breast pumps

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

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Underwater Bonsai Brings New Calm to a Thousand Year Old Tradition

Underwater Bonsai Brings New Calm to a Thousand Year Old Tradition

Inspired by the historic tradition of bonsais in Japanese culture, Azuma is constantly on the quest to explore new ways of viewing the customary plant. Submerging the bonsai figure in water gives it a new

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Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

The garage renovation was designed by PATH Architecture to create a versatile space for the client that could be used as a guesthouse, an apartment, an artist’s space, or a yoga studio. An updated

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Rotterdam’s Cube Houses Look Like They’re About to Topple Over!

Rotterdam’s Cube Houses Look Like They’re About to Topple Over!

They may look like they're about to topple over, but these cube-shaped houses actually form a small village within the city center of Rotterdam, NL. A modern concept designed by the late architect Piet

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The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

Harold and Helena Skow had a traditional Navajo “home build kit” and had already completed a CMU foundation for the traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. The Skows had not finished the house

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College is a small college in northeast Georgia that made a transition from a 2-year college to a 4-year institution in about six years ago. To accommodate new students, the college had to

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Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

Sir Paul and Nathalie co-designed the shed with the aim of creating a place to switch off, somewhere to relax. He chose to work with Nathalie, a bespoke furniture designer-maker from London, for her

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Watch the World’s Happiest Dog Plunge into the Ocean with a GoPro Strapped to His Back (Video)

Watch the World’s Happiest Dog Plunge into the Ocean with a GoPro Strapped to His Back (Video)

Have you ever dreamed of coming back as a happy dog? Now you can get a taste of this happiness thanks to the new Fetch harness by GoPro. The adventure camera company has unveiled an awesome sample reel by

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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