sustainable design

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Lovingly constructed over a period of several years with mostly recycled materials and help from friends, the HemLoft is truly one of the most perfect treehouse designs we have seen over the years, and we

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New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona’s Organics Restaurant

New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona’s Organics Restaurant

Urbanarbolismo and Unusualgreen just unveiled one of their latest vertical gardens, this time at the entrance to the Organics Restaurant in Barcelona. Low maintenance design and operation plus hardy

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Crazy Hot Art Paintings Double as Energy Efficient Infrared Heaters!

Crazy Hot Art Paintings Double as Energy Efficient Infrared Heaters!

BRZBrands' Hot Art brings paintings to your home that do more than just warm your soul -- each work of art doubles as an energy-efficient infrared heater. Hot Art brings spa quality heat to any room

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Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

The Municipality of Amsterdam granted space&matter and their associates access to the De Ceuvel site with a 10-year lease. Because of the temporary nature of the project, the designers’ budget was

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Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

Mother of Two Builds Tiny $1,500 Hideaway Amongst the Trees of Tennessee

ModFruGal isn't a writer, photographer, or designer, but she is a "gal with a vision who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty." The mother of two built her own modernist treehouse deep in the Tennessee

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Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Initially a painter, Oliveira was inspired by an old wooden fence he saw through his window across the street from his studio in Sao Paulo. The wood was so weathered that it split into layers, which

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Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

German light bulb maker LEDON enlisted Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada to create the impossible- a light bulb made from wood. Fukusada created the illusionary lamp by wrapping an LED bulb in a thin

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Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel Miniature!

Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel Miniature!

The life size pencil set was shown as part of an outdoor exhibition at Open Air Art Museum in Latvia. Pohjalainen created the pieces during the Environmental Art workshop on the museum’s grounds. Each

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

The long-awaited promise of prefab construction is that it would bring us higher quality homes for less money with significant increases in sustainability and resource efficiency. While prefab is

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McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

A new program at McDonald’s in Stockholm is even more affordable than their Dollar Menu. Through an collaboration with DDB, the fast food chain is now accepting recycled cans in exchange for food.

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25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

The tiny home revolution has reached Portland, Oregon, as the city nears approval for a massive new tiny house community. The project, which is pending the perfect plot of land, will provide modern

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Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

Classic stationary and notebook purveyor Moleskine has taken a leap into the future with their new Livescribe 3 smartpen that turns your notes into digital files. The amazing notebook is paired with a pen

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - it's almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design

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Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

At first look, the timber barn-like building blends in seamlessly with the bucolic landscape, as if it were another historic structure on the site. With its pitched roof, unfinished exterior planks and

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CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

Although indoors, CUBE’s t’Park is meant to have the peacefulness and playfulness of a green park, inviting the public to enjoy its grounds. With a park for inspiration, the interior was decorated to

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3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

Now anyone can have their very own backyard library! 3rdSpace's prefab rooms have been popping up all over as extra bedrooms and offices - and the amazing prefab structures can even make a bibliophile’s

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6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

Bodegas Portia, Ribera del Duero, Spain Designed by Foster + Partners, the Bodegas Portia Winery features a dramatic central hub that makes use of gravity rather than machines to move grapes and wine

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15-Year-Old Invents Clever In-Sole Generator That Powers Your Phone While You Walk

15-Year-Old Invents Clever In-Sole Generator That Powers Your Phone While You Walk

Just 15-years-old, Angelo Casimiro has invented a new way to charge cell phones by harnessing the power of people's steps. The industrious teen has invented a device inserted into a shoe that converts

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely an interesting one.

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Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

The Wedge updates the traditional cabin using strategic angles to maximize space. The key to the unique design is the angled roof, which opens up the interior while also allowing snow and rain to run off

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Now You Can Finally Sleep in an IKEA Store

Now You Can Finally Sleep in an IKEA Store

Everyone has plunked down on a bed in an IKEA showroom and fantasized about staying over one time or another. Now, lucky shoppers in Australia can make this adult daydream a reality, thanks to Airbnb. On

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8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

Although typically associated with the more benign variety of consumer, the Beetle is nonetheless a popular icon that evokes memories of our rapid commercial development. Called Anthropocene, the 8 ton

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Living Moss Carpet Adds a Touch of Green to Your Bathroom

Living Moss Carpet Adds a Touch of Green to Your Bathroom

There’s nothing like the feeling of fresh cut grass under the toes, especially when stepping out of the shower. This Moss Carpet by Nguyen La Chanh brings the outside indoors in an unconventionally

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University’s School of Design

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a spectacular green

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Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

A series of moats and fortresses were built over the West Brabant Water Line region of the Netherlands during the 17th century in order to provide protection from invasion by France and Spain. Fort de

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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