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Barcelona’s First LEED Certified Restaurant Serves Up Yummy Locally Sourced Sandwiches

Barcelona’s First LEED Certified Restaurant Serves Up Yummy Locally Sourced Sandwiches

The cool turquoise interior sets the stage for comfortable dining and the perimeter of the restaurant is lined with a series of shelves. The top shelf holds lush potted plants that line the entire

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Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

Tidewater Virginia’s Unit 6 Unplugged Solar Decathlon House Embraces History and Tradition

The furniture in the Unit 6 Unplugged house reflects the influence of the Arts and Crafts movement, which originated in England in the late 19th century and was spread worldwide by architects and

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Health Care REIT Headquarters Named Ohio’s 9th LEED Platinum Building

Health Care REIT Headquarters Named Ohio’s 9th LEED Platinum Building

The rehabbed Healthcare REIT Building is only one of nine LEED Platinum Buildings, out of 212 LEED Certified buildings in the state. The colonial façade, complete with Doric columns, welcome visitors to

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Zambikes: Bamboo Bikes That Help Fight Poverty & Save Lives in Africa

Zambikes: Bamboo Bikes That Help Fight Poverty & Save Lives in Africa

Customized fixies may be all the rage in urban America nowadays, but even the simplest, cheapest bike is a rare sight in rural Africa. Fortunately, the bamboo from which to craft bikes grows on trees –

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Mathias Bengtsson’s Zebra-Like Biodegradable Paper Chair Brings Danish Design to the Cutting Edge

Mathias Bengtsson’s Zebra-Like Biodegradable Paper Chair Brings Danish Design to the Cutting Edge

Making our way across town at this year's Copenhagen Design Week, we spotted the Paper Chair - a striking sculptural seat that combines a humble biodegradable material with cutting-edge technology.

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Curvy Tellus Nursery School is Wrapped in a Canary-Colored Pine Facade

Curvy Tellus Nursery School is Wrapped in a Canary-Colored Pine Facade

Parents and children are enveloped in a semi-enclosed courtyard when they first enter the school building, which is wrapped in a tall pine facade that is painted a bright canary yellow. Cut in 50 x 50mm

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Enchanting ‘Eco Truly Park’ is a Self-Sustaining Paradise on Earth

Enchanting ‘Eco Truly Park’ is a Self-Sustaining Paradise on Earth

Located next to the seaside in the Peruvian district of Aucallama, the Eco Truly Park is a group of cute mud houses that offer a return to natural, healthy living inspired by Indian practices. The

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Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials

Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials

Designed from two very different and contrasting materials, ORIGIN is a two-part pendant lamp made from natural wood and partially recycled Corian®. Its creator is furniture and product designer Gregg

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Striking UR22 House Uses Half as Much Energy as a Standard Home in Texas

Striking UR22 House Uses Half as Much Energy as a Standard Home in Texas

A durable envelope clad in Vermont Slate keeps heat gain to an absolute minimum, while the wall and roof surfaces are also naturally ventilated to keep the breeze flowing. The home is also flooded with a

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New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

Japanese construction and design firm TIS & Partners has just unveiled a strong and surprisingly low-tech brick that can be rapidly produced in disaster areas, and applied to the quick construction of

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100% Wool Rock Pillows are as Light as Feathers

100% Wool Rock Pillows are as Light as Feathers

When we spotted these awesome rock pillows on designer Ronel Jordan's website, we instantly fell in love with their nod to nature and their use of natural materials. Handmade, hand-dyed and hand-felted

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HEXigloo: Honeycomb Cardboard Pavilion Pops Up in Bucharest!

HEXigloo: Honeycomb Cardboard Pavilion Pops Up in Bucharest!

The HEXigloo cardboard pavilion features an organic repetitive pattern that mimics the cellular structure of honeycombs. The recyclable honeycomb cells are attached to each other using standard plastic

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Masiosare Studio Creates Fun and Functional Green Products

Masiosare Studio Creates Fun and Functional Green Products

Three young designers working under the name Masiosare Studio are creating green products that mix humor and Mexican identity with a cradle-to-cradle design approach. Their Ms line is comprised of 4

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MisoSoupDesign’s Awesome All-In-One Workstation is Built from Bent Sheets of Bamboo

MisoSoupDesign’s Awesome All-In-One Workstation is Built from Bent Sheets of Bamboo

If you love a minimalist aesthetic, then you're going to love the K Workstation by MisoSoupDesign. A full-on workstation complete with desk, shelves and a place to set your keyboard, this masterpiece was

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s New Designers Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s New Designers Graduate Show

In their Manifesto, the Goldsmiths University states that "a production economy based on finite resources does not work" and that "we have enough chairs (but is nice to sit down)." As a critical

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Vote For Eco Furniture Company Viesso in the Big Break Contest

Vote For Eco Furniture Company Viesso in the Big Break Contest

"Sleep on it. Store in it." That's the concept behind LA-based Viesso's stylin' bamboo Buden bed collection. Built from sustainable bamboo and FSC-certified birch, this multifunctional green design is a

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The Bonobo Is a Stylish Urban Bike Built from Plywood

The Bonobo Is a Stylish Urban Bike Built from Plywood

Being the bike lovers that we are, we were charmed when we caught a glimpse of the Bonobo bicycle by Warsaw designer Stanilav Ploski. Featuring a cutting edge frame, the bike is made with bent plywood

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Striking Black NO99 Theater Is a Temporary Structure Made From Straw Bales

Striking Black NO99 Theater Is a Temporary Structure Made From Straw Bales

The strawbale building replaces a previous theater used to entertain soviet troops, which has been abandoned for two decades. NO99 explores the possibility of reinvigorating this historically important

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LEGO Commits to Using Only Environmentally Friendly Packaging

LEGO Commits to Using Only Environmentally Friendly Packaging

LEGO bricks have been an inspiring staple for blossoming young minds all over the world for over sixty years, and to continue carrying this tradition into the future the Danish company is incorporating

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Royal College of Art Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Royal College of Art Graduate Show

British designer Alkesh Parmar created a series of objects under the Cradle to Cradle philosophy. Made from dried and ground orange peels, these objects give new use to a waste material. The process keeps

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Take a Peek into eBay’s New Sustainably Revamped Modular Offices

Take a Peek into eBay’s New Sustainably Revamped Modular Offices

The new space includes hotel stations, team project areas, private rooms, alcove chat rooms, and storage solutions that all serve to enhance the firm's communication and collaboration in a comfortable and

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VIDEO: Inhabitat’s Green Tour of BKLYN Designs

VIDEO: Inhabitat’s Green Tour of BKLYN Designs

It's hard to capture all of the excitement and inspiration of the work of BKLYN Designs in words and photos alone - which is why we're thrilled to bring you a video tour of our favorite green design

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Central St. Martins’ Graduate Show

Product designer David Bennett created a fantastic machine called Natural Factory that you can bring to the beach for building public seating, while engaging people in a DIY activity. The idea behing the

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Shell House: Awesome Seaside Home in Japan is Modeled After Mollusks

Shell House: Awesome Seaside Home in Japan is Modeled After Mollusks

The flooring in the home is made from rosewood, which is sustainable if sourced from either Bolivia or Brazil, and skylights in the tilted roofs usher in just the right amount of daylight. At night, the

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Sherwin-Williams Wins EPA Award for Paint Made From Recycled PET Bottles

Sherwin-Williams Wins EPA Award for Paint Made From Recycled PET Bottles

Sherwin-Williams recently received an Environmental Protection Agency award for their paint made in part from recycled PET bottles and soybean oil. First unveiled in 2010, the three new Water-Based

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Matali Crasset’s Stylish Chair Serves Many Functions

Matali Crasset’s Stylish Chair Serves Many Functions

Multifunctional objects can sometimes be unnecessarily difficult to use. But French designer Matali Crasset has designed a simple, yet stylish eco-friendly piece that requires little thought, while

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Hemp House: South Africa’s Most Sustainable Home Made From An “Illegal Narcotic”

Hemp House: South Africa’s Most Sustainable Home Made From An “Illegal Narcotic”

Tony Budden and his partner Duncan Parker aimed to give the Hemp House the lightest carbon footprint possible, but had to import most of the materials since South Africa lacks a domestic supply of hemp

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Rapper Pharrell Williams & Oppenheim Architecture To Build An Eco Treehouse For Youth Empowerment

Rapper Pharrell Williams & Oppenheim Architecture To Build An Eco Treehouse For Youth Empowerment

When rapper and designer Pharrell Williams had a chance meeting with architect Chad Oppenheim, they discovered that they shared a similar vision of helping make the world a better place. And so began

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Dan Phillips Builds Enchanting and Affordable Houses from Recycled Materials

Dan Phillips Builds Enchanting and Affordable Houses from Recycled Materials

When Dan Phillips was a child, he saw his parents suffer through the Great Depression years and he quickly learned to value what he had. When he was 14 years old he built a bicycle completely out of scrap

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Delightful Cork ‘Pinha’ Lamp Can Be Customized in a Snap

Delightful Cork ‘Pinha’ Lamp Can Be Customized in a Snap

The Pinha Lamp is a delightful green lamp that is made from renewable cork and can be easily customized to suit any room. Designed by Tel-Aviv-born Royal College of Art graduates Yael Mer and Shay

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