Wood

Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Across the Himalayas, rural farmers and villagers rely on open, wood-fuelled fires inside their homes to cook their meals. The sheer amount of smoke created in these unventilated homes makes thousands

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RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

RRA’s Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

To add more variety and character to the traditional gable-roof structures, Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed each cabin with varying widths and roof pitches, although the ridge height for each stays

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INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

We features lots of sustainably sourced wood furniture here on Inhabitat, and for good reason - wood is a durable, natural, renewable resource that literally grows on trees. But there's hundreds of

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A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

The couple had a strong aesthetic idea when they first approached Cousins. Their ideas ranged from Atelier Bow Wow’s Mountain House to other unconventional small spaces by Japanese architects. This

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Berlin Baumraum Treehouse Lets You Swap Your City Apartment For a Room Among the Leaves

Berlin Baumraum Treehouse Lets You Swap Your City Apartment For a Room Among the Leaves

In a tranquil woodland building plot next to Berlin’s popular Krumme Lanke Lake, these urban treehouses provide everything you need for a comfortable retreat within a compact 28m2 structure, 4m up

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Layoutfour’s Table and Chair Duo Pairs Functionality with Elegance

Layoutfour’s Table and Chair Duo Pairs Functionality with Elegance

Created by Layoutfour, this Dual line is presented as a new proposal in the framework of the furniture design. The project consists of two pieces: the Dual Table, and Dual Chair, created with sustainable

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Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

The new building serves as the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation's new headquarters and houses a mix of room types, including a glasshouse for experimental plant cultivation, refectory, and meeting

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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a

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INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and

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Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

Born in the South of France, artist and artisan Guy Bucchi spent many years as a psychiatric nurse before moving to New Zealand to begin a new life. Using recycled materials such as wood, rope, copper or

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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A New Twist on An Old Classic: Wooden Toy Animals by Bleebla

A New Twist on An Old Classic: Wooden Toy Animals by Bleebla

  The “animal box – jungle” by bleebla, a toy design company based in Portugal,  is a minimal rectangular block with 10 animals peeking out of its regular geometry. The set is smooth

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CATable: A Multifunctional Work Desk to Keep Your Cat Entertained and Off Your Keyboard

CATable: A Multifunctional Work Desk to Keep Your Cat Entertained and Off Your Keyboard

The Hong Kong-based designer Hao Ruan fabricated CATable out of a solid piece of wood and hand carved a series of tunnels that run beneath a flat and function workspace. "A proper sized hole could be so

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Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Daniel Byström and Kristján Kristjánsson used discarded wood to develop a series of beautiful, hand-crafted light fixtures that raise awareness for serious issues plaguing forests. Their Hollow Lamp

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‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

Finnish designer and woodworker Jalmari Laihinen's amazing new collection of furniture celebrates the beauty of cracked, harsh edged wood that would otherwise go unnoticed or discarded. Laihinen's Broken

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UPM’s Biofore Concept is a More Sustainable Car Made From Wood and Biocomposites

UPM’s Biofore Concept is a More Sustainable Car Made From Wood and Biocomposites

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong UPM recently teamed up with students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences to create the

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Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower is a $512M project that has increased the emergency department by five times the size, provides specialized mental health and pediatric health, has

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Germany’s Kulturinsel Einsiedel Treehouse Hotel is a Handcrafted Wonderland in the Woods

Germany’s Kulturinsel Einsiedel Treehouse Hotel is a Handcrafted Wonderland in the Woods

Twelve acres of land form the "Culture Island," which is separated from the German mainland not by water, but by a different and fantastical approach to living. Forester Jürgen Bergmann learned the art

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C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition

C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition

One of the first things that comes to mind when someone mentions a wood skyscraper is the risk of fire, but the architects maintain that wood is more fire-safe than other common building materials. "Wood

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If You’re Hoping to Raise Eco-Conscious Kids, Waldorf School May Be the Way to Go

If You’re Hoping to Raise Eco-Conscious Kids, Waldorf School May Be the Way to Go

Every parent hopes to ensure that their children get the best education possible, but finding decent options is undoubtedly one of the more challenging aspects of parenting today. Should you enrol your

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Mexico’s Rojkind Arquitectos Unveils Digitally Fabricated Treehouse of the Future

Mexico’s Rojkind Arquitectos Unveils Digitally Fabricated Treehouse of the Future

The Casa del Arbol tree house is comprised of three hives made in concentric circles, which take on a clover shape. Each space gives one of the daughters a private play space. Rojkind Arquitectos worked

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More States Ban LEED Certification System Due to Timber Industry Opposition

More States Ban LEED Certification System Due to Timber Industry Opposition

Though the amendments and executive orders banning green certification do not actually cite LEED by name, they challenge any green building certification not recognized by the American National Standards

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Beautiful Wooden Home in Norway Is Built Around Forest Trees

Beautiful Wooden Home in Norway Is Built Around Forest Trees

The wooden Square House is situated within a dense pine forest area on a car-free island called Nøtterøy. It was built from vertical boards of local pine that create a cubic shelter surrounded by

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WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

The TCTC’s shape is indicative of the region’s history with Lake Tahoe. Shaped with curves similar to a boat, this long rectilinear building’s roof eaves have long wooden slats as if designed as a

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their

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Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

Studio Errante's Sarah Becchio and Paolo Borghino created this adorable shelter at the southern corner of a family home’s patio in Italy. With access from the house and also from the street, the shelter

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IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply

IKEA Consumes a Full One Percent of the World’s Commercial Wood Supply

Photo via Shutterstock Ikea furniture is ubiquitous in dorm rooms and apartments all over the world, but it's difficult to fathom exactly how much of the world's resources are actually used to make

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Marecollege: Beautiful Waldorf School Built with Natural Materials Rises in Leiden

Marecollege: Beautiful Waldorf School Built with Natural Materials Rises in Leiden

24H Architecture left parts of the original building erected in the 1960s and then added a new central hall - a "lemniscate." This is a figure eight structure or two loops that join in a central middle.

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