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Loyola’s Paperless Library Offers Stunning Lakeside Views

Loyola’s Paperless Library Offers Stunning Lakeside Views

Fantastic lakeshore views and an abundance of natural light are just two of the inviting features that draw students to the Richard J Klarchek Information Commons situated on the Loyola University campus

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19th Century Chicago Church Transformed Into Artist’s Loft

19th Century Chicago Church Transformed Into Artist’s Loft

As is the case with this 19th century Chicago church, some spaces are most noteworthy for their potential. The current owner, a print media professor and book publisher, turned this amazing cathedral into

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DIY: Beautiful Woven Rug Made From Recycled Jeans

DIY: Beautiful Woven Rug Made From Recycled Jeans

Our Recycled Denim Challenge has given way to some beautiful designs. Handmade by Terry Dewal, this incredible woven rug gives new meaning to the term “from rags to riches.” Taking his old,

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Creepy Camera Made From 150 Year Old Human Skull

Creepy Camera Made From 150 Year Old Human Skull

As Halloween fast approaches, we were inspired to bring you some of the most bizarre and dark eco products. Hands down, this pin hole skull camera crafted by sculpture artist Wayne Martin Belger is the

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Top 5 Apps to Keep Your Kids Engaged and Entertained

Top 5 Apps to Keep Your Kids Engaged and Entertained

There's nothing more adorable than seeing a smiling kid - but when that same tot gets in one of his or her terrible moods, even the most darling child can start to look like the spawn of the devil.

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UK Campaign Aims to Build Legendary Steam-Powered Computer

UK Campaign Aims to Build Legendary Steam-Powered Computer

Steam-punk is alive and well in the UK thanks to a mounting campaign to build a massive steam-powered computer that was first conceived in 1837. The campaign to construct Charles Babbage's Analytical

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Corn Waste Transformed Into Versatile Building Material

Corn Waste Transformed Into Versatile Building Material

A team from the University of Illinois have created a “proprietary corn-based composite board” that can be used as a construction material instead of plywood or fiberboard. Dubbed

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Crank-Powered Sidewinder Purifies Water With UV Light

Crank-Powered Sidewinder Purifies Water With UV Light

For outdoorsy people who hate bothering with packs of environmentally-unfriendly plastic water bottles, we've got a great alternative that's sure to quench your thirst. Recently debuted at this year's

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Five Star Safety: 5 New Accident Control Technologies from Toyota’s Star Safety System™

Five Star Safety: 5 New Accident Control Technologies from Toyota’s Star Safety System™

. What’s Toyota doing to enhance the safety and technology of its vehicles? Toyota invests nearly $1 million an hour on research, development and features, and it’s now the first full-line

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Oakland’s DIY “Scraper Bikes” Foster Youth Creativity

Oakland’s DIY “Scraper Bikes” Foster Youth Creativity

In a city struggling with violence and misguided youth, Oakland, California's Scraper Bike Project has done amazing work to give kids a positive outlet that promotes the green movement through customizing

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Beautiful Bamboosero Bikes are Sustainably Crafted in Ghana

Beautiful Bamboosero Bikes are Sustainably Crafted in Ghana

Fans of cycling were aglow this month after watching the Tour de France peloton glide through the alps. We're also excited about bicycles here at Inhabitat, because we just heard about these beautiful

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Adjustable Liquid-Filled Lenses Provide Vision to the Developing World

Adjustable Liquid-Filled Lenses Provide Vision to the Developing World

Today over 1 billion people around the world need -- but lack -- access to eyeglasses. Seeking to provide for this need, Adlens has created a set of specs affixed with fluid-filled lenses whose

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14 Eco-Friendly Bikinis, Swimsuits, and Board Shorts for Summer Fun

14 Eco-Friendly Bikinis, Swimsuits, and Board Shorts for Summer Fun

If you've already hit the beach this summer, you may have fallen victim to a little something called 'swimsuit envy'. But if you're jonesing for some new summer swimwear, don't sweat it - we assure you

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Fiber Optic Stilettos Shine With Both Light and Sophistication

Fiber Optic Stilettos Shine With Both Light and Sophistication

The last thing anyone would expect is for fiber optics add class to an outfit, but designer Francesca Castagnacci has turned this fashion flub into a sexy and sophisticated statement on energy efficiency.

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The Lamboo Solar Studio is a Curvy Eco Home Built from Bamboo

The Lamboo Solar Studio is a Curvy Eco Home Built from Bamboo

The Lamboo Studio Project is a small solar powered studio that uses a radical S-shaped roof system to help keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter - all made possible by bamboo grass.

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Stylish, Super-Efficient Swiss Home Wins the 2010 Passivhaus Award

Stylish, Super-Efficient Swiss Home Wins the 2010 Passivhaus Award

The winner of the 2010 Passivhaus Architecture Award is a fantastic three-apartment building on the outskirts of Bern, Switzerland. Built by architect Peter Schurch, principle of Halle 52, the building

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Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

The homes were packed all week with visitors who gazed at the unusually shaped Fablab house, doted over the cozy interior of the  Luukku House, and reveled over the superior craftsmanship of the Bambu

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Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon

Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon

The entire house is panelized to allow it to be flat packed and assembled around 7 square “ribs”. Because of the standardization of the system it can be configured in many different ways. Keeping cool

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7 Eco-Friendly Sandals To Kick Off Summer in Style

7 Eco-Friendly Sandals To Kick Off Summer in Style

When it comes time to show off those post winter toes, one can easily find themselves overcome with equal parts excitement and horror. But embarrassing foot etiquette aside, there’s nothing better than

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AIA Launches First Living: Home Tours in Marin This Weekend!

AIA Launches First Living: Home Tours in Marin This Weekend!

Heads up San Francisco architecture fans! This weekend the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco will be kicking off its first-ever set of Living: Home tours in gorgeous Marin County! There

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New Yorkers: Support Eco-Friendly Wine in Grocery Stores!

New Yorkers: Support Eco-Friendly Wine in Grocery Stores!

Hey New Yorkers - have you ever had to make an extra stop after the grocery store to pick up wine?  If you're one of the many people living in NY who wish they could simply buy wine at their local

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WIN a Beautiful ANDREA Houseplant Air Purifier (worth $195)!

WIN a Beautiful ANDREA Houseplant Air Purifier (worth $195)!

Want to clean and freshen the air in your home using the power of plants? We've been in love with the ANDREA houseplant filter's modern design for quite some time now, so we're thrilled to be giving

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Modern Butcher Block Island Made from an Old TV Stand

Modern Butcher Block Island Made from an Old TV Stand

Can you believe that this awesome kitchen island was a washed up old TV stand in its past life? Furniture reclamation and design experts, Purpose Restoration, upcycled the beat up piece of furniture into

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Detroit Mayor Proposes Restructuring Landscape, Gets Light Rail Funded

Detroit Mayor Proposes Restructuring Landscape, Gets Light Rail Funded

The downturn in the economy only added to what was already a desperate situation in Detroit, Michigan. Over at the Architect's Newspaper we spotted this great idea to bring the bustling atmosphere of

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Studiodosi’s Henge Adds a Radical, Modern Look to Leeds City Waterfront

Studiodosi’s Henge Adds a Radical, Modern Look to Leeds City Waterfront

Italian firm Studiodosi’s proposed building for the waterfront in Leeds, UK definitely packs a radical punch with its bright green facade, but its sustainable features are just as notable. Named “The

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Hanging Gardens Kept Alive Through IV Drips

Hanging Gardens Kept Alive Through IV Drips

Hanging gardens have become art in Houston's Lawndale Art Center. Local artist/designer Ned Dodington transformed a stark white gallery interior into a verdant landscape with 30 hanging eco-pods of

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America’s First Wave Power Farm Coming to Oregon Coast

America’s First Wave Power Farm Coming to Oregon Coast

America is getting its very first wave power farm! Ocean Power Technologies, a New Jersey-based firm, is currently installing giant buoys off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon. Once all ten buoys are in

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Obama Sets Aside $3.4 billion Stimulus to Jump Start “Power Grid 2.0″ in US

Obama Sets Aside $3.4 billion Stimulus to Jump Start “Power Grid 2.0″ in US

You may already know this, but our power grid system has been largely left alone for half a century. We're using inefficient grid technology to try to thread power across our country and in the process

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2009 Green Dot Award Winners Announced

2009 Green Dot Award Winners Announced

Transportation - Mission Motors Mission Motors is no newcomer to Inhabitat readers. Last year year their Yves Behar-designed superbike smashed the world land speed record for electric motorcycles, so

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LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Center has Canada’s Largest Green Roof

LEED Platinum Vancouver Convention Center has Canada’s Largest Green Roof

Led by Seattle based architecture firm LMN, the most extraordinary addition to the center is the 5-acre living roof that is landscaped with more than 400,000 indigenous plants and grasses, and provides a

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