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ENDLESS ORCHARD

ENDLESS ORCHARD

Fallen Fruit took root when CalArts professor Matias Viegener discovered an old city law declaring that all fruit growing on branches that overhang into public property is free for the taking, even if the

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INSTA-BALCONY

INSTA-BALCONY

Given how cool and space-efficient Murphy beds are, it's a wonder there aren't more home furnishings that fold up and disappear flat against the wall. Hofman Dujardin Architects has come up with a new

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NOT A CORNFIELD

NOT A CORNFIELD

Say what you will about the sprawling urbanism of Los Angeles, there are some phenomenally cool projects coming straight out of the city's smoggy heart. From the prodigious Treepeople to the irreverent

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CAPSULA MUNDI

CAPSULA MUNDI

The most earthly looking eco-burial container that we've found is the Capsula Mundi, created by a pair of Italian designers who wanted to remove the taboo from the burial process and give it a new

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LUMEN TREE

LUMEN TREE

Here is a good idea made just right. The Lumen Tree by Adam Frank is an oil lamp that projects the shadow of a tree onto your wall. The tree and the body of the lamp are made of acid-etched stainless

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reTHINK / reDESIGN / reCYCLE

reTHINK / reDESIGN / reCYCLE

Striving to redefine the concept of urban recycling, The City of Chicago's Green Initiatives Committee put together a juried competition with the Chicago AIA Young Architects Forum to develop a new

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SUSTAINABLE SOUTH BRONX

SUSTAINABLE SOUTH BRONX

New York City produces around 50,000 tons of waste every day. If you need a mental picture, imagine 25,000 SUV's. Now imagine all of them in a single heap in the South Bronx. Such is the reality of waste

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SOUL ASH SOLACE

SOUL ASH SOLACE

Back in July, we wrote about the Bios Urn, a container for cremation ashes which biodegrades over time, distributing seedlings into the earth and sprouting trees in memory of the deceased. Belgian design

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INTERACTIVE LED FABRICS

INTERACTIVE LED FABRICS

Philips Research is currently showing off a their new Photonic Textiles at the IFA Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin. The Photonic Fabric integrates flexible arrays of multicolored LEDs into the

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SUBTLE SAFETY RING

SUBTLE SAFETY RING

When evaluating hypothetical responses to dangerous situations, it's hard to know what will be an effective means of self-defense. There's the classic "lawnmower" move - throwing an elbow in the face of

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ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY

ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY

If you work in the building industry, there are a lot of things you can help out relieve some of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. You can donate money, building supplies or your time to

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DESIGN FOR INCREASED ENERGY AWARENESS

DESIGN FOR INCREASED ENERGY AWARENESS

The Swedish Interactive Institute has been working on a project to redesign everyday items (lamps, tiles, window shades) in order to increase awareness of how energy is being used. The STATIC! project

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INNOVATIVE HOUSE

INNOVATIVE HOUSE

After four years of development;D, the Brazilian product design company Innovative House (IHouse), has emerged with a line of "intelligent" products for the future-conscious home. IHouse (which oughtn't

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DELFINE BIRDHOUSE

DELFINE BIRDHOUSE

Like dollhouses, birdhouses have a very gratifying aesthetic in the fact that every part is pared down. Where a human-scale house can be a lot to take in, the shape, angles and details of a birdhouse are

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HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF

HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF

Instead of focusing on our own habitat today, we realize now is a crucial time to reach out to those in need in the hurricane-ravaged gulf states. Please give a thought to the thousands in Louisiana and

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THE HOT FRIDGE

THE HOT FRIDGE

This made the rounds on the blogosphere a couple of days ago, but in case you missed it, the Hot Fridge is an experimental refrigerator design by RCA student Hae-jin Kim, which makes use of the heat waste

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JUST IN – THE DUTCH LIVING ROOM REDESIGNED

JUST IN – THE DUTCH LIVING ROOM REDESIGNED

From September 4-December 4, the Netherlands Architecture Institute will hold its interior design exhibition, Just In - The Dutch Living Room Redesigned. The exhibition, inspired by the glut of reality

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RECYCLED PHONE BOOK BAGS

RECYCLED PHONE BOOK BAGS

Recently there was some public outcry against the continued practice of mass home delivery of unsolicited phone books. With communication almost totally computerized, phone books are good for about two

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SIGNATURE VASE

SIGNATURE VASE

Why settle for a boring round ceramic vase, when you can have a beautiful custom-made vase extruded from your own signature? For a little dosh, Tjep Design Studios in Amsterdam will take a signature

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ECO SURFBOARD

ECO SURFBOARD

When I think of token surf spots around the globe, the UK is not the first one that comes to mind. But as it turns out, Britain's surf history is some three hundred years old. The British Surfing Museum,

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SMARTWRAP: Interactive Building Film

SMARTWRAP: Interactive Building Film

On display at the Cooper Hewitt back in 2003, Smartwrap is a thin plastic film designed to envelop a building, acting as a multi-tasking, intelligent wall. Smartwrap integrates the currently segregated

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MODERN BIRDHOUSES

MODERN BIRDHOUSES

Have you met Jr., Richard and Ralph? Three distant cousins of Beaver Cleaver? No, they are the three different models available from Modern Birdhouses, a small company manufacturing a sleek, modernist

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Print a house in 24 hours with robots!

Print a house in 24 hours with robots!

You may have heard of 3D printing, but did you know that rapid prototyping has grown to architectural scale? Inventor Behrokh Khoshnevis has developed a contour crafting machine which will allow one to

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Canada’s first LEED building makes wine

Canada’s first LEED building makes wine

Stratus Vineyards in the Niagara region of Ontario has the distinct honour of being recognized as the worlds first LEED certified winery and the first building to be certified by LEED Canada. Designed by

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VIDEO GAME EXERCISE BIKES

VIDEO GAME EXERCISE BIKES

Here's something I saw quite a while ago at a consumer electronics show, but I thought it deserved a mention on Inhabitat ? mainly because its such a great idea to merge two disparate home electronics

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