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Mar 27, 2017

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Architect rebuilds his grandparents' mountain cabin by repurposing its original materials

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Clever bath vanity designed for a child with special needs

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Tower made completely from fabric breaks new ground in "soft architecture"

Mar 27, 2017: This 30-foot lightweight tower proves that the strongest architectural structures don't have to be made from hard materials like concrete and steel. In fact, the Hybrid Tower is completely made from soft materials and textiles. A group of researchers, specialists and engineers at CITA - Centre for Information Technology and Architecture– an innovative research program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK)– developed the project as a proof of concept and exhibited it at the Contextile...

Siemens and Sumitomo to partner on grid projects

Mar 27, 2017: INDIA: Siemens and Japanese firm Sumitomo Electric Industries have won a contract to provide a high-voltage direct current transmission system to India, ahead of further cooperation.

Siemens and Vestas back Danish tax break proposal

Mar 27, 2017: DENMARK: The major opposition political party in Denmark has proposed increasing tax deduction for research and development (R&D).

Artist recycles leaf waste into biodegradable Beleaf chair

Mar 27, 2017: Šimon Kern found an unconventional use for leaf litter: green furniture. The Slovakian artist created Beleaf, a biodegradable chair made from recycled leaves, bio-resin, and steel. Developed during his studies at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, the Beleaf chair was constructed as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic furnishing. Kern crafted the seat from mixing leaf litter with bio-resin, made mostly from leftover cooking oil, and pressing the mixture into...

6 ways to add passive solar features to your home

Mar 27, 2017:   Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off to your neighbors? The good news is that you don't have…

The Living Table is a verdant indoor garden hidden in your table

Mar 26, 2017: Related: Give your succulents their own spacesuits with this 3D-printed planter + The Living Table…

Philip Johnson's secret brick and glass home in Manhattan, NYC

Mar 26, 2017: From the outside of Philip Johnson's sole private residence in Manhattan, you'd never guess a modernist paradise lay within. An unassuming brick and glass facade sits snugly between two apartment buildings, but inside is a secret glass house that was the architect's only New York City residential commission. The Rockefeller Guest House was built near the beginning of Johnson's career, between 1949 and 1950. Related:…

Cloud House makes it rain on demand with creative water harvesting system

Mar 26, 2017: You won’t have to do a rain dance to make it rain at the Cloud House—sitting in one of its rocking chairs should do the trick. Artist Matthew Mazzotta created the Cloud House, a gabled pavilion with a cloud-like sculpture that releases collected rainwater whenever someone sits inside the building. Crafted from reclaimed materials, the art installation was commissioned in Springfield, Missouri to bring attention to our dependence on natural systems, like the water cycle, that grow the food we...

Ukraine's leafy green 'Tunnel of Love' is a passageway for trains and lovers

Mar 26, 2017: We love seeing natural architecture here at Inhabitat, and the leafy green Kleven train tunnel is a beautiful example of what happens when nature is allowed to grow freely around manmade infrastructure. The tunnel was made over many years as the passing train…

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump's anti-science budget will make America stupid again

Mar 26, 2017: President Donald Trump's proposed budget eviscerates government funding for basic scientific research and development, taking a sledge hammer to education, health and environmental protection. In a series of Tweets posted this Sunday, astrophysicist and TV host Neil deGrasse indirectly took on Trump's budget, writing that making America great won't happen until we make America smart again by increasing government funding, not by ignoring the scientific consensus on man-made global warming and slashing...

Parents can sleep while the kids play in this amazing multi-level master bedroom

Mar 25, 2017: The owners commissioned Ruetemple to design an unusual master bedroom inside their summer house in Russia. They came up with a design that keeps everyone happy. The room now has a large podium for the bed, with two upper levels and a staircase for the kids. Related: “My Space” by Liya Mairson is a Pop-Up Cardboard Playroom For Kids "The family comes to their summer house for the weekend and, like all working people, they dream of having a good sleep on Saturday and Sunday after a hard...

9 fun things you can do during Earth Hour!

Mar 25, 2017: Candlelight dinner via Shutterstock Have a candle-lit dinner using menus from celebrity chefs Celebrate the hour with your partner, friends or family and have a candlelit dinner with your own tasty dishes based on WWF’s Livewell principles, which has…

Incredible edible landscape map shows you where to find free food

Mar 25, 2017: Fruit is abundant if you know where to look. Remnants of old orchards sprout through concrete jungles and along rural roadsides. Falling Fruit, a massive collaborative mapping project, provides fruity foragers with the tools they need to track down a nutritious snack. Beyond satisfying the hunger pangs of the present, Falling Fruit provides individuals and communities with a resource through which they can build resilience in the long term. Through the contributions of people all over the world,...

How to make an amazing grass daybed out of wood pallets

Mar 25, 2017: Related: Via Contemporist…

Enel Green Power North America inaugurates new U.S. headquarters

Mar 24, 2017: Renewable energy company Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP-NA) inaugurated its new North American headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts this week, with Governor Charlie Baker and other federal, state, and local authorities. As one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in Massachusetts, EGP-NA’s new office, located at Andover Landing at Brickstone, more than doubles Windpower Engineering & Development…

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of 'Urgent Architecture'

Mar 24, 2017: When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating different options for temporary shelters and disaster relief…

Statoil completes transaction for Dogger Bank offshore wind farm

Mar 24, 2017: Statoil and Statkraft has completed their previously announced transaction, whereby Statoil increases its share in the Dogger Bank offshore wind development of an additional 12.5% stake, taking Statoil’s share to 37.5%. The Dogger Bank offshore wind development comprises four projects developed by the Forewind consortium, which were granted planning permission during 2015. The projects are Windpower Engineering & Development…

This ready-made tiny home can be shipped to any destination

Mar 24, 2017: We talk a lot about tiny home renovations, but if you haven't time for all that, now you can order your own ready-made Mobile Home. The tiny structure, designed by Ruzanna Andressa Oganesya, is built on a moving platform and can be transported virtually anywhere. Those looking to go off grid can order it to be delivered to their desired location, coverting it into a forest retreat or an urban home addition. The home arrives ready to use The Mobile Home is a prefab modular construction that...

Bachmann updates its EPLAN, WSCAD and 3D CAD data

Mar 24, 2017: Bachmann customers can now access the updated EPLAN macro and 3D CAD libraries. The WSCAD data, also updated, is available on the manufacturer's web site. Windpower Engineering & Development…

BIGs looping station design in Paris turns bridge into public space

Mar 24, 2017: Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group and French studio Silvio D'ascia Architecture unveiled new renderings of their competition-winning designs for a loop-shaped metro station in Paris. Created as part of Société du Grand París’ Grand Paris Express project, the Pont de Bondy station is one of 68 new stations planned for the redevelopment that will expand the existing metro system by 200 kilometers. The sculptural station will include a bridge and tunnel wrapped around a giant atrium next to the riverbank....

Worlds tallest skyscraper design hangs off an orbiting asteroid

Mar 24, 2017: What if your daily commute involved parachuting down to earth rather than being stuck in vehicular traffic? That’s the vision in Clouds Architecture Office’s incredible proposal for a skyscraper suspended off an orbiting asteroid. The design, called Analemma, would be powered by space-based solar panels and capture water in a semi-closed loop system that draws from the moisture in clouds and rainwater. While some may write off Analemma as an early April Fools’ Day joke, we think...

INFOGRAPHIC: The e-waste problem and how to help

Mar 24, 2017: Think of all the electronics in your life: your phone, tv, computer, game systems, USB drives, printers, Blu ray players, even smart devices like switches and home assistants. Now try to picture what happens to all of those things when they die. Over 50 million tons of e-waste are generated every year, and e-waste is nasty stuff. This infographic shows where e-waste ends up, which devices are the biggest culprits and how you can fight the e-waste problem. + Digital Docs…

Ancient green building technique helps ease West Africa housing crisis

Mar 24, 2017: People in semi-arid regions of Africa face unique obstacles to overcome housing crises. For years people built roofs and supports with bush timber, but thanks to climate change and deforestation those methods of building aren't feasible. Sheet metal is too expensive an alternative for most rural families, and only lasts at most 10 years. So the Nubian Vault Association, an organization founded by a Burkina Faso farmer and a Frenchman, revitalized an ages-old sustainable technique: mud bricks.

China's coasts threatened by rapidly rising sea levels

Mar 24, 2017: Sea levels are creeping up as temperatures get hotter here on Earth, and China's State Oceanic Administration just revealed worrying information about sea levels along their country's coasts. NASA data shows levels are rising by 3.2 millimeters (mm) to 3.6 mm every year, but the statistics are worse in China according to their oceanic administration. There, compared against levels in 2015, 2016 sea levels were 38 mm higher.

Trump's cuts would have 'devastating impact' on NY, says NY Attorney General

Mar 24, 2017: President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund program would have a "devastating impact" on New York State, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared at a rally at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Joined by activists and lawmakers at what many consider the nation's most polluted waterway, Schneiderman blasted calls to slash the program's funding by more than 30 percent, noting that the move would stymie the progress of cleaning...

Industry must face up to growing cable failures

Mar 24, 2017: EUROPE: Cable manufacturers, installers and offshore wind farm developers must work more closely together to reduce failure rates of power cables in the operational phase.

State Department to approve permit for Keystone XL

Mar 24, 2017: The Trump administration has announced its intention to reverse Barack Obama’s Keystone XL pipeline decision by March 27, according to a report by Politico. Obama blocked construction of the controversial pipeline 16 months ago, a move hailed by environmentalists and slammed by the oil industry. This should come as no surprise, given that one of Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to push through both Keystone XL and the renewed Dakota Access Pipeline project. The pipeline’s...

Poland falling behind on renewables target

Mar 24, 2017: POLAND: Poland's share of renewables in energy consumption in 2016 fell short of what is needed to meet its 2020 target, and the gap is likely to grow, the wind industry has warned.

World's first zero-emissions hydrogen train aces maiden voyage

Mar 24, 2017: The world’s first hydrogen-powered train recently took its maiden voyage, reaching 50 miles per hour in a passenger-free trial run on a test track in Salzgitter, Germany. The zero-emission Coradia iLint train leaves only water vapor in its wake, is completely silent, and integrates many different innovative elements to propel it down the track. These include clean energy conversion to create electricity, flexible energy storage via batteries, and smart management between traction power and available...

6 delightful tiny library designs from around the world

Mar 23, 2017: In over 50,000 neighborhoods in 70 different countries, children and adults can check out books for free from tiny libraries. The organization behind these free exchanges, Little Free Library, held a Little Free Library Design Competition that drew an astonishing 300 designs from 40 countries. Several of the libraries have sustainable components, some take into account height differences between kids and grownups, and others are just plain fun. Check out the winners after the jump. Related:...

9 simple tips to Feng Shui your home

Mar 23, 2017: Since January is organization month, it's the perfect time of year to start the new year off right with a Feng Shui de-clutter fest give the readers some simple feng shui tips to help your home in order while attracting some positive vibes!! As a bonus, I…

Light-filled Compass House prioritizes low maintenance and energy savings

Mar 23, 2017: Toronto-based superkül architects designed a vacation home for a family of six transitioning back to Canada after living abroad. Set on the grassy plains of Mulmur, Ontario, the 4,300-square-foot dwelling is a striking all-white building that prioritizes low maintenance, natural light, and energy savings. The energy-efficient home was built in two phases, the first of which was certified LEED Gold. Created as a spacious weekend home, the Compass House comprises two volumes arranged in...

7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

Mar 23, 2017: Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our last trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids actually love to be neglected and most people end up…

Smog-filled Beijing is building a 'green necklace' around the city to curb pollution

Mar 23, 2017: Beijing's pollution problem is no secret - earlier this year the city even created an environmental police squad in a desperate bid to stop smog. Now the surrounding province of Hebei is taking steps of its own to combat the dangerous health risk. The government will turn to nature to create a "green necklace" by planting trees and creating green belts. Related:…

CANWEA 'applauds' Canadian budget

Mar 23, 2017: CANADA: The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) has shown its support for the new federal budget that supports the country's energy transition.

World's biggest river island could be India's first carbon-neutral sector

Mar 23, 2017: Pollution has plagued India recently; a 2017 report showed people are more likely to die from air pollution not in China, but in India. But one area of the country could receive a breath of fresh air. Majuli, which is the largest river island in the world, could become the country's first carbon-neutral district.

Solar-powered skin could help prosthetics imbue sense of touch

Mar 23, 2017: Synthetic skin, powered by the sun, could pave the way for prosthetic limbs that allow amputees to reclaim their sense of touch. Engineers from the University of Glasgow + University of Glasgow…

World's largest artificial sun switches on in Germany

Mar 23, 2017: German scientists are hoping to shine new light on ways to generate environmentally friendly fuel. At the German Aerospace Center (DLR)'s Institute for Solar Research, scientists have flipped on a system called Synlight, which they describe as the biggest artificial sun on the planet. Synlight is comprised of 149 huge spotlights, pouring out 10,000 times the solar radiation that naturally hits Earth from the real sun.

Google Street View cars are helping scientists spot methane leaks

Mar 23, 2017: For years the Google fleet has been mapping cities around the world and making navigation easier for travelers. But now, a new partnership is adding an important new responsibility to their duties: Google Street View cars will now seek out natural gas leaks in urban areas. The data will not only help cities protect citizens from potentially harmful gas leaks, but will also help cut accidental greenhouse gas emissions. The project was outlined in a new paper published in the journal...

Xcel Energy expands US plans

Mar 23, 2017: UNITED STATES: Xcel Energy has broadened its US expansion plans to 11 new wind projects across seven states, totalling 3.38GW in capacity.

Madison, Wisconsin commits to 100% renewable energy

Mar 23, 2017: In another example of how President Donald Trump cannot stop the renewables revolution, Madison just became the first city in Wisconsin and the largest city in the Midwest to commit to 100 percent clean energy.

Statkraft divests Dogger Bank stake

Mar 23, 2017: UK: Norwegian developer Statkraft has exited the Forewind consortium developing the four 1.2GW projects in the Dogger Bank zone.

Russian region backs 1GW plans

Mar 23, 2017: RUSSIA: The Ulyanovsk region in southern Russia is targeting up to 700MW of wind by 2024, with hopes of expanding to 1GW, the Russian Association of the Wind Industry (RAWI) has said.

Incredible video of Mars stitched together by hand from 33,000 images

Mar 23, 2017:   If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with Mars, check out this incredible video recently released by NASA that shows the Red Planet’s surface in stunning detail. Entitled "A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars," the video is a composite made from about 33,000 of the 50,000 high-resolution stereo images of the planet’s terrain made over the past 12 years by the powerful camera used in NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). These stereogram images...

"Piggy Bank," a turtle that swallowed 915 coins, has died

Mar 23, 2017: A venerated sea turtle who swallowed hundreds of coins from supplicants seeking good fortune is dead. The 25-year-old animal was living in a pond in a town near the Gulf of Thailand in early March when rescuers found her close to drowning from the weight of her cache—about 11 pounds worth. After naming her Omsin, which is Thai for “piggy bank," a team of veterinary surgeons operated on the turtle for seven hours. By the time they were finished, they had filled a bucket with 915 coins, in currencies...

Tiny indoor vertical garden grows micro-veggies on its own in 10 days

Mar 23, 2017: Even those who claim not to have green fingers can successfully grow microgreens with this EcoQube Frame. This indoor vertical garden grows micro-veggies in 10 days with only fertilized water, and does all the work for you! Compact and low-maintenance, the design is suited for apartments, homes and offices of all sizes, and allows you to grow nutritious food sources quickly, without worrying about watering and fertilization. Aqua Design Innovations (ADI) launched EcoQube Frame on Kickstarter which...

Futuristic Dutch community features 50 out-of-this world spherical homes

Mar 23, 2017: Although it might look like the set of a science fiction film, this neighborhood in the Netherlands was built by humans for humans. Dutch artist and sculptor Dries Kreijkamp designed this unusual apartment community, dubbed the Bolwoningen (“ball” or “bulb”). Built in 1984, the residential development is comprised of 50 of these futuristic spherical structures grouped together amid walkways and trees, alongside a scenic canal. http://www.ignant.de/2016/10/05/the-bolwoningen-by-dries-kreijkamp/ More Kreijkamp...