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  • Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

    30 October 2014, 5:10 pm by: Lidija Grozdanic

    The Gate Project boasts several renewable energy technologies meant to assure a 50 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in carbon footprint. A mesh surface unfolds above all the building volumes as a braided dress. This second skin in white steel
  • Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

    30 October 2014, 5:09 pm by: Charley Cameron

    In the city of Vernal, Utah, midwives and scientists are noticing an alarming trend: in 2010 newborn babies accounted for one in every 95 burials, but by 2013 that rate jumped to one in every 15 burials, with a steady increase in the intervening years. And
  • Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South…

    30 October 2014, 5:05 pm by: Lidija Grozdanic

    Johannesburg-based Architects of Justice were commissioned to design the library, but after the project ran out of money, the design team had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a solution that engages with the kids and offers a high-quality space
  • Sign This Petition to Help Stop Fracking in National Parks

    30 October 2014, 5:02 pm by: Colin Payne

    Want to help protect your national parks from toxic fracking activities? There’s an opportunity to do so right from your computer screen. Left Action aims to keep the oil and gas industry out of U.S. parks and public lands, and they need you to sign their
  • SPONSORED: Meet Perfection

    30 October 2014, 5:00 pm by: Inhabitat

    Brought to you by Absolut…
  • Get Ready to Flip Out Over the reCAP Flip Cap Mason Jar Lids, Now on Kickstarter

    30 October 2014, 5:00 pm by: Catherine Winter-Hébert

    Who doesn't love Mason jars? Not only are they great for canning tomatoes and other preserves at home, they're also ideal for storing everything from bulk food to craft supplies. The problem with the average Mason jar is the 2-part lid that has to be fussed
  • One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World’s Biggest Underwater “Windmill” Tidal…

    30 October 2014, 4:58 pm by: Kristine Lofgren

    In between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands lies the Pentland Firth, a turbulent sound with tides that can reach up to a startling 18 miles per hour. That’s a lot of untapped power. MeyGen is taking advantage of all that renewable energy with
  • Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

    30 October 2014, 3:30 pm by: Inhabitat

    Here at Build Abroad, we have found that it is best to build with local materials. Local materials can vary from mud bricks to bamboo depending on the region, but the one thing they have in common is they are easily accessible and cheap. We are very intrigued
  • Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

    30 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Inhabitat

    Empathy Garden was designed as a hybrid space—a meeting point, a stage for events, and a showcase for farm products. It's a place where people and plants can thrive together in harmony, and their actions are converted into a tangible soundscape. The key
  • Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

    30 October 2014, 2:30 pm by: Lidija Grozdanic

    The block is organized around a large, green park and offers different types of housing units – from smaller spaces for students to large apartments for big families with children. All were created to foster a socially sustainable context across multiple
  • Spanish Artist Lucas Munoz Challenges You to Get Some Sweet Air on His Stone Skateboards

    30 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Nicole Jewell

    Created out of Munoz's student thesis work, Bastardism, his design method seeks to juxtapose functionality and aesthetics, provoking a curiously strong desire to test the artist's creations. The artist explains his intriguing style as, "Creating between two
  • Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

    30 October 2014, 1:00 pm by: Sean O' Malley

    Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments. Policies to conserve and restore these ecosystems can provide high carbon benefits, especially
  • Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Fruits and Vegetables into Creepy-Yet-Still-Delicious Skulls

    30 October 2014, 12:20 pm by: Moe Beitiks

    The Annoying Orange had better beware: this crop of fruit is scary. Tsykalov is known for his provocative work with food: the series of meat sculptures he created a few years ago looks like something straight out of a Bosch painting. A number of things come
  • I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

    30 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: Nicole Jewell

    Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the earth together with water and straw as a binding…
  • Climate Change Threat Akin to ISIS, Says U.S. Defense Chief Chuck Hagel

    30 October 2014, 11:23 am by: Colin Payne

    What is America’s chief of defense most concerned about? While ISIS is high on the list, climate change is also at the forefront of Chuck Hagel’s agenda. The U.S. Secretary of Defense said earlier this week that climate change is one of the biggest…
  • We Make Love Cleverly Transforms Organic Black Cork Coasters into Delicious-Looking Chocolate Bars

    30 October 2014, 10:30 am by: Inhabitat

    If you're a chocolate lover in need of drink coasters, you'll drool over these organic black cork coasters designed in the shape of chocolate candy bars. Created by New Delhi-based design studio and gallery We Make Love, the idea for the Chocolate Dessert
  • Timber-Framed Conan House is a Sculptural Toy-Filled Pod in South Korea

    30 October 2014, 9:00 am by: Lucy Wang

    The Conan House was designed as a single-family home for a local TV producer, his wife, and his only son. Inspired by Moon Hoon's previous work The Lollipop House, the client asked for a similar skip floor structure that would create high ceilings and a…
  • Giant Transportable Art Studio in Utrecht Welcomes Artists Inside its Drawbridge Door

    30 October 2014, 3:00 am by: Lucy Wang

    Built for practicality and durability rather than ease of mobility and aesthetics, House No. 19's rectangular volume is painted black to recede into the background. The wood-clad interior can be subdivided into a variety of spaces such as a hotel room, art
  • Baskets Full of Local Limestone Make Up the Façade of This Stunning House in Poland

    30 October 2014, 1:00 am by: Lidija Grozdanic

    Located in a region known as Polish Jura, which is dominated by rocky hills, cliffs and valleys, the building seems to be a natural extension of the landscape. The architects designed the walls in a way commonly used in hillside fortification, but this…
  • Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

    29 October 2014, 5:28 pm by: Lucy Wang

    HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client's homeland, Russia. The passive-solar house is powered by a row of south-facing solar

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