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Sustainable city block in Hamburg goes for gold in energy-efficiency

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The mixed-use building is energy-efficient to boot

Home on a sloped ravine uses natural materials to blend into the landscape

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Working directly with the nature-loving homeowners, the architects strategically focused on blending the minimalist home, which was built with natural materials, into the idyllic surroundings while reducing its impact as much as possible

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The Garden House features greenery and bee-friendly landscapes

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The Garden House by Christos Pavlou Architecture is a physical representation of the potential for urban gardens to create micro-climates that improve the living conditions of cities rather than make additional contributions to climate change

Zero-carbon home uses hemp fiber for innovative design

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As designers and architects continue searching for innovative, sustainable building materials, hemp is becoming a front runner in the world of green design.

12 tips for a vibrant spring garden

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When the frost begins to thaw and the first signs of spring appear, it’s time to start thinking about your garden.

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CLT gives a sustainable community center in Copenhagen a welcoming feel

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In the Copenhagen suburb of Brønshøj, local architectural practice NORD Architects has completed the Parish Center, a contemporary community center and place of worship that’s primarily built of cross-laminated timber to reduce the project’s carbon footprint.

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Marc Thorpe designs live/work buildings built from earth bricks

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New York-based architecture studio Marc Thorpe Design has unveiled renderings for the Dakar Houses, a series of live/work spaces located on the outskirts of Senegalese capital for the artisans of furniture brand Moroso.

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California winery innovates with sustainable recycling creation

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In the California city of Paso Robles, architecture firm Clayton & Little has given old oil field drill stem pipes unexpected new life — as an equipment barn that offsets over 100% of the energy needs for a sustainably-minded winery

3-wheeled electric truck doubles as a sweet tiny camper

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The cute little "frog" campers have everything you need to enjoy a minimalist outdoor excursion

Check out Glasir, the tree-shaped urban farming solution

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In a bid to revolutionize agriculture, New York City and Bergen-based innovation studio Framlab has proposed Glasir, a community-based system for urban farming that combines the flexibility of modularity with aeroponics to vastly reduce the environmental footprint for growing food

Antarctica reaches record high temperature

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The frozen continent recently logged its warmest temperature to date, a whopping 65 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s quite a leap from its previous record of about 63 degrees Fahrenheit, set five years ago in 2015

Bamboo electric bike is designed for Kathmandu locals and tourists

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The bike helps people travel easier and reduces air pollution

LEED Gold-targeted office mimics High Line via lush greenery

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New York City’s award-winning High Line has attracted yet another sculptural building to its side—512 West 22nd Street, a contemporary Chelsea office building that takes cues from the elevated park with landscaped terraces on every floor.

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A long weekend in nature at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

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Here's what it is like to immerse yourself in nature at the famous Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

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Fisker debuts an electric luxury SUV for $37,500 at CES

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The new Fisker Ocean, debuted at CES, will come with many sustainable features — inside and out

Ramboll helps Lombok locals build earthquake-resistant bamboo housing

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Back in 2018 when Lombok was struck by several earthquakes, some of which measured up to magnitude 7, local communities around the seismic region were greatly affected by loss. After the series of earthquakes settled, there were over 500 dead, 129,000 homes damages and 445,000 people homeless

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Hello Wood unveils a tiny cabin that sleeps up to 8 people

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For those social butterflies who believe that getting back to nature doesn't have to mean sacrificing time with friends, Hello Wood has created the beautiful Grand Cabin

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Tackling sustainability in sporting events

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There's a growing international trends to shrink the carbon footprints of major sporting events

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This lovely lampshade is made from cabbage

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Veggie Lights are just that — lamp shades made out of red cabbage leaves

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Prefab homes on stilts include solar panels, water collection systems and organic gardens

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Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier has unveiled a beautiful, eco-friendly concept for a series of prefabricated homes that are elevated off the landscape on stilts

Fires in Australia create dangerous weather conditions

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Authorities warn that the unprecedented ferocity of Australia’s wildfires can produce extreme weather systems — dangerous and unpredictable conditions known as cumulonimbus flammagenitus, or pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds

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Barcelona's new solar-powered sports center features a green facade

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Barcelona, a city well-known for its avant-garde architecture, both modern and historic, is going green. Local firm Architecture Anna Noguera has just completed work on the Turó de la Peira's Sports Center, a solar-powered complex covered in a lush green facade

PaperTale app shows the ethics and sustainability of clothing with a simple scan

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PaperTale is an app that scans smart tags on clothing to reveal the items' materials and how ethically they were made

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An eco-travel guide to Bend, Oregon

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Enjoy the fresh air, the vegan eats and the eco-hotels that sunny Bend, Oregon has to offer with this guide

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LAVA designs carbon-neutral LIFE Hamburg with an edible green roof

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Slated to open 2023, the solar-powered sustainable building will feature a carbon dioxide-absorbing green facade and an organic rooftop garden

Tech-free hobbies that benefit you and the planet

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Technology has become an integral part of our everyday life. From smartphones to smart appliances, the advancements continue to make our lives easier while simultaneous distracting us from traditional hobbies and interests.

Turtle-inspired bamboo shelter contracts to half its size in case of extreme weather

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Delta is a bamboo structure that retracts into itself when challenged by stormy weather and expands during non-severe weather

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7 tips for a sustainable Thanksgiving celebration

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Enjoy your celebration and give back to nature at the same time with these sustainable tips for the upcoming holiday

First Smart Forest City in Mexico will be 100% food and energy self-sufficient

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Milan-based architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled innovative designs for a nature-infused smart city in Cancun, Mexico that will serve as a model for resilient and sustainable urban planning

Climate-adaptive park in Copenhagen wins Arne of the Year Award

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One of Copenhagen’s newest green parks, the Sankt Kjelds Square and Bryggervangen, has just received Copenhagen’s most prestigious architecture prize—the Arne of the Year Award.

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Odor-free Sepura makes home composting easier than ever

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If you’ve ever wanted to start composting at home but got put off by the hassle and the smell, the Sepura could be the sustainable solution you’ve been looking for

Meet the urban planner responsible for San Francisco's car-free Market Street

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Downtown San Francisco is putting pedestrians first. Inhabitat spoke with an urban planner at Perkins and Will about the car-free Market Street project

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A guide to zero-waste holiday travel

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If you find yourself traveling this time of year, here are some zero-waste tips to take the edge off your travel shame

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BIG plans unveiled for pedestrian paradise in Downtown Brooklyn

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After nearly a year of research, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and WXY Studio have unveiled their visions for improving Downtown Brooklyn — a 370-acre urban district with updated streetscapes, plazas, and public spaces

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5 growing environmental nonprofits to support in 2020

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Here are five fledgling nonprofits you may not have heard of yet, but that are already inspiring movements, pushing for legislation and combating climate change