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Alex

Fantastic in Plastic

In the age of the green revolution, it’s quite mesmerizing how designers go to extremely creative lengths to craft ‘eco-savvy’ attire. The entire green movement is inspiring a new realm of recycled and environmentally friendly styles, which are taking fashion to a whole new level. In the midst of a random internet search, I encountered radiant eco-friendly fashion ensembles crafted out of recycled plastic. Check it out! DIY recycled, plastic bottle vest…

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6 years ago
Inhabitat

Saint Petersburg Unveils Primorskiy Zoological Park with Geodesic Domes

Bruno Tanant and Jean Christophe Nani of TN Plus recently teamed up with Aldric Beckmann and Françoise N’Thépé of Beckmann N’Thépé to unveil a stunning new zoo for Saint Petersburg, Russia. The architects’ proposal moves the zoo outside of the town, creating a sprawling series of wildlife preserves that cover 300 hectares of land. Inspired by Pangea, the zoo was designed to represent a reunion of South East Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, North America and Eurasia.

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6 years ago
Ecofabulous

Recycled Glasses We Covet

It’s on the inside that counts, right? Well… if sipping an organic cocktail or soda, we think it’s of equal importance to consider the qualities of the drink vessel. Regardless of what medium you use, whether tumbler, martini or margarita, we’ve found stylish options made of recycled glass…

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6 years ago
Inhabitat

Loaded: Heavyweight Craft Exhibit Showcases Designs Made from Iron & Sugar

One of our favorite exhibits at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair was Loaded, which brought together 15 students and emerging designers from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to explore the history, physicality, and currency of two catalytic materials: iron and sugar. Designer Brian Anderson explains: “Sugar and iron are two materials that represent the American history quite well, with references to the times of slavery as well as the glorious industrial days.” Read on for a look at the innovative designs on display — from lighting to tableware and jewelry.

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6 years ago
Jeff

Plumen Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

“It’s strange that the bulb, an object so synonymous with ideas, is almost entirely absent of imagination.”

The Plumen 001 concept bulbs are not only built to use 80% less energy and last 8x longer than incandescent light bulbs, their aesthetically outspoken design adds substantial presence compared to unappealing traditional compact fluorescent light bulbs…

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6 years ago
the technology of sustainable design

Where Computation Design Meets Energy Efficiency

as architecture evolves into the post-bilbao economy, form can no longer justify itself. the argument that dynamic form will act as a catalyst for a regional growth has been disproven by years of an atrophying tourist market and crippled by diminished construction budgets. the current climate has legions of young architects struggling to find a raison d’être for the complex curves and intricate surfaces they have been trained to produce. websites like grasshopper3d and suckerPUNCH feature parades of exercises in technique, but proposals that are completely divorced from our current condition. the few designs that do reference ideas of sustainability, economy, or performance typically seem to be a post-rationalization of a design technique, rather than a rigorous investigation of how form could become a performative element.

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6 years ago
Sponsored by Lexus

A Darker Side

“Sam” Sadakata, chief engineer for the new CT 200h, talks about his latest Lexus creation. Lexus’ new hybrid takes to the streets next winter, and if you’ve had a chance to see the vehicle’s new website, you’ll know that Lexus is calling this premium hybrid compact its “darker side of green.” So naturally, we had a few questions for the man who wants people to come to the dark side: CT 200h Chief Engineer “Sam” Sadakata.

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6 years ago
freako5

Google Invests $168MM in World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant

Google furthered its quest to build an alternative energy infrastructure this week with a $168 million investment in a massive California solar farm. Google announced this week that it has committed $168 million in funding for what will be the world’s largest solar power tower plant, which is currently being built in California’€™s Mojave Desert. The massive alternative energy project, spearheaded by BrightSource Energy, will reportedly generate 392 grow megawatts of clean energy, enough to power 140,000…

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6 years ago
Inhabitat

Gorgeous Energy-Absorbing Trap Light Never Needs to be Plugged In

Today Gionata Gatto and Mike Thompson unveiled a gorgeous new pendant lamp at the Milan Furniture Fair that is completely powered by light energy absorbed from ambient sources. Dubbed the ‘Trap Light’, the cord- and battery-free lamp utilizes special photoluminescent pigments to scavenge “waste energy” from surrounding light sources such as CFL and LED bulbs. At night, the lamp springs to life with a soft, ambient glow…

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6 years ago
Inhabitat

Shiny Serpentine Jeongok Prehistory Museum in Korea Now Complete

The new museum is located at the Paleolithic site in the Jeongok district, where the first Acheulian handaxe was discovered in East Asia. The new museum is located at the Paleolithic site in the Jeongok district, where the first Acheulian handaxe was discovered in East Asia. Even though it seems like a space-ship, the museum’s design largely references early man and his connection to the land and the nearby river. The tubular, stainless steel building burrows into the ground and a pattern of perforations on the exterior mimics the skin texture of snakes, while the shiny exterior is designed to reflect back the surroundings. At night light shines out through the perforations.

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6 years ago