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Arlevagen is a Charming Low Energy Green Roofed Housing Development in Sweden

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A Contest is Brewing: Win a Trip To Brazil!

by Peet's Coffee, 02/29/12


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There are two types of coffee lovers in the world: commercial café frequenters and coffee connoisseurs. If you fall into the latter category, or simply appreciate the alluring aroma of an excellent cup of Joe, this unique opportunity will surely get you percolating. Peet’s Coffee is offering a sweepstakes that will award three grand-prize winners an all-expenses-paid trip to Brazil with a guest, to get a true behind-the-scenes coffee experience at a working coffee estate. Bi-weekly prizes, including a Peet’s Tasting Journal or Peet’s Tumbler, will also be awarded beginning on January 23.

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An Enchanted Forest of Carved Tree Stump Creatures Sprouts in the UK

by Molly Cotter, 02/29/12
filed under: Art, Treehouses

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

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Beautiful Snow-Capped Mountain House is Buried into a Dutch Hillside


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Japanese Levitating House System Could Protect Homes From Earthquakes

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We’ve seen quite a few creative examples of disaster-resistant architecture here at Inhabitat – from houses that rise up atop flood waters to an elastic iron alloy designed to sway with an earthquake. Now a Japanese company, Air Danshin Systems Inc., has come up with perhaps the most inventive solution we’ve seen — they fit out existing houses to levitate in the event of an earthquake. In the wake of last year’s Fukushima disaster the company is set to install the levitation system in 88 houses across Japan.

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Shenzhen, China Launches the World’s Largest Electric Vehicle Fleet

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Shenzhen, China has laid claim to the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the world – and they recently announced the addition of 1,500 EV’s to their fleet of 500, bringing the grand total up to 2,000 vehicles. The vehicles — 1,300 buses and 700 taxis — were all bought from Shenzhen-based EV manufacturer BYD. Shenzhen has made some pretty progressive strides to get their residents and government workers behind the wheel of a zero-emissions vehicle – including offering lower energy costs for new electric vehicle owners, according to China Car Times.

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Cubed Maze3 is a Larger Than Life Maze Made From Recycled Materials

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The Cubed Maze3 by Phil Pauley adds a third and forth dimension to traditional mazes, and it is designed to be constructed out of a 100% recycled (laminated) flexible glass based polymer. Covering nine floors, multiple stairs, glass ramps and transparent walled partitions, this mega maze will challenge and amuse all who attempt its summit. Each of the nine levels represents the complexity of an equivalent single level maze, and stairs and ramps may offer assurance, but sometimes you will have to go back down a floor or two to reach the higher levels. The Cubed Maze3 is so-called because its design principle is based on individual interconnected cubes, which are then multiplied into a cube of cubes. The heart and centre of the Cubed Maze3 is a stunning rooftop café bar with spectacular 360 panoramic views. The only concern while relaxing with refreshments will be how to get back out again!

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NRJA Unveils Plans to Renovate Historic Latvian Police Station With Pop Up Modern Addition

by Andrew Michler, 02/29/12

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A police station built in the early 20th century in Riga, Latvia is commissioning a renovation that will utterly transform it inside and out while retaining the building’s original footprint. Architecture firm NRJA (which stands for No Rules Just Architecture – just about the coolest firm name we have heard of) proposes to build an entirely new residential/mixed use building inside the original and cap it with an extensive roof garden. We’ve seen this trick before, but NRJA’s thoughtful approach to the project makes the design a real standout.

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Huawei Unveils Epic Pegasus Sculpture Made From 3,500 Smartphones

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Spotted by our friends at Treehugger, this epic Pegasus Sculpture, crafted by London’s Machine Shop from 3,500 Huawei smartphones stands nearly 19 feet tall and boasts a 16 foot wingspan. The mass of Ascend D Quad handsets rest on a frame made from over 650 yards of iron rods, and the whole piece took more than 720 man-hours to craft. Unfortunately, it misses the boat on being a legitimately cool piece of corporate art – read on to learn why.

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AIRE Mask Uses the Power of Human Breath To Charge Gadgets

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Ever wish you could charge your iPhone while looking like a complete weirdo? Now you can, with the AIRE mask, a wind-powered device that captures the power of respiration and converts it to electricity via small wind turbines. At best it makes the wearer look like they’re living in a chemical war zone; at worst it’ll make you look like a futuristic Hannibal Lecter. But looks aren’t everything!

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Enter Your Tape Sculpture in Scotch’s “Off The Wall” Contest to Win $5000

by Yuka Yoneda, 02/29/12
filed under: Design Competitions

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Do you have a penchant for designing with repurposed materials? If so, enter Scotch’s “Off the Wall” tape sculpture contest and you could win $5000! Just create an original piece of art using packaging tape as your medium and enter your photos here! And don’t forget to check out the entries that are already in for inspiration.

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Emerging New York Architects Competition Unveils the Winning Designs for the Harlem Edge Waterfront

by Lori Zimmer, 02/29/12
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Mild Winter & Early Blooms Concern NYC-Area Farmers and Gardeners

by Jessica Dailey, 02/29/12
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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With temperatures barely dipping below freezing and a near non-existent snowfall, New York City, along with most of the country, has been experiencing one of the warmest winters on record. Just last week, temperatures neared 60, and throughout the city, early signs of spring — buds on trees, crocuses in full bloom — are popping up. Flowers and warm weather are certainly nicer than piles of snow and slush, but what does this mean for the health of our gardens and farms? Horticulturists at the city’s botanical gardens, as well as farmers in the Hudson Valley, are concerned about harsh frosts and possible snowfall, which can end a plant’s bloom for the season, or worse, throw off its life cycle and pollination.

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The Power365 Concept is a Solar Powered Portable Power Supply

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Power 365 is a concept for a next generation smart power supply that uses a simplistic arrangement of solar cells and light emitting technology. Designed by Phil Pauley, the portable device aims to produce enough juice to charge mobile phones, laptops, mp3 players and more. If produced, Power 365 would range in price from $200 for small mobile devices up to $50,000+ for a large scale linked rack of many devices for more powerful domestic or commercial applications.

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The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

The World’s Oldest Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down in the UK

The world’s oldest nuclear power plant was just switched offline today in the UK after 44 years of operation. The Oldbury Power Station was the world’s first commercial nuclear operation,

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FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

Telecommuting saves workers money on subway or gas costs while conserving energy – but it can also mean less exercise. The folks at FitDesk have a solution – a brilliant bicycle/desk that

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EPA Backs Off Harsh Permitting Regulations for Large Stationary Polluters

EPA Backs Off Harsh Permitting Regulations for Large Stationary Polluters

The EPA has been trying to enforce harsher permitting processes to keep large stationary polluters from spewing greenhouse gasses (GHG) into the atmosphere, however its efforts have been met with lots of

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Brooklyn Residents Call for a Car-Free Prospect Park

Brooklyn Residents Call for a Car-Free Prospect Park

The city has plans to reduce the car traffic in Prospect Park drastically, but Brooklyn residents don’t think the proposed plan is quite enough. In a meeting last night, the Prospect Park Administration

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Austria Solar’s Gorgeous “Sun Powered” Annual Report Appears When Exposed to Sunlight

Austria Solar’s Gorgeous “Sun Powered” Annual Report Appears When Exposed to Sunlight

Austria Solar teamed up with design group ServicePlan to create a beautiful and uniquely apt presentation of their annual report – it’s printed with special ink that only materializes when

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Student Designer Creates More Sustainable Packaging for LED Light Bulbs

Student Designer Creates More Sustainable Packaging for LED Light Bulbs

While LED light bulbs help save energy and are most certainly a greener choice than incandescents, the packaging of these more eco-friendly light bulbs leaves much to be desired. Using Philips LED bulbs

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Petition to Oust FDA Employee With Ties to Monsanto Gets 420,000 Signatures

Petition to Oust FDA Employee With Ties to Monsanto Gets 420,000 Signatures

It recently came to light that Monsanto’s former public policy vice president, Michael Taylor, is now the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deputy commissioner for food safety, raising

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Google Goggles Will Give You Terminator-Style Augmented Vision

Google Goggles Will Give You Terminator-Style Augmented Vision

Google Goggles may sound like a mouthful – but you might be wearing a pair before you know it. Word on the street is that the search engine giant is developing a set of high-tech specs that will

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Panasonic To Fund Solar Power Installation on Conrad N. Hilton Campus in California

Panasonic To Fund Solar Power Installation on Conrad N. Hilton Campus in California

Panasonic prides itself on providing “ideas for life”, and it seems like the company is living up to that promise with news that the Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company will work with

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Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Nearly 3 billion people in the world do not have a stove to cook on and must walk miles just to gather enough wood to cook meals for their families. The Paradigm Project is seeking to end that constant

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New Eco-Routemaster Hybrid Bus Debuts in London!

New Eco-Routemaster Hybrid Bus Debuts in London!

Londoners taking the number 38 bus between Victoria and Hackney yesterday had the honor of being the first to ride the brand new Eco-Routemaster hybrid bus. The beautiful hybrid double-decker is sure to

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Incredible LEGO Printer Invented by 14-Year-Old Boy!

Incredible LEGO Printer Invented by 14-Year-Old Boy!

We’ve seen LEGO wizards create some pretty amazing projects lately by combining the iconic blocks with technology. One fourteen year old LEGO genius, Leon Overweel, has used his skills to construct

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