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Good Green Design Doesn't Have To Be Expensive: The M&M; House

All photos via 100Khouse<p>I have not paid nearly enough attention to the work of Postgreen, the Philadelphia developers of economical and very …

Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

Renewable energy like solar and wind is booming across the country as the costs of production have come down. But the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't blow when we need it to.<p>This challenge has sparked a technology race to store energy — one that goes beyond your typical battery.<p><b>Heat</b> …

Clean Energy

Articles about now taking submissions universal design challenge can actually make difference on Dwell.com - Dwell

For the second year in a row, Home Matters will be hosting a compelling design competition that will challenge architects and...<p>Commercial Concrete Planters And Landscape Architecture...<p>How can excess hair from beauty salons be used to clean oil spills? How do you convince six- to twelve-year-old …

Furniture Design

This college student decided to build a $15,000 tiny home instead of live in a dorm

Before he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, design major Joel Weber took one look at the rising cost of living for a struggling college student and knew dorm life wasn't for him.<p>A room in one of the school's residence halls costs roughly $1,135 per month. Living off campus is no less …

Stainless Steel

The Future of the Wind Farm Could Be Forests of Tiny Mechanical Trees

Research from the Ohio State University could lead to a whole new way to harvest not only wind, but vibrations and footsteps as well.<p>Solar farms are proving to be a pretty good source of sustainable energy if you can figure out a clever place to put them. And windmills aren't bad either, especially …

Nanowire discovery may lead to better, cheaper solar cells

Scientists have figured out a standardized way to make nanowires out of perovskite, a material that could one day make solar energy cheap and ubiquitous. Just a few years ago, cells made from the relatively inexpensive substances had a solar efficiency rating of just 3.8 percent. Fast-forward to …

Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K

The architecture students at Auburn University's Rural Studio prove that well-designed homes can still be affordable, thanks to their initiative called the 20K Project. The undergraduate program advocates for social justice through architecture, and to demonstrate this, students have created …

Architecture

Hundreds of water-absorbing bioswales coming to Queens sidewalks

1/5<p>Bioswales Rego Park, Queens<p>Come spring time, some lucky sidewalks in Queens will be blooming with water-absorbing bioswales.

Cyber Monday 2015: 10 Best Deals for Garden and Outdoor Design

Cyber Monday is a much friendlier way to kick off the holiday shopping season than Black Friday ever was. You can shop at work, for one thing, and …

20 Health Mistakes to Stop Making Before You Turn 40

Want look and feel young into your 40s and beyond? Now’s the time to hit the refresh button.<p>“When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you have forever”—or so …

Here's how much of the world would need to be covered in solar panels to power Earth

Solar energy is a seriously underrated resource.<p>More power from the sun hits the Earth in a single hour than humanity uses in an entire year, yet …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …

Mindfulness

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27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit Before You Die

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

Six Oaks is a Modern Yet Rustic Shipping Container Home in California

1/11<p>Six Oaks Shipping Container Home by Modulus in California<p>Six Oaks is a recycled shipping container house located in the forested mountains …

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For a long time, it was believed that people are born with a given level of intelligence and the best we could do in life was to live up to our potential. Scientists have now proven that we can actually <i>increase</i> our potential and enjoy …

The Brain

Ilse Crawford’s Back-To-The-Land Line for Ikea

Ilse Crawford‘s new Sinnerlig line for Ikea doesn’t feel very Ikea—there’s no melamine, graphic patterns, or bold hues that the brand is often associated with. Instead it’s about stoneware, steel, cork, glass, cotton, jute, and wood—materials culled from the earth.<p>To Crawford, this approach shows …

Stairs Revisited: Another 12 Modern Staircases

Architect Ammar Eloueini worked with architect Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY™ to complete this Corian screen/handrial that spans the side of this wooden …

Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

We’ve seen several transparent solar cell concepts on Inhabitat, but perhaps none with such ambitious claims as those made by SolarWindow …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Solar-powered Sustainer Homes give you the freedom to live anywhere

Wish you had the freedom to live anywhere without ever paying another cent in utilities? If so, Netherlands-based Sustainer Homes has developed the …

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Google’s new project could convince you to buy solar panels

Google wants to make it easy for people to consider using solar power for their homes. Today it launched a tool called Project Sunroof, which uses Google Maps data to calculate your roof’s solar energy potential.<p>It’s a simple but clever system: using high resolution satellite imagery, Google …

Peru's Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains

1/15<p>Chontay House Marina Vella Arquitectos<p>This rustic house on a mountain slope near Peru's capital accentuates the stunning beauty of the Andes …

Workshop is built out of flat-pack cross-laminated timber, and looks like something much more

There are so many things to love about wood construction. Wood is a renewable resource; it sequesters carbon; It's looks so darn good. Even in a …

Why you need to build a beautiful 'bug hotel' in your backyard

You might think of bugs as pests to be avoided. Not so, says Lisa Lee Benjamin, founder of Urban Hedgerow, an artists' collaborative based in San Francisco that's working to increase appreciation for wild animals, plants and insects by bringing more of them into our urban landscapes.<p>Take beetles, …

Natural History Museum

Architizer

Lindal Launches New 'Architects Collaborative' Prefab Home Line Featuring Designs from Our Favorite Architects

1/7<p>Lindal Launches New Prefab Collection for the Masses Featuring Designs from Our Favorite Architects<p>We are happy to be the first to announce that …