19th-century church converted into gorgeous modern lofts in Brooklyn

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Protruding from a cliff edge above a river in Japan, this holiday villa for a doctor and his wife provides spectacular views of its surrounding landscape. The two-floor reinforced concrete structure, designed by architecture firm Planet Creations, establishes a delicate balance between rugged and warm materials, with raw wood interiors contrasting the concrete walls.

The villa is located in the Tenkawa village and cantilevers over the Tenokawa River, 56 feet below. It is built into flat bedrock,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The world’s first “Biological House” opens in Denmark

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Abandoned house transformed into a gorgeous sanctuary on a remote Chinese mountain

This rustic sanctuary, nestled in a remote village in China, is a beautifully renovated private home that combines modernity and vernacular design. Architecture studio RSAA approached the renovation project with a strong sense of respect for the history of the building and its stunning natural surroundings.

The original house, nested on the top of the mountain in the north of Anhui Province, China, was uninhabited for years, until the owner decided to renovate it into a modern residence. The design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT’s winning solar-powered dome tree habitats for Mars mimic earthly forests

If humans start constructing cities on Mars, we have an opportunity to build sustainably from the start. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) team designed a city that mimics a forest, with solar-powered dome tree habitats connected with roots, or tunnels. Their vision, called Redwood Forest, was the first place winner in the architecture category of the Mars City Design competition.

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Changing the price of certain foods could save thousands of lives each year

Altering the price of seven particular foods could prevent tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States, according to a new study from researchers at Tufts University. The study, published in BMC Medicine, incorporated a comparative risk assessment model to determine the public health impact of price subsidies on healthy foods and increased taxes on unhealthy foods. Research demonstrated that a 10% price alteration to the highlighted foods, which include fruits, vegetables, nuts, red… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Egyptians discover three 1,000-year-old sunken ships full of treasure

On Tuesday, Egyptian officials revealed that archaeologists had located three sunken ships off the country’s northern coast in Alexandria’s Abu Qir Bay. The wrecks, determined to be of Roman origin, were discovered filled with ancient artifacts dating back at least 1000 years. Included in the bounty excavated were gold coins issued during the reign of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, also known as Augustus Caesar Octavian (Julius Caesar was his great-uncle), as well as pottery, and a “royal head… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Japan mulls pouring 1M metric tons of radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific Ocean

Fukushima cleanup continues over six years after the 2011 disaster – and the country hasn’t yet decided what to do with one million metric tons of radioactive water currently stored on the site in 900 big tanks. Some experts advising the government have said the water should be slowly released into the Pacific Ocean. But local fishermen are afraid consumers won’t purchase fish caught in the region – and their industry is still struggling to rebuild after the tsunami. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Six delicious ways to reuse your Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving Breakfast Hash
What better way to spend the morning after Thanksgiving than with more of your favorite ingredients? This hash made from brussel sprouts, potatoes, and turkey turns last night’s yummy ingredients into this morning’s breakfast. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Swedish power plant is burning H&M clothes instead of fossil fuels

A Swedish power plant hopes to go fossil fuel free by 2020 – and they’re turning to recycled wood and trash for alternatives, including discarded clothing from retail chain H&M. This year they’ve already burned around 15 tons of H&M clothes.

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The Monade Capsule is a private hideaway that hangs from city rooftops

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