This pop-up camper transforms any truck into a tiny mobile home in seconds

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A company in Ghana is turning plastic bags into roads

Only two percent of plastic trash in Ghana is recycled, according to a video from the World Economic Forum. One local industrial processing company, Nelplast Ghana Limited, is hoping to change that statistic. They’re recycling plastic bags into pavement blocks. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This “boat” on wheels turns city dwellers into urban adventurers

This temporary installation in Utrecht, the Netherlands, transforms its site into an unknown land full of discoveries. City dwellers become “urbanauts”– contemporary adventurers that sail in the large public space. Rome-based design collective, orizzontale, conceived the project as a LED-lit modular wooden structure that reimagines the concept of a boat as a flexible urban space that merges art, design and technology.

The project is a piece of public infrastructure for RAUM, a workshop in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sprawling nets turn a Chinese forest into a climbing wonderland

You don’t need to know how to climb a tree to enjoy this marvelous climbing maze suspended in a Guangdong forest. When the school affiliated to the Luofu Mountain Chinese Classics Institute wanted to encourage children to pursue more physical activity, the school tapped Chinese design studio unarchitecte to design a place conducive to play in the forested valley. Taking inspiration from nature, the designers created the Climbing Park of Luofu Mountain, a system of white nets and climbing areas… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This adventurous couple revamped an old Airstream into a dream house on wheels

An Atlanta-based couple stumbled upon an old Airstream on eBay and decided to transform it into a home on wheels perfect for avid travelers like themselves. They revamped the Airstream in 10 months and made sure it was road-ready.

Sheena and Jason found the trailer, which they affectionately named Mavis, on eBay. The original owners intended to use it as a retirement home, but their plans fell through, leaving the Airstream in storage for eight years.

The couple renovated the structure themselves,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists aim to use lasers to turn light into matter

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EvoWheel converts almost any bicycle into an electric bike in just 30 seconds

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Dutch villa smartly taps into solar energy and optimal site conditions

EVA Architecten took the long view when designing Villa IJsselzig, a modern home optimized for energy efficiency and durability. Set next to the river Hollandse Ijssel, the villa respects the neighboring buildings by adapting a similar form but also quietly stands out with its distinctly contemporary design. Renewable energy including solar and a heat pumps power the home while the carefully positioned openings reduce unwanted solar gain.

Topped with a dark copper roof and reddish-brown… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Lush green roof of native plants breathes life into a Texan cabana

This minimalist concrete-and-glass cabana looks as if it rose straight from the ground thanks to its beautiful green roof that ties it into verdant surroundings in Palmer, Texas. Dallas-based architecture firm Wernerfield designed the PTX1 Cabana, a simple and transparent structure that provides a strong contrast to the wild and colorful plants like yucca and sage that grow atop its roof. The rectangular pool house also doubles as a “remote” entertaining space with an indoor lounge, bathroom… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This modern hiking hotel blends into the dark alpine forests of Italy

The darkened wood façade of the award-winning Hotel Bühelwirt is specially tinted to reflect “the dark green, or often black forest tinge [that] seems to blend nature and topography with the building”. Pedevilla Architects designed the building as a natural extension of the breathtaking alpine landscapes of South Tyrol, Italy.

The 20-room hotel references traditional hiking hotels of the region. It marries simplicity with modern forms–rectangular forms meet an asymmetrical saddle roof… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building