INTERVIEW: How one man is fighting to save the world’s last living root bridges

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What piqued your interest in botanical architecture?

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a strong interest in historical architecture. I love old forts, palaces, and ruins. Then, after travelling to Northeast India as part of a university study abroad in 2009, I became fascinated with the tribal cultures of that region. The root bridges at the time seemed like a sort of intersection of these two interests.

But, frankly, before I visited the Khasi Hills, in the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



512-year-old Greenland shark may be the oldest living vertebrate on Earth

A recently identified 512-year-old Greenland shark may be the world’s oldest living vertebrate. Although scientists discovered the 18-foot fish in the North Atlantic months ago, its age was only recently revealed in a study published in the journal Science. Greenland sharks have the longest lifespan of any vertebrate animal, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the species would boast the oldest living individual vertebrate as well. Nonetheless, the fact that this creature may have been born as early… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT engineers just unveiled living, glowing plants

What if you could read a book at night not with the help of a lamp or flashlight, but with a glowing plant? That’s the vision Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) weaves with new research from their engineers. They embedded nanoparticles into watercress leaves, inducing the greenery to emit dim light for almost four hours.

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This Living Light is powered by a houseplant

 

The lamp works using photosynthesis. As organic compounds are released in the soil, bacteria generates electrons and protons. Those in turn are used as a battery to power the light. The healthier your plant is, the more photosynthesis takes place and the more energy you generate, which is a pretty cool way to gauge how happy your plant lamp is.

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Living Light produces up to 0.1mW of energy, which isn’t enough to light an entire… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Living solar panel wallpaper harvests energy thanks to photosynthesis

Researchers printed circuitry and cyanobacteria on paper, creating a wallpaper that harvests power. The cyanobacteria lived through the printing process, and then performed photosynthesis to harvest energy. Imperial College London described the product as a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel, and said an iPad-sized piece of the wallpaper could energize a digital clock or LED light bulb. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Living Vehicle can take you completely off grid for a month

Combining a glossy aluminum cladding with eco-friendly materials and self-sustaining features, HofArc’s new Living Vehicle trailer may just be the future of stylish, off-grid living. The stunningly sophisticated home on wheels was built with low-impact materials meant to last a lifetime and can be equipped to go off grid for weeks of a time.

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HofArc’s founder, Matthew Hoffman, has spent years living and designing modern, mobile living spaces. The Living Vehicle… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

9 incredible pod homes to help you win at off-grid living

If your #lifegoals include living off the grid somewhere, surrounded by nature, then check this out. We’ve rounded up the best off-grid living pods that are not only affordable, but can be moved almost anywhere.

Pod Space pre-fab pop-up pods
Pod Space’s award winning pre-fab pods can be installed just about anywhere you can dream of. The modular pods are customizable, so you can use them as a backyard office, an extra room, or even a fully-equipped tiny home. The best part is the floor-to-ceiling… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New solar panels with built-in batteries make off-grid living easy

Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere. Developed to “democratize” renewable energy for all consumers, the 25-pound invention has built-in battery storage and output power that exceed any other portable solar device in its class. Additionally, it is capable of providing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Norway’s Fleinvaer cabins offer the ultimate in off-grid living on a remote island

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This incredible urban oasis cafe is filled with living trees and vintage cars

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