8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

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This modern vacation home embraces indoor-outdoor living in Ontario

The boundary between indoors and out are blurred to beautiful effect in the Bear Stand Residence, a family retreat located approximately three hours northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Designed by Bohlin Grauman Miller in association with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the 3,300-square-foot holiday home is wrapped in glazing and natural materials to feel like an airy extension of the surrounding forest. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently recognized the home’s excellence with a 2018… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 things you need to know about living in the 2018 Airstream Globetrotter

Have you ever dreamed of packing your bags and hitting the road on an Airstream adventure? You’re not alone. The Airstream is a marvel of modern design – and it has captured the hearts of dreamers, design fans, and free-spirited travelers for decades. This space-age capsule carries the promise of freedom, comfort and self-sufficiency wherever it goes – and we recently had the chance to take one for a spin along the rugged coastline of California. Follow along on our adventure to find out 10 things… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Goodyear unveils a living moss tire that cleans the air as you drive

The future of transportation is looking mighty green. Goodyear revealed a tire called Oxygene that integrates living moss to help improve air quality while you travel.

While we’re excited about any eco-friendly innovations in mobility, this tire is particularly exciting because tires are such a toxic part of the transportation system.

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Minimalist living meets luxury in the Sturgis Tiny Home

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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 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