A new study reveals that urban green spaces may be an antidote to depression

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A new study published in JAMA Open Network on July 20th by a group of researchers in Philadelphia suggests that symptoms of depression could be reduced by access to green spaces for those living near them. While previous research has cross-studied the beneficial effects of green spaces on mental well-being, experts such as Professor Rachel Morello-Frosch from the University of California, Berkley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management are regarding this experimentation as “innovative.”… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This dreamy cluster of cabins houses light-filled live/work spaces in Hokkaido

Japanese architect Makoto Suzuki has carved out a slice of live/work paradise with this cluster of cabin-like volumes in Hokkaido. While each mono-pitched structure appears to stand independently, the timber-clad buildings are interconnected. The building, called the House in Tokiwa, also achieves harmony with the landscape through the use of natural materials and low-profile structures designed to embrace nature at every turn.

Located near Sapporo, House in Tokiwa comprises a series… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Cable railing expand the view in your favorite spaces

When you picture your dream home, what comes to mind? Lots of open, connected spaces, tons of natural light, a gorgeous view from your deck? If so, then you should be thinking about incorporating cable railing into your exterior and interior spaces. Not only is cable railing an excellent sustainable product option (it’s made with eco-friendly stainless steel), but it also has a minimalist vibe that makes any space feel welcoming and more expansive.

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Traditional railings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Shapeshifting Tent House blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces

Spark Architect’s Tent House is a seasonal shapeshifter. While situated close to Australia’s famed Sunshine Coast, its location in a rainforest clearing called for a unique design that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Limited by the natural size of the clearing, the tent home was carefully planned to make maximum use of all available space. A large, open area houses a kitchen, a dining area complete with an accommodating table, and living “room”, with a welcoming flow… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 landscape design projects that turned neglected spaces into incredible parks

The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat

Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or land affected by war, natural disaster or disuse. These View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

INTERVIEW: Queen of tiny living Felice Cohen on her new guidebook for small spaces

90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (…or more), 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet, felice cohen, 90 sq ft apartment, 90 square foot apartment, adAPT Nyc, downshifting, downsizing, eco design, felice cohen, green design, green NYC, manhattan upper west side, micro apartments, micro studio, microstudio, minimalism, new york tiny apartment, simple living, small apartment, small house movement, small nyc apartments, small space, small space living, studio apartment, sustainable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

Style isn’t the only thing that’s big in Tiny Heirloom’s luxurious and beautifully detailed tiny homes—the custom base model package starts at a hefty $65,000 price tag. For that price however, clients can expect high-end materials like granite countertops View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Shoeblox is a modern shoe storage remedy for small spaces

Shoeblox is a storage and display system that allows your shoes to be stored upright in a captivating way. Shoeblox lets you enjoy your shoes even when you are not wearing them.

We all have our favorite shoes, yet for some reason they end up cluttered in front entryways, thrown into closets or placed in shoe boxes unable to be seen. Shoeblox solves these problems by giving you additional storage space on your walls. Instead of tripping over your family’s shoes, they can be arranged neatly on… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building