3D-Printed Aqueduct Planters Have a Built-in Trickle-Down Irrigation System

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Aqueduct is a new 3D printed mini planter system that can be set up in an amazing array of configurations. The modular system utilizes the connections between each planter as a method of transferring water from the top planter to the lower planters. You can currently purchase a 10-pack planter system from Shapeways for $75 . + Aqueduct Mini Planters The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed planter , 3d printer , aqueduct planter , Botanical , container gardening , Gardening , green design , indoor gardening , modular planter , sustainable design        

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How Big Is Your Home? See How Your Space Compares to Those Around the World

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Graham Hill’s flat is 420 square-feet , HGTV’s smart home is 2,400 square-feet and Al Gore’s home is quite a bit bigger. But just how big is the average home these days, and how big does it need to be? When you compare average new home size around the world, you see pretty quickly that one man’s home really is another man’s castle. The disparity in the figures begs a question: When do we have enough space? As home sizes have swelled over the years a growing number of people are asking whether less can actually be more. Are we finally reaching a point where people want better spaces, rather than simply bigger spaces? Check out the graphic above to gain some perspective, and find out more over at  Shrink That Footprint . + Shrink That Footprint The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: average home size , average house size , average square footage house china , average square footage house US , average square footage house worldwide , big home        

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Blackbody’s Lamps Use OLED Technology to Create Stirring Lighting Effects

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Designers Bruno Dussert-Vidalet and Alessandro Dolcetta turn light into emotion with their new lighting company,  Blackbody . Presenting for the first time at Euroluce during Milan Design Week earlier this month, Blackbody incorporates works from designers across the globe, including a piece called “Bonzai” designed by Italian architect and designer Aldo Cibic, and “Bell family” designed by French designer Thierry Gaugain. The lamps are designed to be long-lasting (14,000 hours life), ultra flat (2 mm thickness), glare-free, heat-free, and 100% recyclable through the use of luminous OLEDs . More than simple lamps, Blackbody’s multi-faceted forms allow architects and designers to explore innovative and personalized approaches to application. + Blackbody OLED Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alessandro Dolcetta , ambient lighting , Blackbody , Blackbody OLED , Bruno Dussert-Vidalet , eco lighting , energy efficient lighting , Euroluce , green lighting , Milan Design , Milan Furniture Fair , OLED , Salone del mobile        

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27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

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20 years ago there were an estimated 50,000 rivers running through China – but a recent survey has found that over 27,000 of the waterways have disappeared.  An extensive three-year waterway census throughout the country found that China’s rivers only number 22,909 – remarkably less than previously thought. But despite the dicey recent history surrounding China’s rivers , environmental issues aren’t entirely to blame – old-fashioned human error may have thrown the estimated numbers severely off. Read the rest of 27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china pollution , China river pollution , China rivers disappear , eco design , green design , Huang He , Ma Jun , sustainable design        

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Verizon Announces $100 Million Green Energy Project to Power 19 US Facilities

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Inhabitat is reporting live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference today, where Verizon just announced a massive $100 million solar and fuel cell energy project that will provide power to 19 of its U.S. facilities. The project is expected to be complete next year, and it’s poised to generate more than 70 million kilowatt-hours of electricity – that’s enough to power more than 6,000 single-family homes each year. Read the rest of Verizon Announces $100 Million Green Energy Project to Power 19 US Facilities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , eco design , fuel cells , green design , green energy , Solar Power , sustainable design , verizon , verizon fuel cells , verizon green energy project , verizon launches green energy project , verizon solar power , verizon sustainability , verizon wireless        

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Andrew Mowbray Creates Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

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Andrew Mowbray has developed a new kind of natural modular building unit. For the past two years, the artist has been growing Lagenaria gourds in reusable acrylic forms, creating square blocks that can be stacked and locked together. The gourd is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants; it is easily dried and made into functional vessels such as bottles, instruments, and birdhouses. In a time of immense resource scarcity, Mowbray has created a new and sustainable use for gourds. By training them to grow in a square shape, Mowbray is able to produce inexpensive, organic building blocks. Read the rest of Andrew Mowbray Creates Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive produce , adaptive reuse , Andrew Mowbray , Architecture , eco design , gourds , Green Building , green materials , Lagenaria gourds , modular architecture , modular building , Organic , sustainable design        

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BotObjects Unveils the World’s First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer

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BotObjects just unveiled the world’s first full-color desktop 3D printer – the ProDesk3D. Instead of producing monochromatic objects with a single piece of filament, the new ProDesk3D allows designers to pick a desired shade and quickly print the final product with a 5 color PLA re-usable cartridge system. Read the rest of BotObjects Unveils the World’s First Full-Color Desktop 3D Printer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printer , ABS , botobject , cartridge , color , desktop , fabrication , PLA , plastic , prodesk3d , pva , Rapid Prototyping        

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The Angelic Organics Learning Center in Illinois is Made from Whole Trees and Straw Bale

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11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

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Climate Central recently reported that 11 billion gallons of untreated human waste spilled into the waterways surrounding New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy ripped through Northeastern United States. That is enough sewage to more than cover the entire area of New York City’s Central Park . According to the report, most of the lakes and rivers flooded in the weeks after the storm, with the last such incident occurring this past January. What’s more, we can expect more of the same as climate change escalates . Hit the jump to learn more. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate central , Climate Change , environmental destruction , environmental news , global warming , Hurricane Sandy , Hurricane Sandy’s wake , new jersey , New York. , News , sewage , superstorm , untreated human waste        

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INRA Research Laboratory is Dedicated to Ecology and Forest Genomics in France

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