A Guide to Eco-Living in a Concrete Jungle

March 1, 2017 by  
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It’s easy to mistake cities as hubs for mass pollution. Big cities are home to millions of residents and have thousands of cars on the road, which can produce huge amounts of waste compared to their rural neighbors. But take a closer look and…

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How to Break the Paper Towel Habit

January 30, 2017 by  
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In almost every American kitchen, you’ll find a roll of paper towels. They have the coolest commercials, and I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic here when I say every girl had a crush on the Brawny man at some point. But why do we…

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Tiny ‘hut in the sky’ radically transforms urban Dominican Republic rooftop

January 5, 2017 by  
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Probably the only thing better than having a beautiful rooftop garden is living in one. At the request of homeowners who were looking for an intimate refuge in the bustling Dominican Republic city of Santo Domingo, the team from ANA Arquitectura converted a rooftop garden space into a livable ‘hut in the sky’. The rooftop apartment and terrace space was designed to be a refuge for the family, who wanted to be central to the city but still have the peace and quiet that comes with a little bit of privacy. The interior of the apartment is compact, but just perfect for light gatherings and family time. Related: Tokyo apartment retrofit makes space for incredible spa The entrance to the apartment leads directly into the indoor entertaining area, designed by Laurelen González. The wooden flooring and spectacular high-gabled timber ceiling, along with hidden lighting, give the small space an open and spacious feel. Although compact, the living area was designed to comprise the heart of the entertainment area, as well as a quiet space for the family. But, let’s be honest, most guests will most likely gravitate to the spectacular outdoor deck upon arrival. Wood plays a strong role in the interior as well as the exterior. Wood siding covers the floor as well as the built-in bench seating and beautiful spa area. Subtle lighting gives off a sense of tranquility and the deck is surrounded by various tall plants for privacy. + ANA arquitectura Via Contemporist Photography by Jesus Rodriguez

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Oakland has an even worse lead problem than Flint, Michigan

January 5, 2017 by  
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A new report from Reuters reveals that residents of the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland, CA are being exposed to far more dangerous levels of lead than residents of Flint, Michigan. However, in this case, the drinking water isn’t the reason for the contamination – it’s the lead-based paint still in use in many of the buildings there. When it chips or crumbles, the lead ends up being released into the air and the dirt nearby. Out of 500 children tested within the area, 7.57% had elevated levels of lead in their blood – far higher than the nationwide average of 2.5%. At the height of the Flint water crisis , only 5% of children within the city had elevated lead levels in their blood, meaning Oakland’s problem is actually worse. Other areas of Oakland didn’t have data available, so it’s impossible to say if other neighborhoods are as badly impacted. Chances are, however, that there’s a lead contamination problem elsewhere in the city – a study in nearby East San Jose turned up equally troubling results, with 3.02% of children testing positive for elevated lead. Related: 33 other U.S. cities have cheated water tests that detect lead The findings come as part of a report published by Reuters just before Christmas. Reporters for the agency found dangerous levels of lead present in almost 3,000 different locales within the country. In fact, more than 1,100 of the affected communities reported lead poisoning rates 4 times higher than those in Flint. Worried about your community? Read the full report and view Reuters’ map of identified lead hotspots here. + Reuters Via The Mercury News Images via Quinn Dombrowski and Christopher Najewicz

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Traditional windows transform the facade of Tehran apartment building into art

May 23, 2016 by  
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The seven-story building features a facade made of heat-treated timber inset with stained glass and vegetation. In addition to its role in controlling solar intake, the facade has a decorative quality by combining natural materials, color and transparency. The patterned facade references some of Iran’s iconic traditional residences, while functioning as a high-performance element that reduces heat buildup. Related: Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran “Economic…

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

February 16, 2015 by  
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Bike Lift&Carry Makes Lugging Your Bicycle Upstairs as Easy as Carrying a Shoulderbag

August 14, 2014 by  
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Are you an urban cyclist that loathes the stairs? Whether it’s schlepping your two wheels up to the apartment or down the steps to the metro, transporting a heavy bike is at best an annoyance and at worst a danger to yourself and other pedestrians. That’s why Henry Teterin has created a Kickstarter for Bike Lift&Carry, a simple and lightweight retracting device that allows you to easily lift and comfortably carry your bicycle as if it were a shoulder bag. Built to support even the heaviest bicycle , the small device conveniently sits on the seat post via a steel clamp. Can’t wait to get your hands on one of your own? You can support the Bike Lift&Carry Kickstarter here . + Bike Lift&Carry Kickstarter 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: bicycles , bike lift&carry , carrying bicycle up stair , easy ways to carry a bicycle , henry teterin , kickstarter , reader submitted content

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Nesting Block Birdhouses for Trendy Tree Sparrows

July 7, 2014 by  
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The design wunderkids over at Zupagrafika have worked their architectural magic yet again, this time creating small buildings that any hipster nuthatch would be happy to call home. The Hispano- Polish design collective transformed plywood nesting boxes into  prefab apartment blocks by stencilling patterns onto them with a LETRASET-like technique (popular in the 1960s and 70s), and adding additional textures and architectural elements for good effect. When complete, the nesting houses were hung on trees to make a fabulous modernist district for local wild birds. + Zupagrafika + Nesting Boxes on Behance 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: apartment , apartments , apartments for birds , bird , bird houses , birdhouse , birdhouses , birds , buildings for birds , letraset , modern , modernism , modernist , modernist birdhouse , Poland , polish , Prefab , prefab apartments , prefabricated , stencils , Zupagrafika

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Massive Multi-Family Apartment Complex Solar Installation Completed in California

May 23, 2014 by  
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One of the largest multi-family apartment complex solar thermal and solar photovoltaic projects of the decade was just completed in California. Los Angeles-based solar company ReGreen retrofitted 34 apartment complexes across the state for real estate company  Goldrich & Kest Industries . The three megawatts of installed solar capacity include 1,200 Heliodyne solar thermal panels and 1,664  ecoSolargy solar PV panels. Read the rest of Massive Multi-Family Apartment Complex Solar Installation Completed in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , apartment , California , California solar , Goldrich and Krest , largest apartments in US with solar , massive solar complex in California , ReGreen , renewable energy , solar , solar pv , solar thermal

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Europe’s First Chemical-Free Apartment Village for ‘Hypersensitives’ Completed in Switzerland

April 17, 2014 by  
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Europe’s first chemical-free housing complex was recently completed near Zurich in Switzerland. The development was carefully designed for those suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and is completely free from the harmful effects of and radiation from fixtures such as smart meters, fluorescent lightbulbs and mobile phones. Read the rest of Europe’s First Chemical-Free Apartment Village for ‘Hypersensitives’ Completed in Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: allergic reactions architecture , architecture for hypersensitives , architecture radiation , architecture toxins , Chemical-Free Apartments , chemical-free architecture , Chemical-Free housing , harmful building materials , health issues architecture , MCS architecture , Multiple Chemical Sensitivity , Switzerland chemical-free building

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