Cape Town beach home controls natural light with powerful hydraulic shutters

August 17, 2016 by  
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The house comprises a minimalist steel-framed glass box with a hull-shaped hardwood roof and glass walls that run continuously along the perimeter of the building. Sitting on a small promontory overlooking a sensitive ecosystem of fynbos vegetation and dunes, the building has a minimal impact on its surroundings. Related: Stunning home made of local materials in Africa matches its jaw-dropping reservoir views The interior doesn’t have any fixed partitions. All interior walls are sliding ash-clad doors that allow natural light to reach the interior during the day and create an open space that extends out onto cantilevered hardwood decks . The line between private and public spaces is blurred, while steel, glass, raw concrete and wood create subtle contrasting elements. + Elphick Proome Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Dennis Guichard

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The Michigan city replacing all lead plumbing to prevent Flint-like water crisis

August 17, 2016 by  
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As Flint ’s water crisis bulldozes forward, there is another Michigan city taking preemptive measures to protect its citizens from lead poisoning . Lansing’s Board of Water and Light has been replacing aging, lead-riddled water pipes with copper before a problem even starts. The local government working to prevent causing its citizens harm is leaving locals shocked. Just 50 miles west of Flint lies the state capital, which draws its water from the 400-feet deep Saginaw Aquifer. Lansing’s officials started the copper pipe replacement project ten years ago, without the courts or public outcry demanding they do so. Operating under the radical idea that no amount of lead exposure is a safe amount, mayor Virgil Bernero started the $42 million plan to replace all 14,000 of the city’s pipes. Related: 6 Michigan state workers charged with misconduct over the Flint Water Crisis The public’s reaction to the plan has been mixed, mostly due to suspicion that the mission must mean the drinking water is unsafe. Board of Water and Light’s executive director of public affairs, Steve Serkaian, said to Next City , “When we show up at homes to replace the lead service lines, people think there’s a problem with the water.” They are surprised to learn the city is taking care of the issue before they are in harm’s way, rather than after. There are now only 325 pipes left to replace, with completion of the project projected for 2017. With any hope, this communities approach to public safety may serve as an inspiration to others around the country. Via New City Images via Wikipedia , Pixabay

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All-black house in Poland is clad in sustainably harvested, chemical-free ThermoWood

January 8, 2016 by  
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Ehang’s autonomous helicopter could fly you up to 11,000 feet without a pilot

January 7, 2016 by  
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A Chinese drone manufacturer claims to have built a self-piloting electric helicopter that can carry one passenger up to 10 miles. The aircraft, announced yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is purportedly capable of lifting off, flying along a route, detecting obstacles, and then safely landing, all autonomously. Although this type of vehicle isn’t legal now, and isn’t likely to be allowed any time soon, the development of a pilotless personal helicopter marks a huge breakthrough in transportation technology. The hitch is that nobody has actually seen a human being ride in the thing. Read the rest of Ehang’s autonomous helicopter could fly you up to 11,000 feet without a pilot

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Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

October 9, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: hardwood , House Husarö , metal-clad house , open-plan , skylights , sliding doors , Stockholm , Sweden , swedish architecture , tectonic rationality , Tham & Videgård , timber , timber interior

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Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials

August 23, 2011 by  
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Designed from two very different and contrasting materials, ORIGIN is a two-part pendant lamp made from natural wood and partially recycled Corian® . Its creator is furniture and product designer Gregg Parsell , a recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University in England. Strolling through this year’s New Designers exhibition in London, Inhabitat spotted this contemporary luminaire, which boasts both an eco-friendly origin and a sleek, modern look. Read the rest of Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british design , corian , Decorative Objects , green home decor , green lighting , green materials , hanging lamp , hardwood , London , new designers 2011 , Recycled Materials , Sustainable Materials

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Help Pet Lounge Studios Create a Documentary About Its Sustainable Bamboo Dog Furniture

August 23, 2011 by  
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Just because your pet can’t talk doesn’t mean he doesn’t want his furniture to be sustainable! That’s why Pet Lounge Studios creates their stylish and comfy bamboo furniture just for your fine feathered or four-legged friend. The eco-conscious company is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to film a video documentary that follows them as they travel deep within the forests of mainland China to harvest raw bamboo for the manufacturing of their products. If you’d like to see their journey exploring the sustainability of bamboo, show your support on Kickstarter today ! + Support Pet Lounge Furniture 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: bamboo furniture , bamboo pet furniture , eco design , eco products , green design , green products , pet furniture , pet lounge , pet lounge studios , sustainable design , sustainable pet furniture

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Rare Butterfly Rediscovered in Maine

November 26, 2009 by  
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The Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly species was identified in September by Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department biologists.

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