These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors

September 27, 2016 by  
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The Pikaplant Jar is the perfect accessory for the black-thumbed gardener, as it never needs watering. The high humidity atmosphere is contained inside the sealed jar, creating a sustainable recycling of air and water. The coffea arabica plant featured in the design is indigenous to Ethiopia’s western highlands, yet the company claims one of the original prototypes in its Amsterdam office for over 12 months. Related: Gorgeous self-watering green walls add life and fresh air to any room Also in the Pikaplant family is the Tableau tray, a successfully funded Kickstarter project. A steel base holds three ceramic pots and a water reservoir, creating an open-air and self-watering masterpiece. Pikaplant One is the company’s stunning vertical garden , equipped with a passive irrigation system. The three shelf-high installation uses biomimicry , borrowing from the wet-dry cycle of ground water and trusting the plants to know how much water they need and when. Pikaplant Jars were located at designjunction at the London Design Festival 2016 this year, in its new King’s Cross location, along with Blackbody’s fierce FIRE RING chandelier . +Pikaplant +London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Pikaplant

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Chasing Sunlight is a smart flower pot that rolls to find ideal light conditions

January 15, 2015 by  
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How about instead of moving your plants during the day or depending on the season, they find the optimal position in your flat all by themselves? Thanks to a new prototype designed and built by Xiaolong Mu , it could someday be a reality. His Chasing Sunlight mobile pots have light sensors and motorized wheels that enable plants to move on their own to reach optimal positions. Read the rest of Chasing Sunlight is a smart flower pot that rolls to find ideal light conditions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arduino , Chasing Sunlight , diy design , easy to assemble , flower pot , green design , house plants , light sensors , mobile flower pot , motorized wheels , photosythesis , plants , Xiaolong Mu

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O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

October 18, 2012 by  
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Houseplants are wonderful for livening up indoor spaces – but did you also know that many of them are effective natural air purifiers too? If you’re looking for a new plant for your home or office, O2forYou is a database full of different plants that clean your air. You can also look for plants with ‘ O2 for You ‘ tags at your local retailer and reap the benefits of these hard working plants. + O2forYou 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: 02 for you , benefits of indoor plants , ferns and spider plants , house plants , houseplants , indoor plant week , Indoor Plants , National Indoor Plant Week , peace lilies , plants

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LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert

October 18, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of LEED Gold Mojave Rivers Ranger Station Helps the Forest Service Protect the Mojave Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , California , desert , desert architecture , eco design , eco office , forest service , green architecture , Green Building , green design , LEED gold , marcy wong , marcy wong donn logan architects , mojave , mojave desert , mojave rivers ranger station , photovoltaics , ranger station , solar powered office , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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Autonomous Sunlight-Hunting Drone Keeps Your House Plants From Wilting

October 15, 2012 by  
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Potted plants are a great way to bring the healing qualities of nature indoors while also generating clean air . Keeping them alive and healthy once they’re inside is another story. Belgium-based sculptor Stephen Verstraete built an adorable rolling robot that taxis your shrubbery to all the sunny spots in your home–without being asked! Dubbed the Plant Host Drone, this glorified Roomba follows the sun across the sky, ensuring that your plants soak up all the sun they need to stay green and healthy. Read the rest of Autonomous Sunlight-Hunting Drone Keeps Your House Plants From Wilting Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drone , house plants , Indoor Plants , Plant Host Drone , robot , roomba , Stephen Verstraete , sunlight

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Cibicworkshop Showcases Green Building Techniques with “Cultivating a House”

October 15, 2012 by  
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Cultivating a House is a large-scale installation consisting of two houses built from sustainable materials by  Cibicworkshop , a design research center that is based in italy. The two houses, which were presented at the MADE Expo 2012, are made of hemp and a dry construction system supported by metal frames. The house that is made out of hemp — a key element in Italy’s agricultural history — represents a way of building with natural materials. The dry-construction home presents an innovative construction system that enables builders build the home very quickly. All of the materials in the metal frame house are 100% recyclable. + Cibicworkshop 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: “natural materials” , Cibicworkshop , Cultivating a House , dry construction , Green Building , green design , green house , hemp , hemp construction , hemp house , Natural building materials

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London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

October 15, 2012 by  
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