Design & Architecture

Mortgage-Free Family’s Remodelled 320 Square Foot Shotgun Home Cost $15,000 (Video)

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For those who are thinking about downsizing to a smaller house, but not necessarily a really tiny home, there are some inspiring ideas to be seen in this remodeling of a “shotgun house” — a long, narrow and hall-less hous…

Pendant Lamp That Lights, Grows & Cleans The Air: Babylone By Greenworks

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Conventional office spaces have the unfortunate reputation of being drab, cubicled places, often cursed with poor air quality and lacking in any cheerful greenery. Even if your boss missed the memo on how improving indoor environment…

Shopping Malls Changing or Closing Because "The World Is Awash In Stuff"

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Shopping malls are in trouble all over North America, as retailers fail, shrink or flee to the cheaper freestanding box stores. Many are changing from shopping to entertainment and services. One expert is quoted in the Mon…

What Gets Measured Gets Managed: Cracking The Tracking of Bikes and Pedestrians

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Our roads are designed for cars, and there are often sensors that control lights or count vehicles in the road that don’t pick up bikes; I often stop at an intersection waiting for a light to change, (yes, some cyclists do stop at …

Gen Art: Will Sustainability be the Future of Fashion?

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Will sustainability be part of the fashion industry in 5 to 10 years? Do the up-and-coming fashionistas feel the green movement is even important? These were the questions running through my head as I drove to the edgy and…

Abandoned Grain Silo in France Is Now an Opera House

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Overlooking the port of Marseille, one of largest cities in France, used to sit an abandoned grain silo. Situated in a neighborhood slated for renovation, the emblematic and highly visible Arenc Silo, built …

Is This the Tiniest Tiny House in the World? Tiny Houses as Punk Rock (Video)

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From a young man building a tiny house so he can live mortgage-free to an off-grid home built for $2,500, we’ve featured some pretty impressive tiny house stories on TreeHugger before. …Read the full story on Tree…

Why Brutalist Architecture Is Not Necessarily Socialist, and Vice Versa

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Andrew Sullivan asks Can Brutalist Architecture Help Explain The London Riots? and illustrates his post with an image of Alison and Peter Smithson’s classic Robin Hood Gardens. Sullivan quotes Tom Clougherty of British li…

UFO Lands and Welcomes Earthlings At Sweden’s TreeHotel

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TreeHugger loves and hates the TreeHotel in Sweden; I love it for the design, and the fact that my first post on it was the most popular I ever wrote; Our tech people hate it because it was so popular that it broke the site for a…

Verdes y Colores: Museum and Shop of 100% Local Products from Costa Rica

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Located five minutes from the San Jose international airport in Costa Rica, Verdes y Colores is a mix of shop and museum which aims to combine responsible shopping with education to give more meaning to sustainable product desi…