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Shipping Container Office Building

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Permanent, multistory structure erected in Providence, R.I.

In Providence, R.I., a new office building has lifted the challenging task of shipping container construction to new heights. The first permanent, multistory structure in the U.S. made entirely from shipping containers cost owner Peter Case $1.8 million to build, about half of what he would have paid for a conventional structure. Divided into two sets of offices, the three-story complex has an......read more

Flat File by Jill Allyn Peterson

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An elegant, low-impact alternative to the traditional filing cabinet $80.00

When it comes to options for file storage, the pickings are slim. You can either go bulky and ugly or cheap-looking and plastic. NYC designer Jill Allyn Peterson proposes an attractive alternative in the form of the Flat File, a super lightweight, flat-shipping filing cabinet designed with sustainability in mind. Made of laser-cut birch plywood, with organic cotton folders, the Flat File is......read more

Eco Highlighter Pencil

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The vital office and school supply -- now in biodegradable format $2.00

Since it was first developed in 1963, the highlighter pen has become an essential tool for the office and school. Unfortunately, like so many of the products that have become indispensible to modern life, the felt-tipped plastic highlighters are terrible for the environment. Enter the Eco Highlighter Pencil from Stubby Pencil Studio, a 100% biodegradable highlighter that uses no ink solvents......read more

Cork Planter Bookend Set

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Cork bookends also function as desktop planters/office organizers $48.00

Talk about versatility. We can count at least four simultaneous uses for this Cork Planter Bookend Set, designed by Nicole Runde on behalf of Working Class Studio. Made entirely of durable, high-density tan cork, the containers are watertight and perfectly sized for succulents, miniature, small ferns, or any sort of herb. Meanwhile it doubles as an inventive office organizer that......read more

OfficePOD

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Tan Lun Cheak's dual purpose table lamp/food cooker.

More and more people are working from home, and that trend doesn't look like it's going to reverse anytime soon. Which is great. We welcome a shift that blurs conventional lines between life and work. And the most eco-friendly commute is no commute at all. But between the fridge, the TV, and the stereo, it can be hard to stay focused on work. Trust us. Inhabitat hips us to a UK design......read more

Green Cement

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German researchers look to reduce emissions from cement production.

Cement production accounts for five percent of global CO2 emissions, which is double the emissions from all airline traffic. That spells a massive greenhouse gas problem, just so society can continue to build and expand its infrastructures. But there has to be another way, right? Cement is the glue that holds concrete together. Concrete is so ubiquitous as to be nearly invisible. Producing the......read more

Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects

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Three small buildings in a Silicon Valley oak grove offer a quiet retreat

When the owner of a Silicon Valley property decided to renovate his family home, he also decided to make good on an idea he and his daughter shared: building treehouses in an oak grove on the edge of the property. While not exactly treehouses per se, these three tea houses nestled among the stands of oak should do the trick. Designed by Swatt Miers Architects, the glass-paneled tea houses......read more

Local Materials Only: The 100-Mile House

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Home-building competition challenges architects to keep it local

The food-based locavore movement is maybe best defined by the "100-Mile Diet," which involves eating only what's available in your region. Now, that concept is being applied to architecture with the "100-Mile House," an approach to homebuilding that involves using only materials available in your immediate environment (duh).  The idea is being promoted by the 100 Mile House......read more

Flick the Switch, and Smart Glass Blocks Heat and Light

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Spray-on smart windows could ignite an energy efficiency revolution

US Department of Energy scientists have engineered a spray-on nanocrystal window coating that uses electricity to control how much heat and light passes through it. The "smart glass" coating, which can be controlled to respond to changing weather conditions, could represent a major leap in energy efficiency technology for buildings. The technology, described in Nature, makes use of conductive......read more

Advanced Builder Blocks

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Vermont artisans transform local, sustainable timber into 78-piece building block set $96.00

In an age when babies are using iPads, it's nice to have toys around that harken back to a simpler, less digital era. This timeless builder block set is a perfect example. Handmade by artisans in Middlebury, Vermont, the 78-piece set helps encourage budding imaginations with varied blocks all sized in multiples of 1". The wooden blocks are crafted from locally sourced, sustainably harvested......read more

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