WebEcoist | Archived Articles by Author: Steph

Stephanie is one of the most veteran authors on both WebUrbanist and WebEcoist – her work tends toward the design side of things, covering everything from parks and scenic overlooks to dazzling futuristic eco-architecture:

Drink it In: 14 Buildings Made from Plastic Bottles

These 14 incredible structures, from simple greenhouses to stunning schools, are built almost entirely out of a pervasive waste material: plastic bottles.

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Lost Civilizations: 12 Societies that Vanished in Mystery

What happened to the Indus Valley civilization, the Minoans or the Olmec of Mexico? Alien abduction? Maybe not, but it's still a mystery.

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Stunning St. Petersburg Zoo Inspired by Pangaea

The St. Petersburg Zoo in Russia will move from a crowded urban area to a watery complex outside the city, representing all of the world's continents as a whole.

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12 Organic Fertilizers & Natural Bug Repellants

Make your garden lush and green and protect it from harmful pests like aphids and slugs with these 12 easy DIY homemade insecticide sprays and fertilizers.

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Disaster-Proof Architecture: 13 Super-Strong Structures

These 13 structures, from homes to entire cities, are designed to stand up to nature's harshest disasters including earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.

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Sweet Structures: Art & Architecture Made of Sugar

These 12 works of art, from 16-foot towers and intricate pavilions to edible books and busts of Greek gods, are made from an unexpected material: sugar.

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Detox Towers: Architecture that Cleans Urban Air

The Detox Towers concept uses a dual algae bio-filter and synthetic membrane system to cleanse the air of pollutants, decreasing greenhouse gas levels.

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7 Carnivorous Wonders of the Plant World

From an aquatic plant that sucks tadpoles into 'bladder traps' to pitcher plants that eat mice or survive on poo, these 7 carnivorous plants are truly amazing.

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Man-Made Jungle: Exotic Architecture for Rain Forests & More

These 12 jungle dwellings - from tiny tree houses to entire communities - are uniquely suited for their harsh untamed environments.

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Pretty Smart: Great Green Gift & Product Packaging

The best eco-friendly packaging for gifts and products is not just highly efficient and made of recycled or natural materials, but presentable, too.

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Low Tech to High Concept: 3 Ideas for Water in Africa

These three ideas, from a simple sand filter to water vapor towers to alter the climate, aim to help solve Africa's water crisis.

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Rustic, Modern, Reclaimed & Free: 13 DIY Pallet Projects

With a little imagination, the pallet sitting by the curb behind your local home improvement store could be your new bed platform, coffee table or accent wall.

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12 Green Megastructures for an Eco-Fantastic Future


Futuristic or folly? Massive megastructures for healthy high-density housing that capture or desalinate water, produce renewable energy and create micro-climates!

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Marine Muse: 12 More Sea-Inspired Designs & Inventions

These 12 designs and inventions take inspiration from the sea and the marine life it contains, from a robot squid to an earthquake-resistant man-made island.

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Rain Collecting Skyscraper Cuts Water Usage

The 'Collect the Rain' skyscraper has a concave roof, an exterior sheath of curving gutters and a funnel-shaped core to collect as much rainwater as possible.

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Cheap Green Travel: 14 Eco + Budget-Friendly Hostels

For mere pocket change you can stay in a treehouse in the Philippines, enjoy a green getaway in Hawaii or spend a few eco-friendly nights in 12 other places.

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Living Off Land: 12 Amazing Houseboats & Floating Homes

Some cost millions and others are cobbled together from reclaimed buses, planes and trains, proving that living in a houseboat can be done on any budget.

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Novel Ideas: Books as Furniture & Functional Décor

Books that are out-of-date and just plain unwanted are given value as decorative and functional objects in the home including lamps, sofas, desks and planters.

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Great Crates: 3 Cool Cases of Shipping Container Reuse

A zero-waste pop-up restaurant, a chic and colorful guest house and a cool new concept for Boy Scout camp cabins are 3 new examples of shipping container reuse.

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Booze it Up! 13 Ways to Reuse Glass Beer & Wine Bottles

Transform your empty beer, wine and liquor bottles into lamps, bird feeders, shelving units, wind chimes - even a solar water heater or a house.

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