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Dear Inhabitants,

It's been an exciting week in sustainable design as just last night President Obama issued his State of the Union Address, pushing for green renovations and clean energy funding while seeking an end to the partisanship that is holding back environmental reform. Several major designers also unveiled greener gadgets this week that stand to make a huge impact upon the consumer market. First Philippe Starck unveiled two fresh new home wind turbines that have us asking whether "designer" turbines will be a new fad. Then Apple upped its game, unveiling a patent for solar powered ipods and debuting the energy efficient and ultra-chic (although questionably green) iPad. We've also received many stellar entries in this year's Greener Gadgets Design Competition, so stay tuned as we announce this year's finalists and be sure to register for the 2010 Greener Gadgets Conference to watch as the winners are unveiled!

THE WEEK IN GREEN DESIGN

Obama Pushes 'Clean Energy' in State of Union Address



IS IT GREEN?: The Apple iPad



South Korea Unveils Eco Dome Environmental Center



Philippe Starck Unveils Two Revolutionair Wind Turbines



Florida to Receive First High Speed Rail System in the US?



East German Airplane Transformed Into Posh Hotel Suite



Wind Turbine City Unveiled for Norway



KIDS STORIES FROM INHABITOTS



Cola Powered Radio Control Car Fueled by a Sugar Rush



Mini Kids’ Palaces Recycled from Old Water Tanks



WEARABLE STORIES FROM ECOUTERRE



H&M, Other Brands Guilty of “Organic Cotton Fraud”?



The Sprinkle Dress is a Plant-Filled Gown



WIN FREE GREEN STUFF!



Win This Tara St. James Zipper Jewelry Set!




Win a $105 Collection of Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay!


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UPCOMING DESIGN COMPETITIONS



Enter the 2010 International Design Excellence Awards!


Each year the Industrial Designers Society of America hosts the IDEA Awards - an international competition that showcases the best and brightest new designs - and they're currently accepting entries for the 2010 competition! The deadline is February 1 and winners get published in hundreds of print and online media sources, so apply today!

SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN TO THE 2010 IDEA AWARDS >


Thanks for reading everyone, we'll see you next week!

Jill, Yuka & Mike
Your faithful Inhabitat editors







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