“sustainable architecture”

Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

Created as part of the MiniCO2 Houses development project, the design for the Adaptable House is based on the belief that flexible design reduces resources needed and carbon emissions. Reconfigurable

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Czech Republic’s Prefab Pavilion is Built Around a Swimming Pool to Keep Cool at the 2015 World Expo

Czech Republic’s Prefab Pavilion is Built Around a Swimming Pool to Keep Cool at the 2015 World Expo

The three-story, prefabricated pavilion features a long rectangular swimming pool with a bar at its entrance. Inside, visitors will have a choice of three restaurants as well as a series of exhibition

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer H.

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer H.

Inhabitat: How did you get your start in architecture? Juergen Mayer: I found a book, which had a picture of Erich Mendelsohn’s Shocken department store, in Stuttgart. It was such a beautiful building

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a core utility space in

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Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Architects' TMFA takes the shape of a pentagon - a subtle symbolic representation of Tainan's city flower, the Phoenix Blossom. Beneath the pentagon-shaped canopy, the museum comprises a

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

The garage renovation was designed by PATH Architecture to create a versatile space for the client that could be used as a guesthouse, an apartment, an artist’s space, or a yoga studio. An updated

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The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

Harold and Helena Skow had a traditional Navajo “home build kit” and had already completed a CMU foundation for the traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. The Skows had not finished the house

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College is a small college in northeast Georgia that made a transition from a 2-year college to a 4-year institution in about six years ago. To accommodate new students, the college had to

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Wuhan Park Place Lifestyle Project Merges Urban Farming and High-Density Living in China

Wuhan Park Place Lifestyle Project Merges Urban Farming and High-Density Living in China

The neighborhoods in Wuhan Park Place will center around transit stations, ensuring smooth and optimal connectivity between different urban environments. Residential towers will punctuate finger parks

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Work began on the South Surrey Passive House designed by Vancouver-based Marken Design + Consulting in 2012 and it was completed in 2013 with three generations of a family living in it - grandparents,

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

James&Mau's Casa El Tiemblo is an energy-efficient home made of four stacked shipping containers. Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of prefabricated,

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New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona’s Organics Restaurant

New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona’s Organics Restaurant

Urbanarbolismo and Unusualgreen just unveiled one of their latest vertical gardens, this time at the entrance to the Organics Restaurant in Barcelona. Low maintenance design and operation plus hardy

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Solar Rain Tree Oasis Could Alleviate Drought-Striken California Using Rainwater Collection and Clean Energy

Michael Jantzen just unveiled designs for the Solar Rain Tree Oasis, a public gathering pavilion designed to help alleviate drought-stricken California. Made from a large prefabricated steel shell, the

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

The long-awaited promise of prefab construction is that it would bring us higher quality homes for less money with significant increases in sustainability and resource efficiency. While prefab is

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal mass properties. In

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

Bodegas Portia, Ribera del Duero, Spain Designed by Foster + Partners, the Bodegas Portia Winery features a dramatic central hub that makes use of gravity rather than machines to move grapes and wine

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Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Located in the hills overlooking Tywi Valley, the Glass House is part of the Garden of Wales Botanical Gardens in the UK. Despite being made of glass, the elliptical building blends into the surrounding

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

  Sod provided an insulating layer to rooftops and walls in these northerly places, representing the most efficient and sustainable approach to building in the environmental context; a

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

Washington, D.C.’s South African Embassy Gets a Modern Green Renovation

The architects’ primary goal was to create a design which would incorporate elements of South African heritage and style without compromising the aesthetic and structural integrity of the existing

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Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

The Desert Courtyard House is located in a private development outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. As it is located near the bottom of the development on a small peninsula, houses above have views looking

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