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Solar-powered LEED-certified home in Portland boasts a dazzling array of eco-friendly features

Solar-powered LEED-certified home in Portland boasts a dazzling array of eco-friendly features

Located on an infill site on Southeast Portland's Mount Tabor, the Ash + Ash house, designed by architects Hennebery Eddy, combines stylish modern design with an array of eco-friendly features, making the

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Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

Revolutionary construction system builds low-cost Syrian refugee schools out of sand

The RE:BUILD system’s re-deployable and environmentally friendly structures can be easily and quickly assembled by a small team of people with no construction experience. Here’s how it works:

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100,000 LEED-certified ceramic tiles clad Milan’s restored Rainbow Tower

100,000 LEED-certified ceramic tiles clad Milan’s restored Rainbow Tower

Originally built in the 1960s an anonymous water tower, the 115-foot-tall structure was saved from demolition in 1990 and renovated into the Torre Arcobaleno, a colorful totem dedicated to the Soccer

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Shigeru Ban Architects’ Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

Shigeru Ban Architects’ Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

The new Oita Prefectural Art Museum, designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, is an open environment nestled into a box-like volume. The building is highly sensitive to context and local climate, with

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Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

If the POD-Idlala looks familiar, it’s likely you’ve seen images of its predecessor, the Indawo/lifePOD, also designed by Almeida and Dokter+Misses. While the rebranded POD-Idlala sports a similar

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Double domed Copagri Pavilion in Milan can be reassembled again and again

Double domed Copagri Pavilion in Milan can be reassembled again and again

The Love IT Pavilion for Copagri at Expo Milano 2015 is a pair of open-slatted wooden domes. Designed by EMBT, the beautiful structures sit around a large circular pool meant for a scenic meeting place.

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Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects’ striking Marseille Architecture School extension

Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects’ striking Marseille Architecture School extension

The prefab new addition of Marseille’s Architecture School, designed by French architecture firm PAN Architecture, is a low-cost prefab building clad in vertical metal strips and corrugated iron which

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Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar

Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar

Unlike many earthen structures, the Khamsa earth house looks quite luxurious. Atelier Koe constructed the home from concrete-reinforced bricks made from clay, which was harvested from the site on which

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Homeless folks help feed their entire shelter with this flourishing rooftop garden

Homeless folks help feed their entire shelter with this flourishing rooftop garden

Metro Atlanta Task Force For The Homeless, homeless shelters, homeless planted garden, rooftop garden, urban gardening, healthy eating, healthy food, organically grown produce, green roof Metro Atlanta

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World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish Kapoor’s London tower

World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish Kapoor’s London tower

Erected in 2012, the gigantic ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower dominates the Olympic Park landscape. The tower was built from 2,000 tonnes of steel, almost 60 percent of which was recycled. The proposed

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This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

Anna Webster, fourth-year student at the Cass, London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture, has designed a simple but sturdy house that fits right into the Ghanaian countryside where it has

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Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he calls himself a

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Tres Birds Workshop’s Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

Tres Birds Workshop’s Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

Sun Bird Park’s giant wooden nests were inspired by surrounding bird habitat and even evoke the imagery of flowers. The curving, ski-inspired ribs were constructed from various wood species and treated

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world.

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Edith Macefield’s famed “Up” house is being saved by a nonprofit

Edith Macefield’s famed “Up” house is being saved by a nonprofit

Earlier this month, we reported the sad news that Edith Macefield’s iconic Seattle home likely faced demolition, after its new owners determined that it would be too expensive to renovate into a coffee

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Prince Charles turns royal gardens into a woodland playground for grandson Prince George

Prince Charles turns royal gardens into a woodland playground for grandson Prince George

Even England’s royalty can’t resist a good treehouse. Prince Charles recently renovated a portion of the Highgrove gardens into a royal woodland playground with a treehouse for his two-year-old

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Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Reworking the home's boundaries involved creating a whole new configuration for the structure and removing an existing bathroom. In addition to "turning" the house around, the architects added a new

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Refuge Tonneau: Cassina’s 1930s Pod Home Looks Like a Futuristic Space Shuttle

Refuge Tonneau: Cassina’s 1930s Pod Home Looks Like a Futuristic Space Shuttle

The shelter has a dodecahedron structure which was ahead of its times and was used in the Antarctic in 2002 and at the Mars Society Desert Research Station in 2011. The structure is lightweight and easy

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

The colossal 2,100 square meter factory has become a testing ground for a number of green ideas. Within the confines of the space, the studio preserved the original factory features, such as old walls,

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Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

If the Escape Traveler looks familiar, it’s because the tiny mobile home came from the same minds—Kelly Davis and Dan George Dobrowolski—that created the Escape Cabin. Like its eco-friendly

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Cacoon is a hanging tent that lets you get away from it all

Cacoon is a hanging tent that lets you get away from it all

The Cacoon hanging tent is the perfect place to escape from it all. Part hammock, part tent, it's an indoor/outdoor cocoon that can travel wherever you go - even if you never leave your home. Built to

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Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

Since 2010, the number of homeless people 'sleeping rough' on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, the architectural assistant at Spatial Design Architects. In response

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Patrick Nadeau’s Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

Patrick Nadeau’s Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

The Wave Home has two floors. On the ground level the living room, kitchen and multimedia space open up towards the exterior by sliding walls. The upper level houses two bedrooms and a bathroom that can

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Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

Annandale Seascape Cottage, designed by New Zealand-based architectural firm Pattersons, is a gorgeous retreat set into a rock escarpment in a tiny boulder strewn South Pacific cove. The house, built

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Beijing was just selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Beijing was just selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Bird's Nest stadium Water Cube artificial snow-making plan

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Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

The top-heavy retreat is split into two main volumes: the smaller lower level housing a dormitory-style bedroom and the mechanical rooms, and the larger upper level comprising two additional bedrooms at

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Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Made from stacked and cantilevered shipping containers, the Foghound Interactive Coffee Company in Johannesburg is a sustainable flagship for the ambitious company. Designed by Earthworld Architects &

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through an alpine peak

Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through an alpine peak

The striking 10,700-square-foot Messner Mountain Museum Corones is located 7,500 feet above sea level and accessible via cable car from within the Kronplatz ski resort in South Tyrol, Italy. Each museum

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Rotterdam is building the world’s largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

Rotterdam is building the world’s largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

A Smog Free Tower that stands 23 feet tall is being built to scrub pollution out of the air in parks and other public outdoor spaces in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. On a mission to make cleaner cities,

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Daniel Libeskind to build soaring pyramid skyscraper in Jerusalem

Daniel Libeskind to build soaring pyramid skyscraper in Jerusalem

Studio Daniel Libeskind and local architect Yigal Levi, unveiled  new renderings of the high-rise design in Jerusalem's downtown area, first unveiled in 2011. Dubbed the Pyramid, this multi-purpose tower

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