Green Building

This floating survival shelter rises above floods

This floating survival shelter rises above floods

The alarming rates of sea levels rise have inspired designers Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao to create a floating emergency shelter that could save lives during floods and tsunamis. Instead of conventional

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Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities. Designers from the

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Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

The excitement is already building, and this year’s Greenbuild taking place in Washington, D.C., November 18-20, is gearing up to be a Monumental Green event. Greenbuild offers a truly unique

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Norway’s 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

Norway’s 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

Students attending the upcoming 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway will be accommodated in four blocks designed in line with the passivhaus principles and clad in durable wood able to resist the harsh

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Solar-powered Re-ainbow center helps Vietnamese community adapt to climate change

Solar-powered Re-ainbow center helps Vietnamese community adapt to climate change

The building, called RE-Ainbow, which is coined from re-use and rainbow, is located in the Duc Tho district of Ha Tinh province, notorious for relatively frequent natural disasters and severe climate

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UK farmer grows his own eco home from sustainable hemp crops

UK farmer grows his own eco home from sustainable hemp crops

When UK farmer Nick Voase switched his croplands from potatoes to hemp after severe flooding in 2007, he probably didn’t know he’d one day be using part of his harvest to build a home. Fast forward to

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Old Japan meets modern office design in this 100-year-old abandoned farmhouse in Japan

Old Japan meets modern office design in this 100-year-old abandoned farmhouse in Japan

Suma designed a 40-square-meter glass and steel structure which will contain office spaces for an IT firm and made sure to include all the digital infrastructure necessary for daily operation. Even though

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating

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India’s high-flying Hornbill House is a treetop paradise built with stone and mud

India’s high-flying Hornbill House is a treetop paradise built with stone and mud

Hidden deep into the forests of southern India, this renovated bungalow provides an ideal quiet space for those looking to escape the city and enjoy nature. Called Hornbill house, the building is part of

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Solar-powered Eagle View safari eco-lodge overlooks Kenya’s beautiful landscapes

Solar-powered Eagle View safari eco-lodge overlooks Kenya’s beautiful landscapes

Africa is well-known for its breathtakingly beautiful and pristine landscapes, which makes it a very popular destination with travelers who want to experience nature at its unspoiled finest. Located in

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Nuevo South and GOOD Magazine transform a 100-year-old craftsman into a community home for kids

Nuevo South and GOOD Magazine transform a 100-year-old craftsman into a community home for kids

Having a place to be creative and socialize could be life-changing for kids living in unsafe city neighborhoods. Members of the inspiring Nuevo South community organization in South LA, dedicated to

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Innovative Gap House in Seoul saves space with communal living areas

Innovative Gap House in Seoul saves space with communal living areas

In order to tackle Seoul's population density and lack of communal spaces, local studio Archihood WXY designed a residential block where those occupying the units function more like housemates than

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BOARD designs a column-free lightweight bridge extension for a school in Germany

BOARD designs a column-free lightweight bridge extension for a school in Germany

Rotterdam-based studio BOARD designed a 120-meter-long elegant bridge building that would connect two existing schools and bring them spatially and functionally together. In addition to the bridge, the

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New Chargers and Raiders stadium design features a farmers’ market and electric car charging stations

New Chargers and Raiders stadium design features a farmers’ market and electric car charging stations

The new design of the the $1.7-billion stadium the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders in Los Angeles has been unveiled last Monday, and the renderings show significant changes made to the original

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Stunning Finnish Micro-Cabin Built For Just $10,500!

Stunning Finnish Micro-Cabin Built For Just $10,500!

Measuring in at just 96 sq. ft., the space is a cozy home with a loft big enough for a bedroom and storage for Falck's clothes. The lounge and living area on the bottom floor offers a place to relax and

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Innovative geothermal office nabs Germany’s highest environmental certification

Innovative geothermal office nabs Germany’s highest environmental certification

This elegant office building which replaced a derelict post-war lodge in Stuttgart is one of the stellar examples of sustainable office design in Germany. The building, designed by Blocher Blocher

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This LEGO-like modular skyscraper is made up of customizable pre-fab elements

This LEGO-like modular skyscraper is made up of customizable pre-fab elements

Indian residential developer Pooja Crafted Homes commissioned Penda to design the Vijayawada Garden Estate so to allow residents to personalize their homes. The building is meant to be located on a corner

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Bach Architecture literally brought a breath of fresh air into an aging house in San Francisco

Bach Architecture literally brought a breath of fresh air into an aging house in San Francisco

Bach Architects remodeled a charming house in San Francisco and added a new floor to accommodate the spatial needs of a growing family. The renovation project was designed to maintain an optimal indoor

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3 Green Bars Building wins Hammer & Hand’s net-zero energy architecture competition

3 Green Bars Building wins Hammer & Hand’s net-zero energy architecture competition

Now in its second year, the annual perFORM competition challenges architecture students and interns to design a mixed-use building that’s both high performance and high design. The 3 Green Bars Building

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Gorgeous Pond House is a zero-energy ‘dream house’ retreat in Louisiana

Gorgeous Pond House is a zero-energy ‘dream house’ retreat in Louisiana

The Pond House has been a long project in the making. When Holly, who is also a principal of Holly & Smith Architects, and his wife Denise purchased the 15.5-acre plot of land, the couple saw the

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Pumpkin Ridge Passive House consumes 90% less heating energy than a conventional house

Pumpkin Ridge Passive House consumes 90% less heating energy than a conventional house

This "super-efficient demonstration home" consumes 90% less heating energy than a conventional house, while providing all the amenities of a comfortable private residence. Called The Pumpkin Ridge

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Inflatable traveling museum brings the story of pre-Hispanic Mexico to local school children

Inflatable traveling museum brings the story of pre-Hispanic Mexico to local school children

The traveling museum is part of a state-supported program that aims to educate elementary school students about the ancient Teuchitlan tradition and compare it to contemporary Mexico. The minister of

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Gorgeous Sayama Forest Chapel in Japan resembles hands clasped in prayer

Gorgeous Sayama Forest Chapel in Japan resembles hands clasped in prayer

The architect first planted additional trees and created the building around them. While the adjacent Community Hall building has a more horizontal configuration, with its circular plan and radial wooden

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Solar-powered Sustainer Homes give you the freedom to live anywhere

Solar-powered Sustainer Homes give you the freedom to live anywhere

Sustainer Homes was conceived as a solution to the housing crisis faced by younger generations, which struggle with rising rents and exorbitant housing prices. “Independence and sustainability define

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Dwell Development’s outstanding zero-energy Emerald Star home in Seattle is almost entirely reclaimed

Dwell Development’s outstanding zero-energy Emerald Star home in Seattle is almost entirely reclaimed

With a cutting-edge combination of green features, Dwell's most recent residential project will be the firm's 100th certified home, expected to achieve the highest rating when it comes to sustainability.

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perFORM 2015 competition winner redefines net-zero urban living

perFORM 2015 competition winner redefines net-zero urban living

Winners of this year's perFORM Building Design competition have just been announced and the best entries showcase an array of active and passive sustainable strategies. The competition, which called for

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The shingled spherical Podzook is an eco-friendly pod that fits in your backyard

The shingled spherical Podzook is an eco-friendly pod that fits in your backyard

If the coconut-shaped Podzook pod looks familiar, you’re most likely thinking of the Archipod, the British-designed original. Waldoboro-based Judy Bernier founded the Podzook company last year after she

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Solar-powered ShelteR3 is an off-the-grid home built to withstand tornadoes

Solar-powered ShelteR3 is an off-the-grid home built to withstand tornadoes

Students at Crowder College and Drury University teamed up to design and build an off-the-grid, solar-powered house which could counter storms and tornados. ShelteR3 is based on three terms-respond,

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World’s first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016

World’s first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016

What is the Ecocapsule? It is a smart house powered by solar and wind energy which allows people to extend their off-grid stay almost to a whole year. The Ecocapsule can serve as a micro-house, cottage,

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