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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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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Algal Turf Scrubbing After spending years studying natural solar bio-energy in Caribbean coral reefs, Walter H. Adey, PhD. developed Algal Turf Scrubber, a biomimetic system that generates a fast-growing

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Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - it's almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design

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Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

Beautiful Long Brick House Showcases 100 Meters of Books in Hungary

The bookworm owners of the Long Brick House were looking to create the perfect city escape where they could practice their literary love in a tranquil environment. Located on a slope in between the lush

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Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

Winner of a design competition, the Shenzhen cultural center consists of four top-heavy volumes each clad in a reflective, red-tinted facade. A series of sheltered public spaces, which were created from

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Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

At first look, the timber barn-like building blends in seamlessly with the bucolic landscape, as if it were another historic structure on the site. With its pitched roof, unfinished exterior planks and

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Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Heads up architects and green building buffs - the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is hosting this

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CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t’Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

Although indoors, CUBE’s t’Park is meant to have the peacefulness and playfulness of a green park, inviting the public to enjoy its grounds. With a park for inspiration, the interior was decorated to

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3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

Now anyone can have their very own backyard library! 3rdSpace's prefab rooms have been popping up all over as extra bedrooms and offices - and the amazing prefab structures can even make a bibliophile’s

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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sesseljuhus structure is the center of Solheimar, both physically and psychologically. The building functions as a resource and information center on Solheimer and environmental living, and also

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OMA Celebrates Topping Out the Taipei Performing Arts Center Today!

OMA Celebrates Topping Out the Taipei Performing Arts Center Today!

OMA sought to break the conventional mold of performance center design by creating a structure that embraced flexible programming and experimental theater production. Their final design consists of three

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Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

  Most of us take for granted the fact that we can walk barefoot across our living room floor and not end up with a life-threatening disease, but that's far from the case in many regions of

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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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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

Nest Beds A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported models.  O*GE

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A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab Emirates

A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab Emirates

Al Hamra Real Estate Development just appointed sustainable architecture studio A++ to design 150 new luxury villas on Falcon Island in Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE. The new residences are designed to LEED

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Studio505′s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

Studio505′s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

Although the original competition brief proposed diverting an existing axial canal to a less prominent position on site, studio505 chose instead to integrate the waterway into the site plan as an active

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Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

Dave Herrle worked around the clock to complete his Westbrook woodland home and become self-sufficient. He knew he wanted to live in the forest since after realizing the "benefits of simplicity" while

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The Atlanta Falcons’ New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

The Atlanta Falcons’ New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

The new stadium will be an expansive 1.8 million square feet and will hold 71,000 seats. The main draw besides the game, however, will be the retractable roof with eight triangular petals that open by

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Zaha Hadid Sues The New York Review of Books for Defamation

Zaha Hadid Sues The New York Review of Books for Defamation

Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid does not appreciate the criticism that has been leveled at her of late. She recently announced plans to sue The New York Review of Books and architecture critic

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Help Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House in Tallahassee!

Help Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House in Tallahassee!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House in Tallahassee, Florida, was recently listed on the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Spring

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VIF Studio’s Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in Massachusetts

VIF Studio’s Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in Massachusetts

Located on a hillside in the Boston Harbor area, VIF Studio’s Summer Cottage is a two-story home that offers 180-degree views of the harbor. The team, led by architect Lian Eoyang, razed the existing

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Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Skinny leftover spaces between buildings often don’t become more than alleyways, but Boyarsky Murphy Architects managed to turn one challengingly narrow lot into the site of a four story house. Located

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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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Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is named after French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, who thoroughly explored the mountains in the area. It stands 3,940 ft above sea level and is one of many DNT

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Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

Created by Trakke in collaboration with eponymous designer Uula Jero and rapid prototyping workshop Maklab, the final design for Jero Yurt took years of research and development. The collaboration kicked

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Tiny Prefab Cabin’s Slatted Timber Facade Folds Open to Beautiful Lakeside Views in Northern Bohemia

Tiny Prefab Cabin’s Slatted Timber Facade Folds Open to Beautiful Lakeside Views in Northern Bohemia

Nestled within a Czech forest, the Lake Cabin was built to replace an old cabin on the lakeshore and is designed to match its predecessor's footprint. The recently completed cabin currently serves as an

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Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California’s State Parks

The Wedge updates the traditional cabin using strategic angles to maximize space. The key to the unique design is the angled roof, which opens up the interior while also allowing snow and rain to run off

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Portland’s Tilikum Crossing to Become America’s First Multimodal Car-Free Bridge

Portland’s Tilikum Crossing to Become America’s First Multimodal Car-Free Bridge

A few weeks ago, the two ends of the bridge were finally connected, showing the outline of the final design. The bridge has several unique features that make it superior to other similar projects,

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Amazingly Tiny Micro-Compact Home is Just 77 Square Feet

Amazingly Tiny Micro-Compact Home is Just 77 Square Feet

Inspired by the intimate scale of a Japanese tea house and the compact efficiency of a smart car, a team comprised of researchers from London and Munich developed the Micro-Compact Home (m-ch) as a

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