Architecture

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

The first Soradofarm, also known as a Machinaka Vegetable Garden, was built on top of the Ebisu station in Tokyo over four years ago. Now there are thirteen stations around the country with operating

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INHABITAT: Tony, our recent story about your Hemp House in South Africa spurred a lot of interesting discussion. Can you briefly tell us how you initially became interested in hemp as a building

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Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Sand Babel: Solar-Powered Twisting Skyscrapers 3D-Printed with Desert Sands

Conceived by Chinese designers Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, Guo Shen, the project envisions an intelligent network of skyscrapers distributed across a desert landscape. The towers would be

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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of a simple

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Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World’s Oceans of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World’s Oceans of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Millions of tons of trash enter the ocean each year and cluster in particular areas of the world's oceans. One of the most infamous plastic debris patches is located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre,

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Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

In 2007, the UN declared that desertification is one of the world's biggest environmental challenges that lead to widespread famine and economic instability. Malka's thought experiment is a provoking

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Tentsile Treehouse Tents Provide a Safe Haven in the Treetops!

Tentsile Treehouse Tents Provide a Safe Haven in the Treetops!

Tentsile is a portable habitation unit that can be suspended amidst trees to provide accommodation for three people. With three anchor points and the use of tension instead of poles, the Tentsile is part

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Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Despite being incredibly remote, Fogo Island is still susceptible to human impact. The Shorefast Foundation is eager to protect both the dynamic, rough natural surroundings without disrupting an

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Stara Kopalnia Coal Mine and 16 Buildings to be Repurposed as a Massive Public Complex in Poland

Stara Kopalnia Coal Mine and 16 Buildings to be Repurposed as a Massive Public Complex in Poland

The history of the Lower Silesia region in southwest Poland is entrenched in the carbon era of mining and industry. The 40,000 square meter Old Mine project honors this history and will include a museum

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Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

The general shape of the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper is inspired by the lotus flower, a plant well known for its ability to survive for many decades in a watery environment. Like the lotus flower, the

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Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

Former Facebook Employee Spends Two Years Building a Tsunami-Proof Capsule in His Backyard

As Mr. Robinson watched the day-to-day coverage of the catastrophic event, he began to formulate a resilient design that would be able to withstand the strong forces of a tsunami. After sketching his

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Sloping Green Roof Tops Submerged Multipurpose Hall on Jeju Island

Sloping Green Roof Tops Submerged Multipurpose Hall on Jeju Island

The Forum was built for the CJ Group, a major conglomerate in South Korea. D·LIM architects symbolically alluded to the company by carving out a large rounded hole in the shape of CJ's logo. The natural

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Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Have you heard of Edith Macefield? This old lady turned down a million dollar offer to sell her home to make way for a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington. Without Edith's land, the developer had to

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Graham Hill’s Famous 425-sq.-ft. Transforming Apartment is Up for Sale!

Graham Hill’s Famous 425-sq.-ft. Transforming Apartment is Up for Sale!

New York City has a lot of tiny apartments, but only one has won an AIA NY Honor Award and been featured in a TED talk. The famous 425-square-foot dwelling was home to Treehugger founder Graham Hill for

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Philip Johnson’s Iconic World’s Fair Pavilion to Open to the Public for a Limited Time in April

Philip Johnson’s Iconic World’s Fair Pavilion to Open to the Public for a Limited Time in April

Attention history buffs and World's Fair aficionados - the iconic New York State Pavilion will be opening to the public for just a few hours next month for the 50th anniversary of the celebrated 1964

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Spectacular Wood Skyscraper That Can be Built Without a Single Nail Wins 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Spectacular Wood Skyscraper That Can be Built Without a Single Nail Wins 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Architect Yong Ju Lee drew inspiration from traditional Korean houses and the versatility of vernacular architecture while designing Hanok Tower. The exposed wooden structural system, generally used for

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Vehovar & Jauslin Architects Unveil Bulbous Blue Bus Shelter in Switzerland

Vehovar & Jauslin Architects Unveil Bulbous Blue Bus Shelter in Switzerland

The "floating" shade structure stretches over 1,000 square meters and it's supported by a steel frame. An irregular network of steel cables gives shape to the inflated membrane cushion, which is made of

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Car-Free Skyvillage Fights Air Pollution Over Los Angeles’ Freeways

Car-Free Skyvillage Fights Air Pollution Over Los Angeles’ Freeways

Submitted by Ziwei Song, the utopian Skyvillage aims to foster social interaction and cultural exchange between the city's four, currently separated quadrants: Downtown, Chinatown, Echo Park, and Temple

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Propagate Skyscraper Converts Air Pollution into a Usable Building Material

Propagate Skyscraper Converts Air Pollution into a Usable Building Material

Propagate Skyscraper converts harmful greenhouse gases into usable building materials! It is a self-propagating structure whose growth is dependant only on the weather conditions and the quality of air

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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Now, first, you're probably asking, how do you make a train go vertical without dumping all the people on their head!? Good question, but don't worry, UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas

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JAJA Architects Reinevent the Parking Garage into a Green Community Gathering Space with Park ‘n’ Play

JAJA Architects Reinevent the Parking Garage into a Green Community Gathering Space with Park ‘n’ Play

The project is located in an area called the Red Neighborhood, named after its historic red brick harbor buildings. In a contextual nod, the concrete garage will be tinted red. Set in contrast to this red

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

BOOK REVIEW: The Vertical Farm by Dick Despommier

The Vertical Farm is an expanded edition of Despommier's earlier essay on vertical farming, which explains the many advantages of vertical farming. As Despommier rallies, vertical farms could enable every

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Snøhetta Unveils Serpentine Lofoten Opera Hotel for a Secluded Norwegian Island

Snøhetta Unveils Serpentine Lofoten Opera Hotel for a Secluded Norwegian Island

Snøhetta Architects has unveiled plans for a stunning, serpentine-shaped hotel for Norway's Lofoten archipelago. Although the Lofoten Opera Hotel's bold design is certainly striking, the curvaceous

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Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

Buckminster Fuller’s Dome House to be Repaired & Transformed into Museum

On April 19th, restoration work will begin on the world’s first geodesic dome home in Carbondale, Illinois. The house was built in 1960 by the inventor Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Lady Anne, in

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Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof

Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof

M-M House was built at the bottom of a granite rock slope on land belonging to the client's grandparents, who also live on the property in a 100-year-old blue wooden villa located upslope. To reinforce

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Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

A project 30 years in the making, this tiny off-grid retreat on a coastal island in Maine is almost entirely self-sufficient. Designed and built by Alex Porter for her father, the project features a shed

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Doctor Relives Magical Mountain Childhood with Rustic Tellico Cabin in Tennessee

Doctor Relives Magical Mountain Childhood with Rustic Tellico Cabin in Tennessee

The house is located in the Tellico Valley - a historically important place where Cherokee tribes used to gather for important councils. The doctor spent his childhood here, so it holds important

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Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

The pedal powered camper was constructed in April 2008 and is built for one. Attached to a burly tricycle frame made to haul goods, the cab-over easily sits on the back platform. Like a turtle shell this

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Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned the dubious distinction of being the world's most unaffordable major city, in large part due to its housing shortage. AFFECT-T's Bamboo Micro-housing project proposes an inexpensive

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