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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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The UK’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant Silo Boasts a Raw and Minimalist Interior Aesthetic

The UK’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant Silo Boasts a Raw and Minimalist Interior Aesthetic

Brighton's restaurant-bakery-coffee house Silo was meticulously planned with sustainability in mind. It prides itself on having a pre-industrial food system that generates zero waste, has no bin, is

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Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

Didier Faustino’s Comic-Book Intervention Bursts from Historic Villa Andre Bloc

As if exploding out of the entrance to Bloc’s folly, This is Not a Lovesong is Faustino’s first piece, which combines sculpture and architecture. Framing the doors, the installation is made up of a

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Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

Solar-Powered Sunshine Canyon House Rises from a Forest Fire Ashpit with a Gorgeous Rustic Design

    Although many aspects of the home are crisp and modern, there's also a strong rustic aesthetic that pays tribute to its locale. Built with rustic materials, the exposed beams and barn

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These Tiny Cabins Built From 100% Reclaimed Wood are the Perfect Romantic Getaways

These Tiny Cabins Built From 100% Reclaimed Wood are the Perfect Romantic Getaways

Aires Mateus originally recovered the two fisherman huts from an established wharf and rebuilt them offsite before transporting them to their quieter, current location. The architect then stripped the

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Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Artists’ Wooden Cabin Climbs Up a Hillside in Nova Scotia

Clad in vertical timber, the Moore Studio is topped with an asymmetrical seamed aluminum roof. Although the gabled roof was initially designed in the simple vernacular form commonly found in Nova Scotia,

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Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

Biotech Beating Out GMO When it Comes to Food Production, Says Greenpeace

In the race to feed the growing population of planet Earth, biotechnology is quietly overtaking genetic modification, according to a new report by Greenpeace. The Guardian reports that the Greenpeace

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Rainwater-Harvesting Artscience Museum Floats Like a Lilypad on the Singapore Waterfront

Rainwater-Harvesting Artscience Museum Floats Like a Lilypad on the Singapore Waterfront

The museum, the structure of which was conceived by Arup, is supported by a complex steel lattice and 10 columns that come together toward the bottom in a basket-like shape. The envelope is made out of a

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

Every year, 20 million tons of salt sink to the bottom of the Dead Sea’s fifth pond. The salt is waste from the colossal production of potash and bromine in the Dead Sea Works factory, and it piles up

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PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

PPAG Architects Rework a Vienna Restaurant into a Labyrinth of Reflections

The extension has a long, finger-like form, with each table dotted along the length and having its own intimate environment. Each table unit has a curved backdrop and a sash window to create a private

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Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

Surrounded by a boring asphalt parking lot outside the city center, the wood structure stands out as a surprising monument to sustainable design. The slatted bakelised plywood shell acts as a brise-soleil

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Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

Mind-Bending UV Art Installation in Japan is Held in a Cave-Like Shipping Container!

When users enter the shipping container, which resembles a chalked-up blackboard on the outside, they are greeted with pitch darkness. As they start to stumble through the temporary room, the UV light

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Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

Artists Convert Cargo Container Into a Giant Working Guitar!

CargoGuitar consists of eight giant steel strings stretched across the interior of the container in a half-twist design. The horizontal bar at one end of the strings holds them in place and frames the

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Will.i.am Creates a Truly Independent Smartwatch That Includes Designs by Zaha Hadid

Will.i.am Creates a Truly Independent Smartwatch That Includes Designs by Zaha Hadid

While some smart-watches out there are really no more than a complement for a smartphone, Will.i.am has created a truly independent smart watch that operates completely on its own. Called the PULS, it can

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London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

Weighting 35 tons, the South East Trains' carriage made its way from Essex to Deptford on Valentine’s Day 2008 and was beautifully restored into what is today the Deptford Cafe. Serving delicious home

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The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

3,500 aluminum vases were attached to the furniture store's exterior wall via a wire grid and then planted with no fewer than 9,000 seedlings of Espada-de-São-Jorge - a popular plant in Brazil that has

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Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Located on the outskirts of Černín, Vila Hermina is definitely a bit strange looking amidst the other more traditional cottages in the area. Not only is it painted a bright pink, but it does not share a

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Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

Building with earth is an ancient practice that has recently been updated to accommodate modern homes. Vallejo built this house using a system called Superadobe, which was originally invented by Iranian

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Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

The new DublDom home is a modular dwelling fabricated not far from Moscow. Designed by BIO Architects, it can be used as a first home or vacation retreat, and consists of a gabled structure clad in dark

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Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

The timber-framed Turf House was commissioned by an ambitious couple set on building a low-energy eco-home and was completed for approximately $337,000 USD, including the cost of the land ($64,000 USD).

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

Sou Fujimoto, who designed the 2013 Serpentine Gallery in London, just completed the Many Small Cubes installation in Paris. Commissioned by Galerie Philippe Gravier, Fujimoto's art and architecture

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Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

aq4 arquitectura designed OKE to engage its immediate environment through views and circulation. The building is set perpendicular to the main street so that its eye-catching form and facade can be seen

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Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

AATA Architects first carefully selected the site location and building orientation to the sun in order to minimize the cabin's energy consumption. Special attention was also given to the windows, which

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up

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Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

The Garden Factory consists of the Manufacturing Plant and Global Parts Center located in the arid climate of northeast Rajasthan in India. The buildings boast photovoltaic panels producing 1.5 Megawatts

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The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Infinity Centre was designed to draw students back to the library by making it the central heart of the campus. Radiating out from the library are two wings that together form protected and private

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Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

Look Again. Can You See the New Addition?

The architects designed the addition as a strong and distinctive space that remains inconspicuous when seen from the outside. The aim was to dematerialize the room by using white walls and an envelope

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Catawba Falls Campground Gypsy Cabins Are Tiny Hikers’ Retreats in North Carolina

Catawba Falls Campground Gypsy Cabins Are Tiny Hikers’ Retreats in North Carolina

The tiny arched houses are just 8 x 14 feet, but can accommodate four people. The cabins are located next to a mountain creek and are the closest accommodation to Catawba Falls, around two miles away.

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