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Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

In contrast to the café, the bar is an enclosed whole that is accessible via stepping stones connecting it to the shore. The structural dome is 10m high, spanning 15m across. The main frame is built from

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Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Sited on a former brownfield next to the Lachine Canal not too far from downtown, the Allez Up gym is a one-of-a-kind facility that is helping to revitalize the area. The former silos of the sugar

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Rojkind Adds a Futuristic Open Air Canopy to Newly Renovated Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute

Rojkind Adds a Futuristic Open Air Canopy to Newly Renovated Mexico National Film Archive and Film Institute

The renovation process included installing extra cinema screens, an outdoor 750 seat amphitheater, additional storage vaults for the institute's extensive film archive and a Latin American cinema museum.

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold’s Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

James&Mau's Casa El Tiemblo is an energy-efficient home made of four stacked shipping containers. Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of prefabricated,

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

The SOLARDOME® PRO single-glazed geodesic dome was finished in just three weeks in August 2012 to provide shelter to the Hjertefolgers as they built their cob home out of sand, clay, water and other

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Circular Stoas Vilentum University Embraces Energy-Efficient Design in the Netherlands

Circular Stoas Vilentum University Embraces Energy-Efficient Design in the Netherlands

Stoas Vilentum University places a strong focus on sustainability, which is reflected in its form, materials and interior spaces. The school's cylindrical shape minimizes energy loss while allowing plenty

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Dynamic Twisted Terraced Tower Unveiled for Mexico City’s Design and Architecture Archives

Dynamic Twisted Terraced Tower Unveiled for Mexico City’s Design and Architecture Archives

The environmentally-centered design of the new building is influenced heavily not only by the importance of its future contents, but also the natural setting around the structure. Made up of six layered

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Janet Echelman’s Stunning String Sculptures Evoke the Aurora Borealis

Janet Echelman’s Stunning String Sculptures Evoke the Aurora Borealis

Echelman first conceived of her elaborate net sculptures during her Fulbright lectureship in India, where she learned net weaving from the local fisherman of the Mahaballipuram region. She has used her

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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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Incredible Spiraling Desert Breath Installation Sprawls Across the Sahara Sands

Incredible Spiraling Desert Breath Installation Sprawls Across the Sahara Sands

From a birds eye view, the sprawling installation appears like a massive spiral spinning toward a large circular pool in the center. The spiral is made from two arcing pathways, one of circular pyramids

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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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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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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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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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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Amazing Photos Reveal the World of People Living Outside the System

Amazing Photos Reveal the World of People Living Outside the System

Eric Valli takes amazing pictures of outcast and autonomous people disconnected from the system. His job has taken him around to some of the world’s most remote places giving him the opportunity to peek

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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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Trippy Book-Themed Cafe Beckons Bibliophiles Inside for Espresso

Trippy Book-Themed Cafe Beckons Bibliophiles Inside for Espresso

Care for a side of trompe l'oeil to go with your coffee? Then head over to D'espresso Cafe in New York City to get your fix of both. The tiny and trippy space beckons bibliophiles in with what appears to

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Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

The magnificent Casa Oruga (Caterpillar) rests on a mountain slope in the suburbs of Santiago de Chile. Totally integrated to the landscape, the corrugated iron boxes will get rustier with time mimicking

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Roderick Vos Creates Hanging Potted Plants that Provide Oxygen, Power, and Lighting

Roderick Vos Creates Hanging Potted Plants that Provide Oxygen, Power, and Lighting

Each of the lights is made from cast aluminium, which is covered in a textured green powder-coating. An LED light is fitted into the base of each pot, which is fed from a reinforced electrical cable

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Is There an Underground Home Hidden Beneath Queens?

Is There an Underground Home Hidden Beneath Queens?

The space beneath what is now a nondescript field at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens was once occupied by a luxurious underground home, and some believe that the subterranean residence still

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VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant partnership between man and plant that accelerates nature's natural ability to clean air in order to detoxify the atmosphere inside your home. We had a chance to sit

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Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

Tiny Space-Age LoftCube Prefab Can Pop up Just About Anywhere

The LoftCube is prefabricated, which saves energy and material use, and it's designed to have a minimal footprint. The home's 360-degree windows provide ample daylight and natural ventilation while

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Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

In 2007, Skateistan began working with children aged 5-17 in Kabul as a "sport through development" project. Skateboarding was the best option for the program because Afghanistan law prohibits girls from

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT: How would you describe your signature style? As we all know, we're in the era of the 'iconic building' and the 'starchitect'. However facile this might be, the designs of public institutions

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Samoo Unveils Plans for National Research Center for Endangered Species in South Korea

Samoo Unveils Plans for National Research Center for Endangered Species in South Korea

Located in one of Korea’s cleanest mountainous areas, the complex will hopefully create a balance between architecture and nature, while providing optimal working conditions for its users. It was

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Studio Koossino’s Funky Moai-Inspired Holiday Homes Brighten Up Korea’s Countryside

Studio Koossino’s Funky Moai-Inspired Holiday Homes Brighten Up Korea’s Countryside

Inspired by the interpretation of Easter Island's Maoi statues as "milestones of Mother Nature," the architects created a top-heavy, asymmetrical design that alludes to the monolithic monuments. To create

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Austrian S House is Elevated on Stilts so a Lush Garden Can Grow Below It

Austrian S House is Elevated on Stilts so a Lush Garden Can Grow Below It

House S straddles a small hill, and it's based at the highest point of the sloping site. The front façade meets the street level, while the back of the house cantilevers over the slope on stilts,

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