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Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

Gigantic ‘Energy Duck’ Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

The Energy Duck is modeled on the common eider duck, which is found in the waters of Copenhagen. Unfortunately, the eider's breeding habitat is at risk from the effects of climate change, so the team

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Legendary Architect Moshe Safdie Unveils Indoor Bio-Dome for Singapore’s Changi Airport

Legendary Architect Moshe Safdie Unveils Indoor Bio-Dome for Singapore’s Changi Airport

Known as Project Jewel, the donut-shaped glass and steel structure will house five stories of shopping and entertainment, crowned by a lush indoor garden on the top floor. In the middle of the garden

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Family of Three Thrives Inside a Beautiful, Modern 269 Sq Ft Tiny Studio Outside Madrid

Family of Three Thrives Inside a Beautiful, Modern 269 Sq Ft Tiny Studio Outside Madrid

Inside the apartment, the "living box" uses specific geometry to frame the mountain landscape through a single long window that provides light for the whole space. Placed in the center of the apartment is

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RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

RhOME for denCity’s Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

The RhOME for denCity team consists of professors and researchers from the Architecture, Business Studies and Engineering departments of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, and a department of

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Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Exposed Timber Stackyard House Embraces an Energy Efficient Lifestyle with Passivhaus Standards

Split into two levels to negotiate a sloping site, the Stackyard House is set with an in-situ concrete base and wrapped in silvered timber cladding. Asymmetrically arranged windows and solar screens

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Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Brazil’s Mineirão is the First World Cup Stadium Completely Powered by the Sun

Originally built in 1965, the public listed Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto is one of this year's World Cup venues. Topped with 6,000 rooftop solar panels, it doubles as a complete photovoltaic solar

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Gorgeous Glass River Inlays Breathe Life into Sustainably Sourced Wood Furniture

Gorgeous Glass River Inlays Breathe Life into Sustainably Sourced Wood Furniture

From coffee tables to large conference desks, Klassen's handcrafted furnishings all include a brilliant inlay of blue-green glass. For most of his pieces, the hand-cut glass is used to merge two live-edge

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Tiny ‘Project Gregory’ Billboard Homes Provide Free Housing for the Homeless

Tiny ‘Project Gregory’ Billboard Homes Provide Free Housing for the Homeless

Homelessness is a complex global issue, and finding solutions involves the coordination of many fields and services. Project Gregory seeks to provide alternative dwellings for the homeless that double as

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NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

NCTU’s Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Given that the NCTU Unicode is based in Taiwan, a country notorious for its muggy and oppressive tropical summers, it's little surprise that the team honed in on their country's unsustainable and

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Infoversum Pop-Up Cinema Sits on a Dutch Campus like Something from Outer Space

Infoversum Pop-Up Cinema Sits on a Dutch Campus like Something from Outer Space

The concept for the Infoversum was dreamed up by the Univerity’s Edwin Valentijn, who approached Archiview to expand on the pop-up theater idea. Valentijn wanted a space where viewers could experience

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Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

Uhl Foundation Headquarters Made from Salvaged Materials Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Italy

The new building serves as the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation's new headquarters and houses a mix of room types, including a glasshouse for experimental plant cultivation, refectory, and meeting

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Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

The Cap 44 building is part of the city's heritage as one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in the world; a style that was later copied in thousands of buildings around the globe. The Atlantic

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Bjarke Ingels’ Concave BIG Maze Takes Over DC’s National Building Museum

Bjarke Ingels’ Concave BIG Maze Takes Over DC’s National Building Museum

Known for their playful designs, BIG mixed design influences from ancient labyrinths, 17th and 18th century European hedge mazes, and even American corn mazes. Unlike the typical maze, however, this

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Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

The 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe is an international competition that challenges 20 competing collegiate teams to design and build solar-powered, passive homes with cost-effective, consumer appeal. After

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Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Tec Team Costa Rica’s Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

Housing in Costa Rica used to resemble that of Spain, especially the fact that "central courtyards were the soul of the house." Over time however, growing insecurity and the influence of other cultures

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Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

Team Mexico’s Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

Some of the major issues the project addresses are overcrowding, water shortage, pollution, insecurity, limited mobility, and energy deficits within the ZMVM. Team Mexico created a prototype as an

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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main took a unique approach to this year’s Solar Decathlon by trying to solve urban housing issues. OnTop is a modular unit that can be

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Chiba University’s Post-Disaster Renai House Wins Second Place in Architecture at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Chiba University’s Post-Disaster Renai House Wins Second Place in Architecture at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

Deeply affected by the Tohoku-Oki earthquake that decimated northeastern Japan in March 2011, the students of Chiba University focused on creating post-disaster architecture and communities for their 2014

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Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

This particular project is based on the idea of evolution, which is why it starts out as a simple "survival module" in order to provide shelter and safety for people displaced by a natural disaster. After

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Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

Designed to be ideally adapted to its environment, the Adaptive House responds to Thailand's tropical climate through passive environmental controls. Natural ventilation crosses through the home and up

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The Easy Trick That Turns Your Regular Blender into a Magic Bullet Smoothie Machine

The Easy Trick That Turns Your Regular Blender into a Magic Bullet Smoothie Machine

Want to make individual smoothies and juices for everyone in the family without having to shell out dough for a special blender? Check out this DIY video for an easy trick that will save you money and

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Spectacular Lotus Building and People’s Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

Spectacular Lotus Building and People’s Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

Set atop an existing two-story subterranean municipal facility beneath the lake, the Lotus building was completed in 2013 and houses parts of the city's planning bureau, exhibition halls, and meeting

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down - and the Transbay

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Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

Students Unveil Solar-Powered ‘Rooftop House’ for an Apartment Block in Berlin

The owners of the Altbau will invest to refurbish the rooftop and possibly replace old electrical appliances, fix windows and the façade and renew the heating system. The modular addition can be

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Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

Taking inspiration from the natural phenomenon of symbiosis, Plateau Team proposes "the colonization of the roofs of the target buildings with an extra level of construction." The additional level can be

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Bucharest’s EFdeN Modular Home Is Part Home, Part Greenhouse

Bucharest’s EFdeN Modular Home Is Part Home, Part Greenhouse

The EFdeN house consists of a cubic volume punctuated by a glass structure that brings an abundance of natural light into the living space. This greenhouse-like structure allows the modular house to

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to

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Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Tiny 100% Solar-Powered Maison Reciprocity House Shines at the Solar Decathlon Europe

The home is based on designing row house neighborhoods that have a minimal environmental impact. Built as an affordable multi-story house, Maison Reciprocity is organized around a central Container for

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Quiet Mark Treehouse Set to Be the Star Attraction at Upcoming RHS Flower Show

Quiet Mark Treehouse Set to Be the Star Attraction at Upcoming RHS Flower Show

“This year's RHS show will focus on the themes of ‘Grow, inspire and escape’ and the treehouse will reinforce these ideas,” says Blue Forest Director, Simon Payne. “The extraordinary stand-alone

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Amazing Abyss Table Layers Glass and Wood to Mimic the Depths of the Ocean Blue

Amazing Abyss Table Layers Glass and Wood to Mimic the Depths of the Ocean Blue

We've previously featured Duffy for his playful Swing Table, a modular unit that suspends guests around a long table. Like the Swing Table and Duffy's other designs, the Abyss Table expertly executes a

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