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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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Raw Architecture’s Scottish Highlands House has Perfect Views of Mountain Sunrises and Island Sunsets

Raw Architecture’s Scottish Highlands House has Perfect Views of Mountain Sunrises and Island Sunsets

Raw Architecture Workshop set the home's living spaces on the upper portion of the plot, while the sleeping areas and entry level are stacked beneath. The home's exposed concrete base is overshadowed by

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Charming Vega Cottage is a Romantic Getaway in the Wild Arctic Landscape

Charming Vega Cottage is a Romantic Getaway in the Wild Arctic Landscape

Kolman Boye Architects wrapped Vega Cottage in a continuous timber skin weathered to an attractive silver-gray patina that matches the muted and natural tones of the landscape. Situated on top of a rock

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IKEA Unveils New Line of Clever Transforming and Space-Saving Furniture Designs

IKEA Unveils New Line of Clever Transforming and Space-Saving Furniture Designs

Last week, we got a sneak peek of IKEA's new PS 2014 collection entitled "On the Move." The line of space-saving, multi-functional pieces was designed in response to the world's growing population of

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Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

When you go for a walk in the woods, do you glance around and consider which trees around you may have edible parts? Sure, you might identify maple trees as the source of the wonderful syrup that's great

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Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

The clients visited BNKR Arquitectura's La Estaancia Chapel in Cuernavaca and loved the feel of it, so they asked the firm to design a private chapel for their own yard at their home. They asked for the

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Grab a Drink Inside a 6,000-Year-Old Baobab Tree at South Africa’s Sunland Bar

Grab a Drink Inside a 6,000-Year-Old Baobab Tree at South Africa’s Sunland Bar

Also known as the Pub Tree, the unique bar is part of the Sunland Farm near Modjadjiskloof. The massive tree has a circumference of over 108 feet, and its tangle of branches soar to almost 75 feet. The

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Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

The structure of the Pop-Up House is made from insulating blocks and wooden panels - a unique low-cost system patented by Multipod Studio that provides outstanding thermal insulation. The materials used

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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Surf Sauna in a Barrel Keeps Crazy Winter Surfers Warm

Surf Sauna in a Barrel Keeps Crazy Winter Surfers Warm

Surf Sauna's structure is made from marine grade galvanized and stainless steel to hold up to years of salt water exposure. The cylindrical walls are made from western red cedar which is naturally rot

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Make Architects Unveil Igloo-Shaped Cinema Made from Reclaimed Cardboard in London

Make Architects Unveil Igloo-Shaped Cinema Made from Reclaimed Cardboard in London

The Regeneration Film Festival, an open-entry short film festival dedicated to the theme of sustainable regeneration and construction, will be held during the annual Ecobuild exhibition in London. This

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Tiny Papay Fire Shelter Inspired by Nomadic Tents Pops up in the Orkney Islands

Tiny Papay Fire Shelter Inspired by Nomadic Tents Pops up in the Orkney Islands

The shelter was used during the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 festival, which celebrates video art, sound art, experimental film, music and architecture. It takes place at the first full moon in February on Papa

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Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Google Might Be Opening Its First Retail Store in New York

Is Google opening a retail store in New York City? Rumor has it that the tech giant has been shopping around for a storefront space in Soho, and if the shop does come to fruition, it would be the perfect

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Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

D’Ascia looked to the geometry of traditional Moroccan architecture for inspiration, transferring the repeating triangular patterns found on local facades to the framework of train track's structure in

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Bahadir Kul Architects’ Kayseri Ice Rink Sports Candy-Colored Windows in Turkey

Bahadir Kul Architects’ Kayseri Ice Rink Sports Candy-Colored Windows in Turkey

Located less than 6 miles from the city center, the Kayseri Ice Rink is easily accessible via public transportation. Inside, the two-story building is split into a ground floor dominated by the ice rink

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Martha Schwartz Partners’ Colorful Perforated Pavilions Mirror the Mountains of Chongqing

Martha Schwartz Partners’ Colorful Perforated Pavilions Mirror the Mountains of Chongqing

Fengming Mountain Park is located on a site with steep slopes, so Martha Schwartz Partners turned the topographic challenge into an opportunity to create a sequential, linear narrative that leads visitors

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Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Business Tips – Learned The Hard Way

Designers of RockPaperRobot Furniture Share Their Business Tips – Learned The Hard Way

Getting a business off the ground is no easy feat. Once you gather enough courage and resources to run with your dream, you'll be met with one obstacle after another — all of which are valuable learning

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Pro Skater Bob Burnquist Busts Moves on an Awesome Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

Pro Skater Bob Burnquist Busts Moves on an Awesome Floating Skate Ramp on Lake Tahoe

) As part of a campaign to help promote tourism in California, Visit California asked Bob Burnquist to skate on a floating ramp for one of their commercials. Burnquist said yes and did them one better,

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Spektrum Arkitekter Unveils a Rugged Semi-Outdoor Community Hub in Northern Denmark

Spektrum Arkitekter Unveils a Rugged Semi-Outdoor Community Hub in Northern Denmark

The Fjelstervang community hub has a large transparent roof that spans across a row of 6 meter high columns. The differently colored sliding doors reference the recently closed textile dyeing factory and

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Mind-Blowing Balloon Installations Transform Everyday Rooms Into Alien Worlds

Mind-Blowing Balloon Installations Transform Everyday Rooms Into Alien Worlds

Penique Productions creates their temporary art pieces using very little material, but the effect is jaw-dropping. The cavernous spaces are covered with a balloon membrane fine enough to preserve and

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

The plan to build the Frank Gehry-designed World Trade Center Performing Arts Center is looking bleak. The project currently has less than half of the funds it needs for construction, and there has been

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Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

There are five "squares" or rooms on a farm in Sasbachwalden village - a tiny community known for its wine-making and wood processing. Named after the kind of wine that was stored in each of the enormous

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Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Although Japanese architecture firm SANAA snapped up the winning bid, we felt that MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof's inspiring proposal was too good not to share. Located next to the

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DEVELOPING NEWS: Huge Explosion and Building Collapses Rock East Harlem

DEVELOPING NEWS: Huge Explosion and Building Collapses Rock East Harlem

Photo: Alyssa Alimurung Emergency crews are on the scene near 116th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem this morning after receiving calls about a massive explosion and partial building collapse. 11

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Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

Ambitious Eiffel Tower Renovation Turns the Aging Icon’s 1st Floor into a Green Energy Powerhouse

The $34.6 million dollar project includes demolition and reconstruction of the first floor Eiffel and Ferrié pavilions, which house the welcoming center, shops and a restaurant. Upon completion, the

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Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

The dome is the world's largest freestanding building, and it was originally owned by a company attempting to develop a transport dirigible. When that company went belly-up, a Malaysian company took the

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Ben Thomas Depicts Tokyo as a Tiny Version of Itself Using Tilt-Shift Photography

Ben Thomas Depicts Tokyo as a Tiny Version of Itself Using Tilt-Shift Photography

The photographer's work aims to present viewers with something that requires more than just one look to understand. While the locations he shoots are familiar to most people, the tilt-shift effect infuses

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Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Man Builds Amazing Geodesic Houseboat for Just $2,000

Buckminster Fuller must be smiling down on this DIY geodesic houseboat built for just about $2,000. Buffalo, NY resident Michael Weekes decided to create the floating digs out of sustainable plywood and

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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