Eco Tourism

Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

Studio 2G Architects’ LEED Gold Shale Oak Winery is Constructed With Reclaimed Materials

The owner of Shale Oak Winery came to Studio 2G Architects with a vision that complimented the designers’ passion for the environment. Shale Oak wanted to blend the beautiful natural surroundings of the

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The Santa Barbara Auto Camp is a Hotel for Airstream Lovers

The Santa Barbara Auto Camp is a Hotel for Airstream Lovers

Visitors to the Santa Barbara Auto Camp have the choice of staying in the "Anacapa", "San Miguel", "Santa Cruz", or "Santa Rosa" trailers, all vintage Airstreams sourced from California and Arizona and

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Ephemeral Screen Printed Ice Decorates a Room at Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Ephemeral Screen Printed Ice Decorates a Room at Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Lit with blue glowing LED lights, Sziksz and Carroll’s designs are backlight by the sun during the day. Scattered across an arched wall, Sziksz’s screen prints act as tiny port holes. Each is made up

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Mexico’s Hotel Básico is Designed with Recycled Petroleum Industry Materials

Mexico’s Hotel Básico is Designed with Recycled Petroleum Industry Materials

Located in Playa del Carmen in one corner of La Quinta Avenida, the main avenue of the city, Hotel Básico is a 1,600 square-meter, mixed-use building reflecting a Brutalism style through its bold use of

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Luxury Buenos Aires Grand Hotel Aims for LEED Certification

Luxury Buenos Aires Grand Hotel Aims for LEED Certification

The Buenos Aires Grand Hotel may have just opened in October, but it is already gunning for LEED certification.  The modern hotel has all the comfort and amenities of a luxury hotel, with the

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Rustic, Solar-Powered Villa Santa Cruz Goes Off-Grid in Todos Santos, Mexico

Rustic, Solar-Powered Villa Santa Cruz Goes Off-Grid in Todos Santos, Mexico

A true eco-luxury resort, the gorgeous Villa is centered around a historic reclaimed cantera stone fountain. The hacienda hosts only four suites, making the escape  a truly private one. Each of the rooms

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Inkaterra Amazonica is an Eco Retreat in the Rainforest With its Own Private Treehouse!

Inkaterra Amazonica is an Eco Retreat in the Rainforest With its Own Private Treehouse!

Stretching almost 30,000 acres, the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is at the heart of an expansive ecological reserve in the Southern Peruvian rainforest. Set along the Madre de Dios River, thirty-five

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Relax on a Private Ecological Reserve in Mexico at Eco-Luxe Resort Cuixmala

Relax on a Private Ecological Reserve in Mexico at Eco-Luxe Resort Cuixmala

The land along the Pacific Ocean was a favorite spot of the late Sir James Goldsmith. He loved the are so much that he decided to establish an ecological reserve alongside his family’s vacation home.

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Report Shows That Protected Wilderness Areas Are Excellent Drivers for the Economy

Report Shows That Protected Wilderness Areas Are Excellent Drivers for the Economy

It is true that money does not grow on trees, but it could come from people traveling to see them. A report titled “West Is Best: How Public Lands in the West Create a Competitive Economic Advantage,”

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Cities Without Ground: A Handy Guidebook That Maps Out All of Hong Kong’s Pedestrian Walkways

Cities Without Ground: A Handy Guidebook That Maps Out All of Hong Kong’s Pedestrian Walkways

Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook is a new book that maps 32 networks of interconnected above- and below-ground pedestrian walkways in Hong Kong. Written by a team of architects (Jonathan D

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What the Phonics? Helps Non-Danish Speaking Tourists Navigate the Streets of Copenhagen

What the Phonics? Helps Non-Danish Speaking Tourists Navigate the Streets of Copenhagen

WTPh? (What the Phonics) is an interactive installation made by Momo Miyazaki and Andrew Spitz. Street names in Denmark are close to impossible for foreigners to pronounce, so they did a little

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Lush Pastures: An Eco-Friendly Country Retreat near Adelaide, South Australia

Lush Pastures: An Eco-Friendly Country Retreat near Adelaide, South Australia

Owners Andy and Cheryl, dreamed up Lush Pastures after they retired and sought out a life where they could entertain guests, grow their own food and cook up amazing meals. They found their dream property

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Explore the Amazon River in Style Aboard Aqua Expeditions’ Floating Eco-Hotel

Explore the Amazon River in Style Aboard Aqua Expeditions’ Floating Eco-Hotel

Up to 32 guests can travel the waters of the Amazon River through the Peruvian rainforest and beyond. Each of the cozy guest rooms features a large picture window, bringing guests up close and personal

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Elqui Domos Hotel: A Star-Gazer’s Paradise Tucked Among The Chilean Mountains

Elqui Domos Hotel: A Star-Gazer’s Paradise Tucked Among The Chilean Mountains

Elqui Domos was originally built about 10 years ago in an area known for amazing weather and night sky views. It consisted of some small cabins and a series of small geodesic dome-like structures with

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Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Google Adds Underwater Panoramic Sea Views To Study the World’s Reefs & Promote Awareness

Earlier in the year, Google Maps and the Catlin Seaview Survey began their project to document some of the world's most beautiful reefs. The goal of the project was two-fold; first to give everyone the

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World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

Baca Architects and ZM Architecture have teamed up with Floating Concepts to design what has been dubbed the world's first "floating leisure village" at Canting Docks in Glasgow. The Scottish city—in

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X-Studio’s Lightweave Palm Observatory is Made Entirely From Palm Leaves

X-Studio’s Lightweave Palm Observatory is Made Entirely From Palm Leaves

Located on the Island of Itaparica, the largest of the 56 islands in Brazil’s Bahia de Todos os Santos (or All Saints Bay), the project highlights the ecosystem of the area. By weaving together the palm

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BIG’s Connecting Greenland: AIR + PORT Exhibit Proposes a New Future for Greenland

BIG’s Connecting Greenland: AIR + PORT Exhibit Proposes a New Future for Greenland

Currently, Greenland residents rely heavily on air travel to get around, but are plagued by empty flights and staggering prices. BIG and its cohorts are proposing to address this domestic problem with a

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Wheels Of Change Sends a Shipping Container Filled with 300 Bikes to Namibia

Wheels Of Change Sends a Shipping Container Filled with 300 Bikes to Namibia

Although we may ride them every day, we don't often think of our bicycles as life-changing tools of empowerment. In Africa, however, access to a fully-functional bicycle opens up a world of transportation

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Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Easily visible from afar, the Ta Phin community house sits amid a verdant setting 17km from Sapa, which is popular among tourists. It comes with an herb garden to promote sustainable agriculture, along

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Villages Nature is a Utopian Eco Resort Planned Near Disneyland Paris

Villages Nature is a Utopian Eco Resort Planned Near Disneyland Paris

Just 32 km east of Paris is the 160,000 m2 site slated for Les Villages Nature de Val d’Europe, which will be an eco resort destination for families. Developed by Euro Disney and Pierre & Vacances

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Almáa Sintra Hostel Is An Idyllic Eco-Retreat on a Historic 12th Site in Portugal

Almáa Sintra Hostel Is An Idyllic Eco-Retreat on a Historic 12th Site in Portugal

The hostel is set on the idyllic grounds of an ancient fresh water spring, for which it is named (Almáa means water in Arabic). The spring supplies water to the hostel, irrigates the landscaped gardens

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Camden Beach is a Sandy Manmade Beach in the Middle of London

Camden Beach is a Sandy Manmade Beach in the Middle of London

Nearly 3,000 square feet of warm sand is spread out in the lot adjacent to the Roundhouse complex, which stretches from the venue’s terrace. Comfy beach chairs, sun umbrellas, and windbreaks set the

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CitizenM Prefab Hotels Now Provide Affordable Luxury in London and Glasgow

CitizenM Prefab Hotels Now Provide Affordable Luxury in London and Glasgow

Back in 2008, CitizenM built its first two prefabricated hotels in Amsterdam as an experiment, and then took the lessons they'd learned to design and build the hotels in the UK. They started with the

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£60,000 Is Needed To Restore Scotland’s “Harry Potter” Steall Gorge Path!

£60,000 Is Needed To Restore Scotland’s “Harry Potter” Steall Gorge Path!

At the foot of Ben Nevis in Scotland is a mile-long, rocky, winding track that has attracted thousands of hikers, ramblers and even film crews. The classic Steall Gorge Footpath in Glen Nevis, near Fort

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Web-Like Treetop Science Lab Floats High Above Brazil’s Rainforest Canopy

Web-Like Treetop Science Lab Floats High Above Brazil’s Rainforest Canopy

Yi Yvonne Weng's concept includes webbed mesh in three densities, the least dense of which contain metal rods for structural support. The mid-layer has a medium density so that birds may easily pass

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Costa Rica’s Pacifica Surf Studios Resort Is an Escape for the Adventurous Eco-Tourist

Costa Rica’s Pacifica Surf Studios Resort Is an Escape for the Adventurous Eco-Tourist

Pacifica Surf Studios lets guests combine their love of nature and sports amongst an idyllic and serene setting. The surf school covers classes from beginners to experts, giving the unique opportunity to

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Lake Retba is a Bizarre, Naturally Occurring Pink Lake in Senegal

Lake Retba is a Bizarre, Naturally Occurring Pink Lake in Senegal

The bizarre color is caused by Dunaliella salina, a type of halophile green micro-algae, that is found in the water. Usually found in sea salt fields, such as in Lake Retba, the micro-algae appears

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PICS: We Hit Up the Wanderlust Yoga and Hiking Eco-Festival in Stratton, Vermont

PICS: We Hit Up the Wanderlust Yoga and Hiking Eco-Festival in Stratton, Vermont

Wanderlust welcomed thousands of visitors over its four-day run. A beautiful setting and causal atmosphere made this festival feel like a paradise in the mountains. Being the archi-nerds we are, we

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Sleep in a Protected Forest at Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge in Nicaragua

Sleep in a Protected Forest at Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a hot place to be right now if you're craving sun, surf, and sand - and Morgan's Rock is definitely the sustainable hotel you'll want to stay at. Located right on the Pacific coast, the hotel

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