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Five Stunning Homes Take Home the AIA Award for Best Small Houses of the Year

Five Stunning Homes Take Home the AIA Award for Best Small Houses of the Year

Fall House by Fourgeron Architecture The Fall House by Fourgeron Architecture is a three bedroom home on the California coast near Big Sur. Besides offering spectacular ocean views, this small home also

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Amazing Net Zero House in the Canary Islands has On-Site Wind Turbines

Amazing Net Zero House in the Canary Islands has On-Site Wind Turbines

Using only locally-sourced materials such as stone and basalt insulation, in addition to certified timber, this home has a very small carbon footprint. This same material menu allows it to mesh with the

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MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

Located in one of China's most historically and culturally significant cities, the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center will strive to preserve traces of the city's historic past while celebrating its

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Creative Machines’ Glowing Heart Beacon Lights Up in Sync With Your Heartbeat

Creative Machines’ Glowing Heart Beacon Lights Up in Sync With Your Heartbeat

Creative Machines' Heart Beacon sculpture serves as a symbol of hope and resilience at the Emergency Coordination Center in Portland, OR. Using a touch-activated sensor, people can use their pulse to

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Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconies!

Fakro’s Innovative Windows Transform Into Airy Rooftop Balconies!

Designed for skylight windows on a pitched roof, the system works by installing two upward- and downward-opening windows instead of just a single skylight. The bottom window sash opens forward, creating a

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FACIT Popularizes Low-Carbon Homes Digitally Manufactured Using CNC Machines

FACIT Popularizes Low-Carbon Homes Digitally Manufactured Using CNC Machines

At the forefront of the practice of digital fabrication in the building industry, FACIT uses CNC routers to manufacture “cassettes” out of sustainably harvested plywood. These are filled with spray

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Lebanese Students Build an Emergency Shelter Out of Plastic Crates

Lebanese Students Build an Emergency Shelter Out of Plastic Crates

Third year architecture students at the Lebanese American University were to build temporary structures for an assignment conceptualized by their instructor Richard Douzjian. These were supposed to be

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Modulorbeat Builds One Man Sauna on an Abandoned Factory Site for Those Who Don’t Like to Share

Modulorbeat Builds One Man Sauna on an Abandoned Factory Site for Those Who Don’t Like to Share

The One Man Sauna project was designed as part of the art festival Das Detroit-Projekt in Bochum, a year-long international project that aims to connect four European Opel cities: Bochum(Germany),

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Could BIG’s “Big U” Proposal Protect New York City From the Next Hurricane Sandy?

Could BIG’s “Big U” Proposal Protect New York City From the Next Hurricane Sandy?

BIG U: A Day in the Life from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. "The Big U is an example of what we call Social Infrastructure," said Bjarke Ingels, BIG's Founding Partner. "The High Line shows how a

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Urban Skyfarm: Vertical Hydroponic Farm and Community Hub Offers Food Security for the Future

Urban Skyfarm: Vertical Hydroponic Farm and Community Hub Offers Food Security for the Future

This living skyscraper can house over 1.5 million square feet of common space and has pathways and skybridges integrated into the design. These allow visitors to navigate through the maze of gardens,

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Spain’s Cubic GG Bioclimatic House Cuts Heating Bills by 76.77%

Spain’s Cubic GG Bioclimatic House Cuts Heating Bills by 76.77%

In order to optimize construction details while minimizing costs, Alventosa Morell Arquitectes opted to use wood as the sole building material. This forced them to work with a specific industry, which

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FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

Fndry's Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams created FOUNDHouse as additional student housing needed for the DesignBuildBLUFF (DBB) initiative last year. Designed using the non-profit platform WikiHouse and

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Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

The bottles used to complete the structure, all of which were donated by students and the local community, help to regulate sunlight and control the temperature within the nursery. A water inlet tray on

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Renzo Piano’s Bulbous Pathé Foundation Headquarters Nears Completion in Paris

Renzo Piano’s Bulbous Pathé Foundation Headquarters Nears Completion in Paris

In celebration of Pathé's film heritage, the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé's new headquarters is located at the same spot where one of Paris' first cinemas in the mid-1900s once stood. Since Piano's

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Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Fall House is a long, thin volume that conforms to the natural contours of a sloping cliff above the ocean. The dramatic landscape called for a dramatic solution, and Fougeron Architecture crafted a home

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OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

OMA Receives $230 Million to Rebuild New Jersey Area Devastated by Hurricane Sandy

Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. The OMA proposal focuses on implementing resiliency through the integration of key infrastructural

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MIT Receives $150 Million for New Meadowlands Plan to Protect New Jersey from the Next Superstorm

MIT Receives $150 Million for New Meadowlands Plan to Protect New Jersey from the Next Superstorm

New Meadowlands from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. The Meadowband frames Meadowpark and acts as protection against floods and provides a connection between towns and wetlands. It aims to combine

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Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

Atelier Data’s Varatojo Eco House is Built From Reclaimed Railroad Ties and Cork in Portugal

The entrance to Atelier Data's Varatojo House lies at the end of a concrete ramp. A wooden wall made from reclaimed railway ties protects this area from the strong mountain winds. This reused material is

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Living Breakwaters Project Wins $60 Million from HUD to Protect Staten Island Against Future Storms

Living Breakwaters Project Wins $60 Million from HUD to Protect Staten Island Against Future Storms

Living Breakwaters from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. The proposed necklace of breakwaters includes a “reef street,” and micro-pockets that would be used as habitats for finfish, shellfish and

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Rebuild by Design Awards PennDesign/OLIN $20M to Protect Hunts Point from Storm Surges

Rebuild by Design Awards PennDesign/OLIN $20M to Protect Hunts Point from Storm Surges

Hunts Point | Lifelines from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo. An initiative of President Barack Obama's Hurricane Sandy Task Force, the yearlong national Rebuild by Design Competition challenged designers

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Giant Fruit-Shaped Bus Stops Line Streets in Japan

Giant Fruit-Shaped Bus Stops Line Streets in Japan

The 16 quirky bus stops are located in Konagai, Japan (part of Isahaya City in Nagasaki) and were originally constructed for the 1990 Travel Expo. In order to attract arriving visitors, the stands have

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Wi-Fi Connected Collaborative Cooking Machine Lets 5 Chefs Cook Together from Afar

Wi-Fi Connected Collaborative Cooking Machine Lets 5 Chefs Cook Together from Afar

The Stockholm-based project is the work of Christian Isberg, Petter Johansson Kukacka, Lasse Korsgaard and chef Carl Berglöf, who see it as a "project about how food, interaction and anonymity can create

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Gorgeous Viewpoint Platform Invites Busy Londoners to Enjoy the Wildlife of Regents’ Canal

Gorgeous Viewpoint Platform Invites Busy Londoners to Enjoy the Wildlife of Regents’ Canal

The platform's design was inspired by the Finnish Laavu, a traditional shelter intended for temporary residence during fishing and hunting trips. The Laavu was typically a primitive, triangular shape made

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Orproject’s Sparkling ‘Dynamorph’ Cave Channels Shamanic Rites and Celestial Forms

Orproject’s Sparkling ‘Dynamorph’ Cave Channels Shamanic Rites and Celestial Forms

Orproject developed their isosurface using an algorithm that situates the exhibited materials as central points in a gravitational forcefield. The envelope is pulled and distorted around these centers.

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Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Prefab Intershelter Dome Homes Pop Up Anywhere for Immediate Shelter

Intershelters were designed to provide a comfortable place to stay just about anywhere. They’ve been used in deserts, deep in the forest, and even on the side of glaciers, providing sleeping shelters,

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e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

e-MRAK Builds Stunning Pisek City Forest Administration Building in the Czech Woodland

Located in the south Bohemian region of Pisek, the stunning building was a winning competition entry. Designed by Prague-based e-MRAK, it provides information to visitors while serving as an admin hub for

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JaK Studio to Built London’s First ‘Invisible’ Eco-Home

JaK Studio to Built London’s First ‘Invisible’ Eco-Home

Following two years of negotiations, the proposal for renovating the derelict garage into a house has just been signed and the construction is scheduled to start this month. Previous proposals envisioning

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Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Eindhoven’s Colossal UFO-Shaped Evoluon Center is Out of this World!

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat Standing within the Dutch City of Design & Technology, the Evoluon is a daring and iconic landmark. Its concrete dome is 253 feet in diameter and it was

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Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular ‘Green Zero’ Modular Getaway in Italy

Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular ‘Green Zero’ Modular Getaway in Italy

The interior relies on a simplistic design, coming to life thanks to accents of color throughout the single bedroom dwelling. Even though the room is made for two, there is ample space to fit many more

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Colorful LEDs Transform Industrial Shipyard into Giant Origami-Like Light Show

Colorful LEDs Transform Industrial Shipyard into Giant Origami-Like Light Show

Skira had entertained the idea of turning Pula's shipyard cranes into monumental works of art since 2000, but it was only recently that he was able to gather the city support, funding, and technology

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