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The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

Image via Shutterstock Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment to be less favorable for a comfortable and enduring

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1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

Located on an artificial island just north of Copenhagen's city center, UN City houses 1,700 UN staff. The eight-point star represents the UN's involvement in all reaches of the globe, and the perforated

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Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Prairie Style Cowden House Hits the Green Mark in Kansas

Located in Prairie Village, a suburb of Kansas City, KS, the Cowden House is built on a lot formerly occupied by another house. The old house was deconstructed with all the waste recycled. Even the

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The World’s Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich

The World’s Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich

In order to raise the bar on the building's energy efficiency, the science and research team sought to maximize the building’s passive energy use, driving down energy consumption and introducing

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RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

RMJM Unveils Proposal for Cloud-Shaped Cultural Center in Taichung, Taiwan

The city of Taichung in western Taiwan recently held an international design competition to build a new library and cultural center in the city center. The competition has brought out some seriously

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PHOTOS: Sister Cities Park & Green-Roofed Cafe is a Perfect Lunch Spot in Philly

PHOTOS: Sister Cities Park & Green-Roofed Cafe is a Perfect Lunch Spot in Philly

Located on the east side of Logan Square in downtown Philadelphia, Sister Cities Park is just a stone's throw from the Academy of Natural Sciences and across the street from the Basilica Cathedral of

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Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

Beautiful Double Skin Shields China’s Solar-Powered Green Energy Lab from the Harsh Sun

The three story building has a perimeter of balconies that helped to reduce the building's energy consumption. In winter, heating expenses are curtailed thanks to the solar heat collected on the

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio’s Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

Photocredits: Architect Koen Olthuis - Waterstudio.NL and Pieter Kers FLOAT! is a beautiful volume that explores the world of floating architecture through historic, current, and future developments as

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Auckland’s Glittering Green Geyser Office Wins New Zealand Architecture Award

Auckland’s Glittering Green Geyser Office Wins New Zealand Architecture Award

The Geyser complex actually consists of five sub buildings, which are linked together by an interior courtyard. The buildings are arranged like a village, with the inner courtyard serving as the town

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Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Craig Steely’s Lavaflow 7 Frames the Ohia Forest on Hawaii’s Big Island

Lavaflow 7 is sited on 5 acres of dense Ohia forest, which is filled with the type of vegetation that takes over after a lava flow. Built upon the rocky remains of a 1955 lava flow on the slopes of

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Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

The L-Shaped Eagle Ridge Residence features a combined living-kitchen dining area at the corner with a study and master suite in one wing. The other wing consists of a storage area and a studio, which

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Stay in a Tiny Hobbitat House at the Blue Moon Rising Eco Resort in Maryland

Stay in a Tiny Hobbitat House at the Blue Moon Rising Eco Resort in Maryland

Blue Moon Rising resort is located in McHenry in western Maryland, and it's dedicated to nature and sustainable education. Located just above Deep Creek Lake, the 15-acre site boasts views of the water

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Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

The original stone barn has been renovated with a new addition that takes the place of a former timber addition. Designed by Roswag Architekten, the new addition is formed from rammed earth on the ground

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Indoor Vertical Farm ‘Pinkhouses’ Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor Vertical Farm ‘Pinkhouses’ Grow Plants Faster With Less Energy

Indoor farms need light—and a lot of it—to grow crops, but that energy adds up big time in terms of cost and environmental impact. A Pinkhouse is a new type of indoor farm that grows crops using

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Geodesic DOM(E) is a Self-Sufficient Prefab Home for All Seasons

Geodesic DOM(E) is a Self-Sufficient Prefab Home for All Seasons

The building has an self-supporting internal structure made from laminated timber with metal mounts, 200mm insulation and a 9mm fiber concrete slab covered with liquid rubber as exterior finish. On the

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Mod Cott is a Low-Energy Guest House on Lake Buchanan in Texas

Mod Cott is a Low-Energy Guest House on Lake Buchanan in Texas

The Mod Cott guest house complements a nearby stone residence on the shores of Lake Buchanan. With views of the shore, water and surrounding landscape, the guest cottage is perfectly situated to interact

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First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

The Dutch city of Nijmegen wants to help first time home buyers get into the market even if they don't have a lot of money. Families who earn between €30,000 and €47,000 have an opportunity to join

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Sky City: World’s Tallest Tower to Break Ground in June

Sky City: World’s Tallest Tower to Break Ground in June

Sky City will be prefabricated off site in three months, and it will then be assembled in just seven months. Reaching up 838 meters (2,749 feet), the 220-floor tower will feature residential, office

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Britain’s Green Investment Bank Loans $1 Billion in First Months of Business

Britain’s Green Investment Bank Loans $1 Billion in First Months of Business

Photo via Shutterstock In order to help reduce carbon emissions by 2020, the UK government recently opened the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in Edinburgh, making it the first bank in the world focused

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Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

The Fern Ridge Lake Residence is located on a 40-acre site on a bluff outside of Eugene, Oregon. The home is joined by an artist studio, a three-car garage and a number of outdoor living spaces to enjoy

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Lenbachhaus Museum Reopens in Munich with Foster + Partners’ Jewel Box Addition

Lenbachhaus Museum Reopens in Munich with Foster + Partners’ Jewel Box Addition

The main wing of the Lenbachhaus Museum was built in 1891 as a studio and villa for the artist Franz von Lenbach, and several additions have been added over the past 100+ years. In the latest set of

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Perkins + Will Unveils Green-Roofed LEED Silver Instructional Centre for the University of Toronto

Perkins + Will Unveils Green-Roofed LEED Silver Instructional Centre for the University of Toronto

With the University of Toronto Mississauga’s commitment to sustainability in mind, Perkins + Will set out to design a multi-use academic building that not only uses renewable energy, but also embraces

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Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine to Develop First-Ever Sustainable Idea Town in Seabrook, Washington

“Seabrook is a charming seaside town built on big ideas that promote a true sense of community,” said Sunset Editor-in-Chief Kitty Morgan. “Seabrook’s ability to integrate these development

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American Institute of Architects Announces the Greenest Buildings of 2013

American Institute of Architects Announces the Greenest Buildings of 2013

Yin Yan House by Brooks + Scarpa The Yin Yan House is a nearly net-zero energy live/work home and office in Venice, California. A very tight building envelope reduces energy demand by more than 50

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La Plat-forme Maison Passive Produces a Cheeky Video to Promote Energy Efficiency

La Plat-forme Maison Passive Produces a Cheeky Video to Promote Energy Efficiency

Leave it to the Europeans to give Passive Houses sex appeal. La Plate-forme Maison Passive (PMP) recently released this tongue-in-cheek video promoting passive housing that features a character who

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LEED Platinum-Certified George W. Bush Presidential Library Opens in Dallas

LEED Platinum-Certified George W. Bush Presidential Library Opens in Dallas

Each president gets a library and museum to house his collection of material, gifts and artifacts received during his time in office. The George W. Bush Library is housed on the edge of SMU, which is the

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Cleaning Up The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Take Over 40 Years

Cleaning Up The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Take Over 40 Years

A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently announced that Japan may need more than 40 years to decommission the Fukushima power plant. The head of the IAEA clean up team, Juan

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Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

Clock Shadow Building Supports the Community and the Environment in Milwaukee

The developers of this underutilized parcel in Milwaukee's Walker’s Point neighborhood wanted a building that achieved a mission of economic improvement, social justice, environmental restoration, and

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IBM Solar Collector Harnesses the Power of 2,000 Suns

IBM Solar Collector Harnesses the Power of 2,000 Suns

A team of IBM researchers is working on a solar concentrating dish that will be able to collect 80% of incoming sunlight and convert it to useful energy. The High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal system

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America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012

America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012

This list of 6 favorite sustainable craft breweries was selected based first on the Brewers Association list of top selling breweries, which is determined by sales volume. Then we went to each brewery's

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