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Echo Architecture Unveils Greenscaper Hotel Wrapped With Living Foliage

Echo Architecture Unveils Greenscaper Hotel Wrapped With Living Foliage

Echo Design and Architecture's Greenscraper focuses on creating a diverse and sustainable new hybrid environment. The building combines public and private areas, each with a strong identity enriched by

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HOK Breaks Ground on Eco-Friendly Master Plan for Istanbul’s New International Financial Center

HOK Breaks Ground on Eco-Friendly Master Plan for Istanbul’s New International Financial Center

With With 13.5 million residents, Istanbul is the second-largest city in the world, behind only Shanghai. The 170-acre International Financial Center will be on the city’s Asian side, and it

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Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

Last we heard from WS Atkins, the international design firm had designed a massive skyscraper for Dubai with a large windmill built into it (the proposed building was later cancelled). The 62-story

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Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

The WISA Wooden Design Hotel is a small two-room structure connected by a semi-open courtyard that is surrounded by a curved trellis. The hotel sets an example of outstanding craftsmanship portraying

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New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new

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134-year-old British Sea Fort Given New Life as a Luxury Island Resort

134-year-old British Sea Fort Given New Life as a Luxury Island Resort

The old fort doesn't look like much from afar as much of the original crude infrastructure has remained intact. Don't worry, it's stalwart and safe, but the owners added a few classy finishings to lure

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Het Arresthuis: Historic Jail Transformed into a Luxurious Modern Hotel in the Netherlands

Het Arresthuis: Historic Jail Transformed into a Luxurious Modern Hotel in the Netherlands

Guests of Het Arresthuis shouldn’t expect to be confined in close quarters like a prisoner during their stay. The 150 holding cells that once held some of the Netherlands’ finest criminals have been

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INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

INTERVIEW: Gensler’s Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

Gensler has more than 3,000 professionals in 41 locations around the world, and together they have managed to make quite an impact with sustainable architecture. Granted, not every architecture firm

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Ogami’s Repap is Eco-Friendly Paper Made from Stone

Ogami’s Repap is Eco-Friendly Paper Made from Stone

Despite the popularity of e-readers and computers, Americans still use about 71 million tons of paper per year -- only 63 percent of which is ever recycled. So when a paper alternative comes along that is

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Spend the Night in a Fantastical Trojan Horse-Shaped Hotel in Belgium!

Spend the Night in a Fantastical Trojan Horse-Shaped Hotel in Belgium!

Guests can imagine their horse hotel room being wheeled into the city of Troy by the Greeks, epically tricking the Trojans during the legendary Trojan war. Appropriate to this tale, the interior have been

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Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Antwerp’s MAS Museum lent the people at Time Circus an old unused crane on which the collective built their cool green space. Anchored at Bonapartedok, the experimental space is designed to engage

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Talstation Baiersbronn is a Green Launching Spot For Hikers in the Black Forest

Talstation Baiersbronn is a Green Launching Spot For Hikers in the Black Forest

Talstation Baiersbronn is a combo bistro and sports equipment rental shop in southwestern Germany. The bistro serves local Black Forest cuisine and the shop offers up bike and Segway rentals as well as

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AtelierD’s Giant Honeycomb Bee Hotel Attracts Pollinators & Humans Alike

AtelierD’s Giant Honeycomb Bee Hotel Attracts Pollinators & Humans Alike

The Muttersholtz Archi Festival took place last September and brought together students, architects and artists interested in sustainable development and eco-tourism. Groups built simple and modest

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6 Ways To Have A Shareable Valentine’s Day

6 Ways To Have A Shareable Valentine’s Day

Nab The Perfect Gift On Yerdle Sharing is the new shopping, according to the founders of Yerdle, the newest online swapping community on the block. Yerdle makes it easy for people to post pictures and

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Harm Rensink’s Pop-Up Inflatable Spa Gives City Dwellers Health of Body and Peace of Mind

Harm Rensink’s Pop-Up Inflatable Spa Gives City Dwellers Health of Body and Peace of Mind

Harm Rensink's Urban Spa is an experimental space designed to give people in populated cities a space to unwind and relax. The project consists of a translucent plastic bubble that is filled with steam

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Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Science and Art Center

Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Science and Art Center

As of 2011, Poland consumes 77 million tons of coal per year, which makes it the second-largest coal consumer in the European Union and the 10th largest in the world. But since the late 1980s, coal

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Soak Up the Sun at Casa de las Olas’ Solar Powered Eco-Escape in Tulum

Soak Up the Sun at Casa de las Olas’ Solar Powered Eco-Escape in Tulum

Located just south of the touristic city of Cancun, Tulum attracts an array of eco-tourists seeking the adventure within a natural and barely touched landscape. Days are spent exploring the world’s

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Roeland Otten Camouflages Ugly Public Utilities with Giant Photographic Installations

Roeland Otten Camouflages Ugly Public Utilities with Giant Photographic Installations

From afar, passersby may not notice Otten’s awesome photographic installations at all. Taken from the same vantage points at which they are mounted, each side of his photographic coverings depict the

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Foster + Partners Completes First Project in South America: Climate-Friendly Faena Aleph Apartments

Foster + Partners Completes First Project in South America: Climate-Friendly Faena Aleph Apartments

The Faena District of Buenos Aires is an upscale neighborhood brimming with new construction. Foster + Partners designed the project for a team owned by the Faena Group that advocates green spaces and

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Sleeping Around: Belgium’s Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel Is Always On the Move

Sleeping Around: Belgium’s Pop-Up Shipping Container Hotel Is Always On the Move

Pop-up stores are pretty common, but hotels less so, largely because of their need for reliable and consistent infrastructure. The makers of Sleeping Around wanted to apply the same principles of pop-up

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Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

With plenty of brilliant works from both Dutch and international artists, the forty-four day-long Light Festival offers a great excuse to visit the charming Dutch city. One of the event’s main features

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Ryan Taylor’s Futuristic Babylon Light Doubles as an Indoor Garden Planter

Ryan Taylor’s Futuristic Babylon Light Doubles as an Indoor Garden Planter

Toronto-based industrial designer Ryan Taylor's Babylon Light is a modern lighting fixture that doubles as a planter. Just like the futuristic kitchen light from Back to the Future, this multipurpose

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Could Building Snowmen Help Prevent Flooding in Snow-Filled Cities?

Could Building Snowmen Help Prevent Flooding in Snow-Filled Cities?

Did you ever think that the simple act of building a snowman could help the environment? After London was blanketed with snow this week, Roy Stokes, a spokesman for Great Britain’s Environmental Agency

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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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North America’s First LEGO Hotel Opens This Spring in Carlsbad, California!

North America’s First LEGO Hotel Opens This Spring in Carlsbad, California!

The façade of the LEGO hotel may not be made of plastic bricks, but it is decked out in decorative color blocks, setting the stage for the LEGO love inside. Guests will be greeted by a giant LEGO castle

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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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PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

Quite like Masdar's own terracotta buildings, the new Siemens building has been designed with an absolute commitment to sustainability. Using passive design and state of the art materials, the project

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