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MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

3D printing is all the rage, and designers around the world are competing to see how they can create the biggest, most jaw-dropping stuff. Here at Inhabitat, we've featured lots of cool 3D designs, from

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Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

Vancouver Renovation Turns a 1950s Bungalow into a Modern, Efficient Home

The 1950's bungalow in the Commercial Drive area of Vancouver featured a half-below grade basement and a first floor. The design team lopped off the old roof and added a new story to maximize living space

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Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani

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NK Architects’ Park Passive is Seattle’s First Certified Passive House

NK Architects’ Park Passive is Seattle’s First Certified Passive House

Park Passive is a 2,710 square-foot, four bedroom, three bath house on an urban infill lot in the Madison Park area. It is the first house in Seattle to be certified by the Passive House Academy and

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Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

Green Skyscraper to Be Built on Top of Vancouver’s Historic Exchange Building

The new 31-story tower will rest partially on top of and it will stand partially alongside the existing Old Stock Exchange Building. The Stock Exchange building will be completely renovated and

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Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The unit's 220 mm masonry walls give it excellent thermal performance, it uses solar energy for

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Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo is a permeable paving system that relies on science rather than gaps to encourage water infiltration. Composed of 48% recycled material, the pavers allow water to pass through the surface

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Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

The original home was built in the 1950s, but was in need of some updating to make it work better for the new owners. It was expanded to include more entertaining space with a loft-like living space and

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Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

If in general you're looking for some good, natural building workshops to learn about a variety of techniques, designs and options, check out the workshops provided by EcoNest in Ashland, Oregon and the

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MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

After its extreme makeover, the former big-box store is hardly recognizable. The cavernous, warehouse-like building was completely gutted and reconfigured to make way for bookshelves, reading nooks, a

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Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten was selected to design the new law center after winning an international design competition in 2008. But the building isn't just nice to look at; its most impressive attribute is its

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FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape: Former Freight Yard Transformed into Green Gathering Space in Denver

FR8scape is a public courtyard and creative gathering space in front of the Freight building at the mixed-use Taxi Development in North Denver. Bordered by the Platte River to the east, the entire project

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Green-Roofed Caeaclaveles Art Studio & Hotel Melts Into the Landscape of Northern Spain

Green-Roofed Caeaclaveles Art Studio & Hotel Melts Into the Landscape of Northern Spain

Located just 4 km from the coastal town of Llanes and a 5 minute walk from the village of La Pereda, Caeaclaveles is a quiet retreat in the countryside. Trains from nearby Oviedo and Santander pass

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Modular Modern COMMOD House is Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

Modular Modern COMMOD House is Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

The COMMOD House by ContainMe! is a 100% recyclable modular house made from repurposed shipping containers. The modern home can grow or shrink according to its residents' needs, it features a low energy

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NREL Uses Corning’s Flexible Willow Glass to Develop Cheap, Efficient Solar Shingles

NREL Uses Corning’s Flexible Willow Glass to Develop Cheap, Efficient Solar Shingles

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently announced that it is using Corning's thin, flexible Willow Glass to develop thin-film cadmium telluride photovoltaic

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Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

In order to make the rich earthy colors, the design team made paint mixtures from local soils and clay. These were hand-painted on jute fabric, sealed with silicate mineral paint and linseed oil, and then

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Folsom Powerhouse: A Mixed-Income Green Development for Center City, Philadelphia

Folsom Powerhouse: A Mixed-Income Green Development for Center City, Philadelphia

Postgreen Homes is teaming up with Equinox Management & Construction LLC to build a 31 unit, mixed-income green housing development near Center City in Philadelphia. Topped off with green roofs and

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Salt Lake City’s New Zero Home is One of the Most Energy-Efficient Houses in the US

Salt Lake City’s New Zero Home is One of the Most Energy-Efficient Houses in the US

The Zero Home uses a combination of new construction materials, improved building practices and high-tech infrastructure to achieve remarkable energy efficiency. By using 2x6 studs 24 inches on center

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Spring Street Park: Downtown LA Parking Lot Transformed into a Green Public Park

Spring Street Park: Downtown LA Parking Lot Transformed into a Green Public Park

In July, Mayor Villaraigosa and Council member Huizar opened Spring Street Park in Downtown Los Angeles. This is the 16th park to be opened as part of the City's 50 Parks Initiative, which aims to create

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MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

MVRDV Unveils Plans for an Underground Shopping Mall Topped With a Lush Park in Barcelona

Maquinnext is a proposal for a dramatic mixed-use shopping and residential development in Barcelona. At the core of the project is an open-air shopping center designed to draw new people to the area and

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The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

HASSELL’s Palm Island Uses Surrounding Pools to Keep Cool in Chongqing, China

The recently completed hospitality and restaurant complex is built on an isthmus between two man-made pools. Water is central to the design of the project and the pools seep into the pedestrian courtyard

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Kleinwingerd is a Simple & Naturally Ventilated Vineyard Retreat in South Africa

Kleinwingerd is a Simple & Naturally Ventilated Vineyard Retreat in South Africa

The one bedroom home is located at the back of a rectangular plot. This layout provides the home with excellent views its surroundings and distances it from the road for increased privacy. The small

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New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

New Mexico Highlands University Student Centre Responds to Desert Climate with a Sun-Tracking Louvered Facade

Work began on the new Student Centre in 2010 and it was just recently completed this summer under the guidance of Diamond Schmitt Architects and aided by Studio Southwest Architects. Located at an

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

Charming Tree Snake Houses Stand on Stilts at Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort

Pedras Salgadas Eco Resort is a quiet retreat in the Parque de Pedras Salgadas, a pristine national park in northern Portugal. The popular spa & nature park started with seven little cabins perched on

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EcoDesignFinca’s Prefabricated Passive House Offers a Luxurious Eco-Retreat in Mallorca

EcoDesignFinca’s Prefabricated Passive House Offers a Luxurious Eco-Retreat in Mallorca

Through his company, EcoDesignFinca, Stephen Nickel builds innovative, energy-saving and aesthetically pleasing low-energy and passive houses. This luxury retreat in Mallorca is the first of his projects

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Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

Sunset Magazine’s 2013 Idea Town Opens This Week in Seabrook, Washington

The Sunset Idea Town 2013 includes two Idea Houses and courtyard guest cottages with a shared courtyard and outdoor living space. The homes are within a close walking distance to Seabrook's local

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Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Brooks + Scarpa Complete Saw-Toothed Metalsa Center for Innovation in Mexico

Metalsa SA and Brooks + Scarpa unveiled the plans for the dramatic industrial building back in 2012 and we're thrilled to see it completed and in operation. The project is located in a new Research and

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William Lee’s Beautiful Living Wall System Gives Building Facades a Green Upgrade

William Lee’s Beautiful Living Wall System Gives Building Facades a Green Upgrade

Designer William Lee has created a beautiful living wall system that combines the architectural qualities of a building facade with the lush appearance of a living wall. The system consists of a set of

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