green design

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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VIDEO: Google’s new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

VIDEO: Google’s new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google's new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two

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Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Edmonton locals could ice skate to work using the new Freezeway

Landscape architecture student Matthew Gibbs wants to be getting around the chilly Canadian city of Edmonton a lot more easy- and fun. Designed for his thesis project, the city is considering a pilot of

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Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of biodegradable plant pots, and I'm finding them everywhere from my beloved Gilbertie's Herb Gardens (which sells locally

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Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

A new bamboo multi-use structure designed by SchilderScholte has popped up in the Bengalese town of Rajarhat. Funded by the Pani foundation out of the Netherlands, the building was made entirely from

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Lala Abaddon weaves photos together to create intricately textured artworks

Lala Abaddon weaves photos together to create intricately textured artworks

Lala Abaddon’s optically intricate artworks may appear to be some sort of digital manipulation, but her pieces are actually made from painstakingly hand-woven paper. Starting out as large scale

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SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

Designer of container-based structures SG Blocks (SGBX) built a container-based open-air bar and a hotel room mock-up for Marriott’s Moxy Hotels. The project was unveiled at the revealed at The Americas

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Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Looking at this picture, "eco home" isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind. But it turns out this bizarre car-shaped home is surprisingly green. Dubbed the Auto Residence and designed by

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Y-town recycles old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup!

Y-town recycles old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup!

A lucky stray dog in China received the royal treatment with an expansive doghouse made from a recycled refrigerator! Designed by studio Y-town, the sectioned doghouse is made from an old fridge that has

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Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers

Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers

Inspired by the clients’ love of Blues music, Studija Archispektras built an airy black home nestled in a lush forest in Lithuania. Appropriately named Black House Blues, the gorgeous house is partially

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Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

Bulgaria’s National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

In lieu of their recent accession to the European Union, Bulgaria has commissioned Yanko Apostolov Architects to design a gorgeous new National Museum Complex to house the country’s art collections.

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Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Designer Terry Lischka’s innovative bags transform thrift store men’s items into fashion-forward unisex messenger bags. Designing under the name Sew Much Style, Lichska scours thrift stores for

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Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Multi-family home in Marfa keeps naturally cool with rammed earth design

Barker Freeman Design Office’s new home for Marfa, Texas will keep its residents naturally cool. The multi-family dwelling is made up of three structures that are partially submerged in a rammed earth

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in

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Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

While the temple is no longer standing, the trend of upcycling plastic bottles that inspired the construction shows no signs of slowing down. Other recent examples of PET bottle creativity include the

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Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

As well as providing for its own energy needs with a rooftop solar array, 435 Indio produces zero carbon emissions. As part of its energy-independent design, the office space uses a solar-powered smart

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6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto Studios, this installation

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Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two stories of open and

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5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

5 Tips to Cut Your Electricity Bill With Energy Efficiency Expert David Johnston

Cutting back on your energy usage is one of the best ways to bring down your electricity bill. But did you know that making simple changes to not just your wattage consumption but the way your home

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LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

LEGO PancakeBot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology

If you love pancakes but hate making them, then the LEGO PancakeBot is your dream come true. Designed by Miguel Valenzuela, the LEGO robot pushes the boundaries of brunch technology by using an X and Y

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Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

Creepy humanoid robot staff welcomes visitors to hotel in Japan

You won’t have to deal with disgruntled employees at the soon to be opened Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan…since they are mostly humanoid robots. The high tech hotel has employed a fleet of ten

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ home springs up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The Vertical Zoo: A wild greenery-wrapped tower that provides refuge for animalia

The zoo is built from a six armed star-shaped level designed to maximize space, views and circulation. It is based on a nucleus or a tree trunk from which emerges six branches, each 20 sq meters in size

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Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

For the past 25 years, adventurer Dan Price has lived in a series of adorable hobbit-like tiny homes on two acres of breathtaking forested land in Eastern Oregon. His most recent structure may be teeny

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the shelter using 100%

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Aladdin City: Construction to begin on Dubai Creek’s epic fantasy towers next year

Aladdin City: Construction to begin on Dubai Creek’s epic fantasy towers next year

Dubai is no stranger to outlandish architectural endeavors, and the latest project to get the go ahead will be no exception. Based on the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, the 4,000 acre Aladdin City project

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Lilian van Daal creates a Biomimicry-inspired, 3D-printed chair

Lilian van Daal creates a Biomimicry-inspired, 3D-printed chair

It’s no secret that the modern-day upholstered couch or chair is a nightmare of processing, materials and almost impossible to recycle. Dutch designer Lilian van Daal is looking at ways to reinvent

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