“sustainable architecture”

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were doing

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Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Plans to turn the abandoned freight line into a community park and recreation trail began a decade ago. With construction now underway, Chicagoans will be able to take advantage of the new amenities in a

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Architect Tom Kundig

Chicken Point Cabin, Idaho Inhabitat: Many well-known architects make it a point to establish offices in large cities, but even with your success Olson + Kundig remains in the (arguably) more remote

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Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Beatrixpark is known as one of the nicest parks in Amsterdam and features circular wading pool surrounded by a dramatic arcade. Children like to come and splash around in the pool, so to encourage that

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Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees

Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees

Planning for the National Arboretum actually began over 100 years ago when Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin envisioned an arboretum that would include iconic trees from all over the world.

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Høse Pedestrian Bridge Connects Local Residents to Hiking Trails in Norway

Høse Pedestrian Bridge Connects Local Residents to Hiking Trails in Norway

The town of Sand, on the west coast of Norway, is bordered by a small, rushing river to the south. On the opposite side is a large wooded area, which is used for running and recreation. Before the bridge

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Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Each pod rests its weight on various galvanized steel legs allowing only a small part of the surface to touch the floor. For this reason, they are foundation free and cause minimal impact to the land and

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NBBJ Unveils New Plans for Biosphere Greenhouses at Amazon’s Seattle HQ

NBBJ Unveils New Plans for Biosphere Greenhouses at Amazon’s Seattle HQ

Amazon's new Seattle headquarters will take over 3 blocks in downtown in the Denny Triangle area. The project will comprise 3.3 million square feet spread over three city blocks - including three 38-story

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Mihaus Studio is a Highly Flexible Modular Space Built with Hemp

Mihaus Studio is a Highly Flexible Modular Space Built with Hemp

As many great ideas have, Mihaus Studio came from personal necessity. Harper needed a highly adaptable addition to her own home. She used her design expertise to create this modular...we'll just say

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Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

The project's green building strategy is centered around three components: a green roof, a solar power array, and the building’s elongated shape. A garden partly covers the roof of the library,

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Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Located on the coastline near Melbourne in southern Victoria, this home was designed to take in the view of the ocean through an old timber railway. Using this historic and industrial artifact, the home

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Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

One Hot Yoga is located in the South Yarra neighborhood to the southeast of Melbourne and offers Slow Hot Flow yoga. The chic studio has two yoga rooms designed by Rob Mills Architect that radiate a sense

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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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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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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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Dazzling Sky Reflector-Net Draws Daylight Down into NYC Subway System

Dazzling Sky Reflector-Net Draws Daylight Down into NYC Subway System

The NYC subway system is one of the fastest, greenest ways to get around town, but one common complaint is that stations are underground, dark and never see the light of day. JCDA, Grimshaw Architects and

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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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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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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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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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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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Ford, Powell & Carson Unveils Plans to Renovate Aging San Antonio Military Base With Green Housing

Ford, Powell & Carson Unveils Plans to Renovate Aging San Antonio Military Base With Green Housing

San Antonio-based architecture firm Ford, Powell & Carson was recently awarded top honors in the Low Impact Development Design Competition for their environmentally and contextually sensitive proposal

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