sustainable design

INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Industry Perspectives: Creating Smart and Sustainable Cities is a new report and infographic published by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute and

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House of Cards Uses a Laser Cutter to Create Elaborate Works of Pop-Up Paper Art

House of Cards Uses a Laser Cutter to Create Elaborate Works of Pop-Up Paper Art

Tis the season to send creative festive greetings, so here are some quirky 3D pop-up cards to help make the holiday season an inventive one. Made by House of Cards, the laser-cut greetings cards are

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Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

The B' Tower composed of three volumes of retail and residential spaces is an extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. The residential tower is located on top of the retail

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Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Industrial designer Carl Menary (also the maker of the ReTyre Clip) designed a series of four light shades for his wife Victoria to make and sell. They wanted a product made from local materials that

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Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

GINGERBREAD GEODESIC DOME HOUSE There is no doubt that this amazing gingerbread geodesic dome would make Buckminster Fuller proud. The super tasty abode was created by the designers over at Scout

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World’s Largest LEGO Snow Globe Lights Up London

World’s Largest LEGO Snow Globe Lights Up London

LEGO artist Duncan Titmarsh recently unveiled the world’s largest LEGO snow globe in London! Glowing with LED lights, the snow globe shows fourteen London landmarks in LEGO brick grandeur. Titmarsh used

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Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

The first Plus Energy House in Bulgaria recently popped up near Sofia. Designed by Studio APXE, the passive house will generate more energy than it consumes due to the implementation of a photovoltaic

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DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

DIY: How to Make An Awesome Gingerbread Geodesic Dome House!

When you order a Gingerbread Geodesic Dome, you will receive a cardboard template that is very simple to put together. You then bake the gingerbread and cut it into little hexagons that are then "glued"

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Top 50 Energy Efficient Light Bulb Markets Across the US

INFOGRAPHIC: The Top 50 Energy Efficient Light Bulb Markets Across the US

As technology advances, energy-efficient bulbs continue to grow in popularity. In turn, bulb prices are dropping. In 2013, well-known bulb manufacturers Cree and Philips introduced affordable LED 60-watt

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Lunar-Powered Kringle Sleigh Delivers Gifts in Style

Lunar-Powered Kringle Sleigh Delivers Gifts in Style

The modern sleigh rests atop two skis, which enable the cozy contraption to easily navigate snowy grounds. Aerodynamic Scandinavian ash was steam-bent, making a lightweight continuous piece of wood for

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Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is an All-Natural, Geothermal School in Bend, Oregon

Cascades Academy is a 38,500 sq ft eco school located on a 21 acre wooded site next to the Deschutes River with views of the Mt. Bachelor in the distance. The non-profit school provides an intimate

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Panoramic Round House has a 360-Degree View of the Spanish Countryside

Panoramic Round House has a 360-Degree View of the Spanish Countryside

The Round House is designed for a site in the idyllic Spanish landscape, surrounded by lush almond groves, a glittering lake and distant mountains that frame picturesque views of the Cretas region. The

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Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

Apartment 1211: Designer Micro Home Makes Incredible Use of Little Space in São Paulo

This small apartment only has a footprint of 25 sq meters, so Alan Chu had to make the most of the small space. Organized across two floors, the renovated micro apartment has an open floor plan kitchen

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Aussie Artist Crochets a Festive Reindeer from 2,000 Plastic Bags

Aussie Artist Crochets a Festive Reindeer from 2,000 Plastic Bags

Australian designer Angela van Boxtel is celebrating the holidays with a festive reindeer made from 2,000 plastic bags! Set in the Australian sun, the recycled Blitzen was carefully crocheted from

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Terrifying Colorful Monster is an Underwater Venus Fly Trap!

Terrifying Colorful Monster is an Underwater Venus Fly Trap!

This may look like an alien, but it's actually humped bladderwort, an aquatic venus fly trap! Photographer Igor Siwanowicz won the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition for capturing this

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Snow Artist Simon Beck Stamps a Crop of Gorgeous Snow Patterned Fields in France

Snow Artist Simon Beck Stamps a Crop of Gorgeous Snow Patterned Fields in France

Dotted across the snow-filled valleys of the Les Arc ski lodge in France, the artist creates giant snow patterns simply by stepping in strategic patterns and shapes. With no help from machinery, he makes

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Norway’s Stunning Klemet Environmental Theater is Made from Recycled and Natural Materials

Norway’s Stunning Klemet Environmental Theater is Made from Recycled and Natural Materials

Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio's Klemet theater is set in a valley, and it takes advantage of the site's natural slope to provide "stadium" seating with the stage set at the lowest point. The benches are made

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OtoCycles Combines Vintage Style with Green Transportation

OtoCycles Combines Vintage Style with Green Transportation

Barcelona’s Otocycles combine classic retro style with the modernity of an electric bicycle. Inspired by 1950s design, each of the Otocycles is made to ensure sustainable, but comfortable mobility in

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Harry Gesner’s Autonomous Tents Can Be Assembled in Days and Packed Up Without a Trace

Harry Gesner’s Autonomous Tents Can Be Assembled in Days and Packed Up Without a Trace

Visionary architect Harry Gesner has created a new form of architecture that can be raised in just a few days and that can “leave without a trace.” Although these private hideaways provide all of the

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Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

This past October we brought you a first look at 1 Burrows Pocket Park, a community-driven project launched by Architecture for Humanity, the Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest to

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Massive SuperPier Shipping Container Complex Coming to NYC

Massive SuperPier Shipping Container Complex Coming to NYC

We've been following the development of the massive SuperPier retail complex in NYC for quite some time now, and now the project is taking a big step towards coming to fruition. Located at Pier 57 on

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Joel Cooper Creates Stunning Origami Art From Simple Sheets of Paper

Joel Cooper Creates Stunning Origami Art From Simple Sheets of Paper

The paper used by Joel Cooper is hand-painted, stained or dyed and treated to ensure the resulting art is durable enough to display. Because he doesn't use any glue or cut the paper at all, Cooper's paper

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M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House Runs on Geothermal and Hydropower in Northern Michigan

M-22 House is located on a tall ridge overlooking Grand Traverse Bay with views that encourage discovery of the landscape. Inspired by the elements of fire, earth, wind and water, the home comprises a

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

A new study shows that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Campus?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Campus?

Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and we're happy to say that universities across the States are doing their part to protect the earth while fostering environmental education. Best College Reviews

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North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

The two-story North Peak House is located at the edge of a neighborhood bordered by sloping woodlands on the south and an open field to the north. Built with regionally sourced limestone, on-site boulders

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New SmartCharge LED Lightbulb Works Even When the Power Goes Out

New SmartCharge LED Lightbulb Works Even When the Power Goes Out

SmartCharge just unveiled a brilliant LED lightbulb that works even during power outages! The innovative bulb features a built-in battery, so it can be switched on in emergency situations when the grid

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A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

A Palace For Nature: Sanzpont Arquitectura Unveils Plans for a Self-Sustaining Botanical Oasis in Qatar

Sanzpont Arquitectura was invited to submit a proposal for an international restricted competition to create an innovative, ecological palace in Qatar. Their "A Palace For Nature" proposal balanced

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2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Here are Some Lighting Alternatives

Before you start thinking the U.S. government is going to kick down your door looking for incandescent bulbs like they’re drugs – that’s not the case. The lighting ban isn’t a true ban; you’re

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