sustainable design

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Located in the Civic Opera House building, the open floorplan was key to the design because it allowed for a minimal amount of building materials and maixmum energy efficiency. An open layout office

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BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

The Museum of the Human Body will be located at the edge of Charpak Park in the newly developed Parc Marianne near City Hall. The museum will be dedicated to the artistic, scientific and architectural

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Jeff Woolf’s Folding Bike Helmet Could Revolutionize Cycling Safety

Jeff Woolf’s Folding Bike Helmet Could Revolutionize Cycling Safety

Foldable bikes are a popular trend, but what about folding helmets? Morpher is a brand new portable helmet that is designed to fit into a bag to encourage cyclists to take their safety more seriously. The

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MAKEcamp’s West Coast Ghost Tables Give Timber Offcuts a Fresh New Life

MAKEcamp’s West Coast Ghost Tables Give Timber Offcuts a Fresh New Life

MAKEcamp's West Coast Ghosts are a series of tables and furnishings characterized by a large block of reclaimed timber set atop an ephemeral base. The pieces draw a direct metaphorical analogy to the

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Cheese Made from Olafur Eliasson’s Tears on Display in Dublin

Cheese Made from Olafur Eliasson’s Tears on Display in Dublin

We’ve heard of making cheese from human breast milk, but now researchers are turning the tears from artist Olafur Eliasson into cheese as well. Giving the saying “don’t cry over spilled milk” a

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Biologists Perplexed as Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Lagoon Goes Almost Dark

Biologists Perplexed as Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Lagoon Goes Almost Dark

Biologists in Puerto Rico are perplexed as the region’s famous Bioluminescent Lagoon has suddenly gone almost dark. The Bioluminescent Lagoon in Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve regularly attracts

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Cook Up Your Own Dodo Burger with a Recipe from the In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Cook Up Your Own Dodo Burger with a Recipe from the In Vitro Meat Cookbook

Lab grown meat still sounds like science fiction to most consumers, but Next Nature wants to inspire future lab meat chefs with its new cookbook. The In Vitro Meat Cookbook, which is due out in 2014,

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Buy Your Very Own Gold Rush Ghost Town on Craigslist!

Buy Your Very Own Gold Rush Ghost Town on Craigslist!

If you’ve ever found ghost towns fascinating, you can now buy your very own right off Craigslist. A small abandoned former gold mining town called Seneca in Northern California is up for the highest

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Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Not too long ago your TV and computer monitor used CRT technology to project moving images. This glass is extremely thick and shatter-resistant, which makes it durable - but it also makes it hard to

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Julie Peppito Creates Colorful “Connected” Art from Recycled Materials

Julie Peppito Creates Colorful “Connected” Art from Recycled Materials

Julie Peppito's "Connected" art exhibit consists of sculptures and drawings comprised of intricately drawn on, stitched, and smashed together debris. Her eclectic pieces make metaphorical connections

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Micro-Housing Concept Transforms Wasted Space into Tiny Apartments

Micro-Housing Concept Transforms Wasted Space into Tiny Apartments

What is a city to do when it has a surplus of people and a shortage of affordable places for them to live? Korean architect Donghyun Kim's solution to NYC's current housing crisis is a creative workaround

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Benjamin Hubert’s Modular Amass System Creates Nature-Inspired Curtains and Walls

Benjamin Hubert’s Modular Amass System Creates Nature-Inspired Curtains and Walls

Inspired by the controlled randomness found in nature, Benjamin Hubert's three simple, reusable modules are evocative of tree branches or the structure of cells. When clipped together they can form

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5 Tips for a Green Home Remodel from Eco Architect Sarah Susanka

5 Tips for a Green Home Remodel from Eco Architect Sarah Susanka

While conjuring up comfort in the home seems like a basic principle, it’s a far more complex process for architect & remodeling guru Sarah Susanka, who believes that comfort can significantly

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Spacemaker Lets You Walk Inside Virtual Reality 3D Building Models!

Spacemaker Lets You Walk Inside Virtual Reality 3D Building Models!

Spacemaker VR is an exciting new way for designers to create virtual reality models they can walk in using their own 3d design files. Spacemaker was made for giving jaw-dropping presentations to clients

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Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run on 100% Wind Power

Facebook just announced that its new data center in Iowa will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Projected to open in 2014, the data center will be accompanied by a brand new wind farm that will

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Blu Homes Unveils New Balance Metro Prefab Designed for Narrow Urban Lots

Blu Homes Unveils New Balance Metro Prefab Designed for Narrow Urban Lots

Addressing the needs of city dwellers and families looking for their primary residence, Blu Homes reconfigured their Balance prefab to better fit into a narrow infill lot. The Balance Metro is oriented to

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UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio Completes Organic Ardmore Residence in Singapore

UNStudio began work on Ardmore Residence back in 2006 and now the residential tower is finally complete. This bespoke tower is unique in its design and form compared to its surrounding block-like peers.

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BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

The combination of the two incongruous structures with opposing geometrics gives off a certain sophisticated character to the project while simultaneously providing an amazing display of energy

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INFOGRAPHIC: The State of the US Power Sector and the Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The State of the US Power Sector and the Growth of Renewable Energy

The US power sector is facing a crossroads - an aging demographic and a decreasing number of graduates are shrinking the workforce dramatically. A set of proposed solutions have been made including the

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Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

The spectacular home will serve as a case study to examine the overlap and divergences between the different certifications. The findings are published in an insightful analysis on Hammer and Hand's

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Ta đi Ôtô is a Mini Mobile Skyscraper and Tricycle Performance Space in Hanoi

Ta đi Ôtô is a Mini Mobile Skyscraper and Tricycle Performance Space in Hanoi

As explained by Bureau A, everything in Hanoi gets reused, upcycled, and reincarnated into a new item. Parts and pieces that find their way into new constructions are used until they can be used no more

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NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects’ Möbius Strip Pedestrian Bridge Wins Meixi Lake District Competition

NEXT Architects just won first place in a design competition with plans for a sinuous pedestrian bridge in Changsha, China that is modeled after the Möbius strip and Chinese knots. The bridge is designed

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Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists are asking citizens of the world to prepare themselves for increasingly violent storms such as the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines earlier this month. Weather

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Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Photo of offshore wind farm via Shutterstock Japan’s floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima has begun to produce clean, renewable energy for the national grid. The project, a collaboration

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Architect Pets Makes Modernist Doggy Daybeds and Scratching Posts for Design-Loving Pets

Architect Pets Makes Modernist Doggy Daybeds and Scratching Posts for Design-Loving Pets

Led by the creative direction of recognized pet furniture designer Corey Drew, Architect Pets creates innovative pet products that are simply irresistible to any design conscience home and pet owner.

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MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

MVRDV’s Energy Efficient Tennis Club ‘Couch’ Gets Go Ahead on IJburg Artificial Island

With limited space on the artificial island of IJburg, the tennisclub had to be smart about their new club house. Working with a tight footprint, MVRDV designed a multi-purpose center that would provide

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SpY Transforms Vine-Covered Wall Into Beautiful Botanical Graffiti

SpY Transforms Vine-Covered Wall Into Beautiful Botanical Graffiti

SpY’s gorgeous living artwork is made from strands of leafy vines that once reached upward toward the sun in unkempt spurts. Seeing these wild vines as a canvas, SpY hired a cherry picker manlift and

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IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

IKEA Unveils Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters for Easily Deployable Emergency Housing

Prior to the IKEA collaboration, the UNCHR was only able to provide tents or converted mass-shelters for the influx of refugees into countries around the world. Now, with IKEA’s help, these displaced

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WWF’s Gorgeous Living Planet Center Achieves BREEAM Outstanding in England

WWF’s Gorgeous Living Planet Center Achieves BREEAM Outstanding in England

The World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) beautiful Living Planet Center in Woking, England has achieved BREEAM Outstanding. Designed by Jason Bruges Studio, the solar-powered complex, which serves as a home base

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Cybernetic Meadow Planters Pair Household Gadgets With Living Plants!

Cybernetic Meadow Planters Pair Household Gadgets With Living Plants!

Why isn't computing more like gardening? The Cybernetic Meadow Collection is a series of handmade objects that seek to reorient our relationship to technology at home. People have accepted WIFI routers,

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