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The LEED–certified Bently Reserve in San Francisco was the perfect setting for a 'Green Gatsby' theme with its 1920s Beaux Arts detailing, opulent marble floors, and grand staircases flanking each end.
Big box retailers like IKEA profit from selling new furniture, so many were surprised to see the Swedish home furnishings giant encourage people to buy used furniture during a recent ad campaign. Created
I’m fascinated by creatures that create new ways of life for others. Ecologists talk about ‘keystone species,’ ones which support entire ecosystems, like the central stone in a renaissance archway.
Team SCI-Arc and Caltech’s Transforming DALE House Expands to More Than Double its Size at the Solar Decathlon
The SCI-Arc-/Caltech home, DALE, which stands for Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, is an exercise two years in the making that reacts to California's love for super-sized suburban tract homes by
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
When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor, Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating
Espai Ridaura consists of two well-defined volumes that "slide" against one another. The center is made from a mix of local earth, cement and gravel, and its earthy color is due to natural pigments. The
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Boasts Solar Panels and Built-in Wind Turbines
The SFPUC Headquarters are located in downtown San Francisco in a neighborhood dominated by civic buildings and just a block away from City Hall. KMD Architects was tasked with designing the greenest
Michael Robbins crafts beautiful furniture in Upstate New York from sustainably sourced wood. Production takes place in an old barn in the Hudson Valley, where every piece of furniture is designed and
These playful Google birdhouses by Shu-Chun Hsiao re-imagine typical bird dwellings as points of interest in urban locations. Inspired by the Google Maps landmark icon, Hsiao's modern bird houses mark the
There is a wonderful little place in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya where you can have a cup of coffee and laser-cut your own design. Called Fab Café — which stands for both fabulous and fabrication —
The Mojave Rivers Ranger Station was designed to convey the Forest Service's conservation roots and the work it does to protect the land. Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects came up with a plan that would
3D printers are everywhere these days, creating items from racecars to prosthetic beaks for bald eagles. Sadly, one major drawback of this new technology is that the objects made from metals and plastic
Easily visible from afar, the Ta Phin community house sits amid a verdant setting 17km from Sapa, which is popular among tourists. It comes with an herb garden to promote sustainable agriculture, along
Most of us know that a full refrigerator uses less energy than an empty one, because anything’s that denser than air will better store the cold. Opening the door of an empty fridge causes cold air
The self-funded project dates back to 1992, with the vision of filling a valley river with a canopy of flowing silver fabric. After engineering tests, prototypes, environmental reports, many public
Apple recently announced that they are planning to build a massive solar array at their data center in Maiden, North Carolina that will be complemented by a pretty sizable fuel cell installation.
The Engineering Research Institute is a new facility planned for Portugal's Minho University which has been designed to break the monotony of the surrounding grey buildings. Covered in a skin inspired by
Inspiration for the Taiwan tower's design came from woven bamboo or bamboo scaffolding - a meshed exterior encases all the programmatic elements. The weaving of the structure creates an intricate pattern
All of our writing on walls, status updates and pokes cause Facebook’s busy servers to work hard- and produce a lot of excess heat. Most server farms must also include complicated - and expensive - air
Santa Fe is the ideal climate for modeling Passivhaus buildings -- summers can get hot and dry, while winters are bitterly cold at an elevation well north of 7,000 feet. Luckily, the sun shines a lot, and
Photo © Iwan Baan Kéré is a world-renowned architect with projects in India, China, Spain, Yemen, Togo, and his home country of Burkina Faso. His integration of technology and vernacular
It's no surprise that the country that has kicked butt at the Solar Decathlon competition (to produce energy positive solar houses) year after year is the home to such a productive energy-efficient
No matter how innovative a new technology is, it's worthless unless people and companies make use of it in the real world, right? Well, that's why we were excited to hear that one of the world's largest
Each week renowned gadget expert Peter Rojas from gadget Q&A site GDGT.com answers your questions about green technology in our Ask A Tech Geek Series. Read on for this week’s installment and
The 5,000 sq m bamboo school is located on a site that was formerly a fruit orchard and is now a collection of pavilions organized along pathways inspired by the shape of the tropical antler horn fern.
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