Sustainable Building

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

The LVMH Kodomo Art Maison is a new community center dedicated to children in Fukushima to support disaster relief efforts. The two-story building was designed and built by Shigeru Ban and the Voluntary

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Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

The Desert Courtyard House is located in a private development outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. As it is located near the bottom of the development on a small peninsula, houses above have views looking

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Sunset Magazines’s Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

Sunset Magazines’s Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

The 2013 Sunset Idea Houses were located in the sustainable seaside village of Seabrook, WA, and in 2012 the honor was given to a prefab home in built by Blu Homes in Healdsburg, CA. The 2014 Sunset Idea

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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

Aspen is renowned as a fancy ski town - and now it's become a fancy art town with the addition of the New Aspen Art Museum designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. The previous museum was

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Lucasfilm’s New Singapore Headquarters is a Giant Glass Sandcrawler!

Lucasfilm’s New Singapore Headquarters is a Giant Glass Sandcrawler!

Dubbed The Sandcrawler (after the huge mobile treaded fortresses used by Jawas in the famous film franchise), the building is clad in a state-of-the-art multi-layered glass façade which allows natural

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JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

The booming construction market in China has come at a very high-energy cost--currently 45% of the country's energy expenditures can be linked to the manufacturing, transportation, and construction of new

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Edmonton Airport Unveils Massive Air-Cleaning Living Green Wall!

Edmonton Airport Unveils Massive Air-Cleaning Living Green Wall!

Visitors to Edmonton International Airport were greeted this week with a breath of fresh air and what is likely the largest living wall installation in an airport. Green Over Grey's latest project is a

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Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

Each summer Vancouver works to create vibrant pedestrian spaces to help people make the best of the good weather and sunshine. The VIVA Vancouver program supports parklets, hosts concerts and events and

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France’s Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

France’s Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

The 216 dwellings that make up the first phase of the development are strategically placed to create a community that is economically, socially, and environmentally responsible; the area will eventually

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Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

Designed to evoke the image of a flying dragon, the building's curved shape and green additions help to soften the harsh appearance of stacked modular concrete blocks. Since the building serves as the

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This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

Construction began on Naturbad Riehen in 2013 with the full support of Riehen's residents, who desperately wanted a new swimming pool and elected to go au natural by ditching the chemicals. Herzog &

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

Among the home's numerous sustainable features is a rainwater collection system that feeds back into the house from an elevated tank. The bathroom is still outside in a storage shed topped with solar

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Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

Memorial City is a city within a city and offers up retail, office space, luxury midrise apartments, restaurants, The Westin Memorial City, and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. The

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

Publik Coffee Roasters is located not far from downtown Salt Lake City in an up-and-coming district. The name Publik comes from the Dutch word 'publiek' for community, and it encapsulates the shop's ethos

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Spectacular Daylit Aspen Art Museum!

Shigeru Ban Unveils Spectacular Daylit Aspen Art Museum!

Work began on the Aspen Art Museum in 2005, construction kicked off in 2012, and now the museum is complete and ready for the public. The museum is hosting private showings this week, but come Saturday,

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Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Mark Baez's MCube is an amazing custom-built modular house in Venice that can be endlessly reconfigured - and it just hit the market for a cool $5,950,000. The home is made from 10-foot cubic modules that

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Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

Zoos sometimes get a bad rap, but they are still wildly popular and a fascinating way to get up close to animals you would never see otherwise. Enter Zootopia - a kindler, gentler, more human zoo that

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Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

Städel Museum Renovated with a Gorgeous Green Roof Dotted With Skylights

The Städel Museum reopened to the public last weekend after 3 years of renovations and expansions by local Frankfurt firm, Schneider Schumacher. The renovation included an extension placed along the

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India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

India’s Amazing Tree Bridges Are Made of Living Roots and Vines!

The town of Cherrapunji in the Khasi Hills is credited with the world record for annual rainfall of over 75 ft! And in this rainy, wet climate, the rubber fig tree grows with abandon. The tree has a

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One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

While One9 is made up of stacked modules, Hickory Group does not consider their building as modular architecture since they did not use a fixed module size. In keeping with their dedication to minimizing

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Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona’s Raval Theatre

Construction started on the Raval Theatre vertical garden in November of 2013 and it was quickly completed that December. The theater is located in Pedró Square in the Raval District of Barcelona, and

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Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

Located in Hei- en Boeico, the Tiny Solar Shed is a necessary update for this historic farm. Previously, a lean-to like shed made of wood and metal was located adjacent to a larger barn. The owners used

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SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network

SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network

The new West Palm Beach station for the All Aboard Florida rail network will be located on a 2.5 acre site in the heart of downtown. SOM and Zyscovich Architects made sure to improve connectivity to the

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Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

To satisfy the competition's three principles, Penda used locally sourced and fast-growing bamboo as the primary building material. Inspired by the minimalist teepees of the nomadic Native American

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Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Casa Flotanta is a two bedroom home built on a hillside overlooking the jungle near Puntarenas. Initial designs for the vacation home considered digging into the steep slope and putting up retaining

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GA Collaborative’s Masoro Village Project Builds Community (and Earthbag Homes) in Rwanda

GA Collaborative’s Masoro Village Project Builds Community (and Earthbag Homes) in Rwanda

Emerging from a research project and seeing how low-income areas were not considered for a planned housing program, GA Collaborative began working with Masoro village in 2008 to design housing and public

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Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Starbucks’ First Store in Colombia Serves 100% Locally-Sourced Coffee

Located near Bogota’s Parque de la 93 in the northern part of the city, the Starbucks is more than just a snazzy place to get a cuppa. Dedicated to locally-sourced goods, materials and most importantly

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Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

Green-Roofed Ralph Allen Yard is a Zero Carbon Housing Complex in Historic Bath

Ralph Allen Yard is located in Combe Down, an area in the southern part of Bath that is well known as the source of the stone from which the city was built. To celebrate this rich history, the mixed-use

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Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

The décor in Alvarez-Diaz Villalon's new headquarters is perfectly coordinated with minimalist paintings on the wall, designer furniture, and a cool slate grey color scheme. Though verdant green color

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