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INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

INTERVIEW: Architect Gordon Beckman on How Mixed Use Buildings Create Healthy, Sustainable Cities

  Metropolitan areas are growing faster than suburbs for the first time in decades, as more and more people want to live closer to where they work, eat, drink, and play. As populations in

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The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is tucked into a hillside in a rural area with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Oriented to take advantage of solar gain, the home faces south, but is properly shielded

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Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Blues Giant Memphis Slim’s Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Peter Chapman, aka Memphis Slim, grew up in a low-income neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. The collaborative project fuses a desire to preserve an important historical landmark, while also giving back

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Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

A big folded-plate roof wraps around the “divided houses” and shelters the common area and living room shared by the entire family. The name Rain Shelter House references the regional climate where

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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Heavily landscaped with green roofs, planting beds, and water features, Butterfly Square was designed to look like an extension of the neighboring park. To keep the development pedestrian-friendly and

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Henning Larsen’s Day Care Center is a Green-Roofed Paradise for Children in Denmark

Henning Larsen’s Day Care Center is a Green-Roofed Paradise for Children in Denmark

The architects chose wood and glass for construction of the minimalist, 1,350-square-meter Day Care Center, which provides space for 56 children aged 0-3 in one wing, and 80 children aged 3-6 in the

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UN Studio Unveils 35 Vaulted Rail Stations for Qatar’s Doha Metro

UN Studio Unveils 35 Vaulted Rail Stations for Qatar’s Doha Metro

UN Studio drew upon three distinct lines of design to create different environments and performative qualities. The overall configuration of the project is based on triangular base forms, and the massing

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Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

To match the color scheme of Palmela's urban landscape, the architects mixed an ochre pigment to the concrete to create a dusky warm tone. The concrete facade also shows a textured finish created from the

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Amazing Passive Home in Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than a Hair Dryer to Stay Warm!

Sonya's house is instantly recognizable from the street. Located in a quiet neighborhood in a productive (and beautiful) agricultural area just over an hour west of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Taliesin,

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College is a small college in northeast Georgia that made a transition from a 2-year college to a 4-year institution in about six years ago. To accommodate new students, the college had to

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Want Some Earthquake-Resistant House With That Garden?

Want Some Earthquake-Resistant House With That Garden?

Located in Sakura-shi, Chiba prefecture, this brilliant home gives the inhabitants the impression of living inside a sheltered garden. Also known as the House in a Garden, it features large windows all

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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Loguer Unveils Corn-Inspired Mexican Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

Loguer Unveils Corn-Inspired Mexican Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

Architecture firm Loguer Design recently unveiled plans for the Mexican pavilion that will be constructed at the upcoming 2015 Milan World Expo. Winner of a national competition, the pavilion mimics the

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JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

To bring glare-free and uniform levels of daylight into the airport, the terminal is topped by a lightweight and modular roof design made from twin-wall polycarbonate with nanogel infill sandwiched

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DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Portside covers an entire city block in Cape Town's emerging financial district and is considered the city's first significant high-rise since the early 1990s.

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

The pioneers behind the prefabricated HUF HAUS have constructed thousands of energy efficient houses across the globe. Their über-efficient designs have paved the way for a new wave of green modular

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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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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Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

Pittsburgh’s Net-Zero Energy Center for Sustainable Landscapes Blows Fracking Out of the Water

If you think of the greenest building imaginable, then you are imagining what Phipps' CSL is like. In addition to relying on numerous clean energy sources for its power, such as geothermal, wind, and

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Awesome Airbnb Rental Lets You Go “Camping” in an Indoor Micro-Cabin in Brooklyn

Awesome Airbnb Rental Lets You Go “Camping” in an Indoor Micro-Cabin in Brooklyn

Surrounded by natural light and greenery, a night at Frezza and Chiao's miniature treehouse and 88-square-foot cabin community almost feels like living outdoors. Protected from the elements by exposed

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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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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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Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology Building spans 200,000 square feet and is constructed from lightweight aluminum, concrete, and glass. These robust materials are elegantly combined

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Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Like in many of Hanoi's older homes, shutters and security bars closed off the original house from natural light and wind, giving rise to dark and moldy conditions. To open the house back up to daylight

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Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an Artificial Lake in China

Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an Artificial Lake in China

In 2009 Siza was commissioned to design The Building on the Water as an office building for the company’s soda ash and ammonium chloride production plant in Huai’An City. A total of 11,000 square

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