sustainable design

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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Daniel Buren’s Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse

Daniel Buren’s Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse

The Cité Radieuse’s rooftop originally served as a gym where residents could let of steam and work out while taking in beautiful city views of Marseille. The concrete volume rises in three distinct

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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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Baltimore’s New Bus Shelter Lets Straphangers Lounge Inside Giant Letters

Baltimore’s New Bus Shelter Lets Straphangers Lounge Inside Giant Letters

The innovative sculpture provides a double treat by brightening up the streets of Baltimore with thought provoking public art that is also functional. Local bus riders can get creative as well as assume

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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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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Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Controversial artist Damien Hirst has turned his focus from diamond skulls to green building, announcing plans to design an eco-friendly town near Ilfracombe north of Devon, England. Hirst's Southern

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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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Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

There’s no butts about it - scientists in South Korea just found a way to recycle smoked cigarette filters into high performing supercapacitors. Researchers from Seoul National University found a way to

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Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Jeffry's House takes its name from a nearby lake called Jeffry's Lough and was built after O'Brien won an architectural competition by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which called for proposals that

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Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

While most teenagers are watching tv and playing video games, thirteen-year-old Sicily Kolbeck has been designing and building a tiny home of her very own - and she just completed construction! Last year

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Vina’s Mobile Tiny House is 140 Square Feet of Pure Charm

Vina’s Mobile Tiny House is 140 Square Feet of Pure Charm

With a desire to create her ideal home based on the principles of simplicity and sustainability, Lustado created the tiny house as a personal project with a budget of $35,000. With the trailer as a base,

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FormMaker’s Colorful Modular Furniture is Made Entirely From Recycled Cardboard

FormMaker’s Colorful Modular Furniture is Made Entirely From Recycled Cardboard

Shanghai-based FormMaker crafts cool modular furniture from recycled cardboard. The studio uses the sustainably sourced material to create hexagonal shapes that can be combined to create larger honeycomb

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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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How Two People Live and Work in This Tiny 700 sq ft Barcelona Apartment Without Killing Each Other

How Two People Live and Work in This Tiny 700 sq ft Barcelona Apartment Without Killing Each Other

In order to make each space both functional and efficient, the architects created a system of strategic storage. Shelving and drawers make each section livable, hiding away belongings and clutter. Since

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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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Bethem Crouwel’s Texel Holiday Home is Clad With Glass and… Fishing Nets?!

Bethem Crouwel’s Texel Holiday Home is Clad With Glass and… Fishing Nets?!

Texel is the largest of the Dutch Wadden Islands, and it's populated largely by local fisherman and herds of sheep. The holiday home is a serene escape nestled into a lush area not far from the sea. The

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Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses Nestled in the Costa Rican Rainforest Canopy

Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses Nestled in the Costa Rican Rainforest Canopy

Finca Bellavista is located in a relatively pristine part of Costa Rica far removed from the hubbub of the outside world. The nearest town is 1.5 miles away and has just a school, a church, a pulperia, a

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London’s Gherkin in a Financial Pickle, Goes Up for Sale

London’s Gherkin in a Financial Pickle, Goes Up for Sale

One of London's most recognizable modern landmarks, The Gherkin, is in a pickle of a financial situation. The modern masterpiece designed by Norman Foster fell short of finding viable tenants who could

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Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

Located on the University of Brighton's campus, the Waste House was designed by BBM Director Duncan Baker-Brown in collaboration with undergraduate Brighton students. The contemporary home is made from

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The Tower of London’s Moat is Bleeding Thousands of Blood Red Poppies

The Tower of London’s Moat is Bleeding Thousands of Blood Red Poppies

Marking 100 years since the Brits’ involvement in the first World War, Cummins was commissioned to create a moving, yet beautiful installation in tribute. The delicate poppies adorn the entire castle

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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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Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

Lucid Design just unveiled a full-sized bicycle that fits into a tiny backpack! The lightweight bike can be broken down into 21 parts that fit snugly within a high quality circular bag. The Kit Bike is

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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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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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Artemide’s Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide’s Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

Artemide's Copernico Luminaire is an out-of-this-world pendant lamp that consists of nine concentric rings stamped from a single plate of lightweight aluminum. 384 white LEDs line the rings, which rotate

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The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

The World’s First 3D Printed Room is a Mind-Boggling Baroque Interior

Hansmeyer and Dillenburger’s 3D printed “room” looks like a historic temple or an architectural fragment from a more decorative era. The room was printed in large chunks over the course of a month,

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