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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

"It's the MOST wonderful time of the year," sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I'm looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in

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Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

Pearl Izumi’s new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

The building blends into the landscape by “reconstructing” the hillside on which it is sited. The elongated floor plan is oriented outward, while large window apertures pop up along the roof. The

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Located on an exposed site above the lake and outside the town of Hønefoss in Krokskogen forest, the home can experience harsh conditions and high winds. However, because of the beautiful landscape, it

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Extraordinary panoramic photos celebrate the sacred geometry of Iran’s mosques

Extraordinary panoramic photos celebrate the sacred geometry of Iran’s mosques

Sheikh lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan Construction of this breathtaking mosque began in 1603, and it was completed in late 1619. It's one of the smaller mosques in the area, designed to be used solely by the

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Buckminster Fuller’s sparkling Fly’s Eye Dome unveiled in Miami

Buckminster Fuller’s sparkling Fly’s Eye Dome unveiled in Miami

Buckminster Fuller's patented prototype for low-cost portable dome housing, designed in 1965, has just been reproduced and installed in the Miami Design District for this year's Design Miami. A 3d

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S

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Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

2015 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Serpentine Pavilion commission; one of the most famous architectural and design honors on the planet. Many of the world's most renowned architects have created a

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Mont-de-Marsan’s timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

Mont-de-Marsan’s timber-slatted volumes float out from a grassy hillside in France

The former Mont-de-Marsan education center was located in a nearby town center and was in need of renovations after years of use. Local trade association Chambre des Métiers commissioned architects

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Timber kindergarten sports a zigzag roofline to mirror the Swedish dune landscape

Timber kindergarten sports a zigzag roofline to mirror the Swedish dune landscape

Located on a stretch of replanted beach, the single-story Råå Day Care Center takes in views of the Øresund strait through large windows. Geometric glazed openings also line the roof and other sides of

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INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

If you live in a tiny apartment where owning even a few potted plants make your place feel cluttered, you'll love these DIY plant organizers that let you save green while growing green. Purely Shutters

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8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

Firefly Lights from Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters is carrying these darling mini LED lights, called Firefly Lights, that are seemingly impossible. The strand is a metal wire with integrated

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NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA planning to launch Orion test flight this week as first step towards Mars missions

NASA plans to launch the first Orion spacecraft this Thursday, in an uncrewed test flight that is the next step on its journey towards a fully fledged mission to Mars. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you're worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you're at it! We've

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Live Out Your Fairytale Fantasy in This Dreamy Treehouse Airbnb in Atlanta

Live Out Your Fairytale Fantasy in This Dreamy Treehouse Airbnb in Atlanta

Peter Bahouth, former Greenpeace executive director and current executive director of the U.S. Climate Action Network designed and built the Secluded Intown Treehouse after six months of design and six

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Contemporary Stave Church Rises like a Pointy Wooden Crown in Norway

Contemporary Stave Church Rises like a Pointy Wooden Crown in Norway

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter was awarded the bid to design the Community Church Knarvik in a 2010 design competition. To show respect for the environment, their winning design carefully adapted the Christian

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Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

The wine shop has bottles from many different parts of the world, an accessories department, and a tapas bar with tasting area. Visitors can buy wine, taste some chorizo and stay to become a pro wine

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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony's Farm is located just outside of Shanghai to the southeast and is the largest organic vegetable farm in the area. To provide better service to its customers and create a closer connection to the

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Energy-Saving Luxury: Jestico + Whiles’ Intelligent Czech Villa

Energy-Saving Luxury: Jestico + Whiles’ Intelligent Czech Villa

This is a home that can think for itself, using the latest technology. Automatically optimised temperature control uses live data from the house’s weather station to provide maximum energy efficiency. A

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RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

Buildings influence our behaviour. They are where we live, work, and eat, and they always seem to be evolving. It's part of human nature to constantly look for ways to rethink and redesign our

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Sweden’s Most Sustainable Office Building Will be a Plus Energy, Jewel-Inspired Landmark

Sweden’s Most Sustainable Office Building Will be a Plus Energy, Jewel-Inspired Landmark

Skanska and Utopia Arkitekter designed the six-story-tall Juvelen with an exciting, triangular patterned facade and fragmented windows. The geometric pattern is continued on the public piazza, which will

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Camera Lucida Studio is Artistically Kinked to Frame Views in Two Directions

Camera Lucida Studio is Artistically Kinked to Frame Views in Two Directions

The studio's glazed end walls provide bidirectional views: the southeast window looks up the grassy hillside, whereas the northwest window overlooks the town below. The client can adjust the amount of

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DIY: All-Natural Creams and Salves for Cold-Battered Hands

DIY: All-Natural Creams and Salves for Cold-Battered Hands

I know that most people aren't quite ready to say the "w" word just yet, but that season of sleet and snow will be upon many of us in a few short weeks, and it's better to be prepared in advance, right?

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Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

The Haus Kaltshmieden was renovated on land that has been in the family for generations. Accordingly, the architects took great measures to maintain the farmhouse's character as they enhanced its design

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Pivot Transforms a Boring Suburban Building into a Gorgeous Cedar and Brick Art Studio

Pivot Transforms a Boring Suburban Building into a Gorgeous Cedar and Brick Art Studio

Constructed in just three-and-a-half months, the 785-square-foot art studio and office serves as a secondary dwelling to the main house. The architects draw attention to the building using superb

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Bioclimatic Preschool Built with Rammed Earth and Mud Bricks Keeps Cool in the Moroccan Heat

Bioclimatic Preschool Built with Rammed Earth and Mud Bricks Keeps Cool in the Moroccan Heat

The project was created with the support of The GoodPlanet Foundation's United Carbon Action program, an initiative that works with local communities to minimize their greenhouse gas emissions and

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Copenhagen’s Tietgenkollegiet Dorm is the Coolest Circular Housing Complex on Campus

Copenhagen’s Tietgenkollegiet Dorm is the Coolest Circular Housing Complex on Campus

Tietgenkollegiet is 7 stories tall and contains 360 rooms set up in blocks of twelve. Each room faces the outside of the circle and has panoramic views of the channel and other surroundings. The common

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Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Test Drive Tiny Living in a Wheelhaus Cabin at the Luxurious Fireside Resort in Jackson, WY

Jackson, WY-based Wheelhaus builds beautiful prefab 'rolling cabins,' which is a much nicer way to say RV homes. Basically these narrow and tiny homes are efficiently designed, sustainably built and

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Prefab Timber Nursing Home Uses Passive Design to Bring Light and Warmth Indoors

Prefab Timber Nursing Home Uses Passive Design to Bring Light and Warmth Indoors

The architects constructed the prefab building's wooden frame with cross-laminated timber and wooden beams. Untreated Austrian larch clads the exterior facade to give the nursing home a warm and friendly

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House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

House in Tatemachi’s Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

Due to the limited lot size, the walls of the House in Tatemachi are angled outwards to maximize the building volume. A triangular, frosted glass window opens up all three floors to natural daylight,

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