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Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

Located 3,600 feet above sea level, the Moldegaard Cabin boasts fantastic views of a nearby lake and mountains. And it is was built to withstand rough weather conditions such as hurricane-force winds and

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Famous International Architects Design Seven Stunning Bus Stops for a Tiny Austrian Town

Famous International Architects Design Seven Stunning Bus Stops for a Tiny Austrian Town

Part architecture and part sculpture, BUS:STOP takes the humble transit hub to new heights--literally. Sou Fujimoto's bus stop, for instance, looks like an elevated roofless treehouse nestled within a

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Daniel Libeskind Unveils Twisting Vanke Shitang Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo

Daniel Libeskind Unveils Twisting Vanke Shitang Pavilion for 2015 Milan Expo

In addition to its central theme of food, the Vanke pavilion will also explore Chinese social issues caused by rapid urbanization such as the feeling of loneliness by aging empty nesters and the

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Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Scientists have known for years that triclosan has a range of awful effects, from strengthening bacterial resistance to possibly even altering our very DNA. Minnesota is the first state taking a stand

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Jun Aoki Hides Omiyamae Gymnasium Underground to Create a Green Oasis for Suginami, Tokyo

Jun Aoki Hides Omiyamae Gymnasium Underground to Create a Green Oasis for Suginami, Tokyo

Contemporary Japanese architect Jun Aoki worked in the office of Arata Isozaki alongside Pritzker prize winner Shigeru Ban and is known for visually arresting structures such as his stores for Louis

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Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

Herzog & de Meuron Renovates Open-Air Brazilian Gymnasium with Giant Fin-Like Panels

In order to maintain the personality of the neighborhood, the architects focused on expanding and reframing the original space of the Arena do Morro community center while adding new design features. The

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MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

MOSS is a Solar and Wind Powered Prefab Office That’s Perfect for the Backyard

Vetterlein has thought of every last detail to ensure the Micro Office Systems Space concept has a small environmental impact while still providing a comfortable and professional working environment for

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

Hidden Grass Cave House Offers the Perfect Sanctuary for an Urban Recluse in Japan

The house is situated on a V-shaped site that forced the architects to think outside the box and come up with a space which would maximize the narrow plot's potential. One of the building's floating

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Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

The preliminary results of the 2013–14 report on overwinter colony loss amongst U.S. honeybees have been announced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report shows that while

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Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

To help bring clean drinking water to the 780 million people who still go without, Pumpmakers developed the NSP Solar Pump, an inexpensive, maintenance-free water pump that can be manufactured locally

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MINI Unveils Three of the World’s Tiniest Luxury Campers

MINI Unveils Three of the World’s Tiniest Luxury Campers

The MINI Clubvan Camper, the Cowley and the MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp can get you to your getaway destination and transform into a multi-use unit built for the great outdoors. The three campers were built

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Peter Steinhaur’s Cocoon Series Shows Stunning Views of Hong Kong’s Buildings Wrapped in Silk

Peter Steinhaur’s Cocoon Series Shows Stunning Views of Hong Kong’s Buildings Wrapped in Silk

Steinhaur’s photos of the buildings look both beautiful and eerie, with silk material making them look abstract and uninhabited. However, some of these structures actually have residents. Steinhaur, who

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Watch the Night Sky Through Giant Binoculars at Montreal’s Stellar New Planetarium

Watch the Night Sky Through Giant Binoculars at Montreal’s Stellar New Planetarium

The three-storey complex is situated near the 1976 Olympic Games site and the Biodrome, and features telescopic structures, two theaters and state-of-the-art facilities for space research. The building

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Junya Ishigami Unveils Man-Made Mountain Range as Winning Kinmen Ferry Terminal Design

Junya Ishigami Unveils Man-Made Mountain Range as Winning Kinmen Ferry Terminal Design

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami has just been announced as the winner of the Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center Competition. Titled "Landscape as a Monument," the winning design comprises a lush,

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Architect Toyo Ito Challenges Zaha Hadid’s National Stadium, Unveils Alternative Design for Half the Cost

Architect Toyo Ito Challenges Zaha Hadid’s National Stadium, Unveils Alternative Design for Half the Cost

In protest to Zaha Hadid's design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Stadium, 2013 Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito has proposed an alternative stadium plan that would slash the current expected price tag in half.

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

Welcome back to Green Building 101. In our last post, we touched upon how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode, and in this piece, we'll begin to discuss ways you can

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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Daniel Libeskind Design Wins Canadian National Holocaust Monument Competition

Daniel Libeskind Design Wins Canadian National Holocaust Monument Competition

Team Lord of Toronto, which includes architect Daniel Libeskind, was just announced as the winner of the new Canadian National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. Their proposal, entitled Landscape of Loss,

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Electric Bus Breaks World Record by Traveling 700 Miles in One Day

Electric Bus Breaks World Record by Traveling 700 Miles in One Day

Electric busses are a great alternative to the diesel spewing mass transit vehicles of yesteryear, but they suffer from one major limitation: range. South Carolina-based Proterra is changing all that, as

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Adjustable Shutters Allow for Optimal Daylighting in Portugal’s Miramar House

Adjustable Shutters Allow for Optimal Daylighting in Portugal’s Miramar House

The L-shaped balcony made out of thermally insulating pine shutters are foldable panels which allow for natural light and ventilation on the interior, as well as heat retention in the winter months. The

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Dinkoff Architects Design Solar-Powered Service Center for Taiwan’s Kinmen Seaport

Dinkoff Architects Design Solar-Powered Service Center for Taiwan’s Kinmen Seaport

Dinkoff Architects recently designed a solar-powered passenger service center for the seaport of Kinmen, Taiwan. Since the seaport is considered the iconic gateway to Kinmen, it was imperative that the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

The house, which takes its name from the Native American Ohlone word for “mountain lion,” was mostly constructed with salvaged materials. Its recycled steel roof, limestone fireplaces, kitchen hood,

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Nomad Living by Studio ArTe is a Colorful Container Guesthouse in Southern Portugal

Nomad Living by Studio ArTe is a Colorful Container Guesthouse in Southern Portugal

This particular guesthouse is built from a 40-foot shipping container that offers ample floor space totaling 320-square-feet. Inside, a single room serves the function of living room, dining room, and

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3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

Grove Towers is a 77,000 sq m project designed by 3XN and developed by Ornate Spaces. The base, similar in concept to mangrove stalks braided together at the ground, will feature clusters of retail and

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country's extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed

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