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The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The Houl: A Sleek Net-Zero Carbon Long-House in Scotland

The house makes use of classic solar passive design strategies like clerestory windows on the north side, and principle rooms on the south side -- both arranged to take advantage of the sunlight and

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Angkasa Raya: Landmark Tower Set to Hover Amidst Sky Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Angkasa Raya: Landmark Tower Set to Hover Amidst Sky Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Comprised of two slab-like blocks set upon a lush plinth at the base, and third slab mounted on top of the sky gardens, the tower was designed to compliment but not mirror the iconic twin towers next

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Sacramento’s New LEED-Seeking International Airport Opens For Business

Sacramento’s New LEED-Seeking International Airport Opens For Business

Sacramento's nickname is the City of Trees and the design for the airport was directly inspired by the canopy affect of the tree-lined streets. The terminal is a reinterpretation of those shady streets

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The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

The Hoefman’s Little Dutch House Stays Warm with Passive Design

In order to minimize the perceived distance between the inside and outside, Lautenbag constructed the home's southern facade entirely out of glass. This has the added benefit of naturally lighting and

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The Methow Cabin is a Cozy Washington Ski Retreat with a Tiny Footprint

The Methow Cabin is a Cozy Washington Ski Retreat with a Tiny Footprint

The cabin sits adjacent to the cross-country ski and bike trails that the owners love to enjoy, and is in close enough that they can pretty much step out the door, strap in, and go. Despite its diminutive

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Brisbane’s Dramatic Ecosciences Precinct is a Model for Eco Laboratories in Australia

Brisbane’s Dramatic Ecosciences Precinct is a Model for Eco Laboratories in Australia

The Ecosciences Precinct is a collaborative project involving Queensland's Department of Environment and Resource Management, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation and the

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Wisdom Plaza is a Greenery Filled Eco Office in Shenzhen

Wisdom Plaza is a Greenery Filled Eco Office in Shenzhen

Wisdom Plaza is a shimmering office estate in Shenzhen that consists of 4 “block” volumes linked by a lush garden. Designed by MAPA, the unique-looking built complex allows for maximum

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Team Florida’s Solar Decathlon FLeX House Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Cool in Hot Climates

Team Florida’s Solar Decathlon FLeX House Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Cool in Hot Climates

The FLeX House is a carefully considered design for hot, humid climates that creates a comfortable, efficient interior environment through the use of photovoltaics, passive design, and shading techniques.

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Team China Fuses High & Low Tech With The Y Container Solar Decathlon House

Team China Fuses High & Low Tech With The Y Container Solar Decathlon House

Tonji University is no stranger to the Decathlon -- their Bambu House turned a lot of heads last year in Barcelona with an aggressive bamboo façade and structure. This year the team is using common

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Atwater Valley Prefab School For At-Risk Students Opens in Merced County, California

Atwater Valley Prefab School For At-Risk Students Opens in Merced County, California

The new Atwater Community Day School is composed of a four-wing classroom building, administrative offices, art and science labs. The campus was specially designed to integrate educational, recreational

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Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

Team UIUC’s Solar Decathlon Re_house Provides Eco-Housing for Emergencies

With a compact design, wrap-around shade and vertical siding, the design is a bit reminiscent of Michelle Kaufmann's MkLotus house. While designing the home, the student design/build team kept a small

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Gorgeous Light-Filled Swiss Home Overlooks Lake Lugano

Gorgeous Light-Filled Swiss Home Overlooks Lake Lugano

The house is built partially embedded into the slope of a hill overlooking Lake Lugano. The villa consists of two volumes that have been oriented to fit the topography of the site - the one set above

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Giant Portraits Made From Thousands of Repurposed Wine Corks by Scott Gundersen

Giant Portraits Made From Thousands of Repurposed Wine Corks by Scott Gundersen

The portraits start out as large photographs that Gundersen takes of his subjects. The photographs are then used as a reference, as he renders the faces into a large scale pencil portrait. After shading

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Henning Larsen’s Spiraling Novo Nordisk Complex is a Green Haven for Danish Employees

Henning Larsen’s Spiraling Novo Nordisk Complex is a Green Haven for Danish Employees

Henning Larsen's latest project is a spiraling green haven for Novo Nordisk employees in Denmark. Just five days after we featured their Viborg Town Hall, one of Denmark's most celebrated architectural

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Eggleston Farkas Architects’ Nighthawk Retreat is an Eco-Getaway in the Cascade Foothills

Eggleston Farkas Architects’ Nighthawk Retreat is an Eco-Getaway in the Cascade Foothills

Set in the Cascade foothills of Washington, the Nighthawk Retreat is a solar-powered, earth-sheltered getaway with clean, minimalist lines. The double-skinned vacation home also features thermal

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Gorgeous Rooftop Garden Apartment Grows Above a Warehouse in London

Gorgeous Rooftop Garden Apartment Grows Above a Warehouse in London

It took a total of 7 years to obtain the necessary properties and access rights to be able to build the apartment. After shoring up the building's structure to be able to handle the new load, a steel and

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Wolf Creek View Cabin Treads Lightly On the Foothills of Eastern Washington

Wolf Creek View Cabin Treads Lightly On the Foothills of Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and snowy winters. The clients wanted a home where they could appreciate the valley from both inside and out, so outdoor living spaces were

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Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

The building has no halls and no walls. Rooms are divided by arches and the various classrooms - which branch off from the center - are color-coordinated to help students find their way. Philosophically,

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Rammed Earth and Stone Buildings Make Up Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts

Rammed Earth and Stone Buildings Make Up Oaxaca School of Plastic Arts

Instead of wasting the soil that on-site construction projects produced, Taller de Arquitectura saw a wonderful opportunity to give it a new and sustainable building application. Some of the salvaged

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Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

Sonnenschiff: Solar City Produces 4X the Energy it Consumes

The project started out as a vision for an entire community -- the medium-density project balances size, accessibility, green space, and solar exposure. In all, 52 homes make up a neighborhood anchored to

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Parasitic Vertical Upside-Down Casino Latches onto the Hoover Dam

Parasitic Vertical Upside-Down Casino Latches onto the Hoover Dam

The conceptual tower would provide a casino, a hotel, a boxing ring and a concert hall with all the same amenities and luxuries as a casino on the Las Vegas strip. Located between the dam and the bypass

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Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Each of the hubs scattered throughout Port-au-Prince have a series of facilities that ensure high sanitation standards even during natural disasters. Each facility provides space for hand and foot

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How Building Information Modeling (BIM) Helps Buildings Go Green

How Building Information Modeling (BIM) Helps Buildings Go Green

Measure twice, cut once. This old adage is one that craftsmen understand well and never question. Careful measurement and planning is essential in producing any quality product, and when it comes to

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Ofis’ Colorful Lace Apartment Complex is Wrapped in a Sun-Shading Facade

Ofis’ Colorful Lace Apartment Complex is Wrapped in a Sun-Shading Facade

Three-dimensional lacy forms wrap the structure, creating balconies, roofs, and apartment-dividing walls. The building's facade creates a temperature buffer zone that protects the internal areas from

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Tornado Resistent Meadowlark Home Breaks Ground In Greensburg, Kansas

Tornado Resistent Meadowlark Home Breaks Ground In Greensburg, Kansas

The Meadowlark House is a modestly sized, 3 bed, 2 bath home with an open floorplan living, kitchen and dining area. Oriented with its axis to the east and west, the home's public living spaces are

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Tetris-Like India Glycols Office Complex is Cooled by Interior Pools, Courtyards and Green Roofs

Tetris-Like India Glycols Office Complex is Cooled by Interior Pools, Courtyards and Green Roofs

This Tetris-shaped corporate office for India Glycols was designed to provide a first-class working environment that encourages employee socialization. Designed by Morphogenesis, it has a solid geometric

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Breezy Torrelles Public Housing Project is Cooled by a Wooden Sunscreen and Natural Valley Air

Breezy Torrelles Public Housing Project is Cooled by a Wooden Sunscreen and Natural Valley Air

The lush rural region of Torrelles de Llobregat near Barcelona is in the midst of being developed and inhabited.  Spanish firm, BBarquitectes has helped begin the process, by constructing an

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