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Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Palm Springs’ Rosa Gardens Affordable Housing Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Rosa Gardens was constructed on an urban infill lot and it offers 57 units of 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. The project also includes a common laundry room, a community room, a pool, bike racks, a basketball

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Superb-A House is a Net-Zero Modular Prefabricated Home in Venice Beach

Superb-A House is a Net-Zero Modular Prefabricated Home in Venice Beach

mnm.MOD's building system relies on an advanced wall system made from recycled steel framing, incorporated insulation, and a mechanical chase to achieve high U and R values. Fabricated off-site, the walls

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University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

In the Spring of 2011, graduate students in Professor Garrison's vertical design studio were tasked with the design of a school in rural Tanzania. Seeking sustainable design advice, Dr. Gunn, the

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Siemens’ Middle East Headquarters Will Be An Energy Efficient Model for Masdar City

Siemens’ Middle East Headquarters Will Be An Energy Efficient Model for Masdar City

Siemens and Sheppard Robson had one over-arching goal for the new middle east headquarters which was to maximize energy efficiency by building more with less. The 20,000 sq meter building is designed as a

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200 Chinese Workers Erect a 30 Storey Prefabricated Hotel in Just 15 Days (VIDEO)

200 Chinese Workers Erect a 30 Storey Prefabricated Hotel in Just 15 Days (VIDEO)

If we hadn't seen a video of the T30 Hotel going up in China, we might not have believed that anyone, anywhere could erect a prefabricated 30 storey tower in just over 2 weeks. But it's true - Broad

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Tarrant County College Opens New Sustainable Urban Campus in Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County College Opens New Sustainable Urban Campus in Fort Worth, TX

Tarrant County College already had four healthy campuses, but decided to open another one in the downtown area. This new campus would serve the local population who had limited access to educational

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MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

MIT Scientists Find Way to Maximize Concentrated Solar Plant Efficacy by Emulating a Sunflower’s Pattern

Scientists at MIT and RWTH Aachen University may have revolutionized the effectiveness of concentrated solar plants - by emulating the pattern found on a sunflower, otherwise known in science as Fermat's

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Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Airy Cloud-Like Renovation For the Kimball Art Center

Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Airy Cloud-Like Renovation For the Kimball Art Center

Yesterday we explored BIG's twisting timber tower for Park City's Kimball Art Center, and today we'll check out what Brooks + Scarpa has up its sleeve. The inspiration for the Kimball Cloud came directly

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Seattle’s Firestation 30 is a Copper-Clad Green Community Beacon

Seattle’s Firestation 30 is a Copper-Clad Green Community Beacon

Located at the juncture between the commercial activity of Rainier Avenue and the residential Mt. Baker neighborhood, Firestation no. 30 helps with the transition in scale between the two areas. Its

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LEED Gold-Designed Sanford Consortium Brings Scientists Together to Advance Biomedical Research

LEED Gold-Designed Sanford Consortium Brings Scientists Together to Advance Biomedical Research

The 150,700 sq ft research facility provides space for 330 multi-disciplinary scientists to work in a synergistic and collaborative atmosphere. The four-story building features new café and a 150-seat

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Plans for a Shimmering Eco Tower in Warsaw

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Unveils Plans for a Shimmering Eco Tower in Warsaw

Located at the center of the financial district, the Warsaw tower will create a striking landmark as it rises above the other surrounding towers. The tower is composed of three stepped volumes increasing

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UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

UC Davis’ Newly Opened West Village Is the Largest Net Zero Project in the US

The University of California at Davis has just opened the doors to the first phase of its West Village complex -- an ambitious net zero energy housing and recreation development that will eventually

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Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Spain’s Solar Chamber Apartment Complex Takes a Cue from Le Corbusier

Larrea's design seems to capture all the qualities we like to see in sustainable building design. The shallow floor plate allows every unit to have access to the southern sun and northern cooling breezes;

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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 flexibility in

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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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A Cacophony of Shipping Containers Jazzes Up This “Music Box” Installation in Manchester

A Cacophony of Shipping Containers Jazzes Up This “Music Box” Installation in Manchester

Set up at the Salford Quays docks in Manchester, the "Music Box" also featured performance spaces, theaters, recording studios, and a series of creative and interactive rooms. Although the city is never

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