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Foster + Partners’ Index Tower Takes Top Honors for Keeping its Cool in the Dubai Sun

Foster + Partners’ Index Tower Takes Top Honors for Keeping its Cool in the Dubai Sun

Photo Dubaiwalla The 80 story mixed-use building, located in the heart of Dubai, holds 47 floors of apartments up top and 25 floors of offices below. The energy needed to keep all of those occupants

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Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Team Hawai’i Withdraws From Solar Decathlon Competition Despite Amazing Design

Hale Pilihonua, which translates to the “home that is one with the land,” was designed using a holistic approach that functions in harmony with naturally available resources. The tubular home is

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Latticed Mixed-Use V Tower Rises From a Rooftop Park and Garden

Latticed Mixed-Use V Tower Rises From a Rooftop Park and Garden

Designed by Meridian 105 Architecture, V Tower is a grand, green residential high rise emerging from a base of retail, restaurant, cafe, and parking space. The project seeks to create a new ground plane

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Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Net-Zero Energy and Carbon House

Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Net-Zero Energy and Carbon House

The home's long skinny lot, with partial shading and awkward orientation prevented the architects from achieving the aggressive Passivhaus standards. Instead they maximized the solar potential as well as

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The Wheeler School Student Center Is a Green-Roofed Glass Gem

The Wheeler School Student Center Is a Green-Roofed Glass Gem

The 10,000 sq ft addition to the campus provides direct connections to both the Alumni House and the Student Union. Every day, the 1,000 students, teachers, staff and parents enter the student center to

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Sustainable Copper-Clad ASU College of Nursing Weathers Beautifully In the Arizona Sun

Sustainable Copper-Clad ASU College of Nursing Weathers Beautifully In the Arizona Sun

Located right down the block from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, the College of Nursing effectively matches a similar aesthetic with a desert colored and high-performance facade. Copper was

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Torre Plaça Europa: Social Housing in Barcelona Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

Torre Plaça Europa: Social Housing in Barcelona Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

R+B Arqts had five innovation criteria in mind while designing this social housing project. First, they wanted each apartment to have multiple solar orientations and cross ventilation. Second, the

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The Lovely Villas Taribini is the Epitome of Warm Sustainable Ambience

The Lovely Villas Taribini is the Epitome of Warm Sustainable Ambience

The buildings are oriented in order to ensure the right amount of solar gain during all seasons, keeping them warm during winter but sufficiently cool during the summer. Upstairs, the white walls act as

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Flora-Filled GSI Tower in Cancun Hovers Over the Caribbean

Flora-Filled GSI Tower in Cancun Hovers Over the Caribbean

The western facade is built with alucobond in the form of fish scales in order to circulate air and light between the horizontal louvers. The eastern facade is comprised of serigraph, sandblasted and

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LivingHomes Completes 3 Unit Ray Kappe-Designed Multi-Family Residence in Los Altos

LivingHomes Completes 3 Unit Ray Kappe-Designed Multi-Family Residence in Los Altos

The Santa Monica-based company, LivingHomes, contracted Ray Kappe and Kieran Timberlake to design their prefabulous homes. The Los Altos project is Kappe's first multi-family residence and includes

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Algae Powered Building Retrofit Wins Metropolis Mag’s Next Generation Design Competition

Algae Powered Building Retrofit Wins Metropolis Mag’s Next Generation Design Competition

The competition, now in its 8th year, is for emerging architects and designers to push the limits on design, and this time focused on helping the Government Service Administration re-imagine how it can

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High Tech WBF Lab LEED Platinum Winery Collects Enough Rainwater to Irrigate All of Its Vineyards

High Tech WBF Lab LEED Platinum Winery Collects Enough Rainwater to Irrigate All of Its Vineyards

Officially the lab is called The Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory, or WBF for short and is part of the the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine

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UCSD’s Campus Catering Building Reflects The Ocean with Its Checkerboard Blue Glass Facade

UCSD’s Campus Catering Building Reflects The Ocean with Its Checkerboard Blue Glass Facade

UCSD's new facilities provide office space for the growing housing and dining department responsible for on campus catering as well as an 8,000 sq ft catering kitchen and event and meeting space. Located

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria from Architecture 2030

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria from Architecture 2030

In 2006, Ed Mazria and his New Mexico-based non-profit organization, Architecture 2030, released the 2030 Challenge to get the building industry to turn completely carbon neutral by the year 2030. As

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Wadi Rum Resort: Luxury Eco Lodge Built Right Into The Desert Cliffs

Wadi Rum Resort: Luxury Eco Lodge Built Right Into The Desert Cliffs

The Wadi Rum Desert Lodge is designed to take advantage of the natural landscape in order to fully appreciate the surrounding desert. As such, residences, rooms and hotel amenities are built into the

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The Greenest House in Chicago is a Self-Sufficient Clean Tech Showcase

The Greenest House in Chicago is a Self-Sufficient Clean Tech Showcase

This house is so green, it would take four pages to list all of its features, but we'll give you a few of the best. Designed for a family of three, the modular eco-home features energy-efficient heated

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UNStudio Completes EEA Office Clad in an Undulating Energy-Saving Facade

UNStudio Completes EEA Office Clad in an Undulating Energy-Saving Facade

The 92 meter complex has an undulating, white, curved facade and houses the national tax offices and the student loan administration. Designed to accommodate 2,500 workstations, the asymmetrical building

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EcoTech Builds Breathtaking Shipping Container Home in the Heart of the Mojave Desert

EcoTech Builds Breathtaking Shipping Container Home in the Heart of the Mojave Desert

The spacious two-story hybrid home was adapted to fit the media client’s needs with a separate photo studio and a large storage building on either end of the main structure. Ecotech built the residence

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Modern Mali Urban Park Complex Made in the Shade with Local Stone

Modern Mali Urban Park Complex Made in the Shade with Local Stone

Mali’s National Park, located inside the capital city of Bamako, is now home to a modern complex that reaches deep into the nation's architectural past. Designed by celebrated architect Francis Kéré,

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A+D’s SOUPERgreen Rethinks the Los Angeles Landscape With Cutting Edge Sustainable Tech

A+D’s SOUPERgreen Rethinks the Los Angeles Landscape With Cutting Edge Sustainable Tech

The A+D Museum in Los Angeles recently hosted a panel discussion for their new sci-fi inspired “SOUPERgreen” exhibit. The architects involved wanted to challenge conventional sustainable design trends

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Waitakere Civic Centre Serves as a Green Community and Transportation Hub

Waitakere Civic Centre Serves as a Green Community and Transportation Hub

The Civic Centre is composed of three main sections - the civic wing, the administration wing and the link element. The civic wing contains the Council Chamber, Councillor's facilities and the

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Solar Powered Teaching Hospital Currently Under Construction In Haiti

Solar Powered Teaching Hospital Currently Under Construction In Haiti

The new 45,000 sq ft hospital is located in the Central Plateau region of Haiti in a town called Mirebalais and will serve an estimated 450-500 patients per day. When completed in early 2012, the main

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Lincoln Mixed Use Building In Denver Features High Tech Prefab Curtain Wall

Lincoln Mixed Use Building In Denver Features High Tech Prefab Curtain Wall

The mixed-use complex would comprise a 438 room hotel tower, retail space on the ground floor, restaurant space, plus 12 movie theaters that total up to 438,000 sq ft. Various circulation routes ease

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Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

Foster & Partners Breaks Ground on Ten Acre CityCenter in Washington DC

Construction began this week on Foster & Partner's CityCenter DC - one of the United States' largest and most important urban redevelopment projects. The ten acre convention center will be transformed

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Germany’s Q1 Building Boasts a Dazzling Facade of 400,000 Metal “Feathers”

Germany’s Q1 Building Boasts a Dazzling Facade of 400,000 Metal “Feathers”

The shading system is composed of approximately 400,000 metal “feathers”, which are anchored into 3,150 routered stainless steel moveable stalks, which move and breathe with the touch of a controller.

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Green-Roofed Sebrae HQ Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Cool in Brazil

Green-Roofed Sebrae HQ Harnesses Passive Design to Keep its Cool in Brazil

The office building is deceptively simple from a distance, appearing as a 3-story vertical grid of screened windows on one side flanked by concrete walls. Visitors who venture closer discover an

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Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s Willis Tower to Become a Vertical Solar Farm

Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) is set to become a massive solar electric plant with the installation of a pilot solar electric glass project. The high-profile project on the

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Walter Cronkite School Of Journalism Is A Hard Hitting Energy Efficient News School

Walter Cronkite School Of Journalism Is A Hard Hitting Energy Efficient News School

Work began on the design in October 2006 and the school opened its doors in August 2008 only 22 months later. The 6-story educational facility features a large forum for public events, five digital

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New Westminster College Building Is An Upside Down Ziggurat With Room Inside For A Flash Mob

New Westminster College Building Is An Upside Down Ziggurat With Room Inside For A Flash Mob

Schmidt Hammer Lassen won the award to design the sustainable campus building back in 2006 and recently completed it in 2010. The campus was built in accordance with the GLA’s initiative to “Be Lean,

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