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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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Paddington Walk Gardens: 3 Rooftop Sanctuaries That Travel the World Without Leaving London

Paddington Walk Gardens: 3 Rooftop Sanctuaries That Travel the World Without Leaving London

The rooftop gardens are the "icing on the cake" so to speak for a group of new homes built as part of the regeneration of the Paddington Basin neighborhood. Each space boasts spectacular views of the

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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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Solar Ivy Building-Integrated Modular Photovoltaic System Grows Bigger & Better

Solar Ivy Building-Integrated Modular Photovoltaic System Grows Bigger & Better

Solar Ivy is a modular and customizable photovoltaic product with a wide range of applications. The "leaf" is roughly the size of a cantaloupe with a thin-film photovoltaic panel adhered to it. Customers

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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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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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