Sustainable Building

Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Heavily landscaped with green roofs, planting beds, and water features, Butterfly Square was designed to look like an extension of the neighboring park. To keep the development pedestrian-friendly and

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Abandoned Mines Make the Perfect Homes for Eco-Friendly Data Centers

Abandoned Mines Make the Perfect Homes for Eco-Friendly Data Centers

Underground clouds? Welcome to the future - data centers are starting to look at abandoned limestone mines as potential locations to expand their computing power. Aggregate Research reports that security

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New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

The idea of living on Mars is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. In fact, one way or another, humans will likely be hanging out on the red planet within the next few decades. But landing there

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Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

Created as part of the MiniCO2 Houses development project, the design for the Adaptable House is based on the belief that flexible design reduces resources needed and carbon emissions. Reconfigurable

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home

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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

Cast in concrete, the outer semi-circular shell attaches the house to the shoreline with sand foundations. Solar cells line the outer shell to take advantage of Cape Town's abundant sunshine however; the

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a core utility space in

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Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

Shigeru Ban Architects' TMFA takes the shape of a pentagon - a subtle symbolic representation of Tainan's city flower, the Phoenix Blossom. Beneath the pentagon-shaped canopy, the museum comprises a

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DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

We're now entering the dog days of summer and temperatures are soaring across the states - but don't reach straight for the AC just yet. Did you know that one of the most efficient ways to cool your home

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven’t Been Built!

INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven’t Been Built!

If you love drooling over crazy architectural eye candy, here's one fantastic infographic you won't want to miss. In honor of World Architecture Day on October 6, Kon von der Schulenburg of Cantrell &

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

The stunning Mashpi Rainforest Eco-Lodge has been honored with a 2014 World Travel Award as Ecuador's Leading Green Hotel. Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge is dedicated to

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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

To match the color scheme of Palmela's urban landscape, the architects mixed an ochre pigment to the concrete to create a dusky warm tone. The concrete facade also shows a textured finish created from the

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Portugal’s Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

Portugal’s Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

Monsanto's architecture is utterly unique in the world, as the town rose up in, around, and beneath these rock formations rather than making any attempt to remove or alter them. They've proven to be great

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

"The aim of our proposal is not [to] compete to create another symbolic icon, but rather a structure that will preserve and enhance the current landscape views," write the architects. The architects also

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Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

The garage renovation was designed by PATH Architecture to create a versatile space for the client that could be used as a guesthouse, an apartment, an artist’s space, or a yoga studio. An updated

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Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Τranslated Geometries from efilena baseta on Vimeo. Architects dream about buildings that can change shape to suit varying environmental conditions, and constantly tinker with the technology

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The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

Harold and Helena Skow had a traditional Navajo “home build kit” and had already completed a CMU foundation for the traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. The Skows had not finished the house

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G-pod’s Tiny ‘Dwell’ Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

G-pod’s Tiny ‘Dwell’ Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

True to its container heritage, the Dwell can be relocated anywhere a shipping container can be delivered. Once in situ, the unit takes around three hours to set up, with pack down taking the same amount

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College is a small college in northeast Georgia that made a transition from a 2-year college to a 4-year institution in about six years ago. To accommodate new students, the college had to

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Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

The apartment building achieves 95 percent energy savings over other comparable buildings of its size and incorporates some of the most up-to-date sustainable technologies and strategies. The

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

To bring glare-free and uniform levels of daylight into the airport, the terminal is topped by a lightweight and modular roof design made from twin-wall polycarbonate with nanogel infill sandwiched

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Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Work began on the South Surrey Passive House designed by Vancouver-based Marken Design + Consulting in 2012 and it was completed in 2013 with three generations of a family living in it - grandparents,

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DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Portside covers an entire city block in Cape Town's emerging financial district and is considered the city's first significant high-rise since the early 1990s.

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

The minimalist oval chapel, designed by Berlin architects Rudolf Reitermann and Peter Sassenroth, was completed in 2000 and consists of a monumental rammed-earth core structure flanked with a translucent

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VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

The pioneers behind the prefabricated HUF HAUS have constructed thousands of energy efficient houses across the globe. Their über-efficient designs have paved the way for a new wave of green modular

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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