Sustainable Building

Azerbaijan’s 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

Azerbaijan’s 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

The designers created a modular system within the Azerbaijan pavilion so that various levels can be reconfigured to accommodate a variety of different uses. Each floor is connected via an escalator and

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Portland architecture students build incredible outdoor stage from 520 recycled pallets

Portland architecture students build incredible outdoor stage from 520 recycled pallets

Calling all indie music fans! Oregon's Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival is coming to life this August, and we've got your inside look at the awe-inspiring, sustainably crafted stage designs which make

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Arup’s timber prefab Sky Believe in Better Building wins the 2014 Wood in Architecture Award

Arup’s timber prefab Sky Believe in Better Building wins the 2014 Wood in Architecture Award

Arup beat the other five contenders thanks to their sustainable message and the short turnaround for the completion of the building. The project goes beyond zero embodied carbon and provides extremely

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Pavegen’s kinetic walkway in South African mall will power rural villages

Pavegen’s kinetic walkway in South African mall will power rural villages

Samsung and Pavegen have collaborated to give shoppers in Sandton City shopping mall a positive take on renewable energy, as part of Samsung’s ‘What If I Can’ campaign.

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Hager Partner and nps tchoban voss collaborate to design a green-roofed rec center near Berlin

Hager Partner and nps tchoban voss collaborate to design a green-roofed rec center near Berlin

The city swimming baths at Nauen near Berlin will be transformed by a new green-roofed entrance building and recreation park designed by naps tchoban voss and Landscape Architects Hager Partner. The

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Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

The Bedford Park House’s modest and traditional appearance—the house matches the scale, setback, and exterior brick-and-wood detailing of its neighbors—belies its many impressive sustainable

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Tiny Mogo Freedom trailer transforms into a camper for two

Tiny Mogo Freedom trailer transforms into a camper for two

The adorable and completely portable Mogo Freedom gullwing trailer makes your next road trip an easy overnight experience. The tiny trailer can comfortably sleep two, at night, while toting a bunch of

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Architects reveal the world’s first shadowless skyscrapers in London

Architects reveal the world’s first shadowless skyscrapers in London

The design is based on the idea of using concave reflective surfaces adapted specifically to the sun’s path in the sky. An algorithm unique to the buildings’ location was used to utilize the sun

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SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

SOM reveals design for new sustainable capital city in Egypt

Egypt is getting a new and improved capitol city designed by architecture firm SOM. The privately-funded project consists of a 700-square meter development with an urban park, residential neighborhoods

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Laughing Chickens offers DIY chicken coops that can fit in bike boxes for portability

Laughing Chickens offers DIY chicken coops that can fit in bike boxes for portability

Laughing Chickens is a Marin County, California-based workshop that's been making beautiful hen houses and runs exclusively from reclaimed redwood fence boards. With interest in their designs coming from

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KAMJZ and Kurylowicz unveil designs for green-roofed, energy-efficient Polish office building

KAMJZ and Kurylowicz unveil designs for green-roofed, energy-efficient Polish office building

Gdańsk’s new Central Business District Development will be located along the city’s main axis roads and rail routes and in close proximity to the sea and university campus. The proposed office

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Donate now to help Project H students build tiny homes to help their community

Donate now to help Project H students build tiny homes to help their community

https://vimeo.com/121906128 Project H is a non-profit organization based in California that encourages creativity among young people in the community. Working with a group of designers and architects,

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Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Have you ever wished that you could trade your apartment & crappy office space for a floating live/work houseboat in the San Francisco Bay? I know I have. A few years ago, The New York

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

Modern Marlboro Cottages use natural and locally sourced materials in Vermont

Built to house senior musicians, the cottages comprise three different configurations: three 1,620-square-foot cottages with three bedrooms, one 1,445-square-foot two-bedroom cottage, and one

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

That'll be one sustainable chalupa, please! Taco Bell surprised many SXSW attendees by building a Taco Bell stand out of shipping containers. The modular structure was built in just three days and will be

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has broken ground after becoming the fourth Living Building Challenge™ in the world for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL).

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New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

The THEi design was built around the goal of integrating the new campus into the existing urban fabric. Thus, the architects introduced a twin-block design to open the campus up to the neighboring public

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Weingartner Architects’ Elastic Woodscraper II is made up of flexible skycubes

Weingartner Architects’ Elastic Woodscraper II is made up of flexible skycubes

Weingartner Architects designed this tower as a vertical structure whose 70 percent would be made from wood. Elastic Woodscraper II prototype can hold up to nine so-called "skycubes" attached to a central

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DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

Many people recycle old aluminum cans so that they are diverted from landfills and reused to make a variety of items. But if you're a fan of DIY projects, you might consider saving those cans and

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5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home

Domes. They’re kind of weird looking. They don’t exactly fit into those perfect little neighborhoods you see when walking around a cute downtown or a clean cut suburban gated community. But

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Green-roofed Hong Kong health center is 100 percent naturally lit and ventilated

Green-roofed Hong Kong health center is 100 percent naturally lit and ventilated

The design concept behind SK Yee Healthy Life Center was based on the idea of “the green pulse,” where nature punctuated the building to create a “constant interplay between interior and

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Lanterns Sea Village offers temporary housing for surfers in Spain

Lanterns Sea Village offers temporary housing for surfers in Spain

Lanterns Sea Village is a proposed temporary housing solution for the many surfers who visit Tarifa's shores in southern Spain. Hundreds of bamboo tetrahedra combine to create a strong, solid structure

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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This tiny off-grid Hawaiian home cost just $11,000 to build

This tiny off-grid Hawaiian home cost just $11,000 to build

From her Tiny House on the Prairie in Boise, Idaho, minimalist designer and dressmaker Kristie Wolfe dreamt up her mini vacation home in Hawaii. The funds she saved by downsizing enabled her to build a

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Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

When Luciano Pia undertook to design a five-storey, 63 unit residential apartment building in Turin, he sought to break from the homogenous urban development that was consuming the area. What resulted was

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Fernandes Architects will transform the Campos do Jordão railway station into a new community hub for São Paulo

Fernandes Architects will transform the Campos do Jordão railway station into a new community hub for São Paulo

The redevelopment project—in partnership with EBEI Engineering—aims to dust off the architectural grandeur of the historic Emilio Ribas Station and expand and modernize its services. When complete,

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Singita switches on solar energy in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Singita switches on solar energy in South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Built lightly into a 33,000-acre concession on the eastern reaches of Kruger National Park near the South Africa–Mozambique border, Singita Sweni Lodge and Singita Lebombo are dedicated to respecting

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Fornebu S in Norway is the first shopping mall to receive BREEAM Outstanding certification

Fornebu S in Norway is the first shopping mall to receive BREEAM Outstanding certification

Fornebu S shopping mall outside Oslo is the first shopping mall to receive BREEAM Outstanding certification. It is part of a larger development owned by KLP Eiendom and predicted to become a medium-sized

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