Sustainable Building

Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

Germany’s Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country’s 2014 Green Roof Prize

The oldest green roof association in the world, FBB (Fachvereiningung für Bauwerksbegruenung e.V.), has awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30-year-old green roof atop the Allianz

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Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

Seattle’s Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

The Stream Belmont is a 6-story, 70-unit apartment building in Seattle's Capital Hill neighborhood with close proximity to tons of shops, restaurants and transit. In fact, the building is so well situated

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people

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North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

Vancouver-based design firm Green over Grey just completed work on North America's largest green wall. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, this 10,150-square-foot double-sided green wall comprises 50,000

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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Solar-Powered Modular Cabin Exists Completely Off-the-Grid in Australia

Solar-Powered Modular Cabin Exists Completely Off-the-Grid in Australia

Commissioned by a client who spends the majority of his time overseas, the 1,033-square-foot dwelling needed to be able to withstand long periods of vacancy and require easy and minimal maintenance.

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MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT researchers have found a way to produce “greener” cement with half the emissions of standard concrete. Through detailed molecular analysis of the structure of concrete, the team found that

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The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School was established side-by-side with the non-profit Meranggi Foundation, which develops bamboo plantations by presenting seedlings to local rice farmers. The project also harnessed the

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Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Ibuku (formerly called PTBambu), a design-build firm located outside of Bali’s cultural center of Ubud, is the visionary behind both the Green School and the Green Village. So far one home in the

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3XN Wins Bid to Design Edgy Glass-Clad Skyscraper on Sydney’s Waterfront

3XN Wins Bid to Design Edgy Glass-Clad Skyscraper on Sydney’s Waterfront

Danish architecture firm 3XN just unveiled renderings for Sydney's new eye-catching glass skyscraper. The innovative design for the 49-story tower was selected from a multi-stage international

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KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Riverside 66 Opens Today in Tianjin!

KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Riverside 66 Opens Today in Tianjin!

More than just a retail centerpiece for Tianjin's new commercial district, Riverside 66 also serves as a crucial connection node between the Hai He River and the pedestrian realm. The whale-like building

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Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Designed by Portland-based SERA Architects and Los Angeles-based CO Architects, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building is comprised of two volumes--a 12-story north tower and a five-story south

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BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Force Majeure The Force Majeure is a large-scale, holistic response to global warming and accelerated resource exploitation. Created by world-renowned artists Helen and Newton Harrison, the project

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Graham Hill’s Transformable Cube-Within-A-Cube Cleverly Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Graham Hill’s Transformable Cube-Within-A-Cube Cleverly Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

Graham Hill has many claims to fame, but the one that reverberates the loudest is his viral Ted Talk, which explored how doing more with less is not only a more sustainable lifestyle, but one that can

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How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

How The Clark Art Institute’s Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as The Clark, originally opened in 1955 in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Over the years the museum has expanded to include the Manton Research

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Tim Cook Says Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Will be the “Greenest Building on the Planet”

Tim Cook Says Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Will be the “Greenest Building on the Planet”

Apple’s new spaceship campus could be the "greenest building on the planet" according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who made the assertion in a talk at yesterday's Climate Week NYC event. Currently under

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Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Unveiled for Shenzen Bay

Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Unveiled for Shenzen Bay

The visionary 2,230-foot-tall mixed-use Cloud Citizen proposal was created in response to the competition brief for a 170-hectare financial city district that would move the Shenzhen Bay Ring area from

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The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners’ Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is tucked into a hillside in a rural area with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Oriented to take advantage of solar gain, the home faces south, but is properly shielded

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INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

So you've already swapped out your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and installed a smart thermostat - what else can you do to green your home? Good to Be Home has you covered with a new infographic that shows

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DIY: Grow Your Own Living Treehouse

DIY: Grow Your Own Living Treehouse

  There’s green building and then there is green building. While there are plenty of great options out there for creating an eco-friendly playhouse for the family, there is nothing greener

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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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