Sustainable Building

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains into a Habitat for Marine Life

Eternal Reefs Can Turn Your Remains into a Habitat for Marine Life

Everyone knows that cremation is bad for the environment, and there are always more sustainable options for your funeral—such as liquidation or being frozen in liquid nitrogen. However, Eternal Reefs

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

Located in central Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo, the 14 hectare property named ‘Sítio das Lezírias’ has long been used for farming. The surrounding region, near the navigable Sado river, is known as a

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

Did you know that insulating your house properly can save you money in both winter and summertime? In winter, insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home and stops drafts from chilling you to the

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut’s ‘The Gate’ Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

The Gate Project boasts several renewable energy technologies meant to assure a 50 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in carbon footprint. A mesh surface unfolds above all the building

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The Coconut Lodge: a Tiny Prefab Home Made from Recycled Palm Wood in Hong Kong

The Coconut Lodge: a Tiny Prefab Home Made from Recycled Palm Wood in Hong Kong

Harvested from plantations that procure income for millions of people, coconut wood is a sustainable product par excellence. The cycle of coconut production, felling, processing and re-plantation,

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Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

Prefab Passive-Solar House is Topped by a Striking Sawtooth Roof in Belgium

HUB chose to build the structure out of CNC-milled wood not only for the ease of prefab construction, but also to evoke the wooden dacha country homes belonging to the client's homeland, Russia. The

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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These Tiny Cabins Built From 100% Reclaimed Wood are the Perfect Romantic Getaways

These Tiny Cabins Built From 100% Reclaimed Wood are the Perfect Romantic Getaways

Aires Mateus originally recovered the two fisherman huts from an established wharf and rebuilt them offsite before transporting them to their quieter, current location. The architect then stripped the

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Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

Pico Housing is a Community-Oriented Affordable Housing Development in Santa Monica

The nonprofit organization Community Corporation of Santa Monica contracted Moore Ruble Yudell to design an affordable housing project. Located on the corner of 28th and Pico Streets, Pico Housing offers

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The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

Every year, 20 million tons of salt sink to the bottom of the Dead Sea’s fifth pond. The salt is waste from the colossal production of potash and bromine in the Dead Sea Works factory, and it piles up

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Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

Located on the outskirts of Černín, Vila Hermina is definitely a bit strange looking amidst the other more traditional cottages in the area. Not only is it painted a bright pink, but it does not share a

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Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

The new DublDom home is a modular dwelling fabricated not far from Moscow. Designed by BIO Architects, it can be used as a first home or vacation retreat, and consists of a gabled structure clad in dark

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Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

The timber-framed Turf House was commissioned by an ambitious couple set on building a low-energy eco-home and was completed for approximately $337,000 USD, including the cost of the land ($64,000 USD).

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

AATA Architects first carefully selected the site location and building orientation to the sun in order to minimize the cabin's energy consumption. Special attention was also given to the windows, which

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Bosco Verticale: World’s First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

Bosco Verticale: World’s First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

The Bosco Verticale mixed-use towers were constructed with a $2.5 billion public-private investment as part of the redevelopment of Milan's Porta Nuova district. The towers, measuring 260 feet and 367

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Sett Studio’s Modern Live Oak Residences in Austin Show that Green Design Should be Standard

Sett Studio’s Modern Live Oak Residences in Austin Show that Green Design Should be Standard

Shown here is 902 W Live Oak, a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home adding up to 2,222 sq ft. You can buy this home right now for $799,000 and it's next door neighbor, 900 W Live Oak is also for sale - for the same

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The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The results are in, and the mountain wins - a Washington State Court just ordered architect Tom Kundig to move his controversial Flagg Mountain Hut. The lawsuit was raised by residents of nearby Methow

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Can You Believe This Gorgeous Puerto Rican School Building Was Abandoned for More Than 20 Years?

Can You Believe This Gorgeous Puerto Rican School Building Was Abandoned for More Than 20 Years?

Before Puerto Rican architecture firm Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos were commissioned to refit this annex building at the Guardería Ecológica La Mina in Corozal, it had been abandoned for more than 20

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Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Stocker Dewes Architekten Converts a Horse Stable into a Beautiful Green-Roofed Home

Located at the end of a valley, the secluded Black Forest stable conversion was designed with a muted and minimalist aesthetic to look like a continuation of the surrounding forest. The building's dark

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George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

The lower level of the house remains bunker-like, emerging from the site like a pedestal for the main upper level that is reached by an exterior steel and concrete staircase leading to the large-scale

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The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

Developed at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, The NativeScapeGR project focuses on uses native plant species and biocrusts to create green roofs with low water requirements, adapted to

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RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

Sitting adjacent to the original Academic Building 1, which was designed by RMIT Professor of Architecture Norman Day, the exterior of the new AB2 building is clad in a striking red steel mesh screen that

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Vincent Callebaut’s Twisting Citytree Towers Generate More Energy Than They Consume

Vincent Callebaut’s Twisting Citytree Towers Generate More Energy Than They Consume

The swirling volumes were inspired by the helix DNA structure and the Taij philosophy based on dynamism and harmony. The towers are covered with greenery cascading down and boasting 360-degree panoramic

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Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

  The challenge for this year's Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding

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HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

The Binhai Eco City Master Plan is a Sino-Singaporean project created with the support of both governments. Bordered by a planned green belt to the north, the mixed-use plan comprises a new Central

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch’s Breathe Competition

Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the recovering town. The

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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