Sustainable Building

Oregon’s Out’n’About Treehouse ‘Treesort’ has the World’s Highest Concentration of Treehouses

Oregon’s Out’n’About Treehouse ‘Treesort’ has the World’s Highest Concentration of Treehouses

Garnier says he founded the 'treesort' in an effort to make a living off Oregon's number one natural resource -- trees -- without cutting them down. When Garnier got started building treehouses, he

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3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

3,280 Sq Ft Rooftop Garden Tops Impressive Solar-Powered Syd Energi HQ in Denmark

The building’s innovative treatment of acoustic insulation and its economic energy consumption are coupled with a stunning design that creates a great working environment for the company’s employees.

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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Girasole House Rotation from Liz Eve on Vimeo DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that

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10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in 2011. Built with his

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Solar-Powered LEED-Certified Fairmount Avenue Townhomes Offer Low Income Housing in Tennessee

Solar-Powered LEED-Certified Fairmount Avenue Townhomes Offer Low Income Housing in Tennessee

The development comprises nine three bedroom units at 1,383 square feet and nine two bedroom units at 1,103 square feet. All are organized in clusters of four and additionally connected by three

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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Rugged Corten Steel Clads Minimalist ‘House for a Photographer’ in South Wales

Rugged Corten Steel Clads Minimalist ‘House for a Photographer’ in South Wales

Although the House for a Photographer sits at the basin of an isolated quarry, Hyde Architects gave the structure a feeling of lightness by raising the bulk of the building off the ground. A sense of

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Karel Verstraeten Transforms Abandoned Trailer into Comfy Family Cabin

Karel Verstraeten Transforms Abandoned Trailer into Comfy Family Cabin

Previously used as an office on a construction site, the trailer was reformed for the family under the supervision of Verstraeten. First the exterior of the trailer was clad with rustic oak panels. A

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Morphocode Unveils Plans for Crazy Home Set Atop an Offshore Wind Turbine

Morphocode Unveils Plans for Crazy Home Set Atop an Offshore Wind Turbine

If you're good at repairs and don’t have a problem with heights and noise, the Wind Turbine Loft could be your dream house. Nestled into an offshore wind turbine, Morphocode's futuristic-looking

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Spectacular Wood Skyscraper That Can be Built Without a Single Nail Wins 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Spectacular Wood Skyscraper That Can be Built Without a Single Nail Wins 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Architect Yong Ju Lee drew inspiration from traditional Korean houses and the versatility of vernacular architecture while designing Hanok Tower. The exposed wooden structural system, generally used for

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Propagate Skyscraper Converts Air Pollution into a Usable Building Material

Propagate Skyscraper Converts Air Pollution into a Usable Building Material

Propagate Skyscraper converts harmful greenhouse gases into usable building materials! It is a self-propagating structure whose growth is dependant only on the weather conditions and the quality of air

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers - and for the first time ever there's more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it's

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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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Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof

Innovative House M-M Brings Three Generations of Finns Under One Roof

M-M House was built at the bottom of a granite rock slope on land belonging to the client's grandparents, who also live on the property in a 100-year-old blue wooden villa located upslope. To reinforce

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Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

Tiny Off-Grid Cabin in Maine is Completely Self-Sustaining

A project 30 years in the making, this tiny off-grid retreat on a coastal island in Maine is almost entirely self-sufficient. Designed and built by Alex Porter for her father, the project features a shed

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Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned the dubious distinction of being the world's most unaffordable major city, in large part due to its housing shortage. AFFECT-T's Bamboo Micro-housing project proposes an inexpensive

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World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

Groncol and Paisajismo Urbano have been working on a number of projects in Colombia recently, and they just completed the Green Medellin wall. Located on the side of a residential building in the "el

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‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

‘The Shed’ by Hufft Projects Glows Like a Lantern on a Hill in Missouri

Hufft Projects completed the beautiful, modern Curved House for a couple in 2009. Not long afterwards, the owners asked them to design and build a shed to store maintenance equipment. Sited west of 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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Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

Lush Green Walls Protect a Pond-Topped Sunken Chapel in Mexico

The clients visited BNKR Arquitectura's La Estaancia Chapel in Cuernavaca and loved the feel of it, so they asked the firm to design a private chapel for their own yard at their home. They asked for the

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Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

Multipod Studio’s Affordable Pop-Up House Snaps Together Like LEGO Bricks

The structure of the Pop-Up House is made from insulating blocks and wooden panels - a unique low-cost system patented by Multipod Studio that provides outstanding thermal insulation. The materials used

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Spektrum Arkitekter Unveils a Rugged Semi-Outdoor Community Hub in Northern Denmark

Spektrum Arkitekter Unveils a Rugged Semi-Outdoor Community Hub in Northern Denmark

The Fjelstervang community hub has a large transparent roof that spans across a row of 6 meter high columns. The differently colored sliding doors reference the recently closed textile dyeing factory and

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Giant Green Roofs Top MenoMenoPiu’s Wind-Powered Taichung City Cultural Center

Although Japanese architecture firm SANAA snapped up the winning bid, we felt that MenoMenoPiu Architects and Atelier Castro Denissof's inspiring proposal was too good not to share. Located next to the

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Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

Mesmerizing Penumbra Kinetic Shading System Brings Dull Facades to Life

An up-and-coming architecture student has designed an incredible shading system that rotates in three directions in accordance with sun's position. Tyler Short designed the Penumbra kinetic shading system

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

Solar-Powered Bragg Hill Barn-Inspired Home Was Built to Last Several Generations in Rural Pennsylvania

When Barney and Nancy Leonard decided to move out of Philadelphia to Chester County and build a new home, they knew the home would be super sustainable. They hired Matthew Moger of Moger Mehrhof

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Sou Fujimoto’s Tree-Inspired Tower Sprouts Balconies Like Leaves

Sou Fujimoto’s Tree-Inspired Tower Sprouts Balconies Like Leaves

The city of Montpellier launched its ambitious 12-building "Folies" competition in hopes of enriching its 21st century architectural heritage. A product of both Japanese and Mediterranean influences,

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BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

BIG Updates Plans for the Kimball Art Center Renovation in Park City, Utah

The Kimball Art Center has been a fixture on Main Street in Park City since 1976 and has long provided space for art exhibitions, education and events, especially the Sundance Film Festival held every

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