Sustainable Building

How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

Could the tiny house phenomenon solve America's homeless epidemic? Andrew Heben, urban planner and professional tiny house builder, says it can. His new book Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps

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Project Dome Could Power Copenhagen Using Energy From the Sun, Wind, Water, and Biomass!

Project Dome Could Power Copenhagen Using Energy From the Sun, Wind, Water, and Biomass!

Project Dome is a design proposal submitted to this year's Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, a contest that solicits ideas for constructible regenerative architecture in Copenhagen.

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Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

Concerned Supermodel Cindy Crawford Pulls Kids Out of Toxic School

We recently wrote about Malibu Unites, an inspirational coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, and public figures from across the U.S. who are attempting to rid our schools of toxins

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100 apartments spread

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

The LVMH Kodomo Art Maison is a new community center dedicated to children in Fukushima to support disaster relief efforts. The two-story building was designed and built by Shigeru Ban and the Voluntary

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Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

Rammed Earth Desert Courtyard House Built From the Ground Upon Which it Sits in Arizona

The Desert Courtyard House is located in a private development outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. As it is located near the bottom of the development on a small peninsula, houses above have views looking

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Creating a Public School in One of Malawi’s Poorest Communities

Creating a Public School in One of Malawi’s Poorest Communities

Malawi is one of the poorest countries, and the vast majority of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Education has been severely lacking in that region, but there's a group that's

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Floating Solar Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-Up Restaurants to Singapore’s Waterfront

Floating Solar Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-Up Restaurants to Singapore’s Waterfront

Although The Solar Orchid project is currently only a concept proposal, Spark Architects believes the project would complement the government's recent initiative to develop floating solar islands in

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Sunset Magazines’s Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

Sunset Magazines’s Breezy 2014 Idea House Opens for Tours in Manhattan Beach

The 2013 Sunset Idea Houses were located in the sustainable seaside village of Seabrook, WA, and in 2012 the honor was given to a prefab home in built by Blu Homes in Healdsburg, CA. The 2014 Sunset Idea

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Mashpi Lodge is a Breathtaking Cloudforest Retreat in Ecuador’s Tropical Reserve

Mashpi Lodge is a Breathtaking Cloudforest Retreat in Ecuador’s Tropical Reserve

The newly opened lodge is nestled at 3,116 feet high in the Ecuadorian Andes nature reserve, close to the capital city of Quito. Much of the structure was pre-assembled in Quito and transported to the

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KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Tianjin Riverside 66 Will Be One of China’s Longest Buildings Upon Completion This Fall

KPF’s Pre-Certified LEED Gold Tianjin Riverside 66 Will Be One of China’s Longest Buildings Upon Completion This Fall

The massive building will comprise an area of nearly 40 acres and according to Audrey Choi, Job Captain, "will be built with 22 seven-story high concrete ribs and over 10,000 panels of glass." After

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Off-Grid Office Building Blends Work and Play Within a Climbable Timber Shell

Off-Grid Office Building Blends Work and Play Within a Climbable Timber Shell

To create a work environment that fosters creativity and collaboration, heri&salli designed a series of integrated meeting spaces that blur the line between work and leisure, such as a gym with a

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban’s Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

Aspen is renowned as a fancy ski town - and now it's become a fancy art town with the addition of the New Aspen Art Museum designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban. The previous museum was

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JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

The booming construction market in China has come at a very high-energy cost--currently 45% of the country's energy expenditures can be linked to the manufacturing, transportation, and construction of new

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Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

  Philadelphia's Reading Viaduct Project Post-industrial Philadelphia wants to do away with their "under-parked" image starting with the "Philadelphia Rail Park; a three-mile-long abandoned

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Historic Sydney Office Tower Turns its Paper Waste into Clean Energy!

Historic Sydney Office Tower Turns its Paper Waste into Clean Energy!

The turn-of-the-century Legion House is located in the heart of Sydney CBD and has operated as a women’s hostel for the last 60 years. Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was commissioned to redevelop a larger

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Edmonton Airport Unveils Massive Air-Cleaning Living Green Wall!

Edmonton Airport Unveils Massive Air-Cleaning Living Green Wall!

Visitors to Edmonton International Airport were greeted this week with a breath of fresh air and what is likely the largest living wall installation in an airport. Green Over Grey's latest project is a

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Join Malibu Unites to Help Advocate for Non-toxic American Schools

Join Malibu Unites to Help Advocate for Non-toxic American Schools

Schools in America are more toxic than ever. Luckily, there are groups like Malibu Unites - a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, scientists, public figures and environmental

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Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

Like in many of Hanoi's older homes, shutters and security bars closed off the original house from natural light and wind, giving rise to dark and moldy conditions. To open the house back up to daylight

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures. The

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INTERVIEW: ECOBroker John Beldock on Green Real Estate

INTERVIEW: ECOBroker John Beldock on Green Real Estate

Green homes are on the rise, but a world dominated by green real estate is far from reality. In this interview with ECOBroker John Beldock, we thought we'd take a look at ways to locate green homes that

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Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Breaks Ground on Checkerboard Building With Tree-Filled Balconies in Vietnam

Designed to evoke the image of a flying dragon, the building's curved shape and green additions help to soften the harsh appearance of stacked modular concrete blocks. Since the building serves as the

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Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

To take advantage of solar gains, the architects installed triple-glazed windows on both the Leeuw House's south and west facades, and left the north facade mostly closed. The glazing is slightly set back

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Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

The Transustainable House features a mix of outdoor, indoor and "semi-indoor" areas spread over two levels. The whole ground floor is covered in pebbles, and its minimal decor, natural light and the large

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This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don’t Need to Swim in Chlorine

Construction began on Naturbad Riehen in 2013 with the full support of Riehen's residents, who desperately wanted a new swimming pool and elected to go au natural by ditching the chemicals. Herzog &

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

Organic Japanese Shell Residence Wraps Around a Centenarian Fir Tree

The Shell Residence is immersed in Nagano prefecture´s peaceful conifer forests, where it creates a stark contrast with its durable white facade. The house is located in Karuizawa, a popular weekend

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Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

Brilliant Thirteen-Year-Old Builds Her Own Tiny Dream Home From Scratch!

While most teenagers are watching tv and playing video games, thirteen-year-old Sicily Kolbeck has been designing and building a tiny home of her very own - and she just completed construction! Last year

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A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

Among the home's numerous sustainable features is a rainwater collection system that feeds back into the house from an elevated tank. The bathroom is still outside in a storage shed topped with solar

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