Sustainable Building

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Old Sugar Refinery Transformed into a Sweet Climbing Gym in Montreal

Sited on a former brownfield next to the Lachine Canal not too far from downtown, the Allez Up gym is a one-of-a-kind facility that is helping to revitalize the area. The former silos of the sugar

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Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

The SOLARDOME® PRO single-glazed geodesic dome was finished in just three weeks in August 2012 to provide shelter to the Hjertefolgers as they built their cob home out of sand, clay, water and other

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Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Did you know that home automation systems can lower your electricity bills, improve energy efficiency, and boost your home's security to boot? Today's smart systems allow you to monitor your lights and

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

In 2007, Skateistan began working with children aged 5-17 in Kabul as a "sport through development" project. Skateboarding was the best option for the program because Afghanistan law prohibits girls from

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Samoo Unveils Plans for National Research Center for Endangered Species in South Korea

Samoo Unveils Plans for National Research Center for Endangered Species in South Korea

Located in one of Korea’s cleanest mountainous areas, the complex will hopefully create a balance between architecture and nature, while providing optimal working conditions for its users. It was

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Nice Architects Unveil Gorgeous North Star Apartments in Slovakia

Nice Architects Unveil Gorgeous North Star Apartments in Slovakia

Nice Architects' North Star Apartments is a low-cost residential building with 91 apartments and five small shops. The housing units are affordably priced and feature balconies that emphasize views from

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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Cubo’s Geometric Wooden Hammerhavn Houses Reflect Danish Port’s History

Cubo’s Geometric Wooden Hammerhavn Houses Reflect Danish Port’s History

Cubo Arkitecter designed the buildings to reflect the history and heritage of the port and the local granite industry. Established at the end of the 19th Century, Hammerhavn exported materials to Hamburg

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Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

London-based Exploration Architecture creates cutting-edge projects that explore truly sustainable concepts. Their designs are inspired by natural forms ranging from sea urchins to coral reefs, and they

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Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s Iconic Dwellings

Blu Homes Unveils New Breeze Aire Prefab Inspired by Joseph Eichler’s Iconic Dwellings

With the addition of the Breeze Aire to their line up, Blu Homes now offers eight different styles as well as the ability to custom design your dream home by tacking on a garage, studio, ADU, office and

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Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John “Cotel” in Downtown New York City

Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John “Cotel” in Downtown New York City

These days you can crowdfund pretty much anything, from flying bikes, to glowing plants, and a headset that lets your dog talk - so why not a building? That's precisely the idea behind Prodigy Network, a

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

Photo by Piper Kujac At just 712 square feet of living space over a 430 square foot workshop, every square inch of the tall thin structure has been optimized for flexibility and efficiency. A whopping

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Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

With Steve doing the majority of the work on the home, the recently-finished Tin Can Cabin took almost four years to complete. With little building experience, he first consulted with an engineer in order

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Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

Nomade Architects’ Active Maison Air et Lumière Completely Opens to the Sky in France

In designing this private home in Verrières-le-Buisson, France, Nomade Architects first adapted the home to its environment by orientating it to the light, views and natural slope. Modular in concept,

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RH+Architecture Unveils New University Library Wrapped in a Wooden Lattice in French Guiana

RH+Architecture Unveils New University Library Wrapped in a Wooden Lattice in French Guiana

The library is located in the center of the newly constructed Rectorat de Guyane campus in capital city Cayenne, and aims to reinvigorate the neighborhood and the city. It provides additional community

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Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Autonomous “Termite” Robots Work Together to Build with Bricks

Computer scientists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a small army of self-controlled robots that follow the same principles as ants or termites to create impressive

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VASHO’s Green-Roofed and Energy-Efficient RD House Blends into a Dominican Republic Hillside

VASHO’s Green-Roofed and Energy-Efficient RD House Blends into a Dominican Republic Hillside

By burying RD house into the hillside, the architects were able to take advantage of the earth’s natural insulating properties to make the house more energy efficient. The rear of the home, which is the

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SOM’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the New Efficient Gateway to Mumbai

SOM’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the New Efficient Gateway to Mumbai

Terminal 2 will take over operations now that it is complete from the original Terminal 1 in Mumbai and serve as a grand entrance into the city and a hub of transportation for 40 million passengers a

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Construction on Calatrava’s Chicago Spire Could Resume Thanks to New Investment

Construction on Calatrava’s Chicago Spire Could Resume Thanks to New Investment

Back in 2008 we wrote about Calatrava’s spiraling Chicago Spire, which was to become America's tallest structure and the second tallest in the world. Since then, construction on the soaring

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HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

One Dallas Center, also known as Patriot Tower, was originally designed by I.M. Pei & Partners in 1979, but over the years became financially bankrupt and left vacant. HKS decided to make their new

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Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Eco-Friendly Tinbeerwah House Rises on Steel Stilts in the Australian Bush

Though the Tinbeerwah House may be small in size, the three-bedroom abode more than makes up for it with its beautiful natural environment rich with the sounds of Kookaburras and the nearby creek. Large

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Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside

Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside

The Foothills House was constructed using durable, mostly unfinished materials such as coated steel, zinc, stone and concrete masonry for a raw and natural look that blends in with the surrounding Waikato

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Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Alexander's two-floor cabin measures 14x14 with space for a full loft, kitchen, bathroom, dining, living and office space. The space-efficient home can even sleep up to six people comfortably. In addition

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Populous Completes Brazil’s Arena das Dunas World Cup Stadium Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Populous Completes Brazil’s Arena das Dunas World Cup Stadium Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Populous’ World Cup Arena in Natal has been completed ahead of schedule and 3 percent below budget. Brazil’s president Dilma Rouseff officially inaugurated the Arena das Dunas and congratulated the

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Juice Architects’ Oyster-Inspired Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is a Pearl of a Green Design

Juice Architects’ Oyster-Inspired Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is a Pearl of a Green Design

Pearl of a design: Iconic Tidal Lagoon Off-Shore Visitors Centre by Juice Architects by: Paul Newman, Principal, Juice Architects www.juicearchitects.com The 3,500 m2 Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

Former EPA Headquarters Receive LEED Certified Retrofit as D.C.’s Newest Residential Towers

The Sky House towers usher in a future of adaptive reuse for the Southwest side of Washington D.C. These towers will be the tallest in the area, and boast rooftop pools with some of the nicest views of

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8 Real Life Love Nests Built by Romantic Couples

8 Real Life Love Nests Built by Romantic Couples

Your home is where your heart is and these couples have also put their blood, sweat and maybe even tears into their projects to build their love shacks. DIY home construction is no easy feat, so we're

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