Sustainable Building

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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Treehouse Point Eco Resort Helps You Reconnect With Nature in Washington

Treehouse Point Eco Resort Helps You Reconnect With Nature in Washington

Treehouse Point is an eco resort outside of Seattle, adjacent to a river and located in a beautiful fern-covered forest. Owned and operated by Pete and Judy Nelson, Treehouse Point's mission is tri-fold:

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Sustain Design Studio Packs Serious Functionality into 480 Square Foot Solo 40

Sustain Design Studio Packs Serious Functionality into 480 Square Foot Solo 40

Sustain Design Studio recently unveiled their latest prefab model, the Solo 40, a smart and efficient modular home that packs in a lot in just 480 sq ft. Sustain Design Studio is the brainchild of Candian

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Visiondivision Envisions Parasitic Cultural Space ‘Under the Bridge’ in Stockholm

Visiondivision Envisions Parasitic Cultural Space ‘Under the Bridge’ in Stockholm

Under the Bridge is a proposal for culture and entertainment under the Tranebergsbron Bridge, in Stockholm, Sweden. Linking the city island Kungsholmen and the suburb of Bromma, the bridge was built back

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Perkins+Will Proposes a Green-Roofed Apartment Building That Doubles as a Power Plant

Perkins+Will Proposes a Green-Roofed Apartment Building That Doubles as a Power Plant

The building would be used for incinerating the city trash and turning it into power to meet the energy demands of multiple residential blocks. The architects claim that the process would be silent and

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Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

Environmental groups say that Russia will not live up to its promise of a “zero waste” Olympic Games this month. While officials promised this year’s Games would be sustainable and “in harmony

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Low-Carbon Limpley Stoke Eco-House is Packed With Green Building Strategies

Low-Carbon Limpley Stoke Eco-House is Packed With Green Building Strategies

Hewitt Studios recently completed the Eco-House in Limpley Stoke Valley using local and low-carbon materials. Locally-sourced straw bale wall panels offer breathable carbon negative insulation. Carbon

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The Aquaterra Environmental Center Rehabilitates a Former Coking Plant in France

The Aquaterra Environmental Center Rehabilitates a Former Coking Plant in France

The Aquaterra Environmental Center sits on what used to be the Drocourt coking plant, which began operation in 1925. The plant was one of the largest coke production plants in Europe before it was shut

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Breezy Bungalow Mathugama Stands on Stilts Over the Sri Lankan Jungle

Breezy Bungalow Mathugama Stands on Stilts Over the Sri Lankan Jungle

Bungalow Mathugama stands between a rubber plantation and the start of a jungle in the Sri Lankan region of Kalutara. The light and opening building stands on a series of convergent steel supports located

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Prefabulous + Sustainable Author Sheri Koones

Typically, on Inhabitat, we call a prefab home one that is mostly manufactured in a factory setting, but Koones expands the definition to include any home built with prefabricated materials. While she

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Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

Reforma Towers is a two tower mixed-used project planned for Mexico City that will be located on Paseo de la Reforma. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners and developed by Diametro Arquitectos, the

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Selgas Cano’s Incredible Glass Office Gives Employees a Bug’s Eye View of the Forest Floor

Selgas Cano’s Incredible Glass Office Gives Employees a Bug’s Eye View of the Forest Floor

Photo © Iwan Baan The office takes the form of an aerodynamic tube, with a long window on one wall that extends into part of the ceiling. Acting as both a window and a skylight, the glass wall floods

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Pine Cones, Moss and Rotten Food Fuel One of Europe’s Greenest Cities

Pine Cones, Moss and Rotten Food Fuel One of Europe’s Greenest Cities

Växjö in Southern Sweden relies on its renewable energy, clean transport and energy conservation initiatives to justify calling itself "Europe's Greenest City." Local council member Henrik Johansson

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Solar-Powered Federation of Korean Industries Tower Boasts One of the World’s Most Efficient Facades

Solar-Powered Federation of Korean Industries Tower Boasts One of the World’s Most Efficient Facades

The solar-powered Federation of Korean Industries Tower is now complete in Seoul - and it has one of the world’s most efficient solar facades. Adrian Smith + Gordon Architecture (AS+GG) designed the 240

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen just unveiled preliminary drawings for Hong Kong's new Island School. Working in cooperation with Thomas Chow Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen designed a plant- and daylight-filled

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BOOK REVIEW: Nano House Showcases Contemporary Micro Home Design

BOOK REVIEW: Nano House Showcases Contemporary Micro Home Design

The Nano House follows up on Richardson's XS book series about small home design - the author clearly feels comfortable with the exploration of the very small. The volume slips into 42 unique homes,

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Patrick Blanc’s Lush Vertical Garden is a Green Oasis in the Middle of Madrid

Patrick Blanc’s Lush Vertical Garden is a Green Oasis in the Middle of Madrid

In a city warmed by constant sun in the summer, locals are constantly looking for a way for temporary relief from the blistering sun. Blanc’s gorgeous green wall does just that, beckoning visitors to

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Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

Jerry Tate Architects Unveils Modern Green Addition to a Historic Edwardian House

The sustainability strategy with the Hollin House revolved around increasing the amount of daylight in the house, improving the building envelope and installing a completely new heating system for the

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Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

Green Mountain College students are redefining the American dream with a tiny “living system” home that offers a mobile lifestyle with a reduced environmental footprint. Created as part of professor

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Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

Heatworks Model 1 Water Heater Cuts Energy Use by 40%, Smashes Through Kickstarter Goal

The Heatworks Model 1 is a next-generation water heater that reduces energy use by 40%, slashes water use by 10%, and delivers an instant supply of hot water. This heater energizes water molecules and

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New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan

New Photos Show ‘Bosco Verticale’ Vertical Forest Nearing Completion in Milan

At first glance it looked too fantastical to be real, but now the completion date for the world’s first vertical forest is drawing near. Located in Milan, Bosco Verticale is Boeri Studio’s answer to

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Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Ricardo Bofill Transforms Cement Factory Ruins Into Castle-Like Architecture Headquarters

Simply dubbed the Cement Factory, the complex hosts Bofill’s architectural offices, archives, a model laboratory, exhibition space, his personal apartment, guest rooms, and extensive gardens. The

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Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Compact Modular Pre-Fab Cottage Made from Local Materials Sits Amongst Trees Near Traverse City

Each module for MF Architect's Pre-Fab Cottage measures 14' x 14' in size and can be assembled in any configuration. For this setup, the owners wanted four modules connected together via a hallway module.

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Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

The rear of the pub was renovated this year from a tiny back area into what is essentially a play area for adults. The design work was completed by Techné Architects, who envisioned a space that was very

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Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

Artist Julio Garcia Builds a Light-Filled Shipping Container Home in Savannah

The Savannah Project is Julio Garcia's retreat when he's not working in either Miami or Brooklyn. Built from two 40 ft shipping containers, the home is about 800 sq ft and features one bedroom, bathroom,

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