Sustainable Building

SND CYN Studios: Former Lima Bean Factory Turned into a Collaborative Workspace in Irvine

SND CYN Studios: Former Lima Bean Factory Turned into a Collaborative Workspace in Irvine

SND CYN Studios was the brainchild of Ty Mattson, who runs the creative studio Mattson Studios. Wanting an inspiring place to go to work everyday, he set his heart on turning the historic bean factory

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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Infographic: How to Maximize Your Tax Return with Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Write-Offs

Infographic: How to Maximize Your Tax Return with Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Write-Offs

Judgement Day — err, we mean tax day is just around the corner, and if you're like most Americans, you're looking for ways to maximize your return come April 15th. If you made some green home

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Floating Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison Generates Renewable Energy at Sea

Floating Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison Generates Renewable Energy at Sea

Architect Margot Krasojevic's Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison is a sustainable prison that doubles as a hydroelectric power station. Designed for a site in the Pacific Ocean close to the Canadian

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Low-Impact Tanderra House is Tucked into the Landscape of Victoria, Australia

Low-Impact Tanderra House is Tucked into the Landscape of Victoria, Australia

Located on a 40 ha site with distant views of the ocean to the west, the home is also exposed to a powerful prevailing wind from the north. To maximize on views, and minimize the effect of both the hot

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Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects Updates Hawthbush Farmhouse With Reclaimed Brick Extension

Mole Architects used natural materials like wood cladding, glass, and copper to extend the Hawthbush farmhouse while staying true to the region's pastoral architectural vernacular. Mole Architects

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Mode:Lina’s KontenerArt Project Enlivens a Forgotten Beach in Poland

Mode:Lina’s KontenerArt Project Enlivens a Forgotten Beach in Poland

Rather than let the beautiful riverside sandy beach go to waste, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the city of Poznań funded a project dedicated to the arts. Mode:Lina kept to a tight

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The Blue Planet: Europe’s Largest Aquarium Opens This Weekend in Copenhagen

The Blue Planet: Europe’s Largest Aquarium Opens This Weekend in Copenhagen

The Blue Planet is the newest version of the Denmark Aquarium in Copenhagen dating back to 1939. Located on the shores of Øresund, the aquarium has a picturesque view of the sea and convenient access to

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Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Photo via Shutterstock In the crusade to cut global CO2 emissions, we tend look to power plants, cars, and manufacturing. Nowadays, our building materials are also garnering attention, and researchers

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China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

China’s Bruck House Apartment Complex Cuts Energy Use by 95%

The new Bruck apartment complex was designed as a place where families who are interested sustainable housing but are unsure about it can take it for a test drive. By living in the building for a short

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MVRDV Converts Twin Silos into Gemini Residences on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

MVRDV Converts Twin Silos into Gemini Residences on Copenhagen’s Waterfront

Originally built in 1963, the Frøsilos seed silos were once part of the Soya Bean Cake Factory on the Port of Copenhagen. The plant closed in the 1990s and the area was slated for redevelopment into

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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Cardboard Cathedral Breaks Ground in New Zealand

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Cardboard Cathedral Breaks Ground in New Zealand

The structure - known as the Transitional Cathedral - will be the largest temporary building to date designed by Shigeru Ban. The Japanese architect is famous for his innovative use of cardboard as a

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Mithun’s LEED Platinum Brightwater Center Educates Washington’s King County on Wastewater Treatment

Mithun’s LEED Platinum Brightwater Center Educates Washington’s King County on Wastewater Treatment

The Brightwater Center is a 15,000-square-foot facility set on over 114 acres that cost around $1.8 billion to build over nearly a decade. Seattle had long left its water untreated, and many of the

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Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

The Pritzker Prize jury, which included Lord Peter Palumbo, an internationally known architectural patron of London, and renowned architects Glenn Murcutt, Yung Ho Chang, Juhani Pallasmaa and Alejandro

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Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

Aeroponic Vertical Farm: High-Yield Terraced Rice Paddies for the Philippines

The Aeroponic Vertical Farm is made up of an array of bamboo parallelograms that are formed to create stepped terraces of rice fields. Located in cities, these compact farms would not only help grow rice

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Derek Diedricksen’s Tiny Gypsy Junker Cabin Can Be Yours for $1,200

Derek Diedricksen’s Tiny Gypsy Junker Cabin Can Be Yours for $1,200

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is arguably the king of tiny houses: his work has been covered everywhere from the New York Times to the History Channel, and his micro homes have inspired people everywhere.

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Michael Charters’ Big Wood Skyscraper is a Sustainable Alternative to Steel and Concrete Buildings

Michael Charters’ Big Wood Skyscraper is a Sustainable Alternative to Steel and Concrete Buildings

Modern skyscrapers are typically made from concrete and steel, but as architect Michael Charters suggests, wood could be a viable construction material for tall buildings that would have a lower

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The Twist: MenoMenoPiu Architects Propose Solar-Powered Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Twist: MenoMenoPiu Architects Propose Solar-Powered Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Twist gets its name from its spiral-shaped, ramp-like structure, which makes it fully accessible to people with disabilities and able to easily to accommodate large crowds coming and leaving

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Café Botanical Creates a Direct Connection with Iceland’s Akureyri Gardens

Café Botanical Creates a Direct Connection with Iceland’s Akureyri Gardens

Akureyri's city council commissioned Kollgata Arkitektur to create a café for the gardens to celebrate the city's 150th anniversary as well as the garden's 100th anniversary. The Botanical Gardens were

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7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Due to our addiction to plastics, the human race has created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive accumulation of trash dominated by synthetic, non-biodegradable objects. Turning a blight into an

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VolcanElectric Mask: Skyscraper Protects Cities from Eruptions and Generates Electricity from Lava

VolcanElectric Mask: Skyscraper Protects Cities from Eruptions and Generates Electricity from Lava

VolcanElectric Mask is a design that could harness the untapped power of volcanoes to generate electricity and minimize damage and destruction from eruptions. Designed by Jing Hao, Zhanou Zhang, Xingyue

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pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water

pH Conditioner: Floating Jellyfish Skyscrapers Combat Air Pollution While Producing Fresh Water

Hao Tian, Huang Haiyang, and Shi Jianwei's PH Conditioner Skyscrapers received an honorable mention in the2013 eVolo Skyscraper competition. The fantastical proposal soaks up damaging acidic pollutants

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Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power and Helium to Hover Above Pollution-Choked Beijing

Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power and Helium to Hover Above Pollution-Choked Beijing

As we've reported in recent weeks, Beijing has been suffering from staggering air pollution. Light Park is designed to provide infrastructure, housing, and commercial and recreational spaces that are free

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Like a Houseboat: LEED Platinum Home Floats Above a Former Landfill in Texas

Like a Houseboat: LEED Platinum Home Floats Above a Former Landfill in Texas

Urban Reserve was designed as a sustainable neighborhood, made to reclaim the land from its landfill past. Encouraging minimal and space efficient homes, the area has become a beacon of modern urban

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Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Off-Grid Snowboard Cabin is a Perfect Retreat for Powder Hounds on Vancouver Island

Vancouver architects Susan and David Scott set off to start their own practice and the first project they wanted to work on was their own. They designed and built a snowboard cabin located in an alpine

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NREL Unveils World’s Most Efficient Data Center, Could Cut Operation Costs by $1 Million

NREL Unveils World’s Most Efficient Data Center, Could Cut Operation Costs by $1 Million

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory spend their lives developing smart renewable energy solutions, so when the time came to build their own data center they knew it had to be as green

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Nature Centre Hindsgavl is an Energy-Efficient Earth-Bermed Building in Denmark

Nature Centre Hindsgavl is an Energy-Efficient Earth-Bermed Building in Denmark

Nature Centre Hindsgavl is a sustainable activity and outdoor center in Middlefart, Denmark. The center captures views of the surrounding nature reserve, compliments its beauty and also provides

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Northeastern University’s Seattle Campus on Track for LEED Platinum Rating

Northeastern University’s Seattle Campus on Track for LEED Platinum Rating

Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, Northeastern University's satellite campus was designed to draw people in. Large floor-to-ceiling windows provide a connection with the interiors and the

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HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

Located in Queensbridge Square in Southbank, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar has transformed the public square into a temporary coffee plantation. Inspired by Guatemalan farms, the Young Designers

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