Sustainable Building

Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Construction Begins on Chicago’s 2.7 Mile Long Bloomingdale Trail

Plans to turn the abandoned freight line into a community park and recreation trail began a decade ago. With construction now underway, Chicagoans will be able to take advantage of the new amenities in a

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Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Beatrixpark Building Serves Local Children in Amsterdam

Beatrixpark is known as one of the nicest parks in Amsterdam and features circular wading pool surrounded by a dramatic arcade. Children like to come and splash around in the pool, so to encourage that

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Iconic Qatar National Convention Center in Doha Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Iconic Qatar National Convention Center in Doha Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Arata Isozaki’s initial concept was based on the holy Islamic Sidra Tree, which symbolizes the end of the seventh heaven. Huge steel columns create a tree-like appearance and an illusion of two trees

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Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

Architecture for a Change’s Mamelodi Pod is a Self-Sustaining Solution to Shantytowns

A rapidly increasing portion of South Africa's population lives in shantytowns that lack access to water, electricity and basic plumbing. Mamelodi is one of the oldest townships in Pretoria that was set

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Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees

Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees

Planning for the National Arboretum actually began over 100 years ago when Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin envisioned an arboretum that would include iconic trees from all over the world.

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6 Crazy Green Homes That People Actually Live In

6 Crazy Green Homes That People Actually Live In

AutoWohnhaus in Austria This crazy car-shaped house in Salzburg, Austria is surprisingly green. Homeowner and architect Markus Voglreiter built the AutoWohnhaus with a “3 liter” energy-efficient

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Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

Rammed-Earth Quartz Mountain Residence Captures Beauty of Arizona Desert

The sophisticated Quartz Mountain Residence is a 4,700 square foot single family home that sits almost as a sculpture in the desert landscape. Modern in its design, the home boasts a material palette of

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Students Design a Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Pavilion for Baltimore’s Artscape Festival

Students Design a Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Pavilion for Baltimore’s Artscape Festival

The geometric canopy, which echoes Fuller’s iconic geodesic dome, was designed to use as little material as possible. The frame was made from light weight EMT, a metal used for electrical raceways that

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Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Matali Crasset Creates Living Pods for Modern Artists in the Forests of France

Each pod rests its weight on various galvanized steel legs allowing only a small part of the surface to touch the floor. For this reason, they are foundation free and cause minimal impact to the land and

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Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

The Woodcube was made for the International Building Exhibition, which Hamburg is hosting this year on the island of Wilhelmsburg. The event, which showcases a wide variety of innovative green building

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NBBJ Unveils New Plans for Biosphere Greenhouses at Amazon’s Seattle HQ

NBBJ Unveils New Plans for Biosphere Greenhouses at Amazon’s Seattle HQ

Amazon's new Seattle headquarters will take over 3 blocks in downtown in the Denny Triangle area. The project will comprise 3.3 million square feet spread over three city blocks - including three 38-story

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Mihaus Studio is a Highly Flexible Modular Space Built with Hemp

Mihaus Studio is a Highly Flexible Modular Space Built with Hemp

As many great ideas have, Mihaus Studio came from personal necessity. Harper needed a highly adaptable addition to her own home. She used her design expertise to create this modular...we'll just say

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Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

For those of you not familiar with ‘passive heating and cooling design’, it’s a building design strategy based primarily upon knowledge of thermodynamics and how the sun moves through the sky at

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Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

Dinkoff Architects Unveil Plans for Green-Roofed Solar-Powered Taichung Cultural Center

The project's green building strategy is centered around three components: a green roof, a solar power array, and the building’s elongated shape. A garden partly covers the roof of the library,

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Infographic Charts the Biggest, Greenest Office Buildings in the United States

Infographic Charts the Biggest, Greenest Office Buildings in the United States

Í Buildings account for more than 70% of Chicago's emissions, and the city's business sector is looking to reduce its footprint. The Sears Tower is a shining example - it launched plans for a $350

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Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Rugged Bridge House Stands Up to the Elements in Southern Victoria

Located on the coastline near Melbourne in southern Victoria, this home was designed to take in the view of the ocean through an old timber railway. Using this historic and industrial artifact, the home

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First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

The Hindmarsh Shire building is in a region of Australia that is exposed to extreme temperatures, and therefore k20 Architecture began their adaptation by creating a building envelope with great thermal

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KKA’s Lecor Headquarters in Sweden Shortlisted For 2013 WAF Award

KKA’s Lecor Headquarters in Sweden Shortlisted For 2013 WAF Award

Clad in dark grey steel plates, Lecor's new HQ emphasizes the function of steel production. A glass box encased in a steel frame protrudes far over the façade. The first floor is dominated by a steel

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WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

WRNS Studio’s New Tahoe City Transit Center Collects Snow For Rainwater Harvesting

The TCTC’s shape is indicative of the region’s history with Lake Tahoe. Shaped with curves similar to a boat, this long rectilinear building’s roof eaves have long wooden slats as if designed as a

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Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Beloved for his numerous contributions to disaster relief and design in general, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban uses cardboard as a construction material in residential, commercial, and public

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Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Bestie was inspired by German street food and local products, so the restaurant is dedicated to sourcing local foods. They bring in all natural, sustainably-raised meat from nearby farms and master

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Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

One Hot Yoga is located in the South Yarra neighborhood to the southeast of Melbourne and offers Slow Hot Flow yoga. The chic studio has two yoga rooms designed by Rob Mills Architect that radiate a sense

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NK Architects’ Park Passive is Seattle’s First Certified Passive House

NK Architects’ Park Passive is Seattle’s First Certified Passive House

Park Passive is a 2,710 square-foot, four bedroom, three bath house on an urban infill lot in the Madison Park area. It is the first house in Seattle to be certified by the Passive House Academy and

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SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

SOM’s LEED Platinum-Seeking Federal Courthouse Breaks Ground in LA

In December, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) named SOM the winner of an international competition to design the new Los Angeles courthouse, beating out three other shortlisted teams for

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Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change Completes Tiny Prefab Eco Home in Mamelodi, South Africa

Architecture For a Change recently completed their second transition housing unit in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The unit's 220 mm masonry walls give it excellent thermal performance, it uses solar energy for

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Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo is a permeable paving system that relies on science rather than gaps to encourage water infiltration. Composed of 48% recycled material, the pavers allow water to pass through the surface

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Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

Kumar Residence is an Energy-Efficient, Zinc-Clad Renovation in San Francisco

The original home was built in the 1950s, but was in need of some updating to make it work better for the new owners. It was expanded to include more entertaining space with a loft-like living space and

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Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

Learn Green Building Techniques in Workshops Across the US

If in general you're looking for some good, natural building workshops to learn about a variety of techniques, designs and options, check out the workshops provided by EcoNest in Ashland, Oregon and the

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Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center Opens at the University of Baltimore

Behnisch Architekten was selected to design the new law center after winning an international design competition in 2008. But the building isn't just nice to look at; its most impressive attribute is its

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UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China!

UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China!

For the first time in the competition's history, a retrofitted structure takes top honors at the Solar Decathlon. The modern, stylish interior is surrounded by double glazed windows, advanced insulation,

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