Sustainable Building

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

The design of the Keck Institute for Space Studies called for not only the construction of a new modernist building, but also the historic renovation of the Tolman-Bacher House, a mission-style building

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KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

KAMJZ Carves Terraced Outdoor Balconies into Mixed-Use Towers in Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan

"The aim of our proposal is not [to] compete to create another symbolic icon, but rather a structure that will preserve and enhance the current landscape views," write the architects. The architects also

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Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

Brilliant Garage Apartment Maximizes Space With Custom Multi-Functional Furniture

The garage renovation was designed by PATH Architecture to create a versatile space for the client that could be used as a guesthouse, an apartment, an artist’s space, or a yoga studio. An updated

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Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Τranslated Geometries from efilena baseta on Vimeo. Architects dream about buildings that can change shape to suit varying environmental conditions, and constantly tinker with the technology

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The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

The Skow Residence’s Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

Harold and Helena Skow had a traditional Navajo “home build kit” and had already completed a CMU foundation for the traditional rectangular gable-trussed home. The Skows had not finished the house

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G-pod’s Tiny ‘Dwell’ Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

G-pod’s Tiny ‘Dwell’ Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

True to its container heritage, the Dwell can be relocated anywhere a shipping container can be delivered. Once in situ, the unit takes around three hours to set up, with pack down taking the same amount

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

Young Harris College is a small college in northeast Georgia that made a transition from a 2-year college to a 4-year institution in about six years ago. To accommodate new students, the college had to

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Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

The apartment building achieves 95 percent energy savings over other comparable buildings of its size and incorporates some of the most up-to-date sustainable technologies and strategies. The

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Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Subterranean Watersport Base is Cleverly Disguised by an Artificial Grassy Dune in France

Located on the Vendée coast in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France, Dune Habitee (or Inhabited Dune) is like what a child would build on the beach if they had all the right tools. A carved out dune with

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JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

To bring glare-free and uniform levels of daylight into the airport, the terminal is topped by a lightweight and modular roof design made from twin-wall polycarbonate with nanogel infill sandwiched

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Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

Work began on the South Surrey Passive House designed by Vancouver-based Marken Design + Consulting in 2012 and it was completed in 2013 with three generations of a family living in it - grandparents,

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DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

Set against the backdrop of Table Mountain, Portside covers an entire city block in Cape Town's emerging financial district and is considered the city's first significant high-rise since the early 1990s.

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Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

Foster + Partners and FR-EE Unveil Plans for World’s “Most Sustainable” Airport in Mexico City

We've seen our share of dazzling mega-airports, each with more eco-friendly elements than the last, but Foster + Partners' recently unveiled designs for a new international airport in Mexico City really

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Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

Sacred Soil: Berlin’s Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

The minimalist oval chapel, designed by Berlin architects Rudolf Reitermann and Peter Sassenroth, was completed in 2000 and consists of a monumental rammed-earth core structure flanked with a translucent

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VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

The pioneers behind the prefabricated HUF HAUS have constructed thousands of energy efficient houses across the globe. Their über-efficient designs have paved the way for a new wave of green modular

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between Acadian-style

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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the shape of a small

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

The building is carefully oriented to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling while keeping its impact on its site to a minimum. The redwood bark facade was sourced from a neighboring

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Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

The long-awaited promise of prefab construction is that it would bring us higher quality homes for less money with significant increases in sustainability and resource efficiency. While prefab is

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal mass properties. In

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Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

People who love architecture tend to love wild spaces as well: after all, buildings and landscapes complement one another, right? Well, imagine being able to study architecture design in a forest

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Algal Turf Scrubbing After spending years studying natural solar bio-energy in Caribbean coral reefs, Walter H. Adey, PhD. developed Algal Turf Scrubber, a biomimetic system that generates a fast-growing

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Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - it's almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture + Design

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Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Heads up architects and green building buffs - the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is hosting this

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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sesseljuhus structure is the center of Solheimar, both physically and psychologically. The building functions as a resource and information center on Solheimer and environmental living, and also

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6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

Bodegas Portia, Ribera del Duero, Spain Designed by Foster + Partners, the Bodegas Portia Winery features a dramatic central hub that makes use of gravity rather than machines to move grapes and wine

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

Nest Beds A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported models.  O*GE

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A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab Emirates

A++ Unveils Plans for Falcon Island Eco City in the United Arab Emirates

Al Hamra Real Estate Development just appointed sustainable architecture studio A++ to design 150 new luxury villas on Falcon Island in Ras Al-Khaimah, UAE. The new residences are designed to LEED

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