Sustainable Building

This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

This 130-square-foot modular Nomadic Shelter sleeps 12 people

If you thought hostels provided a densely packed sleeping space for travelers, this 130 sq ft Nomadic Shelter almost certainly takes that to the next level. Built as part of an architectural workshop at

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LEO A DALY created a green-roof underground passage for the students of Minnesota State

LEO A DALY created a green-roof underground passage for the students of Minnesota State

The 140-foot long, 12-foot wide underground structure connects Minnesota State Mankato’s Memorial Library and the recently renovated Centennial Student Union (CSU), but also creates an outdoor

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Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

The Barndominium is a long and narrow barn-like building with a wood exterior and a high-pitched roof. One half the building is occupied by a double-height wood workshop and the other half is a 1 bedroom,

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

The 100-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded

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“Moneyless man” Mark Boyle builds the world’s first free pub

“Moneyless man” Mark Boyle builds the world’s first free pub

Mark Boyle, better known as the "Moneyless man" is bringing his message of unconditional giving to a permaculture project in Ireland called An Teach Saor, Gaellic for "the free house." When it's complete,

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Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

Style isn’t the only thing that’s big in Tiny Heirloom’s luxurious and beautifully detailed tiny homes—the custom base model package starts at a hefty $65,000 price tag. For that price however,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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Gorgeous Hawaiian school features an outdoor auditorium and reef pool so no child is left indoors

Gorgeous Hawaiian school features an outdoor auditorium and reef pool so no child is left indoors

This multi-building campus features at its heart a winged-canopy open air auditorium, where students gather for announcements, assemblies, and other events. The eight-paneled pavilion "roof" is brightly

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Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

A new bamboo multi-use structure designed by SchilderScholte has popped up in the Bengalese town of Rajarhat. Funded by the Pani foundation out of the Netherlands, the building was made entirely from

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World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

Located a few streets down from the U.S. Capitol, the historic Dunbar High School was founded in 1870 as the nation’s first public high school for African Americans. The school was partially demolished

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a21studio levitates a stone slab to create a unique Buddhist temple in Vietnam

a21studio levitates a stone slab to create a unique Buddhist temple in Vietnam

The pavilion is located on a rocky slope accessible via stone steps that create a promenade and lead to a small clearing among a patch of trees. The structure is open on all sides and is surrounded by

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The Rock Bottom is a tiny off-grid reading cabin built for just $300 in Vermont

The Rock Bottom is a tiny off-grid reading cabin built for just $300 in Vermont

The construction cost of the Rock Bottom Cabin was incredibly low thanks to Diedricksen's deft scrap scavenger abilities. In fact, most of the cabin is made up of recycled parts and creatively reused

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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Moldovan architect Maxim Calujac has a unique vision for sustainable urban design, and he has named it "Calotopos". Based on a set of principles including polycentrism, population dispersion, transport

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

Ennead Architects unveil futuristic designs for spiraling Shanghai Planetarium

The 38,000-square-meter Shanghai Planetarium will be located in the new Lingang District, a rapidly developing town southeast of Shanghai’s central business district and located close to the East China

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Vienna set to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Vienna set to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper

Architecture firm Rüdiger Lainer and Partner has unveiled plans to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper in the Seestadt Aspern area of Vienna. The 276ft, 24 story HoHo tower will house a hotel,

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Lada Cube’s prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

Lada Cube’s prefabricated wall panels could revolutionize construction, cut building time in half

In 2013 Låda Cube set out to change how we use and think about our walls.   Fueled by our belief that traditional stick-built walls consume needless time, energy, and resources, we set out to

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SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

SG Blocks unveils prefab bar and room prototypes for Marriott Moxy Hotels

Designer of container-based structures SG Blocks (SGBX) built a container-based open-air bar and a hotel room mock-up for Marriott’s Moxy Hotels. The project was unveiled at the revealed at The Americas

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Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Crazy Car-Shaped Home Features “3 Liter” Energy Efficiency

Looking at this picture, "eco home" isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind. But it turns out this bizarre car-shaped home is surprisingly green. Dubbed the Auto Residence and designed by

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Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Kjellander + Sjöberg designs a climate-optimized urban development in new Kiruna

Located 145 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, Kiruna sits atop a rich body of iron and has a subarctic climate with long, cold winters. To mitigate climatic conditions, Kjellander + Sjöberg

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo

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Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

Fun chalkboard-covered passive house explores public/private space in Belgium

BLAF Architecten finished this two-story single family residence back in 2009 in Asse, Belgium. The surrounding region is relatively dense and there is not much space available for homes with private

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Fly through Ecuador’s cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

Fly through Ecuador’s cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

The Mashpi Lodge in Quito, Ecuador is a hideaway in the clouds. Tucked inside the 3,200 acre orchid-filled Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, is a glass-walled lodge. Guests to the lodge can now

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Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist dwelling in Poland

Le 2 Workshop’s Third House From The Sun is a passive minimalist dwelling in Poland

The clients desired an eco-friendly home filled with natural daylight and a sense of spaciousness. As a result, the architects studied the sun’s path to create a design that optimized passive design

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BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

Heatherwick Studio and the Bjark Ingels Group have confirmed that the two firms are set to collaborate on Google's new headquarters. Little is known about the new Googleplex campus, other than that it

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5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

5 finalists announced for the 2015 Mies van der Rohe award

Philarmonic Hall Szczecin by Alberto Veiga and Fabrizio Barozzi Located in the Polish seaport city of Szczecin, the Philarmonic Hall Szczecin is a glass-clad concert hall that appears to rise out of

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Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

The brewery was built in the 1890s and experienced its heyday between 1895 and 1910 before going bankrupt. The brick-and-wood structure has been used in a variety of ways since but was left in disrepair

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MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV redesigns the Ilôt Vandamme mixed-use block in Paris

MVRDV has been granted approval to renovate a 1970s complex in Paris and transform it into a mixed-use development that "reintroduces the lost human scale." This colorful version of the Ilôt Vandamme

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6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

Sleep in a Dreamy Tree house in Atlanta Secluded Intown Treehouse offers fairytale-like accommodation for grownups in one of their three rustic cabins in Atlanta. They are entirely made from reclaimed

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INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: Discover the cleanest cities in the world

There's a movement afoot to find ways to create super clean cities. Birmingham, England is slashing emissions like a CO2 ninja, while Oslo boasts the honor of having not a single landfill. Copenhagen is

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