Sustainable Building

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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5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

The house, which takes its name from the Native American Ohlone word for “mountain lion,” was mostly constructed with salvaged materials. Its recycled steel roof, limestone fireplaces, kitchen hood,

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3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

3XN’s Mangrove Tree-Inspired Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai

Grove Towers is a 77,000 sq m project designed by 3XN and developed by Ornate Spaces. The base, similar in concept to mangrove stalks braided together at the ground, will feature clusters of retail and

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Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Vertical Hyper-Speed Train Hub Literally Flips High Speed Rail on its Head

Now, first, you're probably asking, how do you make a train go vertical without dumping all the people on their head!? Good question, but don't worry, UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas

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Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

The Platonian Tower is a competition entry for a redevelopment site in Lima, Peru. Starting from the site's boundaries and code for height and extents, Tammo Prinz designed an expressive residential

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Everything is Superkül About This Resplendent COR-TEN Addition Near Niagara Falls

Mineral Springs is a COR-TEN steel panel and IPE wood-clad living space that sits adjacent to an existing century old farmhouse. The client, a family of four, was in need of more space on their 16-acre

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Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Sigge Architect’s designs are linked to the mainland by boats and new transit lines in Qatar.  The hotels will be accompanied by luxury apartments and are part of a new island called Oryx Island off

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Google X’s Flux Startup Crunches Big Data to Secure a Greener, More Sustainable Future in Architecture

Google X’s Flux Startup Crunches Big Data to Secure a Greener, More Sustainable Future in Architecture

The future of sustainable architecture just received a huge boost as Flux, the first startup to spin out of Google X, is paving the way towards a greener, more environmentally friendly building industry.

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Zecc Architects Transforms Historic Dutch Water Tower into a Spectacular Watchtower

Zecc Architects Transforms Historic Dutch Water Tower into a Spectacular Watchtower

The St. Jansklooster Tower is considered a national monument and a landmark for the region that can be seen for miles around. After its decommissioning, the decision was made to open the water tower up to

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MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects Unveil Plans for Typhoon-Resilient Guiuan National High School in the Philippines

MAT-TER Architects designed the typhoon-resilient school as part of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that crowdsourced design concepts for an affected area where Typhoon Haiyan destroyed 4,500 schools.

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The Currents: World’s Tallest Indoor Living Wall Sprouts in Quebec City

The Currents: World’s Tallest Indoor Living Wall Sprouts in Quebec City

Green Over Grey, who has completed a number of other large vertical garden installations like the one in the Edmonton Airport, was in charge of the design for The Currents. "According to our research,

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Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

Built in a tropical climate, the spiraling green roof can stay lush year round and likely provide more than enough food for its 500 preschool children. Two sloping ends of the triple ring-shaped structure

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France’s 2015 World Expo Pavilion Challenges World Hunger with a Farm-to-Table Design

France’s 2015 World Expo Pavilion Challenges World Hunger with a Farm-to-Table Design

X-TU Architects describe the scheme as a "reversed and spectacular landscape," in that food is grown on the vaulted ceiling and walls rather than on the ground. The French pavilion innovates upon the

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We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Like us, you're probably instantly drawn to the pavilion's beautiful roof. The neatly-laid tiles are made from recycled rubber, and are completely child safe, and the roof gets its curved shape from

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Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

The Brookly Bush Terminal seems to be getting a facelift. This historic shipping and warehouse area is being drawn into this new era of eco-responsibility and sustainability with a new 1200-square-foot

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MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing

Located in the central business district of Beijing, Chaoyang Park Plaza borders the southern edge of Chaoyang Park, one of the largest public parks in Beijing. The mixed-use urban plaza will comprise

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Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Tree-Inspired Pole House Has a Minimal Footprint to Stop Deforestation

Konrad Wójcik designed Pole House for the D3 Natural Systems International Architectural Design Competition and wanted to create a home with virtually no environmental footprint. He came up with an

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Could Woven Tree Houses Be the Future of Residential Architecture?

Could Woven Tree Houses Be the Future of Residential Architecture?

There are houses built in trees, and then there are treehouses. A few years ago, we had one of our first encounters with a home that was literally made from trees, using the art of weaving (and sometimes

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Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Renovate a 1930s Residence with a Gorgeous Faceted Extension

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Renovate a 1930s Residence with a Gorgeous Faceted Extension

In addition to the five year renovation works, the architects designed an angular rear extension that acts as a counterpoint to the resident's traditional street façade. Multiple sloping surfaces of the

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be

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Tiny Cabin Drop XL is the Perfect Pop Up Hotel for Environmentally Conscious Travelers

Tiny Cabin Drop XL is the Perfect Pop Up Hotel for Environmentally Conscious Travelers

Like its predecessor, organic forms found in nature inspired the design of Cabin Drop XL. The 325 square foot hotel room would be prefabricated off site and can be virtually transported anywhere that the

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MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques

MAPA's MR House is perched on steep terrain at El Buchén, on the Chilean side of the Andes Mountains. It was constructed from steel, local timber, and salvaged wood and glass in a forest clearing. The

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Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

This home was the original birthplace of comedian and actress Beatrice Lillie (known as Lady Peel), but it now serves as a modern, bright and airy residence in Toronto. The historic home was remade with

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125 Foot Tall Treehouse Teaches Boy Scouts About True Sustainability

125 Foot Tall Treehouse Teaches Boy Scouts About True Sustainability

The Sustainability Treehouse is a towering 125 feet tall, and it rises amidst the forests of West Virginia with its Corten steel frame and luminous wooden box platforms. It is targeting Living Building

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UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

UNStudio to Renovate Seoul’s Hanwha Headquarters With Photovoltaic LED Facade

Hanwha Group manufactures photovoltaic panels and environmental technology and they felt their office tower no longer reflected their values or met their needs, so they asked for proposals to renovate

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Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

Bevan Architects' peaceful rural holiday cottage offers a discount for travelers who arrive on foot or bicycle. The home responds to its rural context by incorporating elements of local building

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Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Chris and Malissa's adorable wood-clad house is based on a seven-by-twenty-foot dual axle utility trailer, which enables the cottage to be moved should the Tacks decide to switch up their locale. The

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster

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