Sustainable Design Organizations

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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Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

Solheimar was founded in 1930 by Mrs. Sesselja Hreindis Sigmundsdottir as a children's home and organic farm, and that tiny settlement has grown into the prosperous community that it is now. Sesselja had

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Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

Any car owner knows that the inside of a vehicle can get really "aromatic" over time, especially if pets and kids are regular passengers. Fortunately, a group of young entrepreneurs has a solution to

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3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

3D-printed Wind Turbine Fits in Your Backpack!

Portable solar power has already taken off, but what about when the sun goes down? Could massive wind turbines be scaled down for personal use? Poznan, Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer Omni3d has

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger

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VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

Urban farming is on the rise across the globe; people all over are bringing their food source closer to their doorstep by farming in abandoned lots and on empty rooftops. Ian Marvy, the Executive Director

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Dr. John Keung About Singapore’s Green Mark Building Certification System

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Dr. John Keung About Singapore’s Green Mark Building Certification System

If you're a regular Inhabitat reader, you're probably already familiar with LEED, BREEAM, Passivhaus and even LBC, but there's another green building certification program that you should know about -

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VIDEO: The Buckminster Fuller Institute

VIDEO: The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is an organization after Inhabitat's own heart. It was formed by the visionary eco architect/designer's family in 1983 to champion Buckminster Fuller's amazing

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

Although most citizen-savvy cities these days recognize that community public space is as much a civic right as it is a priority, some small communities unfortunately find themselves lacking the resources

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‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

Designers at Studio Ooms have been working on a fantastic social project in Indonesia that helps to lift people out of poverty while creating great recycled products. So far, the team has spent five weeks

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Honest Buildings’ Social Media Site for Property Gets a Huge Cash Injection

Honest Buildings’ Social Media Site for Property Gets a Huge Cash Injection

Honest Buildings, the new real estate site that is looking to be the new social media hub for buildings, has just received a sizable cash injection topping $1 million. The site features over 600,000

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US Pavilion at Venice Biennale Focuses on Design Actions for Common Good

US Pavilion at Venice Biennale Focuses on Design Actions for Common Good

Although there are too many interventions to mention in this space, we would like to shed some light on a few of our favorites. Projects such as the Aquaponics Container System address issues of

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Africa’s First Online Green Network Launches in Cape Town

Africa’s First Online Green Network Launches in Cape Town

Green Africa Directory, the first online pan-African sustainability directory and network, was recently officially launched in Cape Town, South Africa. This green networking ‘hub’, which is expected

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USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

USGBC’s LEED v4 Plays High Stakes With Industry Special Interests

With a flurry of controversial discussions surrounding the 4th installment of LEED (formally known as LEED 2012), the USGBC has found themselves on a collision course with powerful construction

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A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

A Swirling Green Roof Tops Gorgeous Nanyang Technical University in Singapore

  If art school was in our future we might opt to study under, or on top of, the amazing green roof at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore,

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Reforest Patagonia Announces Plans to Plant One Million Trees in Chile

Reforest Patagonia Announces Plans to Plant One Million Trees in Chile

An ambitious citizen campaign called Reforest Patagonia is hoping to plant one million trees in Chilean Patagonia in what has been considered the largest, most ambitious native tree reforestation campaign

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Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

Designers Take a Low-Tech Approach at Salone Satellite 2012 During Milan Design Week

AmbiHive is a beautiful new design from NBT Studio that merges an ambient wall light and a speaker. The piece is made with ICB (Inverted Corrugated Board), LEDs and a ceramic sound chip. The chip,

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VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX’s Soaring Vertical Gardens Clean Mexico City’s Air

VERDMX' eco-sculptures serve as both artworks and oxygen replenishers. VERDMX's work, sponsored by Nissan, serves as an example of how nonprofit organizations, businesses and local governments

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Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

Passive House Debate Heats Up on the Future of the US Standard

When we first broke the news of the split between Passivhaus Institute (PHI) and Passive House US (PHIUS), it was a murky proposition to project what the results would be. That answer has become much

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The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT Lands in the U.S. for the Next Leg of Its World Tour!

The SolarWorld GT has been on a world tour, and it finally reached the North American leg of its excursion, hitting the sparkling streets of the US just yesterday! The solar car was sent off on its

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Global Green to Give 8 US Cities Free Sustainability Consultations

Global Green to Give 8 US Cities Free Sustainability Consultations

Supporting model green communities across the US, Global Green USA has announced it will give eight communities a free design consultation over the next six months. Each of the chosen neighborhoods will

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Gingerbreadtron: A Gingerbread House That Transforms into a Candy Robot!

Gingerbreadtron: A Gingerbread House That Transforms into a Candy Robot!

We've seen some pretty epic gingerbread houses this holiday season but this Transformer Gingerbread House, aptly called Gingerbreadtron, really takes the cake. The crazy candy-clad house slowly

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Architects and Artisans Collaborate on “Scarfitecture” Series of Handwoven Scarves

Architects and Artisans Collaborate on “Scarfitecture” Series of Handwoven Scarves

Scarfs and architecture don't appear to have much in common at first glance, but a new program recently launched by Dita Zakova of Ecolibri, and Rhea Alexander, founder of sustainable design house DIGS,

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Evergreen Christmas Tree Made of Library Books!

Evergreen Christmas Tree Made of Library Books!

If you want to get into the holiday spirit without having to cut down a poor, defenseless evergreen, check out this clever idea from the resourceful folks at the Gleeson Library in San Francisco. They

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Karim Rashid’s Amazing Komb House in Cairo Bursts with Eco-Friendly Color

Karim Rashid’s Amazing Komb House in Cairo Bursts with Eco-Friendly Color

Rashid incorporated a host of passive and active design principles into this small home. All of the lighting is derived from energy-efficient LEDs, water is heated using solar panels, and all of the

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The Eight Foot House is an Elegant No-Waste Home in Colorado

The Eight Foot House is an Elegant No-Waste Home in Colorado

Dubbed the "Eight-Foot House," this elegant and minimalist new home in Denver, Colorado takes a “passive” approach to the idea of sustainable design. Rather than focusing on expensive active

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Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

Imagine a world in which schoolchildren eat organic, locally sourced lunches rich with fruits and vegetables — some of them heirloom varietals, some of them grown on the school grounds. That is the

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FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

Urban farming projects are popping everywhere! A derelict shop in Dalston, London, is yet another site set on urban rejuvenation with its innovative FARM: project. The project, which has transformed an

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