Sustainable Design Organizations

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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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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Sustainability is key at the Bamboo Cottages resort in Vietnam

Sustainability is key at the Bamboo Cottages resort in Vietnam

Bamboo Cottages, is a family owned, 19-room boutique beach resort located on Phu Quoc Island Vietnam. It was originally established with the goal of positively impacting the local community, by supporting

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Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Want to learn sustainable building in Laos, and help save some bears?

Building Trust International is offering a hands-on participatory workshop in Laos this April/May, where volunteers will gain experience in sustainable building techniques and design, while helping to

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UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

UNStudio’s remote-controlled W.I.N.D. House is the home of the future, today

A decade ago, if someone mentioned a home that could be regulated by remote control, we would have thought they were referring to some futuristic sci-fi film like Blade Runner. UNStudio's W.I.N.D House

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The elegant NOX SV electric speedboat helps to preserve waterways

The elegant NOX SV electric speedboat helps to preserve waterways

In an utterly understandable move, the ban on combustion engine motor boats is spreading from region to region like wildfire. Boaters have always been aware that the key to preserving their water-based

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Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district

Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district

  Sustainable design will soon be transforming one of Europe's most active transportation hubs. The Flying Garden Tower, designed by Austria's Coop Himmelb(l)au studio, will be built in

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Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

2. Hiriya Park, Tel-Aviv, Isreal Hiriya's horrifying mountain of garbage hit its limit in 1998 after reaching 25 million TONS of waste. After that the facility was finally shut down and an

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Aberdeen’s Schoolmasters home banishes pre-fab preconceptions in the UK

Aberdeen’s Schoolmasters home banishes pre-fab preconceptions in the UK

Challenging the negative connotations of prefab buildings in the UK, Stuart Duncan of Build Different has designed a stunning modular eco-home entitled "Schoolmasters". This low-energy, volumetric,

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Announcing Inhabitat’s inside look at the incredible designs behind the Pickathon Music Festival!

Announcing Inhabitat’s inside look at the incredible designs behind the Pickathon Music Festival!

If you're an avid indie music fan who also has a passion for good design and sustainability, then you may want to plan your summer around the Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival, a spectacular concert

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BioLabyrinthus Garden bridges sustainable development with classic French garden aesthetics

BioLabyrinthus Garden bridges sustainable development with classic French garden aesthetics

  The labyrinth-style garden created by French landscape architects Corinne Julhiet Détroyat and Claude Pasquer won first place at Italy’s Orticulario international creative garden

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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Sustainable photoluminescent architecture has the potential to light up the night

Sustainable photoluminescent architecture has the potential to light up the night

Architect Eleonora Nicoletti has a rather bright idea: she's proposing the use of photoluminescent architecture that glows in the dark without electric power. These structures could be used for

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Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Thanks to British Petroleum (BP) decimating the oceanic habitats in the Gulf of Mexico with the infamous Deepwater Horizon spill, their Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund is now being forced to

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Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back to rural settings

Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back to rural settings

In a project that aims to attract China’s farmers back to the rural landscape and address the ecological and social problems that are a result of China’s rapid urbanization, a team of teachers and

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Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

According to designer Bryn Davidson of Lanefab Design/Build, "green" buildings can make a significant difference, but only if we start asking the right questions about them. In his recent TEDx talk

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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects Unveil Sweden’s Largest Passive House School

Architects began the project by adding on a mixed-used addition to the existing education center, which accommodates up to 360 students. The Kollaskolan addition was built as a supplement to the existing

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Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

The sports complex will house two soccer fields, reception area, administration offices, a café, viewing galleries, sports store, private entertainment space, and locker rooms for players. The

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INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

Resources are dwindling, prices are rising, and energy efficiency has never been more important. Commercial buildings have long been designed with conservation in mind: Taiwan's national stadium is

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Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

No screws, glues, or other fasteners are required to assemble Ruche—a sustainable shelving system created by industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir. This smart shelving unit is designed to be different:

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Get Ready to Flip Out Over the reCAP Flip Cap Mason Jar Lids, Now on Kickstarter

Get Ready to Flip Out Over the reCAP Flip Cap Mason Jar Lids, Now on Kickstarter

Who doesn't love Mason jars? Not only are they great for canning tomatoes and other preserves at home, they're also ideal for storing everything from bulk food to craft supplies. The problem with the

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Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

Empathy Garden was designed as a hybrid space—a meeting point, a stage for events, and a showcase for farm products. It's a place where people and plants can thrive together in harmony, and their

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Coffin Shelves Pull Double Duty as Chic Design for Life AND Death

Coffin Shelves Pull Double Duty as Chic Design for Life AND Death

In certain cultures, it's customary for the dead to be buried with their possessions. For a change, how about being buried in your possessions instead? That's the twist that William Warren put on his

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Modular Foodlab on Wheels for Those Who Appreciate Flexibility in the Kitchen

Modular Foodlab on Wheels for Those Who Appreciate Flexibility in the Kitchen

The elements include all the storage and counter spaces of a generously organized kitchen, but are, unlike typical kitchens, completely mobile. Wooden modules, resembing industrial crates and casters,

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Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Did you know that in the United States alone, over 2 billion disposable razors are thrown in the garbage every year? That's a hell of a lot of plastic and waste metal accumulating in landfills

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Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Across the Himalayas, rural farmers and villagers rely on open, wood-fuelled fires inside their homes to cook their meals. The sheer amount of smoke created in these unventilated homes makes thousands

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Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

  The challenge for this year's Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding

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Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Washi paper has been created in Japan for centuries, and now, the Taniguchi Aoya Washi company teamed up with Nendo to create three-dimensional forms with it—like these gorgeous lamps. Using

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Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

A group of year one BA (Hons) Spatial Design students at the London College of Communication were given a live project to promote sustainable design within LCC. Joy Williams and Ashleigh Nutton

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CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

CBF’s Brock Environmental Center Will Soon Be the Most Sustainable Building in Virginia

The 10,000-square-foot center is located on less than an acre of its 118-acre site of fragile marshland on the Lynnhaven River known as Pleasure House Point. The area was slated for an 1,100-home

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