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ecoMOD South Affordable Homes Will Analyze Passive House Construction Standards

ecoMOD South Affordable Homes Will Analyze Passive House Construction Standards

The ecoMOD South project is the next generation in a long line of modular houses designed by the University of Virginia team. The two homes look exactly the same on the exterior and have the same floor

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MVRDV’s Urban Hybrid Micro City is Set to be Constructed in Switzerland

MVRDV’s Urban Hybrid Micro City is Set to be Constructed in Switzerland

MVRDV’s porous Urban Hybrid project was just declared to be the winner of the Feldbreite competition for a housing block in Emmen, Switzerland. The proposal consists of 16 different housing types that

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London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

London’s 2012 Olympic Village to be Transformed into Affordable Housing Units

The greenest building is the one that's already standing, and this week London officials announced that the buildings from the 2012 Olympic Village will be transformed into rental units, and many of them

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David Baker’s Station Center Affordable Housing Development Transforms a Brownfield Site in Union City, CA

David Baker’s Station Center Affordable Housing Development Transforms a Brownfield Site in Union City, CA

Station Center Affordable Housing is part of the larger Union City Master Plan and revamping of the transit centers. The site for the project is sandwiched between a freight line and a commuter rail line,

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First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

The Dutch city of Nijmegen wants to help first time home buyers get into the market even if they don't have a lot of money. Families who earn between €30,000 and €47,000 have an opportunity to join

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Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler’s LGBT Affordable Senior Housing to Break Ground in Chicago This Summer

Gensler was the architect for the LEED Silver Center on Halsted, which is a community center dedicated to the LGBT community with almost a quarter of its programs dedicated to seniors. Center on Halsted

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Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

A slew of converted shipping containers are expected to help ease a growing homelessness epidemic in cities across England. The number of homeless youth has tripled in the UK in the last few years,

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Even More Tiny Apartments Could Be Coming to NYC

Even More Tiny Apartments Could Be Coming to NYC

If you read Inhabitat on the regular, you probably know that tiny dwellings have blown up in a big way - so much so that New York City is looking to expand their batch of micro apartments before the

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La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

La Valentina Station Affordable Housing Transforms a Neglected Site in Sacramento

For more than two decades the brownfield lot sat empty and was known for a high crime rate. The light rail line stops directly in front of the site and the new affordable housing development changes the

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Centre Village is a Modular Affordable Micro Housing Complex in Winnipeg

Centre Village is a Modular Affordable Micro Housing Complex in Winnipeg

The lot on which Centre Village was built was at one time an abandoned site in a neglected inner-city neighborhood that was slated to hold just six single-family homes. A zoning change allowed the

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The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

The Congo Street Initiative Revived a Downtrodden Dallas Neighborhood With Renovated Green Homes

Before work began, Congo Street was a collection of small houses in a state of disrepair. Many residents had lived there for years in houses that had been handed down from parents or grandparents, but the

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Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is a Sustainable Affordable Housing Project for Seniors in Oakland

Merritt Crossing is located on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Oakland. The dense project worked to match the surrounding feel of the residential homes as well as address the visual and noise impact

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Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Hut-to-Hut is a Sustainable & Affordable Eco Home Model for Southern India

Following an international seminar about the future of eco-tourism in the Western Ghats region in India, Sami Rintala, Daggur Eggertsson and Pasi Aalto of Rintala Eggertsson Architects and a group of

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Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild

In January 2010, this group of artists, builders, architects, and engineers asked themselves how they could use their skills and talents to help people in Haiti rebuilt their lives. Settling on the

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AF Bostader Builds Smallest Micro Home in Sweden to Provide Affordable Student Housing

AF Bostader Builds Smallest Micro Home in Sweden to Provide Affordable Student Housing

Living alone as a student is a rare luxury - particularly in Sweden, where rent and living costs can be high. But this cozy micro cottage in Lund looks like a perfect solution for going solo - even though

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Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

Stylish, Sustainable St-Agatha-Berchem Housing Complex Exceeds Energy Code in Belgium

The new social housing units by Buro II & Archi+I were inspired by the social housing district built in 1922-1925 by architect Victor Bourgeois. There are two groupings - one on Beheersstraat with 43

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Oma Village: Blu Homes Teams Up with Californian Non-Profit to Create Affordable Prefab Housing

Oma Village: Blu Homes Teams Up with Californian Non-Profit to Create Affordable Prefab Housing

California and Massachusetts-based prefab home company Blu Homes just announced that they have teamed with non-profit Homeward Bound of Marin to provide permanent, supportive housing for low-income

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El Dorado brings Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Echo Ridge Community to Topeka, Kansas

El Dorado brings Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Echo Ridge Community to Topeka, Kansas

The Echo Ridge Community Center is a multi-zoned public facility designed to be used by the 30 affordable housing units in the Echo Ridge Development. The building has four zones: Community, Food, Kid and

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Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Photo by Bruce Damonte One of the most impressive aspects of the Richardson Apartments is that all of its 120 residents were formerly homeless. David Baker joked that these are his most appreciative

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Sinclair Meadows: Residents Move Into the UK’s First Carbon-Negative Street

Sinclair Meadows: Residents Move Into the UK’s First Carbon-Negative Street

Each of the buildings at Sinclair Meadows in South Shields has been constructed with natural materials at the forefront, such as timber frames, hemp insulation, lime render, and sustainable timber. In

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Haustrift is a Series of Modular, Minimalist and Affordable Rowhouses in Vienna

Haustrift is a Series of Modular, Minimalist and Affordable Rowhouses in Vienna

Haustrift is a series of rowhouses centered around a large, shared green space and located near the Danube river. Superblock's design of the housing project focusses on quality materials, thoughtful

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Arkadien Winnenden is a Family & Earth Friendly Eco Village Near Stuttgart, Germany

Arkadien Winnenden is a Family & Earth Friendly Eco Village Near Stuttgart, Germany

Arkadien Winnenden was designed to provide families with affordable, sustainable and healthy housing. The densely developed neighborhood allowed the project to be built more economically, thus providing

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Green-Toned Buchheimer Weg is a Model For Social Housing in Cologne

Green-Toned Buchheimer Weg is a Model For Social Housing in Cologne

GAG Immobilien AG, Cologne contracted ASTOC Architects and Planners to renovate and upgrade the housing complex in Cologne's Ostheim district. It was decided that both economically and aesthetically,

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Top 6 Green Supportive and Low-Income Housing Projects

Top 6 Green Supportive and Low-Income Housing Projects

Sierra Bonita Apartments, Hollywood Los Angeles-based Tighe Architecture, run by Sci-Arc trained architect Patrick Tighe, celebrates low-income housing for residents in West Hollywood with the creation

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Daly Genik’s Tahiti Housing Complex in Santa Monica Redefines Sustainable Low-Income Housing

Daly Genik’s Tahiti Housing Complex in Santa Monica Redefines Sustainable Low-Income Housing

  Santa Monica-based architecture firm Daly Genik teamed with a local nonprofit agency to redevelop this low-rise apartment complex at an entrance to the I-10 freeway in downtown Santa Monica. The

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Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

Passive VOLKsHouse is an Affordable Net-Zero Energy Home in Santa Fe

MoSA Architects' work is focused on developing and building affordable and energy efficient homes that make it easy for the homeowner to minimize their environmental impact. Prior to their most recent

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LivingHomes Reveals First LEED Platinum Certified Multifamily Development in Silicon Valley!

LivingHomes Reveals First LEED Platinum Certified Multifamily Development in Silicon Valley!

The LivingHomes project in Los Altos achieved the “Z6” environmental goals that the Santa Monica-based firm sets for all of its projects. All of the wood used in the construction is from Forest

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Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

Santa Eugenia Social Housing Aptly Deals With an Unfortunate Solar Orientation

When Bailo Rull ADD+ took on this project, one of the main problems they had to solve was how to design a social housing project with a misguided solar orientation? The masterplan called for a linear

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Stunning Finnish Micro-Cabin Built For Just $10,500!

Stunning Finnish Micro-Cabin Built For Just $10,500!

Measuring in at just 96 sq. ft., the space is a cozy home with a loft big enough for a bedroom and storage for Falck's clothes. The lounge and living area on the bottom floor offers a place to relax and

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Bright-Red U-Shaped Salburua Social Housing Sells Excess Energy in Spain

Bright-Red U-Shaped Salburua Social Housing Sells Excess Energy in Spain

This is a mixed-use development that clusters all the services (such as waste and energy generation) in one central space to ensure maximum efficiency. Each apartment is positioned for maximum solar

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