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Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

Sol Design Lab Installs Awesome Solar Charging Stations At UT Austin

The students, now-alumni Eric Swanson and Austin Jorn, and current student Megan Archer, received grants from two student organizations to build one solar charging station, build two more, and run

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The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The bar is built up from seven different containers, which have been stacked on top of each other to create a double-height bar area, exposure to the elements, and plenty of cubbyholes where patrons can

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Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

Bercy Chen Studio’s Green-Roofed Edgeland House Transforms a Former Brownfield in Texas

The form of the home itself is shaped like a scar, perhaps commenting on the site's industrial past, while the lush sod represents healing. According to the architects, the home is a modern

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist himself into

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North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

North Peak House Goes Above and Beyond Austin’s Green Building Standard

The two-story North Peak House is located at the edge of a neighborhood bordered by sloping woodlands on the south and an open field to the north. Built with regionally sourced limestone, on-site boulders

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“Professor Dumpster” to Live Out of a Texas Garbage Can for an Entire Year

“Professor Dumpster” to Live Out of a Texas Garbage Can for an Entire Year

What makes a home? Four walls and a roof? Some nice furnishings? Maybe some indoor plumbing? For Dr. Jeff Wilson, an environmental science professor in Texas, a home can be made in something as

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The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

The First Passive House in Texas is an Amazing DIY Renovation

Passive houses are some of the most energy efficient houses out there and completely prove themselves when it comes to the performance. Most of the time, passive houses are new construction in order to

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The ‘Invisible Bicycle” is Made From Transparent Plastic Panels

The ‘Invisible Bicycle” is Made From Transparent Plastic Panels

We have seen some neat alternative bicycles out there, but Jimmy Kuehnle’s “Invisible Bicycle” is clearly unique. Everything on the bike is completely transparent except for the chain

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MakerBot Unveils Prototype ‘Digitizer’ Desktop 3D Scanner at SXSW

MakerBot Unveils Prototype ‘Digitizer’ Desktop 3D Scanner at SXSW

MakerBot is already one of the biggest names in desktop 3D printing, and now the company plans to expand into scanning. CEO Bre Pettis announced the arrival of the Digitizer this week at the Austin's SXSW

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Texas Man Builds Incredible 60-Ton Junk Cathedral from Salvaged Materials – But the City of Austin Wants to Tear it Down

Texas Man Builds Incredible 60-Ton Junk Cathedral from Salvaged Materials – But the City of Austin Wants to Tear it Down

Screenshot from The Junk King by Evan Burns A Texan man named Vince Hannemann has been collecting other people’s junk in his backyard since 1989. Over the past several years, he has constructed a

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HomeAway’s LEED Gold Headquarters in Austin Makes Work Feel Like a Vacation

HomeAway’s LEED Gold Headquarters in Austin Makes Work Feel Like a Vacation

Many of the architectural elements and much of the furniture in HomeAway's HQ were made from reclaimed wood, including the Nantucket-themed game room and the boardroom, which features wood beams that were

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Kanga Room Systems Offers Tiny, Portable Eco-Friendly Kit Buildings

Kanga Room Systems Offers Tiny, Portable Eco-Friendly Kit Buildings

Kanga Room Systems is an Austin-based prefab builder who specializes in modern sheds and cabins. Whether you prefer a more contemporary shed-roof style or a country cottage, Kanga can build an auxiliary

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Ma Modular’s Blanco River House is a Modern Green Prefab Near Austin, TX

Ma Modular’s Blanco River House is a Modern Green Prefab Near Austin, TX

Ma Modular was started by the design/build firm KRDB, whose mission is to make modern design accessible and affordable. Their prefab modular homes start off at $140 per sf and each project is

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Georgetown Station is a Model for Low-Impact Mass Transit Outside Austin, Texas

Georgetown Station is a Model for Low-Impact Mass Transit Outside Austin, Texas

Georgetown Station by Jackson McElhaney is one of 5 transit stations outside of Austin, Texas as part of CARTS. This Rural Transit District was formed through an interlocal agreement by nine county

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Go Halfsies: Fight Obesity by Giving Half of Your Food to Those Who Need It

Go Halfsies: Fight Obesity by Giving Half of Your Food to Those Who Need It

Go Halfsies is a brilliant social initiative in Texas that solves the tripartite problem of obesity, food waste, and hunger in one fell swoop. When diners visit participating restaurants in Austin, they

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Austin’s Ben White University Federal Credit Union Banks on Sustainable Design

Austin’s Ben White University Federal Credit Union Banks on Sustainable Design

The bank branch is located within walking distance of a mixed-use development, and special attention was paid to the site in order to minimize impact and reduce the urban heat island effect. Extensive sun

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Fleck Hall: Andersson-Wise Architects Revamps an Old Science Building Instead of Tearing It Down

Fleck Hall: Andersson-Wise Architects Revamps an Old Science Building Instead of Tearing It Down

In 2006, St. Edward's University completed the John Brooks Williams Natural Science Center and their faculty moved from Fleck Hall into the new facility. At the time, the plans were to demolish Fleck Hall

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LZT Architects Create a Colorful Haven Out of a Dark Garage in Austin

LZT Architects Create a Colorful Haven Out of a Dark Garage in Austin

In order to bring light into an otherwise dark space, LZT incorporated clear panels into the sides of the garage and then added a tall window to the northern wall. These not only encourage daylighting

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Take a Peek into eBay’s New Sustainably Revamped Modular Offices

Take a Peek into eBay’s New Sustainably Revamped Modular Offices

The new space includes hotel stations, team project areas, private rooms, alcove chat rooms, and storage solutions that all serve to enhance the firm's communication and collaboration in a comfortable and

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PeopleFund’s Austin Headquarters Serves the Community and the Environment

PeopleFund’s Austin Headquarters Serves the Community and the Environment

PeopleFund's new headquarters provides them with permanent facilities in which to provide education, training, loan services, and affordable home ownership counseling and purchase opportunities. The

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Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation Finds A Home In An Old Paper Warehouse

Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation Finds A Home In An Old Paper Warehouse

As you might expect for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, biking is a central facet of the work culture in the non-profit. Bike storage and showers for employees played a fairly central role in the design

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Bercy Chen’s East Village is a Bright Orange Mixed Use Development in Austin

Bercy Chen’s East Village is a Bright Orange Mixed Use Development in Austin

In the last decade, East 11th street in Austin has undergone a dramatic transformation that Bercy Chen sought to celebrate with a thriving new mixed-use property that pays respect to the world's current

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Houston to Get First Privately-Funded EV Charging Network in US

Houston to Get First Privately-Funded EV Charging Network in US

Chalk this up to things we never thought we'd see: Houston, that bastion of the oil industry, is getting the first privately-funded electric vehicle charging network in the U.S. The $10 million network,

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Solar Sunflower Field Energizes Austin, Texas

Solar Sunflower Field Energizes Austin, Texas

A retail lot in Austin, Texas recently sprouted a stunning field of solar sunflowers that soak up the sun's rays to provide shade while generating a steady stream of renewable energy. Designed by public

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Energy 101: Austin’s Pecan Street Smart Grid Project

Energy 101: Austin’s Pecan Street Smart Grid Project

A few weeks ago, we looked at Boulder, Colorado's plan to become the first smart grid city. But Boulder isn't the only U.S. city with visions of becoming completely smart meter-equipped. The Pecan Street

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE SUNDAY: Alyson Fox’s A Small Collection

SUSTAINABLE STYLE SUNDAY: Alyson Fox’s A Small Collection

It's true that good things sometimes come in small packages, and Alyson Fox's 'A Small Collection' is no exception. The Austin-based photographer, illustrator, and innovative clothing designer has come up

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