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Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

Penda’s Low-Impact Modular Bamboo Hotel Reconnects Visitors with Nature

To satisfy the competition's three principles, Penda used locally sourced and fast-growing bamboo as the primary building material. Inspired by the minimalist teepees of the nomadic Native American

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Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Tropical Casa Flotanta Hovers Lightly Above the Pacific in Costa Rica

Casa Flotanta is a two bedroom home built on a hillside overlooking the jungle near Puntarenas. Initial designs for the vacation home considered digging into the steep slope and putting up retaining

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a work of art - a la

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INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

Plants are wonderful on so many different levels. They purify the air around us, and we can eat them, use them as medicine, build with them, and even just enjoy them for their healing, calming presence as

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Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

The bottles used to complete the structure, all of which were donated by students and the local community, help to regulate sunlight and control the temperature within the nursery. A water inlet tray on

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This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

"Art changes people and people change the world". This idea was put forth by British artist Char Evans of Eco Art Installations, and her new collaborative art installation in Auroville, India, is proof of

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Could Renewable Bamboo Serve as an Alternative to Carbon Fiber in Cars?

Could Renewable Bamboo Serve as an Alternative to Carbon Fiber in Cars?

Carbon fiber is quickly becoming the material of choice for automakers as they seek to reduce the weight of their vehicles, but does bamboo have the potential to replace this material in the future?

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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GreenChamp Bamboo Balance Bikes Trains Kids to Pedal Their Way to a Lower Carbon Footprint

GreenChamp Bamboo Balance Bikes Trains Kids to Pedal Their Way to a Lower Carbon Footprint

If you can't wait to get your little tyke on a bike, checkout GreenChamp Bikes, a company that's about to launch their bamboo balancing bike for kids to Kickstarter. Built for children aged over 18 months

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Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Airy Forest Pavilion in Taiwan is Made from a Series of Parabolic Bamboo Arches

Comprised of two rings surrounding circular decking, the Forest Pavilion is 22 feet tall and has a diameter of 60 feet. Used to host both the opening and closing ceremonies of the art festival, the

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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 Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

MaterialConnexion is a material library with the latest innovations for design schools, architects, and creatives to use for inspiration and exploration. It also includes a wide range of sustainable

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Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned the dubious distinction of being the world's most unaffordable major city, in large part due to its housing shortage. AFFECT-T's Bamboo Micro-housing project proposes an inexpensive

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WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

Green just became greener. San Francisco-based company, WoodStalk, offers cannabis consumers an all-natural, reusable, sustainable bamboo container to store their cannabis. Similar to reusable grocery

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Vertical Bamboo Village: An Eco-Friendly Skyscraper Made From Quick-Growing Bamboo

Vertical Bamboo Village: An Eco-Friendly Skyscraper Made From Quick-Growing Bamboo

Vertical Bamboo Village is an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional skyscrapers. Bamboo is readily available in Asia, and when it is harvested responsibly it makes a fantastic

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INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

Friedman was one of the top US World Cup Downhillers and a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years before an injury forced him into retirement in 2009. Every year, Friedman was handed a load of new gear

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15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

15 Conical Bamboo Pillars Hold Up Gorgeous Open Air Cafe in Viet Nam

The conical pillars are made with bamboo that was first soaked in mud, smoke-dried, and then joined using rattan fiber and bamboo nails. Not an ounce of steel was used to support the structure, which was

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Baikoo Studio’s Bamboo Gazebo Offers a Quiet Place for Relaxation Outdoors

Baikoo Studio’s Bamboo Gazebo Offers a Quiet Place for Relaxation Outdoors

It may just be the start of winter, but it's never too early to start thinking about those warm and sunny days to come. This sustainable and stylish outdoor shade by Baikoo Studio is perfect for anyone

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Architect Pets Makes Modernist Doggy Daybeds and Scratching Posts for Design-Loving Pets

Architect Pets Makes Modernist Doggy Daybeds and Scratching Posts for Design-Loving Pets

Led by the creative direction of recognized pet furniture designer Corey Drew, Architect Pets creates innovative pet products that are simply irresistible to any design conscience home and pet owner.

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Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Metal-Clad Radiant House Boasts Clay Walls and a Whole Lot of Bamboo at the Solar Decathlon

Like all of the Solar Decathlon homes, the Radiant House takes its energy from the ubiquitous California sun vis–à–vis a 7.14kW solar array attached to an innovative rooftop racking system. That

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Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

Steel and Bamboo Ring Celestial Bliss in Taiwan Celebrates Nature’s Endless Circle of Life

The structure is made from reusable steel, which serves as the primary structural system, and bamboo cladding. The inner projection screen was made from recycled materials, while bamboo sections were

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Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

Sustainable Makokos Floating School in Nigeria is Finally Complete

The floating locality of Makoko has around 100,000 habitants, a congregation of fishermen that settled in the area 200 years ago. Dubbed "Africa's Venice," it is situated on a lagoon at the edge of Lagos

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Living Bamboo Used to Grow Structures for China’s Experimental ‘City in Sky’

Living Bamboo Used to Grow Structures for China’s Experimental ‘City in Sky’

'City in Sky' is comprised of a platform elevated on stout bamboo poles, a series of small huts, and two living, growing open air bamboo structures. These are made with live bamboo that were planted and

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Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Green Bamboo Lakou Housing for Haiti Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti is still struggling to rebuild its infrastructure three years after being struck by a devastating earthquake. The nation is also challenged by deforestation and a workforce that lacks skill and

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Citylab Design Studio Unveils Bamboo Lenggong Valley Visitor Center for Malysia

Citylab Design Studio Unveils Bamboo Lenggong Valley Visitor Center for Malysia

Citylab Design Studio just unveiled their winning proposal for an archaeological visitor centre in Lenggong Valley, Malaysia - the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the skeleton of the 10,000-year-old

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Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseno Showcases Brilliant Eco Designs from Across Argentina

Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseno Showcases Brilliant Eco Designs from Across Argentina

In addition to a collection of accessories and home ware made from biodegradable felt, studio Planar displayed "Armando," an elegant modular shelving unit that uses no glue no screws and is extremely

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Striking Corten Steel Umbrellas to Shade Madrid’s 2010 Shanghai Pavilion

Striking Corten Steel Umbrellas to Shade Madrid’s 2010 Shanghai Pavilion

3Gatti's Francesco Gatti was inspired by the hot summer months in Shanghai, when just about everyone carries colorful parasols. He decided to spin this common shading system in a way that would be

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Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Located within Thailand’s Koh Kood Island and steps away from the sea, this gorgeous learning ‘den’ was made by 24H-architecture in collaboration with local firm Habita architects. Measuring 540

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The Lost Words’ Beautiful Typographic Posters Are Laser Etched on FSC-Certified Bamboo

The Lost Words’ Beautiful Typographic Posters Are Laser Etched on FSC-Certified Bamboo

The Lost Words just launched a line of 12 typographic, inspirational graphics available as prints or laser-engraved bamboo boards. The boards have a beautiful hand feel and they are sourced from

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