Eco Architecture

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Rooftops are tough place for plants: they're vulnerable to intense heat, cold, wind and drought, plus they can’t support a lot of weight, so the plants need to grow in just a few inches of soil

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Opened in 2012, the eco-lodge is nestled at 3,116 feet high in the Ecuadorian Andes nature reserve, close to the capital city of Quito. Much of the structure was pre-assembled in Quito and transported to

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is complete

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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they're still alive to create

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BC’s First Earthship is Still Standing Strong, and Growing Ever Greener

BC’s First Earthship is Still Standing Strong, and Growing Ever Greener

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home features green building

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Meet Bunkie: A Tiny Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Meet Bunkie: A Tiny Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

Have you ever dreamed of having your own little house in the countryside, just big enough for you and friend or two to hang out and take in the outdoors? 608 Design and BLDG Workshop have just the thing:

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Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

Japan’s Namba Parks Has an 8-Level Roof Garden with Waterfalls

Namba Parks was conceived when Osaka Stadium closed down, presenting a great redevelopment opportunity for a new commercial district right next to the Namba Train Station, which is just one stop away from

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Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

The décor in Alvarez-Diaz Villalon's new headquarters is perfectly coordinated with minimalist paintings on the wall, designer furniture, and a cool slate grey color scheme. Though verdant green color

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Legendary Architect Moshe Safdie Unveils Indoor Bio-Dome for Singapore’s Changi Airport

Legendary Architect Moshe Safdie Unveils Indoor Bio-Dome for Singapore’s Changi Airport

Known as Project Jewel, the donut-shaped glass and steel structure will house five stories of shopping and entertainment, crowned by a lush indoor garden on the top floor. In the middle of the garden

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification (LBC) –

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Even McDonalds Can Build Green

Even McDonalds Can Build Green

McDonald’s is probably near the bottom of the list of transnational corporations that support the environment and human health. But among the 35,000 McDonalds restaurants, there are a few independently

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Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

  Installing a green roof on your home or business is not a matter that can typically be resolved by consulting the Yellow Pages. Companies that specialize in this subject are few and far

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Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House was designed by raumlaborkorea (with the help of the community), and celebrated its grand opening last month. But it isn't technically "complete" - and that's the whole point! raumlaborkorea's

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This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

"Camping is defined as getting away from an urban area, and enjoying nature, spending one or two nights in a location. As such, the phrase urban camping contradicts itself. "Urban camping informally and

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Although found pieces and sculptures of various sorts are scattered about the property, the junk castle stands as a vigil above the rest. A masterpiece of assemblage, the castle is constructed from items

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Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

These gardens are not about plants, so much as ideas, and they come from the domain of conceptual art as much as design. The idea is to provoke a reaction in the viewer and arrest their attention with a

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Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

In a quaint subdivision overlooking the St. Lawrence River, one of the brick ranch homes suddenly looks a little different. Local firm Est Architecture re-envisioned the home based on the clients requests

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Bicycle Library Founder Karta Healy

Last week, we showcased the Bicycle Library, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and it was so unusual that we had to get in touch with its founder and pick his brain. We needed to know what

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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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Studio Osk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

Studio Osk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

Studio Osk are the brains behind this amazing shape-shifting pavilion, which is set to take shape this summer in Berlin. The creative public space will rise in the ZK/U sculpture park, and it will host

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Remistudio’s Massive Floating Ark Battles Rising Tides

Remistudio’s Massive Floating Ark Battles Rising Tides

The Ark concept, which Remistudio designed in connection with the International Union of Architects’ program "Architecture for Disaster Relief," can be built in various climates and in seismically

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World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

World’s Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and new design ideas seem to pop up every other day. We've seen some pretty impressive micro dwellings from all over the world, but this miniature

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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Girasole House Rotation from Liz Eve on Vimeo DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that

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Innovative Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize!

Innovative Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize!

It's official: the 2014 Pritzker Prize goes to Shigeru Ban - one of Inhabitat's favorite architects! The incredibly innovative and accomplished Japanese architect is well-known for his experimental and

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6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

6 Fascinating Underground Homes That Go Above and Beyond

STUNNING BURIED HOUSE IN VALS, SWITZERLAND Unlike other homes whose goal in life is to stick out like a sore thumb (read: that guy on your block who strings up enough holiday lights to cause a

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Inhabitat: Guy, one of the first of your many projects we came across was the sketch proposal submitted to the Design Indaba 10x10, a Silvio Rech collaborative effort. Can you describe the Chesterfield

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the

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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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